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SELECT EXHIBITIONS

Solo

2020
Stringlism – Edmonton Convention Centre [Update: Online], Edmonton AB/Ottawa ON

2019
A Prelude in Tangles – Lee Matasi Gallery at the Ottawa School of Art, Ottawa ON

Group

2020

Reality Revisited (EBA 2020 Open Studio  Exhibition) –  Enriched Bread Artists, Ottawa ON
from Within (Art and Mental Wellness Juried Exhibition) –  CARFAC Alberta, Edmonton AB
Fem∞
– The Works Festival of Art & Design, Edmonton AB [Postponed due to COVID]
Filthy Dirty Art Show – Venus Envy, Ottawa ON
SKETCH 2020 -S.A.W Gallery, Ottawa ON
Booty Call -Hall&Rhum, Ottawa ON

2019
Sticky Show – Arts Factory Society, Vancouver BC

2018
In Viridi Tempora (The Green Season)- ATB Branch for Arts + Culture, Edmonton AB
Camrose Art Walk – Bill Fowler Centre, Camrose AB
Art Night at the Shaw Conference Centre – Edmonton AB

2017   
Over the Edge – Dandi-Lines Gallery, Edmonton AB
Art from the Unknown -Strathcona Performing Arts Centre, Edmonton AB

2016
AMSA Showcase – Visual Arts Alberta Gallery, Edmonton AB
Art from the Unknown -Strathcona Performing Arts Centre, Edmonton AB
Faces of AMSA -University of Alberta Hospital After Hours Gallery, Edmonton AB
Firsthand – Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts, Edmonton AB
Big Big Portrait Show – Naess Gallery at the Paint Spot, Edmonton AB

2015
Sound Walk, Nextfest -Stanley Milner Library, Edmonton AB

CURATORIAL PROJECTS

2020
Booty Call Pop-Up Show –
Ottawa, ON
Fem∞ – Edmonton, AB [Scheduled for June 2020 at The Works  Art & Design Festival: POSTPONED]
Concrete Cleavage – Ottawa, ON /  Toronto, ON /  Digital Gallery
(YE)Gleaners & the Urban Harvest – Beacon Gallery, Edmonton AB

 

PRESENTATIONS AND WORKSHOPS

2020

  • Stringlism/Developing Imaginal Dialogues (Artist Talk) Online Livestream
  • Stringlism Opening Reception (Host/Presenter) Online Livestream
  • Digital Galleries: Taking Your Exhibition Online (Panel Presenter)  Arts Network Ottawa/ Ottawa School of Art Exhibition Space Program, Ottawa (online)
  • Adapting Stringlism: Rotary Youth Exchange Lessons & my Professional Practice Rotary Club of Edmonton South, Edmonton (Online)

2019

  • Creatively Inclined Queer Activism (Panel Organizer/Moderator) Ottawa School of Art
  • Developing Imaginal Dialogues (Artist Talk) Ottawa School of Art
  • ‘Queering Poster Design’ Workshop Co-Facilitator OCSB Rainbow Youth Forum, Ottawa

2017  –  University of Alberta Arts-Based Research Studio (Edmonton)

  • Reflections from the End of the Spool (Artist Talk)
  • Mark-making in the physical realm: Creating Imagery with String & Mixed Media
  • Vocal Improvisation, Vulnerability & Play (co-facilitated with Karen Porrka)

2016 – Huntington Society of Alberta Annual Retreat (Camp He Ho Ha)

  • My Story in Song: Narrative expression through Voice and Percussion

AWARDS HONOURS AND GRANTS

2020
Selected Mentee – Artsnet Ottawa Mentorship Program

2019-20
Artist In Residence – Ottawa School of Art

2018
Featured ArtistShaw Conference Centre Community Art Program

2017
Individual Project Grant – Edmonton Arts Council
Artist In Residence – University of Alberta’s Arts-Based Research Studio (April-June)

2016 
RBC Emerging Artist – Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts

EDUCATION

2016 –  B.A. With Distinction (Psychology/Music) – University of Alberta
2010 – International Baccalaureate Certificate in Higher Level Fine Arts  – Harry Ainlay Senior High School

PERMANENT COLLECTIONS

Grey Nun’s Community Hospital, Edmonton AB

PRESS

Lisa Szabo, “Class Notes” New Trail Magazine Autumn 2020 issue (print).
September 9th, 2020

Featured Artist, “The Underrated Artist Podcast” (August 21st 2020)
https://anchor.fm/underratedartist-podcast/episodes/E5–with-multi-disciplinary-artist-marenkelliott-efcnnd

Jesse Gissow, “Maren K Elliott” Chaotic Utopian Magazine (blog).
June 11, 2020. http://www.chaoticutopian.com/maren-k-elliott 

Cory Schachtel, “Stringlism: Textures, Threads & Mapping Identity” Avenue Magazine Edmonton (blog).
May 13, 2020. https://www.avenueedmonton.com/city-life/stringlism-texture-threads-and-mapping-identity/

Chelsea Novak, “Edmonton artist’s solo exhibition goes digital due to COVID-19” DAZE Magazine (blog). May 12, 2020. https://dazemag.ca/2020/05/12/edmonton-artists-solo-exhibition-goes-digital-due-to-covid-19/?fbclid=IwAR263HaFWvqgJnBA4zDCm1IThgR2Gq_g805sA33PWuBa9qIdNtGTH09onUc

Niall McKenna, “Feed Your Inner Isolated Art Lover” University of Alberta New Trail (blog). April 28, 2020. https://www.ualberta.ca/newtrail/featurestories/2020/april/feed-your-inner-isolated-art-lover

Featured in YoHomo/Toronto Queer Culture Now Online Events Listing “Stringlism: Textures, Threads & Mapping Identity” (blog) May 14, 2020 https://yohomo.ca/events/online/stringlism-textures-threads-amp-identity

Annette Aslund, “2017 Artist Project Grant: Portraits in String” Edmonton Arts Council / yegarts (blog).
April 3, 2018. 1:37 pm. http://yegarts.tumblr.com/post/172563226973/2017-artist-project-grant-portraits-in-string

LIVE PERFORMANCE

2019

  • “Studio Serenades” Audience participation live-painting in acrylic  and grease pen (with Aleksi Campagne, Zach Bachand & Shawn Zinyk, Edmonton AB
  • “Capturing a Collective Childhood Consciousness” Live Participatory Mural Painting at The Works Art and Design Festival (with Shawn Zinyk), Edmonton AB [Scheduled for June 2019]

2017

  • “Fire Dress” Live Painting a dress designed & made by Emilie Lavoie at The Works Art & Design Festival, Edmonton AB

RELATED WORK & COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

2018

Substitute Teaching Artist (Fiddle Program)- Ben Calf Robe School
Summer Community Art Outreach Teacher- Mustard Seed, Jasper Place Wellness Centre and others  (for Harcourt House)
Volunteer (Fiddle program)- Ben Calf Robe School
Volunteer- Harcourt House Artist Run Centre

2017-18
Substitute Teaching Artist (viola) – YONA-Sistema

2017

Studio Volunteer – Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts

2016
‘Tru Koncrete’ Planning Committee Member  – Art Mentorship Society of Alberta
Distress Line Listener – Canadian Mental Health Association

CURRENT MEMBERSHIPS

CURRENT MEMBERSHIPS

  • Edmonton Arts Council
  • CARFAC Alberta
  • Arts Network Ottawa
  • Harcourt House Artist Run Centre
  • Suzuki Association of the Americas