Past Exhibitions



                                   



Cat’s Cradle
FEB 3 – APR 6, 2024

Cat's Cradle features work by Alberta artists Sondra Meszaros, Jane Ash Poitras and Angeline Simon. Work by each artist employs photomontage, a collage technique involving the collecting, organizing, arranging and fixing of photographs and other media into new arrangements. The resulting artwork can be understood as attempts to dissect and reveal hidden or peripheral histories of identity, emotion, social norms and other cultural-political arenas of both personal and civilizational significance.

Image credits (from left to right): 
1. Installation view of Cat’s Cradle at TREX Space, 2024.
2. Installation view from left to right: Jane Ash Poitras, Q is for Quaint, Blackboard Series, 2001, etching, photograph and ink of paper, and From War to Pumpkins, 2019, acrylic and gel transfer on board. All collection of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. Cat’s Cradle at TREX Space, 2024. 




Patch Portraits
FEB 3 – APR 6, 2024

Patch Portraits showcases the work of Michelle Sound and Raneece Buddan, two artists who employ fabrics and materials of cultural heritage to explore the genre of portraiture and identity. Stitching, patching and collaging together found and fabricated textiles, the resulting bodies of work by each artist showcase multiple ways in which threads and fabrics can be deployed in contemporary art practices.

Image credits (from left to right): 
1. Installation view from left to right: Raneece Buddan, Ingrained in the Fabric V, 2023, oil paint, resin and sequins on canvas. Collection of the artist; Michelle Sound, Seventies Chick - Fringe 2, 2021, wood drum frame, sinew and textiles. Collection of the artist; and Michelle Sound, Seventies Chick - Blue, 2021, wood drum frame, sinew and rabbit fur. Collection of the artist. Patch Portraits at TREX Space, 2024.
2. Installation view from left to right: Raneece Buddan, Hummingbird Kalamkari I, 2023, acrylic and oil paint on canvas. Collection of the artist; Michelle Sound, Seventies Chick - Rust, 2021, wood drum frame, sinew and rabbit fur. Collection of the artist; and Michelle Sound, Seventies Chick - Fringe 1, 2021, wood drum frame, sinew and textiles. Collection of the artist. Patch Portraits at TREX Space, 2024.




The Drift
NOV 17, 2023 – JAN 20, 2024

The Drift features three bodies of work by Medicine Hat-based artists Wes Bell, Susan Sakamoto and Wendy Struck that centering around the theme of psychogeography and the question of how we relate to and explore the places we inhabit. As a practice, psychogeography conducts a minute examination of the effects of place and space on the psyche. The exhibition aims to introduce new psychological perspectives on the surrounding landscape.

Image credits (from left to right):
1. Wes Bell, Falling Through the Cracks, 2022, fiber-based gelatin silver prints. Collection of the artist. The Drift at TREX Space, 2023. 
2. Wendy Struck, Essentials, 2019, acrylic, gel transfer, bird cage parts, wood, clay and toys. Collection of the artist. The Drift at TREX Space, 2023. 
3. Susan Sakamoto, (from left to right)Spring Thaw, 2019; Boro Pillar II, 2018; Old Fashoneed Dance Tunes, 2019; Silk Curtains, 2018, acrylic, found and family papers. Collection of the artist. The Drift at TREX Space, 2023. 




Tale of a Fish Scale 

SEP 9 – NOV 4, 2023

Tale of a Fish Scale features artwork by 3 Albertan artists — Laura Grier,  Erin Marie Konsmo and Ruby Sweetman — made with and about fish from the province of Alberta. The exhibition aims to share knowledge of the fish scale art form while opening important dialogues surrounding the preservation of Alberta waterways.

Image credits (from left to right): 
1. Installation view of Tale of a Fish Scale at TREX Space, 2023.
2. Ruby Sweetman, White & Red Flowers, fish scales, fish bones & porcupine quills, 2021. Collection of the artist. Tale of a Fish Scale at TREX Space, 2023.



Medicine Hat Artist Feature 
AUGUST 2023

The Medicine Hat Artist Feature brings together an eccentric grouping of wonderful artists, each at varying stages of their careers and with unique backgrounds and interests that have led them to their artistic work. We hope this project will bring some merriment to everyone who encounters it, and perhaps inspire some of you to start a creative project of your own this summer.

