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SHAWN SERFAS

Education

  • 2003 Master of Fine Arts Degree (M.F.A.), Major in Studio Art, Painting Division
    University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

  • University of Alberta Master of Fine Arts, Master of Design Scholarship
    Awarded for academic, scholarly and creative achievements, April 2001 & 2002

  • 2002 Bachelor of Arts Degree (B.A.), Major in Art History
    Graduated with Great Distinction
    University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

  • 2000 Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (B.F.A.), Major in Studio Art, Painting/Printmaking
    Graduated with Great Distinction and Distinguished Thesis Exhibition
    University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

  • Judy Poole Fine Arts Award
    Awarded at convocation to the most distinguished Bachelor of Fine Arts Graduate as determined by the Department of Art and Art History, University of Saskatchewan, May 2000

  • Distinguished B.F.A. Exhibition Award
    Awarded by the Department of Art & Art History to the artist whose final thesis exhibition is deemed exceptional, University of Saskatchewan, January 2000

Professional Academic Experience

  • Brock University
    Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts
    Associate Professor – Visual Arts Department
    Academic Years 2012-Current
    15 Artists’ Common, St. Catharines, ON., L2R 3M2

  • University of British Columbia
    Lecturer – Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies
    Academic Years 2005-2012
    3333 University Way, Kelowna, BC., V1V 1V7

  • Okanagan University College
    Assistant Professor – Fine Arts Department
    Academic Year 2004-2005
    North Kelowna Campus, 3333 University Way, Kelowna, BC., V1V 1V7

Research Interests

Contemporary painting, drawing and printmaking practices concerning relational abstraction, environmental aesthetics, religion, the landscape as well as issues bordering abstraction and representation using image construction with respect to environmental science and remote mapping processes

Scholarly & Creative Activites

Selected Solo or Two-Person Exhibitions

2018

  • Portrait of a Mark, Sopa Fine Arts, Kelowna, BC

2017

  • Pseudo-Fiction, (with Catherine Parayre), Alliance Francaise - Galerie Pierre Leon, Toronto, ON

2016

  • Inland, Rodman Hall Arts Centre, Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario
  • Cleave and Trench, Bugera Matheson Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta

2015

  • Dig, Machine Shop Gallery, Algoma University, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

2014

  • Out of Sorts, (with William Griffiths), Sopa Fine Arts, Kelowna, British Columbia
  • Plaything, Congress: Borders Without Boundaries, Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario

2013

  • Shawn Serfas: Re-Picturing the Landscape, Penticton Art Gallery, Penticton, British Columbia (Catalogue Godfrey Dean Art Gallery)

2011

  • Borderlands – Imagining the Immaterial, (Catalogue Vernon Public Art Gallery), Art Gallery of Prince Albert, Prince Albert, Saskatchewan

2010

  • Borderlands – Imagining the Immaterial, (Catalogue Vernon Public Art Gallery), The Godfrey Dean Art Gallery, Yorkton, Saskatchewan
  • Field + Canal, Agnes Bugera Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta

2009

  • Radial Grey, Sopa Fine Art Gallery, Kelowna, British Columbia

2008

  • Borderlands – Imagining the Immaterial, (Catalogue), Vernon Public Art Gallery, Vernon, British Columbia
  • Tide + Recess, Sopa Fine Art Gallery, Kelowna, British Columbia

2007

  • Borderlands, (with Luc Bernard), Agnes Bugera Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta

2006

  • Basin and Range, Sopa Fine Art Gallery, Kelowna, British Columbia

2005

  • Telluric Currents, Agnes Bugera Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta

2003

  • Journey to the Surface of the Earth, Agnes Bugera Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta
  • Remote-Sensing, Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition, Fine Arts Building Gallery, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta

2000

  • Self-Similar, Gordon Snelgrove Gallery, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017

  • Alloyed: Post-Industrial Ephemera: Soundings, Gestures and Poetics, Silo-City, Buffalo, New York
  • Shawn Serfas: Recent Paintings, Darrell Bell Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

