CARFAC Alberta Wednesday Webinar Discussion

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CARFAC Alberta Wednesday Webinar Discussion

Making Public Art Happen with Alejandro Romero, Erin Pankratz and Christian Pérès Gibaut

As visual artists, we make art for private and public use. We do not have to compromise our vision when we make art for private consumption. When we make public art we always need to consider the community who will be viewing the work.

About the Webinar

Speaking from the knowledge acquired as the Public Arts Consultant for the City of Saskatoon, Alejandro Romero will discuss how public art is used by municipalities to enrich the lives of its’ citizens. Alejandro will outline the best practices developed that protect both the city that commissions the work and the visual artists that make the work. Erin Pankratz and Christian Pérès Gibaut work together on public art projects in Edmonton. In their presentation, they will discuss what to expect when making public art, the unseen side of the process, and public art and your career.

Date: Wednesday September 27, 6:30 – 8pm MT

For more information and to register visit Making Public Art Happen.

About the Presenters

Alejandro Romero

Living in Saskatoon, Alejandro Romero is an independent interdisciplinary artist, curator and consultant. His leadership as an arts administrator includes award-winning public art, public performances, lectures, and public speaking. He is the public arts consultant for the City of Saskatoon. Alejandro exhibits in Puerto Rico, USA and Canada. His work explores anonymous interventions, social activism, cultural resistance, photography, painting and poetry with the concepts of identity, post-colonialism, prophecy, construction and perceptions of reality.

Red Knot Studio

Red Knot Studio is Erin Pankratz’ and Christian Pérès Gibaut’s mosaic art studio. Based in Edmonton, they specialize in sculptures, murals and floors, and work with public and private clients. For their last project, they created child-friendly sculptures for Churchill Square and Centennial Plaza in Edmonton. 

Erin Pankratz

Born in Inuvik, NWT, Erin Pankratz lives and works in Edmonton, AB. She studied Art-Sculpture at the Alberta College of Art and Design and has received several grants and awards, including the 2013 and 2016 Innovation in Mosaics Awards by the Society of American Mosaic Artists and the 2021 Edmonton Artists’ Trust Fund. In 2016 she became the first local artist to be awarded an International Public Art Call in Edmonton. She is a frequent lecturer and guest artist at international events.

Christian Pérès Gibaut

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Christian Pérès Gibaut has a BA in Social Sciences and Humanities. He worked for many years as a project manager before starting a career in the arts in 2011. He has been awarded several grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Edmonton Arts Council to explore ideas of identity, immigration, language, meaning and estrangement. He shows his work regularly, and in 2022 the Alberta Foundation for the Arts acquired one of his paintings for its permanent collection.

Hosts + Moderators

Chris W. Carson: Executive Director at CARFAC AlbertaWendy Nelson: Executive Director at CARFAC Saskatchewan

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