Petrichor: Artists and Curator in Conversation

Friday, July 7, 2023
7:00 pm

Join the creative team of Petrichor for an exploration of the themes, technical processes, and curatorial decisions that shaped the immersive environment of the exhibition. With rich imagery and textures, Petrichor has stunning initial visual impact. As viewers linger in this space, the individual artworks offer more subtle discoveries and quieter poetic meanings. The conversation will address the mythology of the garden and investigate the human impulse to shape and manipulate outdoor spaces. Also in discussion will be Petrichor’s exploration of the genre of still life, making reference to both historical painting and the language of display in natural history museums. This conversation will offer viewers an understanding of the motivations that shaped Petrichor and set the stage for meaningful engagement with the exhibition.

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Artist and Curator Biographies

Nurielle Stern (MFA 2014, Alfred University, NY) is a Toronto-based sculpture and installation artist. Her most recent solo exhibition, Fable, is a large-scale installation commissioned by the Gardiner Museum. Stern is the 2019 recipient of the Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramic Art, and a 2020 recipient of the NCECA Emerging Artist Award. Her work is in the collections of the Gardiner Museum, Toronto, ON, the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, Waterloo, ON, the Art Gallery of Burlington, Burlington, ON and the Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art, Alfred, NY.

Nicholas Crombach (BFA 2012, OCAD University, Toronto) is an artist working in Kingston, ON. Crombach was awarded the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Award in 2016. His recent solo exhibitions include Behind Elegantly Carved Wooden Doors (Art Mûr Montreal in 2017) and The End Of The Chase (New Art Projects, London, in 2018, Art Mûr Berlin in 2018, and Art Mûr Montréal in 2019). In 2021, Crombach completed Horse and Cart, a public artwork commissioned by the City of Kingston for Victoria Park.

Crombach and Stern began working together in Toronto in the fall of 2017. Their collaborative exhibition, Whale Fall, was shown at the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery in 2019 and Union Gallery, Kingston in 2021. Whale Fall was produced and exhibited with the support of the Ontario Arts Council. Their collaborative work has also been exhibited at Art Mûr Gallery, Montreal, for their 25th Anniversary Exhibition, Terra Nova.

Sheila McMath (MFA 2001, University of Waterloo) is a curator, facilitator, community organizer, and current Artistic Director of Inter Arts Matrix, an interdisciplinary incubator and producer based in Kitchener, ON. McMath’s work in the arts has maintained a balance of work with larger institutions and direct involvement with artist-run initiatives. She has been published numerous times in FUSION magazine and various exhibition catalogues. McMath is also a founding member of Tri-City Stopgap (TCS), an artist collective that hosts large-scale exhibitions in marginal or transitional spaces.

Headshot of Sheila McMath