Everybody's Workin' for the Weekend

Art and Art History Dept. Staff and Sessional Exhibition

September 25 - October 13, 2023

Gordon Snelgrove Gallery, open Monday - Friday between 10am-4pm; Closed Friday, September 29 in honour of the National Day of TRC, and closed Monday, October 9 for Thanksgiving. 

Reception: Thursday, October 12, 2023 from 7-10pm

Everybody's Workin' for the Weekend is a group show highlighting the diverse pratices of staff and sessionals within the University of Saskatchewan's Art and Art History Department. A series of lunchtime artist talks will be accompanying the exhibition, with a detailed schedule below. 

Artists: Ann Donald | Barbara Reimer | Breanne Bandur | Clint Hunker | Frances Robson | Grant McConnell | Haidong Qin | Jacob Semko | Jasmin Fookes | Jordan Schwab | Joseph Anderson | Laura St. Pierre | Patrick Bulas | Shawn Zheng | Shelby Lund | Steve Bates | Terry Billings | Xiao Han | 

The Department of Art & Art History at the University of Saskatchewan is pleased to announce this series of talks from our current Staff and Sessionals. These presentations introduce the audience to the thematics and processes each artist is engaging in outside of their departmental roles. 

artist's talk
Patrick Bulas
Monday, October 2nd, 2023, 12:30PM 
Gordon Snelgrove Gallery, Murray 191

artist's talk
Joseph Anderson
Tuesday, October 3rd, 2023, 12:30PM 
Gordon Snelgrove Gallery, Murray 191

artist's talk
Laura St. Pierre
Friday, October 6th, 2023, 12:30PM 
Gordon Snelgrove Gallery, Murray 191

artist's talk
Jacob Semko and Jasmin Fookes
Tuesday, October 10th, 2023, 12:30PM 
Gordon Snelgrove Gallery, Murray 191 

artist's talk
Steve Bates
Wednesday, October 11th, 2023, 12:30PM  
Gordon Snelgrove Gallery, Murray 191

artist's talk
Xiao Han and Barbara Reimer
Friday, October 13th, 2023, 12:30PM
Gordon Snelgrove Gallery, Murray 191

Patrick Bulas, digital image, 2023.
Shawn Zheng, 1980's Figure Drawing 06, charcoal on paper, 1980. 


Ann Brooymans - Donald has lived and taught art in Saskatoon for over 20 years. She enjoys captivating images in her environment. Her connections with nature is the inspiration for her use of the elements and principles of design. Her work celebrates the prairies. Ann has been in numerous exhibitions throughout Canada and Holland.  She has been teaching art in galleries, museums, high schools, elementary schools and universities.  Ann holds degrees related to creating and teaching art from Mount Alison University, Concordia University, University of Western, York University and an Art Academy in Enschede, Holland.   Ann Donald has recently retired from teaching art and graphic design at Holy Cross High School in Saskatoon. She was the first Advanced Placement Art and Design teacher in Saskatoon. She has collaborated with many art teachers and artists on numerous projects. She was awarded Canadian Art Educator of the Year (Grades 9 to 12) in 2021 by the Canadian Society for Education Through Art. She now works as an artist at Studio on 20th, Clayworks and Sask. Potter’s Guild.  She can be reached at anndonaldart@gmail.com.

Barbara Reimer predominately works with lens based media, photo, and installation. Educated in Saskatoon and Toronto in the 1990s, Barb has an extensive background in commercial photographic and digital specialist areas yet has spent the most recent 16 years developing photo materials in “available” coffee solutions.  Research areas include documentary sculpture, “the responsible photograph”, the institution, travel, waste, materiality and process.  Barbara has exhibited nationally and internationally, taking part in solo and group shows in Nicaragua, Toronto, Saskatoon, Michigan, North Carolina, Iceland, and Wuhan, China.

Breanne is an emerging visual artist currently based in Grande Prairie, Alberta, where she works as a Visual Arts Instructor in Drawing at Northwestern Polytechnic. Breanne holds a Diploma in Fine Arts from Dawson College (Montreal, 2012), a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design University (Halifax, 2015), and an MFA from the University of Saskatchewan (Saskatoon, 2021).

