Painter Sandra Meigs to give the 2018 Goldfarb Lecture in Visual Arts, Feb. 27

A paintbrush on a palette
Sandra Meigs

Painter Sandra Meigs is the featured speaker for the 2018 Goldfarb Lecture in Visual Arts on Feb. 27, from 6 to 7:30pm, in Room 312, Joan & Martin Goldfarb Centre for Fine Arts, Keele campus.

Throughout her career Meigs has explored possibilities for painting as a model of the mind, the physical world and metaphysical thought. She will speak about her use of personal experience as a greater source for universal discovery. In her works throughout the past four decades from Performance with 20 Dresses (1974) to Room for Mystics (2017), there is a common thread of inquiry into what painting actually is: enchantment with form.

For more than 35 years Meigs has created vivid, immersive and enigmatic paintings that combine complex narratives with comic elements. She derives the content of her work from her own personal experiences and develops these to create visual metaphors related to the psyche.

Born in Baltimore in 1953, Meigs studied at the Rhode Island School of Design, the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (BFA ’75), and Dalhousie University (MA ’80). She has lived and worked in Canada since 1973.

Large-scale images by Sandra Meigs

Recently retired, Meigs has been a dedicated teacher at the University of Victoria for 24 years and has mentored hundreds of visual art students throughout her professorship. She now resides in Hamilton, Ont.

Admission is free. All are welcome.

The Goldfarb Lecture in Visual Arts is made possible through the generous support of Joan and Martin Goldfarb, long-standing benefactors of the Department of Visual Art & Art History and the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design at York University.