Biography

Plastic is the Alien Invasion We are Creating

Plastic is the Alien Invasion We are Creating

Anna Gustafson was conceived in Guatemala to an Italian/Guatemalan mother and Swedish father, and was born in Sweden and raised in Vancouver, Canada. Gustafson's long view has benefited from being nurtured in a multicultural family within an immigrant perspective.

An important premise of her work is that we best remember information and events through our senses and associated emotions. As Anna’s practice has a strong sensory component, her work encourages each viewer to develop their own emotional responses, and fully absorb the information presented.

An honours graduate of Vancouver School of Art - now Emily Carr - she has shown in public galleries since 1974.

 


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Anna Gustafson

 Education
1970-1974 - Emily Carr University of Art & Design, Vancouver BC - graduate (previously Vancouver School of Art)
1976-1978 - California State University, Long Beach, CA,

Solo Exhibitions
2019 - Object Lesson The New Gallery Calgary, AB
2016 - Snow Fence The Point Gallery Salt Spring Island, BC
         - Across the River Salt Spring Public Library Salt Spring Island, BC
         - Object Lessons Showcase Gallery Salt Spring Island, BC
2014 - 1 Whale & 50 Salmon Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver, BC
2013 - If Andy Warhol was Blind Showcase Gallery Salt Spring Island, BC
1983 - Standing on Ceremony Surrey Art Gallery Surrey, BC
1975 - Anna Gustafson Burnaby Art Gallery Burnaby, BC    
    
Solo Collaborative Exhibitions - with Paul Burke
2016 - New Work   Duthie Gallery Salt Spring Island, BC
         - Mrs Drysdale’s Circus Bennett Art Gallery Knoxville, Tenn
         - Ghost Wolves Four Season Hotel Vancouver, BC
2015 - As the Raven Flies Four Season Hotel Vancouver, BC
2014 - Ghost Salmon Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver, BC
1995 - Words of the Penan Victoria Art Gallery Victoria, BC
         - Past, Present, Future Uncertain Nanaimo Art Gallery Nanaimo,BC
         - Salmon Running Haidi Qwaii Museum Skidigate, BC
1994 - Past, Present, Future Uncertain Campbell River Art Gallery Campbell River, BC
         - Burgess Shale Courtney Public Museum Courtney, BC
1993 - Salmon Running Rock Bay Art Gallery Victoria, BC

Group Exhibitions
2018 - How To: Make With Mahon Hall Salt Spring Island, BC
2017 - Image, Text, Image Comox Valley Art Gallery Courtney, BC
2016 - Master Works Mahon Hall Salt Spring Island, BC
2015 - Summer Slide Show Vancouver Art Gallery Vancouver, BC
2014 - Strange Encounters Open Space Gallery Victoria, BC
         - 20 x 20 Vision Artspring Gallery Salt Spring Island, BC
         - ECS International Art Barn Salt Spring Island, BC
2013 - ECS International Art Barn Salt Spring Island, BC
2012 - encaustiCon 2012 Gallery Nord San Antonio Texas
1996 - Salmon Streams Stamp Art Gallery San Francisco, CA
1991 - 13 Elk Killed Her with Paul Burke Artropolis 93, Vancouver, BC
1986 - The Way We Were Surrey Art Gallery Surrey, BC                    
1978 - Works in Transparent Media Surrey Art Gallery Surrey, BC     
1978 - Women in Art Winnipeg Art Gallery Winnipeg, MA

Curatorial Projects
2014 - Potential and Promises Showcase Gallery Salt Spring Island, BC

Public & Private Collections
     - Simon Fraser University Vancouver, BC
     - East Tennessee Regional Children’s Hospital Knoxville Tenn
     - Westport Innovations Vancouver, BC  
     - Tides Foundation San Francisco, CA

Texts
2015 - Global Chorus, anthology,  Rocky Mountain Books

Grants
2016 - Salt Spring Arts Council, Project Grant
2015 - Vermont Studio Center, Johnson Vermont
         - Island Mountain Arts, Wells BC
2012 - Salt Spring Arts Council, Project Grant
1993 - Canada Council, Explorations Grant
            
Residencies
2019 - The Studios at MASS MoCA, North Adams, Mass
2016 - CloTHING(s) as Conversation, Emily Carr University of Art & Design, Vancouver, BC
2015 - Vermont Studio Center, Johnson Vermont, March
           - Toni Onley Artisit’s Project, Island Mountain Arts, Wells BC, July

Contact

anna@anna-gustafson.com