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Allyson Glenn BFA, MFA

Associate Professor, Painting and Drawing

Faculty Member in Art & Art History

Office
Murray Building 291.2

Research Area(s)

  • Painting, Drawing, 2D Animation, Virtual and Augmented Reality

About me

Animation Trailer: Above the Deluge  (5min): Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra Sound Dimensions
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hCA5NoWbtU

Animation Trailer: In the Fray (8min): Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra Sound Dimensions
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2FqVp-7_3A

Art Residency: NARS Foundation International Residency (2022) New York, NY, USA
https://www.narsfoundation.org/allysonglenn-canada

Artist Interview: Conversations with the Greek Gods of Antiquity, Canadian Institute in Greece, Athens, GR
https://youtu.be/5oFadQkUo4A

Recent Group Exhibitions: Art Now, the Gallery at Art Placement, Saskatoon, SK
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ilLn98WVZgQ

Recent Group Exhibitions: Ensemble: Together Again (2020, Online),The Painting Center, New York, NY, USA
https://www.artsy.net/show/the-painting-center-ensemble-together-again

Recent Solo Exhibitions: Passages (2019): Article, Painting and Drawing Series
https://artsandscience.usask.ca/news/articles/3757/USask_art_professor_s_work_featured_in_two_solo_shows_in_Greece

Art File: The Painting Center
https://www.thepaintingcenter.org/allyson-glenn

Publications

Reviews


Solo Exhibitions

2019        Passages, Cultural Foundation of Tinos (Curator, Dr. Catarina Pizanias), Tinos Island, Cyclades,
                 Greece                                                    
                 Passages (Sketches), Vorres Museum (Curator, Dr. Caterina Pizanias), Athens, Greece
2018        3D Unity Animation Projection (accompanied piece Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered)
                 Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra, Broadway Theatre, Saskatoon
2017        Bliss and the Dreadful Sublime (Painting and Augmented Reality Installation) Art Placement
                 Gallery, Saskatoon, SK
2016-17  Catalyst, Two Rivers Gallery, (Curator George Harris), Prince George, BC
2016        Tertium Quid, Terrace Art Gallery, Terrace BC
2016        The Human Animal, Steckline Gallery, Newman University, Wichita, KS, USA
2015        Tertium Quid, Mickinley Gallery City Hall, Reno, NV, USA          
                 Catalyst, Karsh-Masson Gallery, City Hall, Ottawa, ON
                 Catalyst, Carnegie Art Gallery, Dundas, ON
                 The Human Animal and Catalyst, Okatoks Art Gallery, Okatoks, AB
                 Human Animal, Ottawa School of Art, Ottawa (Orleans), ON
2014-15   Catalyst(Featured in the Corridor) Art@tell, Universitat de St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland.
2012        Fragments, Common Sense Art Gallery, Edmonton, AB
2011        The Anatomical Body and Prepatory Studies, Qeritica Art Gallery, Varanasi, India
2009        Cracovia, Dolphin Gallery, Hingham Public Library, Hingham (Boston), MA, USA
2008        Cracovia  The Fine Arts Gallery, College of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas, NV, USA
                 Cracovia, The Vernon Art Gallery, Vernon, BC
                 CracoviaThe Hopkins Center for the Arts, Minneapolis, MN, USA.
2007        Cracovia, ARTsPLACE, Annapolis Royal, NS
                 CracoviaL’oeil du Poisson, Quebec City, QC
2005        Requiem, Klicperova Gallery, Novy Bydzov, Czech Republic
2004        Requiem, The Fringe Gallery, Edmonton, AB
2003        Disconnect, Mezzanine Gallery, University of Calgary, AB
2000        Exhibition in the Feature Room, TrepanierBaer Gallery, Calgary, AB
1999        The Twelfth House, Little Gallery, University of Calgary, AB
 

Two & Three Person Exhibitions

2017       Canada 2017: An Exhibition in Two Acts 
                 (Curator Catarina Pizanias with Ron Moppett, Colleen Heslin)
                 Cultural Foundation of Tinos, Cyclades, Greece
                 A Visit to the Vorres, Athena (Vorres Museum Artist in Residents 2015-2016).  
                 Gordon Snelgrove Gallery (curated by Anahita Akhavan with Eveline Kolijn),
                 University of Saskatchewan, SK
2016       Public Domain, Quest Art Gallery, Midland, ON.  Curator Jill Price,
                 Exhibition with Nathalie Quagliotto.
                 Catalyst, Georgina Arts Centre and Gallery, Sutton, ON.  Curator Ewa Chwojko-Srawley;
                 Exhibition with Artist Twyla Exner
2015       Human Animal and Catalyst, Cultch Gallery, Vancouver, BC.  Curated by Oliver McTavish.  
                 Exhibition with Artist Margaret Lawther


Selected Group Exhibitions

2021       Small Works, Holiday Exhibition, the Gallery at Art Placement, Saskatoon, SK
                 The Painting Center Benefit, the Painting Center, NY, USA
                 Art Draw, AKA Artist Run Centre, Saskatoon , SK
                 ArtNow, the Gallery at Art Placement, Saskatoon, SK
                 Summer Exhibition, the Gallery at Art Placement, Saskatoon, SK
                 Visualizing Sound, Walkers Art Gallery, San Marcos, TX, USA
2020        Ensemble:  Together Again, (Online) The Painting Center, New York, NY, USA
                 Art Collections, Rosso Cinabro Gallery, Rome, Italy
2019-22  Women X Women, AFA Travelling Exhibition, AB
2019        Gift-Wrapped, AKA Art Draw Fundraiser, Saskatoon, SK
                 Open House, TIAC Art Academy Master Class with Odd Nerdrum (Portraiture), Florence, Italy
                 Faculty Show, Art Placement Gallery, Saskatoon, SK
2018        Group ShowThe Gallery at Art Placement, Saskatoon, SK
                 RCA Summer School Exhibition (Curator Despina Zacharopoulou) Johnson's Gallery, London, UK
                 RCA Summer School Exhibition (Curator Despina Zacharopoulou)
                  Royal College of Art (Sackler Building), London, UK
                 Art Auction, Two Rivers Gallery, Prince George, BC
                 Tech Art (3D Unity Augmented and Virtual Reality Installation), Ontario Science Museum
                 (Propeller Gallery), Toronto, ON
2017-18  Group Show, The Gallery at Art Placement, Saskatoon, SK
2017        Closer:  An Evening of Virtual Reality Experiences (Augmented Reality)
                 School of Machines, Making and Make-Believe Gallery, Berlin, Germany
                 Faculty Exhibition, Art Placement Gallery, Saskatoon, SK
                 Gift Wrapped, AKA Annual Art Auction, AKA Artist Run Centre, Saskatoon, SK
2016        Canadian Exhibition, Wuhan Zhuo Er Art Gallery, Curator Xiao Han, Wuhan, China
2015        Bi-Annual Art Draw, AKA Artist Run Gallery, Saskatoon, SK
2014-15  Portraiture, AFA Travelling Art Exhibition, Curator Caroline Loewen, AB
2013        Open Studio Exhibition, School for Visual Arts, New York, NY, USA
2012         Artists and Athletes Invitational AuctionGraham Clubhouse, University of Saskatchewan, SK
2011        International Group Show, Caelum Gallery, New York, NY, USA
                 Open Doors, Gallery 1313, Toronto, ON
2010        Currents: Shifts Series, Kenderdine Art Gallery, Saskatoon, SK
                Walnut Studio Open House Exhibition, Toronto, ON
2005       Group Show, Campbell’s Art Gallery, United Kingdom
                The Big Draw, (Drawing Exposition), Campbell’s Art Gallery, London, United Kingdom.
                International Group Show, Caelum Gallery, New York, NY, USA
                Figure Painting show, Image 54 Gallery, Calgary, AB
                Mysteries of the Flesh -The Body; Thematic Tangents, Affil. Triangle Gallery, Calgary, AB
2004      The Affordable Art Fair, Michael Gibson Gallery, New York , NY, USA
               Anonymous, The Uptown Theatre, Calgary, AB
               Eastside Culture Crawl, Studio Open House, Calgary, AB
               Still Life, Image 54 Gallery, Calgary, AB
               Skin Tones, Michael Gibson Gallery, London, ON
2003      Red Dots, The Design Centre, Calgary, AB
                Faculty Exhibition, Illingworth Kerr Gallery, ACAD, Calgary, AB
                The Body and Wearing, The New Gallery, Calgary, AB
               Summer Exhibition, TrepanierBaer Gallery, Calgary, AB
2002      Christmas Exhibition, TrepanierBaer Gallery, Calgary, AB
                Summer Exhibition, TrepanierBaer Gallery, Calgary, AB
2001      The Toronto 2001 International Art Fair, TrepanierBaer Gallery, Toronto, ON
                Mountain Standard Time (So You Wanna Be An Art Star), Nickle Arts Museum, Calgary, AB
                Spring ExhibitionTrepanierBaer Gallery, Calgary, AB
                Calgary Learning Centre Gala Auction, Calgary, AB
2000       Faculty Exhibition, Nickle Arts Museum, Calgary, AB
                Christmas Exhibition, TrepanierBaer Gallery, Calgary, AB
                Knock Loudly, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Nickle Arts Museum, Calgary, AB
                Graduate Student Exhibition, Little Gallery, University of Calgary, AB
1999       New Calgary Artists, The Collectors Gallery, Curator Daniel Lindley, Calgary, AB
                Knackered, Royal College of Art Exchange Exhibition, Little Gallery, U of Calgary, AB
1998       Miniature Show and Auction, Stride Gallery, Calgary, AB
                I Charts, “The Works” Festival, Commerce Place, Edmonton, AB
                BFA Graduating Show, FAB Gallery, Edmonton, AB
                Departure, Latitude 53 Gallery, Edmonton, AB
1997       Mid-Session Exhibition, Herbert Reed Gallery, Kent Institute of Art & Design, Canterbury, UK 

 

Curated (Student Exhibitions)

2018       Emergence: Art 311.6 Senior Painting Students [Paintings]. Gordon Snelgrove Gallery,  
                 University Saskatchewan.
                Motus Prescripta: Art 212.6 Drawing Students [2 Projections of Drawings and Hand Animation]
                Gordon Snelgrove Gallery, University of Saskatchewan.
2012       The Body, Inside Out, Frances Morrison Library Gallery, Saskatoon, SK
                 Fe2O3:  The Alchemy of Paint, Gordon Snelgrove Gallery,
                 University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK 


Publications (Illustrations)

2019        Benjamin W.C. Rosser*, Ashraf H. Salem, Saheed A. Gbamgbola & Adel Mohamed,(2019)    
                “Bilateral Tripartite Insertion of the Fibularis (Peroneus) Brevis Muscle:  Case Report”,
                 International Journal of Morphology 37(2):481-485 (April)


Awards, Nominations, & Selections: Animated Film 

Above the Deluge Short Animation Film (2021) (5min) Released October 2021

2021    Best Animation: Five Continents International Film Festival, Puerto la Cruz, Venezuela
              https://www.ficocc.com/
              Best Animated Film: London Movie Awards, London, UK
              https://londonmovieawards.com/
              Best Film Score: IndieX Film Fest, Los Angeles, CA USA 
              https://indiexfest.com/
              Best Experimental Film: Independent Shorts Award, Los Angeles, CA USA 
              https://independentshortsawards.com/
              First Time Filmmaker (Female): Independent Shorts Award, Los Angeles, CA USA 
              https://independentshortsawards.com/
              Honorable Mention: Animated Film; IndieX Film Fest, Los Angeles, CA USA 
              https://indiexfest.com/
              Honorable Mention: Animation: Florence Film Awards, -Florence, Italy 
              https://florencefilmawards.com/
              Honorable Mention: Best Animation Short, IndieX Film Fest Los Angeles, CA USA 
              https://indiexfest.com/
              Finalist Best First-Time Filmmaker (Short): Cannes World Film Festival, Cannes, FR
              https://www.cannesworldfilmfestival.com/
              Finalist Best Animation Short: Toronto independent Film Festival of Cift, Toronto, CA
              https://cyrusmonthlyfestival.com/
              Semi-Finalist Best Animation Short: Indie Short Fest, Los Angeles, CA, USA
              https://indieshortfest.com/             
              Official Selection Animation Short: Short to the Point, Bucharest, RM
              https://shorttothepoint.com/ 
2022    Official Selection Short Short Film: LA Animated Film Festival, Los Angeles, USA
              https://www.lafilmfestivals.com/
              Official Selection: Black and White Short Film: Black & White Film Festival, Toronto, ON CA  
              https://blackandwhitefilmfestival.com/
              Best Music & Sound: LA Feedback Film Festival (Black & White Film Festival), Los Angeles, USA
              https://www.lafeedbackfilmfestival.com/
              Official Selection Short Short Film: LA Animated Film Festival, Los Angeles, USA
              https://www.lafilmfestivals.com/
              Official Selection, Experimental Dance & Music Festival
              https://experimentalfilmfestival.com/
              Official Selection Animations: Berlin Lift-Off Festival, Berlin, DE
              https://liftoff.network/
              Official Selection Animation Shorts: Cinequest Film & VR Festival, San Jose CA, USA
              https://cinequest.org/   