At the beginning of my career I worked primarliy in watercolour. Having left it for many years I have taken it up again. It is a difficult medium with many challenges which I've been working to resolve this past summer. There is a strength of conviction in the past watercolour painters of this province that I admire. Often there is a sense of understatement and a search for the truth of what is percieved at the deepest level that draws me toward the challenge of this difficult medium.

I am an artist who has worked in the province since the mid 1980’s when I completed a Masters degree at the University of Saskatchewan. I have taught as a sessional for the department, and St.Peters College since that time.

Frances Robson earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1985. Her photographic work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions in Canada, the United States, Australia and elsewhere, and is in numerous public and private collections. She is currently making books of her past photographic work and creating 3D portraits. Since 1987, Frances has been a sessional photography instructor in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Saskatchewan. She has also mentored artists through CARFAC Sask and taught art and photography to children.

Grant McConnell lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan where he works as an artist and educator. He studied Fine Arts at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick before moving to Saskatoon where he completed a B.F.A and a Master of Fine Arts at the University of Saskatchewan. He currently teaches at the St. Peter’s College, and at the University of Saskatchewan where he specializes in Canadian and Modern Art History and Visual Culture, and Studio Art. He has served as the National Chair and spokesperson of CARFAC, (Canadian Artist’s Representation), and on the boards of directors of the Saskatchewan Arts Board, ACCESS Copyright, and the Remai Modern in Saskatoon, Sk.

He is known primarily for his painting and drawing which is derived from an ongoing investigation of subject matter related to social and historical themes. A return to often familiar subject matter in order to reframe the significant questions, and to free up meaning, underlies the artist’s practice.
Haidong Qin is a Canadian photographer currently based in Saskatoon, SK. By redefining the pictorial elements of the images through formal strategies, his work examines the ambiguous nature of photography and questions the historical and contemporary perception of the medium. He holds a BFA from the University of Saskatchewan and an MFA in Photography and Related Media from the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Jacob Semko is an artist, author, and printmaker with a BFA from the University of Saskatchewan and an MFA from the University of Cincinnati. He has been on faculty at the University of Cincinnati (USA), Queens University (Ontario), Haliburton School of the Arts (Ontario), SERC in Bangor (Northern Ireland), St. Peters College (Saskatchewan) and the University of Saskatchewan. He has also taught workshops, guest lectured, and been a visiting artist in China, Northern Ireland, and the Republic of Ireland. He has participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions displaying his prints and self-produced printmaking equipment. His work has been selected for juried exhibitions, traveling shows, and permanent collections across the globe. Jacob lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Jasmin Fookes (she/her) is an interdisciplinary artist with a BFA and MFA from the University of Saskatchewan and a certificate in Arts and Cultural Management from MacEwan University. She has over a decade of project management experience in various sectors of non-profit organizations including community development and arts & culture. In addition to being a sessional Instructor in the Department of Art ad Art History, she is the Managing Editor of BlackFlash Magazine.

Jordan Schwab, originally from Prince George, BC, holds a BFA from Thompson Rivers University (2005), and received his MFA from the University of Saskatchewan (2009), and a B.Ed from the University of British Columbia (2023). Through a previous career in commercial and industrial construction, he developed an interest in built environments, entropy, and collective work to form the basis for his artistic practice. He has exhibited in various galleries and festivals such as at SKOL gallery (Montreal), SNAP Gallery (Edmonton), Martha Street Studio (Winnipeg), Kamloops Art Gallery, and AKA Artist-Run, PAVED Arts, and Remai Modern Pre-Launch in Saskatoon. He currently resides and works as a teacher in Quesnel, BC and is a sessional instructor at the University of Saskatchewan.

Joseph Anderson was born in Edmonton, raised in southern Alberta, and lives in Saskatoon. He received his MFA at the University of Saskatchewan in 2008, following a BFA at the University of Lethbridge (2000), and a Visual Communications diploma at Medicine Hat College (1998). He has exhibited his work in numerous group and solo shows, including exhibitions at the University of Lethbridge; the Mendel Art Gallery; and the Dunlop Art Gallery. His work is included in the collections of the University of Lethbridge, the University of Saskatchewan, the Saskatchewan Arts Board, the Mendel Art Gallery Collection at Remai Modern, and Medicine Hat College. Joseph is currently employed as the Office Coordinator in the Dept of Art & Art History at the University of Saskatchewan.

