Sense of Place at University of Toronto Art Centre

Featuring Alistair MacLeod and Iain Baxter& in a conversation facilitated by Nino Ricci

“It will make you happy, thoughtful people and enable you to spread goodness and wisdom throughout the land.”

Alistair MacLeod

Our three speakers need little introduction. They are internationally renowned, and we are incredibly delighted to present this event as part of the opening celebrations for the exhibition, Sense of Place, Organized and Circulated by the Windsor Printmaker’s Forum.

Alistair MacLeod is the author of No Great Mischief which has received multiple accolades including the 1991 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and The Trillium Award for Fiction. He is also internationally acclaimed for his collections of short stories “The Lost Salt Gift of Blood”(1976) and “As Birds Bring Forth the Sun and other Stories” (1986). He is Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Windsor.

Iain Baxter& an international pioneer of conceptual art has been nationally celebrated with the 2004 Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts, the 2005 Canada Council for the Arts Molson Prize, and the 2006 Gershon Iskowitz Foundation Prize. He is Professor Emeritus at the School of Visual Arts, University of Windsor.

Nino Ricci is the winner of two Governor General’s Awards for Fiction. His 1990 novel, Lives of the Saints was followed in 2008 with the award winning, The Origin of Species. Nino Ricci is the recipient of the 2006 inaugural Alistair MacLeod Award for Literary Achievement. He lives and works in Toronto.

The evening will also be the occasion for the launch of the Sense of Place exhibition catalogue which is co-published by the University of Toronto Art Centre, the University of Windsor and the Art Gallery of Windsor.

This is how our evening will unfold:
6:30 pm Cocktails: Meet the authors and artists
7:00 pm Alistair MacLeod and Iain Baxter& in a conversation facilitated by Nino Ricci
9:00 pm Exhibition Opening Reception (Cash Bar)

Tickets for complimentary cocktails and conversation: $10 for UTAC Members and $20 General Public. Limited Seating. Non-Members can take this opportunity to join and apply $10 of the ticket price to the UTAC Membership Fee. Cocktails are complimentary until the Opening Reception.

To purchase tickets please contact Maureen Smith 416-946-7089 or

Image Credits: 
Left: Title Image: Installation view of Sense of Place, 2009. Image credit: Toni Hafkenscheid.
Middle:Essay by Alistair MacLeod, and “In Conversation” by Alistair MacLeod, Iain Baxter&, and Nino Ricci
Right:  Photo by Nick Kozak/Torontoist
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