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Gallery Associates, Sunday Art Lecture Series

The Prominence of BC Women Artists: Insights & Impacts

Feb 11 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


With The Honourable Patricia Bovey

BC has been home to many major women artists over many decades. Expanding on her book Western Voices in Canadian Art, Patricia Bovey will delve into the significance of the innovations, depth, and leading-edge impacts of BC women artists from the late 1800s to the present. Pioneering work in various media, the exploration of many subjects, and the use of new, experimental materials will be discussed in this illustrated lecture. She will show the importance of these artists in regional, national, and international contexts.

Patricia Bovey, former member of the Senate of Canada (2016-2023), is an art historian, museologist, author, and professor. She has published extensively on western Canadian art, including Western Voices in Canadian Art (2023); Pat Martin Bates: Balancing on a Thread (a 2015 Alberta Book Awards’ recipient); and Don Proch: Masking and Mapping (a 2019 Manitoba Book Awards’ finalist). An independent consultant, she assisted arts organizations across Canada with governance, funding, and strategic planning. In the Senate she gave voice to the importance of the arts with special Senate exhibitions, programs, reports, and legislation unanimously passed by the Chamber.


Image Credits: The Honourable Patricia Bovey, courtesy of the speaker | Self Painting – Myfanwy Pavelic (Canadian, 1916-2007), 1991,  acrylic,  68.3 x 53.1 cm,  Gift of the Artist (AGGV 1995.008.017)

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