Corrin Smithson McWhirter is a native of southern Ontario, Canada. She studied sculpture and installation at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from York University in Toronto. She lives in Springfield, Illinois and formerly worked as Gallery Director for the Springfield Art Association. She works actively to support the professional growth of local artists, in addition to partnering with community leaders to foster and inspire public art in Springfield.
Corrin has exhibited and curated exhibitions throughout North America. While sculpture and installation remain her first loves, she works in a variety of media and formats. She uses simple forms and designs to express ideas about place, time, and perception.
Her current bodies of work were originally inspired by her early years of motherhood and DADA/Surrealist artist Max Ernst. Of These Places draws attention to simple elements of our everyday spaces—elements we have learned to stop seeing amidst our daily routines. As this work has evolved, it has addressed our protection of these spaces, our need for intimacy, and how we always leave traces of ourselves in each space we occupy.
Past Exhibitions (Selected)
• Process and Materials - Women Made Gallery, Chicago IL
• Vantage - James S. Murray Gallery, Springfield, IL
• Fragmented Remains - M.G. Nelson Gallery, Springfield, IL
• Print & Drawing Exhibition - Clemson University, S.C.
• Reclaimed - St Louis Artists Guild, St Louis, MO
• Tell Me a Story - Foundry Arts Center, St Charles, MO
• Art Blast: Blank Slate - Easton, MA
• Of This Place - DEMO Project, Springfield, IL
• Along the Water - M.G. Nelson Gallery, Springfield, IL