In the Fray Short Animation Film (2021) (8min) Released December 2021

2021     Semi-Finalist Best Animation Short: Niagara Falls International Short Festival  Niagara Falls, USA  
              https://niagarafallsfestival.com/ 
              Semi-Finalist Best Animation Short: Toronto Independent Film Festival of Cift, Toronto, ON, CA                                  
              https://cyrusmonthlyfestival.com/
2022     Best Animation: Indie Short Fest, Los Angeles, CA, USA
              https://indieshortfest.com/
              Bronze Best Animated Film: Independent Shorts Awards, Los Angeles, CA, USA
              https://independentshortsawards.com
              Honorable Mention Animated Film, Paris Film Awards, Paris, FR
              https://parisfilmawards.net/
              Official Selection Animated Film: Hollywood Gold Awards, Los Angeles, CA  USA
              https://hollywoodgoldawards.com/
              Official Selection Animated Film: New York Movie Awards, New York City, NY USA
              https://newyorkmovieawards.com/
              Official Selection Shorts: Canadian Film Fest, Toronto, ON, CA
              https://www.canfilmfest.ca/                                                                                                                                                                                               
              Official Selection Tokyo International Short Film Festival, Tokyo, JP
              https://www.tokyoshortfilmfest.com/


Awards, Grants, and Scholarships

2021        Digital Now, Canada Council for the Arts 
                 Applicants: David Hannah, Dean McNeill, Allyson Glenn
2020        Micro Grant, Saskatchewan Arts Board, (Postponed to 2022)
2010        President’s SSHRC Research Grant, Research Services,
                 University of Saskatchewan.
2007       Travel Grant, British Columbia Arts Council.
2005        Professional Grant, The Alberta Foundation for the Arts.
                 Travel Grant, The Canada Council for the Arts.
2004        The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Award
                 Professional Grant, The Alberta Foundation for the Arts.
2003        Professional Grant, The Alberta Foundation for the Arts.
2002        The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Award.
                 Professional Grant, The Canada Council for the Arts.
2001        Travel Grant, The Canada Council for the Arts.
                 Art Acquisition (new artists), The Alberta Foundation for the Arts.
                 The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Award.
1999        Graduate Research Scholarship, Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Calgary.
                 Travel Grant, Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Calgary.
1998        Graduate Research Scholarship, Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Calgary.
                 Deans Award, Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Calgary.
                 Graduate Research Scholarship, Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Calgary.
                 Seven Arts Club Award, Faculty of Arts, University of Alberta.
1995        Human Rights Commission Art Award. Open to all Alberta artists. 

 

Internal Grants (UofS)

2021       Global Ambassador Fund, $3000 for Project: Geographies of Greek Antiquity
                (Canadian Institute in Greece)
2019       Global Community Service Fund, $11,000 for Project: Myths re-visited
                through visual arts: Can old stories guide us to a more sustainable
                society? Office of the Vice-President Research, University of Saskatchewan
2017       Visiting Lecturer Fund, $1452 (for Curator Caterina Pizanias, March) Research Services,
                University of Saskatchewan
 2016      Sabbatical Research Fund, $4000 for travel associated with research,
                 Office of the Provost, University of Saskatchewan
2016       Catalyst Graduate Award, $3030 (for graduate student to travel to Vorres Museum to be
                Production Assistant and Curator), ICCC, University of Saskatchewan.
2014       Experiential Learning Fund (co applicant, Ken Van Rees, Gwenna Moss Center for Teaching and
                Learning, University of Saskatchewan.
                Visiting Scholar Fellowship (application for artist Chris van Donkelaar), ICCC, University of
                Saskatchewan.  Co-applicant Ken Van Rees, Soil Science.
2013       Visiting Scholar Fellowship (host faculty co-applicant, Kent Archer, Leah Taylor
                “Dreaming Painting”) ICCC, University of Saskatchewan
2013       Grant in Lieu of Salary, $2780, Office of the Provost, University of Saskatchewan
                (to support travel to Avanca/Cinema International Conference, Portugal)
2012       Visiting Scholar Fellowship (application for David Goatley), ICCC, University of Saskatchewan.
                Visiting Lecture Fund (application for artist Martin Golland) Research Services, University of
                Saskatchewan.
                Visiting Scholar Fellowship (application for artist Chris van Donkelaar), ICCC, University of
                Saskatchewan.  Co-applicant Ken Van Rees, Soil Science.
2009       Operating Grant, Central Administration, $5000, University of Saskatchewan
                Capital Expenditures Grant, $10,000, University/College of Arts and Science,
                University of Saskatchewan.


Selected Article Review Publications and Interviews

2022     Putnam, Chris. "The Shape of Music; USask Artist and Musicians Explore Human Perception", College of Arts and Science, USask News, January 4.                                                   https://news.usask.ca/articles/colleges/2022/the-shape-of-music-usask-artist-and-musicians-explore-human-perception.phpOleksyn, Michael. "Glenn                                               Embracing Challenge of Guest Curating Winter Festival Art Show and Sale", February 3 (Arts News Section)
              https://paherald.sk.ca/blog/2022/02/03/glenn-embracing-challenge-of-guest-curating-winter-festival-art-show-and-sale/
2021     Olson, Matt. "I've Always Been Able to See Music: ' Saskatoon Prof Animates January SJO Concert. December 30, 2021 (Local Arts)
              https://thestarphoenix.com/entertainment/local-arts/ive-always-been-able-to-see-music-saskatoon-prof-animates-january-sjo-concert
              Creative Saskatchewan for Art Now, the Gallery Art Placement, Sasktoon SK
              Link to video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ilLn98WVZgQ
2019     Boklaschuk, Shannon.  "USask art professor’s work featured in two solo shows in Greece," News and Events, College of Arts and Science, University of                                             Saskatchewan, SK, June 17, 2019.  
              https://artsandscience.usask.ca/news/articles/3757/USask_art_professor_s_work_featured_in_two_solo_shows_in_Greece

Links to Review Articles on Passages Exhibitions in Greece:
https://www.culturenow.gr/passages-perasmata-ekthesi-tis-allyson-glenn-sto-idryma-tiniakoy-politismoy/
https://www.culturenow.gr/passages-perasmata-ekthesi-tis-allyson-glenn-sto-moyseio-vorre/ 
http://www.topontiki.gr/article/232004/ekthesi-syghronis-tehnis-stin-tino-apo-tin-presveia-toy-kanada 
https://www.debop.gr/events/passages-perasmata-allyson-glenn-sto-mouseio-vorre-eikastika 
https://www.artandlife.gr/athens/events/allyson_glenn_ekthesi_passages_perasmata 
https://www.kathimerini.gr/1030140/article/politismos/atzenta/h-politistikh-atzenta-ths-evdomadas 
https://www.tinostoday.gr/2019/06/allyson-glenn.html
https://tinosecret.gr/events/ 
http://www.voreini.gr/politismos/allyson-glenn-passagesperasmata-stin-tino-ke-sto-mouse/
https://portal.clipnews.gr/ARCHIVE/PDF/118553/23710725.pdf 


2017       Karcas, Ioanna.  “Canadian Artists Draw from Crisis”.  Ekathimerini News.com (Life Section).  
                 Athens, Greece. August 9.
                 EPT (Greece’s national TV/radio network)/ Amna.gr (Greek equivalent to Canadian Press).  
                 "Exhibition of Modern Art in Tinos by the Embassy of Canada".  Athens,
                  Greece.  August 1
                 Clintza, Olga. "Greece and Canada Celebrate 75 Years of Diplomatic Relations: 
                 Contemporary Art Exhibition; Open Horizons" at the Foundation of Tinian Culture".
                 Tovima (TOBHMA, National Newspaper), Society, July 26.  
                 "3 Famous Canadian artists in Tinos".  The Liberal.gr (cultural issues website),
                  Artnews, Athens, Greece, August 1.Nikos.
                 “Exhibition of Canadian artists "Open Horizons" in Tinos”.  Voreini, Online News Website,
                  Athens, Greece, July 24.  
                 "Open Horizons" at the Foundation of Tinian Culture”.  Naxotimes (Online News),
                  Athens, Greece, August 1.
                 “Exhibition Open Horizons: Presentation and Discussion”.  Youtube:  
                  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7mWEI3-xuc
                  Priegert, Portia.  “Greek Idyll for three Western Artists.”  Galleries West, Online Magazine, July 28.
                  Priegert, Portia, “Paintings Depict Toxic Oil Spill”.  Galleries West, Online Magazine, December 2.
2016          Murphy, Daniel.  “Last Final Friday Exhibit of the Season Featurs Allyson Glenn and
                  ‘Human Animal’.  Newman Today, Wichita, KS, USA.  April 14.
                  Georgina Live, Interview with Curator Ewa Chwojko for Catalyst.  Rogers Television.  
                  Sutton, ON.  February 18/20.
2015         Luciano, Josie.  “Third Person”.  Reno News & Review, Arts and Culture, Reno,
                 NV, USA.  December 17, 2015.
                 Cucci, Maud.  “La Destruction Peinte en Noir”. Le Droit, Arts et Spectacles.  
                 Gatineau, QC.  September 26.
                 Haggo, Regina.  “Allyson Glenn’s Catalyst Captures Loss of House and a Sense of Home”.  
                 The Hamilton Spectator, What’s On, Hamilton, ON.  August 22.
                 Bailey, Meredith.  “John Holt’s Hidden Gem” Avenue Magazine, City Life, Style, Calgary, AB.  
                 Page 160.  May 2015.  Painting featured in the article (image and text).
                 Rollie, Tammy.  “Artists Connect with Nature in Double Exhibit” Okotoks Western Wheel.  
                 Okotoks, AB.  Page 37, April 29.
                 Mitchell Caplan, CHUO FM89, Ottawa “On  Demand”, February 25.  Radio Interview.
2014         Lucia Angela Cavegn, "St. Gallen: Art@tell", Kunstbulletin, Switzerland.  December  
                 MacPherson, Colleen.  “Assistant Professor Artwork on View in Swiss Exhibit”, On
                 Campus News, University of Saskatchewan, SK.  Page 11, September 12.
                 Dumont, Mickey.  “Portraiture Explored in Brooks campus exhibit”,
                 The Brooks & County Chronicle, Issue.  Brooks, AB.  March 18.
                  Kerr, Jason.  “Artists and Scientists Combine to Revive Old Ways”,
                  Prince Albert Daily Herald Prince Albert, SK:  Living, April 13.
2013         Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching Effectiveness (Website):  “Ecosystems and Art Teaches
                 Creativity”  http://www.usask.ca/gmcte/stories/2013/04/van_rees.  April 26.
2013         Image Publication.  Alberta Views Magazine. Volume 16, Number 3. (2 Images)
2012         Cheater, Glenn.  “Dirt and Art”, Acknowledge Magazine: College of Agriculture and Bioresources,
                 University of Saskatchewan, Issue 12/12; Page 22-23.
                 Polachic, Darlene. “Students Use Natural, Local Pigments to Make Art”, Star Phoenix.
                 Saskatoon, SK: June 11.
                 Ryan, Janice.  “Artist Captures Issues of Conflict and Transition”,
                 Edmonton Journal, Edmonton, AB:  Arts and Entertainment, June 6, 2012.
2008        Banks, Natalie.  “Painter Preserves a New Poland,” Vernon Morning Star. 
                 Vernon, BC: Arts and Entertainment, July 7.
2007        Image with Listing, “Cracovia at ARTsPLACE,” The Halifax Herald: Chronicle.  Halifax, NS:
                Entertainment, pg. F3, September 18.
                 Belcher, Kathryn.  “Allyson Glenn: New Paintings,” Shavis:  The Visuals Newsnet.  Online:
                 www.shavis.com.  Art: Exhibit, September 30.
2005        Jameson, Melissa.  “Artist Honours People Through Painting,” The Morning Star. Vernon, BC:
                 Arts and Entertainment, pg. A25, August 31.
                 Wong, Jaele.  “Glenn Survives in Tough World of the Figure Painter,The Calgary Herald.
                 Calgary:  Entertainment, pg. C4, January 24.
2004         Parkins, Tesse.  “Skin,” Scene Magazine.  London, Ont.:  Issue 462, March 18.
2003         Cho, Alan.  “Allyson Glenn Exposes Our Humanity,” University of Calgary Gauntlet.  
                 Calgary: September 18, pg. 14, 2003.
                  Lafortune, Wes. “She’s Got it Figured Out:  Painter Allyson Glenn Fights the Generation Gap,
                  FFD News and Entertainment Weekly.  Calgary: Volume. 8, No. 31, pg. 30, July, 2003.
2002        “Obsessed by Art,” Front Cover, FFD News and Entertainment Weekly.
                  Calgary: Volume. 7, No.40, September, 2002.
                  Williams, Julia.  “Obsessed d’Art,FFD News and Entertainment Weekly.  
                  Calgary: Volume 7, No. 40, pg. 27, September.
2001         Klaffke, Pamela.  “Portraits are Back,” The Calgary Herald.  Calgary: Arts and Style,
                 pg. B8, January 21.  
2000         Severson, Anne. “Meet Three of Calgary’s Emerging Artists,” Where: The Calgary Gallery Guide. 
                 Calgary: Volume 2, Fall 2000, pg. 5, September, 2000.
                 Severson, Anne. “Knock Loudly Before Entering the Art World,” FFD News and Entertainment Weekly.
                 Calgary: Volume 5, No. 33, pg. 18, August, 2000.        
                 Kenney, David. “Art Students at Work, So Knock Loudly,” University of Calgary Gauntlet.
                 Calgary: Volume 41, No.10, pg. 10, August, 2000.
1999        Robertson, Patricia. “Daniel Lindley: Alberta Art Aficionado,”
                Calgary Straight News and Entertainment Weekly. Calgary: Volume 3, No. 113, pg. 4, August.        
                 Severson, Anne. “Local Artists Celebrate the Dead,” FFD News and Entertainment Weekly.
                 Calgary: Volume 4, No. 40, pg. 26, October, 1999.
                 McCartney, Leah. “Focus on the Figure,” Calgary Straight News and Entertainment Weekly.
                 Calgary: Volume 2, No.67, pg. 10, September, 1999.

