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Helen Gerritzen

 

BORN

 

Manitoba, Canada.

Currently lives and works in Edmonton, Alberta.

 

 

EDUCATION

 

1999

Master of Fine Arts (Printmaking),

University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada

 

1997

Bachelor of Fine Arts with Distinction,

University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

 

2013

Survey 1999-2013,

Avis Frank Gallery, Houston, TX, USA

 

2007

trachea and the hero, and other such stories...,

Open Studio, Toronto, ON, Canada

 

2006

trachea and the hero, and other such stories…,

SNAP Gallery, Edmonton, AB, Canada

 

2001

exhibition of small prints,

New Leaf Editions, Vancouver, BC, Canada

 

untruths: an exhibition of prints and paintings,

Keyano College Art Gallery, Fort McMurray, AB, Canada

 

2000

untruths: an exhibition of prints and paintings,

Harcourt House, Edmonton, AB, Canada

 

1999

ffi MFA Exhibition,

Fine Arts Building Gallery, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

 

2014

PRINTHOUSTON: NEXT 2014

Juried by Yizhak Elyashiv, Rhode Island School of Design,

Nicole Longnecker Gallery, Houston, Texas, USA

 

THE RULE OF LAW AND THE RIGHT TO BE HUMAN,

Curated by Thalia Vrachopoulos and Bill Pangburn, Director,

Andrew and Anya Gallery, New York, Athens School of Fine Arts,

Nikos Kessanlis Exhibition Venue, Athens, Greece

 

2013

IMPRESSIONS: PrintMatters Members’ Exhibition,

Washington Printmakers Gallery, Washington, DC, USA

 

2012

Expressing the Social Conscience: Art Prints and Human Rights,

curated by Thalia Vrachopoulos and Bill Pangburn,

John Jay College, New York, NY, USA

 

IMPRESSIONS 2012: PrintMatters Members’ Exhibition,

The Museum of Printing History, Houston, Texas, USA

 

Houston PrintMatters Invitational,

DesignWorks Gallery, Galveston, TX, USA (curated)

 

What’s in Store,

UNIT at Gallery Sonja Roesch, Houston, TX, USA

 

SNAP: thirty artists celebrate 30 years,

Art League of Houston, TX, USA

 

Luck of the Draw 2012,

Diverseworks Art Space, Houston, TX, USA

 

Steamrolled II: Wonderland,

Gallery M Squared, Houston, TX, USA

 

2010

Gambol. Juried Member's Exhibition ,

Art League of Houston, Houston, TX, USA

(Juror Miranda Lash, Curator of Contemporary and Modern Art,

Museum of Art in New Orleans)

 

2009

Synergies 2009: Prints from the University of Alberta,

Osmanhamdi Bey Gallery,

Mimar Sinan University, Istanbul, Turkey

 

2008

edmonton prints, SNAP/Red Strap Market, Edmonton, AB, Canada

 

Agave, University of Alberta Centenary Portfolio,

Fine Arts Building (FAB) Gallery,

University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada

 

2007

Illinois State University Printmaking Faculty:

Five Decades and Border Crossings:  an International Portfolio Exchange, University Galleries, Illinois State University, Normal, IL, USA

 

2005

Recent Work (two-person),

Malaspina Printmakers Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada

 

Collaborative Print Exhibition between Silpakorn University,

Tama Art University and the University of Alberta,

 

Silpakorn University, Bangkok, Thailand / Tama Art University

Tokyo, Japan, 2006

 

4th Novosibirsk International Biennial of Contemporary Graphic Art,

Novosibirsk State Art Museum, Krasny Prospect, Novosibirsk, Russia

 

Synergies: Prints from the University of Alberta,

Westfalische Gallerie, Kloster Bentlage, Rheine, Germany

 

Re:search Visions: Department of Art & Design staff exhibition,

Fine Arts Building (FAB) Gallery,

University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada

 

2004

Quintessence (five person),

Nanaimo Art Gallery, Nanaimo, BC, Canada

 

How to Become a Mirror,

Juried SNAP members show, SNAP Gallery, Edmonton

 

2003

Lines of Site 2003,

Sherman Gallery, Boston University College of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, USA

 

Sixieme Triennale Mondiale D’Estampes Petit Format in

Chamalieres, Auvergne, France

 

Interconnection - Japan & Alberta,

Gallery San Chun, Calgary, AB, Canada

 

Junge Kunst Im Fokus,

Waldhof Museum, Bielefelder Kunstverein, Bielefeld, Germany

 

SNAP member exhibition,

Print Arts Northwest, Portland, OR, USA

 

