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Seth Cardinal – Pointing The Finger #2

Exhibition Runs: April 2 – May 25, 2018
Reception: Thursday, May 10, 2018
6 pm – 7 pm at Arts Commons +15 Space

This is where it was, and this is what I saw. This is what I see, and this is what’s there now.
Pointing The Finger #2 is a way to provide a voice for myself, my family and our land and homes that were destroyed to build the SW Calgary Ring Road AKA Tsuut’ina Trail.

Who is in charge and who is responsible?

Who do we celebrate and who do we listen to?

If I don’t speak up, how can people forget a history they were told never existed?

I am a multi-disciplinary artist and experimental musician that grew up on my family’s land in Tsuut’ina. My current practice is influenced by memory, place, trauma and the reconciliation between the three to reveal overwritten truths.

Amy Hein – Gather. Preserve. Repeat. 


Exhibition Runs: April 16 – 27, 2018
Reception: April 26, 2018 6 pm – 8 pm
Main Mall at the Alberta College of Art + Design

Gather. Preserve. Repeat. reflects on the cellar spaces and basements of old homes, made for storing foods and preparing for habitation. It is a place meant for safety, family, and storage. In this body of work, jarred natural dyes represent the preserved foods in times of hardship and the memories made from making jarred goods. Painting with natural dyes is a way I disperse memory over a surface and bring attention to the water from the land by using collected snow and rainwater. The emphasis of food and place, which reoccurs through much of my work, preserves the memory of home and my Aboriginal heritage.

Amy Hein is a graduate from Sheridan College in Ontario and a forth year Drawing student at ACAD graduating May 2018. She is from a small town in Central Ontario called Omemee. Amy is an active distance runner, children’s art instructor, and illustrator of the children’s story, A Forever Home.


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Exhibition Runs: April 2 – 27, 2018
Reception: April 5, 2018 6 pm – 8 pm
Main Mall, at the Alberta College of Art and Design

Designed environments made to increase the flow of information often are created in a manner that promote the information seen fit by those who have designed them while inhibiting the impressions of actions by those who inhabit them. The motives of these spaces, with rigid surfaces made to be wiped clean, should be questioned and how the lasting presence can be incorporated into them. Δt explores how the nonlinear memory of a space can be accessed as well as overwritten by the presence of those passing by and how that presence can be made known to others.

Alec Brilling is a student at the Alberta College of Art + Design studying media arts. His practice explores perception and environments, how spaces are occupied and the actions that take place within them. Often making use of sound and light, his works focus on the active presence of participants.


Collin Brown – Further Reductions
Exhibition Runs: April 2 – 13, 2018
Reception: April 5, 2018 6 pm – 8 pm
Main Mall at the Alberta College of Art + Design

My research and practice are concerned with problems of representation related to disparities between the map and the territory. The map, being an abstraction of site will never contain full fidelity to that which it represents. Further Reductions is an exhibition of sculptures that involve a speculative modeling of space, representations that engender thought concerning dissonance between representation and reality.

Collin is an undergraduate in his final year at the Alberta College of Art + Design, he is a nominee for the BMO 1st Art! Prize, and ACAD Board of Governors Graduating Student Award in Sculpture. His studio- based practice is informed by process and material investigations that negotiate ways of looking.


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Emilie MacPhail – Reveries

Exhibition Runs: February 5 – March 30, 2018
Reception: Thursday, March 15, 2018
6 pm – 7 pm at Arts Commons +15 Space

Reveries explores Emilie MacPhail’s connection to the natural landscapes that surround her home. Having long felt a deep spiritual connection to these spaces, she uses her experiences within them as an escape, as therapy and for meditation. During these moments, MacPhail has a tendency to collect natural materials as mementoes of these experiences, supplies for her pieces and for inspiration when creating work. She uses a variety of Fibre techniques such as embroidery, weaving and felting to create a collaboration between object and artist. Each piece tells the story of a memory, in a subtle and quiet way.

MacPhail is currently attending the Alberta College of Art + Design, to obtain her BFA in Fibre. Much of her work is inspired by the Albertan landscape’s native flora and fauna. She works with Fibre techniques such as weaving, embroidery, felting and silkscreen printing.


Martina Westib – S(ing)k
Exhibition Runs: March 5 – 16, 2018
Reception: March 8, 2018 6 pm – 8 pm
Main Mall at the Alberta College of Art + Design

Through my work I explore the idea of the reservoir as a repository for matter. With the sink as a metaphor we can think of its form as a container for collected energies that are in varying states of release over time. My works are resonant bodies recording the moment of impact. They absorb instances of directional force and reverberate the dual nature of experience. Caught in cycles and outside of them simultaneously, they are fast and slow, touched and untouched as they retain and let go.

Martina is a multi media artist who has been highly impacted by a life of travel, adaptation, and curiosity. Her current practice is an exploration of longing and displacement. She will be graduating from ACAD in 2018, and has been nominated for BMO 1st Art! Prize and the ACADBoard of Governors Graduating Student Award.


IMG_2282.jpgJenna Wyatt – Romanticizations and Judgements

Exhibition Runs: March 5 – 30, 2018
Reception: March 8, 2018 6 pm – 8 pm
Main Mall, at the Alberta College of Art and Design

Through mixed media work, I examine the archive that we create when posting on social media. Using text from my personal social media posts, I create a comparison of thoughts that someone might think in person versus what they would post online. This collection of text pieces on cellophane touches on widespread yet unmentioned issues such as the romanticization of mental illness online, beauty standards for women and how that impacts judgements, and disparities between one’s identity in person and the identities we create online.

Jenna Wyatt is a Canadian interdisciplinary artist whose work is questioning the romanticization of mental health issues, set beauty standard for women online as well as identity in real life versus identities we create online. She is currently attending the Alberta College of Art + Design, majoring in Drawing.


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Signy Holm – Vatnið (For the Lake)
Exhibition Runs: February 19 – March 2, 2018
Reception: March 1, 2018 6 pm – 8 pm
Main Mall at the Alberta College of Art + Design
Vatnið (For the Lake) is an installation exploring memory and longing and the attempts that one makes to relive the places of the past. Sound recordings that have been isolated become repetitive mantras, yet the distortion of the voices create a distance and a desire for clarity that cannot be attained. Collected artifacts such as beach glass, stones and shells are manipulated through physical and digital interventions. These objects become unfamiliar and skewed from their original state. The viewer is free to move through the installation and to allow the various objects and sounds to inform them, with the evocation of the past in a present space. 
Signy Holm is in her third year at the Alberta College of Art + Design studying drawing. She works primarily in performance, new media and sculpture. She is currently the director of HORSE CLUB, a student-run club dedicated to the facilitation of media arts, as well as a member of The Pidgin Collective, a student group focused on writing and critical discourse. Signy Holm lives and works in Calgary, Alberta.

Jaime McDonald_Image.jpgJaime McDonald – How Far You’ve Come

Exhibition Runs: February 5 – March 2, 2018
Reception: February 15, 2018 6 pm – 8 pm
Main Mall, at the Alberta College of Art and Design

Assigned binaries and expectations are the primary focus of this work. With the use of documented performance, textile elements, and a mirror, it demonstrates the struggle of forced routines and expectations placed on gender identities. The way in which the work is installed is to be read from left to right, creating a narrative and questioning those who pass by if they are contributing to the limiting standards of society. By making the issue of body politics into tangible installations when they are often disregarded and invisible, I am able to confront the audience and ask them in an aesthetic way how they resonate or contribute to these politics.Jaime McDonald is a queer métis woman working towards her BFA at the Alberta College of Art + Design with a major in Media Arts. Her practice is primarily based around reclaiming and grasping onto her identity in a non-intersectional society. She uses feelings of nostalgia, longing, and confrontation to address the binaries she faces.

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Kyrsten Lofts – Wake Up Sterile Nightmare
Exhibition Runs: February 5 – 16, 2018
Reception: February 15, 2018, 6 pm – 8 pm
Main Mall at the Alberta College of Art + Design

Through painting I critically examine medical and art historical contexts that have informed a subjective understanding of the body. Using a method of depiction, idealized sculptural bodies are met with synthetic tubes, plastic sheets, and technologies, held together by a metal rod in a tentative structure, ready to break or bend under the weight they carry. This weight is not purely formal, but the weight of anxieties of mortality, and the everlasting heroic battle to fight human expiry. My paintings attempt to memorialize the phrase “as long as humanly possible”, searching for what this statement truly means in light of today’s medical endeavours and the quest of heroic divinity over the corporeal.Kyrsten Lofts is a Canadian interdisciplinary artist whose work aims to de-familiarize predetermined knowledge of the human form and its function. Material research and ideas of restoration, mortality, fragility, familial relationships, and faith drive investigation within her practice. She is currently attending the Alberta College of Art + Design majoring in Painting.


tea cabinet resized.jpgAlexa Bunnell – A memoir for a woman I didn’t know and the man who plays the banjo

Exhibition Runs: December 4, 2017 – February 2, 2018

Reception: January 18, 2018 6 pm – 7 pm

Marion Nicoll Gallery +15 Space at Arts Commons

A memoir for a woman I didn’t know and the man who plays the banjo examines the relationship between our physical, tactile environment and the intangible human memory. This work is investigating the dynamic between tactile objects and immaterial sentiment thought. At the time of collection of the objects I was grieving, from a distance, two people. Objects were the closest I could get to the wavering memories I had of these people. It terrified me. The column is made of jars that contain on the surface my intangible memory. The objects are the remnants of these individuals. I am seeking the place where I stand here.

Alexa Bunnell is a queer emerging artist and student based in Calgary, Alberta. She works primarily through ceramic methods and processes. She is currently a candidate for a Bachelors of Fine Art in ceramics at Alberta College of Art and Design.


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Exhibition Runs: January 8 – February 2, 2018

Reception: January 11, 2018 6 pm – 8 pm

Main Mall, at the Alberta College of Art and Design

Marion Nicoll Gallery, LRT Space Alberta College of Art + Design

Manifesting religious imagery from my Catholic upbringing positioned against occultism, I design hybrid iconographic narratives that explore memory and sexuality. Conjuring ghostly landscapes of the body, I revisit the depiction of a witch woman who acts as a monstrous interpretation of my identity. I currently analyze the reoccurring image of the unicorn in my life and investigate the Christian significance of the 14th Century Unicorn Tapestries. In these dense tapestries the unicorn is a representation of purity/holiness. The beast is used to illustrate the corruption of man and the importance of an uncorrupted woman. Adopting this visual language my drawings are mysterious and unsettling materializations of my eroticized self-portrait committing acts of violence and humiliation upon the unicorn. They function as allegorical diary entries where I attempt to conjure the intangible sensations of regret, anger and sexual turmoil.

Janeen Scott is a Calgarian artist completing her BFA at The Alberta College of Art and Design with a major in painting. Her practice focuses on the ritualistic nature of drawing and the continuous representation of a witch entity that functions as her self-portrait. She derives material from a constant juxtaposition of her Catholic upbringing and its parallels to occultism and witchcraft.



Leonard Mostacci – Language

Exhibition Runs: January 7 – EXTENDED to February 2, 2018

Reception: January 11, 2018, 6 pm – 8 pm

Main Mall at the Alberta College of Art + Design

The box is a language that has helped to physically shape our entire infrastructure. Over years of evolution, this simple shape has helped us structure and control what we think the meaning of our existence is. All forms of language eventually fit into a widespread structure. Any language we choose to jump on becomes subject to structure, thus giving us a pre-existing form and the future manipulation of this. I’m trying to understand how to escape a system through structural form, sound, reflection, and light, which in hindsight creates a system that is acquired through previously subjected practices.

My work deals primarily with language and the manipulation and transformation of this through sound, light, illusion, and repetition within constructed forms. I’m trying to establish an understanding of inner and outer time and space as an idea to potentially transcend beyond object and into the metaphysical.
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Exhibition Runs: November 27, 2017 – January 5, 2018

Reception: December 7, 2017 6 pm – 8 pm

Main Mall, at the Alberta College of Art and Design

Marion Nicoll Gallery, LRT Space Alberta College of Art + Design

56.257070,-4.747947 examines how a person interacts with a space that is larger than comprehension. How we interact with spaces we cannot comprehend due to their scale is an example of the fallacy each of us confronts in our daily existence. 56.257070,-4.747947 aims to alter the viewer’s understanding in the same way in which that of the artist was altered in the presence of an unimaginably large landscape. The work’s medium speaks to the visceral reality of modern craft practice, while the panoramic viewing angles create a piece which requires more than a moment to comprehend. The GPS coordinate grounds the work while also prompting the viewer to inhabit the space as a corporeal figure.

Karin Thorsteinsson is an alumnus of the Alberta College of Art + Design (BFA Fibre) and a recent graduate from the Glasgow School of Art (MLitt Fine Art Practice). She was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta and works primarily with brushed on dye and wax resist to create landscape works.


Brandon Giessmann – In Memory, Permanence (Facade)

MNG_Giessmann.jpgShow Runs: November 28, 2017 – January 2, 2018

Reception: November 30, 2017, 6 pm – 8 pm

Main Mall at the Alberta College of Art + Design

In Memory, Permanence (Facade) is an exploration in mimicking spaces dedicated to loss, reflection, and compassion such as memorials and cemeteries through installation and performance. It references initiatives and work by other artists and activists, as well as historical events and figures, related to gender, sexuality, and trauma. Visual imagery and written language are adopted from various sources to propose discussions on the evolution of ideologies, the process of healing, and the struggle to contribute to conversations surrounding identity when one remains unsure or fearful.

Brandon Giessmann is an artist and designer who focuses on the intersections between identity and trauma. Studying Print Media and Illustration at the Alberta College of Art + Design, he hopes to continue his exploration in creating inclusive spaces that enable discussion, vulnerability, and comfort, while reflecting on his own experiences and the ways in which they can be used to promote empathy.


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Exhibition Runs: October 2 – December 1, 2017

Reception: November 16, 2017 6 pm – 7 pm

Marion Nicoll Gallery +15 Space at Arts Commons

Old skin ’kin ‘kin

You na know me’

You na know me’

-Soucouyant, David Chariandy

Duppy engages with the fluidity of identity by drawing on Jamaican mannerisms and symbolism to connect my personal experience with racial erasure and sexism within Alberta. ‘Soucouyant’ a Caribbean folktale of a shape shifting phantom, cocoons herself with sagging flesh that fails to fit her real form underneath. Only when it is dusk, this monstrous feminine busts towards the sky, fooling as a falling star. Duppy uses this tale to physically capture the metamorphosis of living as the ‘other’ while being born into an environment of displacement.

Michaela Bridgemohan is a biracial multidisciplinary visual artist in Calgary Alberta Canada. Spoken through secrecy and perseverance, her practice investigates her “coming of age” story in Canada through race, femininity and sexuality. She has also spoke in the Divisions of Discourse Symposium and has been showcased in the Hear/d Residency Waves Through Fog, The Closet Gallery and Jugglers ArtSpace, Brisbane Australia.


Screen Shot 2017-10-27 at 8.18.47 PMJasmine Whiteley-Steel – The past she is haunted, the future is laced

Exhibition Runs: October 30 – November 24, 2017

Reception: November 2, 2017 6 pm – 8 pm

Main Mall, at the Alberta College of Art and Design

Marion Nicoll Gallery, LRT Space Alberta College of Art + Design

Pallid, frail, the flowers now dried up
The gifts they brought echoed your passing,
And now remains only memory, Time , And space
The hospital brings to mind only empty discomfort,
Even though life is also beginning here.
Sometimes they leave too soon
And as you take your steps forward, looking behind, the images slowly fade,
and all that’s left is re-fabricated memory

Jasmine is a Calgarian artist interested in exploring an overall conceptual basis of human vulnerabilities such as sadness, fear, loss, etc. She works in various media and is working with thoughts on materiality to push her work forwards. She has participated on some small juries, shown works on a local basis, and has participated in a couple of small markets with her jewelry.


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Christina Mathieson – I Carry the Weight of Your Death

Show Runs: October 23 – November 3, 2017

Reception: November 2, 2017 6 pm – 8 pm

Main Mall at the Alberta College of Art + Design

I Carry the Weight of Your Death consists of three sculptural installations of large handmade paper that embody handwritten chapters from my ongoing manuscript. Each chapter depicts the separate mindsets, times of existence, and pain associated with the initial, delayed, and suffocating reactions towards grief and loss. The paper has been tampered and activated with water in order to tear words away, obstruct and conceal vulnerable sentences, and create gaps between the interpretation of my writing and the privacy of the now deceased; the past performative act of washing away written words also represents the washing of a dead body.