 

Animation Collaboration:

2021       Above the Deluge (5min) & In the Fray (8min) 
                Dimensions of Sound Multimedia Collaboration  with Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra
                Allyson Glenn (Art Director, Drawing & Video Editing), Paul Suchan & Silas Friesen
                (Music Composers), Shelby Lund/Lucy Zhou/Nicole Leroy (Drawing), Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra (Music Performance).
                John Ogresko (Assisted with Video Editing), Dean McNeill (Director of SJO) and David Hannah for
                Canada Council for the Arts Application for Digital Now Fund.
2015      “Dreams and Spaces in Between” Collaboration with Art Director John Graham
                10 second film sequence with animator John Ogresko for John D. Graham’s film


360/3D Animation

2018        "Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered" 3D Unity animation project developed for Saskatoon Jazz
                 Orchestra performed on April 28th at the Broadway Theatre, Saskatoon.  Andrei Ferheregyhazi
                 assisted with 3D object imports and feedback throughout the development of the project.
2017        “The Gate”:  Augmented/ Virtual Reality Project.  3D Animation developed with Tilt Brush, Unity,
                 Blender.  Augmented version of project edited (including apps for android tablet) by University
                 of Saskatchewan MSc Student Golam Mastaeen. Virtual reality version was edited by U of S
                 Interactive Systems Design undergraduate student Brandon Piller.
                 “Painting Experimentation” 360 film shot in Veteranenstrabe Park, Berlin, edited and developed
                 with Laura From Kosh, Meredeth Thomas, and Rita Epertesi.


Performances:

2001        A.L. Glenn, 2001: Contestant on “So You Wanna Be An Art Star” at the “Mountain Standard Time”
                performance festival, Nickle Arts Museum for Calgary, AB.  Live Performance
                and 60/min.Videotape.

  

Catalogues (Re-arranged and Edited)  

2019       "Passages" Cultural Foundation of Tinos & Vorres Museum, Greece. Catalogue Essay "Passages"
                by Curator Dr.Caterina Pizanias, 36 pages with Greek translation.
2018        “Catalyst” Two Rivers Art Gallery, Prince George, BC.  Catalogue Essay "Catalyst" by Curator
                 George Harris, 27 pages.
2017        “Open Horizons (Avoixtoi Opizovtes)”, Cultural Foundation of Tinos, Greece.  
                 Catalogue essay (Allyson Glenn, Ron Moppett, and Colleen Heslin) written by
                 Dr. Curator Caterina Pizanias, 35 pages with Greek translation.
2015        “Catalyst” Karsh-Masson Gallery.  Catalogue Essay: In the Wake of Dualistic Imagery written
                  by Curator Deborah Keller (Zurich).   Original text Im Sog dualisticher Bildwelden was by
                  Sandra Herron.  Full Catalogue, 12 Pages including cover.  September 2015.
2014        “Portraiture”:  A Travelling Exhibition from the Collection of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.  
                 Curators Comments by Caroline Loewen. 29 Pages. Cover Image Publication page
                 1/Description of work page 5-6.
2010        “Currents” from the Shifts Series, Exhibition Catalogue.  Kenderdine Art Gallery,
                 Saskatoon, SK. Pages 31, 33, September 2010.
2008        “Cracovia”, Exhibition Catalogue - CSN Cheyenne Fine Arts Gallery, College of Southern
                 Nevada, Las Vegas, NV.  2 Page Foldout, February 2008.

          

Information Catalogues

2016       Anna-Maria Lawrie “Catalyst” 2 Page fold-out.  Two Rivers Art Gallery, October.
                Chwojko-Srawley, Ewa:  “Catalyst” 2 Page fold-out.  Georgina Art Gallery, February.
2015       Allan Boss:  “Human Animal and Catalyst”  2 Page fold-out. Okotoks Art Gallery, May.
                Nadine Argo:  “Human Animal”  2 page fold-out.  Ottawa School of Art, February.
2014       (Other)  “Happening:” Lethbridge Public Library, Volume 39, Issue 2, Page 6.  
                Image Publication.  Lethbridge, AB.  April.
2013       Sandra Fraser “Dreaming Painting” Publication for Panel Discussion, Mendel Art Gallery,
                2 page fold-out.  April.
2012       Ryan McCourt “Fragments” Exhibition Catalogue, Common Sense Gallery, Edmonton, AB.  
                June 2012.  2 Page Foldout.
2008       Lubos Culen.  “Cracovia”, (Curatorial Essay) Exhibitions and Events Publication for
                Vernon Public Art Gallery, Vernon, BC: Volume 17, No.4, pg. 2, June.
2004       Calvin Burns.  “The Body and Wearing”, (Curatorial Essay) Exhibition Catalogue
                Christine Fagan, Allyson Glenn and Julie Morstad, The New Gallery, Calgary, AB.  July.  
                4 Page Foldout
1997       Other: “Bachelor of Fine Arts, Department of Art and Design” Information Catalogue
                 – pg. 2, 14, February, 1998.


Invited Residencies

2022        NARS Foundation International Residency (3 months), Brooklyn, NY, USA
2016        Vorres Musem, Athens (Paiania, Attica) Greece. 2016 Canadian Artist in Residence
                 (Four Weeks).  May-June
2015        Joya: AiR  Andalucia, Spain (2 weeks)
2013        School of Visual Arts (Summer Residency) NYC, USA.  Painting and Mixed Media (4 weeks)
2011        NIRMAN Centre, Varanasi, India (3 Week Artist Residency & Workshops)


Visiting Artist Talks and Tutorials

2019        Tinos Cultural Foundation, Curator's Walk Through with Artist, Tinos Island, Cyclades, GC
2017        Art Now, Saskatchewan Fine Art Fair, Lecture, Regina, SK
                 Tinos Cultural Foundation, Artist Walk-Through, Tinos, Cyclades, GC
2016        Two Rivers Art Gallery, Lecture, Prince George, BC
2016        Newman University, Witchita, Lecture/Tutorials, KS, USA
2015        Karsh-Masson Gallery, Lecture, Ottawa, ON
                 Ottawa School of Art, Lecture, Shenkman Arts Centre, Ottawa (Orleans), ON
2010        University of Regina, Lecture/Tutorials, Department of Fine Arts, Regina, SK
2009        The University of Saskatchewan, Lecture, Department of Art and Art History, Saskatoon, SK
2006        Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Lecture, Halifax, NS
                 Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Lecture, Vancouver, BC
2005        The Plasticyme Visual Art Academy, Lecture, Krakow, PL
2003        The Alberta College of Art and Design, Lecture, Department of Art, Calgary, AB
1999        The Kent Institute of Art and Design, Tutorials, Department of Art, Canterbury, UK  


Panel Discussions

2017        “Technology and Future of Art Commerce” Art Now:  Saskatchewan Fine Art Fair, Regina, SK.
2013        “Dreaming Painting”, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, SK.  Presentation and Discussion.
                  Participants:  Sandra Fraser (Curator), Janet Werner, Melanie Rocan, and Tammy Salzl.


Invited Workshops

2016        Two Rivers Gallery, Prince George, BC.  “Depth of Space:  Impasto to Glazing”
2015        Ottawa School of Art, Ottawa (Orleans), ON. “Depth of Space:  Impasto to Glazing”
2014        Mann Art Gallery, Prince Albert, Saskatoon, SK. “Mixing Paint Workshop”
2012        Mann Art Gallery, Prince Albert, Saskatoon, SK.  “Image Overlay Workshop”
2011        NIRMAN Centre, Rural Campus (Betawar) India.  December 26-28th (three sessions)

 

Conference Presentations

2020        "Myths Re-visited Through Visual Arts - Can Old Stories Guide us to a More                            
                 Sustainable Society?"  PAW 2020 Conference on Sustainability the World Needs
:  
                 Development in Action, University of Saskatchewan, SK.
2013        “Full Circle, Paintings Influencing Painted Stories”, AVANCA/CINEMA International 
                 Conference Cinema; Art Technology, and Communication.  Avanca, Portugal.  
2013        “What is the Source of the Art?”  Humanities and Fine Arts Student Conference,
                  University of Saskatchewan, SK.  




Artistic Works

Recent Projects:

Above the Deluge (5min) & Into the Fray (8min) Animation Films (2021)

Two short film animations Above the Deluge (5min) & In the Fray (8min) were developed for the Dimensions in Sound project, a multimedia collaboration with the Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra (SJO). This project was funded by a Digital Now grant from the Canada Council for the Arts. 

In collaboration with the Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra (SJO) I created two new animations (one in progress) simulating the phenomena of sound synesthesia. In late 2020, the SJO commissioned music scores from local musicians/composers Paul Suchan and Silas Friesen who met and consulted with me about synesthesia-specific responses. Once the music was developed, the members of the SJO recorded the music independently using new technology. The music was then mixed and put together digitally. Dimensions in Sound  project builds on a 2018 collaboration with the SJO for which I created a 3D animation using the gaming technology that was projected behind the orchestra. To simplify the composition, I developed three 3D animated shapes to represent categories of instruments - percussion, brass, and wind, to simulate the movements that I could see in my mind's eye (timbre shape chromesthesia).

When I received the music, I gathered open-source video footage that resembled the visual sounds. In order to capture the floating, circling, and fluid shapes found in Paul Suchan’s  Above the Deluge, I investigated the shapes and movements of deep sea divers and underwater sea creatures (otters, seals, fish, and water snakes). With my assistant Shelby Lund (candidate for Master of Fine Arts, University of Saskatchewan), I used a rotoscope method to develop thousands of drawings transcribed from video footage of underwater animals.  Above the Deluge  was released in mid-October has made official selection for eleven film festivals including Cift and has received five awards (best animation, experimental film short, first-time director, best music score) by London Movie Awards (UK), Five Continents Film Festival (Venezuala), Independent Shorts Awards (USA), and IndieX Film Festival (USA).