2016

  • Forever After: Painting and The Eye That Touches, Emily Davis Adams (USA), Dana James (USA), Daniel John (USA), Zachari Logan (Canada), Shawn Serfas (Canada), MIW Gallery, Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario
  • Art Is in the City, 6th International Painting Exhibition, Lessedra Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria, (Catalogue)
  • Visual Appropriations And Rewritings, (Participated and Co-Curated with Catherine Parayre), University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria
  • Visual Appropriations And Rewritings, Online Publication: ti< A Journal of Text-And-Image Criticism/Creation, Vol 5, No.1 (2016): http://brock.scholarsportal.info/journals/ti

2015

  • Brain Storms: UAlberta Creates, Enterprise Square Galleries, Edmonton, Alberta
    ECAS 21st Anniversary Exhibition, Peter Robertson Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta
    From Likeness to Fiction: The Portrait Inside Out, Curated by Janet Werner (Concordia)
  • Exhibition Hall, Department of Creative and Festival Arts, The University of The West Indies St. Augustine, Trinidad W.I, Rodman Hall, Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario
  • Chaussettes vertes et bonne nuit, les étoiles / Green Socks and Goodnight Stars, (Participated and Co-Curated with Catherine Parayre), Rodman Hall, Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario
  • Chaussettes vertes et bonne nuit, les étoiles / Green Socks and Goodnight Stars, Online Publication: ti< A Journal of Text-And-Image Criticism/Creation, Vol 4, No.1 (2015): http://brock.scholarsportal.info/journals/ti
  • 34 Mini Print International De Cadaqués, (Catalogue), Gallery L’Etangd’Art, Bages, France
  • 34 Mini Print International De Cadaqués, (Catalogue), Fundació Tharrats d’Art Gràfic, Pineda de Mar, Spain
  • 34 Mini Print International De Cadaqués, (Catalogue), Taller Galeria Fort, Hort d’en Sanés 9, Cadaqués, Girona, Spain
  • 34 Mini Print International De Cadaqués, (Catalogue), Wingfield Barns, Church Rd, Wingfield, Diss, Norfolk, England

2014

  • Insomnia, Redhead Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
  • Convergence, 50th Annual Juried Exhibition, Tom Thomson Art Gallery, Owen Sound, Ontario
  • Academia: Judy Major-Girardin, Martin Pearce, Shawn Serfas, and Bruce Taylor, Earls Court Gallery, Hamilton, Ontario
  • Possible Object, (includes work by William Ronald, Ronald Bloore and Shawn Serfas) Rodman Hall, Studio Gallery, Brock University
  • Northern Notes, 4th International Painting Exhibition, Lessedra Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria, (Catalogue)
  • In the Park, the Horses Didn’t Mind, (Participated and Co-Curated with Catherine Parayre) Niagara Artists Centre, St. Catharines, Ontario
  • Online Publication: ti< A Journal of Text-And-Image Criticism/Creation, Vol 3, No.1 (2014): http://brock.scholarsportal.info/journals/ti

2013

  • 33 Mini Print International De Cadaqués, (Catalogue) Wingfield Barns, Church Rd, Wingfield, Diss, Norfolk, England
  • 33 Mini Print International De Cadaqués, (Catalogue) Gallery L’Etangd’Art, Bages, France
  • 33 Mini Print International De Cadaqués, (Catalogue) Fundació Tharrats d’Art Gràfic, Pineda de Mar, Spain
  • 33 Mini Print International De Cadaqués, (Catalogue) Taller Galeria Fort, Hort d’en Sanés 9, Cadaqués, Girona, Spain
  • 12th Lessedra World Art Print Annual, Lessedra Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria (Catalogue)
  • Off the Hook, Sopa Fine Arts, Kelowna, British Columbia
  • JNAAG Juried Art Show, Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery, Sarnia, Ontario
  • Polyglot: Braille/Babble, Rodman Hall, Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario
  • Polyglot: Braille/Babble, Online Publication: ti< A Journal of Text-And-Image Criticism/Creation, Vol 2, No.1 (2014): http://brock.scholarsportal.info/journals/ti
  • ECAS 20th Anniversary Exhibition, Enterprise Square Galleries, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta

2012

  • 3rd International Painting Exhibition – Competition, Lessedra Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria
    Side-Tracked, Sopa Fine Arts, Kelowna, British Columbia