Christina Mathieson is a Canadian artist born and raised in Calgary, Alberta. She is currently completing her final year as a drawing major in the BFA program at the Alberta College of Art + Design.



nat sack copyNatalie Stevenson – Rebirth of Venus (variation 1)

Exhibition Runs: Oct. 2 – Oct. 27, 2017

Reception: Oct. 19, 6 pm – 8 pm
Main Mall, at the Alberta College of Art + Design
These images are from a video performance of a modern Venus that is derived from Sandro Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus (1480). This reborn Venus is devouring and destroying art historical icons (pomegranate and papaya) that negatively represent females then cleansing herself in milk to reclaim her body. The aggression and power shown in these photos show a new Venus who is not concerned about fulfilling a purpose for others, but solely focuses on her desires and needs.Natalie Stevenson (b. 1995) is a mixed media artist living and working in Calgary, Alberta. Her work focuses on her own femme identity and negotiating the implications around her experiences. She is currently working towards her BFA at the Alberta College of Art + Design with a major in drawing.

Kerry Maguire Image.pngKerry Maguire – Ambiguities of the third dimension

Exhibition Runs: Oct. 10 – Oct. 20, 2017

Reception: Oct. 19, 6 pm – 8 pm

Main Mall, at the Alberta College of Art + Design

The plasticky, junky found objects of Ambiguities of the third dimension are discarded items past their prime, rescued as sculptural objects. These found components are at turns obfuscated, elevated and even narrativized as both sculptural work and the subject of five prints.
As sculpture, these objects’ material qualities take precedence. But through the process of silkscreening, the objects’ dimensionality is traded in for colour and halftone, and this flattened representation is redistributed through takeaway prints. Both processes are in pursuit of the status, history and future of these things that have come from our consumerism.

Kerry Maguire is an artist and musician living in Calgary, Alberta. She is in her final year at the Alberta College of Art + Design, and works mainly with found objects and sculpture.


Image may contain: 1 person, plant, tree, outdoor, water and natureAlicia Buates Mckenzie – Something to be Said

Exhibition Runs: Sept 25 – Oct 6, 2017

Reception: Oct 5, 6 pm – 8 pm

Main Mall, at the Albert College of Art + Design

Something to be Said is the first piece in a body of work heavily influenced by Shakespeare’s Ophelia. Contrasted with experiences in my own life, I subvert the ‘Ophelia archetype’ to highlight the trauma of losing one’s sense of self and the subsequent struggle to regain it. It is both an inquiry into the portrayal of women without agency in popular culture and a personal story of drowning internally. (Hamlet 4.5. 4-13)

Alicia Buates McKenzie is a biracial Filipino Canadian artist from rural Manitoba. She is currently completing the final year of her BFA at the Alberta College of Art + Design, majoring in Drawing. She has also studied abroad at Falmouth University and her work has been exhibited in both Canada and the UK. 


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Exhibition runs: July 24 – Sept 29, 2017-07-27

Reception: September 28, 2017 6 pm – 7 pm

Marion Nicoll Gallery +15 Space at Arts Commons

Two elegantly dressed Victorian figurines on a paper doily stand poised — “I cannot believe it, the audacity!” one figurine exclaims sharply. The other replies, “Who would do such a thing?”

Gossiping and sneering about faux pas fake fine dinnerware, ignorant of their own inauthentic identities as Made in China Victorian figurines, they remain marked by sticker underfoot.

Finery, Façade utilizes found objects and embellished paper plates to comment on kitsch, commodity, and mass-produced culturally charged objects.

Ashley Slemming is an artist based in her hometown, Calgary Alberta. She recently received a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a major in Print Media in 2017 and is currently focusing her conceptual practice around themes of cultural display, patterns, and repetition.


Toni-Cormier-MNG-image-1.jpgToni Cormier – Stare with Odium

Exhibition Runs: August 26 – September 21, 2017

Reception: September 14, 2017
6 pm – 8 pm

Main Mall, at the Alberta College of Art and Design

Marion Nicoll Gallery, Main Space Alberta College of Art + Design

Stare with Odium is a collection of rendered memoirs. These drawing-objects focus on the transitional (and often volatile) ongoing process of deciphering between the truth and untruth of a sexually deviant femme.

How much autonomy remains in the sexually deviant femme after her identity is manipulated in order to exist in a sensationalized, patriarchal society? How legitimate is the space between universal truth and personal reality?

Affairs and disunity agitate ideas of genuineness while processing feelings of guilt, longing, confusion, indulgence, and defiance, as a way to determine how to resuscitate the self after being smothered.

Toni Cormier allows herself to often indulge in decadence. Cormier has an intimate relationship with creation, and often works with materials such as oil, clay, banquet roll, canvas, chalk, and charcoal in order to construct sculptural works varying from dolls to drawings, which can also venture into performative experiences.

Cormier is a Calgary based artist, currently attending her fourth year at the Alberta College of Art and Design.


Cabaj_Exhibition_Image.jpgMichal Cabaj – an adiabatic approximation

Exhibition Runs: Sept. 4 – Sept. 29, 2017
Reception: Sept. 14, 2017
6 pm – 8 pm

Main Mall, at the Alberta College of Art and Design

Marion Nicoll Gallery, LRT Space Alberta College of Art + Design

an adiabatic approximation explores the notion of a physicality that is transcribed into a dimensional abstraction of the primary elements within a landscape.

Through way of a constructed landscape that embodies the unifying elements of metamorphic rock, a celestial formation of bodies through pressure and heat ignite a spontaneous change on an elemental scale. These physical and chemical processes occur so rapidly the transfer of matter or heat from within the system and its surroundings isn’t possible, thus being referred to as an “adiabatic approximation”.

Represented through the fusion of precious and semi-precious metals, the landscape investigates the dualities of light and darkness during the dawn of its formation. By isolating these elements into a visual representation of each hue within the image, an idealization of the landscape is made in which an approximation is derived from the physical nature and conceptual means of the image.

Michal Cabaj is a recent alumnus of the Alberta College of Art and Design who obtained a BDes in Photography. His work investigates the relationship between light and its intrinsic nature on objects within the human experience. This visual language speaks to the dimensions of his imagery that is bound by the human curiosity and the metaphysics of being.

SEMENOFF_promo.jpgAnna Semenoff – Phantom Form

Exhibition Runs: June 19 – August 18, 2017
Reception: June 21, 2017
6 pm – 7 pm

Main Mall, at the Alberta College of Art and Design

Marion Nicoll Gallery, Main Space Alberta College of Art + Design

Phantom Form is a video-based sculptural installation.

The Form will physically respond to its tangible surroundings, while functioning in isolation, separate from its immediate environment. The Form acts convincingly in that it can be seen as sensible while occupying two spaces.
The Form creates a phenomenon – a reality within itself.
Phantom Form exposes two spaces, and identifies them to be seen as one.

Anna Semenoff is a Calgary-based artist currently attending her third year at the Alberta College of Art + Design. Her practice is comprised of video and sculptural based works.

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Exhibition Runs: June 19 – September 1, 2017
Reception: June 21, 2017
6 pm – 7 pm

Main Mall, at the Alberta College of Art and Design

Marion Nicoll Gallery, LRT Space Alberta College of Art + Design

Her Potential For Corruption presents the relics of the Fallen Woman. Lingerie holds the memory of the body, an insistent absence marked with desire. The unapologetic display of Her intimate objects

resists ideological containment. Her relics destabilize the claims of incorruptibility given to saints and maintained through faith in the divinity of their wax facade. She defies incorruptibility as Her body transforms into a twisting, serpentine creature of silk and wax. Her meaning is unfixed, Her truth is indeterminate, and Her presence embodies doubt.

Haley Craw is a multidisciplinary artist based in Calgary, Canada. Her work presents relics, bodily traces, and the mythology of the Fallen Woman to explore female sexuality and ideology through both social contexts and reflections on personal experience. Her work was included in the Feminist Art Conference 2015, Femme Wave Festival, and kitschy kat’s haunted mouse at TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary. She curated the exhibition Shape-Shifters at the Alberta College of Art + Design. Her work has been featured in Filling Station Magazine, Venison Magazine, and Nailed Magazine.


Kerry Maguire – Solutions for Better Living

Exhibition Runs: May 29th – July 22nd,
Reception: July 20th, 2017 6 pm – 7 pm
Marion Nicoll Gallery +15 Space at Arts Commons

Solutions for Better Living is like a shop window from some future. By repurposing household objects and materials of utility, practical objects are transformed into futile forms. Neither scientific in their methods of construction nor overtly functional, the resultant sculptures take everyday, familiar implements, like small household appliances and gardening accessories and rework them into new systems. While the objects’ original uses are obstructed, new functions and new possibilities emerge as each part interacts within the newly formed whole.

Kerry Maguire is an artist and musician from Calgary, Alberta. In her artistic practice, she pursues ideas found in speculative realism and works primarily in installation. Her artwork incorporates audio, video, and sculpture. She also plays in several bands.


Kellie Frances Reid – Gathered Thoughts for YouKellieReid
Exhibition Runs: March 27 – May 26
Reception May 11, 6pm – 7pm
at Arts Commons

Marion Nicoll Gallery,
+15 Space at Arts Commons

Sip tea in quiet contemplation.
Thinking of you.
All the things I said,
All the things I didn’t.
I get the words right.
Not right at all.
Gathering thoughts for you.
The handwoven objects in Gathered Thoughts for You act to embody the time and care we invest in our relationships. Replacing ephemeral objects, like teabags, paper, and handwritten notes, with handmade cloth speaks to the sentiment we place on both the objects and rituals we associate with our loved ones. Our smallest gestures and most silent moments bare witness to those we hold dearest.
Kellie Frances Reid is a textile artist living in southern Alberta. She uses both traditional and non-traditional weaving techniques to create sculptural works which explore the human body, relationships, and communication. She will be graduating in May 2017 with a BFA from the Alberta College of Art + Design.


Ryan Danny Owen – And after that we didn’t see each other much

Exhibition Runs: April 3 – Apr 28, 2017
Reception: April 5, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Main Mall, at the Alberta College of Art and Design

Marion Nicoll Gallery, LRT Space
Alberta College of Art + Design

And after that we didn’t see each other much is composed work-examining roles of iconic masculinity and sentimentality challenging notions of sexuality, the past, loss, and queer identity. Blue jeans and white shirt was this fabricated uniform of masculinity, through its connections to idealistic men like James Dean, or Steve McQueen. It was the look of liberated urban street fashion. Tightfitting white shirt tucked into tightfitting blue jeans, evokes the expression of the nostalgic sexual male. I use this as an abundantly overtly romanticized nostalgic expression of male sexuality and a means to explore the absent male body and as an act of silent rebellion in claiming these iconic images of nostalgic masculinity as queer and sentimental.

Ryan Danny Owen is a Calgary-based artist who will graduate from the Alberta College of Art and Design Drawing program in 2017. His work examines queer identity, loss, desire, and time through the exploration of the dynamics of ruins, memorials, and relationships.

Shelby Charlesworth – EmbodimentShelby Charlesworth

Exhibition Runs: Apr 3 – Apr 14, 2017
Reception April 5, 2017
Main Mall, at the Alberta College of Art and Design

Marion Nicoll Gallery, Main Space
Alberta College of Art + Design

Over several years I have collected various different objects that had belonged to individuals who have since passed. Embodiment is an exploration of how collections help establish a sense of personal identity as well as how the objects within this personal collection embody their previous possessor. After experiencing loss, these objects become a type of souvenir, or more specifically a relic. Can mourning be experienced a second time through the destruction of an object?
Susan Stewart describes the relic as, the souvenir of the dead which is the mere material remains of what had possessed human significance. These objects become precious as they are a relic of an individual that can no longer be accessed. This collection has become an integral tool in establishing a personal relationship to loss and mortality.
Shelby Charlesworth is a painting major studying her last semester at Alberta College of Art & Design. Through the use of nostalgic items from her past, she creates installations that make the concepts of loss and longing more accessible to the viewer.


Julie L. Turner – Sometimes my Hands Don’t Feel Like my Own

Exhibition Runs: January 30 – March 24, 2017
Reception: March 16, 2017 6 pm – 7 pm
at Arts Commons

Marion Nicoll Gallery +15 Space at Arts Commons
205 8 Ave SE, Calgary, AB

The embroideries from the collection Sometimes my Hands Don’t Feel Like my Own are excerpts of landscape that capture temporary moments in nature. Equal parts photography and memory form the reconstruction of these experiences. The motifs on cloth are abstracted, pulling elements from my photographs and recalled memories. Each stitch within the cloth is slow and mindful while it silently honours the experiences we overlook. As time passes we lose details of the experiences and events that were once influential or memorable. Each embroidery completes a partial memory as I know it to exist now.

Julie L. Turner is a textile artist living in Calgary, AB. She is currently completing a BFA in Fibres at the Alberta College of Art + Design.Through mapping, her work examines how we explore, interact with and respond to our environments both internally and externally.

Mabel Tan – Playtime in the Clayground mabel-tan

Show runs March 6  –  March 17, 2017
Reception March 8, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Main Mall, at the Alberta College of Art and Design

Marion Nicoll Gallery, Main Space
Alberta College of Art + Design

Have you wondered why you would make lots of noise when you chomp on an apple in a quiet space? But only to be surprised later that it is in fact the vibrations of sound through your bones. (Oh my!)

Playtime in th

e Clayground draws on the fascination of these bodily interactions, and evolves into a rather curious playscape. Clay stands as the gravitational force amidst my negotiations of space and place, cohesively shaping an interdisciplinary environment wherein material evolves into vessels for active play.

During Playtime in the Clayground’s time in this space, I invite you as participants and audience to create new visceral exchanges between your bodies and materials.

Mabel Anabelle Tan (1994) is from the Island City of Singapore and is finishing her last year at Alberta College of Art + Design in Ceramics Humour, space, and play excites her creative investigations.

She is the director of the ACAD Community Garden, and is involved in Archaeological Excavations in Italy and Singapore. Currently, she is finding great amusement in creating landscapes of fun and curiosities in the Clayground.


Ariel Hill – Sediment | Sentiment

Show Runs: March 6  – March 31, 2017
Reception: March 8th, 2017
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Main Mall, at the Alberta College of
Art and Design

Marion Nicoll Gallery, LRT Space
Alberta College of Art + Design

This body of work Sediment | Sentiment is an exploration of the intersection between geological formations and human experience in large-scale natural environments. By exploring the parallels between geological formations and human existence I hope to highlight how we are connected. We as humans have only existed for a fraction of the time that these rock formations have been present but there is evidence of layering and time passing that exists between the two that interests me.

Ariel Hill is a native artist hailing from the Six Nations and Wikwemikong First Nations. Ariel is a graduate of the jewelry program at the Kootenay School of the Arts and upcoming graduate from the Alberta College of Art & Design with a major in glass.


Carol Mannas – Facial Topography: Laugh Lines

Show runs: Feb 20 – Mar 3, 2017
Reception: Mar 1, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Main Mall, at the Alberta College of Art and Design

Marion Nicoll Gallery, Main Space
at the Alberta College of
Art and Deisgn

The series that I have focused on in the fall of 2016 is related to aging and capturing the uplifting beauty of laugh lines. Society puts pressure on us as we age to erase the facial lines that give up our age to others and pull the face back to a more youthful smooth texture. I embrace the beauty of the crevices we work into our faces over the years and specifically the lines and crevices that emerge when we are laughing.

These undulations are a positive result of the facial topography we all have and a celebration of its


Carol Mannas studied Interior Design in the early 1980’s and ran a commercial Interior Design business in Calgary for 30+ years. During those same years she studied at ACAD and will complete a BFA in April 2017. Choosing Print Media as her major incorporates drawing, sculpture, color, and texture which are all elements present in her current practice.


Anna Forseth – Secret Selfie Series

Exhibition Runs: February 6 – March 3, 2017
Reception: March 1st, 2017 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Main Mall, at the Alberta College of Art and Design

Marion Nicoll Gallery LRT Space
Alberta College of Art and Design

My aim with this series of work was to comment on authenticity and to bring back a desire to see unedited freedom in identity. In today’s culture, there is a great sense of

dependence on cell phones. Easy access to social media has prod

uced a new form of day-to-day life documentation through “selfies.” Although a photograph has a direct
relationship between the subject and the image, selfies are idealistic representations of reality. That being said, they have become a crucial component of understanding contemporary identity.