The second animation  In the Fray explores early film making mediums and digital technology. With Alice and the rabbit, the viewer is lured down a hole and into a tunnel where they experience series of analogue and digital abstractions. Like the phrase ‘internet rabbit hole’ where infinite search engine paths lead to disorientation, the title phrase “In the fray” can also suggest a struggle, a deconstruction and re-arrangement of form. This idea is captured by transitions between scenes where geometrical shapes morph and change. Like the title and themes in Carroll’s iconic story Alice in Wonderland, what and who emerges from the hole is inevitably different and forever changed. In the Fray was released in early December 2021 and is now a semi-finalist for the Niagara Falls International Short Festival (USA).


On January 21, 2022, the SJO will present a live performance with a projection of the animations behind the orchestra. This event will be live-streamed and available on the SJO’s website. The presentation of the animations and later live performance is an opportunity for audiences to contemplate their own experiences of music.

 
Allyson Glenn (Director, Drawing & Video Editing), Paul Suchan & Silas Friesen (Music Composers), Shelby Lund/Lucy Zhou/Nicole Leroy (Drawing), Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra (Music Performance) and John Ogresko (Assisted with Video Editing), Dean McNeill (Director of SJO)Performance) and John Ogresko (Assisted with Video Editing), Canada Council for the Arts Applicants David Hannah, Dean McNeill (Director of SJO) and Allyson Glenn.

Please Visit SJO's Youtube Channel to See the Trailers
https://youtu.be/5hCA5NoWbtU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2FqVp-7_3A

 
Boboli Gardens, Works on Paper (2020)
 
In 2020, I developed a series titled Boboli Gardens that consists of twenty-one works on paper, inspired by John Singer Sargent’s watercolors of the early twentieth century, of the Boboli Gardens in Florence, Italy. Located in behind the Pitti Palace, it is one of the many Italian gardens invented as escape into “Eden”, and now serves as a quiet retreat from the bustling urban center. Here, Sargent made several on-site watercolour paintings of many fantastical and mythological sculptures that juxtapose foliage, ponds, and architecture.

I painted the Boboli Garden series in my studio from photographs I took during a visit in November 2019. Exploring Sargent’s locations and technical methods, my intent was to visualize other ways of working including mark making. It was also an opportunity to experiment with combining water-based media (gouache and watercolour) and dry media.


Art and Myth Stories

Between 2017 and 2019, I developed a painting series titled Passages, which consists of fifteen paintings and small drawings that address the theme of myth.

Stories are powerful tools because they inspire hope, ease human suffering, and can sustain societal order. Centered on the journey of a fictional character, tales serve as a metaphor for the trials of human experience. Plots, acts, formulas, and information about a protagonist and an antagonist reflect the flaws and triumphs of humanity. Old stories, such as Greek myths, occasionally became manifest to organized religions that articulated powerful measuring tools to weigh human acts with virtue and advanced notions of dualism between good and evil. If understood metaphorically, stories can mitigate pain, incite healing, and lead to transcendence. Tales also encouraged self-discipline and courage in challenging times.

In Greek myths, gods often resemble their human counterparts; they were unpredictable, compassionate, just, or destructive. Mirroring the dark aspect of the human psyche, sometimes-ancient gods expressed rage, betrayal, jealousy, greed, vanity, and pride. In order to express the complexity of human conflict, Homer’s Iliad proposes that not only human pride but also interference by the gods led to the destruction of the city of Troy:

Aphrodite could stand the battle no longer, and Paris’s life was a sacrifice she would not allow … and then she struck, hiding her beloved behind a wall pulling him to safety. Menelaus looked on in amazement, so close he had come after all these years to reclaiming his bride, and here the gods took them as their playthings, changing the course of fate, of mortal lives on a whim. He cried out in rage, a call that was heard by the rest of the gods, and which opened up a wound that would not be healed until the end of the war. [1]

The Iliad is about tragedy, specifically about the relationship between humans – whose hubris is a weakness – and gods – who falter when they behave in an anthropomorphic way.
Many artists have borrowed themes from Greek mythology: for example, Botticelli, Titian, Waterhouse, and John Singer Sargent. Recent art exhibitions featuring artists and their relationship to ancient myth stories have included Rodin and the Art of Ancient Greece at the British Museum, London, UK (2018), and Picasso and Antiquity, Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens, Greece (2019). Occasionally, antiquity themes have served as a metaphor for modern political issues. As described in the exhibition catalogue Picasso and Antiquity, “From the time even when he painted plaster casts of ancient sculptures, Picasso was fascinated by various themes of Greek mythology, issues that distract the trivial or that state of the conflicting impulses of man. Among them, the Minotaur, a Dionysian creature, half man and half animal, emerged as a symbol of the darkest aspects of the human soul and the contemplation of war.”[2] Picasso’s painting Guernica depicts a rampaging bull with a Minotaur temperament, embodying the destruction and chaos that ensued in his native country during the Spanish Civil War.

Fascinated by history, the human condition, culture, and identity, I am compelled to research how ancient myths continue to educate people about the human psyche and how this might influence current events. My previous projects Catalyst, the Silver Road, and Gold Dust, investigated sustainability of oil, water, and migration. Building on these, Passages uses myth as a tool to disseminate topics that encompass land, people, and sustainability. This project is composed of fifteen paintings (nine large, six small) and fifteen small drawings. Two solo exhibitions featured this work at the Tinos Cultural Foundation, June 13-July 7, 2019, and the Vorres Museum, June 24-July 14, 2019. A second series titled Eclipse (2020) is in production. While both projects share the common theme of myth, Passages hypothesizes the existence of myth gods in a contemporary context, while Eclipse investigates the relationship between humans, myth gods and their stories.

Passages (2017–2019)


 We will try for the best.
 And the more we try, the more we will spoil,
 we will complicate matters till we find ourselves
 in utter confusion. And then we will stop.
 It will be the hour for the gods to work.
 The gods always come. They will come down
 from their machines, and some they will save,
 others they will lift forcibly, abruptly
 by the middle; and when they bring some order
 they will retire.[3]
 
The ancients did not know that they were polytheists. “Their myths were stories to help them explain natural phenomena, and the big questions of life such as where do we come from and where are we are going after death.”[4] This poem by Egyptian, Greek poet C.P. Cavafy [5]narrates how humans make errors and gods intervene selectively to bring about order. I build on this idea in the Passages series by asking, what would these imperfect ancient gods do in modern times. How might they inform issues around boundary, diaspora, poverty, equality and other sustainability-related topics?


Artworks from Passages

To make the paintings I used photos collected on three trips in Europe. First, as artist in residence in 2016 at the Vorres Museum in Athens, Greece, where I documented the architectural gardens; London, England, where I visited the exhibition Rodin and the Art of Ancient Greece, National Gallery in 2018; and in the same year, Bath, England where one of the oldest Roman sites contains classical sculptures such as Minerva (Athena). In this respect, Passages addresses how Greek archetypes transcend cultural boundaries. Despite vastly different contexts, folklore icons share “world myths” – or at least themes and archetypes that repeat and share motifs, that is, structures that surface across many cultures. [6]

The lush grounds, sculptures, and architecture of the Vorres Museum, and its proximity to Athens, made this an ideal place to explore the complex intertwining of ancient characters and current events. The complexity of Greece is geographical, economic, and philosophical positioning presents a unique ideological paradigm to investigate. Considered the gateway to western society, it is not only the epicenter of storytelling but also the birthplace of philosophy and democracy. Despite a rich cultural history, Greece is also a place of contradictions. Its geographical location complicates the debate between its openness and boundaries. In the midst of a financial downturn and recent wildfires, Greece remained open in its humanitarian approach to welcoming strangers who arrived on its beaches. How does Greece maintain financial independence and yet assist the displaced to support equality and human rights? As conflicts in the Middle East curtail, migrants have little incentive to return to their home countries where fractured infrastructures are beyond repair. Trapped in a purgatory state, in medias res, they wait.

While global questions have the potential to unite cultures and countries in an effort to find answers, art has the capacity to open new ways of seeing and thinking about current events and the future. Exhibitions of Passages held in Greece during summer 2019 included an invitation for visitors to participate in research on art and global sustainability goals; they were asked to complete a questionnaire on the role of art, and how effective it may be in disseminating these topics. The exhibitions occurred at the Tinos Cultural Foundation, June 13–July 7, 2019, and the Vorres Museum, June 24–July 14, 2019. The Global Community Fund, Vice President Research, at the University of Saskatchewan supported the activities, and in the coming year this research will be made public through a lecture at the Gordon Snelgrove Gallery, University of Saskatchewan and an essay that will be posted online.


[1] Doty, William G., 2013 Myths & Legends (Pg.204) Flame Tree Publishing, Fullham, London, UK. In Homer’s Iliad, gods, goddesses, and minor deities the gods fought among themselves to wager the outcome of the city of Troy.
[2] Stampolidis, N.C., Berggruen, Olivier. 2019. Picasso and Antiquity Catalogue, MCA Publication
[3] Capavfy, C.P. Man the Myth-Maker (1979, 1981). Poem translated by Rae Dalven. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc., Toronto, Canada.
[4] Pizanias, Caterina. 2019 passages / περάσματα, Catalogue Essay, Kostopolous Printing, Athens, Greece.
[5] Contantine P. Capavy was an Egyptian, Greek poet (1863-1933) whose works referenced Greek history, myth, and culture.
[6] Doty, William G., 2013 Myths & Legends, Flame Tree Publishing, Fullham, London, UK


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The Gate (2017-2018):  Augmented and Virtual Reality

Last year I completed a four-week intensive entitled Closer at the School of Machines, Making, and Make-Believe in Berlin, Germany.  I enrolled in the course because I wanted to learn how to integrate fine art skills with augmented and virtual reality experiences. 

During the course, I created The Gate, a 3D animation.  This project builds on earlier work that focused on doorways and walls as metaphor for social divisions.  While in Berlin, I wondered about the psychology of the most famous division: the Berlin Wall. I wondered what it must have been like for the people living on either side – what did they know about the other – could life better on the other side?  I created the project to explore this simple idea. Visually it can be described as hand drawn, ghost-like bodies move towards a doorway collaged with images of paradise.  Some figures stop and reverse at the entrance, while other bodies freely pass.  Two Sphynx sit at the top of the wall and a question (in a foreign language) descends.  By moving towards the wall, the viewer will trigger two texts.  Only one will transport the viewer to the other side, where there is a second scene.

For the exhibition in Germany The Gate was digitally projected on a small architectural stage made of foam core it included a hand-sketched backdrop.  The audience was able to manipulate the space (using a mouse) to view the animation from all angles.  To make the animation I used Tilt Brush (a 3D digital painting application) to create life-sized figures, drawn to the scale of 7 feet.  I imported the Tilt Brush drawings and some objects from Blender and Photoshop into a Unity software program.  I developed the scene and the movement of the figure and text directly in Unity. 

The Gate was included in a solo art exhibition entitled Bliss and the Dreadful Sublime at The Gallery (Art Placement) in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan October 7-November 2, 2017.  This time, a drawing was intalled on the wall and the user could access the 3D animation by lining it up with a tablet.  In the evening, the animation projected on the wall and was visible from the front window.  I edited the project to include game features and another scene.  I made these changes with help from University of Saskatchewan the Computer Science Graduate Student Golam Mostaeen.

For the Tech Art show at the Ontario Science Centre, February 17-19, 2018, visitors could experience the project as Virtual Reality.  Over three days, over 220 participants entered The Gate and engaged with virtual reality for the first time.  Designed as interactive, the project involved some learning.  Visitors navigated the space with their body and controllers by teleporting themselves.  In order to access the other side of the wall, they could select objects by touching them.  If successful, they entered a garden oasis.  University of Saskatchewan Interactive Systems Design student Brandon Piller edited the most recent virtual reality version of the project.


