Svea Ferguson

Biography

Svea Ferguson is a Calgary-based artist who recently obtained a BFA in Drawing at the Alberta College of Art + Design. Ferguson’s work has been shown in major community based pre-demolition projects Wreck City, Phantom Wing (both 2013), and Demo Tape (2015). She was recently included in group shows at Barbara Edwards Contemporary (2014) and Stride Gallery (2015), both in Calgary, and at Division Gallery  in Toronto (2015). Her work is currently on view in the project space at The Esker Foundation (Calgary), and will be showing in an upcoming exhibition at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery (Toronto) as part of the BMO 1st Art! Competition, in which Ferguson is the provincial recipient for Alberta.

b. 1988.  Current board member at Stride Gallery, Calgary AB.


EDUCATION

2010-15  BFA with distinction (Drawing) Alberta College of Art + Design, Calgary AB


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016        tbd, Ledge Gallery at Arts Commons (upcoming), Calgary AB
                 tbd, incubator space at Herringer Kiss Gallery (upcoming), Calgary AB
                 Self-Exposures, Division Gallery, Toronto ON
2015        airtime, project space at The Esker Foundation, Calgary AB
2014        Abjecthood, The Marion Nicoll Gallery, Calgary AB
                Throwback Thursday, The Nomad Gallery, Calgary AB
                “Knives and Brawn”, The Coven Gallery, Calgary AB
2013        MADE IN CANADA, Galerie Gaulin, Calgary AB


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017         Alberta Biennial, Art Gallery of Alberta (upcoming), Edmonton AB
2015         2015 BMO 1ST Art! Exhibition, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Toronto ON
                  Surface and Stratagem, Division Gallery, Toronto ON
                  DEMO TAPE by WRECK CITY, Calgary AB
                  ACAD Grad Show, Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Calgary AB
                  Could It Be, We’ve Surpassed Material Expectations, Stride Gallery, Calgary AB
2014         Hand Pic’d, Barbara Edwards Contemporary, Calgary AB
                  Ghost of the West (as part of HORSE collective), Sled Island, Calgary AB
                  I WANT TO BELIEVE (as part of HORSE collective), Alberta College of Art + Design
2013         Metamorphic, Drawing Majors Show, Alberta College of Art + Design
                  Dark Show (The Dark Show), Alberta College of Art + Design
                  Phantom Wing, King Edward School, Calgary AB
                  Wreck City: An Epilogue for 809, Calgary AB
2012         Undressed, Drawing Department Show, Alberta College of Art + Design
                  Chelsea Sounds Revisited, Alberta College of Art + Design
                  Déjà Deux: A Second Year Drawing Show, Alberta College of Art + Design
2011         Wall Works, Alberta College of Art + Design
2009         The Artist Collective, Art Life Gallery, Calgary AB

  
BIBLIOGRAPHY

2015          A Floor is a floor is a floor, Alberta Views Magazine (Volume 18 No. 10 December 2015)
                   Inside The Banff Centre’s Artist Studios, Avenue Magazine (October 14, 2015)
                  Calgary artists snare top prizes in BMO arts competition, Calgary Herald (October 20, 2015)
                  Student artists earn recognition, Calgary Metro Newspaper (Sept. 9 2015)
                  Interview with Elizabeth Diggon (airtime), The Esker Foundation
                  airtime, The Esker Foundation exhibition text, written by Shauna Thompson
                  New Optimisms? Stride Gallery exhibition text, written by Danielle St. Amour
2014         Arts Seen-week of July 3rd, FFWD weekly, pg. 20 (July 2014)
                  Weekly must-sees, Ghost of the West (HORSE collective), Canadian Art Online (June 2014)
                  Concrete room at Wreck City, Alberta Views Magazine (Volume 17 No. 4 April 2014)
                  Review of navigation(s): the spaces that form us, written by Andrea Williamson,Akimbo
2013         Wreck City Makes Ruins Right by Leah Sandals, Canadian Art Online (April 2013)


RESIDENCIES AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2015       The Banff Centre - Fall BAiR, Banff, AB
                The Esker Foundation- artist talk, Calgary, AB
2014        Curator, navigation(s): the spaces that form us, Truck Contemporary Art, Calgary AB
2013-15  Gallery Technician, Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Calgary AB
2013        Preparator, Fall Show & Sale, Alberta College of Art + Design
                 Juror for The Marion Nicoll Gallery Fall 2013 Exhibition Submissions, Calgary AB


AWARDS

2015      Provincial Recipient (AB), BMO 1st Art! Student Art Competition, BMO Financial Group
               Nominee, ACAD Board of Governor’s Award
               Ignac & Karla Herskovic Memorial Grad Show Prize, Alberta College of Art & Design
2014      Louise McKinney Post Secondary Scholarship, Alberta Heritage Scholarship Fund
               ACAD Fourth Year Drawing Major Merit Scholarship
2013      Illingworth Kerr Scholarship, Alberta College of Art + Design
               Louise McKinney Post Secondary Scholarship, Alberta Heritage Scholarship Fund
               AUPE Local 071/006 Bursary (Fall 2013), Alberta College of Art + Design
               ACAD Third Year Drawing Major Merit Scholarship
               Barbara and John Poole Family Scholarship Fund, Alberta College of Art + Design
               AUPE Local 071/006 Bursary (Winter 2013), Alberta College of Art + Design
2012      Jason Lang Scholarship, Alberta Heritage Scholarship Fund
               ACAD Second Year Scholarship
2012      Second Year Drawing Major Merit Scholarship, Alberta College of Art + Design
2011      First Year Studies Merit Scholarship, Alberta College of Art + Design
               First Year Studies Scholarship, Alberta College of Art + Design

 

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