Laura Vickerson


Craft + Emerging Media

Professor, Fibre

“Unusual sites have always been and continue to be an evocative trigger for my artistic practice. I am challenged both by the physical peculiarities of a space as well as it’s history of use.”



Laura Vickerson is a multi-media installation artist and educator who lives and works in Calgary. She is critically acclaimed for her experiments in combining mixed media (including organza, dress pins, rose petals and other natural materials) to produce 3D fibre works.

Vickerson has exhibited extensively in Canada as well as in the U.S., Britain, Turkey, Poland and China. She has also produced site-specific installations for various international exhibitions and venues, including the Istanbul Biennial, le Manifestation Internationale d’Art de Quebec, as well as a project through Locus + titled “Fairytales and Factories,” creating a work for an old Textiles mill in the Yorkshire Dales in Britain.

Member of ACAD Faculty since 1989.


MFA Visual Arts, University of Victoria.

BFA, Art and Design, University of Alberta.

Selected Professional Activity:

Retrouver, Esplanade Art Gallery, Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada, 2006.

Metamorphing, The London Science Museum, London, England, 2006

Fairy Tales and Factories, [site-specific] - Farfield Textiles Mill, Sedbergh, Yorkshire Dales, England , 1999

Fairy Tales and Factories, Holden Gallery, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, England , 1999

5th International Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey, 1997

Velvet, Illingworth Kerr Gallery, ACAD, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, 1995

Selected Publications:

Vickerson, Laura. “Laura Vickerson”.  Art Textiles of the World: Canada. Ed. Matthew Koumis. Brighton: Telos, 2009. 94 – 101. Print. 2009.

Vickerson, Laura. “Offering. [2000] Contemporary Textiles: The Fabric of Fine Art. Ed. Nadine Monem. London: Black Dog, 2008. 174,190. Print. 

Vickerson, Laura. Retrouver. [Exhibition Catalogue]. Catalogue essay by: Diana Sherlock. Medicine Hat, AB: Esplanade Art Gallery, 2008. Print.

Vickerson, Laura. Velvet. [Exhibition catalogue Part ll]. [Text] Laura Vickerson. 5th International Istanbul Biennial. Ed. Emre Baykal. Istanbul: Istanbul Foundation for Culture and the Arts. 1997. 156-9, 124-5. Print.

Vickerson, Laura. Velvet. [Exhibition Catalogue]. Catalogue essay by: Amy Gogarty. Calgary: The Illingworth Kerr Gallery, 1996. Print.

Selected Awards:

Marion Fund Research Grant, Alberta College of Art & Design, 2009

Commission for LOCUS + through grant from the Arts Council of England, 1999

Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Grant, 1999

University of Victoria Graduate Fellowship, 1984-86

Louise McKinney Heritage Trust Fund Scholarship, 1983-84

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