Curator Chat: dig as deep as the darkness

  • Talk
  • September 15, 2019

    Above: Rita McKeough, dig as deep as the darkness (installation detail), 2019. Photo by Melanie Devoy.

    On the final day of the exhibition Rita McKeough: dig as deep as the darkness, gallery curator Nan Capogna will lead an informal discussion with horticulturalist Egan Davis and artist Holly Schmidt about the exhibition’s overarching thematics.

    McKeough’s latest installation is an immersive experience exploring the vulnerability of the environment. Hear from the curator how the show developed and some of the ideas the artist was working with as the installation came together.  Davis and Schmidt will share their knowledge of the local natural environment as they reflect on their experiences of the installation. Join in the conversation!

    Free admission, everyone welcome to attend.

    Egan Davis is a leader in the horticulture industry. He is the Principal Instructor of the Horticulture Training Program at UBC Botanical Garden and teaches in UBC’s Urban Forestry Program. In 2017, Egan was presented with the Horticulture Educator of the Year Award from the BC Landscape and Nursery Trades Association. Egan’s career in public horticulture has included VanDusen Botanical Garden, Park & Tilford Gardens, the Mendel Floral Conservatory and Gothenburg Botanical Garden. In the private sector, Egan has experience in residential garden design, installation and maintenance. As a highly sought after garden personality, Egan regularly speaks at conferences, garden clubs, the Master Gardeners Association and in the media. As a board member of, Egan has helped guide horticulture education in BC and Canada for over 10 years.

    Holly Schmidt is an artist, curator and educator that engages processes of embodied research, collaboration and informal pedagogy to explore the multiplicity of human relations with the natural world. Her work involves the creation of temporary site-specific projects and residencies, along with material-based explorations in the studio. Her national and international exhibitions, projects and residencies include: Vegetal Encounters Residency (2019-2021) UBC Outdoor Art Program, Quiescence (2019) Burrard Arts Foundation, A-Y with Locals Only (2018) AKA Gallery, Pollen Index (2016) Charles H. Scott Gallery, Till (2014/15) Santa Fe Art Institute, Moveable Feast (2012) Burnaby Art Gallery, Grow (2011) Other Sights for Artists’ Projects. Schmidt is grateful to live and work in Vancouver, Canada, the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̍əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.




    Above: Rita McKeough, dig as deep as the darkness (installation detail), 2019. Photo by Melanie Devoy.


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