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Within and Beyond Tradition: Works by East Asian Artists from The University of Winnipeg Collection

May 8 - August 4, 2023
Reception: May 8, 2023, 4:00 - 6:00 pm at Gallery 1C03

Coinciding with Asian Heritage Month, Within and Beyond Tradition: Works by East Asian Artists in The University of Winnipeg Collection is a group exhibition curated by Irene Chan, a University of Winnipeg East Asian Languages and Cultures student. The exhibition aims to highlight the richness and diversity of East Asian artworks within the University 's art collection, offering a space for visitors to learn about and appreciate East Asian culture and heritage. The exhibit features an array of works by artists of Chinese and Japanese descent, including historical embroideries and ceramics, as well as contemporary prints, paintings and drawings. Featured artists include Kam Wing Lee, Noboru Sawai, Takao Tanabe, Zheng Yan, Ren Yi and Akira Yoshikawa.

Exhibited works illustrate a broad spectrum of artistic expressions and the evolution of traditional art beyond its conventional boundaries. They also exemplify the artists’ unique approaches to exploring their identity as Asian-Canadians. Through Within and Beyond Tradition, Gallery 1C03 promotes greater understanding and appreciation of East Asian art.

The exhibition program will include a curatorial tour with Irene Chan and public talks by Professor Yongshan He and artists Takashi Iwasaki and Akira Yoshikawa. 

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Monday - Friday between 1:00 and 4:00 pm from May 8 – August 4, 2023 (closed statutory holidays).

Exhibition tour with Curator Irene Chan: May 8 at 4:30 pm
Learn about Chinese Characters with Yongshan He: NEW DATE! May 16 at 12:15 pm in Room 3C30
Artist Talks by Takashi Iwasaki and Akira Yoshikawa: June 23 at 2:30 pm on Zoom

Gallery 1C03 is on Treaty 1 Territory, the homeland of the Red River Métis and the ancestral lands of the Anishinaabeg, Ininew, Anishininew, Dakota and Dene peoples. Our water is sourced from Shoal Lake 40 First Nation.

This exhibition is made possible in part through funding from the Manitoba Government. Special thanks to Yongshan He and Lenore Szekely of The University of Winnipeg’s East Asian Languages and Cultures Program for their support.

Maps of The University of Winnipeg campus, including accessibility and parking maps, can be found at https://www.uwinnipeg.ca/maps/. The Gallery is located on the main floor of Centennial Hall at 515 Portage Avenue. Accessible, street level visitor entrances with auto door openers and ramps are via Portage Avenue, Ellice Avenue and Spence Street. The gallery doors are equipped with auto-openers. There is a gender-neutral, accessible washroom less than 100 feet from the Gallery entrance. Our exhibitions and affiliated events are free to everyone.