Stories of Contentment and Other Fables – CBC Radio Interview

January 19th, 2017

I was thrilled to speak with Gord Ellis from CBC radio about my exhibition Stories of Contentment and Other Fables at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery on January 11, 2017. Click here for the archived audio interview.

Gord Ellis also produced a video as well. You can check it out on Facebook here.

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Gord Ellis Interviewing Amanda Burk for CBC radio. Photo courtesy of the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

I would like to acknowledge the generous support of the Ontario Arts Council which supported the making of this body of work and exhibition. Thank you.

Stories of Contentment and Other Fables – Installation

January 19th, 2017

Some sneak peek images showing the early stages of the installation of Stories of Contentment and Other Fables at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery. The Thunder Bay Art Gallery‘s installation team is truly remarkable. They made it look easy, even when it wasn’t.

Stories of Contentment and Other Fables opens on January 13, 2017 and will run until March 26, 2017

I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to the Ontario Arts Council for the Exhibition Assistance grant that I was awarded that assisted me in getting my drawings framed – forty-three drawings to be exact. Thank you!

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View of Things coming into being (wall) and The misperception of stillness (floor). Image courtesy of the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

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View of It should come as no surprise... being installed. Image courtesy of the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

Work in Progress – Upcoming Exhibition at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery

October 25th, 2016

I am in the midst of completing a new body of work for an upcoming solo exhibition at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery in early 2017.  The exhibition runs January 13, 2017 to March 26, 2017 and is titled, Stories of Contentment and Other Fables. Here is another sneak peek of what is in the works. I would like to acknowledge the generous support of the Ontario Arts Council in funding this body of work.

It should come as no surprise, 2016 (detail)

The misperception of stillness, 2016 (work in progress)

The misperception of stillness, 2016 (detail, work in progress)

Image featured on Collective Arts’ Apple & Cherry Cider

July 27th, 2016

What fun to have my image Dual (Wooten and Miller) featured on Collective Arts’ Apple & Cherry Cider!

Amanda Burk's drawing Dual (Wooten and Miller) featured on Collective Arts' Apple & Cherry Cider

Collective Arts Brewing is a grassroots beer company fusing the craft of brewing with the inspired talents of emerging artists & musicians. Our brewery is dedicated to promoting artists and raising creative consciousness through the sociability of craft beer.

Collective Arts Brewing is based in Hamilton, Ontario and the cider is available at a number of grocery stores across Ontario. You will find a list of locations here. Please enjoy responsibly.

International Drawing Annual – INDA 11

June 22nd, 2016

I am thrilled to have my work, Full Circle (unrest),  selected for Manifest’s International Drawing Annual (INDA 11). The publication is due out early 2017.

Amanda Burk, Full Circle (unrest), 2015, charcoal on paper, 10' x 10'

About the INDA 11

For the INDA 11 Manifest received 1907 submissions from 593 artists from all across the U.S. and the world. The publication will include 120 works by 81 artists.

Eleven professional and academic advisors qualified in the fields of art, design, and art history juried this 11th International Drawing Annual. The process of selection was by anonymous blind jury, with each jury member assigning a quality rating for artistic merit to each work submitted. The entries receiving the highest average combined score will be included in this publication.

The International Drawing Annual publication was conceived as an extension of Manifest’s Drawing Centre mission to promote, feature and explore drawing as a rich and culturally significant art form.

The goal of the INDA is to support the recognition, documentation and publication of excellent, current, and relevant works of drawing from around the world.

Ontario Arts Council Grant – Visual Artists: Emerging

June 22nd, 2016

I am so pleased to have received a Visual Artists grant from Ontario Arts Council and to be recognized in the Emerging Artists category.

The grant will be used in support of a new body of work that I am developing for an upcoming solo exhibition at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery in early 2017.

Thank you Ontario Arts Council!

Here is a sneak peek of what I’ve been working on.

Drawing in progress

There will be approximately thirty drawings in this developing series and it will be shown as one large work

Ontario Scene – North of the 45th at Gallery 101

May 11th, 2015

Drawings from my Dual series and a new drawing, Full Circle (unrest), are currently on exhibition at Gallery 101 in Ottawa as part of the National Arts Centre’s Ontario Scene. The exhibition, North of the 45th, runs May 3 to May 30, 2015.

North of the 45th looks at the diversity of artistic practices and voices from Northern Ontario. From drawing to ceramics to video to performance, these works dismantle stereotypical notions of regional identity by offering complex and thoughtful expressions of the relationships that connect land, memory, and history. The exhibition features the work of:  Amanda Burk, Sarah Link, Tanya Lukin Linklater, Riaz Mehmood, Laurent Vaillancourt, Debajehmujig – Gallery 101

Dual series and Full Circle (unrest) on exhibition at G101

Full Circle (unrest), 2015

Full Circle (unrest), detail

35th Bradley International Print and Drawing Exhibition

March 20th, 2015

My drawing Hushed Renewal has recently been accepted into the 35th Bradley International Print and Drawing Exhibition and has been awarded an Honourable Mention.

Hushed Renewal, 2014, Graphite on paper, 68” x 50”

The Bradley International Print and Drawing Exhibition is the second-longest running juried print and drawing competition in the United States. Every two years it features the best contemporary graphic artwork from around the globe. This year’s exhibition features 142 works of art by 108 international artists.  Juror Beth Grabowski is a Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.    – Bradley International

The 35th Bradley International Exhibition runs March 7 to April 17, 2015 and is hosted in multiple venues connected to Bradley University in Peoria, IL.

I would again like to acknowledge the support of the Ontario Arts Council who supported the production of my drawing Hushed Renewal and the work in this series.

Behind the moon… Beyond the rain… Pocketful Magazine, Issue 11

February 24th, 2015

My drawing, Hushed Renewal, has been included in the publication, Behind the moon… Beyond the rain…, Issue 11 of Pocketful Illustration Magazine, edited by Selin Yurdakul.

Behind the moon… Beyond the rain… can be found in print at amazon and online. My specific drawing can be found here.

There is always something magical about seeing your own work in print!

I would again like to acknowledge the support of the Ontario Arts Council who supported the production of my drawing Hushed Renewal and the work in this series.

The North Now – Thunder Bay Art Gallery

November 4th, 2014

Quiescence in The North Now at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery - image credit Thunder Bay Art Gallery

I am very pleased to have my work Quiescence on exhibition at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery in The North Now. The exhibition runs from October 24, 2014 – January 4, 2015

The Thunder Bay Art Gallery describes the exhibition as:

Featuring art from across Northern Ontario, this multi-disciplinary juried exhibition provides a glimpse of the immense creativity, diversity and innovation by established and emerging artists living in the north of the province. This is the first juried exhibition organized by the Gallery in ten years and this time the reach has been extended to include Northeastern Ontario artists as well.

The jury for this exhibition consisted of: David Garneau, Artist and Associate Professor, University of Regina; Carol Podedworny, Director and Chief Curator of the McMaster Museum of Art; and Dr. Andrea Terry, Art Historian, Lakehead University. Fifty-two artists had their submissions accepted into this exhibition.

I would like to gratefully acknowledge the support of the Ontario Arts Council and thank them for the exhibition assistance I received.