Alberta University of the Arts alum and faculty both longlisted for 2019 Sobey Art Award

AUArts would like to congratulate two of our own for an exemplary accomplishment. Kablusiak (BFA'16) and Alana Bartol, a Faculty Member in our School of Visual Art, were both longlisted for a 2019 Sobey Art Award!

Created in 2001, the Sobey Art Award has had an undeniable impact on the careers of young Canadian contemporary artists. This year it will present $240,000 in prize money and three artists from the longlist will be selected by the jury to take part in the Sobey Art Award Residencies Program. Finally, one shortlisted artist will be selected by Fogo Island Arts to attend an annual residency.

The 2019 Sobey Art Award is jointly administered by the National Gallery of Canada and the Sobey Art Foundation.

Let's meet our AUArtists:


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Kablusiak is an Inuvialuk artist and curator based in Mohkínstsis (Calgary) and a board member of Stride Gallery. They have recently exhibited work at Art Mûr (Montreal) as part of the Biennale d’art contemporain autochtone, and at the Athens School of Fine Arts in Greece, as part of the Platforms Project. In addition, Kablusiak and three other Inuit curators will be creating the inaugural exhibition of the new Inuit Art Centre in 2020. Kablusiak uses art and humour to address cultural displacement. The lighthearted nature of their practice extends gestures of empathy and solidarity; these interests invite reconsideration of the perceptions of contemporary indigeneity.

Image c/o National Gallery of Canada

Alana Bartol comes from a long line of water witches. Her site-responsive works explore walking and divination as ways of understanding places, species, and bodies. Selected exhibitions and festivals include Berlin Feminist Film Week (Germany), Walter Phillips Gallery (Banff), SIMULTAN Festival (Romania), Access Gallery (Vancouver), Esker Foundation Project Space (Calgary), Plug In ICA (Winnipeg), TRUCK Contemporary Art (Calgary), Latitude 53 (Edmonton), HOLD FAST Contemporary Arts Festival (St. John's), and InterAccess (Toronto), among others. Of Northern European ancestry, Bartol is a settler Canadian currently living in Treaty 7 territory in Mohkínstsis/Calgary, where she teaches at Alberta University of the Arts.

The shortlist of the finalists will be announced on June 12. An exhibition of works by the five shortlisted artists will be presented at the Art Gallery of Alberta from October 5, 2019, to January 5, 2020. The winner of the 2019 Sobey Art Award will be revealed during a gala event at the Art Gallery of Alberta on November 15, 2019.

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