The Secret Selfie Project is a light-hearted way of addressing this  change in culture. By creating massive portraits of images that no one but myself, the artist, was intended to see, a sense of camaraderie is created between the viewer and the subject. Privacy is broken as the viewer looks upon images that have not been altered to represent a
preferred version of one’s self.

All of the photos were used with permission.

Anna Forseth is a second year drawing major at the Alberta College of Art and Design. Her practice is developing into a diverse exploration of mediums, including painting, drawing, and sculpture. To stay up to date on Anna’s artistic journey, join her Instagram page at


Brett Bonk – lettuce carousels, inertia endolymph

Exhibition Runs: Feb 6 – Feb 17
Reception: February 15, 2017
5:30pm – 7:30pm in the Main Mall at ACAD

Marion Nicoll Gallery, Main Space
at the Alberta College of
Art and Deisgn

lettuce carousels,
inertia endolymph considers that which lingers after something ends or is removed. When you spin round for a bit, the fluid sliding around semicircular canals inside of your ears continues to spin even after you become still, which you experience as vertigo. If you stare at a bright image for a length of time and then remove it, your eyes see a ghost image for a short while, called palinopsia. There are many examples of this within the body (phantom limbs, post-traumatic stress disorder), but what happens when a tool is separated from its function?

This exercise is reflective of a broader interest in queer experience. If a queer life is defined as one which fails to fulfill certain roles, expectations or “functions”, then what might a queer object look like?

Pursuing the notion of queer objecthood, lettuce carousels,
                                                                                        inertia endolymph sets up a world populated by objects which fail to behave themselves. They spin circular narratives which start down a familiar path, only to vanish with a wink, revealing just enough of the original object in order to be recognizable.

Brett Bonk is invested in developing a highly specialized queer methodology. Equal parts plastic, pantyhose and perpetual instability, she organizes constellations of materials which orbit the viewer, only slightly sideways.


Mikaela Corney – Nowhere Fast

Exhibition Dates: November 28 – January 27
Reception January 19, 2017

Marion Nicoll +15 Space at Arts Commons

Pottery is a reflection of ourselves and how we move about our daily routines and rituals; it is a reflection of how we interact with others as part of these rituals, and for this reason pottery should be observed. Nowhere Fast is a series of ceramic functional ware detailing our fast-paced lifestyles and how we cope through vice and social interaction. Narratives are presented on familiar domestic objects while providing an opportunity for celebration of our everyday rituals through the tactile experience of the handmade.

Mikaela Corney is an aspiring studio potter from Calgary, Alberta. She is interested in creating diversely functional small-batch objects for the home while exploring the chaos of internal discourse and the consequences and failures of human interaction.


Rael Lockwood – Love, Loss and Moving On

Exhibition Runs: January 23 – February 3, 2017
Reception: February 1, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Marion Nicoll Gallery
Main Space at the Alberta College of Art and Design

Love, Loss and Moving On presents handmade cloth and ceramic objects associated with home, love, and intimacy. It highlights the small details of the complicated relationships we experience throughout our lives with people. The ideas presented are related to personal memories, objects as archives of those memories, and the feelings associated with mending when possible, and letting go when necessary. Memories are established by our proximity to loved ones, lost loves, and ourselves. Love, Loss and Moving On glances at individual memories of the artist, and shows her acknowledgment that memory is understood on an individual, cultural, and social level, making it a connective phenomenon that can resonate with everyone. These objects create a framework for personal connections of love, loss, and moving forward in life; experiences in every aspect of our daily lives.

Rael Lockwood is a Canadian textile and slow cloth enthusiast currently residing in Calgary Alberta. She is currently completing a B.FA. at the Alberta College of Art+Design, majoring in Fibre. Her work incorporates traditional techniques with contemporary design aesthetics to create garments and textiles for the home.


Melanie Gaudet – What it seems

Exhibition Runs: January 9-February 3, 2017
Reception: February 1, 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Marion Nicoll Gallery LRT Space
Alberta College of Art and Design

What it seems is an exploration of how people respond to everyday objects when they are manipulated or presented in a way that is abnormal. This installation is a combination of things that I make, collect or find visually intriguing. My aim is to toy with the viewers perceptions and to stimulate an experience that is both foreign and familiar. The work challenges where it fits in our preconceived understanding of the world.

Melanie Gaudet is a mixed media artist based out of Calgary, Alberta. She is currently in her fourth year as a ceramics major, and works with various materials such as clay, paint, and found objects. Her work questions the idea of function by arranging items in particular ways.


Johnathan Onyschuk – Nostomania

Exhibition Runs: January 9-January 20, 2017
Reception: January 11, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Main Mall, at the Alberta College of Art and Design

Marion Nicoll Gallery, Main Space Alberta College of Art + Design

Nostomania was a competing phrase during the time the word nostalgia was invented to diagnose a sickness observed in displaced peoples during the 1600s. Their sickness was described as having an irresistible urge to return home and confusing the past and present.

This work is a result of the witnessed mania displayed by UkrainianAlbertans in their efforts to connect with their heritage. As a third generation immigrant I can’t help but understand my Ukrainian heritage as something distant from my life and not intrinsic to my personhood;  being Ukrainian is practiced and believed in. This body of work consists of cannibalized realist and romantic Slavic paintings from the 1800s, representations of empire, and folk kitsch objects. These works reflect the clumsy process and indiscriminate sampling of history which occur when trying to connect with the past and explore the absurd and violent potential inherent to cultural identity.

Johnathan Onyschuk is a fourth year painting major at Alberta College of Art and Design.


Karin McGinn – In(her) space

December 5th – January 6th
Reception December 8th, 2016
5pm – 7pm in the Main Mall at ACAD

Marion Nicoll Gallery, Main Space
Alberta College of Art + Design

“The body presents the paradox of contained and container at once.” -Susan Stewart

In(her) space is an ongoing series of small-scale collage-paintings on paper. Inspired by Surrealism, transgressive fiction and my own existential crisis, I use subversive humour to address the problematic assumptions relating to female bodies, sexuality, and the roles of women.

Engaging the material process of collage I re-contextualize commercial images crafting a mise-en-scène around my figures. The act of collage is an important part in the making as the magazine?s glossy layouts reflect back at me who I’m up against. Therefore the physical act of contemplating, cutting and collaging becomes an act of agency to create my own dystopian narrative.

Driven by the act of storytelling, Karin McGinn imagines contemporary stories as a way to investigate societies female counterpart. Drawing from a multidisciplinary background, she makes collage-paintings and soft sculptures to construct disorderly story lines. By transforming commercial images and re-imagining the body’s physical nature, McGinn subverts fixed ideas of the feminine into moments of contemplation and questioning. McGinn holds a BFA in Fibre from the Alberta College of Art & Design and is currently a candidate in the Master of Applied Arts Low Residency program at the Emily Carr University of Art & Design.


Samantha Thompson – Amiada Rorschachs 

Exhibition Runs:
December 4 – January 8
Closing Reception:
December 8, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
in the Main Mall at ACAD

Marion Nicoll Gallery, LRT Space
Alberta College of Art + Design

Amiada Rorschach is a display of digital photographic work depicting movement in dance with reference to bilateral and rotational symmetry as well as Rorschach imagery. Working with dancers in the studio, I create and then digitally manipulate photographs to push what the viewer sees as an otherwise stationary and static image, and to extend the dancers’ movements. I would like viewers to take away the idea that there is more than one way to view photographs as well as dance.

Samantha Thompson is a 4th year painting major experimenting and working with photography and digital manipulation. Working with the ideas of movement and dance, she combines them with the ideas of symmetry and reflection to create visually stimulating and non-traditional dance photography.


Alicia Mckenzie – Interim, Inquietude

November 21st – December 2nd
Reception November 24th, 2016
5pm – 7pm in the Main Mall at ACAD

Marion Nicoll Gallery, Main Space
Alberta College of Art + Design

Motivated by recent news stories and my own experiences, Interim, Inquietude aims to further the dialogue surrounding sexual assault victims and the weight they carry with them long after they have been raped. It is a physical manifestation of obsessive thoughts, routine restlessness, and the constant yearning to be rid of that mental distress—a record of every day I have experienced an internal struggle with myself since the night of my assault.

Alicia JB McKenzie is a Filipino Canadian artist working with themes of sexuality, race, and gender within her own identity. She is currently in the third year of her BFA at the Alberta College of Art + Design, majoring in Drawing.


Sadia Fakih – Odalisque: Women in Contained Spaces

November 7 – December 2
Reception: November 24, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
in the Main Mall at ACAD

Marion Nicoll Gallery, LRT Space
Alberta College of Art + Design

The “odalisque” is a one-dimensional character created by European travelers/artists from the 19th century colonial period to define the people of colonized nations in the Islamic world. These fabrications emerged to exoticize and subject the colonized; and with the term of “odalisque”, specifically women. I attempt to break down the legacy of the perception of the passive female object and “other”, by visually pursuing culturally hybrid identities through photographic self-portraits and genre-dissected collage of Persian miniature painting, French Orientalist painting and North American pop culture placed in an interior setting. Multiple viewpoints create disjunctions, disorientations and fragmentations giving the odalisque figure a voice and complexity.

Sadia Fakih is an artist currently living in Calgary, AB.  Her parents immigrated to Canada from Karachi, Pakistan. She was born in Nova Scotia, grew up in Ontario and has a previous BSc. degree in Biology from the University of Guelph. She began attending ACAD in 2013 and is now completing her BFA Painting degree where she is concentrating on concepts in identity politics.


Sharon Hogg – Blank Slate / White Noise

Exhibition Dates: October 3 – November 25

Reception November 17, at the +15 Window Galleries in Arts Commons

Words fail. Cognition fades. The disorderly conduct of the brain.

The onset of dementia, after a lifetime of exemplary control.

One moment the onslaught of images overwhelms. Patterns merge and faces fade. Memories aren’t lost: their dire accumulations simply overrun the bounds of reason, of control.

The next moment, a dearly held foundational concept slips away just beyond clear definition, but not completely out of sight.  An unruly, unconscionable offense.

Blank Slate, White Noise uses a material and visual language to imagine the way it feels, the eroding sense of one’s place within the world.

Sharon Hogg is a visual artist based in Calgary, Alberta. She also holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) from the Alberta College of Art and Design where she is currently an MFA candidate.


Rocio Graham – Alacena Perdida (Lost Pantry)

October 24 – November 11, 2016
Reception November 3, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Main Mall, at the Alberta College of Art and Design

Marion Nicoll Gallery, Main Space
Alberta College of Art + Design

My work reflects on our current food systems and uses my kitchen as a response to external pressures, where domestic labor possesses a sense of devaluation. “Alacena Perdida” (Lost Pantry) attempts to create a place for thoughtful reflection on our food security, and our ability to empower ourselves through traditional production and preservation. Catalogued and displayed similarly to a 17th century Cabinet of Curiosities, I show the food products that I have grown and preserved myself or that I have traded or gifted. This type of pantry is a rarity in modern times thus rendering it a kind of contemporary cabinet of curiosities.

Rocio Graham is an artist that uses her domestic realm as the c

enter of her research and art practice. She uses her cultural heritage and food knowledge as an activator of conversations regarding food security, domestic labor and the macroeconomic impacts of home.  She is a 4th year photography student at ACAD.



Shelby Wolfe-Goulet – The Absolutely True

Self-Portrait of a Full-Time Gay Indian

October 10-November 4
Reception November 3, 5:00 pm – 7:00pm in the Main Mall at ACAD

The Absolutely True Self-Portrait of a Full-Time Gay Indian pushes the boundaries in which contemporary Indigenous artwork is viewed, displayed and understood. Furthermore, the gallery space exists behind a glass barrier and reintroduces the idea of artifact. The work authenticates, challenges and reclaims that Indigenous people refuse to exist in a museum or behind glass.  While playing homage to Sherman Alexie, the work is displayed in a narrative format and allows the viewer a small look into the personal journey of coming into oneself as a Gay Indian.

Shelby is a third year Print Media major at the Alberta College of Art + Design.  She uses self-portraits and text to reclaim and empower her queer Indigenous identity.  Her work seeks to educate and heal legacies of colonization, assimilation and Eurocentric binaries in an Indigenous and Canadian context.


Holly Totten-Family – Dinner Is On Sunday

October 10 – October 21, 2016

Marion Nicoll Gallery, Main Space

Alberta College of Art + Design

The barometer for our security in our home is the dinner table. The family dinner is a ritual which can connect us with our loved ones, or it can be a mine field. This installation is a meditative look at how the emotions imprinted on the child at family dinners affect the emerging person; how families change as their members’ needs change; how individuals and their relationships grow (or remain stagnant) as children reach adulthood, leave home, and return; what is gained, and what is lost. With whom do we sit with around the table?

Holly Totten is an artist working in installation, circuitry, and sound. Through an examination of power dynamics, feminism, and play she engages in a discourse on the development of personhood and autonomy, as they become established in the formative years of life.

Terese Mullin – Indulgeteresemullin

September 26 – October 7, 2016

Marion Nicoll Gallery, Main Space
Alberta College of Art + Design

Terese Mullin’s practice most recently explores her ephemeral experience with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), chronic pain, restricted activity and mobility. Taking a positive approach, she celebrates and indulges in movement and a defiance of RA. Through her materials, she references the invisible nature of the disease as well as the transience and uncertainty which are a part of the experience. Indulge is a record of her movements, a permanent document of her body’s mobility, something which can decrease or disappear at any moment. It celebrates the ability of the human body to move and create.

Calgary based artist, Terese Mullin is a painting major currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Fine Arts program in her fifth year at the Alberta College of Art and Design. You can join her in her process and view frequent updates on her most current work on Instagram at

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Laura Pritchard – TO ATTRACT AND REPULSE: The body as adornment for the soul

September 11-October 7, 2016

Marion Nicoll Gallery, LRT Space
Alberta College of Art + Design

This series explores the relationship of the individual and the body, sensuality in combination with the fascination and awe we harbor towards orifices and sensual parts. Through the use of invented jewelry, this series aims to celebrate and acknowledge the role of the body in expressing the dualities of the individual – decoration of the body as a metaphor for validation of inner self. Making use of cultural notions surrounding both the body and the act of adorning, I aim to seduce the viewer, creating a space for contemplation on how we live inside ourselves.

Laura is a Saskatchewan based artist whose practice grows from a personal and cultural fascination with women and our identities in relation to sexuality. Through research, sensually rich imagery, and content fed by personal experience, her work explores the sublimity of raw female existence and sexuality as it exists in the flesh vs. in the sphere of representation.


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September 11-September 23

Marion Nicoll Gallery, Main Space
Alberta College of Art + Design

two align // twin goal is an experiment in which two super-symmetrical beings brush up against each other, in their simultaneous attempt to cross dimensions.

Megan Feniak sieves her reality through models, devices, puzzles and diagrams. Her practice is a haphazard attempt to create ambiguous and complex rulers for immeasurable objects.


Asma Ismail – Into the Deep

July 31st–September 30th

Marion Nicoll Gallery, +15 Space
Arts Commons

Ecological integrity is a key element in moving the textile industry to a more sustainable level. The textile industry is a main contributor of global pollution affecting land and waterways. Synthetic dyes exhibit a high resistance to microbial degradation in wastewater treatment systems which in turn yields high pollution levels. Into The Deepcomments on our complex relationship with the environment due to our need and love for textiles. Each piece is created using eco-printing, the cloth is dyed with natural materials such as onion skins, eucalyptus leaves and cochineal beetles. Embroidery and applique techniques are applied to each piece responding to the markings on the cloth.

Asma Ismail is a fourth year fiber major at the Alberta college of Art and Design. Her work responds to the unpredictable nature of eco-printing to create an atmosphere where each piece of cloth contains an echo of the plants that it contacts. Her interests lay in taking materials with short life spans such as plants, produce or kitchen waste and offering them a new life by extracting their pigments onto cloth.

Becky Russell – A Flicker, A Flood

June 20-September 23BeckyRussell

Marion Nicoll Gallery, LRT Space
Alberta College of Art + Design

A Flicker, a Flood is a short film split into three segments in the story structure of a three-act play. Functioning as an abstract narrative, it features a sometimes cloaked and always masked female lead character. The film is shot using an overhead projector, black ink, and paper cutouts, in combination with live action. Taking inspiration from The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and Nosferatu, the film operates in a choppy, dreamlike manner, and with dark and haunting visuals. The text is declarative, the imagery disjointed, and the overall feeling unsettling and intriguing. A Flicker, a Flood hopes to keep you on edge, while simultaneously holding your hand through explorations of relationships and confrontations.

