Chris Myhr, Ab-Solutes: Lake Erie (Untitled #C1b)
A black, cone shaped piece of earthen material floating against a black background A black, cone shaped piece of earthen material floating against a black background

Chris Myhr: Salients

Salients is a solo exhibition of work by Hamilton-based artist and researcher Chris Myhr. The exhibition brings together photographs from an interrelated series developed by Myhr between 2016 and 2022, exploring themes related to water, the ecosystem, complex interconnectivity, and materiality through a photo-based approach.

The notion of “salience” describes what is most prominent – the point of critical mass, or that which emerges from the background, gesturing outwards for our attention. Depicting both human-made artifacts and ecological materials recovered from the floor of the Atlantic Ocean, the banks of the Athabasca River (northern Alberta), and the waters of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario, the photographs explore the salient, or the material legacy of human endeavour and action, shaped and marked by water over long passages of time. Presented together, the work ruminates on the permanence of things, the tendency of matter to persist, and the ways in which the imprint humans leave on the material realm bridges and blurs delineations between past, present, and future – for better or for worse.

Salients includes projects developed with support from the Canada Council for the Arts and Ontario Arts Council.


Opening Reception: Thursday, January 26th, 5:30 – 8:30 PM

Artist talk: Thursday, February 9th, 12:30 – 1:20 PM

Artists: Chris Myhr

December 20, 2022 – March 24, 2023

Link to Exhibitions Archive for a complete list of past exhibitions


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To promote and stimulate learning, interest and continued enjoyment about the visual arts, the Museum will organize an annual programme of temporary exhibitions for presentation year round.

Exhibition proposals/submissions are accepted on an on-going basis.

The Director/Curator will select and establish the annual exhibition programme in collaboration with the curatorial team. An exhibition schedule will be presented by the Director/Curator to the Advisory Board of the Museum once each year


Proposals are accepted from artists and curators.


10-20 digital images, project description, and CV.

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Betty Julian, Adjunct Senior Curator
McMaster Museum of Art, McMaster University
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Hamilton, Ontario L8S 4L6


The McMaster Museum of Art is a third party recommender for Ontario Arts Council (OAC) Exhibition Assistance Grants.

The 2024-2025 Exhibition Assistance Program is now open until January 2025. Our deadlines for the programming year are:

  • September 16th, 1 p.m. ET
  • December 16th, 1 p.m. ET

Artists who demonstrate an interest and consideration of art as a medium for social change and action.

Please follow the guidelines established by the Ontario Arts Council, apply directly through their website, and submit the following with your applications:

Brief artist statement
Confirmation letter from the gallery/museum/venue
Digital images of work