Laura St. Pierre est une artiste fransaskoise qui habite à Saskatoon/ le territoire visé par le traité no 6 avec son mari, son enfant et ses trois chiens. Chez elle on trouve son atelier, son petit verger/potager, et un refuge pour les oiseaux, les abeilles, les insectes et les plantes sauvages. Elle a étudié la psychologie à l’Université de la Colombie Britannique et les Beaux Arts à l’Université de l’Alberta et Concordia.  Sa pratique inclut la photo, la vidéo, l'installation, et l’art public.

Laura St. Pierre is a fransaskoise artist who lives on Treaty 6 Territory with her child, husband and three dogs. Her home incorporates a studio, native plant and food garden, and refuge for birds, insects and other creatures. She studied psychology at UBC and Fine Arts at the U of A and Concordia University, where she completed an MFA. Her practice includes photography, video, installation and public art.

Patrick Bulas is an artist who has lived in Saskatoon for over 20 years. Born in Edmonton, he has received both his BFA and MFA from the University of Alberta. In addition to his studio practice, he is the printmaking studio technician and sessional instructor at the University of Saskatchewan.

Shawn Zheng (Shu-Cheng) is from Fuzhou, China. After graduating with a BA in industrial design and an MA in fine art, he was appointed professor in the Department of Fine Arts, Fujian Teacher’s University. Since immigrating to Canada in 1989, he has developed a highly distinctive style with Chinese brush and ink, with a concentration on abstract painting in recent years. He has had a number of solo exhibitions of his work at the Gordon Snelgrove Gallery and teaches classes in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Saskatchewan.
Shelby Lund is an emerging visual artist from Saskatoon, Canada, who works primarily in painting, photography, and installation practices. In 2015 she received her BFA with great distinction from the University of Saskatchewan, and is currently completing her MFA at the same institution. Shelby is expecting to graduate this upcoming fall, 2023. Shelby is the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships, with the most notable being the BMO 1st Art! prize and the SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship. Shelby has shown provincially in projects at the Art Gallery of Swift Current, Mann Art Gallery, AKA artist-run, and PAVED Arts. She has also exhibited nationally in juried exhibitions at the Byward Market Gallery, the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, and the John. B. Aird Gallery.
Steve Bates is an artist and musician living on Treaty 6 Territory and the Homeland of the Métis / Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He frequently works with material in situ and in relation to their sites while at the same time recognizing the many complexities involved in working this way. He releases music both solo and collaboratively, often through his own small scale publishing and curatorial project, The Dim Coast, which he runs with jake moore. His work has been exhibited in Canada, the United States of America, Europe, Chile and Senegal. He works in the field, on the air, in museological/gallery and performance contexts. These shifting territories reflect the content of his practice.

Terry Billings’ public artworks, gallery installations and single channel works examine the relationship of nature and culture and investigate boundaries between public forms of understanding and subjective experience. She has exhibited in North America, Europe and Asia. She currently lives in Saskatoon, where she teaches at the University of Saskatchewan.

Xiao Han is a Saskatoon-based artist and curator originally from Wuhan, China. Han's creative practice focuses on photography, performance, and social practice. Han's research explores immigrants’ identity, contemporary gender issues, and environmental media through a decolonial lens. Han has produced projects investigating the Chinese one-child policy, Chinese Canadian restaurants and family, and the aesthetic of relationships through visual art.
In 2017, Xiao Han installed her first public art, "Yee Clun," at Regina's Art Park. This public artwork speaks of the racial discrimination suffered by Chinese restaurant owners under Saskatchewan's "White Woman Labour Law" passed in 1912. Since then, Xiao has devoted herself to researching Saskatchewan's Chinese restaurants' history. In 2021, Han curated a community-based project, "MIXING RICE," which facilitated a in-situ exhibition in Asian restaurants. In 2022, Han created the socially engaged project, "Dough Nation," which collaborates with the community fridge and Chinese restaurants to share food as a gesture of compassion.