Becky Russell is a Drawing Major in her final year at the Alberta College of Art and Design. From a small town in central Alberta, Russell moved to Calgary in 2010 to pursue an art education. Her practice has developed into a multifaceted exploration of text and image based work. Almost always including some element of narrative, Russell floats within many different methods of making.

Susanne Aaltonen, Halie Finney, Emily Lendl – Did I tell you how I felt inside and out?

June 20 – September 5

Marion Nicoll Gallery, Main Space
Alberta College of Art + Design

Working with themes of internal and external in relation to bodily bodies and psychological psyches, the practices of Suzanne Aaltonen, Halie Finney, and Emily Lendl are brought together to form a subconscious musgus of past and present.

Susanne Aaltonen is an emerging artist and recent graduate from the Alberta College of Art + Design. Working with a mix of family photographs and painting, her work explores themes of memory, tension, and grief. Through various levels of concealment, she confronts relationships and trauma in relation to her childhood.

Halie Finney is a multidisciplinary artist currently attending the Albertab College of Art + Design. Her work investigates her family’s memories and experiences, specifically that of her grandparents, who have strong roots in a specific place. The objects, knowledge, and stories that have been passed down are pieced together in order to find a deeper understanding of the land and people that have impacted her life directly and indirectly through generations. Through a cast of original characters, Halie tells loose narratives inspired by local tales, inherited stories, and Metis and Indigenous myths and legends.

Emily Lendl is an artist living in Calgary, Alberta completing her fourth year of her BFA at the Alberta College of Art + Design. Emily creates strange spaces and entities using assemblage within the tradition of figurative sculpture and surrealism. As a fan of the art of comedy, she enjoys an element of disarming humor and surprise in everything she does.

Seth Cardinal – I Want to Live in a Castle SethCardinalCompressed

May 30 – July 29

Marion Nicoll Gallery, +15 Space
Arts Commons

I want to live in a castle is about the hazy pink mess that growing up leaves in your soft brain, and how reflecting on past memories from your childhood is a blurry whirry whir of nostalgia.

This piece uses dreamy nostalgic photos that become distorted once projected onto pink balloons. There are 26 Polaroids, each photo has a sticker from the alphabet. As a child I wanted to live in a castle and these images symbolize how I often feel that my head is caught up in a distorted idyllic view of the past. A is for awake and Z is for goodnightzZzzzZzz

Seth Cardinal dreams of never growing up and running away to join the circus. His favorite color is pastel pink. He plays in bands The Basement Demons and Soft Cure. Born in 1994, he wishes laser was spelt lazer. Cloudy headed ACAD student that thinks crayons look better than they taste.


Susanne Aaltonen – Home is No Longer Home

Exhibition Dates March 28 – April 28

Marion Nicoll Gallery, LRT Space
Arts Commons

Home is No Longer Home is an exploration of childhood memory and family relationships. Working with family photographs, the photos themselves are emotional triggers that bring back buried memories, which are further explored through painting, sanding, and carving through the image. Each piece consists of numerous layers built up over time, which are then eroded down, exposing the layers hidden underneath. The resulting pieces are psychologically charged, the paint seemingly eating through the photograph, as a result slowly degrading the memory along with it.

Susanne Aaltonen is currently finishing her fourth year in Drawing at the Alberta College of Art and Design. Working with a mix of family photographs and painting, her work explores themes of memory, tension, and grief. Through various levels of concealment, she confronts relationships and trauma in relation to her childhood.

Jennifer-ImageJennifer Hartley – Get thee into the Mountain MApril 4 – April 15 2016

For the show Get thee into the Mountain, the Marion Nicoll Gallery will serve as a figurative wilderness and as a place for one to go to be separated from the world and to become closer to God. By taking the two weeks of the exhibition to separate myself from regular society, I will be placing myself in a state of meditation, discovery, growth and recentering. I will spend each day of the exhibition inside the gallery where I will practice my cello, read my scriptures, sing, make art, and write down my findings. The endurance work will be a figurative and literal transition and rite of passage between being a student of art, and being an Artist, I will be using this unique opportunity to ceremonialize the event for myself. While I will be in a space of isolation, my experience will be incredibly public, as viewers will be encouraged to watch and even join me in my actions and activities during the exhibition. Upon finishing the performance I hope to be of a sounder mind, and a stronger spirit even under the microscope of anti privatisation.


Katie Holden – Inner Voices
 March 22 – April 1 2016

Generic, yet familiar objects have a mundane existence within daily life and tend to be handled with a sense of disposability and absentmindedness. The care for these generic objects is parallel to the treatment of stigmas, specifically surrounding the treatment of individuals who experience mental illness. Reiterating the tendency for impersonal and unwelcoming responses towards mental health provides understanding of the physical and mental weight of words said without empathy and the resulting negative inner dialogue. By utilizing generic and relatable objects, a conversation concerning the commentary around mental health is initiated, becoming a catalyst for communication and understanding.

Katie Holden is a fourth year Ceramic Major/Print Media Minor from Calgary, Alberta. The origin of her practice is rooted through a constant exploration of connection, derived from various travels and personal experiences, and expanding to explore the psychological basis behind mental illness – particularly anxiety and depression.

Tom Brown – Feeding the Masses

January 25 – March 25

Feeding the MTom-Promo-Imageasses is an ongoing performance project which operates on the front lines of art: out in the open, in public spaces, actively seeking interaction. Based around the Miniature Kitchen, edible miniature food is cooked and freely distributed in a public setting. The goal is to create a safe space within the context of art to step outside of normal social boundaries into a more intimate setting: an invitation to have a moment outside of reality. Concluding with an instalment of Feeding the Masses, this exhibition features documentation of past instalments as well as artifacts from the Miniature Kitchen.

Tom Brown is an emerging multimedia artist based out of Calgary. His practice is currently based around social engagement through his ongoing performance piece Feeding the Masses, which he recently exhibited in Cape Town. His work, encompassing a variety of media, is focused on questions of perception, being and reality.

Halie Finney – Together to Gatherhalie-image
Exhibition runs February 22 – March 26

This unlikely gang, club, family, or whatever you want to call it, lives at the edge of a forest and spends most of their time outside doing chores. None of them know the purpose of their club. Are they protecting and guarding the line in the forest between where the ghosts live and where we live? Are they there to take care of lost animals? Or do they just use the club as an excuse to see each other everyday? Nobody knows, but their bond to each other and the land is what keeps them together and fulfils their purpose.

Halie Finney’s hometown is the focus of her work in her fourth year at ACAD. Her work investigates her family’s memories and experiences, specifically that of her grandparents. Through a cast of characters, Halie tells loose narratives inspired by local tales, family stories, and Metis and Aboriginal myths and legends.
maria-imageMaria Munar – Signifiable Desires Exhibition runs February 23 – March 4

This exhibition explores how signifiers and symbolism become a reflection of culture. A phallic image is not about the object or the organ it is representing, but it becomes phallic because of what it symbolizes. By looking at the signifiers that trigger an innocent image to be seen as sexual, it is evident that the interpretation can change according to what each individual observes in it; showing how each person’s culture affects perception. Based around Lancanian and Freudian theories and their views on the dominance of phallocentric imagery, this work aims to subvert phallocentric symbolism by turning it into yonic symbolism.

Maria Munar is a Colombian/Canadian artist currently in her third year at ACAD, working towards a BFA, majoring in Media Arts. Maria aims to change the way we see objects, symbols or ideas by taking them out of their original context to convey a concept or provoke thought.


Carly-ImageCarly Hynes – Anastigmatic

January 18 – February 19 2016

Anastigmatic is an investigation of stereotypes and the stigmas and shame associated with stains. Three garments were deconstructed, rearranged and hand stitched back together. Their new form frees them from their previous function and yet are still recognizable in relation to the body. The marks that appear disrupt the continuity of the cloth; one stained, one burned, and one bleached. Each one is uncomfortably permanent and unquestionably vulnerable. This method of exposing the garments raises the  questions: Can a stain be embraced? Is there value in a stain? Can a stain stimulate growth?

Carly Hynes is a Fibre Artist soon to complete her BFA at Alberta College of Art + Design. Growth is an ongoing concept in her studio practice where she uses her connection with cloth as a way to explore personal identity and her environment.


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Kenson Truong – The Cuttlefish Series

February 8 – February 19 2016 

Cuttlefish are often experimented on to test the extent of their body patterning capabilities. They are placed in tanks with different manmade designs, such as: stripes, dots, florals, and checkerboards. From my own perspective, the checkerboard seems to be the most difficult for a cuttlefish to mimic due to its
innate organic physiology. This failure to match the hard-edged checkerboard has developed into metaphor for an individual who may navigate through different social environments, trying to find a place of belonging but unable due to innate qualities such as race, gender, sexual orientation, etc.

Kenson Truong is currently finishing his BFA at the Alberta College of Art and Design and hopes to continue on to obtain his MFA in the future

emily-imageEmily Lendl – Bad Girls

January 25 – February 5, 2016

This exhibition consists of five of my Bad Girl assemblages. These liberating and unruly girls aren’t polite and do not fit the mold of the ideal female; they are crude, loud, aggressive and they make fun of whoever they want, including themselves. Through the juxtaposition of certain symbolic/metaphoric objects, these pieces humorously play with gender stereotypes and expectations, female shame, and the ironies of the female experience in our current culture. Jarring humor is paramount in this exhibition as it is used as an exercise in mutual empathy and experience and it makes us question what we know.

Emily Lendl is an artist completing her fourth year at ACAD.  Emily creates strange spaces and entities using assemblage within the tradition of figurative sculpture and surrealism. As a fan of the art of comedy she enjoys the element of disarming humor and surprise in everything she does.

Marion Nicoll Galleries Presents: Shaun Mallonga – Stage Bright
In the MNG Main Space
January 10 – January 22, 2016

Stage Bright investigates our personal and shared experiences of social awkwardness through the medium of ceramics. Awkwardness operates to express our experienced failure in performing towards idealized norms, and through an exploration of insecurities we may discover diverse muscles to communicate in understated languages. The series of works I have on display demonstrate studies of awkward forms and experimental surfaces that further expand my formal vocabulary. The illustrated narratives range from topics of queer subjectivity to conflicts with my religious background.

Shaun Mallonga is from Vancouver, BC and has spent his formative years in both the Philippines and India. His work is informed by the critical theories that have developed around both gender and racial identity. He is currently studying at the Alberta College of Art + Design to complete his BFA in Ceramics



Brianna Gluszak – Segments

November 16 2015 – January 15 2016

Segments is a series of blown glass roundels that have been manipulated with experimental surface techniques. I look at objects encountered daily and dissect them into obscured images. Segments was inspired mainly through process experimentation with imagery derived from forest explorations. The surface on the roundels is designed to capture the viewer’s eyes, allowing them to fully engage with the meditative act of looking and to have a distinct moment with the work.

Brianna Gluszak is from Calgary, Alberta and is currently completing her BFA in Glass at the Alberta College of Art and Design. Brianna has studied Internationally including at Pilchuck Glass School, Corning Museum of Glass, and Northlands Creative Glass. Her work is focused on re-creating the imagery one sees in passing.



Cindy Skrukwa – 27 Months After the Flood

November 23, 2015 – January 15, 2016

27 Months After the Flood explores physical and psychological evidence of the 2013 flood still in place today.  The message intended is that, while Calgary is now dry, much evidence of the flood still remains and continues to take a physical and emotional impact on those directly affected.  No permanent up-stream mitigation projects have yet been started and I will continue to advocate for action on both the Bow and Elbow rivers, through my art and in other ways, until both are underway.

We shape the land and the land shapes us.  Cindy’s art is intended to strengthen contemplation of physical, psychological and spiritual environments.



Jessie Fraser – Ultimately We Lose Each Other To Something

November 30 -December 11, 2015

Ultimately, we lose each other to something, entwines the creation of a nameless memorial, clothes-deep association with skin or the body and the various rituals of mourning.

These woven works mimic the human body and human experience in their creation and deterioration. Each weaving will be laid to rest, my mourning ritual finished by taking a handful of soil and drop
ping it on top of the cloth. I invite all others who spend time with this work to do the same, allowing them to also lay to rest whoever they choose.

Jessie Fraser is a visual artist working predomina
ntly in the medium of fibre. Fraser completed a BFA at the Alberta College of Art & Design in 2013. Fraser’s practice centres on processes of weaving, creating narratives that consider concepts of life and death in an attempt to hold on to, recreate, or lay to rest memories.

Jane Christensen – Catharsis

September 14 – October 16th 2015

Jane-Christensen-Edited-Image Catharsis is an exploratory collage of the human experience in a raw and undeniably real form. The work reflects the journey of personal identity, as we learn who we are, form connections with others, and develop empathy in the light of our own past. The main theme of “Catharsis” focuses on the risk of vulnerability as we present our most intimate feelings and experiences to the world. Ultimately, this collage reflects the process of metacognition –  conducting research into one’s own self through art.

In Jane’s art practice, imagination and memories play the most significant roles; these aspects act as one. She rarely differentiates between the two concepts. This is the whole reason she creates; believing one’s whole life is an act of reconciling the present with our past experiences.

Dan McCartney – Avoiding Mirrors, Not Gazes

September 28 – October 9 2015

Gender dysphoria, the disconnect between body and mind, is at times impossible to convey through words. By featuring his own body as naked, Dan exemplifies his gender experience that could not exist prior to medical advancements. He examines his mixed race identity that intersects with his gender identity through expressive mark makings and multiple layers embedded with personal history. Dan challenges the viewer to negotiate their body to his, as he investigates the balance between private and public. By using his own hand, he strives to express his experience of transitioning between female and male when words fail.

Dan McCartney is a multi disciplinary artist from Fort McMurray, Alberta. He is currently a fourth year drawing major at ACAD. His primary mediums include mixed media collage and charcoal works. As a transgender and mixed race person, Dan investigates his intersecting identities through life-sized nude works.

Hannah Petkau – Ambiguous Implements

September 14 – September 25

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Ambiguous Implements is a collection of assemblages uncertain of their origin or intention. Manipulated by the artist’s hands and previous unknowns, the materials exist between a state of making and being made. Assembled together they become artifacts of the blurred differentiation between human and natural actions.

Hannah Petkau grew up on the beaches of British Columbia and is currently based in Calgary, Alberta, where she completed her BFA at the Alberta College of Art + Design in 2015. Her practice negotiates the interplay between humanity and what is thought to be nature, existing in an intermediate space.

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Cadence Brett – Entwined

July 6 – September 11 2015

Marion Nicoll Gallery +15 Space, Arts Commons- 205 8th Avenue S.E., Calgary, Alberta

The photographic series *Entwined* explores the relationship between organic entities; highlighting the interchangeable properties between them. The visual juxtaposition of these entities emphasizes the interdependence of all organic material; the philosophy that life is independent of form.

Sarah Nordean and Neal Moignard- Rattling the Walls
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June 8-September 11 2015
Reception June 25, 5pm
Marion Nicoll Gallery and Sled Island are pleased to present Alberta College of Art + Design alumni Neal Moignard and Sarah Nordean in Rattling the Walls, an exhibition of stretching scribbles that explore rhythm and ritual. Presenting colourfully responsive wall paintings and works of repetition and serialization in the form of methodical ink and gauche drawings, Moignard and Nordean’s meditative works stretch in duration and scale animating the altering octaves of everyday life.

Summer Blowout Sale by Sylvain Beaudry 

June 8 – September 11 201511416365_1621596674724274_7086604520415462849_o

Reception June 25th 5pm

Presented in partnership with Sled Island Festival

Marion Nicoll Gallery LRT Space at the Alberta College of Art + Design

Buy now, summer sale, must have; These are the phrases of our age. We are ingrained to make, then to sell. At what point does it self-destruct? In turn I propose a graduation blowout show. The LRT window provides the perfect space, removed from the art gallery experience. The viewer can only window shop on the
hottest summer trends. When you’re the
product, where is the art in marketing yourself? Find out whether to buy now or liquidate on

Michelangela Samiadji- #fastgarden

March 2 – May 1, 2015
Reception March 19, 6pm

Marion Nicoll Gallery +15 Space, Epcor Centre- 205 8th Avenue S.E., Calgary, Alberta


#fastgarden is a self-assembled sculpture. The work explores the concept of ritual through the culture of consumerism and the process of art making, and uses audience, through building the #fastgardens, to investigate relationships between art making and gardening. Each take-home package includes wood, nails, wood glue, a bag of soil, a small pouch of seeds, and an instructional zine. The zine includes an oath, pictorial instruction of assembly, and care instruction for the seeds that are provided. The gallery will serve the purpose of a distribution and building space on an altar provided.