Sojourn: An Exhibition of Members’ Works from SNAP,

Malaspina Printmakers Gallery, Vancouver, BC

 

2002

2nd Biennial International Miniature Print Exhibition (BIMPE),

Vancouver, BC, Canada (award)

 

1st LUC Print Biennial, juried national print competition,

Loyola University, Chicago, IL, USA (first prize)

 

Surface & Mettle, an exhibition of prints pertaining to vernacular culture,

Fine Arts Building (FAB) Gallery,

University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada

 

2001

Faculty Biennial and New Faculty Exhibition,

 University Galleries, Illinois State University, Normal, IL, USA

 

Third Biennial of Engraving in Ile-de-France,

Versailles, France

 

standing room only juried members’ show, SNAP Gallery,

Edmonton and Keyano Art Gallery,

Keyano College, Fort McMurray, AB, Canada

 

1999

Lines of Site: Ideas, Forms and Materialities, curated exhibition of

printworks from the division of printmaking, Department of Art & Design,

University of Alberta

- Gulbenkian Galleries, Royal College of Art, London, UK (March-April, 1999)

- Musashino Art University Galleries, Tokyo, Japan (May-June, 1999)

- Alberta College of Art, Calgary, AB, Canada (December, 1999)

- FAB Gallery, Edmonton, AB, Canada (May-June, 2000)

 - Old Town Hall Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic (October, 2000)

 

1997

Alberta Print Artists, SNAP Gallery, Edmonton, AB, Canada

 

1996

SNAP Members Exhibition, SNAP Gallery, Edmonton, AB, Canada

 

Centred – In, SNAP Members Exhibition at the

Works Visual Arts Festival, Edmonton, AB, Canada

 

1995

How Does It Smell?  3rd Annual Members Exhibit,

Latitude 53 Gallery, Edmonton, AB, Canada

 

Posters as prints, prints as posters,

Fringe Gallery, Edmonton, AB, Canada

 

EXHIBITIONS CURATED AND/OR CHAIRED

 

2012

Co-Chair, PRINTHOUSTON: NEXT, A national biennial of Contemporary Print,

4411 Special Events Gallery, Houston, TX, USA

 

2008

re-drawing the line: Works from the University of Alberta Graduate Studios

(co-curator) Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton (catalogue)

 

2007

Visual Thinking: The Practice of Drawing from the Graduate Studios at the

University of Alberta (co-curator) Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton

 

2005

Here and Now: Current Drawings, drawings from graduate students in the

Department of Art & Design (co-curator), Art Gallery of Alberta

 

 

 

 

 

SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

 

Novosibirsk State Art Museum, Krasny Prospect, Novosibirsk, Russia

 

University of North Texas, USA

 

Gallery San Chun, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

 

Normal Editions Workshop, Illinois State University, Normal, IL, USA

 

The Print Study Center, University of Alberta, Canada

 

Society of Northern Alberta Print-Artists, Edmonton, Alberta

 

COMMISSIONS/PRINT PORTFOLIOS

 

2013

Burning Bones Press Cooperative Portfolio

 

2012

Portfolio: A Tribute to James D. Butler

 

SNAP 30th Anniversary Portfolio

 

2007

Agave University of Alberta Centenary Portfolio

 

Border Crossings: an International Portfolio Exchange

 

2006

Student/Faculty Portfolio Exchange between the

University of North Texas and University of Alberta

 

2003

Society of Northern Alberta Print-Artists (SNAP) Newsletter Artist

 

2000

SNAP Millennium Portfolio

 

SELECTED AWARDS/NOMINATIONS

 

2010

2010 Faculty of Arts Contract Instructor Teaching Award, University of Alberta

 

2006

University of Alberta Celebration of Teaching, Teaching Unit Award (Printmaking)

 

Faculty of Arts Awards 2006, University of Alberta, Unit Teaching Award (Printmaking)

 

2004

Nomination to Jury, Ernst & Young Great Canadian Printmaking Competition

 

2002

First prize, 1st LUC Print Biennial, Loyola University, Chicago, IL

 

Honourable mention, 2nd Biennial International Miniature Print Exhibition, Vancouver

 

1998

KPMG Graduate Award for Excellence in Printmaking, Edmonton, AB, Canada

 

1997

University of Alberta Master of Fine Arts Scholarship

 

EXHIBITION CATALOGUES/PUBLICATIONS

 

2014

PRINTHOUSTON: NEXT 2014

 

THE RULE OF LAW AND THE RIGHT TO BE HUMAN

 

2011

Publication of works in Harvard Review, Number 39 (Fall/Winter)

