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Past Meets Present in Unique Exhibition and Artist-Led Tours in Historic Ewart Duggan House
Posted Date: 4/21/2017 9:00 AM

Medicine Hat, AB – Calgary artist Laura Vickerson is currently in residence at the Ewart Duggan House for the month of April. During her residency, entitled “Constructed Histories”, she is combining her research in the Archives and Museum of the Esplanade with historical and contemporary objects to create a new fascinating imagined history.

The culmination of the project will be a surprising exhibition filled with intriguing objects like gloves, lace, small paintings, corset and archival images installed throughout the house which will be open to the public on April 24th - 30th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or by appointment. Visitors are invited to stop in to chat with the artist and view the exhibition, admission is free. Laura will also conduct two evening exhibition tours on Tuesday April 25th at 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Due to limited space, please RSVP in advance for tours by contacting Esplanade Visitor Services at (403) 502 – 8777.

Laura Vickerson finds an interesting parallel between the Ewart Duggan House and her project. “One hundred years ago the Duggan House would have been one of only a few family homes in small prairie community. Now the house is located in the middle of downtown Medicine Hat dwarfed by surrounding city and commercial buildings. This beautiful historical house now serves as a residency for artist, writers, educators and heritage professionals. There is a need to accommodate contemporary living within the home while still maintaining its historical identity. It has become a “constructed history”: where one era has been layered on top of another and yet another. It is a hybrid history, which acknowledges the past but welcomes the present. Like memory: every time a memory is recalled it changes. It has been altered by new contexts and experiences.”

Funding from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts and support from the City of Medicine Hat and the Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre has made this residency possible.

Laura Vickerson will also come back to Medicine Hat in July to pursue a month long residency at Medalta alongside her colleague artist Penelope Stewart from Toronto, culminating in an installation in one of the beehive kilns which will be open to the public for the month of August.

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For further information, interviews or images please contact:

Laura Vickerson
(403) 869-3881

Tobie Laliberté
Marketing and Promotions Coordinator
Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre