State of the art
The University of Manitoba’s gleaming new Art Research Technology Laboratory (ARTlab) building opened in February, just east of the old Taché Hall residence on Dafoe Road, which is being converted into an arts centre.
The four-storey, 70,000-squarefoot, environmentally green ARTlab includes light-filled studios, cutting-edge equipment for digital art creation and a soundstage for film, photography and audio production. Its “wow” factor is so great that some students who had dropped out have returned this fall to finish their degrees, says Paul Hess, director of the 400-student School of Art.
The main-floor School of Art Gallery that replaces the cramped Gallery One One One is more than triple its size and has a 16-foot ceiling. It’s built to the same international standards for security and climate control as the Winnipeg Art Gallery and has a secondary space for rotating shows from the 4,000-piece U of M collection. Mary Reid is its first full-time curator/director.
Reid has not yet announced the artists who will follow Robert Houle in a series showcasing former U of M students and instructors. She says she is working on shows by Sheila Butler and photographer Laura Letinsky for sometime in the next two years.