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Sam Kerson, artist

Founder and artistic director

Dragon Dance Theatre,

exploring visual and performing arts since 1976.

9070, boulevard des Forges
Trois-Rivières, Québec, G8Y 4E8

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2023

November

Paseo de la Muerte, Day of the Dead in Oaxaca

https://www.samkersonandkatahartistbooks.com/paseo-de-la-muerte

Galeria Gubixia, Union Hidalgo, Oaxaca, Mexico

> article about the exhibit in the local press:

http://www.istmopress.com.mx/istmo/paseo-de-la-muerte-de-sam-kerson-y-katah-en-galeria-gubidxa/

June to September

Biennale Internationale d'Estampe contemporaine de Trois-Rivières (BIECTR). 

prints from the series:  Stop Bombing Ukraine!

https://www.samkersonandkatahartistbooks.com/stopbombingukraine

November

Sol y Luna, Casa Guietiqui

https://www.samkersonandkatahartistbooks.com/sol-y-luna

Tehuantapec, Oaxaca, Mexico

October

Bety y Jury, semillas que Florecen,

Group exhibit

IAGO Alcala, Oaxaca, Mexico

2024

November

UNESCO accreditation

At the 10 session of the General assembly of the UNESCO Intageble cultural Heritage meeting in Paris, Dragon Dance Theatre, the non-profit organization that Sam founded in 1976 was selected as a Non-Governmental Organization accredited to provide advisory services to the UNESCO Committee which oversees the safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage. 

April-May

Rencontres (Acrylic paintings)

https://dragondancetheatre.wixsite.com/samkersongallery/rencontres

Centre d'exposition de Shawinigan, Québec

October 2020

Mother Drowning – Kids in the Dingy’, large painting (36 X 48 inches) from the series Artist as Witness, which reflects on the refugee and migrant crisis in Europe.

It was part of a group exhibit at the Usine106U gallery exhibit. Montreal, Québec.

Summer 2020

La Ménagerie du Dragon. Over a 2 km stretch of the Trois-Rivières (Québec) bike path, a series of large engravings (36 X 48 inches) depicting the animals of the forest. This series was exhibited in two different sections of the bike path.

Nov 2019 to Jan 2020

Hiroshima to Fukushima, the road to Self-Destruction La Maison de Gravure Mediterranée, Montpellier, France.

A series of 25 linoleum block prints from the book

https://www.samkersonandkatahartistbooks.com/hiroshima-to-fukushima.

2022

Song of the Silenced,

the Re-emergence of  the Entoumed Murals.

https://dragondancetheatre.wixsite.com/underground-railroad/general-9

La Muse en Goguette Gallery, Launaguet, France.

2021

Mystère, Secrètes et Folklore du Parc Linéaire de Trois-Rivières,

Large format prints on fabric, installed along the Trois-Rivières city bike path, Parc linéaire de Trois-Rivières.

2019

Paseo de la Muerte, Day of the Dead in Oaxaca

virtual exhibition in the framework of the Festival Teatro y Comunidades.

https://www.samkersonandkatahartistbooks.com/paseo-de-la-muerte

June 2019

Lemminkainen in Tuonela – Municipal Library, Ii (Finland) (Gravures).

A series of 22 engravings from the artist book of the same name.

https://www.samkersonandkatahartistbooks.com/lemminkainenintuonela

August 2019

Les Arbres de Demeter, The Sacred Grove of Demeter – Artist book –

La Muse en Goguette Gallery, Launaguet, France

https://www.samkersonandkatahartistbooks.com/demetersacredgrove

October 2016

September 2016

May 2016

October 2015

Artists as Witness (Exodus)

Duo exhibit with Katah. Galerie La Maison de la Gravure Mediterranée, Montpellier, France. 

Artists as Witness  (Exodus) Duo exhibit with Katah. Galerie de La Muse en Goguette, Launaguet, France

The Journey Continues (oils and acrylic paintings). City Center Montpelier Vermont, USA.

Lemminkainen in Tuonela, (Engravings) Atelier-Galerie La Spirale, Sète, France. Group exhibits with artists from the collective at La Maison de la Gravure Méditrerannée.

August 2017

Hiroshima to Fukushima, the road to Self-Destruction – La muse en Goguette, Launaguet, France.

A series of 25 linoleum block prints from the artist book .

https://www.samkersonandkatahartistbooks.com/hiroshima-to-fukushima

May 2017

Artists as Witness  (Exodus)

 Duo exhibit with Katah. Montpelier City Center, Vermont. A series of engravings and watercolors that emerged from the work Sam and Katah did while working on the island of Lesvos and in refugee camps.

2015, 2017, 2019

Selected in the Guanlan International Print Biennial. The selected engravings were acquired by China Printmaking Museum.

*Several other exhibitions between 1992 and 2015 in Finland, Iceland, Japan, Mexico, Quebec, France, Slovakia, etc.

Murals

1990

1992

1993

Todo Sera Mejor* (4.2 X 18.3 m) Managua, Nicaragua.

Columbus at the Gates of Paradise** (2.4 X 4.2 m) Waterbury, Vermont, USA.

The Underground Railroad, Vermont and the Fugitive Slave*** 

(2.4 X 14.6 m) South Royalton, Vermont, USA.

*Destroyed by an earthquake in 2008.

