colleen heslin

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Colleen Heslin lives and works on traditional Tla'amin territory in qathet, BC, Canada

Born: Toronto, 1976

2014 Concordia University, Montreal Quebec, MFA
Emily Carr University, Vancouver BC, BFA

2014 Part-time, professor of painting in studio arts, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

2025 Upcoming, Forest City Gallery, London ON
2022 COLLECTING AND PURGING, qathet Art Centre, Powell River, BC
2020 IN THE DARK, Monte Clark Gallery, Vancouver
2019 SEA LEGS, Monte Clark Gallery, Vancouver
2018 SLOW PERIPHERIAL MOVEMENTS, Monte Clark Gallery, Vancouver
2016 NEEDLES AND PINS, McMichael Collection, Kleinburg, Canada
2016 NEEDLES AND PINS, The Esker Foundation, Calgary, Canada
2016 SOMATIC TRADITIONS, Monte Clark Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2015 TREADING BUOYLINES, Charles H. Scott Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2015 WALKING AND FALLING... with Vanessa Brown, ESP, Toronto ON
2014 OUTCASTS AND SHADY TREES, Monte Clark Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2014  BALLADS FROM THE NORTH SEA, Laroche/Joncas, Montreal, Canada
2014 Jen Aitken & Colleen Heslin, Battat Contemporary, Montreal, Canada
2013  Avant que je ne change d'avis, with Les Ramsay, RATS Collective, Vevey, Switzerland
2013 SLOW DOWN / GET LOST, with Les Ramsay, Kinderhook & Caracas, Berlin Germany
2011 COUNTERFEIT TRADITIONS, with Les Ramsay, Bruno Arts Bank Vault Gallery, Bruno, Saskatchewan
2011 PICNIC AT BLUEFISH CAVES, Black & Yellow Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2010 I SEE WATER, LES Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

2023 PIECEWORK, curated by Leila Timmins, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, ON
2022 OMNIBUS, 10 Years, Kinderhook & Caracas, Berlin, Germany
2022 THE WEIGHT, Katzman Art Projects, Laura Hudspith, Lysse Lemieux, Elanor King, Luca Soldovieri, Halifax, NS
2021 HOLDING A LINE IN YOUR HAND, Rajni Perera, Russna Kaur, Lyse Lemieux, Azadeh Elmizadeh, curated by Charo Neville, Kamloops Art Gallery, BC
2021 AN INHERITANCE, curated by Kegan McFadden, Victoria Arts Council, Victoria BC
2019 SOMETHING MORE THAN NOTHING, Evergreen Cultural Centre, Coquitlam, BC
2019 SOMETHING MORE THAN NOTHING, The Reach Gallery Museum, Abbotsford, BC
2018 THE OTHER SIDE, Power Plant, Toronto
2018 GLUT, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, UBC, Vancouver
2017 ENTANGLED,The Vancouver Art Gallery (catalogue), Vancouver
2017 OPEN HORIZONS, Tinos Cultural Foundation (catalogue), Tinos, Greece
2017 ONLY ENTROPY COMES EASY, Monte Clark Gallery, Vancouver
2016 AMBIVALENT PLEASURES, Vancouver Special Triennial, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver BC
2016 CONTEMPORARY VISIONS VI, Beers London, London UK
2015 GARDEN AVENUE, curated by Jennifer Carvalho, Toronto ON
2014 SOCIAL CIRCLE(S),Unit/Pitt, Vancouver B
2014 HUMOR RISK, Kathleen Cullen Gallery, Brooklyn, New York
2014 SOFTNENING THE CORNERS, Birch Contemporary, Toronto Ontario
2014 TOWER, Monte Clark Gallery, Vancouver BC
2014 IGNITION, Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Montreal, Quebec
2013 MYTHOLOGIES, Laroche/Joncas, Montreal Quebec
2013  I.O.U.(SINCERELY,K.MIDAS) curated by Kalli Niedoba, Unit/Pitt Projects, Vancouver BC
2012 DE-ACCESIONED, curated by Soi Fischer, Cooper Cole Gallery, Toronto Ontario
2011 WALK IN/HERE YOU ARE part 3, curated by Cate Rimmer, City of Vancouver Public Art project, Vancouver BC
2010 BEFORE AND AFTER, curated by Sophie Brodovitch, Queen Elizabeth Theater, Vancouver BC
2010 NO SEX NO LIFE, cuated by Soi Fischer, Vancouver BC
2009 TAKE YOUR TIME, panel discussion and catalogue, SFU Gallery, Burnaby BC
COUNTRY HORSE AND WAGON, Pentiction Art Gallery, Pentiction BC
2007 TOO MANY WORDS, Helen Pitt Gallery, Vancouver BC
2006 DEFINING SPACES, Burnaby Art Gallery, Burnaby BC

