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The African Arts Festival

Held in 1996, featured selections from the collection of Father Ronald Trojcak, and was curated by Dr. Alvernaz Mulcahy. The festival made use of the Eaton Special Collections Room in the recently constructed Cardinal Carter Library.

The Native Arts Festival

Curated by Dr. Alvernaz Mulcahy in 1997 with the collaboration of the London Museum of Archaeology. It included selections from the collections of Michael Rouse, G. Alvernaz Mulcahy, as well as others, and also featured storyteller Richard Greene, drumming and dancing, Native jewelry artisans, a sunrise ceremony, and a film festival with Shelley Niro. 

Poetry of the Earth

In 2000, the Centre for Studies in Creativity presented Poetry of the Earth, a celebration of spinning, weaving, and pottery by local artists Bobbie Hulley (spinning), Marilyn Barbe (pottery), Helen Koop (weaving), Pat Bridgnell (pottery), Diny Warren (spinning), and Genet Hodder (pottery).

Doorways to Heaven

Also held in 2000, celebrated the sacred art of the icon. The exhibition featured the work of Sister Mary Anthony Hartleib, C.S.J., whose icons in the Eastern Rite tradition of Christianity are to be found in galleries (including the Canadian Museum of Civilization), schools, convents, churches, and private collections across Canada, the US, and the UK.

Books on Borrowed Time

Held in 2001, featured the work of Daniel Mezza, master book restorer and paper maker. The event also included a workshop to which guests were invited to bring their deteriorated books and have Mr. Mezza examine them and offer advice.


Our Ancestors, Our Future

An art exhibition presented in 2002, which featured the work of Oswaldo de León Kantule, a Kuna Indian artist from Panama. Keynote addresses were given by the artist (with simultaneous translation by Raquel López) and by art historian Dr. Madeline Lennon.

Saint Sebastian: A Body Caught Up In Representation

Held on the occasion of his feast day in 2003. The event, conceptualized by Prof. James Miller of The University of Western Ontario,  featured a celebration of literary and artistic interpretations of the saint across the ages, including a keynote address by curator and artist Lee L’Clerc, as well as readings of poetry and prose. Two films were also shown: Sebastiane (dir. Derek Jarman), and Lilies (dir. Joan Greyson).

Havelka at King’s

In 2004, King’s celebrated its 50th year, and in that context, recognized the life and work of one of the Centre’s founders, Dr. Jaroslav Havelka (1922-1997), Professor and latterly Professor Emeritus of Psychology. Havelka at King’s featured a keynote address by his widow, Jane Vincent-Havelka, and celebrated the permanent exhibition of 116 paintings by Havelka, which still grace the college’s campus to this day.

The Middle East Peace Quilt

The Middle East Peace Quilt, held in 2005, curated by Dr. Alvernaz Mulcahy, and supported by the Sisters of St. Joseph: Office for Systemic Justice; the London Council of Arab Women; the Centre for Research on Violence against Women and Children, UWO; the Office of the Dean of Students at King’s; and the Chaplaincy at King’s. The exhibition displayed panels of the Middle East Peace Quilt created by Arab and Jewish participants and conceived by Vancouver fiber artist and social activist Sima Elizabeth Shefrin. The event also featured New York flutist Dr. Eileen Ain, who premiered a new composition written for the occasion. 

Celebrating Creativity

Celebrating Creativity celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Centre in 2005. The keynote address by art historian and former board member, Dr. Madeline Lennon, and Dr. Gloria Alvernaz Mulcahy, was entitled “Creativity and the Human Soul.” Other participants included past guests of the Centre, such as Genet Hodder, Daniel Kodod, Joseph Lella, Daniel Mezza, and Father Ronald Trojcak.

Echoes of Ancient Egypt: An Exhibition of Contemporary Art and Culture

Curated by Dr. Alvernaz Mulcahy in 2006, featured photography by Langaki (c. 1880), whose work is found in the archives of the Royal Geopgraphical Society. London visual artists Ron Benner and Jamelie Hassan exhibited their art as well, along with selected pieces from the collections of Daniel Kolos, Patrick Carstens, Sharlene McLearon, and Penn Kemp. The keynote address was given by Gayle Gibson, the Educational Director at the Royal Ontario Museum and president of the Society for the Study of Egyptian Antiquities, and explored the influences of Egypt on contemporary art and culture.

The Face of Mathematics

The Face of Mathematics, presented by Dr. David Meredith in 2009, included a wall display mounted on five panels, each eight feet by four feet. It was largely text with surrounding hand drawn figures. An accompanying lecture provided an overview of the history and foundations of mathematics. The text of the display was arranged to form a mathematical expression that speaks either a truth or falsity depending upon the interpretation of the symbols involved. The viewer was invited to read the text and uncover other elements within the structure of the presentation or to simply enjoy the story that is the Face of Mathematics. 

Re-Visioning Frida

Re/Visioning Frida was a multifaceted event held in 2011. It featured an art exhibition, musical performances, and readings of ekphrastic poetry written by King’s University College students. A video poem, Viva la Vida de Frida, was also shown.

Hiroshi Miyamoto and Masumi Sato

Hiroshi Miyamoto and Masumi Sato of the Green Tea Collective in Toronto visited King’s in 2012 and presented an evening of Japanese classical dance and contemporary dance. 

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