The John and Maggie Mitchell Art Gallery (MAG), located in MacEwan University's Allard Hall in the heart of downtown Edmonton, has launched the MAG Exchange Artist Mentorship Program — a rapid response to support artist connection and creation during the COVID-19 global pandemic.
The MAG released a call for submissions for the program in April, shortly after temporarily closing its physical gallery space, and received an impressive yet overwhelming response from artists throughout the city and greater Edmonton area. From the dozens of applications received, nine local artists have been selected and paired with nine established artists from across Canada.
Anica Neiman, Ana Smith, Thomas Weir, and MacEwan University Alumni Eric Almberg, Max Elwood, Kiona Ligtvoet, Grace Papineau-Couture, Taiessa Pagola, and Emily Storvold will be mentored, respectively, by Corri-Lyn Tetz, Emily Davidson, Collin Johansen, Guadalupe Martinez, Aislinn Thomas, Florence Yee, Karen Asher, Alma Visscher, and Hazel Meyer.
The program includes one-on-one mentorship sessions, regular cohort check-ins, and opportunities to reflect and share experiences with the greater community through virtual programing over the spring and summer. Not only will each artist receive a generous honouriam for participating in the program, but the MAG Exchange Artist Mentorship provides emerging artists with the opportunity to grow their network of support on a national level, share more about their artistic and professional practices, and discuss the current social factors informing the circumstances of these practices right now.