About -

Hannah Petkau grew up on Cortes Island, British Columbia and is currently based in Calgary, Alberta where she completed her BFA with Distinction at the Alberta College of Art + Design in 2015. Her affinity with materials began at an early age when the twice-daily tides washed up an endless source of inspiration, plastic, plywood and rope were collected and assembled with driftwood, rocks and shells. Her practice continues to negotiate the interplay. The integration of found materials and objects, which are manipulated both by her hands and by previous unknowns, blur the differentiation of human and natural actions and exist in an intermediate space.

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Education

2015    BFA with Distinction, Drawing, Alberta College of Art + Design, Calgary, Canada

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Exhibitions

Solo Shows

2018    Objects of Ambition, The Goat Shop, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

2016    Ambiguous Implements, The Old Schoolhouse Gallery, Cortes Island, British Columbia, Canada

2015    Ambiguous Implements, Marion Nicoll Gallery, Alberta College of Art + Design, Calgary, Canada

2015    Catching the Ephemeral, Stride Gallery +15 Window Gallery, Arts Commons, Calgary, Canada

Group Shows

2018    When we come out of hibernation, Five Art & Merchandise, Calgary, Alberta

2015    WE’RE 30 NOT TRUSTWORTHY - STRIDE ANNUAL FUN-RAISER, Stride Gallery, Calgary, Canada

2015    Loose Leaves, Casa Gallery, Lethbridge, Canada

2015    ACAD Graduating Student Show, Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Alberta College of Art + Design, Calgary, Canada

2015    Nature Unfound (with Rhiannon Rathwell)The Wall Gallery, Alberta College of Art + Design, Calgary, Canada

2015    You Need To Be This Tall To View The Artwork, Main Mall, Alberta College of Art + Design, Calgary, Canada

2014    METAMORPHIC: Drawing Majors Exhibition, Gallery 371, Alberta College of Art + Design, Calgary, Canada

2013    (RE)VERB, Room 595, Alberta College of Art + Design, Calgary, Canada

2013    2nd Year Drawing Show, Gallery 371, Alberta College of Art + Design, Calgary, Canada

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Bibliography

2017  “Hannah Petkau: Fictitious Objects” Erin Robinson, Kadenze Blog. (interview) March 31

2016  “Artist transforms Gallery with Ambiguous Implements” Richard Trueman, Tideline. (online review) August 6

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Awards + Scholarships

2015    Governor General’s Academic Medal

2015    ACAD Board of Governors’ Award, Alberta College of Art + Design, Calgary, Canada

2015    Fourth Year Drawing Major Merit Scholarship, Alberta College of Art + Design, Calgary, Canada

2014    Third Year Drawing Major Merit Scholarship, Alberta College of Art + Design, Calgary, Canada

2013    Second Year Drawing Major Merit Scholarship, Alberta College of Art + Design, Calgary, Canada

2011    Entrance Scholarship, Alberta College of Art + Design, Calgary, Canada