Michelangela Samiadji is an emerging new media artist. Her practice involves the investigation of interactive art through the exploration and the expansions of experience virtually and physically. Samiadji’s work often explores romanticism and romanticization of rituals.

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Palaces’ True Use by Toby Reid & Shelby Christensen

February 23 – March 6, 2015, Marion Nicoll Gallery LRT Space at the Alberta College of Art + Design

In the palace a wise woman lives, surrounded by ornate beauty and house plants as tall as the ocean. She arranges her showcard imagepossessions in an order dictated by tidal pools. Outside the window golden glasses ski grassy mountains. Downward facing cats and dogs roll on the floor, occupying precious space and spacing out completely. Palaces’ True Use is a cry for help. An anagram for Please Curate Us, the exhibition is a collaborative effort and a frontal attack on spiritual illiteracy.

Toby Reid is interested in creating poetry that take the form of sculptural objects. Looking to symbolic currency as a means to create speculative knowledge, he guides available and found objects together.

Shelby Christensen’s work is represented through constructions of an anesthetized psychology of the body- the body of the mind. Characterized by the tensions within the grotesque nature of the mind, where she can respond to the beauty and brutality within real and artificial natures. Through reconfiguring materials, she designs an extension of everyday objects.

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Marlies Zimmer- Embracing the Inevitable
Marion Nicoll Gallery Main Space at the Alberta College of Art + Design, March 2 – March 13, 2015

With my work I am exploring ideas of transience, death, and preservation. I use ice to encase photographs of people under water, and hang the frozen images from the ceiling using fishing line. The ice melts over the course of a day, slowly dripping into piles of dirt and eventually leaving traces of the process behind. The acetate photographs that remain allude to the illusion of preservation through photography in the attempt to capture a moment already gone. I challenge the viewer to consider the irrationality of fearing the inevitable transformation of life to death by showing the change in state of the work.

Marlies Zimmer is a fine arts drawing major in her final year at the Alberta College of Art & Design. Exploring themes of ephemerality, Marlies creates temporary installations using ice and photography. These peaceful environments are to encourage the viewer to reflect upon death and to initiate discussion of impermanence.


Melanie Hayes- Immersed
Marion Nicoll Gallery Main Space at the Alberta College of Art + Design, February 16 – February 27, 2015

Immersed is a series of visual explorations based on a personal narrative about jumping into to the unknown and embracingmelaniehayesimmersedphoto new surroundings while reflecting on the past. Using multiple mediums from photography, typography, painting and video to explore the idea of being in a state of loss. Inspired by personal travel experiences on the east coast of Canada in Newfoundland and a semester abroad in Philadelphia.
Melanie Hayes is a third year graphic design student. She embraces opportunities to challenge herself and incorporate different medium into her practice. Her passion for art stretches into photography, printmaking, drawing and painting. Melanie incorporates her personal experiences and traveling adventures into her art.


Larissa Costella- Sweet Dreams

Marion Nicoll Gallery +15 window at the EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts, January-February, 2015

postcardMy current practice involves the investigation of nostalgia and comfort in desserts. I define nostalgia as a sense of longing for or fascination with the past, often in an idealized form. Inspired by memories of my own grandmother, I create paintings of cakes sourced from vintage advertisements of the 1950s. The images provide me with a form of sentimental longing for a past that I have mentally imagined; one that has been heavily influenced by advertising. Although the images are inauthentic, the cakes for me act as a visual form of comfort because they symbolize happy memories, indulgence, and celebration.

Larissa Costella is a current bachelor of fine arts student at Alberta College of Art + Design. Her work is influenced by her passion for baking and an admiration of the aesthetics of food styling. Comfort, nostalgia and desire are common aspects of inspiration to Larissa’s practice.

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Nicole Brunel- Hammock Between 2 Gongs
Marion Nicoll Gallery Main Space at the Alberta College of Art + Design January 31 – February 13, 2015


“Metamodernism moves for the sake of moving, attempts in spite of its inevitable failure; it seeks forever for a truth that it never expects to find.” The sculptures of Hammock Between 2 Gongs respond to the anxiety of this self-induced paradox with an absurd humor, referencing cartoons and slapstick comedy. By formally abstracting and thus obscuring the humorous content of the sculptures, an analogy is created between anti-humor and contemporary art; as an anti-joke denies humor and so draws attention to the nature of humor, the sculptures deny interpretation to draw attention to the nature of contemporary interpretation.

In the past I often lamented that instead of learning an instrument or a language, I spent the majority of my childhood watching The Simpsons. At least I had great Simpsons knowledge, I told myself.
As of now, I’ve pretty much forgotten all of it.

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Rhys Farrell- P230 1-5 P260 1-5

Marion Nicoll Gallery Main Space at the Alberta College of Art + Design January 12 – January 22, 2015

imageforshowcardThis exhibition is based on gestalt theory, colour, shape, mach bands and my past experiences in Cuba. Gestalt theory explains when individual parts are brought together, a whole or unifying system is created. Without all the components one cannot imagine the idea of a whole by only viewing its individual parts. Therefore these paintings are created by bringing together colour and shape to create an image that cannot be seen unless both are present. Working with several tones of the same colour and placing them side by side creates an illusionary gradient within the colour bands. This effect is known as the Mach bands. My colour choice reflects the warmth and luminance I have experienced in Cuba. Orange and yellow were reoccurring colours I came across through the architecture and scenery. My attraction to these colours was created through the various tones I would see throughout the day. Therefore these paintings are a result of my experiences travelling in Cuba and my interests in colour and theory.

This body of work is based on the principles of gestalt theory. Through unifying
colour and shape these geometric abstract paintings are created. Each of these paintings consist of a colours with several tones. Placing these tones side by side creates the effect of the Mach bands. The colours I have chosen are derived from the architecture and scenery of Cuba during my past travels.

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QUEERIOSITY Presents Subversive Reclamations

Marion Nicoll Gallery Main Space at the Alberta College of Art + Design December 2 – December 12, 2014

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Reception & Performance- December 11, 5pm With this show, QUEERIOSITY aims to highlight the misrepresentation of the queer and LGBTQAI2S+ rights movement by mainstream media and pop culture. Often the face of the movement and those who fight for it are only represented as white, cisgendered, able-bodied, heteronormative, upper middle class, and monogamous. This collection of visual works demonstrates how limited that portrayal of diversity is, and aims to create conversations around privilege and the intersections of gender and sexual identities with other political and personal identities. QUEERIOSITY is a group that aims to provide a safe and interactive space for all queer and LGBTQAI2S+ identified students at the Alberta College of Art and Design. We are a grassroots, inclusive and progressive collective that strives to produce dialogue, investigation and community. CONTACT: Visit our facebook page:

Eryn Rickard and Jennifer d’Entremont– Recurrent

Marion Nicoll Gallery Main Space at the Alberta College of Art + Design, November 3– November 14, 2014

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Recurrent is a collaborative show featuring works based on personal  memories by Eryn Rickard and Jennifer d’Entremont. These works offer a visual discussion on the idea of repetition, where multiplicity emphasizes the significance of the artifact as an inescapable experience. Eryn’s paintings focus on ideas surrounding the transition of life to death, with references to a mortal timeline of trials and tribulations. Jennifer’s figures offer a solemn reminder of our insignificance in this grand world. Both artists’ mini prints offer glimpses into fantastical environments that jog a memory of childhood experiences and occupy the east wall.

Eryn Rickard came to Alberta College + Design from Keyano College in Fort McMurray. Eryn’s practice revolves around memory and its attachment to object. Jennifer d’Entremont’s current practice speaks about ghosts and their hauntings trails left in the spaces they dwell. Her inspirations come from her own encounters with the paranormal.

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Sarah Tigerwing– The Unicorn Law

Marion Nicoll Gallery Main Space at the Alberta College of Art + Design, October 20– October 31, 2014


The Unicorn Law- Sarah Tigerwing

Sarah Tigerwing is an Electro-Pop Musician who spends most of her time collecting the bones of mythical creatures and dreaming up ways to freak the heteronormativity – no, all normativity- out of her audience. Where Tigerwing lives, the sky is 50 shades of pink and all that glitters is probably gold and covered in glitter.


Bronson Gelhorn- Artificial Reflection Display

Marion Nicoll Gallery +15 window at the EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts, September-October, 2014

PostcardCommercial spaces, such as the downtown core, provide circumstances for interesting optical phenomena to occur. Artificial Reflection Display makes use of a material commonly found in these spaces, solar control window film; a mirror-like sheet used to reduce heat from the sun or to create privacy within office buildings. The material’s quality to simultaneously be transparent and reflective is utilized, producing a situation similar to the interaction between skyscrapers and their surroundings, bringing light to an otherwise mundane experience in urban life.

Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Bronson Gelhorn is an emerging artist currently enrolled in the Alberta College of Art + Design’s Drawing program. Gelhorn’s work takes cues from conceptual art while focusing on the material and experiential aspects of the art object such as: surface light,and space.


Natural Real Supreme– Water Arch

Marion Nicoll Gallery Main Space at the Alberta College of Art + Design, October 6– October 17, 2014

waterarch3Water Arch is a secluded sculptural work. The water lost while shooting from one pool to the other will fall onto the sod, initially benefitting the grass but eventually leading to it’s death. The work has a playful aesthetic but is based on interest in ideas of over-consumption and the artificial landscape. The restriction of the viewer from the work is meant to utilize the gallery space, while playing with the allure and inaccessibility of the sculpture. The creation of our work is intuitive and spontaneous with a focus on natural and artificial ideas, and where these intersect.

Natural Real Supreme is a collective duo, Sean Taal and Sara Rennie. They work primarily with sculpture and installation with an interest in the natural and artificial and where these concepts blend together. Together they run Pure Grass Gallery at ACAD and are currently working towards BFA’s at the Alberta College of Art + Design with majors in drawing.

Shane Arsenault – Facades

Marion Nicoll Gallery Main Space at the Alberta College of Art + Design, September 22 – October 3, 2014

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Facades is an ongoing body of work being produced by photographer Shane Arsenault, resulting in a series of photographs that show his unique interaction with the physicality of the city. Executed formally, the images are minimalist in nature, and focus on symmetry, geometry, shape and form.

Shane Arsenault is now in the fourth year of his photography degree at the Alberta College of Art & Design. Shane likes to work in all different formats of photography ranging from digital, to large format film and is currently building a hand made 16X20 inch large format wooden camera, in which will soon be producing new, intriguing work.


Kale Vandenbroek- Disillusionment

Marion Nicoll Gallery +15 window at the EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts, June-July, 2014

VandenbroekCardImageKale Vandenbroek presents himself as the subject of his imagery to explore the act of introspection in a variety of situations from complete self-doubt to extreme self-admiration. His installation work shows this through a dynamic relationship between the representation of his self and the visual description of the thought processes that accompany the varying states of mind. The ideas are scattered and often lack clarity, but are linked together by key information to allow slight access into the artist’s understanding of himself.

Kale Vandenbroek is a recent graduate of Alberta College of Art & Design born in Edmonton and currently based in Calgary, AB.

Steele Duncan – Things That Do Stuff

Marion Nicoll Gallery +15 window at the EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts, May-June, 2014


Things That Do Stuff is an interactive work that deals with barriers. You are not allowed to touch the objects, please make no attempt to pass through the glass. Breaking the glass does not constitute art appreciation. This show is an exercise in completing challenges. Use of the provided magnets is mandatory for enjoyment. Teamwork is encouraged although we all die alone. Please feel free to covet your friends achievement when you are not able to reach the top. The bent metal does not represent the viewer. Be advised use of this show has not been approved by the ethics board.

Steele Duncan is a Calgary based artist currently trying to be funny. He is interested in how people interact with art and objects and the choices we do not realize we make in doing so. Steele enjoys solving problems of small consequence and making people smile.

Sarah Gonzales – Ramen Room

Marion Nicoll Gallery Main Space at the Alberta College of Art + Design, April 14 – April 25, 2014


So much of the experience of food – especially ramen – is in it’s presentation, and this exhibition aims to explore the history and cultural context of this Asian noodle dish. From cup ramen, ramen restaurants, home cooked ramen, haughty celebrity chef ramen, even just ramen blogs, all have all fed into my love for this unique food. As a cultural phenomenon, ramen has sparked tens of thousands of restaurants worldwide, influential movies (Tampopo), and provided affordable comfort to millions of destitute college students across the globe. Here is ramen: where it came from, where it’s going and everything in between.

Sarah Gonzales is third year School of Communication Design Student, majoring in illustration. At the moment her studio practice is focused on unraveling the design aspect of illustration; identifying and understanding visual elements and mechanisms that control the creation of meaning. Beyond illustration, she has a strong interest in food and fashion culture.

Jake Klein-Waller – Between the Devil and the Deep Sea

Marion Nicoll Gallery Main Space at the Alberta College of Art + Design, March 31 – April 11, 2014

MNGphotojakekleinwallerBetween the Devil and the Deep Sea is inspired by Canadian history, phenomenology, and existentialism. The piece strives to create an ‘otherly’ world that plays with the perception of the viewer. Drawing from ideas of Being informed by existential philosophy, this work is attempting to make the viewer simultaneously aware of their body and consciousness through the navigation of the space and the sound created by the dripping water. The viewer is being transported into the old sea idiom “between the devil and the deep sea,” which conceptualizes a situation that highlights the futility and inevitability of existence.

Jake Klein-Waller is a drawing major in his fourth year at the Alberta College of Art and Design. Born and raised in Canada, Jake’s work often takes the form of sculpture, installation, performance, and photography, dealing with the Canadian landscape and the history around it.

Svea Ferguson – Abjecthood

Marion Nicoll Gallery Main Space at the Alberta College of Art + Design, March 17-21, 2014

_DSC0065Abjecthood is a platform to further explore the seductive qualities of repulsive materials, and to affirm the possibility of creating an enticing experience out of something abject. The work emphasizes both the refined and unrefined characteristics of its composing elements, and asks the viewer to consider the potential beauty in these banal materials.

Svea Ferguson is a Calgary based artist who is currently enrolled in her fourth year as a Drawing major at the Alberta College of Art + Design. Her work takes form as material based installation, with a strong focus on material transcendence.

Karin McGinn – Blood Brothers

Marion Nicoll Gallery +15 window at the EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts, February-March, 2014

Postcard Pic Karin McGinnThis work is about my two young sons and a life changing experience they’ve shared with each other. Five years ago, my middle son suddenly became very sick, a usually healthy boy he seemed to transform overnight to small, lethargic and pale. The doctors quickly diagnosed him with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. As a result of his cancer he would require a stem cell transplant. We discovered his older brother was his identical donor match; the odds of a sibling match are only 25%. In this moment they became donor and recipient of a life saving gift.

I’ve memorialized the event by creating their individual life-size figures onto cloth and re imagining the blood exchange.

I’m a collector of memories and nostalgic events. My inspiration is family and magical moments in the ordinary. As a fiber artist, I’m interested in a layered surface and a mixed media effect. I hope to convey a handmade and nostalgic feeling to my work.

Byron Remple – Chortitza; Honour & Legacy

Marion Nicoll Gallery Main Space at the Alberta College of Art + Design, March 3-14, 2014

SONY DSCThis exhibition honours the citizens of the Mennonite colony of Chortitza, Southern Ukraine, and the legacy of its artistic protégé, John P. Klassen, who recorded events in drawings during the tumultuous early 1900’s.

Each ceramic sculpture is a composite of slip casts from artifacts that reference rural life. Black line illustrations hand painted on each work are adaptations of Klassen’s original sketches, depicting life in Chortitza until the devastation of WWI, the Russian Revolution and Civil War destroyed the community. The sculptures, images and display structures provide thematic reflection on the transition of a people from peace to persecution and destruction.

Educated in Western Canada, Byron taught social sciences for seventeen years at the secondary level in Calgary and post-secondary in Asia. With his love of the outdoors he is also a professional river guide in the NWT. Diverse interests and a creative drive led Byron to pursue ceramics, printmaking and photography at ACAD, graduating in 2014.

