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Barbara Milne

Barbara Milne Biography

Born in Windsor Ontario, Milne has an Honours degree in Fine Arts from York University in Toronto. In 1979 she moved to Calgary. Impressed with the space, light and monumentality of her surroundings, Milne began to address the subject of landscape. Seeing the environment as both powerful and fragile, Milne reshapes her surroundings through sketches, collage and memory, resulting in work that presents a parallel experience and emotional resonance of place.

Milne has attended various artist residencies in Iceland, Newfoundland, Skoki and the Columbia Icefield.  She taught as a sessional instructor in Painting and Drawing at the the Alberta College of Art from 1988 to 2012. In 2016,  a self-directed residency entitled, "Responding to the collection of the Whyte Museum" in Banff, was followed by a solo exhibition and catalogue at the Whyte Museum. She has exhibited in public and private galleries across Canada and her works are in collections in Canada and Internationally, including the Canada Council Art Bank, the Canadian Embassy in Brussels, Bank of America, and The Alberta Foundation for the Arts. She is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy.

Married to artist Bill Laing for 38 years, together they have 2 adult children, twins, Claire and David.


1979 Bachelors of Fine Arts, (4 year Honours Degree)

York University, Toronto



2009 ACAD Professional Development Funding – Gullkistan Residency, Iceland

2008 ACAD Professional Development Funding for Vancouver Exhibition, April 2008 Alberta Foundation for

the Arts Project Grant

2004 Nominated and elected to the Royal Canadian Academy

2003 Alberta Foundation for The Arts Project Grant

1998 Alberta Foundation for The Arts Project Grant



Canadian Embassy, Brussels, Belgium

Alberta Foundation for the Arts

Whyte Museum of Canadian Rockies

Canada Council Art Bank

Calgary Allied Arts Foundation

Glenbow Museum

Air Canada

Nickle Arts Museum

Bank of America



2019 Edge Gallery Calgary

2017 Paul Kuhn Gallery

2016-2017 Responding To the Collection of the Whyte Museum

2013 Paul Kuhn Gallery, Calgary

2012 Edge Gallery, Canmore

2011 Paul Kuhn Gallery, Calgary

2008 Nickle Arts Museum

Atelier Gallery, Vancouver

Paul Kuhn Gallery, Calgary

2006 Paul Kuhn Gallery, Calgary

2004 Paul Kuhn Gallery, Calgary


2003 Atelier Gallery, Vancouver

2002 Paul Kuhn Gallery, Calgary

2001 Atelier Gallery, Vancouver

2000 Paul Kuhn Gallery, Calgary

1998 Atelier Gallery, Vancouver

Paul Kuhn Gallery, Calgary

James Baird Gallery, St. John’s, Nfld.

1997 Atelier Gallery, Vancouver

1996 Paul Kuhn Gallery, Calgary



2020 The Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Drawn to the West

         Artistic Pairings,  Herringer Kiss Gallery, Calgary

         Last Picture Show,  Edge Gallery, Calgary

2018 Two Person Show with Dave More,The Edge Gallery in Canmore

2017 Audain Art Museum, Whistler, BC : Stone and Sky: Canada's Mountain Landscape

Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies:New Acquisitions

2012 Faculty Exhibition ACAD

2011 The National Capital Commission (NCC),

in collaboration with the Canada Council Art Bank,

Provincial and Territorial Confederation Boulevard Banners. Represented Alberta

Faculty Exhibition ACAD

2010 Faculty Exhibition ACAD

2009 Gullkistan Artist Residency,Iceland - 2 Person Show

Art Gallery of Calgary , Gallery Without Walls: Celebrating 50 Years, Calgary Allied Arts Foundation -

50 Artists from the Calgary Civic Art Collection

2008 Art Gallery of Alberta “The Essence of Landscape” The Alberta Foundation for the Arts Travelling

Exhibition Program

Alberta College of Art – Faculty Exhibition

2007 Nickle Arts Museum – “Alberta Formed” – work from the permanent collection

Alberta College of Art and Design - Print Exhibition “Collaborations”

MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina “From Where I Stand”

