Charles Bronfman’s Claridge Collection Auction: Part V: Decorative Arts

April 21, 2015

LOT 45
GRACE NICKEL (1956 - ), R.C.A.
  • GRACE NICKEL (1956 - ), R.C.A.

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GRACE NICKEL (1956 - ), R.C.A.

UNTITLED

clay
9.5" x 16" x 2.5" — 24.1 x 40.6 x 6.4 cm.
incised signature

Estimate $150-$200

Realised: $192
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

About artist/note:



GRACE NICKEL (1956 - ), R.C.A

Grace Nickel received her B.F.A. (Ceramics) from the University of Manitoba in 1980 and her M.F.A. from NSCAD University, Halifax, Nova Scotia in 2008. Her work is internationally recognized and she has received numerous awards in overseas competitions, as well as Manitoba Arts Council and Canada Council arts awards.
In 1989, Nickel won the Bronze Award at the 2nd International Ceramics Competition in Mino, Japan. She has also had works accepted into The Fletcher Challenge Ceramics Award in Auckland, New Zealand and was shown in the 1992 International Invitational Exhibition of Ceramic Art in Taipei, Taiwan, where her work was purchased for the National Museum of History. In 1993 she participated in Selected Treasures, an exhibition organized by the Canadian Craft Museum in Vancouver, which traveled to Taipei, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Chicago and Toronto. In the summer of 1999, Nickel traveled to Australia where she was invited to demonstrate her work in paper clay and to present a lecture at Edge, the 9th National Ceramic Conference in Perth. While there, she participated in several exhibitions that took place in conjunction with the conference. In 2000 Nickel won a Judge’s Special Award in the prestigious Sixth Taiwan Golden Ceramics Awards competition. The Taipei County Yingge Ceramics Museum subsequently purchased Nickel’s award-winning piece for its permanent collection. In 2002 the Winnipeg Art Gallery nominated Nickel for the Saidye Bronfman Award, the most prestigious award for fine craft in Canada.

Nickel is Professor of Ceramics at the School of Art of the University of Manitoba.


Selected Corporate, Private and Public Collections

Cambrian Credit Union
Canadian Ceramic Museum, Fuping, China
Claridge Collection, Montréal, QC
Government of Manitoba
Manitoba Arts Council Visual Art Bank
Manitoba Blue Cross
Museum of Modern Ceramic Art, Gifu, Tajimi-shi, Japan
National Museum of History, Taipei, Taiwan
Tainan National University of the Arts, Tainan County, Taiwan
Yingge Ceramics Museum, Yingge, Taiwan

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2008 Devastatus Rememorari, Mary E. Black Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia
2002 A Quiet Passage, Grace Nickel—solo exhibition at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba, curated by Helen Delacretaz, Curator of Decorative Art and Fine Contemporary Craft at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, exhibition catalogue
1996 Commissioned Works for a cabin on Lake of the Woods, Ontario—solo exhibition of 16 commissioned works before permanent installation, Ace Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba
1987 Overlay, Ace Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba—solo exhibition

Selected Group Exhibitions

2007 Inaugural Exhibition of the Canadian Ceramic Museum, Fuping, China
2004 The First Taiwan Ceramic Biennale 2004, Yingge Ceramics Museum, Yingge, Taiwan; Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
2003 Ceramic Lantern Exhibition, Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taiwan
2000 The Sixth Taiwan Golden Ceramics Awards, i Yingge Ceramics Museum, Yingge, Taiwan
Thick as a Brick: By the Flue, traveling exhibition of ceramics NCECA (National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts), Denver, Colorado; Manitoba Crafts Council Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba; and Saskatchewan Craft Gallery, Saskatoon, SK
1999 Diverse: Delegates’ Exhibition, The Western Australian School of Art, Design & Media Gallery, Perth, Australia
Edge to Edge: Ceramics from Australia and Canada, Perth Galleries, Perth, Australia
1997 Remotely Inspired: Pottery Workshop and Showroom, Hong Kong
1995 Ground/Connection, traveling exhibition Minneapolis, Minnesota; St. Norbert Arts and Cultural Centre, St. Norbert, MB
Clay in Canada: North by Northwest, traveling exhibition, National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, Minneapolis, Minnesot; Manitoba Crafts Council Gallery, Winnipeg, MB
1993 Selected Treasures, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan, ROC; The Gallery of the Canadian Embassy, Tokyo, Japan; Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre Exhibition Hall, Hong Kong; Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, Illinois; Koffler Gallery, North York, ON
1992 1992 International Invitational Exhibition of Ceramic Art, National Museum of History, Taipei, Taiwan
Fletcher Challenge Ceramics Award, Auckland Museum, Auckland, New Zealand—juried international exhibition
1989 The 2nd International Ceramics Competition ’89 Mino, Japan, Special Exhibition Hall, Tajimi City, Japan

