Photo Credit: Fish Griwkowsky, Edmonton Journal
Dana Holst (b.1972, Canada) is an Edmonton, Alberta based artist who received her B. A. in Fine Arts from the University of Waterloo in 1995. Working primarily in figurative painting and drawing, her work is an ongoing investigation into the human experience, focusing on the feminine self and it’s nebulous place within society. Holst creates theatrical and speculative narratives around the emotional lives of young women, who are depicted in the process of building their identities, discovering their sexuality and learning about the world. Using portraiture as a catalyst, Holst’s girls are caught in situations of import and fate, where dark social secrets are explored with ambiguous outcomes offering further opportunity to navigate from a place of innocence to deeper understanding.
Noteworthy public exhibits include the solo show She’s All That (2015) at the Art Gallery of Alberta, which was curated by Kristy Trinier and accompanied by a catalogue; Betwixt and Between (2014) a two person show with mixed media artist Jude Griebel at The Reach Museum in Abbotsford BC; and Artefact Artefiction (2013) a group exhibition curated by Dawn Owen at The Macdonald Stewart Art Gallery (now The Art Gallery of Guelph) in Guelph Ontario. In 2011 Holst was honored to be selected by Wajdi Mouawad, the director of the Théâtre Français of the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, to be Associate Visual Artist for the
2011-2012 season titled “Nous Ne Sommes Pas Dangereux”. Her work is included in numerous public and private collections including the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, The Agnes Etherington Art Centre of Queen’s University, the Art Bank Collection, the Colart Collection and the Glenbow Muse.
Honors B.A. Fine Arts University of Waterloo (1995 Graduate)
2017 2015 2013 2012 2011
Girls! Girls! Girls! Christopher Cutts Gallery, Toronto, Ontario She’s All That, Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta She Kisses Birds Galerie St-Laurent + Hill, Ottawa Ontario Lo and Behold Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects, Toronto Ontario Sometimes Rainbows are Black White Water Gallery, North Bay Ontario Sometimes Rainbows are Black The Redhead Gallery, Toronto Ontario True Romance Galerie St. Laurent + Hill, Ottawa Ontario 2009 Prey Latitude 53, Edmonton Alberta 2006 Woebegone Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects, Toronto Ontario
Pounding Galerie St. Laurent + Hill, Ottawa Ontario 2004 Dancing Girls, Act I Galerie St. Laurent + Hill, Ottawa Ontario
Dancing Girls, Act II Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects, Toronto Ontario 2003 Dolly Vanderleelie Gallery , Edmonton Alberta 2002 Baby Doll Project Katharine Mulherin Gallery, Toronto Ontario
Baby Doll Project Galerie St. Laurent + Hill, Ottawa Ontario 2000 Showdown Galerie St. Laurent + Hill, Ottawa Ontario 1999 Wrestle The Angell Gallery, Toronto Ontario
Boudoir OS Gallery (Open Studio), Toronto Ontario
2017 2014 2013
Group Exhibition, Disruptor Gallery, Edmonton, AB Summer Group Exhibition, Christopher Cutts Gallery, Toronto, ON Betwixt and Between with Jude Griebel, The Reach Museum, Abbotsford, BC Fresh Paint, University of Alberta Museums, Edmonton, AB Artefact Artefiction, Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, Guelph, ON La Vie Fantastique Travelling group show curated by Shane Golby 2010 Duo Exhibition with Ufuk Gueray, Odd Gallery, Dawson City, Yukon 2007 Beastie with Angela Grossmann, Galerie St. Laurent + Hill, Ottawa 2003 Group Exhibition Galerie St. Laurent + Hill Group Exhibition
Heat Katharine Mulherin Gallery, Toronto Ontario 2001 Girl’s Own Hamilton Artists' Inc., with Bonnie Lewis & Eliza Griffiths, Hamilton Ontario
Waiting for your Tongue James Baird Gallery, St. John's, NF Interrupted Viewing University of Waterloo Art Gallery, with Darlene Cole curated by Carole Podedworny, Waterloo Ontario 2000 Intersections - Montreal/Toronto, curated by Francine Paul & Herb Sigman 1999 Gallery 96 Retrospective Gallery Stratford, curated by Sandra Margolian, Stratford
Ontario Fresh The Angell Gallery, curated by Jessica Wyman, Paintings, Toronto Ontario 4 days at the white house 11 Jersey Avenue, curated by Eileen Sommerman, Toronto Ontario 1998 Lucky The Angell Gallery, with Chantal Rousseau, Paintings, Toronto Ontario
Edmonton Journal “Edmonton artist Dana Holst dissects the feminine self at AGA” Fish Griwkowsky (October 24, 2015. Section D, page 1) Vue Weekly “Our precious formative years” Amy Fung (June 25 – July 1, 2009. Page 24) Galleries West “Prey” Jill Sawyer, (Summer Issue, 2009.) 2008 Carte Blanche Vol. 2: Painting, published by Magenta Publishing, released November
2008 2007 Canadian House and Home "Artist File"
Betty Ann Jordan, (June Issue, 2007. Page 58 & 60) 2006 The Globe and Mail "Pet project pays tribute to four-legged innocents"
