About

About

Aralia Maxwell grew up surrounded by hectares of grain fields under vivid prairie skies on a farm near Waseca, Saskatchewan, Canada in Treaty 6 territory.  She is currently a MFA candidate at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University in Halifax, NS, and holds a BA Double Honours, with majors in art history and studio art from the University of Saskatchewan (2015). Aralia is a co-director of BAM (Bridges Art Movement), a grassroots artist collective which cultivates arts and community in Saskatoon; the collective was a 2016 finalist for a Saskatchewan Arts Award.

Working primarily in painting and collage, Maxwell investigates sociological issues, including those of consumer culture. Often informed by the attitudes and stereotypes of her rural prairie upbringing, her work is inspired by topics relating to utopia, artificiality, gender, and nostalgia. Through intermixing past and present visual narratives she seeks to gain a better understanding of what lies ahead.

Aralia thanks and acknowledges the Saskatchewan Arts Board for their funding and  support.  

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Curriculum Vitae

(updated June 2018)

EDUCATION

2017–2019: Master of Fine Arts, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University, Halifax, NS (in progress)

2010–2015: Bachelor of Arts: Double Honours Degree in Art History and Studio Art, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK

Selected EXPERIENCE

2015–present: Visual Artist and Curator, Bridges Art Movement (BAM), Saskatoon, SK

2018: Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Visual Culture, Foundations: Art History Department, NSCAD, Halifax, NS

2017: Teaching Assistant, Intermediate Painting, Fine Arts: Painting Department, NSCAD, Halifax, NS

2015–2016: CARFAC Sask Mentorship Program with Zachari Logan,  SK

2014–2016: Gallery and Digital Technician, Gordon Snelgrove Gallery, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK

2013–2015: Studio Assistant, Clint Neufeld, Osler, SK

2012–2014: Director, The Visual Arts Students’ Union, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK

2012–2014: Co-President, We the Artists, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK

2014: Visual Resource Centre Assistant, Department of Art and Art History, University of Saskatchewan Visual Resource Centre, Saskatoon, SK

2013: Collection’s Assistant, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, SK

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017: Just Keep Smiling., Flint, Saskatoon, SK

2016: Full Spread, SCYAP Gallery, Saskatoon, SK

2015–2017: Being Female is Exciting!, Upper Place Riel, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK

2015: Femineering - New ... and Years Ahead, Gordon Snelgrove Gallery, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK

2014: Invented Memory, Trio Imagery, Saskatoon, SK

2014: Invented Memory, La Scala Gallery, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK

Selected GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018: do it, Anna Leonowens Gallery, NSCAD University, Halifax, NS (upcoming)

2018: Fresh Paint / New Construction – 14th edition, Art Mûr, Montreal, QC (upcoming)

2018: Came From Water, Gordon Snelgrove Gallery, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK (upcoming)

2018: Came From Water, Anna Leonowens Gallery, NSCAD University, Halifax, NS

2017: Ladder Training, Anna Leonowens Gallery, NSCAD University, Halifax, NS

2017: Re:work, Flint, Saskatoon, SK

2016: Immersive Space - A BAM Exhibition, AKA Artist Run, Saskatoon, SK

2016: WOMEN'S WORLD, BAM Gallery, Saskatoon, SK

2015–2016: Toon's on Transit, Saskatoon Transit and PAVED Arts, Saskatoon, SK

2015: BAM presents: Reunited and It Feels So Good, Gordon Snelgrove Gallery, Saskatoon, SK

2015: Peep Hole, BAM Gallery, Nuit Blanche, Saskatoon, SK

2015: BAM x BAM, BAM Gallery, Saskatoon, SK, June 2015

2014: Hybrid, La Scala Gallery, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK

2013: Pause, Gordon Snelgrove Gallery, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK

2013: I Ink, Therefore I Am, SCYAP Gallery, Saskatoon, SK

Selected PERFORMANCES

2016: Minüte - A Project by BAM, Saskatoon Nuit Blanche Festival, Victoria Park, Saskatoon, SK 

2016: Remai Modern Turn Out: BAM ... is becoming?, Village Guitar & Amp Co., Saskatoon, SK

2013: Contemporary Tea Party, Gordon Snelgrove Gallery, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK

Selected CURATORIAL PROJECTS

2018: Came From Water, Gordon Snelgrove Gallery, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK 

2018: Came From Water, Anna Leonowens Gallery, NSCAD University, Halifax, NS

2016: WOMEN'S WORLD, BAM Gallery, Saskatoon, SK

2015: BAM presents: Reunited and It Feels So Good, Gordon Snelgrove Gallery, Saskatoon, SK

2013, 2014: We the Artists, various locations, Saskatoon, SK

2012, 2013: Silence!, Gordon Snelgrove Gallery, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK

AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS

2017: NSCAD Graduate Scholarship Award, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, NS

2016: Shortlisted, Emerging Artist Award (alongside other members of BAM), Saskatchewan Arts Awards, Saskatchewan Arts Board, SK

2015: University Honours Scholarship, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK 

2014: Michael Misanchuk Art History Travel Award, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK 

ResidencieS

2016: AKA Artist-run, TBA Space, Saskatoon, SK

Grants

2018: Emerging Independent Artist Collective Grant (shared with members of BAM), Saskatchewan Arts Board, SK

2017: Emerging Independent Artist Grant, Saskatchewan Arts Board, SK

Memberships

2015–present: BAM (Bridges Arts Movement), Saskatoon, SK 2015–present

2015–present: CARFAC Sask, SK

2014–present: AKA Artist-run, Saskatoon, SK 

2012–present: PAVED Arts, Saskatoon, SK 

2011–2015: Visual Arts Students' Union, University of Saskatchewan Saskatoon, SK

PUBLICATIONS

2016: “Saskatoon's BAM art collective hosting 'corporate retreat'”, article, CBC News, May 2016 http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/saskatoon-artists-host-corporate-retreat-1.3589357

2016: “BAM suits up for a corporate retreat”, article, Star Phoenix, May 2016 http://thestarphoenix.com/entertainment/local-arts/bam-suits-up-for-corporate-retreat

2016: Silence Zine 5, artwork, The Sound & Silence Collective, January/February 2016 issue