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Art exhibition looks back on Georgian alum's 25-year career

Simple Abundance is a retrospective of Sean-William Dawson's work

Opening on Wednesday, Feb. 15 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Georgian College’s Campus Gallery is the impressive 25-year retrospective exhibition by Georgian alum Sean-William Dawson (SWD).

Titled Simple Abundance, the exhibition features a plethora of SWD’s work from his 25-year career of successfully creating art and teaching since graduating from Georgian College.

Working in a unique curatorial collaboration with Georgian College’s museum and gallery studies students, the exhibition features artwork created in a variety of media, from vintage books to bed sheets. The students selected all the work on display and wrote the accompanying interpretative labels.

Through this exhibition, the artist aims to explore where he has been, where he is presently, and what he sees himself doing in the future. Utilizing nostalgic and upcycled materials, SWD uses his art practice to help inspire children and adults to continuously create.

SWD considers art to be “the most universal form of communication,” and throughout the exhibition there are many messages that he strives to convey through the richness of pop culture.

The opening reception will feature several special elements including a virtual reality experience. Additionally, tapping into his alternative punk background, SWD has partnered with local business Tarantula Tapes to create a soundtrack to the exhibition featuring all the bands he has collaborated with over the years.

Funding support provided from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.

Simple Abundance runs until March 26, 2023.

The Campus Gallery is located in Room 140, D building (Helen and Arch Brown Centre for Design and Visual Arts) at the Barrie campus, Georgian College, 1 Georgian Dr.

Hours of operation are Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.