Artist Rilla Marshall says having her work selected for the Art Bank means a lot to her because it will be part of a collection that represents Prince Edward Island.
Marshall’s work was one of 12 pieces selected for purchase by a peer-review jury out of 59 submissions. The Art Bank acquires, loans out, and displays works by professional Island artists for public spaces.
"This Art Bank collection demonstrates the value of visual artists in the examination of our contemporary culture,” Marshall said. “My artwork 'Greenwich Peninsula, PEI' highlights a significant story of change within the Island's vulnerable coastal landscape. Through my handwoven and embroidered work, I strive to translate technical data about our familiar landscape into tangible textiles."
Although the provincial government discontinued its investments in the Art Bank in 2014, a key action from 2017’s culture action plan was to renew annual investments in the Art Bank. This year $20,000 worth of art was purchased, followed by $10,000 yearly over the next four years.
The Art Bank is a working collection — with most items displayed in reception and high-traffic areas of public buildings. It is also available for educational use. It is a joint effort between the province’s departments of Education, Early Learning and Culture and Economic Development and Tourism.
Successful submissions purchased for the provincial art bank so far include works from the following artists: Brenda Whiteway, Christine Trainor, Damien Worth, Hans Wendt, Jason “Lenny” Gallant, Monica Lacey, Nancy Cole, Noella Richard, Norah Pendergast, Rilla Marshall, Susan Christensen, and Terry Stevenson.