Featuring artwork by Allan Wright, Aurelia Archibald, Chuck Wadman, Elaine Zimmer, Hayden Rue, Jason Hanlun Li and Michele Winger


Image credit: 
Installation view of Medicine Hat Artist Feature at TREX Space, 2023



Inside Skies  a solo exhibition by Elly Heise
MAY 6 – JUL 22, 2023

Stepping into shades of sky blue, Inside Skies welcomes audiences into a meditative state. Anchored in digital photography – a medium most often used as a method for capturing and preserving memories – this body of work reflects on the role memory plays in our physical and psychological health, while simultaneously exploring the artist’s Norwegian background and the Norse mythologies of that heritage.

Image credits (from left to right): 
1. Elly Heise, Where Skies Meet, 2021, photographic textile installation. Collection of the artist. Inside Skies at TREX Space, 2023.  
2. Installation view of Inside Skies at TREX Space, 2023. 



Party On! Celebrating 50 years of the AFA Collection
JAN 27 – APR 6, 2023

Party On! Celebrating 50 years of the AFA Collection presents a lively grouping of work by fourteen Alberta artists. Each artwork depicts a single moment of shared revelry and interconnectedness; scenes of musical performances, dancing, carnivals, community gatherings and shared food and drink help mark this special occasion

Featuring artwork by Radford Blackrider, Carole Bondaroff, Brian Dyson, Harriet Friedfield, Cathrine Greene, Christopher Judge, Roy Kiyooka, Mo Leaney, Irene McCaugherty, Marion Nicoll, Clayton Patterson, Stan Phelps, TOTI, and Doris Zaharichuk. 

Image credits (from left to right) : 
1. Mo Leaney, Civilized Yule Pigs, 1989. Stoneware, acrylic on wood. Collection of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. Party On! Celebrating 50 years of the AFA Collection at TREX Space, 2023.  
2. Installation view of Party On! Celebrating 50 years of the AFA Collection at TREX Space, 2023. 



Pretend Foraging in Sleeved Blankets 
NOV 18, 2022  – JAN 13, 2023

Pretend Foraging in Sleeved Blankets features a body of highly imaginative and colourful artwork developed by Grace Wirzba in response to a selection of objects from the Galt Museum and Archives Collection. Through this process, methods of storytelling and myth making taking place in domestic settings are explored. 
Image credits: 
Installation view of Pretend Foraging in Sleeved Blankets at TREX Space, 2022. 




Urban Soul
SEP 9 – OCT 28, 2022

In our globalized world, the street art of today speaks a multitude of languages and inscribes the values of varying cultures and identities onto the surfaces of our shared urban environments. The exhibition Urban Soul invites viewers to contemplate the living creativity that pumps vibrancy and culture into the veins of our shared spaces. 

Featuring artwork by Rhys Farrell, Levin Ifko, Harvey Nichol, Sydonne Warren, Adrianne Williams, and Tyler Wong. 

Image credit: 
Installation view from left to right: Tyler Wong, Together, 2021, mixed media on wood panel, and Apart, 2021, ink and spray on wood panel. All collection of the artist. Urban Soul at TREX Space, 2022. 



The Nameless Boy who gave his name to Sunday 
SEP 9 – OCT 28, 2022

In The Nameless Boy who gave his name to Sunday, Joel Matthew Warkentin presents a collection of work that explores concepts of sensory perception, ritual, symbolism and universal sprirituality, while maintaining a playful accessibility to curious and imaginative audiences. 

Image credits (from left to right):
1. Installation view from left to right: Joel Matthew Warkentin, The Nameless Boy who gave his name to Sunday - Interaction #21, 2020, photograph on aluminum; The Nameless Boy who gave his name to Sunday - Interaction #10, 2020, photograph on aluminum; Drip Drop, 2017, maple; and Inside, 2017, walnut. All collection of the artist.  The Nameless Boy who gave his name to Sunday at TREX Space, 2022. 
2. Installation view from left to right:  Joel Matthew Warkentin,The Nameless Boy who gave his name to Sunday - Interaction #13, 2020, photograph on aluminum; and The Nameless Boy who gave his name to Sunday - Interaction #11, 2020, photograph on aluminum. All collection of the artist. Nameless Boy who gave his name to Sunday at TREX Space, 2022.




...fire and frost
JUN 27 – JUL 15, 2022

Memories can be like fire, bold and burning with regret, or like frost, quiet and chilling to the bone....fire and frost presents the work of Linda Craddock, Candace Makowichuk and Colin Smith, all of whom explore memory through the lens of a camera, documenting past and present experiences, objects and places to awaken memories that are universal in nature. 

