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Rising Talents Selected by
The Royal Canadian Academy of Arts
Main Space. June 26 — August 1, 2009
Reception at Stride Gallery
Opening reception Friday, June 26, 2009 at 8pm

Invite PDF
Exhibition Information
Artist Bios


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On the occasion of the 129th annual meeting of the RCA, Calgary 2009, we are pleased to partner with Stride Gallery to present this special project. We invited seven distinguished, senior members of the RCA to each select one young artist from the Calgary region whose work they are watching and admire, to showcase their talent. The resulting exhibition brings together a diverse mix of disciplines, styles and aesthetic concerns. It showcases fresh, new work and expresses our confidence in the values of the next generation of developing artists.

We thank the RCA jurors for sharing their insights with us and graciously turning their attention to champion the work of artists embarking upon the inaugural phase of their careers. Hearty congratulations and thanks to the selected exhibitors.

Since 1880, the RCA has been a leading advocate furthering the advancement of the arts in Canada. We salute Stride Gallery for so enthusiastically embracing this mission.

Jeffrey Spalding C.M.

Royal Canadian Academy of Arts


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Brian Batista is a man of many skills and talents—an arranger of things,
a painter, performer, media artist, mentor, entrepreneur and magician.  He is a BFA graduate of the Alberta College of Art and Design, an ACAD Board of Governors award recipient, and a Jedi at heart.


John Will is an artist living in Calgary.


Angela Bedard was born on Vancouver Island.  She recently received her BFA
with a major in Glass from the Alberta College of Art and Design.  Angela currently resides in Calgary, Alberta, where she continues her performance, sculpture, and kiln-formed glass practice.


Rita McKeough is an installation and performance artist who teaches at the Alberta College of Art and Design.  She has exhibited extensively for 30 years and she insists that she has been fortunate to have the support and assistance of her friends and community to produce her work.  


Jennea Frischke is an interdisciplinary artist currently residing in Calgary, Alberta.  In 2006 she received her BFA with Distinction from the Alberta College of Art and Design (ACAD), where she majored in Jewellery and Metals.  Jennea maintains an active jewellery-making practice, and teaches Extended Studies classes at ACAD.


An Alberta College of Art and Design Alumni of Distinction, Jackie Anderson maintains an active studio practice in Calgary, Alberta.  Collections include the Canadian Museum of Civilization, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, The MacDonald Stewart Centre, and the Metal Arts Guild.  Anderson became a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 2002.


Angela Hendry is a multidisciplinary artist focusing in painting, printmaking, and installation.  Her work explores themes of myth, magic, realism, and environment.  Her recent series, Disposable Landscapes, examines the cycle of urban development.  She is currently completing a combined BFA (Painting) and BA (Art History) at the University of Calgary.


Joane Cardinal-Schubert, LL.D (Hon.); RCA, ASA, BFA
Producing a dynamic body of work, unique in approach and execution; exhibited and collected nationally and internationally, Cardinal-Schubert, described as a 'renaissance woman' is a published writer, poet, lecturer, curator, director of theatre and video, a painter, printmaker and multi-media installation artist who lives and works in Calgary.


Robert Lemermeyer is a self-taught, Calgary-based photographer specializing in architecture and travel photography.  His assignments have taken him to China, Japan, USA, Russia, South Africa, Chile, UK, Ireland and Israel.  A self-described “culture aficionado,” Lemermeyer immensely enjoys traveling the world and pursuing his passions: meeting inspiring people, sampling exotic foods, and experiencing stunning architecture and diverse cultures. 


With 30 years’ experience as an architect, Jeremy Sturgess has contributed to Canadian architecture at all levels.  He has been recognized internationally for his work, which includes master plans, housing at all scales, and buildings that consistently contribute to their environment.  A book on his work is currently in production.


Robin Murphy holds the degrees of BFA in Sculpture (ACAD 2006), MBA (McGill 1983) and BA in Psychology (Concordia 1979).  As a public art consultant, Robin is an advocate and supporter for arts and culture in Calgary.  She sculpts primarily in steel, bronze and wood, exploring a figurative or life experience narrative.


Alberta-born, Katie Ohe studied at ACAD, the Montreal Museum of Art, and the Sculpture Centre, New York.  She worked in foundries in Verona for a number of years, and now teaches and maintains her studio practice in Calgary.  Ohe has exhibited internationally and is best known for her participatory kinetic sculpture, Zipper.


Romy Straathof graduated with a BFA with Distinction from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2009.  She works primarily with paper, weaving and spinning text, maps and images into small works.  She explores themes of knowledge, language and information systems, integrating words and maps into the materiality of her pieces.


Jane Kidd maintains an active studio practice in Calgary, Alberta, and teaches at the Alberta College of Art and Design.  Kidd’s woven tapestries are included in numerous public and corporate collections, and have been exhibited around the world.  She was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Art in 2001.


Vitaly Medvedovsky was born in Kharkov, Ukraine, and immigrated to Canada in 1998.  He is currently in his second year of the MFA Painting program at Concordia University (Montreal) and earned his BFA (Honours) from the Ontario College of Art and Design (Toronto).  Medvedovsky has participated in group exhibitions in Montreal, Toronto, Philadelphia and Los Angeles, and has received numerous awards, including the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, and the Ontario Arts Council Emerging Artist Grant.


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