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Monograph: Ann Roberts
As part of celebrating its 25th Anniversary, the Gallery has produced a monograph chronicling the career of ceramic artist and Gallery founder Ann Roberts.
The monograph features numerous colour reproductions of Roberts’ ceramic work. It includes essays by Canadian scholars, Gloria Hickey and Leopold L. Foulem, a foreword by Gallery Curator Sheila McMath, and a biographical timeline of Roberts’ career.
Ann Roberts was one of the founders of the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery and advocated for its location in Waterloo, Ontario. 25 years later, she remains a tireless champion of the visual arts and artists in Canada with a particular passion for ceramic art. In addition to her work as an advocate for the Gallery and her impressive exhibition record, Roberts was among the first professors in the Fine Arts Department at the University of Waterloo where she taught for over two decades until her retirement from teaching in 2001. Ann’s husband, Gwilym Roberts played a key role in the support and development of her career.
Through her use of mythological and animal subject matter, Roberts’ sculptures reference and comment on subtle nuances of human psychology and sexuality. Roberts’ use of provocative subject matter and her explorations of female subjectivity have a legacy that can be observed in the imagery of many contemporary sculptors, most notably American artist Beth Cavener.