A new artistic force is joining the team at the Art Gallery of Swift Current next month.
Terri Fidelak is an intermedia artist, who will be stepping into the role of director at the gallery.
Previously working as the Program and Outreach Director for the non-profit CARFAC SASK, based in Regina, Fidelak will be uprooting for her new position.
“I'm really excited to meet and get to know all of the artists who are working in and around Swift Current,” she said. “I know there are quite a lot of artists working out there, and I think there's a lot of really great work happening. I'm looking forward to getting to know the community, as well.”
While she already has exciting ideas, Fidelak expressed wanting to dedicate time to learn what the community wants to see before implementing anything new.
“I feel like I have a lot of skills and abilities that I've developed in previous roles that will bring a lot of strength to my work at the art gallery,” she said. “I'm excited to work with the team there to enhance the programming that we can offer to the community. I feel like I'll have to be in the position for a while to get a sense of how I can most authentically bring my skills to support all of the really wonderful programming that already exists, so I'll give it some time to see how that all fits. And then I'm sure we'll come up with some really dynamic offerings for everybody to enjoy.”
Fidelak is featured at the Saskatchewan Arts Board Permanent Collection and Legislative Building Permanent Collection in Regina.
Her art ranges anywhere from writing, to illustrations, to sculpture, to performance—and in between. In 2020, she was nominated for a JUNO award for Album Artwork of the Year, and has had exhibitions all over the province, as well as in the United States and Japan.
Artist residencies and public programming are two aspects that Fidelak would like to possibly enhance at the Art Gallery of Swift Current.
“I think the possibilities are endless,” she said. "There's a little bit of just learning where I'm at first.”
To see some of her captivating pieces, visit Fidelak's website.