In-Gallery Talk: Art School Confidential
Summer Vacation at the Banff School of Fine Arts
Sunday, May 13, 2 pm
Art Gallery of Alberta
Free with Gallery Admission
In this in-gallery talk, join PearlAnn Reichwein and Karen Wall as they provide “behind the scenes” insight on life at the Banff School of Fine Arts in the late 1940s and 1950s. Operated by the University of Alberta, the summer arts school was advertised as a holiday at school in Canada’s premier national park. New archival research highlights the experiences and stories of students, teachers, and other cultural producers at the School, while shedding light on adult arts education and tourism in postwar Canada.
Prof. PearlAnn Reichwein is an Associate Professor at the University of Alberta, and teaches Canadian history and leisure philosophy in the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation. Reichwein once lived in Banff where she worked in public interpretation and cultural resource management while studying mountain culture. She is the author of articles in the Canadian Historical Review, Journal of the Canadian Historical Association, and Journal of Canadian Studies, along with various books and publications. Her upcoming book investigates mountain parks and mountaineering.
Prof. Karen Wall is an Associate Professor in Communication Studies at Athabasca University. She has worked in museums, archives and historic sites, and has an ongoing research interest in regional history. Like Banff School students, she spent part of her optimistic youth in art colleges and continues to concoct visual art as often as possible. Reichwein and Wall collaborate together on research about the Banff School of Fine Arts.