Image credits: 
1. Installation view from left to right: Linda Craddock, Hometown Dreams: Change & Memory: Grain Elevator Gone, 2014, oil and photo collage on birch; Candace Makowichuk, Submerged I, 2020, cyanotype; Candace Makowichuk, Submerged I, 2020, digital photograph; and Linda Craddock, Hometown Dreams: Change & Memory: Main Street Drift, 2014, oil and photo collage on birch. All collection of the artist.  ...fire and frost at TREX Space, 2022.
2. Installation view from left to right: Linda Craddock, Hometown Dreams: When the Sky became the Sea: Main Street, Old Car, 2012, oil and photo collage on birch; Hometown Dreams: When the Sky became the Sea: Maint Street, Headlights, 2012, oil and photo collage on birch; and Colin Smith, School Bus, 2013, photography. All collection of the artist.  ...fire and frost at TREX Space, 2022.



Ponds, Coulees & Creeks 
APR 14 – JUN 10, 2022

Organized in conjuction with the Society of Grassland Naturalists and South East Alberta Water Shed (SEAWA), Ponds, Coulees & Creeks features artists from varied disciplines who speak to the ecology and natural characteristics of Southern Alberta, bringing our attention to the precariousness of the beauty that surrounds us. 

Featuring artwork by Lorraine Belanger, Martha Munz Gue, Hazel Gray, Marja Tros, Margaret Velichko, Judy Russill, Doris Osterhold, Loretta FIx, Valerie Cox, Andrea Dumonceaux, Debbie Kammerer, Elaine Spitzer, Theresa Eisenbarth, Betty Rainville, Janice Sich, Annette ten Cate, Marian Ho, Atsuko Higashitani, Dylin Kerluke, Dalyce Harrison, Donna Zubot, Dixie Baker, Phyllis Harvey, Mell Davison, Julie Downey-Hoglund, Dale beaven, Evelyn Kleis, Michelle Winger, Elaine Zimmer. 

Image credit: 
Installation views of Ponds, Coulees & Creeks at TREX Space, 2022. 




Nitssaakita'paispinnaan – We are Still in Control 
APR 14 – JUN 10, 2022

Co-curated by Kent Ayoungman and Troy Patenaude, Nitssaakita’paispinnaan: We Are Still in Control brings together three contemporary Blackfoot artists - Kristy North Peigan, Lori Scalplock, and Smith Wright - to honour the well of life comprised of myriad Indigenous cultures on Siksikaissksahkoyi (Blackfoot land / territory). It is a welcome reminder that Blackfoot people, culture and ceremonies are still very much here, shaping our society to this day. 

Image credit: 
Installation view of Nitssaakita’paispinnaan – We are Still in Control at TREX Space, 2022



Life to Paper, Paper to Life 
JAN 27 – MAR 30, 2022

Strathcona Art Studios began in Medicine Hat in 1990, when students of Harold Smith’s watercolour classes decided to form a group that met weekly in various locations. Thirty years later, the group has remained a beloved arts collective. Life to Paper, Paper to Life presents work from the current members of Strathcona Art Studios. 

Featuring artwork by Paula Appleton, June Burns, Eileen Cicon, Peggy Dawson, Charlene Dick, Lauren Hider, Marian Ho, Glenda Jans, Ray Townsend, Nancy Tripp, Debbie Kammerer, Carol Kessler, Brenda Kobley, Fran Lauzon, Linda Lehr, Elaine Spitzer, Lois Street, Bob Townsend, and Michele Winger. 

Image credits: 
Installation view of Life to Paper, Paper to Life at TREX Space, 2022. 



Strange and Known Places 
NOV 19, 2021 – JAN 19, 2022 

Co-curated by Genevieve Farrell and Kira Vlietstra, Strange and Known Places is a collaborative project featuring the work of ten artists based in or with strong ties to Medicine Hat. The exhibition’s title reflects on the familiar geography that ties these artists together (Known Places) and the overarching use of personal mythology or an exploration of lesser-understood aspects of the human experience (Strange Places). The artworks presented here envelop a wide range of enthuasiams, curiosities and passions, offering audiences a chance to see the world in surprising and affecting new frames. 

Featuring artwork by Vicki Hadland, Jenna Hoffart, Matias Martinez, Brenda Mercer, Glen Velcro, Chantel Schultz, Erica Teulon, Bridget Trout, Vergo Vanelle, and Curtis Windover. 

Image credits (from left to right, top then bottom):
1. Detail of Jenna Hoffart, Scatter Brain, 2021, plastic beads, fishing line and 3D printed beads (designed by Jenna and printed by Johnson Luong). Collection of the artist. 
2. Detail of Matias Martinez, Memories We Love to Experience (series), 2021, etched glass. Collection of the artist. Strange and Known Places at TREX Space, 2021. 
3. Installation view from left to right: Brenda Mercer, Rattles, 2021, rawhide, leather and wood; Brenda Mercer, Parfleche bag, 2021, rawhide and leather; Glen Velcro, Untitled, 2021, ink and crayon on paper; and Glen velcro, Untitled, 2021, paint on cloth. All collection of the artist. Strange and Known Places at TREX Space, 2021. 
4. Installation view from left to right: Vicki Hadland, Identity Totem, 2021, charcoal on paper; Vergo Vanelle, Beautiful Sadness, 2021, acrylic and oil pastel on canvas; Chantal Schultz, Entanglements 1, 2020-21, graphite on velum; and Chantel Schultz, Entanglements 3, 2020-21, graphite on velum. All collection of the artist.  Strange and Known Places at TREX Space, 2021.
5. Installation view of Strange and Known Places at TREX Space, 2021
6. Installation view from left to right: Erica Teulon, The Egg Dream, 2020, silkscreen, ink, fabric paint and fabric; Jenna Hoffart, Electric Yellow Reality, 2020, acrylic on canvas; and Brenda Mercer, Drum, 2021, rawhide and bear grease. All collection of the artist. Strange and Known Places at TREX Space, 2021.




Habituate, Acclimate
OCT 7 – NOV 3, 2021

Curated by Shannon Bingeman and developed by the Alberta Society of Artists in partnership with Exposure: Alberta’s Photography Festival, Habituate, Acclimate features the work of two emerging Alberta photographers, Nahanni McKay and Liam Kavanagh-Bradette. Both artists have created a series that explore the emerging survival dependencies necessitated by the effects that humans have had upon the environment. 

Image credit: 
Interpretive material for Habituate, Acclimate at TREX Space, 2021. Top image: Nahanni Mckay, Loop 14 #4 (detail), 2019, 35 mm film digitally printed. Courtesy of the artist. Bottom image: Liam Kavanagh-Bradette, Arctic Sea Lift #9 (detail), 2018, digital photographic print. Courtesy of the artist. 



Never Ending Poetry
SEP 2 – 29, 2021

Never Ending Poetry explores abstraction as a form of coded language. Within the work of eva birhanu, Svea Ferguson, Sharon-Rose Kootenay, Kim McCollum, Katie Ohe and Tiffany Shaw-Collinge, viewers encounter a kind of poetry — one that relies on colours, textures, rhythms, compositions and materials to evoke meaning, rather than words. 

Image credits (from left to right): 
1. Installation view from left to right: Kim McCollum, Overshot I, arcylic, oil and graphite on canvas, 2019; Sharon-Rose Kootenary, Prayer Ties - Western Door, beaded leather pouches, 2020-21; Kim McCollum, Hashtag II, acrylic, oil and graphite on canvas, 2019; and Svea Ferguson, see (you) through, vinyl, acrylic and brass, 2019. All collection of the artist. Never Ending Poetry at TREX Space, 2021.
2. Installation view from left to right: Kim McCollum, Overshot III, acrylic, oil and graphite on canvas, 2021; eva birhanu, marking Blackness; cut hair, bleach dyed cotton, 2021; and Katie Ohe, MYsore Crow, silkscreen print on paper, 1998. All collection of the artist. Never Ending Poetry at TREX Space, 2021. 




Freeform
JUL 12 – AUG 19, 2021

The 2021 Art & Design Medicine Hat College Student Graduation Exhibition Freeform demonstrates a momentous victory of perseverance, adaptability and sacrifice in face of hardship and uncertainty during a global pandemic. The exhibition title reflects the choice to face limitations and focus on the freedom provided by change. 

Featuring artworks by Kira Vliestra, Brooklyn Schnorr, Mel Davison, Arberesha Salihu, Paige Cooper, Lauren Friesen, Kayla Chouinard, Tyrell Anderson, and McClay Bos. 

Image credit: 
Installation view of Freeform at TREX Space, 2021. 




