Since its inception in 1993, Art in the County has grown in scope and stature, showcasing the highest quality works of art by Prince Edward County artists and artisans. A signature event of the summer season, the exhibition attracts thousands of visitors, generates meaningful opportunities for County artists, and provides economic benefits for businesses across the County.
Jurors are solely responsible for the show’s content, as well as selecting the five Jurors’ Choice Awards and five Honourable Mention Awards. The Otto Rogers Award of Excellence will also be chosen and presented by the esteemed Canadian artist and sculptor to a winner in any medium, selected from the juried works in the show.
The 2016 Art in the County Committee is pleased to announce this year’s jurors:
ADAM WELCH, ASSOCIATE CURATOR – CANADIAN ART, NATIONAL GALLERY OF CANADA (Ottawa)
Adam holds a Master’s degree in Modern Art, Curatorial Studies, from Columbia University, New York. He has held positions in curatorial departments at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, University of Toronto. He currently sits on the advisory board for the Art Museum of the University of Toronto and is a member of the Board of Directors of Art Metropole, Toronto. Recent writing includes a study of Jack Chambers’ silver paintings and films; a catalogue essay for the National Gallery of Canada’s exhibition Jack Bush; and a forthcoming essay on one of Oscar Cahén’s last paintings. Adam is currently working toward his doctorate in Art History at the University of Toronto, with a dissertation entitled “’Borderline Research’: Art between Canada and the United States, 1965–1975.”
NEVILLE SMITH, FELLOW, SOCIETY OF GRAPHIC DESIGNERS OF CANADA (Ottawa)
Neville Smith is a Fellow of the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada. Recipient of over two hundred national and international awards for design and art direction, Applied Arts Magazine called Smith “one of the most important graphic designers in Canada.” Born in Shawville, Quebec and raised in Ottawa, he is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design. Inspired by the preparations underway for Canada’s Centennial celebration and Expo ’67’, Neville Smith joined the Canadian Government Exhibition Commission after graduating in 1964. His first assignment was to refine the maple leaf design for the new Canadian flag. For over four decades, Neville has providing professional services in all areas of visual communication for a vast number of clients. Recognized worldwide, his work has appeared in various books on design including publications in Canada, USA, England, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Japan and Australia. A member of the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts, Neville Smith has served as a judge for numerous award shows. He is currently a member of the Advisory Committee on Design at Algonquin College in Ottawa.
SU SHEEDY, ARTIST (Kingston)
Su Sheedy was born and raised in Toronto and has lived in Kingston, Ontario since 1992. She began painting full time in 2001 and has since marshaled her fascination with surface effects into a substantial art practice. Narrative markings result from pouring, routering, or persistent scraping gestures. Often relying upon the grid as her structure, a profusion of repeated forms, strokes and textures result in what could be described as ‘tactile expressionism.’ Following twenty years as a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT), Sheedy remains interested in cellular memory, sensory perception and our visceral response to texture. Her work resides in a number of collections including the Visual Art Collection of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada. She has extensive experience as a curator and juror, and is a workshop instructor and lecturer. Sheedy’s work is represented through galleries in Toronto, Ottawa and Kingston.