Kristin Hollman – Shifting Dust

Marion Nicoll Gallery Main Space at the Alberta College of Art + Design, February 17-28, 2014

kristin-hollman-imageShifting Dust is a series of works that reflects the inability to preserve memories. The subject matter is of figures taken from photographs collected from estate sales and titled using the verbiage found on the back of the photos themselves. The memory has died with the person who tried to preserve it through photography. Through time and circumstance whether it be death, aging or personal history, memories are distorted. By taking an anonymous fragmented memory and enlarging it, it has been brought to the present time and space. The work expresses the fading and fragmentation, never accurate or clear.

Kristin Hollman is a recent graduate of Alberta College of Art and Design, who has a strong focus on drawing, collage and installation.  Her most recent work deals with themes of memory and loss using old photographs and objects gathered from estate sales.

Bobby Ng – Private

Marion Nicoll Gallery Main Space at the Alberta College of Art + Design, February 3-14, 2014

bobby-ng-imageWhat leads to the existence of sexual fantasy? Private aims to challenge the transgression of moral boundaries in the flirtation of public and private within contemporary media. Using a body of photographic works, this exhibition focuses on the questions and the ethics of desire in the media dominated by soft-core imageries..

Bobby is currently a 4th year photography student, at the Alberta College of Art and Design. He will be graduating with a Bachelor of Design in Photography on April of 2014.

Tait Wilman– I’m Sorry

Marion Nicoll Gallery +15 window at the EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts,  December-January, 2014


I create to explore my own identity and the way I identify myself as a Canadian artist. I have an interest in creating work that perpetuates a notion of national pride and what that means to me. Using symbols and stereotypes to demonstrate the accomplishments of this nation even though these accomplishments are often humorous to other nations. However I believe Canadians take pride in these symbols and identify with them creating a sense of self. By flirting with hipster trends and specifically Etsy aesthetics I am knowingly using the familiar to foster associations with high and low references. 

Tait Wilman is a current bachelor of fine arts student at Alberta College of Art and Design. Raised on the prairies and by the sea of the West Coast. Experiencing the Canadian heritage, landscape, and our connection to nature are some aspects of inspiration to Tait’s practice.


Curtis Anderson– The January Issue

Marion Nicoll Gallery Main Space at the Alberta College of Art + Design, January 20-31, 2014

MNGCurtisAndersonshowcardHeralded as one of the lowest selling magazines of the year, The January Issue explores the presentation of the process and outcome of magazine conception. Superfluous and hopeless in its birth, The January Issue questions its existence beyond the pages of print and vies for attention in its multiple forms.

Curtis Anderson is a recent graduate of the Alberta Collage of Art and Design, having received a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Distinction in 2013. His practice is an exploration of aestheticized fetishisms layered with fashion imagery, gender roles, and pop culture. Heavily founded on the notion of “reveal/conceal”, there is a constant celebration and critique of perfection in society.

Adam Lefebvre- Vestige

Marion Nicoll Gallery Main Space at the Alberta College of Art + Design, January 6 – 17, 2014

lefebvreshowcardVestige is a show featuring both functional pottery and vessel-based sculpture. The ceramic works create an implication of life. Visible marks and traces of the maker give clues to the process and action throughout the creation of these objects. Objects that we know are for use, like functional pottery, gain performative qualities, in that their use is envisioned even though they remain unused in the physical sense. The sculptural works are derived from an interest in objects that indicate a history of life, monuments.

Adam Lefebvre, born and raised in Regina Sk, took an interest in art making at a young age. After heading to the University of Regina to pursue painting, he stumbled across ceramics.  Adam transferred to ACAD in 2012 to continue his ceramic education. He will graduate with a BFA in ceramics in 2015.

Rachel Zwambag- I Like Stories With Magic Powers in Them

Marion Nicoll Gallery Main Space at the Alberta College of Art + Design, December 2, 2013- January 3, 2014


A fairytale is told through the relationships, interactions and invisible conversations that occur amongst a gang of human/animal beasts. Through the use of portals, these creatures exist in between another world and this surreal physical space. A magical and strange story takes place.

Rachel Zwambag recently graduated from the Drawing Department at the Alberta College of Art + Design. Playing dress up, creatures and beasts, masks, cloaking, fairytales, story-telling, wicked games, magic powers, secret spaces and curiosity all play out in her work, manifesting itself through installations and objects.

Solveig Agecoutay– Rusty Treasures

Marion Nicoll Gallery LRT Window, October-November, 2013

solveig-agecoutay-imageThe state of decomposition of these objects highlights the impermanent nature of what we see as stable concrete things. We believe that metal is a solid, sturdy and permanent element that will last an eternity.  The fact is that once the objects have performed their function and have begun to decay they are thrown out. The mass amount of material left behind on our streets we have labeled as garbage to me are treasures despite their dilapidated state.  Giving the objects a new purpose allows us the opportunity to see them in a different light.

Solveig Agecoutay is a fourth year Drawing Major at Alberta College of Art & Design. Her work revolves around the collection of rusted objects she finds while walking around the alleys of Calgary. She places these objects in new situations so that they can be viewed in different ways.


Alyssa Ellis- Repetition of a Deceased Bird

Marion Nicoll Gallery +15 window at the EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts,  October-November, 2013

alyssa-ellis-imageI found a raven on the sidewalk with a puncture wound in its chest. I thought it was a peculiar and a sad way for a bird to die. The image of it haunted me for days. I copied its form and applied it to a variety of different mediums. This form became an obsession. I have yet to let it go.

Alyssa Ellis is an emerging visual artist from Edmonton, Alberta and a graduate from Grant Macewan University’s Fine Art program. Now a 4th year BFA student at the Alberta College of Art and Design, her work encompasses large-scale embroidery centered on the theme of poisonous plants native to Alberta.



Marion Nicoll Gallery Main Space at the Alberta College of Art + Design, November 4-15, 2013


04-Nov                 1-2pm                   R U right 4 the job? Dating Resume


05-Nov                 1-2pm                   Astrology & U

06-Nov                 5:15-6:15pm       Virtual Closets: BEING QUEER


07-Nov                 7:30-9:30pm       Speed Dating

08-Nov                 1-2pm                   Playing Pretend 2 Plenty of Fish:

Growing Up Online

09-Nov                 7-9pm                   Movie Night: Mean Girls

10-Nov                 All Day                  Closed 4 the Holy Day of Rest

11-Nov                 All Day                  Closed 4 Remembrance Day

12-Nov                 1-2pm                   Face 2 Face: Virtual Realitiez vs

real life

13-Nov                 5:15-6:15pm       Twerking: Critiquing the Art of Miley


14-Nov                 5-7pm                   Closing Reception

14-Nov                 7-9pm                   Dance Party

She haz blonde hair, and luvz the colour pink!

She thinkz playin dressup iz like sooo much funn and

she luvz tryin new thingz! Stop by #SEXXXILOUNGE 4

lotz of totally rad discussion groupz, workshopz,

moviez, partiez and happy funn! 🙂


Katherine Anne Thomas- Soft Comprehension; Relational Bodies

Marion Nicoll Gallery Main Space at the Alberta College of Art + Design, October 21-November 1, 2013


Soft Comprehension;Relational Bodies showcases the deconstructive possibilities of the weaving process.
Fabric alternates between woven and unwoven, thread imitates vein, cloth becomes body.

Constructed aspects of the weavings become a metaphor for our delicate systems and our fragile skins, while the unwoven threads represent our veil of subjectivity through which we view the world. Soft, unwoven threads connect the weavings to each other, representing emotional connections between individuals, the ties that connect us to one another. Threads will drape, occupying the strange void between bodies and minds.

Katherine Anne Thomas graduated from the Alberta College of Art and Design in May 2013. Her work is frequently a reflection and a response to the intimate relationships she has built around herself. Recently, she has been writing a lot and crying even more.

Luke Mohr- Mohrons

Marion Nicoll Gallery Main Space at the Alberta College of Art + Design, October 7-18, 2013


The work revolves around ideas influenced by my childhood imagination and memories. These memories have merged into a hybridized living object in which characters—who serve as representations of my desires, experiences, and anxieties—can flourish. These beings, affectionately named “Mohrons”, often interact with recognizable memes of popular culture, which heavily influenced my understanding of family, manhood, and sex. With heavy doses of Surrealism, science-fiction, and humour, I hope to bring the viewer through a portal into my conscience and sub-conscience. Welcome to the world that belongs to Mohrons.

I grew up in a small town called Devon, which sits just south of Edmonton, Alberta. I received my Fine Arts Diploma from Grant Macewan University in 2011, then made the trek to Calgary with my wife to complete my Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Alberta College of Art and Design.



Janine Bennett- Summertime Sadness

Marion Nicoll Gallery Main Space at the Alberta College of Art + Design, September 23 – October 4, 2013


Summertime Sadness explores notions surrounding the youthful bloom of beauty, reflecting upon the
Janine Bennett is a recent graduate of the Alberta College of Art and Design having received her Bachelor of Fine Arts with Distinction in 2013. Her practice is in focus of romanticized ideas of femininity, beauty, death and decay. Referencing both the connotations and processes surrounding still life, her work materializes primarily through graphite drawings and the installation of objects.experiences, expectations and realities of girlhood. All things come to end.

Image: Picnic at Hanging Rock. Dir. Peter Weir. Perf. Anne-Louise Lambert. Picnic Productions, 1975. Film Still.

Emma Sacco & Keri MacLeod- Illusions of Her

Marion Nicoll Gallery LRT Window, June-September, 2013

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A collaboration of artistic backgrounds in drawing and print, Illusions of Her explores concepts of production and reproduction; a tongue and cheek reflection on religious apparition and female icons of faith cheapened by mass-production and material value. Facing both the window and an infinity mirror, rows of screen-printed glo-in-the-dark Virgin cutouts are locked in a perpetual illusionary relationship with their own image, appearing as both a vision and physically to the viewer as if on display in a Vatican storefront or museum. Highlighting reality and representation, the emotional baggage of imagery, femininity and factory-made objects are reconsidered through a handcrafted lens.

Emma Sacco is an interdisciplinary emerging artist engaging with identity. She was recently exhibited in the EPCOR Window Galleries (“Trace of Lace”), see

Keri MacLeod is a recent graduate of the Print Media Department at ACAD. She draws from personal experience, popular culture and contemporary theorists.

Dylan McLernon– Cosmic Tempo

Marion Nicoll Gallery +15 window at the EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts,  August-September, 2013

Stone is born of nature, hence it is an ideal material & symbol for understanding ones relationship with the universe: it is the compression of all that makes a human being. In time stone erodes, shaped by the elements, returning to dust. Stone can be as translucent as the soul or opaque as is the body; its molecules vibrate with a cosmic tempo. In these works the use of elements, fire, water, earth, air and void are combined to produce semi-translucent and opaque stone forms, that reference nature and the cosmos. These stone forms are about reconciling human origin.

Dylan McLernon is a BFA undergraduate from Alberta College of Art + Design’s sculpture program. McLernon’s work focuses on the spiritual roots of making and the healing properties of art. The artist has a deep affinity for eastern spirituality and philosophy, nature, science and the cosmology.

Brittany Nickerson & Melanie Gauer– I can’t be in love with(out) you

Marion Nicoll Gallery Main Space at the Alberta College of Art + Design, September 9-20, 2013


I can’t be in love with(out) you is a series of works that document the artists personal connection with love, loss and longing, as well as examining the cycles of relationships with the people who are closest to them. Using several multidisciplinary works the artists will attempt to visually capture ten words from foreign language that have no English equivalent, or direct translation. By translating these words the artists aim to display the universality of love and loss while giving the viewers a sense of the artists personal experiences, as well as having the viewer relate their own experiences with the work.

Melanie Gauer and Brittany Nickerson are fine art portrait photographers and long term best friends. Together they create work that visually translates their personal struggles and concepts with identity, relationships, and youth.

Nicole Bracey– Safety Nest

Marion Nicoll Gallery Main Space at the Alberta College of Art + Design, August 26- September 6, 2013

bracey_mngEverything I own is an evocative object. I attach a sentimental value to everything I buy or receive. I collect these items, and I don’t let go. The intimacy between myself and my collection has become an important part of my practice. I am exploring how this relationship becomes harmful and consuming, while remaining comforting at the same time.

Nicole Bracey is an artist and writer residing in Calgary, Alberta. She completed her BFA in drawing from the Alberta College of Art + Design in May, 2013. Her practice primarily revolves around the exploration of personal narratives. She is an interdisciplinary artist, working with drawing, photography, collage and fibres


Carli Castle- The Emissary

Marion Nicoll Gallery LRT Window, April-May, 2013


Without hesitation the messenger takes flight into the midnight sky. Ever aware of the fragmented world that twists and turns as the ground moves below. The night is electric as the anticipation builds within. Strong wings carry the body through the enchanting darkness that swallows the rest of the world whole. It is nights like this one that can influence the course of all things to come. At a quickened pace this emissary finds the path only through impulse. As each synchronicity comes into play there is a moment of clarity where the surrounding chaos becomes a divine order.

The work that I produce is based upon an accumulation of imagery that I gather during the time I spend with in my environment. In this state of awareness I am able to wittiness the phenomenon that occurs within chance. Allowing me to create content and form; through the instinctual movement of my hands and body.

Manuel Ermecheo Glitch

Marion Nicoll Gallery +15 window at the EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts, April-May, 2013

Glitch-webGlitch is a series of installations meant to be set on different types of landscapes where they not only blend with the landscapes but disrupt them as well. It consists of several Plexiglas pyramids that vary in width and height. Within the pyramids at the very center there will be battery powered LED lights triggered to light up in a dark environment. This display of stunning light pyramids covered with enough dirt to let light shine through creates, for the viewer, a sense of surrealism, almost as if the world was created in a computer program, and it suffered a glitch while generating the landscape.

Born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, Manuel Ermecheo one of the few people in that society to “risk” their future with a career in the arts. Having no previous training in media or fine arts, he moved to Canada to start his studies at the Alberta College of Art & Design to participate in the world of art.

Teresa Tam– Net Cafe

Marion Nicoll Gallery Main Space at the Alberta College of Art + Design, April 1-26, 2013


Welcome to the Net Cafe, a place where reality is what you create it to be. Here you explore the layers the internet exists within. From the room, to the computer stations, the screens, into the vast networks that reach to places beyond, and you, as the visitor who is in control. The internet is a container of who you are and want to be, a place to validate your thoughts and feelings. It is a place where you (can and will) do everything. To learn, to love, to hate, to create. Here in the cafe, you become the internet.

Teresa Tam is a fourth year MADT major, whose practice revolves around the complexity of space and time, the digital, and being human. How we (do not or cannot) perceive that relationship within our limited notion of reality in what we know of the universe now.

Keri MacLeod– Spring Brokedown

Marion Nicoll Gallery Main Space at the Alberta College of Art + Design, March 18-29, 2013


In the commercial megaspectacle of Spring Break, it’s all about youth having wild times and breaking all the rules.  Now, widely proliferated through the media in staged spectacles such as MTV Spring Break and Jersey Shore, hyperindulgent and sexually explicit behaviour is at the forefront of youth culture.  Spring Brokedown is an artistic endeavor that addresses the spectacle of Spring Break in a satirical and hyperbolized manor, initiating a critique of sensationalized youth culture.

Keri MacLeod is a fourth year Print Media major at the Alberta College of Art + Design.  In her work, she draws from personal experience, popular culture and contemporary feminist and postmodern theorists.  She is interested in material objects and how they can be manipulated to create complex narratives, specifically in constructed environments and installations.


Ryan Von Hagen– Ciclo Vital

Marion Nicoll Gallery +15 window at the EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts,  February -March, 2013

Exploring the idea of people worshipping nature by representing it with man-made symbols and object, Ryan Von Hagen incorporates numerous digital animations projected on three-dimensional painted, objects in a process that slowly builds over the weeks. A looping narrative of several morphing animations depicts confusion, suffering, emotion, and faith. This piece is a further exploration of Von Hagen’s interest in the way spirituality and hope can become imbued in manmade creations, such as the Holy Ka’aba, or Noble Cube in Mecca.

Ryan Von Hagen has a BFA in Media Arts + Digital Technology from ACAD. He is a collaborator with many other artists and musicians, and explores the importance of fusing video projections to sonic environments. He focuses on the linear narrative aspect of video making, believing that every scene has the potential to portray an over-arching emotional theme in many different ways.

