As the MAG is in a City-owned facility, we will be adhering to City of Red Deer policy and taking part in the provincial Restrictions Exemption Program. All staff and visitors to the building must wear masks and practice social distancing at all times. Check out our recent blog post for recent announcements about visitation and program restrictions. Visit our Calendar of Events for What's On this month!

A Place of Belonging with Ken Housego

Aug 5th, 2021

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Virtual Artist Talk:

A Place of Belonging with Ken Housego

Join Canadian artist Ken Housego in his studio to learn about his art practice. Two of Ken's pieces are currently on display at the MAG as part of the exhibition, A Prairie Vernacular: Folk & Contemporary Art Narratives of Life On the Canadian Prairies.

sculpture - cow on piece of wood

This program will be streamed live via our Youtube and Facebook channels.

Event begins at 6:30 pm MDT on July 22, 2021.


About Kenneth Housego

Kenneth Housego

Born in Ontario, Kenneth obtained a Diploma in Painting from Humber College of Applied Arts and Technology, a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, NS, (with later independent studies in Computers, Multimedia and Interactivity), a MFA from York University Department of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto. After two years teaching in Peace River, AB, Ken and his family settled in Grande Prairie, AB, where he taught at the Grande Prairie Regional College in the Visual Arts Program.

For over 30 years, Ken has worked in painting, sculpture, mixed media and collage, informed, as he has commented, "by the academics of fine art and inspired by naïve imagery," to create vignettes in which compelling and enigmatic stories unfold. Kenneth has had numerous solo exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie, and his work is held by private and public collections, including the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.

A Prairie Vernacular

A Prairie Vernacular examines historic and contemporary representations of the vernacular in artistic practice on the Canadian prairies, considering the relationship of folk art to contemporary art produced in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

These representations of the vernacular not only adopt the materials, methods and/or motivations of a folk aesthetic, but speak to shared contexts and subject matter, either reflecting on memories and histories of life on the prairies or presenting visual narratives rife with humour, fantasy, myth, politics, religion, and the prairie gothic.

Learn More

This exhibition is on display at the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery (MAG) until August 16, 2021.

Image credit (top) L-R: Kenneth HouseGo, Casual Distress, Harvester, 1985, Collection of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.  Ann Harbuz, Inside Views of Whitkow, 1980.  Jude Griebel, Grandmother, 2012.  William Panko, Happy Cabbages, n.d., Collection of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.  Jane Zednik, Bull, 1980.  Amalie Atkins, Scenes from a Secret World, 2010.

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