Richard Kerr

About the Artist

Art-making was not a top priority for this youthful St. Catherine’s, Ontario native as he left school prior to completion of his studies to pursue a career in hockey. As that passion drew to an end, Richard Kerr decided to follow his interest in photography, which led him to study at Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning in Ontario as a mature student. Kerr received a Media Arts Diploma in 1979 and taught film production at Sheridan from 1982 through 1986. He then moved to Saskatchewan to teach at the University of Regina as an Associate Professor in the Department of Film and Video until 1998. Las Vegas, the work presented in the ARTSask theme Time, was created while he was working in Saskatchewan. Kerr is currently (2008) an Associate Professor of Film Production and Chair of the Mel Hoppenhiem School of Cinema at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec.

In addition to teaching, Kerr continues to produce his own film and video, and to  curateThe act of selecting art works, planing how they will be displayed and writing accompanying supporting materials for the ideas presented. A curator can work freelance or be affiliated with a gallery, and serves as the link between artists and gallery.  film programs. When he builds his innovative light boxes he actually uses discarded film from his film productions and places “real/reel” video in the art gallery setting. Over the years he has received numerous awards for his film-making at film festivals throughout the world. His installations and sculptural light boxes have also been included in many exhibitions and collections.

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