New director at Oxygen Art Centre

Robertson was part of recent Touchstones exhibit

An artist who performed a key role in a recent exhibt at Touchstones Nelson is the new executive director of the Oxygen Art Centre.

Genevieve Robertson, who was instrumental to Touchstones’s recent exhibit, River Relations: A Beholder’s Share of the Columbia River Dams, took over Oxygen’s post on January 15.

In the exhibit, her drawing-based interdisciplinary artistic practice explored the complexities that emerge when relating to land and water in a time of large-scale industrial exploitation.

The interdisciplinary artistic research project considers the presence and impact of hydroelectric power production on the Columbia River.

Robertson, who moved from Vancouver to the Kootenays last year, has been an artist in residence and exhibited her work across North America as well as instructed visual arts courses both at Emily Carr and through various youth arts programs.

She holds an MAA from Emily Carr University and a BFA from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University.

“I am thrilled for the opportunity to step into the executive director position at Oxygen Centre,” said Robertson. “Being new to the area, I look forward to integrating into the arts community and supporting its sustained growth and vibrancy. I’m looking forward to working in the service of an organization that supports and provides a platform for artists at different stages in their career, and promotes regional relevance and artistic excellence.”

Robertson replaces Miriam Needoba, who, after six years as Executive Director, is moving on to pursue graduate studies.

 

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