Jocelyn Reid- Sandbox

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Marion Nicoll Gallery Main Space at the Alberta College of Art + Design, March 4-15, 2013

Sandbox is an installation of ceramic sculptures that all have multiple removable and interchangeable parts. Each sculpture references a mix of organic matter and manufactured objects, making them challenge notions of familiarity and foreignness, and adulthood versus childhood. Because each piece can be taken apart, I invite and encourage viewers to touch and play with the works. It is my hope that this will allow the viewer a completely different connection with the piece by engaging a sense other than sight. The audience can then go past the role of simply being a viewer, and, by touching and becoming part of the piece, become a kind of p
Jocelyn Reid is a Calgary artist who has been working in clay for a number of years. She recently returned from an exchange at the Australia National University in Canberra, and will be receiving her Bachelor’s degree from the Alberta College of Art and Design in the spring.erformer.


Corrie Hamm- Unentitled

Marion Nicoll Gallery Main Space at the Alberta College of Art + Design,  February 18-March 1, 2013

Unentitled: that’s this and I and possibly (most likely) you. I mean this as a good thing. As an open(ing) invitation for in-looking & outlooking.

(I have many questions regarding the instability of our understanding of the world through pre-established intellectual knowledge and source.

In this case, it’s better that you and I don’t know. All I really want is to (re)call forth a sense of of authority bound to that knowledge. It has become a complex inquiry.)

Corrie Hamm is a multimedia artist with a BA and a BEd from the University of Calgary. After teaching in the private and public school system for several years, she fled this career and presently abides as a fourth year Drawing major at the Alberta College of Art + Design.


Minwoo Lee- untitled

Marion Nicoll Gallery Main Space at the Alberta College of Art + Design,  February 4-15, 2013

Absence of unity. Traditional spice and negative space representing those who defect and run. A unity between two counties needs be to found.

Conflict needs to end. Two can become one. Then absence of unity no more.


Amber Barker- Between You and Me

Marion Nicoll Gallery LRT Window,  December 15 – February 1, 2013

Our identities are mediated through the objects that we surround ourselves with. They provide stability within a concept that is forever undergoing a state of flux and transition. My work situates itself within that middle ground, that liminal state, of existing simultaneously within our own constructed, static, histories and our changing futures. These objects hold a significant value, not necessarily because of their objective value but instead because of their intrinsic one. Their importance lays in what they represent.

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Group Show- low fidelity

Marion Nicoll Gallery +15 window at the EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts,  December 15 – 
February 1, 2013


Sheri Nault- yearn

Marion Nicoll Gallery Main Space at the Alberta College of Art + Design,  January 21 – February 1, 2013

Nothing but poetry moves me like narratives, fiction. Magical tropes of a last wilderness, our own fiction.

Stillness, the dead of winter, succumbing to lead, madness, the cold. Curiousity and a draw outwards, an unhinged belief in the the uninhabited and unknown.

Sheri Nault is an artist and occasional writer living in Calgary, Alberta. She has studied in Northern and Southern Alberta as well as Glasgow, Scotland and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts with Distinction from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2012. Focal to her practice are accepted and classic narratives reconsidered through fragmented contemplation.

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Alison Stalker- Knock, Knock

Marion Nicoll Gallery Main Space at the Alberta College of Art + Design,  January 7-18, 2013

Athazagoraphobia is defined as the fear of forgetting or being forgotten. I often wonder who we would be without our memories and how we would understand a place without its history. I have been researching ideas surrounding time, place and how human presence can affect our perception and understand

ing of these. I am interested in the relationship between the physical nature of a place and its ability to remember. A space will

physically exist until it decays, but how long can that place retain its own set of memories. My work relies heavily on the perpetual search for something I may never find and it is the absence in these spaces that holds the most importance. I use objects taken from these places and fabric, along with documentation and projection in an attempt to connect the physicality of these spaces to my temporary understanding of them.

Morgan Free –  We Are All Astronauts
Marion Nicoll Gallery Main Space at the Alberta College of Art + Design, December 10, 2012 – January 4, 2014 

Morgan Free - We Are All Astronauts

 Buckminster Fuller stands as a totem for nonconformist thinking. His theories and ideas concerned fields ranging from mathematics, engineering, and environmental science, to literature, architecture, and visual art. We Are All Astronauts is a collection of imaginative structures inspired by his ideas of ephemeralization and sustainability for future generations aboard our Spaceship Earth.

Morgan Free graduated from the Alberta College of Art + Design with distinction in 2012.

Mary Haasdyk – lifting his hand, he invited me to sit

Marion Nicoll Gallery +15 Window at the EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing ArtsOctober 1 – November 30, 2012

When invitation arrives, mundane routine is hastily dismissed. My objects are about invitation, celebration and lavish discovery. They are grounded in function, and seek to become catalysts to the user’s imagination. This solitary place setting extends a personal welcome. It becomes a window through which one might catch a dim glimpse of the abundant table to which Christ calls us daily. It offers new life–and a new birthday.

“A man prepared a great feast and sent out many invitations.” – Luke 14 vs16
Mary Haasdyk is a recent graduate of the ceramic program at Alberta College of Art + Design. She lives in Calgary, where she enjoys accumulating and using hand crafted pots. She is excited about the abundant life found in Jesus Christ, and celebrates the richness of this in her work.

Steven Cottingham - detail from In the Land Without Language

Steven Cottingham – In the Land Without Language

Marion Nicoll Gallery Main Space at the Alberta College of Art + Design, November 26 – December 7, 2012

Sometimes I want to say things to you that no one has ever said before, neither to you nor to anyone else – to use words without history or connotations that exist solely for the purpose at hand. A secret language with secret sounds, or a language where the words did more than merely represent or describe. What if I spoke to you in a language where the words and the things they signified were one in the same? I think a kiss is the closest to one of those kinds of words. I want to kiss you.

Steven Cottingham is an artist from Calgary, AB. He has studied in New York and recently received his Bachelor of Fine Arts with Distinction from the Alberta College of Art and Design. In 2012 he curated the inaugural iteration of the Calgary Biennial.

Pauline Macura Brown – Wounds,  Scars, Recovery

Marion Nicoll Gallery Main Space at the Alberta College of Art + Design, November 12 – 23, 2012

My work is informed by an exploration of my own identity as a first generation Canadian of Polish ancestry, an ancestry that has been overshadowed by my father’s WWII experience. As with many war veterans’ offspring: the second generation of post- memory, my history is one of silence. Using laborious production techniques (such as knitting, sewing and embroidery) combined with conventional drawing and painting, I interrupt the silence of the past to make audible the hidden, forgotten and overlooked histories that haunt and continue to haunt even in generations that did not experience the trauma of war.

I am a recent graduate of ACAD  (June 2012).   I have always been interested in issues of identity, and family memories and stories particularly as they intersect and overlap with a broader world history. I am married and have 2 grown children.  I currently live in Bragg Creek, Alberta.

Totilas – Karly Mortimer

Marion Nicoll Gallery Main Space, October 29 – November 9, 2012

Trained in the Rollkur method, one that results in abnormal bone growth, dynamic obstruction of the windpipe, excessive salivation, and unnaturally exciting movement  the Dressage world has its 10 million euro rock star.  Totilas, and horses like him, are products of our lust for extremes and I can’t help but be attracted.  Finally I understand breast implants.

Karly has Bachelors in Art (Psychology) and Fine Art (Drawing), and has studied in Calgary, the United Kingdom and New York. She decided to go to art school while training horses south of Seattle, where the Twilight movies were based and most of the town did meth. Her horse tried to eat meat and now they are retired from competing. Neither of them have ever tried methamphetamines.

Erika Andriashek – Press 

MNG LRT Window at the Alberta College of Art + Design, September 12 – October 12, 2012

I make large-scale expressionist drawings, working almost exclusively with traditional graphite pencils and erasers on cheap newsprint paper. The drawings are always built as a series; I use pads of paper or layered pages from a roll to collectively create several drawings at once. This is done by allowing water and graphite to soak through the top pages to those below. I also draw in a manner that lets the pencils break through the pages, accepting a continuation of line and form from one page to the next.

In working with the notion of a “series”, with impermanent materials, I address the idea of totality of one’s experience being accumulated into one’s self. The “self” is a constantly changing entity, and relies on a build-up of many experiences – or graphite lines and pages, in the case of the drawings – to exist as it is.

Erika is a recent graduate from the Drawing program at ACAD. She uses large-scale drawings and installations to fill specific spaces, allowing the viewer to engage with the dimensionality of a place they may not have otherwise. She often works with ideas of nostalgia and considers both mental and physical transparencies. She has a deep-seeded fear of the future.

Jillian Fleck – Gunna Find and Kill My Shadow Self

Marion Nicoll Gallery Main Space at the Alberta College of Art + Design, October 15 – 26, 2012
When the boundaries between dimensions are breeched our hero must reconcile with their alternative self to prevent the end of the universe.  Now in 3D.

Jillian Fleck is an artist who graduated from ACAD in 2012.  Her work primarily focuses on sequential art, storytelling, and the boundaries between image and text.

Marion Nicoll Gallery Main Space at the Alberta College of Art + Design, October 15 – 26, 2012

Sharon Hogg – Flatland

MNG Main Space at the Alberta College of Art + Design, October 1 – 12, 2012

We visually perceive two dimensions: with or without our other senses, we must infer the third or fourth. Flatland uses multiple pure pigment glazes to explore the quantum, particle and energy trade-offs of everyday existence.  Flatland examines what the natural forces that we take for granted might look like when a two dimensional plane slices through our space-time. We visually perceive two dimensions yet we are so comfortable in our three-dimensional environment that we are barely aware of the incongruity between the dimensions we can sense and the universe we can infer.

Sharon Hogg is a Calgary based painter. After 30 years spent in the landscapes of Canada’s resource industries, the modern wilderness, she is now earning a BFA in painting from Alberta College of Art+ Design.

Dana Buzzee – The Language of the Frost

Marion Nicoll Gallery +15 Window at the EPCOR Centre for the Performing Arts, August 6 – September 28, 2012

The Language of the Frost tries to capture the magic of dark woods through a collection of objects, made and found, that have been charged with the task of acting as visual talismans.

Dana Buzzee grew up in Canmore and is a recent graduate of the Alberta College of Art + Design’s Drawing department. In her practice, Buzzee reflects on her experiences growing up in the mountains through an interdisciplinary approach with
an emphasis on photography and installation.

Teresa Tam – somewhere, beyond

MNG Main Space 

at the Alberta College of Art + Design, September 11 – 28, 2012

somewhere, beyond is a video installation that indulges in the idea of memories, images that were once real and intimate are now disintegrating. Memories are selective and subjective, ultimately formed in the perception of the one who viewed and experienced that memory. Images from memory only hold emotional weight to the person who formed them, leaving everyone else to wonder what it means, or turn away apathetically. Memories repeat to constantly remind us of their existence, but with the instantaneous acquisition of information today, memories seek to find something higher, as either a form of validation or acceptance.

Teresa Tam is a fourth year MADT major at the Alberta College of Art + Design, whose practice revolves around the complexity of space and time. How we (do not or cannot) perceive that relationship within our limited notion of reality in what we know of the universe now.

Material Resonance: Celebrating five years of Contextural Residencies

MNG Main Space at the Alberta College of Art + Design, August 27 – September 7, 2012

For the past five years, Contextural has held a summer residency program using the ACAD fibre studios giving our members the opportunity to expand their skills, knowledge and expertise in their chosen media. We all look forward to the annual end-of-residency exhibition to have the opportunity to showcase what we have been working on all summer. This year’s exhibition is a celebration of what we have achieved in the past five years with a hint of where we plan to go in the future.

Contextural: a fibre arts cooperative was founded by a community of textile artists to foster a cooperative creative environment in support of the production and exhibition of new work, professional development and education with artist and community involvement.

Iva Kezic – Solastalgia

MNG +15 Window at the EPCOR Centre for the Performing Arts, May 28 – August  3, 2012

Solastalgia explores the tensions and contrasts between the contemporary lives of humans and that of the natural environment. Using both natural and manufactured materials reconciling the types of tensions that emerge when addressing the relation and connection between humans and nature, the installation places the viewer in a surreal and dream-like setting unlike any that would be found in the downtown core.


Holly HoskinsObsessions

MNG +15 Window at the EPCOR Centre, April 2 – May 25, 2012

Obsessions is an installation that uses objects with illusionary qualities to explore surfaces, beauty and perfection as a feminist critique of perception and of what is real versus what is artificial.

I am investigating obsession through a ritualistic process based approach of covering and manipulating surfaces in pearls and the concept of striving for perfection when you know there will be flaws instead of perfect geometric rows and columns. I am using this method to choose what to reveal and conceal. I am interested in intimate scales, symbolism and art that is ‘feminine’


Dana Bush – Impacts

MNG LRT Window at the Alberta College of Art + Design, April 2 – 27, 2012

My work examines and portrays ecosystems: the relationships among different species, and the relationships between wild species and us. I explore these relationships using mobiles and overlapping transparent panels. I use a Japanese technique of silk painting and wax resist, with natural dyes and pigments so that my practice is as non-toxic as possible, and eventually compostable.

Ashley Ohman & Jesse Stilwell – 3M

MNG Main Space at the Alberta College of Art + Design, April 10 – 20, 2012

3M is a exhibition of works investigating art as a psycho-physical experience and a transformative perceptual event. From installations involving dense hallucinatory palpitations to paintings dealing with optical colour mixtures. Ashely Ohman and Jesse Stilwell are artists exploring the very limits of sensory visual perception and pattern. Working in a quasi-Op Art mode, they dig into the recent past to unveil a flickering future beaming with visual noise and frequency.

Michel Gignac – Fall for Me

MNG Main Space at the Alberta College of Art + Design, March 26 – April 6, 2012

Come as a viewer, leave as a participant. Be curious. You are the action that causes reactions. The time is now and you are the perfect breeze. Admire a lifetime of preparation for a momentary performance. Witness the fleeting climax. Pressured by gravity and succumbing to exhaustion, salvation is floor. Who’s next?

Sarah Dugan – Gender Type 

MNG LRT Window at the Alberta College of Art + Design, March 5 – 30, 2012

Gender Type is a photographic comparison of feminine and masculine letterforms and their relationship to stereotypical gender roles. It is an examination that extends from the design field, and allows us to question the natural acceptance of gender stereotypes in typography and society.

Adam Lagace – Twisted Tradition 

MNG +15 Window at the Epcor Centre for the Performing Arts, February 6 – March 30, 2012

The focus of my practice is applying blacksmithing techniques to jewellery making.  As I combine the two traditions together to create my jewellery pieces, I look at the materials and processes as metaphors for memories. These two traditions relied on the relationship of master to apprentice commonly father to son.  With the automation and mass production ideals of our current society, we are slowly losing this connection of tradition.

Julia Kansas – Let’s see what you’re made of

MNG Main Space at the Alberta College of Art + Design, March 12 – 23, 2012

Let’s see what you’re made of is a series of drawings that addresses a particular type of young adult, specifically sexually aggressive girls. This girl is not a virgin, she is not innocent and she’s out for blood. She’s wild. Through a series of symbols and fragmented drawings, as well as the use of blunt imagery and subtle humor, Julia Kansas is calling into question the false glamour that some girls equate with teen partying and sex.

Jennifer Tellier – What I Said About Them 

MNG Main Space at the Alberta College of Art + Design, February 27 – March 9, 2012

What I Said About Them explores tensions between self and other, in relation to stereotypes. The body of work initially began as a series of conversations held with my family. I asked each person to consider stereotypes of the “Other” in relation to their own understanding of our current culture. I believe this to be a sensitive subject that is often pushed aside as intangible or unsolvable. As the work progressed the conversations began turning in on themselves. Who is identified or represented as the “Other” becomes blurred in fragments of conversation, much like stereotypes, gossip or secrets.

Haley MacIntyre – Adornment for the Mutable

MNG LRT Window at the Alberta College of Art + Design, January 16 – March 2, 2012

Intuitively designed, these figures and their related regalia represent an energetic being made manifest. The unique characteristics of each figure explore the potential of bodily aesthetics; creating beings who serve as an inspiration for new artworks. The defining features of the nose, mouth, eyes and ears become adornments to the blank canvas of a body, which personifies the creative spirit. Paired with each figure is a jewellery piece, conceived of from the meditative nature of the drawing process itself.  This journey of discovery found in creating a figure perpetuates imaginings, drawings, and adornments to be made in my art practice.

Photo 3 – Carne Levaré 

MNG Main Space at the Alberta College of Art + Design February 13 – 24, 2012

In conjunction with Calgary’s Exposure Festival during the month of February 2012, Alberta College of Art + Design’s third year photography majors offer you a ticket to experience the spectacle that is Carne Levaré.