Gary Michael Dault, (November 11, 2006. Weekend Review - R20) Toronto Life "Dana Holst" Kate Reagan, (November Issue, 2006. Arts and Entertainment Guide) The Ottawa Citizen "Demented cats, demon dogs and zombie toddlers" Paul Gessell, (May 11, 2006. Arts Section, F1) 2004 The Globe & Mail "Holst’s girl's are red hot"
Gary Michael Dault, (Saturday November 13, 2004. R12) The Ottawa Citizen "Holst’s work a totally addictive acquired taste" Paul Gessell, (Thursday May 27, 2004. Section G) 2002 The Globe & Mail "Holst’s infants are molten to the core" Gary Michael Dault, (Saturday September 21, 2002. R7) 2001 The Hamilton Spectator "Girl’s Own chews up exploitive gender roles"
Regina Haggo, (November 3, 2001. Magazine Arts Section) Canadian House and Home "Interview with John Schofield Manuel" Lynda Reeves, (October 2001. Page 48) 2000 The Montreal Gazette "What the Bosses are Buying"
Henry Lehmann, (Saturday April 1, 2000. J1 & J2) 1999 The Globe & Mail "Dana Holst's unholy terrors"
Gary Michael Dault, (Saturday November 13, 1999. C14) Now Magazine "Dana Holst Wrestles with sexual predators" Deirdre Hanna, (November 4 – 10, 1999. Page 131) Toronto Life "Nuclear Family" Betty Ann Jordan, (November 1999) Breakfast Television, City TV (Toronto) "Alysa-Beth Engel discussing the show Boudoir at Open Studio", (Monday October 25, 1999, 7:30 - 9:00 am) The Globe & Mail "Luscious paint, cast-off photos & enigmatic tableaus" Gillian McKay, (Saturday June 19, 1999. C11) The Globe & Mail "Dana Holst at Ace Bakery" Gary Michael Dault, (Saturday March 27, 1999. C12) Saturday Night Magazine "Skinned" Gillian Burnett, (March 1999, Volume 114, Number 2, Pages 18 & 19) 1998 Breakfast Television, City TV (Toronto) "Lithography demo at Open Studio"
(Monday November 23, 1998, 7:30 - 9:00 am The Globe & Mail "Dana Holst & Chantal Rousseau at the Angell Gallery" Gillian McKay, (Saturday November 14, 1998. C4)
Awards – Residencies
2017 2015 2012 2011
Edmonton Arts Council, Travel Grant Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Project Grant Canada Council Project Grant Canada Council Travel Grant (Sometimes Rainbows are Black – North Bay) Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Project Grant 2009 Alberta Creative Development Initiative – Canada Council 2007 Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Project Grant 2005 Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Project Grant 2004 Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Project Grant 2001 Canada Council Travel Grant (Girl’s Own, Hamilton)
Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant (Hamilton Artists' Inc.) Ontario Arts Council Visual Arts Grant (Emerging) Toronto Arts Council Visual Arts Grant (Level 1) Canada Council Visual Arts Grant (Emerging) 2000 Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant (Hamilton Artists' Inc.) 1999 Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant (VAO, Toronto)
Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant (Power Plant, Toronto) Ontario Arts Council Visual Arts Grant (Emerging) Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation Rothesay, New Brunswick 1998 Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant (A Space, Toronto)
Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant (Hart House, Toronto) Open Studio Nick Novack Scholarship (Lithography) Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation Rothesay, New Brunswick 1997 Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant (McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton) 1996 Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant (The Library and Gallery, Cambridge)
Open Studio Don Phillips Scholarship (Lithography)
Awards 2000 Best in Show Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto
Honorable Mention Ernst & Young, Great Canadian Printmaking Competition 1997 Print Award Blackwood Gallery, Paperbacked / Paperbound 1995 Runner Up Best of Show Cambridge: The Library and Gallery, Open Juried Exhibition
Toronto Sun Best Drawing Award Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Alberta Anges Etherington Art Centre Kingston, Ontario Art Bank, Canada Council, Ottawa Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa Colart Collection, Montreal The Donovan Collection, St. Michael’s College / University of Toronto Ernst & Young Toronto, Ontario Glenbow Museum, Calgary Alberta JK Hannaford Barristers Toronto, Ontario Royal Conservatory of Music Toronto, Ontario Sin-Forest Corporation Mississauga, Ontario J.M. Schneiders Kitchener, Ontario University of Waterloo Waterloo, Ontario
Private collections in North America and Europe
Christopher Cutts Gallery – Toronto, Ontario Galerie St. Laurent + Hill, Ottawa, Ontario
2011 – 2012 Associate Visual Artist for the French Theatre – NAC, Ottawa Ontario