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Artist: Mia Riley

Artist: Mia Riley
Mia Riley, ALBERTA
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Our deep historical lineage with the clay enables ceramics and pottery to powerfully evoke thoughts on survival, ritual, time and the natural world. Through my artistic practice of creating vessel based installations and functional pottery, I am inspired by how the material properties of the medium can embody the human experience. The wetness of a glaze, the traces of destruction in a shard or the intimate size of a cup serve to communicate a visual language that illustrates this narrative. Having grown up with a strong passion for exploring the natural environment, my artistic practice often takes footholds on these adventures. Most recently, interactions with the landscape and the inherent geological qualities of clay have encouraged me to create work that is influenced by the areas in Alberta where I have resided. Emphasizing strongly on formal and conceptual contrasts I seek to convey a sense of harmony to the viewers/users of my work that parallels similar experiences in nature. I am continually excited by new possibilities to explore both technical and conceptual research to create ceramic art that encourages connections between the vessel and landscape while subtly referencing our place within it.

2013-16 BFA in Ceramics, Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary, AB

2013 Wood Fired Kiln Construction Course taught by Martin Tagseth, University of Regina, Regina, SK

2011-13 Diploma in Visual Art, Red Deer College, Red Deer, AB

2016-17 Administration & Operations Coordinator, artsPlace Community Arts Centre, Canmore, AB

Independent Curator for exhibitions at The Banff Centre Project Space, Alberta College of Arts and Design,

Red Deer College, The Works Festival and the University of Regina’s 5th Parallel Gallery

Artist in Residence, Kiln Raising Thematic Residency, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Banff, AB

Curatorial Intern, The Nickel Galleries, University of Calgary, Calgary

2015 Artist in Residence + Curatorial Assistant – Medalta Potteries Museum, Medicine Hat, AB

2012 Exhibit and Production Technology Assistant – The Works Art and Design Festival, Edmonton, AB

Off The Wall, Canmore Art Guild (CAG) Annual Invitational 3D Exhibition, CAG Gallery, Canmore

Cheers, International Juried Exhibition, Yuill Family Gallery, Medalta, Medicine Hat

Coffee ‘til Dusk, Whisky ‘til Dawn, Kiln Raising Residency Exhibition (Exhibition Coordinator), Banff Centre
Project Space, Banff

Echoes, solo exhibition, Discovery Gallery, Alberta Craft Council, Edmonton

2016 Grad Show, ACAD Graduating Student Exhibition, Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Calgary

TOOL Show, Yuill Family Gallery, Medalta, Medicine Hat

Totipotent, Main Mall, Alberta College of Art and Design (ACAD), Calgary

The Universe (which others call the Library), Luke Lindoe Library, ACAD, Calgary

Spoon Me, Yuill Family Gallery, Medalta, Medicine Hat

Maturing Point, Main Mall, Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary

(RE)VERB, Room 595, ACAD, Calgary

Experimenting With Fire, Fifth Parallel Gallery, University of Regina, Regina

Points of View, Marjorie Wood Gallery, Kerry Wood Nature Centre, Red Deer

Coming Up Next, Discovery Gallery, Alberta Craft Council, Edmonton

Capacity for Fellowship, Edmonton Room, Works International Art and Design Festival, Edmonton

Rooted in the Arts, Harris-Warke Gallery, Red Deer

Make A Sick Picture or A Sick Readymade, Gallery 958C, Curated by Xenia Benivolski, Red Deer

2016 Keith Evans Scholarship in Visual Arts Endowment

ACAD Board of Governor’s Award in Ceramics

Dr. K V. Blythe Exploration Scholarship

2015 Frances A. Rodgers Memorial Scholarship in Ceramics

2014 ACAD President’s Cup Commission and Award

2012 Series Summer School of the Arts Scholarship for Emerging Artists

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