Tertium Quid (2015):  Drawing Installation

The exhibition Tertium Quid presents an installation of thirty-five drawings on paper.  These include twenty preparation drawings from the projects Catalyst and The Human Animal that share the overarching theme of conflict.  The Catalyst series explores the psychological impact of the artist’s personal experience of oil contamination in her home and also deeper meanings of how people relate to the environment.  The Human Animal series highlights primal behavior, connections to the primal self, and the complexity of contemporary events and conflicts.

The title of the exhibition, Tertium Quid, describes an event when two known elements are combined they produce an unknown, unanticipated third.  The words, first coined by the philosopher Plato, have been applied to subjects such as geology, theology, and the arts.  In the early twentieth century, tertium quid described innovations in film editing, specifically when film director Sergei Eisenstein applied his montage theory in Battleship Potemkin (1925).  To create the Odessa Staircase scene, Eisenstein combined both focused and zoomed-out viewpoints to elongate the perception of time. He then sped up or slowed down these shots to generate intensity. Many scenes focused on the faces of the protagonists, offering the audience an immediate emotional connection to the characters.  These techniques were effective and continue to be applied in motion film today.  Since then, these ideas have expanded to other artistic mediums such as illustration, animation, and graphic novels. 

Inspired by montage theory, the Tertium Quid installation employs framing devices and spacing considerations to generate a sense of time.  The thirty-five drawings are also assembled and juxtaposed to widen the possibilities of engagement and semiotics.  The intent of the project is to evoke the question:  What conceptual outcomes occur when one sketch is juxtaposed with another?  To assist the viewer on this journey, the narrative imagery includes symbolism, metaphor, and signs.  Each fragment offers insight into the complexity and continuum of the story, luring the viewer into both the abyss of catastrophe and the fortitude of resolution.

 
 
Allegory (2012-2015):  Painting

Between 2012 and 2015, I developed two painting series under the title of Allegory, which consists of 17 large-scale paintings (ranging from 48 x 86”). The two series share the common theme of conflict.

Series 1, The Human Animal, is about politics and primal instincts. Animal symbols represent the fight-or-flight instinct, and a repeating motif of a graffiti wall functions as a visual metaphor for divisions: keep out and protect those within.

Series 2, Catalyst, is about an internal struggle. These works examine the psychological impact of oil contamination and the deeper meaning of how people relate with the environment. I first developed seven large-scale paintings for Catalyst and recently added four modest-size paintings to satisfy the dimensions of particular venues, which are either large or intimate.
 

The Human Animal (Series 1)

Description

The first series is structured with pictorial links between the images to signify a narrative structure (introduction, climax, and resolution). Since paintings are rarely presented through the structure of storytelling, this series offered a unique opportunity to reflect on art images through the familiarity of a story sequence. These works are not illustrative but are intended to be interpretive. They contain metaphor and symbolism, which allow the viewer to formulate details of the story or event. By implementing a narrative structure to the series, I was obliged to consider how the content of the images would offer coherence to the sequence.

In developing this series, I have thought about the complexity of social dynamics, politics, and primal instincts. I have been interested in the theme of human conflict initiated by emotional, primal instincts to protect identity and common values. In terms of content, I was interested in depicting a battle between people elicited by primal instincts. So, in the first image I depict wolves and deer in front of a riot crowd, to represent an animalistic, primal instinct of fear or flight; this image introduces the viewer to the “atmosphere” of story, similar to the introductory scene of a movie. I also borrow a classical frieze composition to depict people in front of a graffiti wall. The wall, a visual metaphor for division—both keep out and also protect those within—can be interpreted as symbolizing the evolution of conflict. The final two paintings include a judgement by masked figures, followed by a painting where the subjects are condemned (dinosaur rib cage set over a group of collapsed figures). I reference the “weighing of the heart” by including jackal ears and gas masks on two portraits. These additions to the portrait offer a contemporary portrayal of the Egyptian myth symbols for Anubis. These characters gaze at the viewer through a mirror reflection. The position of the legs above the mirror suggest that audience can participate in the judging of the crime. The final panel includes two figures with large bones or a gaping mouth which consumes them, thus symbolizing their ill fate. By showcasing primal behavior—not often associated with civilized society—this work highlights connections to the primal self and offers insight into the complexity of contemporary events and conflicts.

To inform my compositions and effectively capture these ideas in single-shot images, I expanded my knowledge of body language by studying highly choreographed films such as The Godfather (Francis Ford Coppola, 1974), Blow Up (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1966), and also documentaries of stage plays such as Mozart, and Il Re Pastore (2007).
 
 
Catalyst (Series 2)

In the event of an oil spill on the ground or underground, compounds can migrate through the soil, contaminating it; penetrate a cement floor; permeate into a house, polluting the air; and seep into wells, poisoning the drinking water. For example, if the soil beneath a structure is contaminated, hydrocarbons can permeate the foundation, and move up and into the insulation, drywall, new hardwood floors, a favorite bureau, a new couch, and even a coffee maker. Once they have entered an object, they off-gas for many years. Even though the air may seem clean and there is no visible evidence of oil, a site can be toxic with carcinogens, and essentially poisonous—with serious consequences for human health.

In 2012, when we discovered a substantial oil spill beneath the foundation of our house, my aspirations to renovate, nest, and create memories within this first home were put aside to address the reality and complexity of being tethered to catastrophe. This event propelled me to develop the Catalyst series, which narrates moments of my journey and my partner`s with the contamination and remediation. It also offered a platform to address the universal topic of oil and what it really means for those who live in proximity to sites that pose similar risks. One of the paintings, entitled Cave 1, depicts my partner collapsing over the excavation pit, which appears rugged, foreboding, and cave-like, while his body language suggests anger, defeat, and acceptance. This painting was one of two selected to exhibit in the international art exhibition Art@tell in St.Gallen, Switzerland, in 2014. Curator Deborah Keller suggests in her essay In the Wake of Dualistic Imagery for the catalogue published for the exhibition at Karsh Masson (Ottawa, 2015) that “the house as a leitmotif of the series plays an important role by addressing collective memories and emotions. Psychology, philosophy and literature have all at times cited the house as a symbol of the human psyche. In this interpretation, the underground is attributed the role of the unconscious, where according to Freud the uncanny arises. In several works from the series, such as Cave 1, Cave 2 and Crimson Lake (Home), the viewer is confronted by this part of the house or even themselves in a threatening way. The protection and security that are generally associated with the home seem completely abolished – the building is eroded, destroyed, or even bleeding.

Other paintings from this series, such as Demolition Tea Party, depict a celebration or social gathering. It is contrasted with in an inverted image of a demolition site to juxtapose celebration with deconstruction. My intent was to address how an individual can struggle with trauma, but must put it aside to participate in the pleasures of life. A second read may suggest a ‘conflict’ between the female figures at the table. This is affirmed by the deconstruction of the landscape in the background. In using the term Tea Party in the title, I suggest it could also be a moment of protest. Crimson Lake (Home) was developed from a photo that I took of my former home, exposed and teetering on stilts. To address the environmental impact I depicted it above a tree landscape with a gap or a mirror reflection in the area below which is lake-like. The colour of acid green and red offers creates uneasiness and is menacing, symbolizing a hidden danger.  Deborah addresses these additional works by stating “The visualization of this ‘small-scale’ pollution refers inevitably to the larger global context. It compels us to consider our questionable use of oil, a non-renewable resource, and our exploitative attitude toward nature. For the viewer this attitude is most evident in the work entitled Caught in a Tailings Pond. The complex entanglement of the individual within the mechanisms of the oil industry and their collective impact is presented here in a simplified but symbolically powerful image. It is also this image that makes visible the personal motivation of the series, because the person who is in danger of being choked by the wake of toxic residues is the artist herself.” (catalogue essay)

This project reveals details and the personal impact of the contamination of my home. In doing so, it not only acknowledges my personal journey but also raises awareness for those who seek to know more about environmental risks, taking the work to a more universal level. This project may also offer insight for those who live in proximity to oil and gas development and transportation sites and who might question, “what would happen if…”

Teaching & Supervision

Drawing Painting Painting and Drawing Soil Science

Selection of Courses Taught (by Year)

  • 2009 - Art 311, 411, 421 Painting and Related Work
  • 2009 - Art 872.6 Painting Special Topics
  • 2010 - Art 211.6 Painting and Related Work
  • 2010 - Art 112.6 Drawing Foundation
  • 2011 - Art 211.6 Painting and Related Work
  • 2011 - Art 111.6 Painting Foundation
  • 2011 - Art 311.6, 411.6, 421.6 Painting and Related Work
  • 2012 - Art 398.3 Creating Paint from Soil
  • 2012 - Art 111.6 Painting Foundation
  • 2012 - Art 212.6 Drawing and Related Work
  • 2012 - Art 312.6, 412.6, 422.6 Drawing and Related Work, Drawing Special Topics
  • 2013 - Art 111.6 Painting Foundation
  • 2013 - Art 212.6 Drawing and Related Work
  • 2014 - Art 311.6, 411.6, 421.6, 431.6 Painting and Related Work, Special Topics
  • 2014 - Art 355.3: Interdisciplinary Topics - Creating Paint from Soil
  • 2014 - Art 111.6 Painting Foundation
  • 2014 - Art 212.6 Drawing and Related Work
  • 2015 - Art 211.6 Painting and Related Work
  • 2015 - Art 111.6 Painting Foundation
  • 2015 - Art 112.6 Drawing Foundation
  • 2017 - Art 212.6 Drawing and Related Media
  • 2017 - Art 311.6, 411.6 Painting and Related Media
  • 2018 - Art 111.6 Painting Foundation
  • 2018 - Art 898.3 Painting, Special Topics
  • 2018 - Art 212.6 (01,02) Drawing and Related Media
  • 2018 - Art 311.6, 411.6, 450.6, 451.6: Painting and Related Work, Special Studies
  • 2018 - Art 311.6: Painting and Related Work
  • 2019 - Art 872.3 Advanced Studies in Painting
  • 2019 - Art 111.6 (01,02) Painting Foundation
  • 2019 - Art 112.6 Drawing Foundation
  • 2019 - Art 311.6(01,02) Painting/Related Media Art 411.6 (01,02) Painting and Related Media Art 450.3 (01) Advanced Studies Painting Art 311.6, 411.6, Painting and Related Media
  • 2019 - Art 450.3, 451.3, 452.3 Advanced Studies in Painting
  • 2020 - ART 322.3, 472.3, 484.3, 486.3, 450.3, 451.3 Painting and Related Work (Senior Painting)
  • 2020 - Art 111.3
  • 2020 - Art 222.3 Painting and Related Work
  • 2020 - Art 871.3 Special Studies Painting and Related Work
  • 2021 - ART 323.3, 473.3, 485.3, 487.3, 453.3, 871.3 Painting and Related Work (Senior Painting)
  • 2021 - Art 111.3 Painting Foundation

Research

2D Animation Drawing Hand-Drawn Animation Painting Virtual Reality

Artist Statement

The area of my research is contemporary figurative painting with a specialization in portraiture and the figure. I am also very interested in drawing and interdisciplinary work. The human experience, particularly how people engage with one another, is an important theme of my research. I create images that address social conflict, emotion, isolation, culture, myth, and identity. Recent work is void of the figure but alludes to human metaphor, allegories, and narrative with abstraction, architecture, landscape, and interiors.

Earlier projects, Catalyst and The Human Animal, I focused on capturing a sense of ‘time’ by considering how each piece delivers a unique angle of a story. Narrative structure is commonly used in literature, storytelling, movies, and theatre. This conceptual construct has been occasionally used in painting by artists such as Francisco Goya, William Hogarth, and the contemporary artist Jerome Witkin. With the intent to use narrative structure to link a timeline of images I developed the Human Animal, composed of six large painted panels. In order to create a series which was less illustrative, I used metaphors and symbols to allow the viewer to formulate details of the story or event. In terms of content, I was interested in depicting a battle between people elicited by primal instincts. By showcasing primal behavior—not often associated with civilized society—this work highlights connections to the primal self and offers insight into the complexity of contemporary events and conflicts. This research informed a subsequent project Catalyst where time is addressed through character development, a pinnacle conflict, and a deconstruction as the resolution.

