‘The Bob Show’ needs you. Are you a former student of Bob Archambeau? Do you know someone who was?

2018 marks 50 years that Robert (Bob) Archambeau has been with the School of Art.  On November 28, a small exhibition of his work in celebration of his teaching and mentorship will open at the School of Art Gallery.

How can you help?  If you are a former student of Bob’s or you know someone who was, please contact me.  I am looking for stories, rememberings, and reflections on Bob as a teacher, mentor, and artist.  These will appear in the catalogue and on the walls of the gallery.

I am also looking for historic work and photographs.  Again, if you have photographs or work you could loan, please get in contact.  The School of Art Gallery is a class A gallery and the work is insured!

e-mail:  maryannsteggles@icloud.com    OR   maryann.steggles@umanitoba.ca


Robert Archambeau Retrospective in Celebration of his 50 years​ or silver anniversary with the School of Art and the University of Manitoba will open in mid-November at the School of Art Gallery

The precise date is still to TBD but it will be around November 15 running until mid-January.  This is an amazing chance to look back at the work of one of Canada’s legendary ceramic artists and someone who has given so much to the School of Art and its students.  ‘Bob’ has been a fabulous mentor to those working in ceramics.

If you or anyone you know has ceramic work of Bob’s and would loan it to the School of Art Gallery for the exhibition, please get in touch with me as I will be curating the show.  The contact information is maryann.steggles@umanitoba.ca

Stay tuned for more details.

Photo:  Bob working in the ceramic studio, School of Art, 2016

Open Call Women of Colour

Noor Bhangu has curated a final exhibition as part of her internship at the School of Art Gallery.  The title womenofcolour@soagallery is a direct reflection of the representation of women artists in the School’s collection, only 5.6%, and the lack entirely of art by women of colour.  Bhangu’s response has been to put out an Open Call for artwork submissions.  All QTBIPOC women artists are invited to submit work.  All work submitted until the final date, April 13, will be accepted and included in the exhibition.  YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE AFFILIATED WITH THE UNIVERSITY!

How to apply:  Email Noor Bhangu at   SoAG.ProgramAssistant@umanitoba.ca with an expression of interest, including an image of your work if available, your name, the title, the year, the medium and the dimensions.  Drop off of work begins at the School of Art Gallery between 10-4 from Monday to Friday starting February 26 (already passed) and April 13.  You must contact Noor regarding drop off times.  Arrangements can be made for some work to be picked up on Monday, April 19.

There will be a panel discussion, TBA on March 22 and a closing reception on April 12 TBA.  Stay tuned.  I will post that information.

I know many of you in the Winnipeg community and I knew those reading this know others – please spread the word!