About -

Hannah Petkau grew up on a remote island off the west coast of Canada. She completed her Bachelor of Fine Art with Distinction at the Alberta College of Art + Design in 2015. She has exhibited in western Canada extensively and participated in a two-month residency and exhibition in Spain in 2019.

The surrounding environment is a stimulant and collaborator in her practice, navigating ideas of nostalgia and sense of place through materials and process. By combining objects that are found, transformed and constructed, automatic associations are interrupted. Some of what is gathered on walks through the landscape are familiar. Others materials will remain a mystery. Intimate gestures with graphite, thread, wire and clay construct façades of encountered and imagined objects. Industrial processes and mediations of her hands correspond with forces of the moon, tides and other natural systems. Negotiating these and other intersections with the landscape forward a dialog between human and natural actions, once and future.

Currently based in Calgary, Canada.

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Education

2015  BFA, Drawing with Distinction, Alberta College of Art + Design (ACAD), Calgary, AB, Canada

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Solo Exhibitions

2018 – 2021 between-ness, AFA Travelling Exhibition Program (TREX), Medicine Hat, AB

2018  ebb and flow, Untitled Art Society, Calgary, AB

2018  Objects of Ambition, The Goat Shop, Calgary, AB

2016  ambiguous implements, The Old Schoolhouse Gallery, Cortes Island, BC

2015  ambiguous implements, Marion Nicoll Gallery, ACAD, Calgary, AB

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

Duo Exhibitions

2019  Emergence, Estudio Nómada, Barcelona, Spain (with Carien Vugts)

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018  Members Show, The Old Schoolhouse Gallery, Cortes Island, BC

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

2016  Members Show, The Old Schoolhouse Gallery, Cortes Island, BC

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

2015  Loose Leaves, Casa Gallery, Lethbridge, AB

2015  ACAD Graduating Student Show, Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Calgary, AB

2015  Nature UnfoundThe Wall Gallery, ACAD, Calgary, AB

2015  You Need To Be This Tall To View The Artwork, Main Mall, ACAD, Calgary, AB

2014  METAMORPHIC: Drawing Majors Exhibition, Gallery 371, ACAD, Calgary

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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, Calgary, AB

2015  Fourth Year Drawing Major Merit Scholarship, ACAD, Calgary, AB

2014  Third Year Drawing Major Merit Scholarship, ACAD, Calgary, AB

2013  Second Year Drawing Major Merit Scholarship, ACAD, Calgary, AB

2011  Entrance Scholarship, ACAD, Calgary, AB

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Residencies

2019  Mas Els Igols Artist Residency, self-directed residency, Torrelles de Foix, Spain (two months)

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Professional Experience

Studio Visits, Estudio Nómada, Barcelona, Spain, March 11, 2019

Artist Talk / Workshop, Assembled Artifacts, TREX & St. Patrick Fine Art Elementary School, Lethbridge AB, Oct 29, 2018

Volunteer (Special Event, Gallery Attendant & Public Programing), Esker Foundation, Calgary AB, 2017-2018

Instructor, Yearbook Elective, Calgary Waldorf School, Calgary AB, 2014-2016

Instructor, Collage Elective, Calgary Waldorf School, Calgary AB, 2016

Workshop, Convergence, Ambrose College & Rocky View School District, Calgary AB, May 26, 2016

Artist Talk, ambiguous implements, Old SchoolHouse Gallery, Cortes Island BC, Aug 12, 2016

Instructor, Drawing Elective, Calgary Waldorf School, Calgary AB, 2015

Workshop, Drawing from Life, Treehouse Collective, Cortes Island BC, 2012

Curator / Display Coordinator, Wild Cortes: Woods, Wetlands and Waters, Summer Fun!, Cortes Island Museum & Archives Society, Cortes Island BC, 2011-2012