Education

1999

Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture, University of Alberta

1997

Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Alberta

Exhibitions

2017

Text + ImageBleeding Heart Art Space, Edmonton

Metals/Myth, Common Sense, Edmonton

2016

Sculpture Alley, Common Sense, Edmonton

2015

Brain Storms: UAlberta Creates, Enterprise Square Gallery, Edmonton

2013

Looking Back, Common Sense, Edmonton

ECAS 20th Annual Exhibition, Enterprise Square Gallery, Edmonton

2012

Shady Gardens, Common Sense, Edmonton

Inspired by Travel, Leighton Art Foundation, Calgary

2011

Open Studio Exhibition, Common Sense, Edmonton

ECAS 19th Annual Exhibition, Enterprise Square Gallery, Edmonton

Adaptation and Alteration, Art Gallery of St. Albert, St. Albert

2010

ECAS 18th Annual Exhibition, Enterprise Square Gallery, Edmonton

Sights to See, Common Sense, Edmonton

National Portrait Gallery, Latitude 53, Edmonton

2009

Portrait Helmets, Common Sense, Edmonton

ECAS 17th Annual Exhibition, Peter Robertson Gallery, Edmonton

Wearable Art Awards Exhibition, Port Moody Arts Centre, Port Moody, BC

Wearable Art Awards Performance, City Hall Galleria, Port Moody, BC

Sculpture In Our Time, Common Sense, Edmonton

2008

ECAS 16th Annual Exhibition, Common Sense, Edmonton

Dirty Noisy Smelly, Western Avenue Studios, Lowell, MA, USA

Lambton II: Five Years Later, The Lambton Institute of Advanced Modernism, Edmonton

2007

New Directions, Stollery Gallery, Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts, Edmonton

ECAS 15th Annual Exhibition, Peter Robertson Gallery, Edmonton

Flat, Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton

Free For All, Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton

2006

Will and Representation, Sculpture by Invitation: Shaw Conference Centre Plaza, Edmonton

ECAS 14th Annual Exhibition, Planet Ze Gallery, Edmonton

Big Things 4, Royal Alberta Museum, Edmonton

Sculpture on the Plaza, Sculpturesite Gallery, San Francisco, USA

2005

ECAS 13th Annual Exhibition, Great West Saddlery Building, Edmonton

Vernissage, Sculpturesite Gallery, San Francisco, USA

Alberta Centennial Sculpture Exhibition, Royal Alberta Museum, Edmonton

2004

ECAS 12th Annual Exhibition, Great West Saddlery Building, Edmonton

Big Things 3, The Provincial Museum of Alberta, Edmonton

Six Sculptors, Lando Gallery, Edmonton

2003

ECAS 11th Annual Exhibition, Great West Saddlery Building, Edmonton

Domesticity, SNAP Gallery, Edmonton

Big Things 2, The Provincial Museum of Alberta, Edmonton

2002

Desperate Measures, The Works Gallery, Edmonton

North Edmonton Sculpture Workshop, Global Visions Film Festival, Edmonton

Edmonton Sculpture: The Next Generation, Harcourt House Gallery, Edmonton

Big Things, The Provincial Museum of Alberta, Edmonton

Front Room Sculpture, Harcourt House Gallery, Edmonton

2001

ECAS 9th Annual Exhibition, Great West Saddlery Building, Edmonton

Sculpture– The Works: 2001, Art Expo 2001, Edmonton

2000

Recent Works, The Works Visual Arts Festival, Edmonton

1999

Modern Artifacts, Fine Arts Building Gallery, University of Alberta, Edmonton

1997

What’s New, Art Rental and Sales Gallery, Edmonton Art Gallery

Proclamation, Fine Arts Building Gallery, University of Alberta, Edmonton

 