Hindsight 2020 
MAY 22 – JUL 3, 2021

Innocently pre-pandemic and poignantly titled, the Medicine Hat College Art & Design class of 2020 chose a theme that allowed them to reflect on their creative journeys up to that point. Now a year later, after lockdowns, restrictions and cancellations, the original theme of ‘hindsight’ could not be more appropriate, implying an understanding that develops only after something is over. 

Image credit: 
Installation view of Hindsight 2020 at TREX Space, 2021. 




Visiting With Memory 
APR 14 – MAY 12, 2021

Visiting with Memory by Lindsey Bond draws on an archive of her family’s photographs to explore a multitude of worlds, human and non-human, past, present and future, personal and cosmic. It begins with the story of a single family and unfolds into a much larger conversation surrounding decolonization, human relationships, responsibility to one another and to the land we live on. 

Image credit: 
Installation view of Visiting With Memory at TREX Space, 2021. 



Vital Patterns 
MAR 3  – APR 7, 2021

Nature serves as a significant inspiration and when we look closer at the building blocks of the natural world, we often find similar interconnecting patterns; the roots of a tree system and our nervous system, the veins of a leaf and the veins in our own body, the pattern of bark and the texture of our skin. These systems are vital to survival and there is beauty in the simplicity of these patterns and the complexity of these systems. 

Featuring artworks by Clint Wilson, Doris Freadrich, April Dean, and William Laing. 

Image credit: 
Installation view of 
Vital Patterns at TREX Space, 2021. 



Mystical Landscapes
JAN 27 – FEB 24, 2021

Working with the historical process of wet plate photography invented in 1851, Arthur Nishimura captures Albertan geography and culture, developing mood through analog techniques. 

Image credits (left to right): 
1. Installation view of Mystical Landscapes at TREX Space, 2021. 
2. Installation view from left to right: THE BOOK OF FLATLAND DHARMA: WHEEL OF FLATLAND DHARMA, 1978, silver gelatin on paper; HORIZON: STREET FROM STAVELY (LATE AFTERNOON, LOOKING NORTH), 1995, toned silver print on paper; DEDICATION SERIES: TO MY FATHER, 17 YEARS IN MEMORIUM, ROOTS UP-ROOTED, 1976, silver gelatin on paper; and HORIZON: STREET FRONT, BLACKIE (NEAR SUNSET LOOKING WEST), 1996, toned silver print on paper. All collection of the artist. Mystical Landscapes at TREX Space, 2021. 





Life, Still
DEC 16, 2020 – JAN 20, 2021

Image credit: 
Installation view of Life Still at TREX Space, 2020. 




Permanence of Ink 
NOV 11 – DEC 9, 2020
  Image credit: 
Installation view from left to right: Karrie Arthurs, SLEEPING GHOSTS, 2016, mixed media on antique charcoal portrait (c. 1860); REVENANT PORTRAIT no. 6: IT WAS MY MOTHER’S HOUSE, 2016, ink and charcoal on antique charcoal portrait; REVENANT PORTRAIT no. 4: EPITAPH, 2016, ink and charcoal on antique charcoal portrait. All collection of the artist. Permanence of Ink at TREX Space, 2020. 




between-ness 
NOV 11 – DEC 9, 2020

Image credit: 
Installation view from left to right: Hannah Petkau, between-ness #10, 2018, collected and modified found materials and objects; between-ness #3, 2018, collected and modified found materials and objects; and between-ness #5, 2017-18, collected and modified found materials and objects. All collection of the artist. between-ness at TREX Space, 2020. 



The Animal Responded
OCT 7 – NOV 4, 2020

Image credit: 
Installation view of The Animal Responded at TREX Space, 2020. 



Jennifer Flemming: These are the Days 
NOV 22, 2019 – FEB 14, 2020 

Image credits (from left to right): 
1. Jennifer Flemming, Watch, 2017, digital image. Collection of the artist. 
2. Jennifer Flemming, Feral Play, 2015, digital image. Collection of the artist. 



Laura Hansen: LACUNA 
SEP 27 – NOV 8, 2019

Image credit: 
Installation view of Laura Hansen: LACUNA at TREX Space, 2019. 




Geneva Haley: Scraps
JUL 12 – AUG 16, 2019

Image credit: 
Installation view of Geneva Haley: Scraps at TREX Space, 2019. 




Petra Mala Miller: Portraits in Light
MAY 10  – JUN 28, 2019 

Image credit: 
Installation view of Petra Mala Miller: Portrait in Light at TREX Space, 2019. 
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