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Formal Education

2006 -2008         Master of Fine Arts Degree, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB

1998 – 2004       Bachelor of Fine Art Degree, Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto, ON

1997 – 1998       Visual Art Fundamentals, Centennial College, Toronto ON

Current

Winter 2009 – Current    Co-Artistic Director of CLUNK Puppet Lab, Toronto, ON / Calgary, AB

CLUNK Puppet Lab is a multi-disciplinary company that creates original work through the exploration of highly visual theatre.  Our devised approach to collective collaboration strives to delve into the minute, intimate moments and connections of shared human experience, by integrating unconventional practices such as puppetry, physical theatre, and sculpture/installation.

Professional Development

Summer 2009    Artist in Residence –  C.A.M.P.E.R, TRUCK , Calgary, AB

Winter 2009       Banff Puppet Theatre Intensive Residency, Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, AB

Winter 2007       Final Cut Pro Workshop, Em-Media, Calgary AB

Winter 2007       Painting with Light, Em-Media, Calgary, AB

Fall 2004           Set Design Workshop, Scarborough Theatre, Scarborough, ON

Fall 2002           Puppetry Arts Workshop, Toronto School of Puppetry, Toronto, ON

Solo Exhibitions

Winter 2008       Closer, The Little Gallery, Calgary, AB

Summer 2007     White Noise, University of Calgary Alternative Space, AB

Winter 2007       A Chance of Circumstance, The New Gallery +15 space, Calgary AB

Group Exhibitions

Fall 2008           In-Between, Nickle Arts Museum, Calgary, AB

Winter 2007       Sensory Deception With Out Deprivation, The Little Gallery, Calgary AB

Fall 2006           Vine Study 01, University of Calgary Sculpture Gallery, Calgary, AB

Fall 2006           Grow, The Deans Space, University of Calgary, AB

Summer 2006     Tantalus Synthesis, Station Gallery, Whitby, ON

Winter 2008       Fifteenth Annual Winter Harvest, Clarington Visual Arts Centre, Clarington, ON

Performance

Summer 2012   CLUNK Puppet Lab’s “How I Became Invisible” Puppets UP! Almonte, ON

Fall 2011           CLUNK Puppet Lab’s “How I Became Invisible” Vertigo Theatre, Calgary AB

Spring 2009       Green Fools Physical Theatre Collective, Green Fools Theatre, Calgary, AB

Winter 2009       Banff Puppet Theatre Intensive , Puppeteer, Banff Center for the Arts, Banff, AB

Summer 2005     Cordellia – OCAD Sumo Robot Challenge, Robotic performance, Toronto, ON

Commissions

Winter 2012   Forte Musical Theatre’s Maria Rasputin Presents

Created, designed and built the eleven original puppets for the production of Maria Rasputin Presents

Fall 2011   Old Trout Puppet Workshop’s Ignorance

Built a large dinosaur puppet/costume for the production of Ignorance

 Grants

Winter 2012       OAC Theatre Creative Reserve Grant

Toward research of a new show by CLUNK Puppet Lab

Summer 2012    AFA Theatre Touring Grant

    ACDI Theatre Touring Grant

    Calgary 2012 Touring Grant

Toward touring of “How I Became Invisible” an 80 minute original theatre production, fusing physical theatre with puppetry.

 Summer 2011  Emerging Artists Theatre Production Grant, Canada Council for the Arts.

Toward the production of “How I Became Invisible” an 80 minute original theatre production, fusing physical theatre with puppetry.

Spring 2010 Alberta Creative Development Initiative, Canada Council for the Arts  

Toward the creation and development of “How I Became Invisible” an 80 minute original theatre production, fusing physical theatre with puppetry.

2007 – 2009     Special Projects Grant, Dept of Grad Studies, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB

Toward the publication: Postscript, Postscriptum, a collection of essays by art writers from the Calgary art community.

2004 – 2006        Emerging Artist Production Grant, Canada Council for the Arts, Ajax, ON

Toward the creation of an interactive robotic/puppet installation, in collaboration with robotic artist Jessica Field.

Awards and Scholarships

2008     Graduate Research and Travel Fund, University of Calgary,

2008     Queen Elizabeth II Scholarship,  University of Calgary, AB

2006     Lefebvre Gift, Special Projects Fund, University of Calgary, AB

2006     Queen Elizabeth II Scholarship, University of Calgary, AB

2006     Graduate Research Scholarship, University of Calgary, AB

2006     Faculty Graduate Scholarship, University of Calgary, AB

1999     The Donna Award for Digital Imaging, Centennial College, Toronto, ON

Artist Talks

2009     CAMPER Series – TRUCK Artist Run Centre, Calgary, AB

2007     Associates Dinner – University of Calgary, Calgary, AB

2008     The Little Gallery Exhibition Series– University of Calgary, Calgary, AB

2005     Dorkbot – Interacess Artist Run Centre, Toronto, ON

Publications

2009     SMOLinski, RICHard ed. Postscript, Postscriptum , Roof Imagists Canada. Calgary

A collection of essays by writers from the Calgary art community.

1999     Applied Arts Magazine, Vol. 14 No. 5 Sept/Oct 1999 issue. Toronto, Ontario.

Committee Membership

Jan. 2008 – May 2009      University of Calgary, Graduate Association,Calgary AB.

Served as Treasurer, and as Publication Coordinator.

Nov. 2008 – June 2009    New Gallery, Calgary, AB.

Served on the Fundraising Committee.