Building on previous projects – Catalyst, Silver Road, and Gold Dust where I investigated topics such as oil, water, and migration, my most recent series Passages uses the ‘myth’ as a tool to disseminate topics surrounding land, people, and sustainability.  The artworks explore the complex intertwining between ancient stories, archetypes and current events. The series is composed of fourteen paintings and fifteen drawings, featured in two curated solo exhibitions at the Tinos Cultural Foundation, June 13-July 7, 2019, and the Vorres Museum, June 24-July 14, 2019.  Supported by the Global Community Fund, Vice-President Research at the University of Saskatchewan, the project engages local and artistic communities, as well as the numerous tourists in Tinos and Athens and facilitated stronger partnerships, shared knowledge, and mutual learning between international and Canadian institutions and peoples. By revisiting ancient myths and creating dialogue on sustainability and other topics, we hope that that the exhibitions can help foster learning from antiquity and from each other.

In the formal discipline of drawing and painting, my work is informed by impressionism, realism, and abstract expressionism. I compose images derived from multiple images.  Before executing the art work, each piece involves preparatory activities, such as researching contemporary and historical art practices, developing composition and content. In order to generate specific ideas for a project, I sketch and collect images or words. These concepts are assessed throughout production. I frequently use my own photography and collaged these manually or digitally. I sketch ideas and images to address the two and three dimensional aspects of the space. These might include anatomical, topographical, tonal, or mark making studies. As a result, a painting series may amass as many as fifty drawings.

In 2017, I learned how to develop 3D animation using Unity.  I created game spaces with hand made materials such as my own paintings, drawings, photography.  Tilt brush was used to create three dimensioal anatomical figures and animals that moved through the space.

More recently, I completed two animations as part of a multimedia collaboration with the Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra (SJO) as part of a project called Sound Dimensions, supported by the Canada Council for the Arts Digital Now Fund.


Education

2000      MFA, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta.  MFA Thesis support paper and exhibition.
1999      Royal College of Art, London, England.  Printmaking Exchange: six weeks.
1998      BFA, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta.
1997      The Kent Institute of Art and Design, Canterbury, England. Exchange: four months.     


Upgrading, Master Classes, and Intensives

2019        TIAC Academy of Fine Arts, Florence, Italy. Master Class with Odd Nerdrum
                 (1 week studio intensive)
2018        Royal College of Art, London, UK. Contemporary Art Practice Summer School 
                 (3.5 week studio intensive)
2017        School of Machines, Making and Make-Believe, Berlin, Germany. Closer (4 week master
                 class in 3D Unity, including scripting and 360 Video)
2013        School for Visual Arts, New York, NY, USA. Summer Residency Program, Painting
                 (4 week studio intensive, continuing education)
2011         University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK. Pixar Artists Led Masterclass,  
                 Animation and Story Development (2 day workshop)

            

Solo Exhibitions

2019         Passages, Cultural Foundation of Tinos (Curator, Dr. Catarina Pizanias),
                  Tinos Island, Cyclades,Greece                                                    
                  Passages (Sketches), Vorres Museum (Curator, Dr. Caterina Pizanias), Athens, Greece
2018        3D Unity Animation Projection (accompanied piece Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered)
                  Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra, Broadway Theatre, Saskatoon
2017         Bliss and the Dreadful Sublime (Painting and Augmented Reality Installation) Art Placement
                  Gallery, Saskatoon, SK
2016-17   Catalyst, Two Rivers Gallery, (Curator George Harris), Prince George, BC
2016         Tertium Quid, Terrace Art Gallery, Terrace BC
2016         The Human Animal, Steckline Gallery, Newman University, Wichita, KS, USA
2015         Tertium Quid, Mickinley Gallery City Hall, Reno, NV, USA          
                  Catalyst, Karsh-Masson Gallery, City Hall, Ottawa, ON
                  Catalyst, Carnegie Art Gallery, Dundas, ON
                  The Human Animal and Catalyst, Okatoks Art Gallery, Okatoks, AB
                  The Human Animal, Ottawa School of Art, Ottawa (Orleans), ON
2014-15   Catalyst(Featured in the Corridor) Art@tell, Universitat de St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland.
2012        Fragments, Common Sense Art Gallery, Edmonton, AB
2011        The Anatomical Body and Prepatory Studies, Qeritica Art Gallery, Varanasi, India
2009        Cracovia, Dolphin Gallery, Hingham Public Library, Hingham (Boston), MA, USA
2008        Cracovia  The Fine Arts Gallery, College of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas, NV, USA
                 Cracovia, The Vernon Art Gallery, Vernon, BC
                 CracoviaThe Hopkins Center for the Arts, Minneapolis, MN, USA.
2007        Cracovia, ARTsPLACE, Annapolis Royal, NS
                 CracoviaL’oeil du Poisson, Quebec City, QC
2005        Requiem, Klicperova Gallery, Novy Bydzov, Czech Republic
2004        Requiem, The Fringe Gallery, Edmonton, AB
2003        Disconnect, Mezzanine Gallery, University of Calgary, AB
2000        Exhibition in the Feature Room, TrepanierBaer Gallery, Calgary, AB
1999        The Twelfth House, Little Gallery, University of Calgary, AB


Two & Three Person Exhibitions     

2017       Canada 2017: An Exhibition in Two Acts 
                 (Curator Catarina Pizanias with Ron Moppett, Colleen Heslin)
                 Cultural Foundation of Tinos, Cyclades, Greece
                 A Visit to the Vorres, Athena (Vorres Museum Artist in Residents 2015-2016).  
                 Gordon Snelgrove Gallery (curated by Anahita Akhavan with Eveline Kolijn),
                 University of Saskatchewan, SK
2016       Public Domain, Quest Art Gallery, Midland, ON.  Curator Jill Price,
                 Exhibition with Nathalie Quagliotto.
                 Catalyst, Georgina Arts Centre and Gallery, Sutton, ON.  Curator Ewa Chwojko-Srawley;
                 Exhibition with Artist Twyla Exner
2015       Human Animal and Catalyst, Cultch Gallery, Vancouver, BC.  Curated by Oliver McTavish.  
                 Exhibition with Artist Margaret Lawther


Selected Group Exhibitions

2021        Small Works, Holiday Exhibition, the Gallery at Art Placement, Saskatoon, SK
                 The Painting Center Benefit, the Painting Center, NY, USA
                 Art Draw, AKA Artist Run Centre, Saskatoon , SK
                 ArtNow, the Gallery at Art Placement, Saskatoon, SK
                 Summer Exhibition, the Gallery at Art Placement, Saskatoon, SK
                 Visualizing Sound, Walkers Art Gallery, San Marcos, TX, USA
2020        Ensemble:  Together Again, (Online) The Painting Center, New York, NY, USA
                 Art Collections, Rosso Cinabro Gallery, Rome, Italy
2019-22  Women X Women, AFA Travelling Exhibition, AB
2019        Gift-Wrapped, AKA Art Draw Fundraiser, Saskatoon, SK
                 Open House, TIAC Art Academy Master Class with Odd Nerdrum (Portraiture), Florence, Italy
                 Faculty Show, Art Placement Gallery, Saskatoon, SK
2018        Group ShowThe Gallery at Art Placement, Saskatoon, SK
                 RCA Summer School Exhibition (Curator Despina Zacharopoulou) Johnson's Gallery, London, UK
                 RCA Summer School Exhibition (Curator Despina Zacharopoulou)
                  Royal College of Art (Sackler Building), London, UK
                 Art Auction, Two Rivers Gallery, Prince George, BC
                 Tech Art (3D Unity Augmented and Virtual Reality Installation), Ontario Science Museum
                 (Propeller Gallery), Toronto, ON
2017-18  Group Show, The Gallery at Art Placement, Saskatoon, SK
                 Closer:  An Evening of Virtual Reality Experiences (Augmented Reality)
                 School of Machines, Making and Make-Believe Gallery, Berlin, Germany
                 Faculty Exhibition, Art Placement Gallery, Saskatoon, SK
                 Gift Wrapped, AKA Annual Art Auction, AKA Artist Run Centre, Saskatoon, SK
2016        Canadian Exhibition, Wuhan Zhuo Er Art Gallery, Curator Xiao Han, Wuhan, China
2015        Bi-Annual Art Draw, AKA Artist Run Gallery, Saskatoon, SK
2014-15  Portraiture, AFA Travelling Art Exhibition, Curator Caroline Loewen, AB
2013        Open Studio Exhibition, School for Visual Arts, New York, NY, USA
2012        Artists and Athletes Invitational AuctionGraham Clubhouse, University of Saskatchewan, SK
2011        International Group Show, Caelum Gallery, New York, NY, USA
                 Open Doors, Gallery 1313, Toronto, ON
2010       Currents: Shifts Series, Kenderdine Art Gallery, Saskatoon, SK
                Walnut Studio Open House Exhibition, Toronto, ON
2005       Group Show, Campbell’s Art Gallery, United Kingdom
                The Big Draw, (Drawing Exposition), Campbell’s Art Gallery, London, United Kingdom.
                International Group Show, Caelum Gallery, New York, NY, USA
                Figure Painting show, Image 54 Gallery, Calgary, AB
                Mysteries of the Flesh -The Body; Thematic Tangents, Affil. Triangle Gallery, Calgary, AB
2004      The Affordable Art Fair, Michael Gibson Gallery, New York , NY, USA
                Anonymous, The Uptown Theatre, Calgary, AB
                Eastside Culture Crawl, Studio Open House, Calgary, AB
                Still Life, Image 54 Gallery, Calgary, AB
                Skin Tones, Michael Gibson Gallery, London, ON
2003       Red Dots, The Design Centre, Calgary, AB
                Faculty Exhibition, Illingworth Kerr Gallery, ACAD, Calgary, AB
                The Body and Wearing, The New Gallery, Calgary, AB
                Summer Exhibition, TrepanierBaer Gallery, Calgary, AB
2002       Christmas Exhibition, TrepanierBaer Gallery, Calgary, AB
                Summer Exhibition, TrepanierBaer Gallery, Calgary, AB
2001      The Toronto 2001 International Art Fair, TrepanierBaer Gallery, Toronto, ON
                Mountain Standard Time (So You Wanna Be An Art Star), Nickle Arts Museum, Calgary, AB
                Spring ExhibitionTrepanierBaer Gallery, Calgary, AB
                Calgary Learning Centre Gala Auction, Calgary, AB
2000       Faculty Exhibition, Nickle Arts Museum, Calgary, AB
                Christmas Exhibition, TrepanierBaer Gallery, Calgary, AB
                Knock Loudly, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Nickle Arts Museum, Calgary, AB
                Graduate Student Exhibition, Little Gallery, University of Calgary, AB
1999       New Calgary Artists, The Collectors Gallery, Curator Daniel Lindley, Calgary, AB
                Knackered, Royal College of Art Exchange Exhibition, Little Gallery, U of Calgary, AB
1998       Miniature Show and Auction, Stride Gallery, Calgary, AB
                I Charts, “The Works” Festival, Commerce Place, Edmonton, AB
                BFA Graduating Show, FAB Gallery, Edmonton, AB
                Departure, Latitude 53 Gallery, Edmonton, AB
1997       Mid-Session Exhibition, Herbert Reed Gallery, Kent Institute of Art & Design, Canterbury, UK 

 

Curated (Student Exhibitions)

2022        46 Annual Winterfest Art Show and Sale: Mann Gallery, Prince Albert, SK, CA

2018        Emergence: Art 311.6 Senior Painting Students [Paintings]. Gordon Snelgrove Gallery,  
                 University Saskatchewan.
                 Motus Prescripta: Art 212.6 Drawing Students [2 Projections of Drawings and Hand Animation]
                Gordon Snelgrove Gallery, University of Saskatchewan.
2012       The Body, Inside Out, Frances Morrison Library Gallery, Saskatoon, SK
                 Fe2O3:  The Alchemy of Paint, Gordon Snelgrove Gallery,
                 University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK 


Publications (Illustrations)

2019        Benjamin W.C. Rosser*, Ashraf H. Salem, Saheed A. Gbamgbola & Adel Mohamed,(2019)    
                “Bilateral Tripartite Insertion of the Fibularis (Peroneus) Brevis Muscle:  Case Report”,
                 International Journal of Morphology 37(2):481-485 (April)


