The Artist in Residence program provides the opportunity for a local artist to develop artistic works and engage community members in dialogue, workshops, events and activities throughout the residency term.
The Native Arts & Culture department at Portage College is pleased to announce the appointment of Amy Malbeuf as Artist in Residence for the 2017/18 academic year. Malbeuf is an award-winning Métis visual artist from Rich Lake, Alberta and will be sharing her knowledge, skills and experience with our own art students as well as local communities.
This is not the first residency Malbeuf has participated in. She has been chosen for many international artist residencies including at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia; The Banff Centre; and The Labrador Research Institute. In 2015, she was one of two Canada Council for the Arts fellows at the Santa Fe Art Institute, New Mexico.
Malbeuf is an accomplished and highly sought-out artist. Her art has been exhibited nationally and internationally at such venues as Art Mûr, Montréal; MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina; Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton; and Pataka Art + Museum, Porirua, New Zealand. She is profiled in the most recent edition of Canadian Art magazine and will also be featured in an upcoming TV series Skindigenous airing on APTN in January, demonstrating traditional tattoo methods.
Currently Malbeuf is working alongside Portage College instructor Ruby Sweetman to create works of art for the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. This Commemorative Art Project tied into the College's Museum of Aboriginal Art and Artifacts is titled 'Hide Tanning: Tradition Inspiring the Present and Future'.
Malbeuf holds a Master of Fine Arts in Visual Art from the University of British Columbia, Okanagan and is a past graduate of the Native Arts and Culture program at Portage College. In 2016 Malbeuf received a Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award and a William and Meredith Saunderson Prize for Emerging Artists in Canada from the Hnatyshyn Foundation.
Portage College is proud to have such a distinguished alumnus back home, sharing her exceptional artwork and knowledge with our students.
Portage College will provide:
Who is Eligible?
Artists meeting all of the following criteria may apply:
How to Apply?
Applications must be sent by email and include all of the following:
Email to: Donna Feledichuk
My artwork investigates the interaction of the basic elements of art, in particular, color and shape. I take my inspiration from the world around me and I am drawn to the simplicity of shapes like circles and rectangles. Everywhere we look there is an abundance of gadgets and products that are formed from simple shapes - circular objects like clocks and berries. How do these shapes affect us emotionally? How do they affect our artwork? In my artwork, I try to experiment with the idea of simple shapes and colors and how they are the foundation of our artwork.
These simple shapes have a strong presence in my artwork although I also incorporate many recycled materials such as boxes, plastic lenses, used fabric material, and embroidery hoops. I enjoy the challenge for taking something old and disposable and turning it into artwork. I find it rewarding taking these materials and giving life back to them in an artistic way. I am constantly growing and experimenting as an artist and feel there is freedom in my expression of art using these discarded and disposable materials.
Ocean Coral by Meghan - Donated to Portage College 2016
Wax Tree 1 Wax Tree 2
Green Snake and Pupil
Triangle Animal 1 Triangle Animal 2
October 3 - Pakan School (Whitefish/Goodfish)
October 12 - Kikino Métis Settlement School
October 19 - Elizabeth Métis Settlement School
October 20 - Legoff School
November 17-19 - IMPRESSIONS Art Show, St. Paul & District Arts Foundation
November 19 - The Home Schooler Children's Mask Workshop, St. Paul & District Arts Foundation
November 19 - Paper Folding Christmas Card Workshop, St. Paul & District Arts Foundation
December 1-2 - IMPRESSIONS Art Show, Portage College, Lac La Biche Campus
December 1 - Heart Lake Kohls School, Tour of IMPRESSIONS Art Show & Workshop
December 1 - Amisk Community School, Tour of IMPRESSIONS Art Show & Workshop
December 1 - Light of Christ Catholic School, Tour of IMPRESSIONS Art Show & Workshop
December 1 - Paper Folding Christmas Cards for Adults, Portage College, Lac La Biche Campus
December 2 - Ecole Plamondon School, Tour of IMPRESSIONS Art Show & Workshop
December 2 - Aurora Middle School, Tour of IMPRESSIONS Art Show & Workshop
December 3 - Mask Making for Children, Portage College, Lac La Biche Campus
December 16 - Paper Folding Christmas Cards for Native Arts & Culture students
Amber Weasel Head was our first "artist in residence" at Portage College.
She is an alumni of the College and graciously agreed to return to work with students. Amber delivered workshops with Beaver Lake School and Goodfish School as well as working on projects along with Portage College students.
Amber is an indigenous artist of Blackfoot and Bitterroot Salish and is originally from southern Alberta but has resided in Lac La Biche for several years. Art has become a way of healing for Amber, she has learned to express difficult emotions as well as overcome challenging situations through her artwork.
She truly believes that "you can make art out of anything" and it has become such an important aspect in her life. Amber would like to pursue a career as an art therapist so she may help others heal and be able to fully express themselves in a constructive and healthy way just like she does.