2011

  • Insight – Artist as Educator, Penticton Art Gallery, Penticton, British Columbia
  • University of British Columbia Faculty Exhibition, Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia

2010

  • ECAS 18th Anniversary Exhibition, Edmonton Contemporary Artists’ Society, Common Sense Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta
    Echo, Sopa Fine Arts, Kelowna, British Columbia

2009

  • ECAS 17th Anniversary Exhibition, Edmonton Contemporary Artists’ Society, Peter Robertson Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta
  • WOP, Sopa Fine Arts, Kelowna, British Columbia

2008

  • Boundaries, Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna, British Columbia (Catalogue)

2007

  • Recent Paintings and Photographs, Agnes Bugera Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta

2006

  • The Hour Glass, The Long Galley, University of Wollongong, Wollongong NSW, Australia
  • Re-Tread, Alternator Gallery, Kelowna, British Columbia
  • ECAS 14th Anniversary Exhibition, Edmonton Contemporary Artists’ Society, Edmonton, Alberta

2005

  • Telluric, Alternator Gallery, Kelowna, British Columbia

2004

  • ECAS 12th Anniversary Exhibition, Edmonton Contemporary Artists’ Society, Edmonton, Alberta
  • FINA Faculty, Okanagan University College Fine Arts Faculty Exhibition, FINA Gallery, Kelowna, British Columbia
  • Recent Paintings, Agnes Bugera Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta

2003

  • Other Voices, Latitude 53 Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta
  • Connect Four, The Works Art and Design Festival, The Works International Visual Arts Society, Edmonton, Alberta
  • Fast Forward, FAB Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta

2002

  • Seven Sides, Agnes Bugera Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta
  • Flash Point, FAB Gallery, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta
  • HOAH – OSAC, Organizations of Saskatchewan Arts Councils, Traveling Exhibition, Saskatchewan
  • Canora Arts Centre, Canora, Saskatchewan
  • Melfort Arts Centre, Melfort, Saskatchewan
  • Watrous Area Arts Council, Watrous, Saskatchewan

2001

  • Think, Gordon Snelgrove Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • Tractors Not Included, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • HOAH – OSAC, Organizations of Saskatchewan Arts Councils, Traveling Exhibition, Saskatchewan
  • Grand Coteau Centre, Shaunavon Arts Council, Shaunavon, Saskatchewan
  • Humboldt Museum, Humboldt, Saskatchewan
  • Estevan National Exhibition Centre, Estevan, Saskatchewan
  • Parkridge Centre, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • Allie Grifin Art Gallery, Weyburn, Saskatchewan
  • Assiniboia Arts Council, Assiniboia, Saskatchewan

2000

  • Pressing Engagements, Gordon Snelgrove Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • HOAH – OSAC, Organizations of Saskatchewan Arts Councils, Traveling Exhibition, Saskatchewan
  • Biggar Museum, Biggar, Saskatchewan
  • University of Saskatchewan Arts Council, Kirk Hall, Saskatoon
  • Jasper Cultural Centre – Maple Creek Arts Council, Saskatchewan
  • Godfrey Dean Art Gallery, Yorkton Arts Council, Saskatchewan
  • Hudson Bay Allied Arts Council, Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan
  • Broadview Community Arts Council, Broadview, Saskatchewan
  • Outlook Arts Council, Outlook, Saskatchewan

Contributions To Panels, Conferences & Public Lectures

2016

  • Shawn Serfas: Inland, Hot Talks, Rodman Hall, Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario

2015

  • Inland, Research Presentation, Algoma University, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, November
  • Inland, Research Presentation, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario, November

2014

  • Re-Picturing the Landscape, Research Presentation, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario
  • Plaything, Congress 2014 – Borders without Boundaries, Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario
  • Possible Object – Melanie Authier, Hot Talks, Rodman Hall, Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario

2013

  • Re-Picturing the Landscape, Artist Talk, Penticton Public Art Gallery, Penticton, British Columbia

2012

  • Re-Picturing the Landscape, From Ports to Portals, Research Presentation, Brock University HRI Research Symposium, St. Catharines, Ontario
  • The Poetics of Space, Research Presentation, Brock University, St.Catharines, Ontario