Awards, Nominations, & Selections: Animated Film 

Above the Deluge Short Animation Film (2021) (5min) Released October 2021

2021    Best Animation: Five Continents International Film Festival, Puerto la Cruz, Venezuela
              https://www.ficocc.com/
              Best Animated Film: London Movie Awards, London, UK
              https://londonmovieawards.com/
              Best Film Score: IndieX Film Fest, Los Angeles, CA USA 
              https://indiexfest.com/
              Best Experimental Film: Independent Shorts Award, Los Angeles, CA USA 
              https://independentshortsawards.com/
              First Time Filmmaker (Female): Independent Shorts Award, Los Angeles, CA USA 
              https://independentshortsawards.com/
              Honorable Mention: Animated Film; IndieX Film Fest, Los Angeles, CA USA 
              https://indiexfest.com/
              Honorable Mention: Animation: Florence Film Awards, -Florence, Italy 
              https://florencefilmawards.com/
              Honorable Mention: Best Animation Short, IndieX Film Fest Los Angeles, CA USA 
              https://indiexfest.com/
              Finalist Best First-Time Filmmaker (Short): Cannes World Film Festival, Cannes, FR
              https://www.cannesworldfilmfestival.com/
              Finalist Best Animation Short: Toronto independent Film Festival of Cift, Toronto, CA
              https://cyrusmonthlyfestival.com/
              Semi-Finalist Best Animation Short: Indie Short Fest, Los Angeles, CA, USA
              https://indieshortfest.com/             
              Official Selection Animation Short: Short to the Point, Bucharest, RM
              https://shorttothepoint.com/ 
2022    Official Selection Short Short Film: LA Animated Film Festival, Los Angeles, USA
              https://www.lafilmfestivals.com/
              Official Selection: Black and White Short Film: Black & White Film Festival, Toronto, ON CA  
              https://blackandwhitefilmfestival.com/
              Best Music & Sound: LA Feedback Film Festival (Black & White Film Festival), Los Angeles, USA
              https://www.lafeedbackfilmfestival.com/
              Official Selection Short Short Film: LA Animated Film Festival, Los Angeles, USA
              https://www.lafilmfestivals.com/
              Official Selection, Experimental Dance & Music Festival
              https://experimentalfilmfestival.com/
              Official Selection Animations: Berlin Lift-Off Festival, Berlin, DE
              https://liftoff.network/
              Official Selection Animation Shorts: Cinequest Film & VR Festival, San Jose CA, USA
              https://cinequest.org/   


In the Fray Short Animation Film (2021) (8min) Released December 2021

2021     Semi-Finalist Best Animation Short: Niagara Falls International Short Festival  Niagara Falls, USA  
              https://niagarafallsfestival.com/ 
              Semi-Finalist Best Animation Short: Toronto Independent Film Festival of Cift, Toronto, ON, CA                                  
              https://cyrusmonthlyfestival.com/
2022     Best Animation: Indie Short Fest, Los Angeles, CA, USA
              https://indieshortfest.com/
              Bronze Best Animated Film: Independent Shorts Awards, Los Angeles, CA, USA
              https://independentshortsawards.com
              Honorable Mention Animated Film, Paris Film Awards, Paris, FR
              https://parisfilmawards.net/
              Official Selection Animated Film: Hollywood Gold Awards, Los Angeles, CA  USA
              https://hollywoodgoldawards.com/
              Official Selection Animated Film: New York Movie Awards, New York City, NY USA
              https://newyorkmovieawards.com/
              Official Selection Shorts: Canadian Film Fest, Toronto, ON, CA
              https://www.canfilmfest.ca/                                                                                                                                                                                               
              Official Selection Tokyo International Short Film Festival, Tokyo, JP
              https://www.tokyoshortfilmfest.com/

Awards, Scholarships and Grants  

2021       Digital Now, Canada Council for the Arts 
                Applicants: David Hannah, Dean McNeill, Allyson Glenn
2020       Micro Grant, Saskatchewan Arts Board, (Postponed to 2022)
2010       President’s SSHRC Research Grant, Research Services,
                University of Saskatchewan.
2007       Travel Grant, British Columbia Arts Council.
2005       Professional Grant, The Alberta Foundation for the Arts.
                Travel Grant, The Canada Council for the Arts.
2004       The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Award
                Professional Grant, The Alberta Foundation for the Arts.
2003       Professional Grant, The Alberta Foundation for the Arts.
2002       The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Award.
                 Professional Grant, The Canada Council for the Arts.
2001       Travel Grant, The Canada Council for the Arts.
                Art Acquisition (new artists), The Alberta Foundation for the Arts.
                The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Award.
1999       Graduate Research Scholarship, Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Calgary.
                Travel Grant, Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Calgary.
1998       Graduate Research Scholarship, Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Calgary.
                Deans Award, Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Calgary.
                Graduate Research Scholarship, Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Calgary.
                Seven Arts Club Award, Faculty of Arts, University of Alberta.
1995       Human Rights Commission Art Award. Open to all Alberta artists. 

 

Internal Grants (UofS)       

2021       Global Ambassador Fund, $3000 for Project: Geographies of Greek Antiquity
                (Canadian Institute in Greece)
2019       Global Community Service Fund, $11,000 for Project: Myths re-visited
                 through visual arts: Can old stories guide us to a more sustainable
                society? Office of the Vice-President Research, University of Saskatchewan
2017       Visiting Lecturer Fund, $1452 (for Curator Caterina Pizanias, March) Research Services,
                University of Saskatchewan
 2016      Sabbatical Research Fund, $4000 for travel associated with research,
                 Office of the Provost, University of Saskatchewan
2016       Catalyst Graduate Award, $3030 (for graduate student to travel to Vorres Museum to be
                Production Assistant and Curator), ICCC, University of Saskatchewan.
2014       Experiential Learning Fund (co applicant, Ken Van Rees, Gwenna Moss Center for Teaching and
                Learning, University of Saskatchewan.
                Visiting Scholar Fellowship (application for artist Chris van Donkelaar), ICCC, University of
                Saskatchewan.  Co-applicant Ken Van Rees, Soil Science.
2013       Visiting Scholar Fellowship (host faculty co-applicant, Kent Archer, Leah Taylor
                “Dreaming Painting”) ICCC, University of Saskatchewan
2013       Grant in Lieu of Salary, $2780, Office of the Provost, University of Saskatchewan
                (to support travel to Avanca/Cinema International Conference, Portugal)
2012       Visiting Scholar Fellowship (application for David Goatley), ICCC, University of Saskatchewan.
                Visiting Lecture Fund (application for artist Martin Golland) Research Services, University of
                Saskatchewan.
                Visiting Scholar Fellowship (application for artist Chris van Donkelaar), ICCC, University of
                Saskatchewan.  Co-applicant Ken Van Rees, Soil Science.
2009       Operating Grant, Central Administration, $5000, University of Saskatchewan
                Capital Expenditures Grant, $10,000, University/College of Arts and Science,
                University of Saskatchewan.


Selected Article Review Publications and Interviews

2022     Putnam, Chris. "The Shape of Music; USask Artist and Musicians Explore Human Perception", College of Arts and Science, USask News, January 4.                                                   https://news.usask.ca/articles/colleges/2022/the-shape-of-music-usask-artist-and-musicians-explore-human-perception.phpOleksyn, Michael. "Glenn                                               Embracing Challenge of Guest Curating Winter Festival Art Show and Sale", February 3 (Arts News Section)
              https://paherald.sk.ca/blog/2022/02/03/glenn-embracing-challenge-of-guest-curating-winter-festival-art-show-and-sale/
2021     Olson, Matt. "I've Always Been Able to See Music: ' Saskatoon Prof Animates January SJO Concert. December 30, 2021 (Local Arts)
              https://thestarphoenix.com/entertainment/local-arts/ive-always-been-able-to-see-music-saskatoon-prof-animates-january-sjo-concert
              Creative Saskatchewan for Art Now, the Gallery Art Placement, Sasktoon SK
              Link to video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ilLn98WVZgQ
2019     Boklaschuk, Shannon.  "USask art professor’s work featured in two solo shows in Greece," News and Events, College of Arts and Science, University of                                            Saskatchewan, SK, June 17, 2019.  
             https://artsandscience.usask.ca/news/articles/3757/USask_art_professor_s_work_featured_in_two_solo_shows_in_Greece

Review Articles for Passages Exhibitions in Greece:
https://www.culturenow.gr/passages-perasmata-ekthesi-tis-allyson-glenn-sto-idryma-tiniakoy-politismoy/
https://www.culturenow.gr/passages-perasmata-ekthesi-tis-allyson-glenn-sto-moyseio-vorre/ 
http://www.topontiki.gr/article/232004/ekthesi-syghronis-tehnis-stin-tino-apo-tin-presveia-toy-kanada 
https://www.debop.gr/events/passages-perasmata-allyson-glenn-sto-mouseio-vorre-eikastika 
https://www.artandlife.gr/athens/events/allyson_glenn_ekthesi_passages_perasmata 
https://www.kathimerini.gr/1030140/article/politismos/atzenta/h-politistikh-atzenta-ths-evdomadas 
https://www.tinostoday.gr/2019/06/allyson-glenn.html
https://tinosecret.gr/events/ 
http://www.voreini.gr/politismos/allyson-glenn-passagesperasmata-stin-tino-ke-sto-mouse/
https://portal.clipnews.gr/ARCHIVE/PDF/118553/23710725.pdf 


