Alumni exhibition | Malaspina Printmakers

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they thought, where do we go from here?
Gary Bowden, Chris Brady, Bob Evermon, Monique Fouquet, Michael
Jolliffe, Deborah Koenker, and Renee Van Halm

Malaspina Printmakers
1555 Duranleau Street, Vancouver, BC, V6H 3S3

November 13 to December 13, 2015
Opening reception Thursday, November 12, 6 to 9pm

And they thought, where do we go from here? is a 40th anniversary
exhibition of the founders of Malaspina Printmakers: Gary Bowden,
Chris Brady, Bob Evermon, Monique Fouquet, Michael Jolliffe, Deborah
Koenker, and Renee Van Halm. In 1975, these seven artists, all
associated with the Vancouver School of Art (Emily Carr University of
Art + Design), gathered at the Mido Gallery on Main Street to create a
new society that would allow them to apply for funds for an
international print exhibition. 40 years later, we’re showing their work
from that time period, along with newer work. Please join us for the
opening celebration on Thursday, November 12, 2015, from 6pm to
9pm.

Gary Bowden was a professor in the printmaking department of the
Emily Carr University of Art + Design for over 30 years. He received a
BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1969, and a MFA from the
University of California Santa Barbara in 1971, where he taught
printmaking for two years in 1972 and 1973. His work has been
exhibited in exhibitions internationally, and is represented in private and
public collections in the United States and Canada. He lives in
Vancouver.

Chris Brady was the first Secretary of the Board of Directors of the
Malaspina Printmakers Society in 1975, while he was still a student at
the Vancouver School of Art. He moved to New York in the late 1970s.

Bob Evermon was a professor in the printmaking department of the
Emily Carr University of Art + Design for over 30 years, and has taught
at institutions across Canada and the United States, and in Italy. A
master printer in stone lithography, he previously worked at the
Tamarind Lithography Workshop in Hollywood, and the Gemini G.E.L.
in Los Angeles. His work has been exhibited internationally, and is
included in numerous private and public collections, including the
Walker Art Center, the Smithsonian Institute, and the Vancouver Art
Gallery. He lives in Sechelt.

Monique Fouquet holds a MFA from Simon Fraser University and a
PhD from The University of British Columbia. She taught at Emily Carr
University of Art + Design and served as Vice President Academic and
Provost from 2002 to 2011. From 2013 to 2014 she was Distinguished
Visiting Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar, where
she also held the post of Interim Director of Foundation. Her work has
been exhibited nationally and internationally in group and solo
exhibitions, and most recently was included in Out of Sight: New
Acquisitions at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 2014. She lives in
Vancouver.

Michael Jolliffe studied at the Vancouver School of Art from 1974 to
1975, and received his MFA from Concordia University in Montreal in
1982. He started his artistic career as a printmaker, but after he
discovered Christianity in 1980, he began exploring religious themes in
large, brightly coloured and heavily impastoed oils, and mixed media
abstractions. After a visit to Florence in 1992, his palette became more
subdued, but still focused on biblical parables. Jolliffe’s work has been
exhibited across North America since the mid-1970s, and is included in
numerous public and corporate collections. He previously taught at
Concordia University and at the Emily Carr College of Art and Design,
and now lives in Montreal, Quebec.

Deborah Koenker received a BA from the University of California at
Santa Barbara, a MFA from Claremont Graduate University in Southern
California, and studied at Central Saint Martins College of Art and
Design in London, England. Her work has been exhibited in Canada,
Mexico, and the United States. Until recently, she was an Associate
Professor of Visual Art at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, and
she is currently based in Vancouver.

Renee Van Halm completed her undergraduate studies at the
Vancouver School of Art, and received a MFA from Concordia
University in Montréal. She helped to establish Mercer Union, an artist-
run centre in Toronto, in 1979, and taught for over a decade at York
University before joining the faculty of Emily Carr University of Art and
Design in 1992. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group
exhibitions internationally, and is held in private and public collections
in Canada and elsewhere. In 2012, the Burnaby Art Gallery mounted a
35-year survey exhibition and published a catalogue of her works on
paper. Her work is represented by Birch Libralato in Toronto, and
Equinox Gallery in Vancouver, and she lives in Vancouver.