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A Grimsby Talent Lives On

April 21 - June 10

Opening Reception:
Sunday,  April 22, 2 – 4 p.m.

An immensely talented artist and musician, Murray Bowman (1948 – 2016) was born and raised in Grimsby. After attending the Ontario College of Art, where his instructors included A.J. Casson and Carl Schaeffer, he spent 8 years as a blues/rock musician, before returning to Grimsby, visual art and a job as the first GPAG Curator under Director Bill Poole. By the late 1970’s his career as an artist was taking off; he had solo exhibitions in Grimsby and Hamilton; a two person show in Woodstock and plans for a second solo at GPAG.

Then, in 1983, the accident happened.

Bowman was struck down while walking his bike along a country road. He was alone and details are unclear. It is clear that he had suffered a traumatic head injury and spent the next 10 months in a coma. After the accident Bowman was not able to live independently again, but art, creativity and sharing his talents with others continued to guide his life.

This exhibition is an opportunity to bring together a comprehensive selection of Murray Bowman’s works.  It is also an opportunity for the community that nurtured his youth and that benefited from his creativity to remember and celebrate his uniquely creative spirit – and for many of us, it is a chance to Get to Know Murray.

Touring exhibition available for booking!

Grimsby Public Art Gallery - uncovering artists’ books - Exhibition Tour Information

Artists’ books read at once as sensual, spatial and tactile; they open our reading experience to the multi-sensory perception of books as art objects. uncovering artists' books explores this rich artistic practice, highlighting its significant contribution to the history of visual art in Canada.

Curator Geraldine Davis investigates these often under-appreciated creations, illuminating the experiential dimensions of these unusual works and the intimate connections they create with literature, visual culture and documentation.  Artists’ books form an integral part of most art movements. Many exceptional artists have chosen the book arts an important sphere of their creative practices. Experimental and collaborative attitudes prevail in these objects; contemporary examples embrace new technologies and digital formats in this historically significant practice.

• Exhibition fee: $8,000 (plus shipping). Total shipping costs Ottawa + Banff to/from Grimsby were under $3,000 (specific estimates available on request).
• If eligible, Geraldine Davis will assist your gallery to prepare Museums Assistance Program (MAP) Exhibition Circulation Fund (ECF) grant application.  Eligibility criteria: https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/services/funding/museums-assistance/exhibition-circulation.html. MAP’s ECF grant reimburses 75% of eligible exhibition costs (including fees and shipping) to a maximum of $15,000.

• Content: Approx. 100 artists’ books.
o The list of artists included in Uncovering artists’ books’ bilingual, colour publication PDF is now available. Flexible exhibition content with local addenda possibilities.
• Space requirements:  Approx. 200 running feet on floor or walls.
• Modular Vitrines: 16-18 door-sized, sturdy vitrines available as required (easy assembly)

Please contact Geraldine or Rhona with questions or for further information.
Geraldine Davis, UAB Guest Curator
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Rhona Wenger
Director, Grimsby Public Art Gallery
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uncovering artists’ books Grimsby Public Art Gallery (GPAG) March 26-May 15, 2016
At School of Art Gallery, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg Oct. 10-December 1, 2017
YouTube show tour videos, April 2017 at Grimsby Public Art Gallery
uncovering artists’ books - Show Tour with Geraldine Davis, part 1
uncovering artists’ books - Show Tour with Geraldine Davis, part 2
uncovering artists's books - Show Tour with Geraldine Davis, part 3

Uncovering artists' books is generously funded by the Government of Canada.

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