Blair Fornwald

Director/Curator, School of Art Gallery, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg MB

BLAIR FORNWALD lives in Winnipeg, Treaty 1 Territory, and is Director/Curator of the School of Art Gallery, at the University of Manitoba. Previously Dunlop Art Gallery and RPL Film Theatre’s Curator, Moving Image and Performance, Fornwald has curated over forty projects, including nationally-touring exhibitions such as Bev Pike’s Grottesque and the large-scale group exhibition Material Girls (co-curated with Jennifer Matotek and Wendy Peart). Fornwald has published writing for Dunlop Art Gallery, Black Dog Publishing, Neutral Ground, Vtape, the Organization for Saskatchewan Arts Councils and CARFAC Saskatchewan, as well as PUBLIC, BlackFlash, and Boulderpavement magazines. As an interdisciplinary artist, she has presented and performed work across Canada, the United States, and in Germany. Fornwald’s practices are united by a collaborative impulse and interests in the aesthetics of failure, the expression of vulnerability, and the use of humour to confront difficult truth, particularly in queer and feminist contexts. Born and raised in rural Saskatchewan, Fornwald is also interested in Prairie (queer) aesthetics, regionalism, and social class. She holds a BFA from the University of Regina and an MFA from Western University in London, Ontario.