Selected National Exhibitions

2006 Matter of Clay II, Jonathon Bancroft-Snell Gallery, London, Ontario—invitational exhibition
2005 In the Margins: Canadian Women Working In Clay, an exhibition at the Mary E. Black Gallery, Nova Scotia Centre for Craft and Design, Halifax, Nova Scotia, exhibition curated by Alex McCurdy of Halifax; the second venue for the exhibition was at the Jonathon Bancroft-Snell Gallery in London, Ontario
2003 Genius Loci, Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, Waterloo, Ontario—10th anniversary invitational exhibition
1992 A Treasury of Canadian Craft, Canadian Craft Museum, Vancouver, BC—invitational exhibition
1990 4th National Biennial of Ceramics, Manoir de Tonnancour, Trois-Rivières, Quebec—juried national exhibition
1989 Ten Artists: Ten Provinces, Harbourfront Festival of Craft & Design 10th Anniversary Exhibition, York Quay Gallery, Harbourfront, Toronto, Ontario—invited to be Manitoba’s representative
Recent Work, Galerie Barbara Silverberg Contemporary Ceramics, Montréal, Québec—four-person

Selected Exhibitions in Manitoba

2008 Subconscious City, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba
2005 Branching Out, Manitoba Craft Council Exhibition Gallery, Winnipeg, MB
10th Anniversary Exhibition—Site Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba
2004 Robert Archambeau: Artist, Teacher, Collector, Winnipeg Art Gallery, MB
2003 In Site, Recent Work By New Faculty At The University of Manitoba School of Art, Site Gallery, Winnipeg, MB
Ceramics Faculty Exhibition, Adelaide/McDermot Gallery, Winnipeg, MB
2000 Clay at the Crossroads, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, MB
1999 Winnipeg House Exhibition of Manitoba Art, City Hall, Winnipeg, MB
1995 Ground/Connection, St. Norbert Arts and Cultural Centre, MB
1993 The First Decade Show, Ace Art, Winnipeg, MB
1992 Rooms To Let: Decorated/Undecorated, St. Norbert Arts and Cultural Centre, St. Norbert, MB
Contemporary Focus: Studio Ceramics, Silver and Glass, Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg Art Gallery, MB
1989 Manitoba Artists Honored in Japan, Manitoba Crafts Council, Winnipeg, MB

Selected Awards and Honors

2007 China Residency – one of ten artists invited to represent Canada in the FLICAM (Fule International Ceramic Art Museums) project at the Fuping Pottery Art Village near X’ian, China – Canadian contingent created the charter collection and attended the inaugural opening of the new Canadian Ceramic Museum in Fuping – works remain on view as part of the permanent collection of the Museum
Canada Council Travel Grant
MFA Scholarship, NSCAD University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Manitoba Arts Council Bursary for MFA studies at NSCAD University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
2006 MFA Scholarship, NSCAD University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Manitoba Arts Council Bursary for MFA studies at NSCAD University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
2005 Major Arts Award, Manitoba Arts Council
2003 International Residency, Taiwan—one of ten artists selected to participate in the International Large Outdoor Ceramic Lantern Workshop at Tainan National University of the Arts, a program organized and sponsored by the Yingge Ceramics Museum, Yingge, Taiwan—the lanterns are now in the Yingge Ceramic Museum’s permanent collection
2002 Nominated for Saidye Bronfman Award—nominated by the Winnipeg Art Gallery
2001 Canada Council Craft Grant (mid-career)
2000 Judge’s Special Award: The Sixth Taiwan Golden Ceramics Awards, international juried competition—the Yingge Ceramics Museum, Yingge, Taiwan—award-winning piece purchased for the museum’s permanenf collection
1999 Invited Adjunct Research Fellow, Curtin University of Technology, Ceramics and Glass Department, School of Art, Perth, Western Australia
1996 Banff Centre Scholarship – The Banff Centre For The Arts, Banff, Alberta: New Works Residency, Media & Visual Arts
1993 Purchase for National Museum of History, Taipei, Taiwan, 1993—piece purchased out of The International Invitational Exhibition of Ceramic Art, National Museum of History, Taipei, Taiwan, ROC
1991 Banff Centre Scholarship – The Banff Centre For The Arts, Banff, Alberta: Ceramic Residency Program
1989 Bronze Award: The 2nd International Ceramics Competition ’89, Mino, Japan, international juried competition, exhibition held in the Special Exhibition Hall of Tajimi City, Japan

Selected Links

gracenickel.ca

Provenance:

Galerie Barbara Silverberg, Montreal, QC