Introducing Risa Horowitz


Risa Horowitz

Risa Horowitz

I am pleased to announce Risa Horowitz as an addition to ART NORTH’s international team of writers covering the visual arts of Northern latitudes. Risa, who will serve as Contributing Editor (North America), is a visual artist and Assoc. Prof. of Visual Arts in the Department of Visual Arts, University of Regina, Saskatchewan. She has lived and worked in seven Canadian provinces as an artist, educator, writer, and gallery programmer, and has received numerous grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and several provincial funding bodies. Her works are held in the several corporate collections, as well as by the Canada Council Art Bank, and the Saskatchewan Arts Board collection.

In 2014, twenty of Risa’s paintings from her Trees of Canada series were acquired for Canada House in London by Global Affairs Canada. In 2018 and 2019, Global Affairs also acquired two of her arctic photographs, along with thirteen more Trees of Canada for the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C. As an academic, she is interested in the ways in which information systems frame knowledge, and in practice-based scholarship and the shaping of art practice by university structures and expert/amateur distinctions. She was also a co-founder of the Working Group for Studio Art Practice and Research for the University Art Association of Canada with the installation artist Annie Martin.

Ian McKay

Born 1962, Ian McKay is a writer, art critic, and cultural historian, with a keen interest in promoting the visual arts and crafts of the Northern Highlands. For over 25 years, he worked as a senior lecturer in art history and cultural studies, and has been writing on the arts, crafts and culture industries since the mid-1980s, His work has appeared in over thirty countries worldwide, being published by Cassell Illustrated, Wiley, Octopus, Free Association Books, Flowers, and State Media (among others). In addition he has written on environmental issues and social history, and is a leading authority on the work of the British modern artist Bernard Cohen. In 2010, Ian founded Hatchet Green Press, and offers a wide range of bespoke services to artists and writers via our Services page. He also maintains a visual art, craft, and culture Blog titled North-Northwest.