2014 MORTEM POST LOCUM, John Burgess, Monte Clark Container
2011 THE WRITING ON THE WALL, A 22 week text-based public art project including 31 artists, March 1 - August 1
2011  A GOOD DAY FOR HORSE RACES, East Van Studio’s, Vancouver BC
2006  DON’T STOP BELIEVING, Antisocial Gallery, Vancouver BC
2006  PLACED AND FOUND, Access Gallery, Vancouver BC
1999-2015 The Crying Room an independent art space for emerging artists founder, director and curator

2016 Wagon Station Encampment, Andrea Zittel, Joshua Tree, Califoria, USA
2014 The Sointula Art Shed, Malcolm Island, BC
2013 Kinderhook & Caracas, Berlin Germany
2013 Rats Collectif, Vevey, Switzerland
2011 BRUNO ARTS BANK, Bruno, Saskatchewan, Canada

2022 Langara College Artist talk series, video, March 16, Vancouver BC
2022 Collecting and Purging, qathet Art Center, February 26, Powell River, BC
2021 Takao Tanabe Painting Prize, online interview with the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, BC
2021 HOLDING A LINE IN YOUR HAND,exhibition talk, Kamloops Art Gallery, BC
2017 AMBIVALENT PLEASURES, Panel talk, The Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver
2017 UBC Okanogan, Artist talk and studio visits, Kelowna, BC
2016 BUSH 50 YEARS LATER, with Marc Mayer and Sarah Stanners, McMichael, Kleinburg ON
2016 ECHOS OF AN INFLUENCE, with Naomi Potter, Sara Angel and Corrie Jackson, Toronto ON
2016 Exhibition talk and workshop for Needles and Pins at the Esker Foundation, Calgary, AB
2015 Treading Buoylines talk in conversation with Neil Campell at the Charles H. Scott Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2014  Softening the Corners, exhibition panel talk, Birch Contemporary, Toronto ON
2014 MATERIALITY and PAINTING, panel talk, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver BC
2011  Bruno Arts Bank Vault Gallery artist talk on the exhibition COUNTERFEIT TRADITIONS, August 27, Bruno, Saskatchewan
2009  Panel talk with Ben Reeves, Rebecca Brewer and Ron den Daas, TAKE YOUR TIME, Vancouver BC

The Malahat Review, Cover image, University of Victoria, BC, issue 217,winter 2021/22
Powell River LIving, Interview with Pieta Woolley on the Takao Tanabe prize, p.40-41, March 2021
The Globe and Mail, McMichael Canadian Art Collection bets big on past for 50th anniversary, by James Adams, Friday August 12, 2016
Bordercrossing,“Stitching in Time; The Artful Life of Colleen Heslin”, by Lee Henderson, Volume 34, Number 2, Issue No. 134, p.64-69, Summer 2015
Canadian Art, Hard Edges Cushioned at Softening the Corners, exibition review by Leah Sandals
Group exhibition curated by Corrie Jackson, Birch Contemporary, Toronto Ontario, August 14, 2014

Georgia Straight, “Colleen Heslin displays immense confidence with Outcasts and Shady Trees”, solo review by Robin Laurence, June 17, 2014, Vancouver BC
Mkos,Ballads from the North Sea, Colleen Heslin”, Review by Joseph Henry, Montréal, June 10, 2014
Canadian Art,Can Painting Be Reinvented, Online exhibition review by Britt Gallpen, posted April 21, 2014
Canadian Art: “Painting Issue: Hot Jobs”, p.78-79, Winter 2014
Akimbo,“Colleen Heslin & Jen Aitken at Battat Contemporary”, Review by Susanna Wesley, Feb 25, 2014
Blouin Artinfo,“Interview: Colleen Heslin”, by Sky Goodden, 03/10, 2013
Artforum Magazine, “De-Accessioned”, Cooper Cole exhibition review by Steven Kado, January 2013  
Pyramid Power, “SLEEPWALKING”, 4 page painting spread, issue 07 spring/summer, Vancouver BC, 2010
Room Magazine, “Tender Loving Care” issue 32.3, cover and 5 images, Vancouver BC
Capricious Magazine,“The Animal Issue”, issue 8, Spring 2008, New York, NY USA
Purpose Magazine, “The Childhood Issue” Webmag Photographic, issue 8, Autumn 2008, Paris, France

2021  Tanabe Award for BC Painters
2017  BC Arts Council Project Grant
2016  Canada Council Project Grant
2015  City of Vancouver Artist Live/Work Studio Award
2014  Canada Council Project Grant
2013  RBC Painting Competition
2013  Lillian Vineberg Graduate Award in Painting and Drawing
2013  Fine Arts Travel Award, Concordia University
2013  BC Arts Council Scholarship Award
2012  BC Arts Council Scholarship Award

National Gallery of Canada (Can)
Vancouver Art Gallery (Can)
Musee d’art Contemporain de Montreal, Montreal Quebec (Can)
McMichael Collection, Kleinburg Ontario (Can)
Canada Council Art Bank (Can)
Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, British Columbia (Can)
Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, UBC, Vancouver (Can)