Awards, Grants, Scholarships, and Residencies

2018

Tyrone Guthrie Centre Artist Residency

2017

Hambidge Fellowship: Hambidge Creative Residency Program – Rabun Gap, Georgia

Travel Grant – Edmonton Arts Council Community Investment Program 

2016

Art Award – Confederacy of Treaty 6 First Nations

2011

Top Forty Under Forty Award – Avenue Magazine 

2009

Wearable Art Awards Headdress Category First Prize – City of Port Moody

2008

Column of the Year Award – Connect2Edmonton

Project Grant – Alberta Foundation for the Arts 

2006

Project Grant – Alberta Foundation for the Arts 

2005 

Travel Grant – Edmonton Arts Council Community Investment Program 

2004

Project Grant – Alberta Foundation for the Arts 

Award – Edmonton Artists’ Trust Fund

2003

Award – Lee Fund for the Arts 

Project Grant – Alberta Foundation for the Arts 

2002

Project Grant – Alberta Foundation for the Arts 

2000

Helen Collinson Memorial Award – Edmonton Artists’ Trust Fund 

1999

Mary Louise Imrie Graduate Student Award – University of Alberta

1998

Melba Sadler Graduate Scholarship in Art and Design – University of Alberta

1997

Award for Excellence in Sculpture – Investors Group 

Collections & Commissions

Alberta Foundation for the Arts

All Weather Windows

City of Edmonton

City of Red Deer

Northern Metallurgical Laboratories Ltd.

Robert T. Webb Sculpture Garden, Dalton GA

United States Postal Service

University of Alberta Museums

Private collections in Canada and the United States

Gallery Representation

Canada           Common Sense, 10546 – 115 Street, Edmonton, AB

USA                 Sculpturesite, 23588 Arnold Drive, Sonoma, CA, USA

Selected Media 

2017

Jeremy Simes“Edmonton Split on Flag Redesign”, Edmonton Metro, March 13.

Julia Wong, “No Agreement on Value or Design of Edmonton’s Municipal Flag: Survey”, Global News, March 12.

2016

Jeremy Simes“Iveson Proposed Edmonton Debate New Flag, Highlights Reconciliation”, Edmonton Metro, November 10.

Elise Stolte, “Mayor Hoists New Flag Idea Up The Pole To See If It Will Fly With Public”, Edmonton Journal, November 10.

Pamela Leier“Mayor Draws Attention To City Flag”, CTV News, November 10.

Elise Stolte“Should Edmonton’s City Flag Be Changed?”, Edmonton Journal, September 24.

Elise Stolte“What Makes A Good Flag: An Expert Critiques Two Proposals to Redesign Edmonton’s Flag”, Edmonton Journal, September 24.

2012

Janice Ryan, “Big Spaces For Big Sculptures”, Edmonton Journal, November 4.

2011

Kim Collins-Lauber, “Top 40 Under 40”, Avenue Magazine, November.

Janice Ryan, “Two Local Artists Toy With Our Perceptions”, Edmonton Journal, April 22.

Scott Hayes, “ArtWalk Kicks Off New Season”, St. Albert Gazette, April 6.

Ian Kucerak, “Getting To Know You”, Saint City News, March 25.

Ian Kucerak, ”City Officially Launches ArtiCulture Festival”, Saint City News, February 25.

2010

Franklin Einspruch, “The McCourt Hoax”, Journal, August 2.

Robin Schroffel, “In Your Sight Line”, See Magazine, June 17.

2009

Mari Sasano, “Art Of The Helmet”, See Magazine, December 10.

Janice Ryan, “Modern Times’ Many Faces”, Edmonton Journal, September 18.

Andrew Paul, “Studiovisit: Ryan McCourt – Sculptor”, See Magazine, August 20.

Jessica Murdy, “Funnell Succeeds at Port Moody Art Awards”, Agassiz Observer, June 5.

Sarah Payne, “Vote For Your Favourite”, Tri-City News, June 2

Adam Waldron-Blain, “What’s Really Wrong With Edmonton”, Prairie Artsters, May 6.

Mandy Espezel & Jill Stanton, “Does The Public Enjoy Public Art?”, See Magazine, January 22.

2008

David Berry, “No One’s A Critic”, Vue Weekly, December 25.

Amy Fung, “A Different Kind Of ARC”, Vue Weekly, July 10.

2007

Vaidvisa Bala, “Grotesque Ganeshas Protested”, Hinduism Today, October/November/December.

‘Eye on Alberta’, “The Reawakening Of Ganesha”, Alberta Views, November Issue.

Tom Murray, “Multiple Directions Merge In Single Exhibit”, Edmonton Journal, October 5.

Amy Fung, “Censorship At Least Deserves A Debate”, Vue Weekly, October 3.

Glenn Weiss, “The Role of Censorship In Public Art”, Aesthetic Grounds, October 2.

Briefly Noted, “Hindus Protest Statue of Deity”, CARFAC SASK Newsletter, Vol. 1 9, No. 08, October.

Krishna Bagdiya, “Sculptures No Threat”, Edmonton Journal, September 30.

Joe Renaud, “Art’s Message Isn’t Always Pretty”, Edmonton Journal, September 30.

Margaret Wente, “Why Are We So Afraid To Offend?”, The Globe and Mail, September 29.

