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ABOUT

Hannah Petkau's creative pursuits began at an early age 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. Petkau is currently working towards her MFA at the University of Oregon.  

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 Eugene, Oregon.

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EDUCATION 

Master of Fine Art, University of Oregon, Eugene, USA (2019-22)

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



SOLO EXHIBITIONS

The Islands, Foyer Gallery, Eugene, OR, USA (2020)

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

ebb and flow, Untitled Art Society, Calgary, AB, Canada (2018)

Objects of Ambition, The Goat Shop, Calgary, AB, Canada (2018) 

ambiguous implements, The Old Schoolhouse Gallery, Cortes Island, BC, Canada (2016) 

ambiguous implements, Marion Nicoll Gallery, ACAD, Calgary, AB, Canada (2015) 

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



DUO EXHIBITIONS

Lick of Paradise, LaVerne Krause Gallery, Eugene, OR, USA (with Dana Buzzee) (2020)

POOLING, Old SchoolHouse Gallery, Cortes Island, BC, Canada (with Francesca Belcourt) (2019) 

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

Nature Unfound, The Wall Gallery, ACAD, Calgary, AB, Canada (with Rhiannon Rathwell) (2015)



SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS 

process process, LaVerne Krause Gallery, Eugene, OR, USA (2020, postponed due to Covid-19) 

Under Our Moon Future Ascensions
, Anti-Aesthetic, Eugene, OR, USA (2019)

Members Show, The Old Schoolhouse Gallery, Cortes Island, BC, Canada (2018)

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

Members Show, The Old Schoolhouse Gallery, Cortes Island, BC, Canada (2016)

We're 30 Not Trustworthy - Stride Annual Fun-Raiser, Stride Gallery, Calgary, AB, Canada (2015)

Loose Leaves, Casa Gallery, Lethbridge, AB, Canada (2015)

ACAD Graduating Student Show, Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Calgary, AB, Canada (2015)

METAMORPHIC: Drawing Majors Exhibition, Gallery 371, ACAD, Calgary, Canada (2014)



BIBLIOGRAPHY 


The “Stuff” of Conversation” Kathleen Caprario, Eugene Contemporary Art. (online review) (2020)

"HOME: A Cortes Community Anthology" Cortes Cortes Community Housing. (print book) (2019)

“Hannah Petkau and Francesca Belcourt” Maureen Bader, Art on the Island. (radio interview) (2019)

“Pooling Opening Night” Richard Trueman, Tideline. (online review) (2019)

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

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



RESIDENCIES

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



PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE 


Graduate Employee/ Instructor. University of Oregon, Department of Art, Eugene, OR, USA, 2019-2020

Artist Talk / Workshop, Assembled Artifacts, TREX & Glendale School, Red Deer, AB, Canada, Dec 10, 2019

Workshop, P O O L I N G, Old SchoolHouse Gallery, Cortes Island, BC, Canada, Aug 2, 2019

Artist Talk / Workshop, Assembled Artifacts, TREX & Fort Macleod Library, Fort Macleod, AB, Canada, May 16, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



AWARDS + SCHOLARSHIPS 

Virginia Green and Leila Johnston Endowment Fund in Architecture and Allied Arts, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, USA (2020)

Ina McClung Art Scholarship in Fine and Applied Arts, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, USA (2020)

Clara E. Nasholm Scholarship, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, USA (2020)

Governor General’s Academic Medal, Canada (2015)

ACAD Board of Governors’ Award, Calgary, AB, Canada (2015)

Fourth Year Drawing Major Merit Scholarship, ACAD, Calgary, AB, Canada (2015)

Third Year Drawing Major Merit Scholarship, ACAD, Calgary, AB, Canada (2014)

Second Year Drawing Major Merit Scholarship, ACAD, Calgary, AB, Canada (2014)

Entrance Scholarship, ACAD, Calgary, AB, Canada (2011)



PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Eugene Contemporary Art (member) Eugene, OR, USA (2020)

Untitled Art Society (member) Calgary, AB, Canada (2018-19)

Esker Foundation (volunteer) Calgary, AB, Canada (2017-18)

Workshop Studios (artist tenant) Calgary, AB, Canada (2017-18)

Old SchoolHouse Gallery (member) Cortes Island, BC, Canada (2016-19)



Last updated: May 11, 2020