Collective Experience 25th Anniversary

Collective Experience

An exhibition of new and historical works by
Members and Alumni in
celebration of our 25th anniversary
August 5 – August 29, 2021

Propeller made it through a challenging year and even enjoyed new membership, including a group of OCADU (Ontario College of Art and Design University) grad members—mirroring at least symbolically, the origins of our collective and its formation in 1996 by a group of students from OCAD. In this arc of 25 years, Propeller has developed a rich history of exhibitions through its member shows, guest curators, and special programming such as Nuit Blanche, while propelling the careers of many of its artists

In July of 2020, we started our celebration of Propeller Art Gallery’s 25 years with a virtual-only Members and Alumni exhibition: PAG 25. This year we are continuing our celebrations with Collective Experience, an in-person and online exhibition of new and historical works by current Members & Alumni.

Over the past year, we have researched and organized our past exhibitions and events, making these available on our website, many for the first time since their original exhibition dates. These living history pages and exhibition archives will continue to develop as we uncover more gems, and produce more exhibitions and events. In addition, an In Memoriam page is now available to honour and celebrate the contributions of members who have died.

We hope you will visit the gallery in person as well as online to see this exciting show of over 80 works by 59 Members & Alumni, and the recent 25th Anniversary Archive video (25 min. 2021) showcasing archive material culled from the past 25 years. We also hope you’ll join us at our Collective Experience ZOOM event; we will be there reminiscing about the past, enjoying the present, and looking forward to the future.

Exhibiting Artists:

Anastessia Bettas, Michael Black, Michael Brown, Carrie Chisholm, Tristan Coloma, Sharron Corrigan Forrest, Tania Costa, Jane Cousens, Karen Curry, Paige Dawdy, Sharon Dembo, Jacques Descoteaux, Pat Dumas-Hudecki, Shahla Etemadzadeh, Frances Ferdinands, Cesar Forero, Isabella Francesco, Susan Freypons, Peter Friedrichsen, Heather Gentleman, Phyllis Gordon, Elizabeth Greisman, David Griffin, Philip Hare, Heejae Jo, Lisa Johnson, Robin Kingsburgh, Tai Kim, Sandra Laurin, Michelle Letarte, Gary MacLeod, Marion Manning, Ruth Maude, Lauren McKinley Renzetti, Sharon Moodie, Behrad Motekallem, Joseph Muscat, Pria Muzumdar, Par Nair, Nancy Newton, Frances Patella, Dominique Prevost, Leah Probst, Doris Purchase, Paul Roorda, Rochelle Rubinstein, Susan Ruptash, MoSo Schwartz, Maya Skarzenski, Rachel Stableford, Kristen Stephen, Keijo Tapanainen, Tracy Thomson, Gwen Tooth, Jacqueline Treloar, Andres Vosu, Silvana Waniuk, Jack Wayne, and Nedda Zaharelos.

Exhibition Dates (in-gallery and online): August 5 – August 29, 2021 (online until November 5)

Early Works

We asked our exhibitors for early works,
which we compiled into a catalogue.
Visit our Early Works post to view or

Our Living History

We are excited to share Propeller’s online living history project with you — founding documents, photos, press articles — and the recently produced 25th Anniversary Archive video as well as an In Memoriam section.

In addition, we are unveiling our archive of past art exhibitions — old show invitations, press releases, installation photos, and exhibition catalogues.

Special thanks to our community partners, donors, and supporters. 

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