Work of the Week: "Maybe the Whole Ball is a Heart" by Rita McKeough

Date: Jan 31, 2020

Today is Inspire Your Heart with Art Day, so we hope this week’s Work of the Week inspires your heart – Maybe the Whole Ball is a Heart by Rita McKeough.

You can see this artwork, and many more off McKeough’s work that is in the AFA collection, as it travels around Alberta in the TREX exhibition, Mittenism and the Quest for Empathy, curated by Xanthe Isbister, Manager/Curator, Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre. You can find out where the exhibition is going to be here

About the Artist: Rita McKeough

Rita McKeough is a renowned interdisciplinary artist.

Over the last thirty years, McKeough has been a major contributor to Canada’s strong reputation in audio, media installation and performance-based visual art. Early on in her career, McKeough translated her ideas through etching and lithography techniques, creating several series of works that use inanimate objects to explore the complex emotion of empathy.

Rita McKeough was born in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, and studied printmaking and sculpture at the University of Calgary. She received her BFA in 1975. She returned to the east coast to attend the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) in Halifax and earned her MFA in 1979.

Throughout her career, she has taught at numerous universities and art colleges across Canada, including NASCAD, the University of Calgary, the University of Manitoba and the Banff Centre. Since 2007, she has instructed full time at the Alberta University of the Arts in Calgary (formerly the Alberta College of Art and Design).


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