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Grenfell Art Gallery

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Grenfell Art Gallery and SOFA Artists-in-Residence Program

The Grenfell Art Gallery, in partnership with the Grenfell School of Fine Arts, is proud to provide opportunities for artists in western Newfoundland through our artist-in-residence program. This program is propelled by the belief that making space for both emerging and established artists on the west coast are crucial to the vitality of our creative community and cultivating a greater critical context for contemporary artists in Newfoundland and Labrador. By building a supportive environment and providing workspace for artists we nurture the development of new ideas and practices while supporting experimentation and artistic excellence. We are excited to welcome the following artists-in-residence in 2019/20.


Summer 2019 Artists-In-Residence:

Shawn O’Hagan

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Image courtesy of Shawn O’Hagan

Shawn O’Hagan was born in Toronto, Canada and moved to Newfoundland in 1975. She lives and works on the west coast of the island. Her background is in painting (she has an MFA in Painting) but she has worked with many processes and materials. For the past 15 years Shawn has concentrated mostly on textiles. Her new work combines textiles and painting. She has exhibited her work in solo and group shows mostly in the Maritimes and her work can be found in many collections including the Canada Council Art Bank.

“My recent work celebrates where and how I live – my personal history (both intellectual and spiritual) and my natural surroundings (my home, my garden, my cabin in the Bay of Islands, Newfoundland). I try to live carefully, touching what is around me. I am interested in the connections and overlap between my natural and domestic environments. The threads that run through my life. And about the energies that connect them all. In my work I employ the labour intensive techniques of embroidery and appliqué either on painted terraskin paper (mounted on wood panel or stretched canvas), or on hand dyed vintage textiles or handmade felt.”

Meagan Musseau

Meagan Musseau is an interdisciplinary artist of Mi’kmaq and French ancestry from Elmastukwek, Ktaqmkuk territory (Bay of Islands, Newfoundland). She works with customary art practices and new media, such as beadwork, basketry, performance and installation to explore memory, language, and the relationship between land and body, object and narrative. Musseau graduated with a BFA in Visual Art from Grenfell Campus Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador. Her work has shown nationally, in venues such as FLUX Media Art Gallery, Victoria; Open Space, Victoria; Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna; Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton; MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina; Ace Art Inc., Winnipeg; Grenfell Art Gallery, Corner Brook; and Eastern Edge Gallery, St. John’s. She was a member of the Indigenous Emerging Artist Program 2015-16 on unceded Coast Salish territory and has participated in artist residencies at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Alberta; Centre for Book and Paper Arts, Columbia College Chicago, Illinois, United States; University of Brighton Fine Art Printmaking, Brighton, England; and the National Artist Program, 2011 Canada Games, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Musseau's work has been supported by awards such as the Emerging Artist Award, VANL-CARFAC (2018); Emerging Atlantic Canada Artist Residency at Banff Centre, The Hnatyshyn Foundation (2018); Aboriginal Arts Development Award, First Peoples’ Cultural Council (2016); and Corner Brook Emerging Artist of the Year (2013).

Fall / Winter Artists-in-Residence:

Michelle MacKinnon

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Michelle MacKinnon. Photo by Lucas Morneau

Michelle MacKinnon is an artist and educator from Tichborne, Ontario and is currently living in Corner Brook, Newfoundland. MacKinnon graduated with an MFA (2015) and BFA (2013, Honours, Cum Laude) in Visual Arts from York University. She has participated in residencies at The Banff Centre for the Arts (Banff, Alberta), The Hermitage (St. Petersburg, Russia), and Spark Box Studios (Picton, Ontario). She has exhibited in various galleries across North America and Russia, and is a two-time recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant.

MacKinnon is currently a sessional instructor at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Grenfell Campus (Corner Brook, Newfoundland) and has previously taught at York University (Toronto, Ontario) and Algoma University (Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario).

Melanie Colosimo

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Based out of Halifax, NS, Melanie Colosimo uses found material, graphite and paper to create large-scale sculptural drawings. Her work focuses on strong, structural materials to explore identity, liminality and progress. She received a BFA from Mount Allison University in Sackville, NB (2006) and an MFA from the University of Windsor, in Windsor, ON (2011). Her work has been screened and exhibited in festivals and galleries internationally and across Canada such as AKA Gallery (SK) the Art Gallery of Windsor (ON), the Atlantic Film Festival (NS), Eastern Edge Gallery (NL), and Mount Saint Vincent University Gallery (NS). Her work is currently travelling southern China as part of the exhibition Maud Lewis and the Nova Scotia Terrior. She has participated in a variety of residencies such as the CFAT local Artist in Residence, University of Windsor Research Residency and the Banff Centre’s Thematic Residencies and at the Vermont Studio Centre in Johnson, Vermont.  Colosimo is currently the Director of the Anna Leonowens Gallery at NSCAD University in Halifax where she facilitates over 120 exhibitions a year by NSCAD visiting artists and graduating students.



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North West River Artist-in-Residence Program

The North West River Artist-in-Residence Program is situated in the Labrador Institute Research Station at North West River, Labrador. The residency is open to artists of all disciplines (including visual arts, film, audio, music, theatre, writing and curatorship). The residency welcomes artists who wish to research, develop and/or produce ongoing or new bodies of work. Artists will be expected to make a community presentation (workshop, public lecture, studio tour, reading, for example). Subject to availability, residencies are from up to 4 to 12 weeks in duration. The residency is wheelchair accessible. Submissions are reviewed on an ongoing basis, and should include:

  • A current CV;
  • A presentation or program proposal;
  • A covering letter;
  • A  link to images with visual documentation of past and proposed work (max. 20 images);
  • And, an indexed image list.

Email submissions to Grenfell Art Gallery Director and Curator Matthew Hills at: mhills@grenfell.mun.ca


Exhibition Proposals and Artist-in-Residence Program

Grenfell Art Gallery reviews submissions on an ongoing basis. For your information, you can download a copy of the Grenfell Art Gallery floor plan here.

Submissions should include the following:

  • Your address and contact information;
  • Your current CV;
  • An exhibition or residency proposal;
  • An artist’s statement;
  • A CD or a link to images with visual documentation of past and proposed work (max. 20 images);
  • And, an indexed image list.

Application material will not be returned to applicants unless a self-addressed stamped envelope is included.

Email proposals to Grenfell Art Gallery Director and Curator Matthew Hills at: mhills@grenfell.mun.ca




Art Gallery

Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland
20 University Drive, Corner Brook, NL
A2H 5G4, Canada

Office: Fine Arts Building, 2nd Floor
Phone: (709) 637-6209
Email: mhills@grenfell.mun.ca