**Destroyed by Hurricane Irene in 2013.

*** Entirely walled in with a white acoustic panel cover, and this, by judicial decree.

Prizes

2015

2015

René Carcan Printmaking Competition. Brussels, Belgium.

Awagami International Miniature Print Exhibition. Japan.

Collections

Trois-Rivières

Québec

France

Canada

Angleterre

États-Unis

Since 2021, The city of Trois-Rivières has acquired 4 large  paintings:  Arrivées sur le Saint Laurent; Camp de Solidarité; Contemplating Sea Crossing (Decisions), Danse Encore

Bibliothèque Nationale du Québec /  Loto Québec / Galerie Samuel Lallouz/ Bibliothèque de l’Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM).

Bibliothèque Nationale de France.

Bibliothèque et Archives du Canada / The Bruce Peel Library (University of Alberta) / the Fisher Library (Université de Toronto) / Special Collections, University of Calgary.

The British Library, London.

The Library of Congress, Washington / New York Public Library / Darthmouth College Special collections / St-Michales College Special Collections / The Jundt Art Museum, Chapin Library - Special Collection (Williams College) / Smith Collège special collections / University of Arizona / Bailey Howe Library (University of Vermont) / University of Pennsylvania / University of Texas in San Antonio.

Chine

The China Printmaking Museum, Guanlan.

Recent Artists' Books and Portfolios

2022

Stop Bombing Ukraine. ISBN: 9780-1-989572-12-2

A portfolio of 27 lino prints, on paper size 22 X 28 inches

Made in 2022, the works are now in the collection of:  

  • The Library of Congress

  • The Bruce Peel Library, University of Alberta 

  • Thomas Rare Book library, University of Toronto

  • Wilson Library, University of Minnesota 

2021

Paseo de la Muerte, Day of the Dead in Oaxaca.

ISBN: 978-1-989572-09-2

A set of 45 engravings theme of the Mexican tradition

                of the Day of the Dead acquired by:  

  • The Bruce Peel Library, University of Alberta 

  • Thomas Rare Book library, University of Toronto

  • University of Arizona Special Collections, USA

  • The British Library, London, England

2018

The Nose Knows. ISBN: 978-0-9949030-7-5

  Artist's book - drypoint containing 17 engravings acquired by:

  • Bibliothèque du Congrès Américain – The Library of Congress

  • Bruce Peel Library, University of Alberta

  • Bibliothèque et Archives National du Québec

2019

Hiroshima to Fukushima. ISBN: 978-0-9949030-6-8

Artist's book containing 25 large format linocuts (18 X 24 in) acquired by:  

  • Bibliothèque du Congrès Américain – The Library of Congress

  • The Bruce Peel Library, University of Alberta 

  • The University of Princeton, Firestone library

2020

Les Arbres de Demeter. ISBN: 978-1-98-9572-01-6

Artist's book containing 13 drypoint engravings enhanced with watercolor

Available in French and in English

acquired by: 

  • The Bruce Peel Library, University of Alberta 

  • Thomas Rare Book library, University of Toronto

2017

Sol y Luna. ISBN: 978-0-9949030-4-4

Portfolio of 12 linocuts that tells the story of the creation of the Sun and the Moon according to the Zapotec cosmology

acquired by the Special Collections:  

  • Bibliothèque de l’Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)

  • The University of Arizona special collections

  • The University of New Mexico, Special Collections

  • The British Library, London, UK

  • The University of Vermont, special collections

  • The University of Alberta, Edmonton - Bruce Peel Special Collections

2016

Lemminkainen in Tuonela  ISBN: 978-0-9949030-0-6

An artist book includes  22 different intaglio etchings

Inspired by runos 13 and 14 of the great Finnish epic, The Kalevala

Acquired by the following Special Collections:  

  • The Fisher library in Toronto

  • University of Vermont, Bailey/Howe special collections

  • U of Minnesota, Special Collections

  • The Library of Congress, Washington DC

  • The Bruce Peel special collections at the University of Alberta in Edmonton

2013

Robert Fisher, a graphic Biography  ISBN: 978-0-9783871-4-3 

An artist book includes  37 linoleum block prints by Sam Kerson

Acquired by the following Special Collections:  

  • The Baily/Howe Library - University of Vermont

  • The Library of Congress, Washington

  • University of Calgary, Special Collections

  • The Fisher Library, U of Toronto

2012

Betrayed, Double Crossed, Lied to and Deceived

ISBN: 978-0-9783871-3-6 

An artist book includes  25 linoleum block prints by Sam Kerson

The artist's graphic interpretation of incidents that occurred in 2010

Acquired by the following Special Collections:  

  • The Baily/Howe Library - University of Vermont

  • The Library of Congress, Washington

  • The Chapin Library at Williams College, Massachusetts

2008

Executions and Democracy  ISBN: 978-0-9783871-7-4 

This portfolio includes  22 linoleum block prints by Sam Kerson

presents 20 different cases of victims of the Death penalty system, mostly related to the USA, but also includes Canada and Mexico

Acquired by the following Special Collections:  

  • he Fisher Rare Book Library     (U of Toronto)

  • The Library of Congress, Washington DC, USA

  • University of Vermont,

  • Library and Archives Canada,

  • the Jundt Art Museum

  • University of Texas in San Antonio

  • Center for the Study of Political Graphics  (CSPG, Los Angeles)

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*Several other artists' books and portfolios were produced between 1993 and 2008

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Acquisitions and exhibits,

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