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Former Keyano Art instructor returns as Visiting Artist

Author: Greg Bennett/Thursday, March 14, 2019/Categories: Keyano College General

Noted artist and former Keyano College instructor Robin Smith-Peck returned to the College last week as a Visiting Artist to offer her experience and creative insights to Art and Design students.

“I love teaching. I find it a fascinating thing to do” she said. “For me, the challenge is communicating something that often isn’t communicable.” 

Working with Keyano art instructor Erin Schwab and studio instructor aide Paul Neiman, she held a printmaking workshop on Thursday, March 7 that offered students first-hand instruction. 

Her visit also provided the College an opportunity to expand its collections, for display and to be used as a teaching resource. Through the program, she created a special limited edition print entitled: The Other Side of the River. For this work, she used a combination of mediums, including digital, paint and even pencil drawing. The print incorporates a language of patterns, graphics, and imagery that is reminiscent of a tapestry but that allows the viewer to exercise their imagination.

The work can be used by the college as gifts or for fundraising purposes, a print will also be retained for the College’s collection. 

Robin began her career in printmaking as a student at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. After graduating, she worked as a Technician in the Printmaking Department of the University of Alberta, graduating with a Masters of Visual Arts in 1990. While employed there she co-founded, with Marc Siegner, the Society of Northern Alberta Print-Artists. She continued her studio practice in Yellowknife, and worked with the Arctic College travelling and teaching printmaking in the communities of Iqaluit, Cape Dorset and Holman. 

In 1996, she moved with her husband and young son back to her hometown of Goose Bay, Labrador where she built a print shop creating the visual material she would use in her collages. Soon after, she began exhibiting with Christina Parker Gallery in St. John’s. 

In 2005, Robin, and her family moved to Fort McMurray where she began teaching in the Art and Design Department at Keyano. While here, she exhibited in Faculty shows as well as in print exhibitions in Beijing and Thailand. She later relocated with her family to the Edmonton area and built a new studio practice, where she continues to teach as a contract instructor and exhibit with the Peter Robertson Gallery.  

Over the last few years Robin has participated in numerous group shows and has been featured in several solo exhibitions.

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Noted artist and former Keyano College instructor Robin Smith-Peck speaks to Art and Design students about the work she created for the College. She was at the College last week as part of the Visiting Artist Program. 

For the program, she created this special limited edition print entitled: The Other Side of the River.

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