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In the Backcountry of Nicolas
April 13 to July 8, 2017

Artist: Jean-Philippe Roy

Curator: Ève De Garie-Lamanque

Opening reception: Thursday, April 13, from 5 to 7 p.m.


The second in a three-year series of exhibitions dedicated to new audiences, In the Backcountry of Nicolas is one of few contemporary art exhibitions designed for youth. Although conceived for children aged 7 to 10, this exhibition will interest the young and the not so young. Visitors are invited to explore the dreamlike universe of Nicolas, a young boy who lives in the fictional town of Saint-Barreau-les- Berçantes. Accompanied by their parents or grandparents, children can enjoy drawings, sculptures, videos and installations while stopping to participate in interactive activities. Playful and dynamic, the exhibition raises questions about geography, history, society and heritage.


Artist's Biography:

Born in Quebec City, Jean-Philippe Roy lives in Saint-Marcellin (Bas-St-Laurent), where he maintains a visual arts practice in addition to teaching at the CEGEP de Rimouski. For the past 10 years, his work has focused largely on sculpture and drawing. In 2006, he completed a master’s degree in fine arts at Université Laval, where his thesis on the notion of distance in sculpture won him the 2007 Governor General’s Academic Medal (Gold). His work has exhibited as part of various residencies as well as in solo and group shows in Quebec, Canada and abroad. Roy has been the recipient of a number of awards, including the Prix Videre en arts visuels (Manifestation internationale d’art de Québec, 2005), the Prix à la relève artistique (Conseil de la culture du Bas-Saint-Laurent, 2007) and the Prix à la création artistique en région (Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, 2013). In recent years, he has produced eleven works of public art as part of a government program integrating the arts with architecture, works that are installed across Quebec.

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Exhibition brochure


Produced by Musée régional de Rimouski 

Presented by the Foreman Art Gallery

In the Backcountry of Nicolas is produced and distributed
by the Musée régional de Rimouski. The project has received financial support
from the 2012–2015 Entente spécifique sur la culture dans la région du Bas-
Saint-Laurent, the Programme pour les arts et les lettres de Sherbrooke
(supported by the CALQ), the Ville de Sherbrooke, the Canada Council for the
Arts, TELUS and Télé-Québec.