2011

  • Field – Mapping Spaces, Research Presentation, Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick
  • The Poetics of Space, Research Presentation, Mann Art Gallery, Prince Albert,Saskatchewan

2008

  • Relational Abstraction, Research Presentation, Vernon Public Art Gallery, Vernon, British Columbia

2007

  • Basin and Range, Research Presentation, University of British Columbia, Kelowna, British Columbia

Academic Distinctions, Awards, Grants & Collections

2017

  • Canada Council for the Arts Project Grant, Possible Object

2016

  • VP Research Office, Brock University / SUNY Research Agreement (Co-Applicant), Silo City
    Brock University Acquisition, Crown and Nimbus no.2

2015

  • Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant, Inland
  • Humanities Research Institute Grant, Brock University, Possible Object
  • Rodman Hall Arts Centre, Brock University Acquisition, Red Shift

2014

  • Tom Thomson Public Art Gallery Acquisition, Sisters
  • Vernon Public Art Gallery Acquisition, The Great Divide

2013

  • Humanities Research Institute Grant, Brock University, Tower and Line
  • Penticton Public Art Gallery Acquisition, Nimbus no.1

2012

  • University of British Columbia Acquisition, Mammatus
  • Humanities Research Institute Grant, Brock University, Tower and Line
  • Dean’s Conference Travel Grant, Brock University, Re-Picturing the Landscape Presentation, Penticton, British Columbia

2008

  • Vernon Public Art Gallery Acquisition, Decline

2006

  • Nomination and Acceptance into Membership, Edmonton Contemporary Artists’ Society (ECAS), Nominated by Dick Der, Edmonton, Alberta, (Current Member)

2005

  • Okanagan University College Research Grant, Basin and Range

2004

  • Edmonton Arts Council Grant, Lee Fund for the Arts,  Telluric Currents Project, Agnes Bugera Gallery
  • Okanagan University College Research Grant, Radial Grey

2003

  • University of Alberta Museums and Collections Acquisition, Desert Armor no. 2
  • Nomination for Alberta Foundation for the Arts Graduate Scholarship in Art and Design Nominee: University of Alberta, Department of Art and Design

2002

  • University of Saskatchewan Acquisition, Self-Similar no. 2
  • University of Alberta Master of Fine Arts, Master of Design Scholarship

2001

  • University of Alberta Master of Fine Arts, Master of Design Scholarship
  • Saskatchewan Arts Board, Visual Arts Creative C Grant

2000

  • Judy Poole Fine Arts Award: awarded at convocation to the most distinguished Bachelor of Fine Arts Graduate as determined by the Department of Art and Art History, University of Saskatchewan
  • Distinguished B.F.A. Exhibition Award, awarded by the Department of Art & Art History to the artist whose final thesis exhibition is deemed exceptional, University of Saskatchewan

1999

  • Lorie Lee-Knight Memorial Award, awarded each fall to the senior Fine Arts student with the highest academic standing in studio art, University of Saskatchewan

Exhibition Catalogues & Essays

  • Crawford, Paul. “Shawn Serfas: To The Horizon and Back ” in Re-Picturing The Landscape (Catalogue), Godfrey Dean Art Gallery, 2011, pp.72-75
  • Culen, Lubos. Introduction and Interview in Borderlands – Imagining the Immaterial (Catalogue), Vernon Public Art Gallery, March 2008, pp. 4-5 and 14-24
  • Daniels, Lisa. Introduction to the Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery Juried Art Show (Catalogue), Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery, 2003
  • MacHardy, Carolyn. “Liminal Spaces” in Borderlands – Imagining the Immaterial (Catalogue), Vernon Public Art Gallery, March 2008, pp. 6-11
  • “Encounters with the Sublime: The Art of Shawn Serfas” in Re-Picturing The Landscape (Catalogue), Godfrey Dean Art Gallery, 2011, pp. 8-11
  • Stein, Donald. “Introduction” in Re-Picturing The Landscape (Catalogue), Godfrey Dean Art Gallery, 2011, p.4
  • Wylie, Liz. Exhibition and Artist Introduction in Boundaries (Catalogue), Kelowna Art Gallery, University of British Columbia Okanagan Artists Exhibition, November 2008

 

   
 
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