[BCMA] Fwd: Posting for a Contract Curator job

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*Curatorial Contract Opportunity for an Emerging Japanese Canadian Curator
or Artist *

The University of Victoria Legacy Art Galleries in Victoria, B.C. is
seeking an emerging Japanese Canadian curator or artist to work on an
exhibition featuring the paintings of Dr. Henry Shimizu. Dr. Shimizu and
his family were uprooted from Prince Rupert, B.C. and incarcerated in New
Denver in the Kootenay region during World War II. They saw their property
sold without their permission, and were forced into exile at the end of the
war. Henry was 14 years old at the beginning of the uprooting. He went on
to become one of Canada’s leading plastic surgeons. Decades later, he
reflected on his New Denver experience through a series of 27 paintings
that will be featured in the exhibit.

This opportunity will provide valuable professional experience for an
emerging curator who will work with Dr. Shimizu to present these paintings
at the Legacy Art Gallery in downtown Victoria in an exhibition based on
the theme “Out of Exile” in May 2022. The candidate will also have the
opportunity to work with Bryce Kanbara, 2021 recipient of the Governor’s
General Award for Visual and Media Arts, who will act as a mentor for the
project, as well as with Legacy Art Gallery’s professional staff.

The project will require the curator to work over zoom to connect with
Bryce Kanbara and Henry Shimizu. The curator will conduct research and
interviewing while considering new ideas and context for presenting the
art. They will write the exhibition and promotional text and plan the
layout of the exhibition. If the situation allows (pending easing of
pandemic restrictions), we may be able to bring the curator to Victoria to
assist in the installation of the exhibition and take part in an opening.

Please see the attached posting for more details.

Mary Jo Hughes


University of Victoria Legacy Art Galleries

630 Yates Street

Victoria, BC, V8W 1K9

(250) 721-8807

I acknowledge with respect the Lekwungen peoples on whose traditional
territory the University of Victoria stands, and the Songhees, Esquimalt
and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue
to this day.
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