2017       Karcas, Ioanna.  “Canadian Artists Draw from Crisis”.  Ekathimerini News.com (Life Section).  
                 Athens, Greece. August 9.
                 EPT (Greece’s national TV/radio network)/ Amna.gr (Greek equivalent to Canadian Press).  
                 "Exhibition of Modern Art in Tinos by the Embassy of Canada".  Athens,
                  Greece.  August 1
                 Clintza, Olga. "Greece and Canada Celebrate 75 Years of Diplomatic Relations: 
                 Contemporary Art Exhibition; Open Horizons" at the Foundation of Tinian Culture".
                 Tovima (TOBHMA, National Newspaper), Society, July 26.  
                 "3 Famous Canadian artists in Tinos".  The Liberal.gr (cultural issues website),
                  Artnews, Athens, Greece, August 1.Nikos.
                 “Exhibition of Canadian artists "Open Horizons" in Tinos”.  Voreini, Online News Website,
                  Athens, Greece, July 24.  
                 "Open Horizons" at the Foundation of Tinian Culture”.  Naxotimes (Online News),
                  Athens, Greece, August 1.
                 “Exhibition Open Horizons: Presentation and Discussion”.  Youtube:  
                  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7mWEI3-xuc
                  Priegert, Portia.  “Greek Idyll for three Western Artists.”  Galleries West, Online Magazine, July 28.
                  Priegert, Portia, “Paintings Depict Toxic Oil Spill”.  Galleries West, Online Magazine, December 2.
2016          Murphy, Daniel.  “Last Final Friday Exhibit of the Season Featurs Allyson Glenn and
                  ‘Human Animal’.  Newman Today, Wichita, KS, USA.  April 14.
                  Georgina Live, Interview with Curator Ewa Chwojko for Catalyst.  Rogers Television.  
                  Sutton, ON.  February 18/20.
2015         Luciano, Josie.  “Third Person”.  Reno News & Review, Arts and Culture, Reno,
                 NV, USA.  December 17, 2015.
                 Cucci, Maud.  “La Destruction Peinte en Noir”. Le Droit, Arts et Spectacles.  
                 Gatineau, QC.  September 26.
                 Haggo, Regina.  “Allyson Glenn’s Catalyst Captures Loss of House and a Sense of Home”.  
                 The Hamilton Spectator, What’s On, Hamilton, ON.  August 22.
                 Bailey, Meredith.  “John Holt’s Hidden Gem” Avenue Magazine, City Life, Style, Calgary, AB.  
                 Page 160.  May 2015.  Painting featured in the article (image and text).
                 Rollie, Tammy.  “Artists Connect with Nature in Double Exhibit” Okotoks Western Wheel.  
                 Okotoks, AB.  Page 37, April 29.
                 Mitchell Caplan, CHUO FM89, Ottawa “On  Demand”, February 25.  Radio Interview.
2014         Lucia Angela Cavegn, "St. Gallen: Art@tell", Kunstbulletin, Switzerland.  December  
                 MacPherson, Colleen.  “Assistant Professor Artwork on View in Swiss Exhibit”, On
                 Campus News, University of Saskatchewan, SK.  Page 11, September 12.
                 Dumont, Mickey.  “Portraiture Explored in Brooks campus exhibit”,
                 The Brooks & County Chronicle, Issue.  Brooks, AB.  March 18.
                  Kerr, Jason.  “Artists and Scientists Combine to Revive Old Ways”,
                  Prince Albert Daily Herald Prince Albert, SK:  Living, April 13.
2013         Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching Effectiveness (Website):  “Ecosystems and Art Teaches
                 Creativity”  http://www.usask.ca/gmcte/stories/2013/04/van_rees.  April 26.
2013         Image Publication.  Alberta Views Magazine. Volume 16, Number 3. (2 Images)
2012         Cheater, Glenn.  “Dirt and Art”, Acknowledge Magazine: College of Agriculture and Bioresources,
                 University of Saskatchewan, Issue 12/12; Page 22-23.
                 Polachic, Darlene. “Students Use Natural, Local Pigments to Make Art”, Star Phoenix.
                 Saskatoon, SK: June 11.
                 Ryan, Janice.  “Artist Captures Issues of Conflict and Transition”,
                 Edmonton Journal, Edmonton, AB:  Arts and Entertainment, June 6, 2012.
2008        Banks, Natalie.  “Painter Preserves a New Poland,” Vernon Morning Star. 
                 Vernon, BC: Arts and Entertainment, July 7.
2007        Image with Listing, “Cracovia at ARTsPLACE,” The Halifax Herald: Chronicle.  Halifax, NS:
                Entertainment, pg. F3, September 18.
                 Belcher, Kathryn.  “Allyson Glenn: New Paintings,” Shavis:  The Visuals Newsnet.  Online:
                 www.shavis.com.  Art: Exhibit, September 30.
2005        Jameson, Melissa.  “Artist Honours People Through Painting,” The Morning Star. Vernon, BC:
                 Arts and Entertainment, pg. A25, August 31.
                 Wong, Jaele.  “Glenn Survives in Tough World of the Figure Painter,The Calgary Herald.
                 Calgary:  Entertainment, pg. C4, January 24.
2004         Parkins, Tesse.  “Skin,” Scene Magazine.  London, Ont.:  Issue 462, March 18.
2003         Cho, Alan.  “Allyson Glenn Exposes Our Humanity,” University of Calgary Gauntlet.  
                 Calgary: September 18, pg. 14, 2003.
                  Lafortune, Wes. “She’s Got it Figured Out:  Painter Allyson Glenn Fights the Generation Gap,
                  FFD News and Entertainment Weekly.  Calgary: Volume. 8, No. 31, pg. 30, July, 2003.
2002        “Obsessed by Art,” Front Cover, FFD News and Entertainment Weekly.
                  Calgary: Volume. 7, No.40, September, 2002.
                  Williams, Julia.  “Obsessed d’Art,FFD News and Entertainment Weekly.  
                  Calgary: Volume 7, No. 40, pg. 27, September.
2001         Klaffke, Pamela.  “Portraits are Back,” The Calgary Herald.  Calgary: Arts and Style,
                 pg. B8, January 21.  
2000         Severson, Anne. “Meet Three of Calgary’s Emerging Artists,” Where: The Calgary Gallery Guide. 
                 Calgary: Volume 2, Fall 2000, pg. 5, September, 2000.
                 Severson, Anne. “Knock Loudly Before Entering the Art World,” FFD News and Entertainment Weekly.
                 Calgary: Volume 5, No. 33, pg. 18, August, 2000.        
                 Kenney, David. “Art Students at Work, So Knock Loudly,” University of Calgary Gauntlet.
                 Calgary: Volume 41, No.10, pg. 10, August, 2000.
1999        Robertson, Patricia. “Daniel Lindley: Alberta Art Aficionado,”
                Calgary Straight News and Entertainment Weekly. Calgary: Volume 3, No. 113, pg. 4, August.        
                 Severson, Anne. “Local Artists Celebrate the Dead,” FFD News and Entertainment Weekly.
                 Calgary: Volume 4, No. 40, pg. 26, October, 1999.
                 McCartney, Leah. “Focus on the Figure,” Calgary Straight News and Entertainment Weekly.
                 Calgary: Volume 2, No.67, pg. 10, September, 1999.

 

Animation Collaboration:

2021       Above the Deluge (5min) & In the Fray (8min) 
                Dimensions of Sound Multimedia Collaboration  with Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra
                Allyson Glenn (Art Director, Drawing & Video Editing), Paul Suchan & Silas Friesen
                (Music Composers), Shelby Lund/Lucy Zhou/Nicole Leroy (Drawing),
                Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra (Music Performance).
                John Ogresko (Assisted with Video Editing), Dean McNeill (Director of SJO) and David Hannah for
                Canada Council for the Arts Application for Digital Now Fund.
2015      “Dreams and Spaces in Between” Collaboration with Art Director John Graham
                10 second film sequence with animator John Ogresko for John D. Graham’s film


360/3D Animation

2018        "Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered" 3D Unity animation project developed for Saskatoon Jazz
                 Orchestra performed on April 28th at the Broadway Theatre, Saskatoon.  Andrei Ferheregyhazi
                 assisted with 3D object imports and feedback throughout the development of the project.
2017        “The Gate”:  Augmented/ Virtual Reality Project.  3D Animation developed with Tilt Brush, Unity,
                 Blender.  Augmented version of project edited (including apps for android tablet) by University
                 of Saskatchewan MSc Student Golam Mastaeen. Virtual reality version was edited by U of S
                 Interactive Systems Design undergraduate student Brandon Piller.
                 “Painting Experimentation” 360 film shot in Veteranenstrabe Park, Berlin, edited and developed
                 with Laura From Kosh, Meredeth Thomas, and Rita Epertesi.


Performances:

2001        A.L. Glenn, 2001: Contestant on “So You Wanna Be An Art Star” at the “Mountain Standard Time”
                performance festival, Nickle Arts Museum for Calgary, AB.  Live Performance
                and 60/min.Videotape.

  

Catalogues (Re-arranged and Edited)  

2019       "Passages" Cultural Foundation of Tinos & Vorres Museum, Greece. Catalogue Essay "Passages"
                by Curator Dr.Caterina Pizanias, 36 pages with Greek translation.
2018        “Catalyst” Two Rivers Art Gallery, Prince George, BC.  Catalogue Essay "Catalyst" by Curator
                 George Harris, 27 pages.
2017        “Open Horizons (Avoixtoi Opizovtes)”, Cultural Foundation of Tinos, Greece.  
                 Catalogue essay (Allyson Glenn, Ron Moppett, and Colleen Heslin) written by
                 Dr. Curator Caterina Pizanias, 35 pages with Greek translation.
2015        “Catalyst” Karsh-Masson Gallery.  Catalogue Essay: In the Wake of Dualistic Imagery written
                  by Curator Deborah Keller (Zurich).   Original text Im Sog dualisticher Bildwelden was by
                  Sandra Herron.  Full Catalogue, 12 Pages including cover.  September 2015.
2014        “Portraiture”:  A Travelling Exhibition from the Collection of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.  
                 Curators Comments by Caroline Loewen. 29 Pages. Cover Image Publication page
                 1/Description of work page 5-6.
2010        “Currents” from the Shifts Series, Exhibition Catalogue.  Kenderdine Art Gallery,
                 Saskatoon, SK. Pages 31, 33, September 2010.
2008        “Cracovia”, Exhibition Catalogue - CSN Cheyenne Fine Arts Gallery, College of Southern
                 Nevada, Las Vegas, NV.  2 Page Foldout, February 2008.

          

Information Catalogues

2016       Anna-Maria Lawrie “Catalyst” 2 Page fold-out.  Two Rivers Art Gallery, October.
                Chwojko-Srawley, Ewa:  “Catalyst” 2 Page fold-out.  Georgina Art Gallery, February.
2015       Allan Boss:  “Human Animal and Catalyst”  2 Page fold-out. Okotoks Art Gallery, May.
                Nadine Argo:  “Human Animal”  2 page fold-out.  Ottawa School of Art, February.
2014       (Other)  “Happening:” Lethbridge Public Library, Volume 39, Issue 2, Page 6.  
                 Image Publication.  Lethbridge, AB.  April.
2013       Sandra Fraser “Dreaming Painting” Publication for Panel Discussion, Mendel Art Gallery,
                 2 page fold-out.  April.
2012        Ryan McCourt “Fragments” Exhibition Catalogue, Common Sense Gallery, Edmonton, AB.  
                 June 2012.  2 Page Foldout.
2008        Lubos Culen.  “Cracovia”, (Curatorial Essay) Exhibitions and Events Publication for
                 Vernon Public Art Gallery, Vernon, BC: Volume 17, No.4, pg. 2, June.
2004       Calvin Burns.  “The Body and Wearing”, (Curatorial Essay) Exhibition Catalogue
                 Christine Fagan, Allyson Glenn and Julie Morstad, The New Gallery, Calgary, AB.  July.  
                 4 Page Foldout
1997        Other: “Bachelor of Fine Arts, Department of Art and Design” Information Catalogue
                  – pg. 2, 14, February, 1998.


Invited Residencies

2022        NARS Foundation International Residency (3 months), Brooklyn, NY, USA
2016        Vorres Musem, Athens (Paiania, Attica) Greece. 2016 Canadian Artist in Residence
                 (Four Weeks).  May-June
2015        Joya: AiR  Andalucia, Spain (2 weeks)
2013        School of Visual Arts (Summer Residency) NYC, USA.  Painting and Mixed Media (4 weeks)
2011        NIRMAN Centre, Varanasi, India (3 Week Artist Residency & Workshops)


Visiting Artist Talks and Tutorials

2019        Tinos Cultural Foundation, Curator's Walk Through with Artist, Tinos Island, Cyclades, GC
2017        Art Now, Saskatchewan Fine Art Fair, Lecture, Regina, SK
                 Tinos Cultural Foundation, Artist Walk-Through, Tinos, Cyclades, GC
2016        Two Rivers Art Gallery, Lecture, Prince George, BC
2016        Newman University, Witchita, Lecture/Tutorials, KS, USA
2015        Karsh-Masson Gallery, Lecture, Ottawa, ON
                 Ottawa School of Art, Lecture, Shenkman Arts Centre, Ottawa (Orleans), ON
2010        University of Regina, Lecture/Tutorials, Department of Fine Arts, Regina, SK
2009        The University of Saskatchewan, Lecture, Department of Art and Art History, Saskatoon, SK
2006        Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Lecture, Halifax, NS
                 Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Lecture, Vancouver, BC
2005        The Plasticyme Visual Art Academy, Lecture, Krakow, PL
2003        The Alberta College of Art and Design, Lecture, Department of Art, Calgary, AB
1999        The Kent Institute of Art and Design, Tutorials, Department of Art, Canterbury, UK  


Panel Discussions

2017        “Technology and Future of Art Commerce” Art Now:  Saskatchewan Fine Art Fair, Regina, SK.
2013        “Dreaming Painting”, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, SK.  Presentation and Discussion.
                  Participants:  Sandra Fraser (Curator), Janet Werner, Melanie Rocan, and Tammy Salzl.


Invited Workshops

2016        Two Rivers Gallery, Prince George, BC.  “Depth of Space:  Impasto to Glazing”
2015        Ottawa School of Art, Ottawa (Orleans), ON. “Depth of Space:  Impasto to Glazing”
2014        Mann Art Gallery, Prince Albert, Saskatoon, SK. “Mixing Paint Workshop”
2012        Mann Art Gallery, Prince Albert, Saskatoon, SK.  “Image Overlay Workshop”
2011        NIRMAN Centre, Rural Campus (Betawar) India.  December 26-28th (three sessions)

 

Conference Presentations

2020       "Myths Re-visited Through Visual Arts - Can Old Stories Guide us to a More                            
                  Sustainable Society?"  PAW 2020 Conference on Sustainability the World Needs
:  
                  Development in Action, University of Saskatchewan, SK.
2013        “Full Circle, Paintings Influencing Painted Stories”, AVANCA/CINEMA International 
                   Conference Cinema; Art Technology, and Communication.  Avanca, Portugal.  
2013        “What is the Source of the Art?”  Humanities and Fine Arts Student Conference,
                   University of Saskatchewan, SK.  



Education & Training

BFA, University of Alberta
MFA, University of Calgary
Exchange, Kent Institute of Art and Design (University for the Creative Arts), UK, 1997
Exchange, Royal College of Art, UK, 1999