Bruce Dunbar, “Mandel Oversteps Bounds”, Edmonton Journal, September 23.

Donna McKinnon, “No Place For Censorship”, Edmonton Journal, September 23.

Paula Simons, “Sculptor’s Use Of Revered Hindu Deity Shows No Signs Of Sacrilege”, Edmonton Journal, September 22

Gordon Kent, “Art Called Irreverent”, Windsor Star, September 22.

Indo–Asian News Service, “Nude Ganesh Idols To Be Removed After Hindus Protest”, Times of India, September 21.

CanWest News Service, “Sculptures Offend Hindus”, Vancouver Sun, September 21.

Val Ross, “Edmonton To Remove Statues After Hindu Protest”, The Globe and Mail, September 20.

Joshua B. Good, “Erotic Hindu Statues Censored In Canada, Sculptor Refuses To Cover ‘Naughty Bits’”, Banned Magazine, September 20.

Lyle Cott, “Edmonton Mayor Scraps Sculptures After Hindu Protest”, CBC News, September 20.

Gordon Kent, “Sculptor Unfazed By Criticism”, Edmonton Journal, September 20.

Gordon Kent, “Sculptures Of Hindu God Rile Faithful”, Calgary Herald, September 19.

Frank Landry, “Statues To Come Down”, Edmonton Sun, September 19.

Gordon Kent, “Scrap Sculptures, Mayor Says”, Edmonton Journal, September 19.

ECAS 15th Annual Exhibition (exhibition catalogue), Edmonton Contemporary Artists Society.

Paula Simons, “Diverse Works Delight The Eye With Whimsy, Passion”, Edmonton Journal, June 16.

2006

Agnieszka Matejko, “Where Does Artistic Freedom End And Cultural Appropriation Begin?”, Vue Weekly, Issue 538, December 21.

Bill Mah, “Artists Give Walls Of Shaw Extension Lively Look”, Edmonton Journal, November 18.

Mari Sasano, “The Museum Wants You To Think Big. Really Big”, Edmonton Journal, August 25.

Gilbert Bouchard, “Bianca Khan’s One–Tonne Challenge”, Edmonton Journal, July 23.

2005

Gilbert Bouchard, “Creativity Is In The Small Things”, Edmonton Journal, October 9.

Jamie Windborne, “Gallery Opens With Show Of Forceful Spatial Expression”, The San Francisco Art News Extra, August 13.

Gilbert Bouchard, “War, Peace Among Themes Of Sculpture Exhibition”, Edmonton Journal, July 8.

Mari Sasano, “Sculptors Slaves To Big Things”, Edmonton Journal, July 1.

Jeffrey Sterr, “Sculpting A Career”, Work of Arts, Spring.

2004

Gilbert Bouchard, “Artists’ Group Comes Home To Saddlery Building”, Edmonton Journal, October 8.

Olenka Melnyk, “Big Sculpture, Bigger Worries Burden Artists”, Edmonton Journal, July 12.

Piri Halasz, “Of Bold New Frontiers And Stale Red Herrings”, From The Mayor’s Doorstep, No. 52, March 1.

2002

Mike Berezowsky, “Sculpture Exhibit Gets A Big Response”, Edmonton Examiner, September 11.

Mike Winters, “Fitting Into The Modernist Mould”, See Magazine, Issue 455, August 12.

Erik Floren, “Big Impressions”, The Edmonton Sunday Sun, July 28.

Gilbert Bouchard, “Come To Expect ‘Big Things’”, Edmonton Journal, July 19.

Terry Fenton, “Edmonton Sculpture: The Next Generation”, Harcourt Expressed, Volume 12, Summer.

Gilbert Bouchard, “Shows Explore Layers Of Domesticity, With Sculpture And Silver”, Edmonton Journal, May 24.

2001

Maureen Fenniak, “Abstract Criticism”, Vue Weekly, Issue 309, September 20.

Gilbert Bouchard, “Festival Reflects Big Changes In Space, Time, Philosophy”, Edmonton Journal, July 2.

Gilbert Bouchard, “Pssst… Want To Get Arty With Me?”, Edmonton Journal, June 30.

Gilbert Bouchard, “Celebrating The Sensuality Of Sculpture”, Edmonton Journal, June 26.

Sculpture – The Works: 2001 (exhibition catalogue), The Works Visual Arts Festival.

1999

Phoebe Dey, “Heavy Metal”, Folio, Volume 37, Number 3, October 1.

Danielle Zyp, “Scrap Metal Or Sculpture?”, Vue Weekly, Issue 206, September 16.

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