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Group Show

International Mail Art Exhibition & Swap


November 18, 2011 - January 15, 2012

Curator: Kathy Tycholis

Artists from all over the world have contributed their work for the Richmond Art Gallery’s International Mail Art Exhibition and Swap. This exhibition is intended to be a cultural exchange, where artists exhibit their works and receive new works as part of a swap. This shared enterprise is free from the rules of the art market, and yet we asked artists to respond to the theme of “economy” in all its forms.

Mail Art (aka Postal Art) is an art form where artists exchange artworks and correspondence through the mail to one another. The historical roots of Mail Art can be traced back to the artist Ray Johnson and his New York CorresponDANCE School that formed in the 1960s. Based on the principles of barter and equal, one-to-one collaboration between artists, Mail Art has become a worldwide cultural movement for artists to share visual art, poetry, or any other art form through the postal system.

To continue on in the tradtion of this democratic art form, all entries received are included in this exhibition.

Online Mail Art Exhibition:



How to Draw a Bunny: The Ray Johnson Story
Saturday December 3, 2:30 – 4:00pm
Cultural Centre Performance Hall

Free film screening of How to Draw a Bunny, a documentary about “the most famous unknown artist” and the great grandaddy of Mail Art, Ray Johnson.
Free admission – Rated PG.

For examples of Ray Johnson’s Mail Art and collages:

Ray Johnson Mail Art Sequence
Watch on Youtube 
2:42 mins

How to Draw a Bunny: The Ray Johnson Memorial Show
Watch on Youtube 
5:01 mins




Above: Installation View, International Mail Art Exhibition, 2011

Teachers Guide

Themes: Mail Art