The work of Janice Wright Cheney — whose textile-based practice explores themes pertaining to natural history and domestic labour — has been shown both nationally and internationally. Most recently, her solo exhibition Cellar (2012) was on view at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Fredericton, New Brunswick. The exhibition will travel to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (Halifax) in 2014.
Her work is in the collections of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, the New Brunswick Museum, and the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. She has received numerous creation grants from the New Brunswick Arts Board and The Canada Council for the Arts. She was the 2004 recipient of the prestigious Strathbutler Award for Excellence in the Arts, and has been elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts (2010). Wright Cheney was among artists selected for Oh Canada, a survey of contemporary Canadian art, held at MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA, 2012. She was recently honoured by the province of New Brunswick with the Lieutenant Governor's Award for High Achievment in the Arts (2013).
Janice Wright Cheney graduated from Mount Allison University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1983, and completed a MEd in Critical Studies at UNB (2003). Wright Cheney lives Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, where she teaches at the New Brunswick College of Craft & Design.
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