Mentoring Artists for Women's Art: Wendy Wersch Memorial Lecture with Leesa Streifler, October 21

MAWA: Mentoring Artists for Women's Art

Wendy Wersch Memorial Lecture with Leesa Streifler, Oct. 21

Sunday, October 21, 2018


Cinematheque, 100 Arthur Street

Free! Everyone is welcome

How does our gendered subject-position frame our work and careers? For almost four decades, Leesa Streifler's practice has critically examined gender politics, fearlessly presenting the suffering incurred by contemporary gender roles and presenting images in opposition to rigid social norms. Leesa Streifler will reflect on her artistic development through the lens of gender, beginning with her developmental years in Winnipeg, through her graduate studies in New York, to a three-decade career in teaching and exhibiting. How does gender function in art?

Leesa Streifler was born and raised in Winnipeg, receiving a BFA Honours from the University of Manitoba in 1980. She then moved to New York and received an MFA from Hunter College. In 1986, Streifler accepted a teaching position in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Regina, where she currently teaches painting and drawing at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Her practice focuses on contemporary explorations in painting, drawing, text and photography. Streifler is known for her feminist work investigating the impact of social and cultural beliefs and practices on feminine identity. Additionally, her work addresses topics including interspecies communication, familial relationships and aging. She has exhibited throughout Canada, and her work is included in major public collections including the Canada Council Art Bank and the National Gallery of Canada. She is currently exhibiting in Not the Camera, But the Filing Cabinet: Performative Body Archives in Contemporary Art, September 13 - November 24 at Gallery 1C03, curated by Noor Bhangu.

The Wendy Wersch Lecture is an annual event that celebrates the memory of Winnipeg artist Wendy Wersch and is dedicated to exploring issues related to autonomy for women artists. The lectures focus on women in the arts as role models for innovative cultural investigation. The series builds awareness of feminist art criticism, activism and practice. This lecture, organized by the Wendy Wersch Memorial Committee, is supported by Mentoring Artists for Women's Art (MAWA) and The Winnipeg Foundation.