Western Voices in Canadian Art Hybrid Book Launch

  • February 21, 2023
  • 7:00pm CST
  • McNally Robinson Booksellers

Patricia Bovey (Author)

Throughout her remarkable career as a gallery director, curator, and author, Patricia Bovey has been a tireless champion for the work of Canadian artists. Western Voices in Canadian Art brings this lifelong passion to a crescendo, delivering the most ambitious survey of Western Canadian art to date.

Join Pat Bovey for the launch of Western Voices in Canadian Art. This event features a conversation with Shawna Dempsey.

The launch will be hosted live in the Atrium of McNally Robinson Booksellers, Grant Park and also available as a simultaneous YouTube stream. The video will be available for viewing thereafter. Before arriving, please review details of how to attend physical events at the store.

Western Voices in Canadian Art is the first survey of the art and artists from Western Canada. Lavishly illustrated with more than 260 works reproduced in full colour, this comprehensive overview amplifies the depth, scope, and importance of this diverse group of artists from the eighteenth century to the present. Personal insights from author Patricia Bovey’s studio visits and conversations with artists inform the text and offer new avenues of understanding Canadian artistic creation in the country’s four most western provinces.


Patricia Bovey LLD, FRSA, FCMA is former director of the Winnipeg Art Gallery (1999-2004) and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (1980-1999) and Adjunct Professor of Art History at the University of Winnipeg. She writes and lectures widely on Western Canadian art, and is the author of many catalogues and monographs on Canadian art. She was appointed to the Senate of Canada in 2016.

Shawna Dempsey is one of Canada’s best-known performance artists. She and collaborator Lorri Millan have created pieces such as We’re Talking Vulva, Lesbian National Parks and Services, Wild Ride (a carnival midway on Toronto’s Bay Street), and The Local Sky Tonight. They have also published books and curated exhibitions. Dempsey shares the role of Co-Executive Director of Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art (MAWA) with Dana Kletke.

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University of Manitoba Press is grateful for the support it receives for its publishing program from the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund; the Canada Council for the Arts; the Manitoba Department of Culture, Heritage, and Tourism; the Manitoba Arts Council; and the Aid to Scholarly Publishing Programme.