In this environment each student explores personal interpretations of the carnival derived from individual experience. Whether it is a voyeuristic look at the sideshow, witnessing the sights and smells of the attractions, or observing the lives of exotic beasts, we invite you to pull back the curtains and reveal the illusion of illusion itself.

Ladies and gentlemen, children of all ages, welcome to Carne Levaré!

Photo 4 – twentytwelve

MNG Main Space at the Alberta College of Art + Design, January 30 – February 10, 2012

twenty twelve examines parallels between the fourth year photography majors’ graduation and the end of the world. Each photograph represents a survival tip as interpreted by each of the 19 artists in the exhibition. The wide range of styles and photographic mediums used by the group is unified not only thematically, but also by its non-traditional presentation.

Lindsay Joy – Anxiety

MNG +15 Space at the EPCOR Centre for the Performing Arts December 5, 2011- February 3, 2012

I’m terrified about what others think of me. I don’t like to smile when people walk by. I think  up excuses not to go to parties. I really hate ordering sandwiches because I have to answer too many condiment related questions.

I’ve been stitching words about my neuroses, hoping that they will relieve me of the feeling of having a dirty secret. Maybe others will relate.

Lindsay is a recent graduate of  the Alberta College of Art + Design where she majored in Fibre.  She is most likely currently freaking out about something or other.

Nathan Mizera – Revolve 

MNG Main Space  January 16 – 27, 2012

Revolve explores the dichotomies and transactions between viewer and object. The installation’s centralized sculpture acts as the agent of exchange. Through repositioning the sculptures rotating segments, the sculpture becomes the medium for participation within an interactive performance.

Sara Girletz – Window pain

MNG LRT Window December 12 – January 13, 2012 

Dilapidated houses become a type of beautiful debris that finds itself amidst the prairie landscape. They fit in within an organic context, but at the same time they are synonymous with a longing for their own place which is allied to a more constructed manner.

In Window pain all elements of the piece are found out of place. The obscured text, containing words related to place, is done in a visceral manner that is chaotic and unreadable. The organic nature of the handwriting juxtaposes the assembled nature of the window the same way elements of landscape would.

Dana Buzzee – haunt

MNG Main Space December 12 – January 13, 2012

haunt  is an installation that explores nostalgia, ghosts, and the body through careful collecting and labor intensive acts of devotional handicraft.

The atmosphere of eerie energy is created by the gathering of common place but creepy items with ones that have been meticulously made.

Tracy Sutherland – Do Not Go Gentle

MNG Main Space at the Alberta College of Art + Design November 28 – December 9, 2011

The exhibition is a look at the artist’s relationship to her parents, her reaction to their illness and how the world changed around her when they passed away. The exhibition includes three separate pieces relating to how illness can change the body and the mind, degrading ones sense of self. The exhibition sheds light on the darker feelings related to death, and the beauty of the close relationships between parent and child.

Gillian Mitchell – Woodland Creations 

MNG Main Space at the Alberta College of Art + Design, November 7 – December 5, 2011

This work revolves around my interpretation of the natural world both above and under water. Inspired by our gigantic friends the trees as well as massive coral reefs my work has developed into a body of work that explores different textures and patterns. Creating different environments indoors allows my viewers to experience a longing for a swim in the ocean or a run through the woods.

Nathanial Arsenault –  The Space Between 

MNG Main Space at the Alberta College of Art + Design November 14 – 25, 2011


These paintings could be considered as building blocks, words, or musical notation. While one could take notice of the individuality of each painting, their identity begins to function as part of an ever expanding composition. Once combined, the work takes on the quality of installation. When placed on the wall, these installations resonate together, and again many become like one image. Just like a musical composition functions in correspondence to each note, the space and relationships between images offers the potential to be understood as an image in itself.

 Kelsey Fraser/Hannah Doerkson/Faith Perratt – Coping Methods for Anxiety 

MNG Main Space at the Alberta College of Art + Design October 31 – November 11, 2011

Coping Methods for Anxiety brings together a group of artists dealing with issues of humour and futility while exploring everyday materials to highlight the subtleties of the banal and monumental. The show is the work of three artists that identify with elements of awkwardness, language, the mundane, and ridiculous. Through subject matter and materiality we attempt to talk ourselves out of a stte of anxiety and frustration and into a state of calm, somethin which we can never fully accomplish. It is with this humorous futility we have found our common ground.

Where is Design? a survey of work by ACAD design students

MNG +15 Window at the EPCOR Centre for the Performing Arts -October 3 – December 2, 2011

The Alberta College of Art + Design (ACAD), offers two undergraduate degrees, Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) and Bachelor of Design (BDes). Students working toward their BDes choose from two streams: Photography or Visual Communications Design. The Photography and Visual Communications Design majors prepare students for successful careers as professionals in the discipline, practice and culture of photography and design.

Where is Design? showcases work submitted by Design majors from both streams. More information about the individual pieces and designers can be found here.

Hannah Doerkson – Everybody Calm Down 

MNG LRT Window at the Alberta College of Art + Design September 19 – November 4, 2011

Attention friends and strangers! I am quite confident, as I hope you will agree, that I have the tenacity, skill, and perseverance to pull together a tactile, accessible, silly and serious, critical and smart, display of art. In a constant struggle between good and bad, light and heavy, funny and sad, as well as an assortment of other opposing forces, my work is aware of itʼs place on the art wall and anxious to be viewed! There will probably be a bar at the opening.

Eva Bowd – The Day Calls for a Picnic: A Blanket Banquet

MNG Main Space at the Alberta College of Art + Design October 17 – 28, 2011

The Day Calls for a Picnic: A Blanket Banquet demonstrates a nostalgic longing, the necessity of play, and the vividness of memory. Using extravagant yet whimsical ceramic picnic outfits, A Blanket Banquet exhibits the lost lovely of the picnic as a tradition that is stepped over by the bustle of daily schedule.  Through a series of Tableaux Vivant, the 18th century tradition of picnicking is recaptured with all the fairy-tale, daydream and nonsensical charisma of a picnic perfectly nestled in an idyllic countryside.  The Day most certainly Calls for a Picnic.

Melissa Wong – Sinew

MNG Main Space at the Alberta College of Art + Design October 3 – 14, 2011

Sinew explores the body as textile, and plays with the idea of representation through the use of traditional textile processes. The body is depicted by the accumulation of individual strands of yarn, speaking to the intricacy of the human body, and the intervention of modern medicine. Like tapestry weaving and lacemaking, medical and surgical procedures require knowledge and skilled handwork as the body is cut, manipulated, and stitched.

Natasha Jensen – Blush 

MNG Main Space August 29 – September 16, 2011

The line between “good girl” and “bad girl” is constantly shifting as they challenge the each other’s authority. Blush is a coming of age narrative, which has taken female sexual subjectivity into question. One lives in the shadow of the slut but is cursed by the idealized role of the virgin; can a liberated female identity ever occur within the fear of such epithets? The dualistic nature of labeling and categorizing a female based on sexual experience has created a framework for understanding female desire within a society that has condemned it as superficial.

Jenna Turner – Mrs.

MNG LRT Window April 22 – September 16, 2011

Mrs. is a collection of ceramic objects that reflect my mother’s maternal touch, her kitchen, and experiences growing up. In their subtle muteness they represent what was once reality and now only memories. They evoke feelings of nostalgia and allow the viewer to colour each piece with their own past.

2010 – 2011

Jewellery + Metals Graduating Exhibition 2011 

May 7 – May 29, 2011

A group exhibition showcasing the work of the Jewellery + Metals class of 2011

Megan Boisvert – The Void

MNG Main Space April 12 – 29, 2011

The Void is a product of my investigation within personal memories. Death is an integral stitch in life that cannot be foretold and can fall upon us at any time. Isolation grips but the heart endures. Secluding the viewer within the installation causes heightened sense awareness and self-awareness. When I try to move forward into memories I am constantly distracted because of the gaps caused by time, and in an effort to fill them a haze of sub reality occurs. I have manipulated the space to become a physical observation of my understanding of communication faults relating to traumatic events.

Georgia Lee – Scribble

MNG Main Space March 29 – April 8

A kinetic, flowing line drawn in space. The sculpture rotates, revealing a new form with every turn. The shifting pattern bends in the air, reflecting the movements of nature: an arm gesturing, a leaf falling, or a tracer of light in the dark. Scribble is an examination of the ever changing elements in our lives that can only be captured in a split second.

Emma Sacco – Madonna;Whore

MNG Main Space March 7 – 25, 2011

Madonna;Whore investigates universal notions of mourning and sexuality through the use of veils and the un-weaving of painted and drawn lace imagery physically connected to the gallery walls, along with their respective implications and historical connotations,  exploring their duality as well as their subversion. Emma examines both personal and universal cultural associations through an engagement with indexical signs using lace imagery as a signifier of important milestones, as its presence punctuates many experiences and social rituals, especially in relation to the lives of women. Interested in the paradoxical and dualistic notions connected with lace at baptisms and religious ceremonies, lingerie, virginity and sexual autonomy, as well as both weddings and funerals alike, Emma negotiates its collective impact on gender dynamics.

She examines the associative qualities of materials such as fabrics and milk-like washes, creating a tension through visual distortion or partial obstruction, functioning as both distancing and inviting. Emma will be changing and developing the impermanent installation by means of accumulation over the duration of the exhibition. Madonna;Whore will experience its own evolution through the cyclical additive and subtractive process of creating and destroying elements within the piece ultimately ending with its own symbolic death.

ArtaWEARness Silent Auction

MNG Main Space February 28 – March 5, 2011

Comprised of donated works from ACAD students and participants in the wearable art extravaganza – ArtaWEARness, all the pieces will be sold through a silent auction to help finance production of this year’s show March 4 + 5.

We invite the public into ACAD, to engage in this exciting frontier that is wearable art and to witness experimental designs with the body as our canvas. For the last ten years, ArtaWEARness has been a one-of-a-kind experience: spectacular, diverse and a show you won’t want to miss!  Always current, thought-provoking and well attended by the community, ArtaWEARness tickets sell quickly – don’t miss it. Get your tickets in advance at the Students’ Association office in ACAD starting February 22.

Photo 3 – A Sense of Place

MNG LRT Window February 6 – March 4,  2011

The third year photography students make up a huge variety of working contexts and styles and are excited to be able to show off all the hard work we have been up to this past semester. As a group we are proud to embody such a wide array of different styles of photography and privileged to be able to inform each other of what is out in the world. This salon style show is reflective of all the different working contexts and gives all of us an opportunity to display our work independently within our unified group. We hope that as you look at the work before you, you find something that you are able to relate to the sense of place which the photographer has come from.

Photo 4 – Group Show

MNG Main Space  February 14 — February 26, 2011

A group show comprised of fourth year photography students endeavoring to come together under the umbrella theme of “a sense of place’. Our mandate is to share images representative of the culmination of our four year journey at ACAD with our fellow student body and the greater cultural community of Calgary. For the purposes of this exhibition we have collectively agreed to conceive of ‘A sense of Place’ as being physical place, mental place, emotional place, spiritual place. Our intention is that any viewer, be they a fellow ACAD student or a member of the greater cultural community of Calgary, be presented with the opportunity to reflect on their own sense of place.

Photo 2 – Place + Space

MNG Main Space January 31 – February 11, 2011

19 faces from 19 places.

In the spirit of Calgary’s Exposure Festival during the month of February 2011, Alberta College of Art + Design’s second year photography majors unite to explore Place and Space.

In this exhibition of 19 images, each student investigates their personal sense of place derived from their individual experiences. Whether it is a formal composition of space, a social commentary on place, or an artistic critique of alternate space and place, this collection of images invites viewers to walk the 19 roads that these artists reveal. Together the group searches for their niche within the school and the broader social and professional community.

Grad Book Silent Auction

MNG Main Space January 24 – 28, 2011 

Comprised of donated works from ACAD students and faculty, all the pieces will be sold through a silent auction to help finance production of this year’s Graduation Catalogue, which showcases the work of the Class of 2011, with a statement, artist portrait and images of the work of every graduate.

Ward Bastian – Highlights

MNG +15 Window Space at the EPCOR Centre for the Performing Arts December 6 – January 31, 2011

My practice embraces the combination of handmade glass work and photography. Combining these two mediums fuels my desire of using my hands to create with glass and to communicate an idea through photography.

Highlights involves photographing glass vessels to capture the glass in ways that it cannot exist in reality. The reflection of light off of glass is unique and these photographs could not exist without glass being the subject.

Neither medium is more important – they both influence and inspire each other.

Nathan Hansen – Excess

MNG LRT Window  January 10 – February 4, 2011

Excess is a work that examines process as the primary source of visual stimulus. Digital art is placed in the realm of immediate and instant gratification simply because the nature of the computer is to render things quickly and efficiently. Excess slows the process of digital image making and forces viewers to contemplate the rendering of every individual pixel.

Luann Johnson – Reconstruction

MNG Main Space  January 10 – 21, 2011

I started clay ‘construction’ on the third anniversary of my daughter’s death. I worked with hundreds of small bricks and I discovered that the process of making the bricks and mortaring them together absorbed my thoughts and distributed my grief. For me the process held restorative power, and my ceramic work became part of a constructive story that embodies who Iam as a grieving mother and an artist. Slowly, I am rebuilding myself, finding mortared strength and melded laughter within an imperfectly constructed life.

C. Dana Bush – Winter Aspen

MNG LRT Window Space December 6 – January 7, 2011

While hiking in the foothills, Dana was captured by the light and the silhouettes of aspen trees, resulting in an exploration of light using an iconic aspen as the structure. Three paintings explore early winter fog, low midwinter sun, and late winter evening light. The circular format reflects the shape of the trees looking up, the view of the world through hand-lens and microscope, the roundness of the world and the circular motion of the days and seasons.

P2 C2 – Previous Practice, Contemporary Context

MNG Main Space December 6, 2011 – January 7, 2012

The purpose of this exhibition is to define and explore ones previous practice within a contemporary context. What began as a preliminary exercise of research and analysis into past works of art, has broadened into new approaches, concepts and creative use of materials. As artists we are constantly exploring our previous concepts and creations and coming up with new and innovative ways of bringing those ideas to life. It is the thread of this transformation that this exhibition explores.

Stephen Nachtigal – Simulations

MNG Main Space November 22, – December 3, 2010

If art gives the opportunity for immateriality and imagination to become reality, this installation poses the question of where reality ends and representation begins. This video installation creates a closed environment, allowing the viewer to become part of the simulation.  As one video clip is expressed through different levels of representation, we are offered a look at the disconnect between the natural world and its simulation.

Debunking the Binary Myth

MNG Main Space November 8 – 20, 2011

Challenging the presumption of a binary gender system, the show’s purpose is to educate as well as foster a dialogue and further understanding around what is expected while exploring the boundaries. Gender is a is a social construct started early with expectant behaviours taught to children. Being transgendered gives the individual a unique perspective on gender that is difficult to convey and even harder to understand from the outside. As the binary gender system breaks down – acknowledging we are not machines – there needs to be a place where qualities of both genders are present and encouraged.

Sharon Hogg  – The Accumulated Landscape

MNG LRT Space November 8 – December 3, 2011

Years of living, working, travelling and sketching. Experienced moment by moment, the resultant memories and images are captured in snapshots.  Time’s arrow, however, is sticky. Memories and images don’t seamlessly slip by. These snapshots coagulate, degenerate and ultimately culminate in two very different larger works; The Last Refuge, and the Funnest Day Ever.  Together they form the Accumulated Landscape.

Sara Niinimaa – Self-Portrait 1: Flaws/Habits

MNG +15 Window at the EPCOR Centre for the Performing Arts October 4 – December 3, 2011

A first exploration of the self-portrait discovers unspoken thoughts and emotions, bringing light to hidden traits and neurotic tendencies. The images illustrate my obsessions, unbreakable habits, self consciousness and insecurities. With photography as a means of expression, discovering the unedited version of ‘Sara’ proved to be both uncomfortable and therapeutic as I worked through all that I never say aloud.

What I Did on My Summer Vacation

MNG Main Space September 13 – 24, 2011

Spanning all years and departments, the exhibit will showcase the work of ACAD students in a salon style panoply. Forty-three artists from 10 departments and every year of study present work including photographs, fibre, metal, drawings, paintings, and glass.

Contextural – Out of Context

MNG Main Space August 23 – September 11, 2011

Contextural is a community of textile artists fostering a cooperative creative environment in support of the production of new artistic works. The cooperative facilitates an annual summer residency in the ACAD fibre studios. Now in its third year, Contextural is pleased to present Out of Context, the end of residency group show.


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