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Artist Statement



Glo-ball P: A campfire aroma and an odd wick makes for a calming atmosphere, despite visual similarities to a certain virus, which shall remain nameless. 


Through my work I try to elicit the sublime residing within the mundane.  Drawing from events in my life, I juxtapose ordinary narrative elements to embrace mystery, and to reflect parallels, coincidence, or happenstance that can illuminate an ordinary life, if there is such a thing. 


K. Gwen Frank graduated with honours from Alberta College of Art and Design (4 yr. diploma 1983, and BFA 2002) and continued independent fine art studies at the University of Calgary, GRAFF Atelier, Montreal.  She has participated in over a hundred juried national and international exhibitions, and has had a number of solo exhibitions.  She has given intaglio workshops and lectures at Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina; Hollins University, Hollins, Virginia;  at University of Waterloo, Ontario, and throughout Alberta.  She continues to work from her Calgary & East Coulee Alberta studios, focusing on intaglio techniques, watercolour and drawing.


K. Gwen Frank, Calgary, 2021




 K. Gwen Frank     



Born:  Gravelbourg, Saskatchewan, Canada




1989 -1991, 2001-02 Independent Printmaking Studies, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada

1978 - 1983     Honours Fine Art Diploma, Printmaking, Alberta College of Art & Design, Calgary, Canada 

2002              BFA Alberta University of the Arts, Calgary, Alberta, Canada


Exhibitions (selected)

1990              K. Gwen Frank:  Four Years, The Prairie Gallery, Grande Prairie, Alberta

1992              Inside Dreams, Equipe de Arte Postal, Sao Paulo, Brazil

                       8th Mostra Internazionale di Grafica,  Instituto per la Cultura e L’Arte, Catania, Italy  

1993              6th International Biennial Print and Drawing Exhibition, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan

1994              Solo Exhibition, Galerie Epreuve d’Artiste, Antwerp, Belgium

                     Intergrafia 94,  World Award Winners’ Gallery, Katovice, Poland

1995              1st International Print Symposium Exhibition, Slovak Union of Visual Artists, Bratislava, Slovakia

1996              8th Premio Internazionale Biella Per L’Incisione, Biebla, Italy

1998              Stuwing at De Zaaijer, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

1999              Deutsche Internationale Grafik Triennia, Frechen City Hall, Frechen, Germany

2000              Bitten Image, Solo Exhibition, Hollins University, Roanoke, Virginia

2004              Solo Exhibition, Association La Cardabelle - Arts et Culture, Cruéjouls, Aveyron, France

2006              Fifteen Restless Nights by Derek Besant, York Quay Gallery, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

2007              The Boston Printmakers  International Biennial, 808 Gallery, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

2008              Maniere Noire, Atelier Les Mille Feuilles, Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec, Canada

2012-15          La Vie Fantastique, Art Gallery of Alberta, Alberta Foundation for the Arts Traveling Exhibition Program, Edmonton,

2015                60 X 60:  The Wondering Mind, Touring International Group Exhibition, opening at Galerie Epreuve d’Artiste, opening in                                 Antwerp, Belgium, and touring 19 countries around the world.

2019                Futurology: Alberta Printmakers 30th Anniv. Exhibition & Portfolio, Juried Group Exibition, Calgary, Alberta


Membership (selected)

1989 - 1991      Founding Member & Member of the Board of Directors, Alberta Printmakers Society, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

1989 - Present Alberta Printmakers Society, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

1982 – 2015    The Boston Printmakers

1985 – 2015    Malaspina Printmakers

2001 - 2006     Faculty Member, Alberta College of Art and Design, Continuing Education, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

2014 - 2015    Jury Member: BIMPE VIII (Eighth Biennial International Miniature Printmaking Exhibition) Vancouver, Kelowna, Edmonton, Canada


Workshops (selected)

1993 - 1995     Artist in Residence, Centrum Frans Masereel, Kasterlee, Belgium

1996, 1997      Lecture, Workshop, Prairie Music Suite, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Karolina, USA

2004              Artist in Residence, Association La Cardabelle - Arts et Culture, Cruéjouls, Aveyron, France

2000              Intaglio workshop, Lecture, University, Roanoke, Virginia, USA


Awards (selected)

1992 - 1995     Annual Awards, Alberta Foundation for the Visual Arts Project, Grant

1994              Medal for Excellence, Cuprum VI, International Biennale of Graphic Art in Metal Techniques, Lubin, Poland

                     Intergrafia 94,  World Award Winners Gallery,  Katovice, Poland

                     Prize, 9th Seoul International Print Biennial, Seoul, South Korea

1996              Sponsor´s Prize, 3rd Sapporo International Print Exhibition, Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, Sapporo, Japan

1986 - 1990     USA  Juror’s Commendations,  The Boston Printmakers 39th, 41st and 42nd North American Print Exhibitions

2002              Award for Excellence, Alberta College of Art and Design Alumni, Calgary, Alberta, Canada





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