Opening reception and Lansdowne Lecture with Bryce Kanbara
Governor General’s Award in Visual & Media Arts (2021)
Exploring Japanese Canadian artists, issues of identity, and intergenerational relationships, Bryce Kanbara will be the keynote speaker for the opening of the exhibition, Isshoni: Henry Shimizu’s Paintings of New Denver Internment. Introductory remarks by curator Samantha Marsh. Reception to follow.
About the speakers:
Bryce Kanbara received the 2021 Governor General’s Award for outstanding contributions in Visual and Media Arts. A painter, sculptor, and printmaker, he aspires to bring together Japanese Canadianess, abstract expressionism, locality, literature and community. The proprietor of you me gallery in Hamilton, Bryce Kanbara was a founding member and first administrator of Hamilton Artists Inc. He has held curatorial positions at Burlington Art Centre, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant, and Art Gallery at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (Toronto). A lifelong activist in the Japanese Canadian community, he has worked extensively building bridges with other communities.