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SELECT EXHIBITIONS

Solo

2020
Stringlism – Edmonton AB/Ottawa ON/Online

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

Group

2021
Artists in the Fallow Pt II  –
Brighton Block Building, Edmonton AB
Body BeautifulMulticultural Heritage Centre, Stony Plain AB
heART of healthCARE online exhibit – Canadian Patient Safety Institute
Emerging Artist Wellness Emerging Artist Wellness Project, Humber College, Toronto ON

2020
Reality Revisited (EBA 2020 Open Studio  Exhibition) –  Enriched Bread Artists, Ottawa ON
Perspectives from Within (Art and Mental Wellness Juried Exhibition) –  CARFAC Alberta, Edmonton AB
Crush Zine Mini (online slideshow for Bi+ Arts Festival) Toronto ON
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
Concrete Cleavage – Ottawa, ON /  Toronto, ON /  Digital Gallery
(YE)Gleaners & the Urban Harvest – Beacon Gallery, Edmonton AB
Booty Call Pop-Up Show – Ottawa, ON
Fem∞ – Edmonton, AB [Scheduled for June 2020 at The Works  Art & Design Festival: COVID CANCELLED]

PRESENTATIONS AND WORKSHOPS

2021

  • Art Mental Health & Peer Support  (Guest artist/presenter for Organization for Bipolar Affective Disorders Bell Let’s Talk Day,  Online)

2020

  • Theory meets Practice: Queer Hustle as a form of Praxis (Co-presented with Juan Saavedra for Artsnetwork Ottawa’s Artpreneur 2020 Conference, Online)
  • 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

2021
Creation and Production Fund for Professional Artists
– City of Ottawa
Project Grant & Featured Performance
– Buddies in Bad Times Theatre

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

Izzy Bandojo Grant, “Episode 3: Interview with Maren Kathleen Elliott” heArt to heArt (vlog).
April 12, 2021. https://youtu.be/J2kTxuwCT5M

Jenny Feniak, “Exhibit and talk on isolation and mental health couldn’t be better timed” Edmonton Journal (print/online).
January 28, 2021. https://edmontonjournal.com/entertainment/local-arts/exhibit-and-artist-talk-on-isolation-and-mental-health-couldnt-be-better-timed

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/toronto/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

2021

  • “Sleep Codes and Coordinates” (solo movement & music performance) Buddies in Bad Times Queer Pride Festival, Toronto Ontario

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

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

  • Enriched Bread Artists
  • CARFAC Alberta
  • Arts Network Ottawa
  • Suzuki Association of the Americas