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Twenty years ago in Halifax Nova Scotia five young art students piled into a Rent-a-Wreck and drove 18 hours nonstop to arrive in New York City on April Fool's Day. It was my first-ever visit -- and it was love at first sight. I celebrated my 20th birthday in NSCAD's loft on Canal street, with a Betty Crocker chocolate cake carved by my pals into the shape of Manhattan, complete with skyscrapers assembled from the cutaway parts of the cake held in place by construction-grade icing.
that first trip I have returned almost every year, usually to revel in
a major exhibition that I would not have been able to see in Canada. It
is due in no small part to the museums and galleries of NYC that I'm an
from Alberta, Monica Tap completed both her BFA (1990) and MFA (1994)
degrees at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Her work has been
exhibited in solo shows across Canada and in group exhibitions in Canada,
the U.S. and Great Britain. She has received numerous awards, including
a mid-career ("B") grant from the Canada Council; Project, Research
and Presentation grants from the Nova Scotia Arts Council as well as awards
from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. She has been an invited guest
artist at several institutions, including the Emily Carr Institute of
Art and Design, the Ontario College of Art and Pennsylvania State University.
Tap's work is represented in private, corporate and public collections
in Canada and the U.S., including the Edmonton Art Gallery, the Art Gallery
of Nova Scotia and the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs. Upcoming
shows include a solo exhibition curated by Stuart Ried of the Tom Thompson
Memorial Art Gallery in Ow!en! Sound, Ontario (November, 2002). Tap is
also currently curating an exhibition of contemporary abstract painting
in Toronto and New York to open at the Dalhousie Art Gallery in Halifax
in November 2002.
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