Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture, University of Alberta


Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Alberta



Artists’ Choice Exhibition, Federation Gallery, Vancouver


N3XTCANADA National Arts Competition, Arts & Letters Club, Toronto


Shapeshifter, Artpoint Gallery, Calgary

Hambidge 2019 Art Auction, The Works, Atlanta, USA

Ruthless Abandon, Common Sense, Edmonton


Hambidge 2018 Art Auction, Atlanta Decorative Arts Center, USA

New Works, Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig, Ireland

Hambidge Suite, Common Sense, Edmonton


Text + ImageBleeding Heart Art Space, Edmonton

Metals/Myth, Common Sense, Edmonton


Sculpture Alley, Common Sense, Edmonton


Brain Storms: UAlberta Creates, Enterprise Square Gallery, Edmonton


Looking Back, Common Sense, Edmonton

ECAS 20th Annual Exhibition, Enterprise Square Gallery, Edmonton


Shady Gardens, Common Sense, Edmonton

Inspired by Travel, Leighton Art Foundation, Calgary


Open Studio Exhibition, Common Sense, Edmonton

ECAS 19th Annual Exhibition, Enterprise Square Gallery, Edmonton

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


ECAS 18th Annual Exhibition, Enterprise Square Gallery, Edmonton

Sights to See, Common Sense, Edmonton

National Portrait Gallery, Latitude 53, Edmonton


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


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


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


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


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

Vernissage, Sculpturesite Gallery, San Francisco, USA

Alberta Centennial Sculpture Exhibition, Royal Alberta Museum, Edmonton


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

Big Things 3, The Provincial Museum of Alberta, Edmonton

Six Sculptors, Lando Gallery, Edmonton


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

Domesticity, SNAP Gallery, Edmonton

Big Things 2, The Provincial Museum of Alberta, Edmonton


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


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

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


Recent Works, The Works Visual Arts Festival, Edmonton


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


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 – 2019

Creative Director – The Local Cannabist, Edmonton


Tyrone Guthrie Centre Artist Residency – Annaghmakerrig, Monaghan, Ireland

Travel Grant – Edmonton Arts Council Community Investment Program 


Hambidge Fellow – Hambidge Creative Residency Program – Rabun Gap, Georgia

Travel Grant – Edmonton Arts Council Community Investment Program 


Art Award – Confederacy of Treaty 6 First Nations


Top Forty Under Forty Award – Avenue Magazine 


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


Column of the Year Award – Connect2Edmonton

Project Grant – Alberta Foundation for the Arts 


Project Grant – Alberta Foundation for the Arts 


Travel Grant – Edmonton Arts Council Community Investment Program 


Project Grant – Alberta Foundation for the Arts 

Award – Edmonton Artists’ Trust Fund


Award – Lee Fund for the Arts 

Project Grant – Alberta Foundation for the Arts 


Project Grant – Alberta Foundation for the Arts 


Helen Collinson Memorial Award – Edmonton Artists’ Trust Fund 


Mary Louise Imrie Graduate Student Award – University of Alberta


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


Award for Excellence in Sculpture – Investors Group 

Collections & Commissions

Alberta Foundation for the Arts

All Weather Windows

City of Edmonton

City of Red Deer

The Establishment Brewing Company

Northern Metallurgical Laboratories Ltd.

Robert T. Webb Sculpture Garden, Dalton GA

Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig, Ireland

University of Alberta Museums

Private collections in Canada and the United States

Gallery Representation

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

Media References


Cory Schachtel, “The Story Behind Ryan McCourt’s “Hot Ganesha” Sculpture”, Avenue Magazine, November.


Caley Ramsay“Edmonton City Hall to Fly Metis, Treaty 6 Flags”, Global News, March 21

Quinn Ohler“Edmonton Won’t Be Getting a New Municipal Flag, For Now”, Global News, March 13.

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.

Paula Simons“Flag on the Play for Debate Over New Edmonton City Symbol”, Edmonton Journal, March 10.


Nola Keeler“Don Iveson Wants to Raise a New Flag for the City”, CBC News, November 29.

Julia Wong“Edmonton Mulls New Flag as Residents Wonder Whether Change Would Make a Difference”, Global News, November 13.

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.

Don Iveson, “A New Flag for Edmonton”,, November 9.

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.


P. Z. Myers“Reaching For a Reasonable Justification for Censorship”, Pharyngula, April 24.

Emily Q. Hazzard“Chatter: Who Arted?”Washington Citypaper, April 2.


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


David Staples“Edmonton Artist Blasts Talus Dome (and me)”, Edmonton Journal, November 16.

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.


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

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


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.


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

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


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.


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.


Kimberly Hathaway, “Sculpturesite & San Francisco: Celebrating Contemporary Sculpture, Public Art and Public Art Preservation”, Espace Sculpture, Issue 74, Hiver.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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

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