Mireille Eagan

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Mireille Eagan (born 1982) is a Canadian arts writer and curator. She is the niece of composer and songwriter Edmund Eagan. She is also granddaughter of cold weather physiologist Charles Eagan.[1]


Mireille Eagan was born in Calgary, Alberta in 1982 and grew up in Whitehorse, Yukon and Fredericton, New Brunswick. She is a graduate of Mount Allison University (Bachelor of Arts in Art History) and Concordia University (Masters of Arts in Art History). She was Curator at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery in Prince Edward Island from November 2008 to July 2010. She is currently Curator of Contemporary Art at The Rooms in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador. She was Curator of Canadian Art from 2011 to 2013.

Eagan has written for several catalogues, magazines, and newspapers such as Border Crossings, canadianart.ca,[2] C Magazine, [here] magazine,[3] Inuit Art Quarterly, The Overcast, and Visual Arts News.[4] She was arts columnist for the Daily Gleaner.[5][6]

In 2013, she was the Atlantic juror for the Sobey Art Award.[7]

Curatorial work[edit]

Mireille Eagan has curated exhibitions with institutions across Canada, as well as internationally.

In 2013, she co-curated an official collateral project with the 55th Venice Biennale alongside Bruce Johnson. Titled About Turn: Newfoundland in Venice[8][9] the exhibition was organised by the Terra Nova Art Foundation, and featured the work of Peter Wilkins and Will Gill. It was on display at Galleria Ca'Rezzonico until November 24, 2013.[10]

Of particular note is the solo exhibition titled Mary Pratt, which toured throughout Canada from 2013 to 2015. It was a collaboration between The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery and Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, and was co-curated with Sarah Fillmore and Caroline Stone. Venues included the Art Gallery of Windsor in Windsor, Ontario; the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg, Ontario; the MacKenzie Art Gallery in Regina, Saskatchewan; and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Halifax, Nova Scotia.[11]

The solo exhibition Mary Pratt: This Little Painting was shown at the National Gallery of Canada from April 4, 2015 to January 4, 2016. A version of it toured to the Owens Art Gallery at Mount Allison University, on display from March 11 to May 22, 2016. The exhibition was co-organized by the National Gallery of Canada and The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery, and was curated with Jonathan Shaughnessy.[12]

An additional solo exhibition of note was "Christopher Pratt: The Places I Go," at The Rooms in 2015. The exhibition was a ten-year retrospective of work by the Newfoundland painter, focusing on his travels through his home province.[13]

Notable group exhibitions include "The Free World" at The Rooms in 2016,[14] "Folklore and Other Panics"[15] at The Rooms in 2015, and "inbetween" at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery and Doris McCarthy Gallery in 2010.[16] In 2016, Eagan co-curated an exhibition at The Rooms with Josée Drouin-Brisebois titled "enter the fog," which included Maya Beaudry, Julia Feyrer, Tamara Henderson, and Tiziana La Melia.[17]


At the age of 11, Mireille Eagan recorded the theme song for Katie and Orbie,[18] an animated television series aimed at preschoolers, originally broadcast in Canada in 1994 by Family Channel. The show later aired in the United States on PBS from 1995–1997 and on Disney Channel from 1997-2000. In Canada, the series still airs on Family and Playhouse Disney. It also airs on the Latin American version of CBeebies.


External links[edit]

  • [1] Confederation Centre of the Arts
  • [2] The Rooms