November 9, 2000 to January 7, 2001
We are very proud to present the first exhibition of the Permanent Collection i n the new Two Rivers Gallery of Prince George and Region located in downtown’s Civic Plaza. With the opening of Subjects and Symobls, the gallery celebrates 15 years as a public art gallery and a collecting institution. In 1985, the CIL Company initiated this collection by donating two sizable and important paintings to what was then the Prince George Art Gallery on 15th Avenue. Since them, this nucleus of an art collection has grown to number over 55 pieces, most of which have been donated by generous visual artists, art collectors, and gallery benefactors. We would like to thank those donors for their vision, insight, and understanding the cultural value to a community of developing a stimulating gallery collection.
Works in the collection reflect the finest art practice found locally, throughout the Central Interior of British Columbia, Northern BC, provincially, and nationally. Public art galleries collect works of art according to their collection policies, just as museums collect and preserve artifacts: wit h the intent that they be held in safekeeping, under the strictest conditions, in the public trust to ensure future generations have access to a wide variety of high quality Canadian art.
Why the title Subjects and Symbols for this inaugural show? In studying this eclectic mix of artworks, you’ll notice that many artists incorporate either realistic subject matter or more abstract symbolism in their art and titles. What kinds of art will you discover while exploring the Subjects and Symbols exhibition? There is a wonderful variety of art mediums and movements on display, from realism (Ferris, MacDonald) to assemblage (Mitchell, Payne) and gender issues (Kovacic, Ovesen, Smith). Some of these works were exhibited in a group and solo shows over the years at the Prince George Art Gallery, making their inclusion in the permanent collection even more relevant to our exhibition history. We have always strived to create and bring in exhibitions which interest, challenge, and captivate our audience.
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