I’m a few days away from leaving Europe, which is hard to believe. I can’t begin to write about the complexities of this experience. I’ve learned so much about my practice, have made shifts in my drawings and my career, I’ve fallen back in love with reading and markets and am fusing my love of cooking with my art practice in an interesting way. I’ll long be digesting this year of incredible experiences at Cité Internationale des Arts, Queen Street Studios, DRAWInternational, Can Serrat International Art Centre and all the of the people I met along the way.
I’m heading back to Halifax, Canada a little earlier than originally planned, to start the next stage of my career. I’ll be starting immediately as the Director of Eyelevel Gallery, an artist-run centre in downtown Halifax with nearly forty years of history. I’m proud and excited for the new challenge. Have a look at the announcement below, taken from Eyelevel’s Facebook page. Check out the gallery at www.eyelevelgallery.ca. With its long history of quality programming, Directors and volunteers, I’ll have some big shoes to fill. Luckily the community of Eyelevel and Halifax is strong and supportive, so I’ll have some help along the way!
I’m aware of the struggles that I’ll face in taking on a new full time position while also trying to maintain my art practice. Fortunately, this new role follows a year of dedication to drawing and development of my practice, so I’m feeling able to take this on. There is a completely new aspect to my practice that I’m developing, and it is something that can be done at home, in the few quiet moments I’ll have this year. I’ll share that as I’m ready. I’ve also got a wonderful group of supportive artists and administrators that face the same struggles, so I’ll be looking to them for advice!
HALIFAX – JULY 30TH, 2013 – Eyelevel Gallery’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Katie Belcher has been selected as the new Director at Eyelevel Gallery. Belcher has demonstrated a profound dedication to the arts through curating and writing, in addition to her own artistic practice. Her skills and experience are well suited to Eyelevel Gallery. Belcher will officially begin her contract on August 8th, 2013.
The Board would also like to take this opportunity to thank Michael McCormack, our outgoing Director, and to wish him continued success as he begins graduate studies in the MFA program at NSCAD University.
Katie Belcher is a visual artist and curator based in Halifax, Canada. Originally from Ottawa, Canada, Belcher completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (Halifax, NS). Belcher has several years experience working in various galleries in Canada, most recently ARTsPLACE artist-run centre (Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia) and MSVU Art Gallery (Halifax, Nova Scotia), where she was Program Coordinator from 2008 to 2013. While at MSVU Art Gallery, Belcher curated four exhibitions with Ingrid Jenkner, Director/Curator: Somewhere along the line (2009), Beneath the Surface (2010), Dirt, Detritus and Vermin (2011) and Soft (2012). She also writes for Visual Arts News and various independent contracts.
As a professional visual artist, Katie Belcher has exhibited nationally and internationally. She is the recipient of numerous grants, and has participated in artist residencies in Canada and Europe. In 2012, she received a Canada Council for the Arts residency at the Cité Internationale des arts (Paris, France). She is currently serving her final term as President of the Board of Directors of Visual Arts Nova Scotia.
ABOUT EYELEVEL GALLERY
Eyelevel Gallery in Halifax, Nova Scotia, is a not-for-profit charitable organization dedicated to the presentation, development and promotion of contemporary art. Through a range of programming initiatives such as exhibitions, performances, special projects, and workshops, Eyelevel Gallery has provided a forum for the discussion and education of contemporary visual art for 39 years.
Matthew P. Carswell – Chair, Board of Directors