 

2007

trachea and the hero, and other such stories… Open Studio Gallery, commissioned essay by Gilbert Bouchard

 

2005

nb.4 Novosibirsk Graphic Art Biennial, Novosibirsk State Art Museum, Russia, 75

 

2004

Quintessence, Nanaimo Art Gallery

 

2003

Sixieme Triennale Mondiale D’Estampes Petit Format in Chamalier

 

Junge Kunst im Focus, Museum Waldhof, Bielefeld, Germany

 

Lines of Site 2003 Confluent Visual Cultures at the University of Alberta, 27

 

SNAPline, Fall 2003, essay on newsletter print by Anne Whitelaw

 

2001

Troisieme Biennale de la Gravure d’Ile de France

 

1999

Lines of Site: Ideas, Forms and Materialities, 91-93

 

1997

International Printmaking Cooperatives Symposium, article Alberta Print Artists

 

MCMXLVII University of Alberta Art & Design Graduation Catalogue

 

EXHIBITION CATALOGUES EDITED

 

2009

Synergies 2009: Prints from the University of Alberta,

published by the Department of Art & Design, University of Alberta

 

2008

Edmonton prints, published by SNAP

 

Re-drawing the line  Works from the University of Alberta Graduate Studios,

published by the Department of Art & Design, University of Alberta

 

REVIEWS/PREVIEWS OF EXHIBITIONS

 

2006

Agnieszka Matejko, preview in Vue Weekly, August 31 - September 6,

“Gerritzen branches out with trachea and the hero”

 

Mary Christa O’Keefe, article in See, August 31-September 6,

“Heroic measures: Helen Gerritzen explores the transformation impulse at SNAP”

 

CBC radio One, Radio Active, August 30, segment on trachea and the hero...

with host Peter Brown and visual arts and culture reporter,

Gilbert Bouchard (recorded in gallery)

 

Gilbert Bouchard, preview in Edmonton Journal, August 25,

“Recreating mythical stories on canvas”

 

Mary Joyce, preview of SNAP solo exhibition in

Galleries West magazine, Summer, 34

 

2004

Jennifer Lannan, review in The Nanaimo Navigator,

Volume 35/Issue 14, March 31, “Quintessence redefined”

 

Mia Johnson, Preview - The Gallery Guide,

preview of Quintessence exhibition

 

2002

Gilbert Bouchard, Edmonton Journal, August 23 preview of

Surface & Mettle, “finding the elegant in the everyday”

 

2001

Fort McMurray Today, February 27 article

“True Story: untruths on display

 

Maureen Fenniak, Vue Weekly, Jan 4-10 issue,

“Guns bad, Jesus Good: 2000’s best visual art was free from millennium hype”

 

2000

Maureen Fenniak, review in Vue Weekly, July 13-July 19 issue,

“Helen Gerritzen fabricates some untruths”

 

Edmonton Journal, July 4 article

“The Works: Here’s a short list of must-see work”

 

Gilbert Bouchard, article in Edmonton Journal, July 2,

“Playing Hooky at the Works: an artistic tour”

 

Pheobe Dey, University of Alberta Folio, February 4, review

“Artists at Work” for exhibition 113 Degrees West: In the Cross Hairs

 

1999

the scene, CBC TV News, coverage of MFA exhibition ffi

 

 

REVIEWS OF CURATORIAL WORK

 

2008

Mary Christa O’Keefe, Vue Weekly, January 17-23,

review of curated exhibition re-drawing the line

 

2007

Mary Christa O’Keefe, Vue Weekly, February 15-21,

review of curated exhibition Visual Thinking

 

Paul Blinov, The Gateway, volume XCVII number 31,review of Visual Thinking

 

Zoltan Varadi, Folio, February 2, review of Visual Thinking

 

Amy Fung, See, review of review of Visual Thinking

 

2005

Gilbert Bouchard, Edmonton Journal, November 20, article

“Back to the Drawing Board”Edmonton Journal, November 11,

preview of Here and Now exhibition

 

SELECTED PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

 

2012

Instructor, Printmaking, Glassell School of Art,

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

 

2011-12

Board Member, PrintMatters, Houston

 

2005-2010

Coordinator of Drawing Division, Department of Art & Design,

University of Alberta

 

1999-2010

Contract Academic, Printmaking and Drawing,

Department of Art & Design, University of Alberta

 

2001-02

Instructional Assistant Professor, Intaglio Printmaking,

School of Art, Illinois State University, Normal, IL, USA

 

2000-04

Board Member, Society of Northern Alberta Print-Artists (SNAP), Edmonton

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