“Prairie Night Sky II” is now part of the “Collection of Global Affairs Canada”…
…and I have the official word that we (the artists whose work was selected during the submission process can share the great news…
How did this happen? I am still reeling from the whirlwind experience but will try to share my story with you. Let’s see:
It all started on February 15th. I received a special email from the Saskatchewan Craft Council asking me if I had any larger works that might be included in a selection of works from the prairies. Apparently, Global Affairs Canada felt that artists from the Canadian Prairies are under-represented in the collection of art works that adorn the Canadian Embassies around the world. The reason I briefly hesitated before I said “yes” was that my studio is pretty much all packed up in anticipation of the move we had planned last year before the sale of our property fell through. But that is is a whole different story!
Of course I said yes to the inviation to submit, especially since somehow the artists were pre-selected. One does not pass on such a great opportunity, no matter how small the chance mighy be to make the final cut.
It took a singificant amount of shifting of boxes to clear space on the design wall to create up-to-date photographs of the four pieces I selected for this submission. The Family Day long weekend was spent getting the images ready, sizing them to the specifications sent by the SK Craft Council, updating my CV, reviewing my bio, composing a new statement for the selection of works and creating detailed descriptions of each piece.
I uploaded the information to Dropbox and settled in for the long wait… that wasn’t long at all. Two weeks later, it had been a snowy weekend, I received the phone call that “Prairie Night Sky II” was selected to go to Ottawa to a final jury session at the National Gallery where the curator and representatives from Global Affairs Canada would view the pieces and reach a final decision that may or may not lead to a purchase. Well, once our community was cleared of the snow and we could make it out I didn’t take any chances and delivered the piece in person to the SK Craft Council. Thank goodness, it appeeared I made it to Saskatoon in time to go on the truck to Ottawa at the beginning of the following week.
Cautious words from the ED reminded me that not all works will be selected but “it is always good to have one’s work seen by the curator of the National Gallery…”. I was prepared to return in early April to pick up my tighly rolled textile art piece with the knowledge that the curator of the National Gallery had laid eyes on my work. I know, I sound a bit cynical but I want to mention that I have been through other jury selections where my work did not make the final selection, however none as momentous as this one! I knew I would be OK either way.
Imagine my surprise when a couple of weeks ago I received the official email from the Saskatchewan Craft Council that my piece was selected for purchase by Global Affairs Canada! Attached to the email was a concise and easy to fill in contract that asked for my signature to finalize the process. I had to send three copies to the liaison at Global Affairs and was asked to keep the news quiet for now until all contracts had been returned.
Today I received word that “the cheque is in the mail” and that it was now time to go ahead and share our great news via social media. It’s exciting to know that one’s work is going to travel to places that I will never get to.
Here is what was shared in today’s email: “Global Affairs asks that artists use the credit “Collection of Global Affairs Canada”. The reason for this is that it may take a few months for the piece to find a home in one of the Embassies, Consulate Generals or Official Residences abroad. Pieces also tend to move every 5-10 years or so, so a general credit is the best recommendation to keep things current on an artist C.V.”
Celebrate with me! Enjoy your favourite cuppa or glass of vino… Have a great weekend, everyone!