Best Juried Exhibition

October 28  – November 18, 2017

Featuring work by PJ Anderson, Tibor Bodi, Teresa Burrows, Katrina Craig, Brook Drabot, Anne Fallis, Carolyn Mount, Grace Nickel, Keith Oliver, Rosemarie Peloquin, Debbie Plett, Kelli Rey, Wendy Seversen, Karen Taylor, & Peter Tittenberger.

With Jurors Janet Morton, David Krindle and Sonja Rosenberg

2017 Judith Ryan Memorial Award
The 2017 Judith Ryan Memorial Award was presented to Grace Nickel at the opening reception of best, for her Jingdezhen porcelain piece, Host. Congratulations Grace!
Thank you to John Ryan for keeping the memory of his wife Judith alive by continuing to recognize and support contemporary craft practice in Manitoba through the Judith Ryan Memorial Award.

“The Manitoba Craft Council (MCC) and the Manitoba Crafts Museum and Library (MCML) are pleased to present best, a juried exhibition of contemporary and traditional craft.

For the past decade, the MCC has been producing all of its exhibitions in partnership with venues across the province and beyond.  The best exhibition, however, was planned to coincide with the opening of the new C2 Centre for Craft, the MCC and MCML’s new joint space; it would be the exhibition that launched a new life stage for both organizations.  Rather than hem ourselves in with a very specific theme, we simply wanted to select original, high quality work that would speak to the range of our members’ studio practices.

best, as an exhibition title, is both ironic and sincere.  It brings to mind the prize-winning pig at an agricultural fair or the hyperbolic claims of mattress wholesalers.

Many thanks to the best jurors: David Krindle (MB) ceramic artist; Janet Morton (ON) textile, installation artist; and Sonja Rosenberg (MB) goldsmith, fine art jeweler

best was made possible through the generous support of: the Manitoba Arts Council, the Province of Manitoba (Arts Branch), and trustees of the Judith Ryan Memorial Award.  Thanks to URBANINK for their work on the catalogue, and to the MCC and MCML staff, boards and volunteers for their behind the scenes labours.

As you visit this exhibition, may these small works channel the spirit of creativity, playfulness and humour in you.”

  • Tammy Sutherland, Director, Manitoba Craft Council