Contemporary Landscapes by Canadian Artists

2005 Alberta High Commission, Washington DC

2003-2005 Ilingworth Kerr Gallery, Alberta College of Art, Faculty Show

2000 Nickle Arts Museum, University of Calgary,

“INLAND: Narrative in Western Landscape”

1999 Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff, Alberta

“The Path To Skoki”

1998 Art Gallery of Nfld. And Labrador, St. John’s

“The Painters Newfoundland”

1997 The Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton

“Celebrating a Legacy” Alberta Foundation for the Arts 25th. Anniversary Exhibition

1996 McMichael Gallery, Ontario


“Hidden Values” :Contemporary Canadian Art Corporate Collections

Drabinsky Gallery, Toronto, Summer Exhibition




2002 Grant Jury, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Edmonton, Alberta

1996 Grant Jury, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Edmonton, Alberta

1988 Art Bank Slide Jury, Ottawa, Ontario




October 2019 Art Walk, Edge Gallery Calgary

April 2017  Paul Kuhn Gallery

October 2016 Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies

Dec. 2008 Artist Talk Nickle Arts Museum, U. of C. Art Dept. Visiting Lecture Series.

Oct. 2008 Artist Talk Nickle arts Museum, Calgary

April 2000 Guest Artist Speaker, Alberta College of Art and Design

Nov. 1988 Guest Artist Speaker, Red Deer College, Red Deer, Alberta

Feb. 1998 Guest Artist Speaker, Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador,St. John’s

March 1996 Guest Artist Speaker, Nickle Arts Museum, University of Calgary


1999 C.P.Hotels, Vancouver Airport Hotel

1989 17th Ave. Mural ”Night and Day”


July 2009 Gullkistan 2 week Artist Residency, Iceland

Sept. 1998 “The Path to Skoki” A week long hiking and painting trip to Skoki, Alberta.

Sponsored by the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff, Alberta

July 1997 Pouch Cove Residency Programme, A month long, painting and research in preparation for 22

person group exhibition at Art Gallery of Labrador, St. John’s, Nfld., entitled, “Painters’ Newfoundland

August 1993 “Columbia Icefield Expedition” A week long hiking trip to paint and research in preparation for

exhibition at Whyte Museum of Canadian Rockies.


1998 - 2012 Sessional Instructor at The Alberta College of Art and Design, Painting Department



“Painting the Whyte” Portia Priegart, Galleries West 2016

Smith, Caroline, CBC Radio Interview for “Overland” Exhibition, Jan. 2009

Salahub,Jennifer, Paths,Corridors and Intervals, Exhibition Essay for Catalogue “Overland” 2008

Christine Sowiak, The Cadance of Land, Exhibition Essay fo Catalogue “Overland” 2008

Tousley, Nancy,Barbara Milne: Critic’s Pick Calgary Herald October 2008

Robin Laurence Barbara Milne: Overland and Erin McSavaney:

Seven Paintings of South Vancouver Georgia Strait, April 17, 2008


Patricia Ainslie and Mary-Beth Laviolette, An Illustrated Guide to a Hundred and Fifty Years of Alberta

Art, 150 pages, soft cover 2007

Mary-Beth Laviolette, Alberta Art Cronicle: A history of Contemporary Art in Alberta: 1970 to 2000, 300

Pages, soft cover

Vida,Sandra, Prairie Landscapes are Humming with Life, Fast Forward, May 2nd. 2002

Gustafson,Paula, Barbara Milne at Atelier Gallery,Asian Art News,Jan. 1999

Laviolette,Mary-Beth, The Skoki Expedition, Artichoke, Feb 1999

Severson, Ann. A Prairie Girl’s Maritimes, Fast Forward, May 1998

Woodrow, Paul, The Spectacle of Memory, Exhibition Essay for Catalogue,”Island” 1998

Tousley, Nancy, Brush with Beauty, Calgary Herald Dec. 6th. 1996

Johnson, Mia, Preview, Preview Magazine, Nov. 1995

Lawrence, Robin, Saturday Review, The Vancouver Sun, Nov. 4th. 1999

Tousley, Nancy, Artist C