Cathie Ugrin | Dr. Josephine Mills
Cathie Ugrin is a Manitoba based fabric artist whose work is characterized by a rich and inventive use of colour, and unique approach to geometrical design. In 2012, her work i know where the summer goes was accepted as part of the ‘Oh Canada’ exhibit which toured for four months across the United States. It displayed at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, TX. Her work has been in National Juried Shows, including the Canadian Quilters Association’s Quilt Canada, La Conner Quilt and Textile Museum’s Quilt & Fiber Arts Festival International Juried Show in Washington and SAQA’s Travelling Exhibit ‘Colour with a U’.
Her pieces have reached a broad audience and have found homes across Canada, the United States, England, Finland, Italy, Peru and Slovenia.
Josephine Mills is the Director/Curator of the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery and a Professor in the Dept of Art at the University of Lethbridge, Canada. She has worked as a curator and public programmer in art galleries and artist-run centres in Saskatoon and Vancouver. Mills has a PhD in Communication Studies from Concordia University and is a graduate of the Museum Leadership Institute at the Getty Center. Her research interests focus on the relationship between art and concepts of public in Canada with specific attention to issues involved with public engagement for art galleries and within artist’s practices. Mills is organizing the exhibitions and outreach for Mootookakio’ssin – a project to create detailed digital images of historical Blackfoot objects housed in British museums in order to connect people living on traditional Blackfoot territory with the stories that these objects can tell. She is also the Principal Investigator for Lichen Lab, an art and science research team that is studying art galleries as social spaces. Mills is a past President of the Canadian Art Museum Directors’ Organization / Organisation des Directeurs des Musées d’Art du Canada and a past President of the University and College Art Gallery Association of Canada / L’Association Canadienne des galleries d’art universitaires et collégiales.