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MICHAEL BURTCH: ARTIST

SCULPTOR, SOUND ARTIST, WRITER, SET DESIGNER

BIOGRAPHY

 

MICHAEL IN HIS STUDIO WORKING ON A SCULPTURE WITH A NUMBER OF SCULPTURES BEHIND HIM.

At work in the studio!

 
Photograph by Dan Nystedt
 
Michael Burtch is a graduate of Queen's University in Kingston Ontario. 

He currently is:

  • a retired Director-Curator of the Art Gallery of Algoma in Sault Ste. Marie
  • an Adjunct Professor of Art History and Research Associate with the Nordik Institute at Algoma University .
  • a sculptor and a sound artist with an extensive exhibition history. 
As an art historian Burtch has published numerous articles and catalogues on artists including:
 
He was engaged in a major research project with Gary and Joanie McGuffin on the Group of Seven. The project entailed extensive research and field study with the goal of identifying, documenting and interpreting exact sites in Algoma and Superior’s north shore where members of this famous group of artists painted their iconic works.
 
This extensive research resulted in a documentary film, commissioned by TVO and produced by White Pine Pictures, which was released in October 2015 for broadcast. 
 
During his teaching years Michael was named a "Hotshot prof" in the Globe and Mail of October 21, 2014. This article reviewed all Canadian Universities and in each of them a "Hotshot prof." was chosen and Michael was chosen for Algoma University. 
 

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