chloe_lewisLocal Cultural hub and art gallery Eastern Edge has a new face at the helms since Mary MacDonald stepped down to pursue her own art. Her name is Chloe Lewis – born in Washington and raised in Ottawa.

Chloe holds a BFA from Emily Carr University, and an MFA from the Bergen National Academy of Art and Design in Norway. Since 2006, she has worked as one half of the artist duo Lewis & Taggart with her husband and collaborator, Andrew Taggart. Their work has been exhibited in Canada, Norway, Portugal, Germany, Poland, Italy, Greece, Sweden, Finland, the UK, and the USA. In 2010, they co-founded the Museum of Longing and Failure (MOLAF), an artistic platform with an emphasis on small sculptural works.

Lewis has already begun her job, and says she’s thrilled to have landed in St. John’s and  is looking forward to immersing herself in its vibrant culture. “My goal for the Eastern Edge is threefold: to holistically support the needs of the gallery and the diverse visions of its exhibiting artists, to foster new alliances through collaboration and dialogue, and to help shape a dynamic program of events that provides a multi-faceted point of intersection for the local community and beyond.”

Chloe was chosen as artistic director “after a rigorous competition that saw applications from high-level arts professionals from around the world.” The board were drawn to her strong background in collaborative practices and extensive involvement in artist-run culture over the past decade.

“The board of Eastern Edge is excited to have Chloe Lewis directing us into uncharted waters at the cutting edge of the contemporary Canadian Arts scene,” says Andrew Harvey, Chair of the Board of Eastern Edge. “Her experience and energy will ensure that Eastern Edge remains a hotbed of creative expression and a cultural hub of St. John’s.”