Dec. 6, 2018 | Thursday Art Talk: Jordan Strom, “Collecting Art South of the Fraser”

Art by local artists can be repositories for understanding where we live. They provide new perspectives on place, peoples, histories, and possible futures. They add to the stories of a place. But how does a gallery decide on which artists to collect?

Surrey Art Gallery curator Jordan Strom discusses the Gallery’s approach to collecting South of Fraser artists. He will also talk about the permanent collection and how it preserves and presents the work of past and current artists.

For their 40th anniversary celebration in 2015, Surrey Art Gallery presented a three-part exhibition that ran all year called Views from the Southbank. It featured over 70 local artists. They've also given many local artists the chance to show their work, from group to solo exhibits. Recent examples include Don Hutchinson, Jim Adams, and Elizabeth Hollick. In January, the Gallery will present its first solo exhibition of Surrey-based artist Nicoletta Baumeister, entitled In the Realm of Perception.

The collection also informs thematic exhibits such as Small Stages: Still Life from the Permanent Collection (2016); Flow: From the Movement of Goods to the Circulation of Information (2017); and Connecting Threads, currently on display at the Gallery until December 16.

There will be time for questions and conversation during and following the talk. The event concludes by 9pm. Refreshments are provided. This event is presented by the Surrey Art Gallery Association in partnership with Surrey Art Gallery, and with support from the Arts Council of Surrey.

About the Speaker

Jordan Strom is Curator of Exhibitions and Collections at Surrey Art Gallery. In addition to the more than forty-five exhibitions that he has organized in Surrey since 2009, Jordan has also curated exhibitions for the Vancouver Art Gallery, Kamloops Art Gallery, Presentation House Gallery, and Republic Gallery, among others. Recent exhibitions include Land Songs, Water Songs: Chants de terre, chants d’eau (2018), Flow: From the Movement of People to the Circulation of Information (2018), Ground Signals (2017) co-curated with Roxanne Charles, and Nep Sidhu: Shadows in the Major Seventh (2016). From 2004 to 2008, Jordan was editor of Fillip magazine, an international journal of art writing.


Dec. 6, 2018


7:30 PM - 9:00 PM




Surrey Art Gallery, 13750 88 Ave. Surrey BC