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EDUCATION

2009 Master of Fine Arts, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
2006 Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours), Queen’s University, Kingston, ON
Major: Fine Art, Minor: Art History, Dean’s Honour: Top 3% of Graduates
2004-5 Lorenzo de’Medici Institute of Fine Art, Florence, Italy
2003 Queen’s University Venice Summer School, Venice, Italy

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017 Stardust (Chowaniec Projects). Wall Space Gallery Train Yards, Ottawa, ON
2014 Finding Alma: A Project by Alex Chowaniec. Galerija Plevnik-Kronkowska, Celje, Slovenia
2013 Growth / Grossissement (Catalogue). Beaux-Arts des Amériques, Montréal, QC
2011 The Spaces in Between. Wall Space Gallery, Ottawa, ON
2009 Incarnate. Wall Space Gallery, Ottawa, ON

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017 Object of Direct Experience. lorimoto gallery, Ridgewood, NY
2017 Reliquary: A Gallery of Altars. Curated by Melissa Madara, Catland Books, Brooklyn, NY
2017 Gloria Patria (Burnt Eclipse) (with live music by Ev). Curated by Andy P. Smith, NYSF, Brooklyn, NY
2017 Berlin Food Art Week. Curated by Tainá Guedes/ Entretempo Kitchen Gallery, Hallesches Haus, Berlin, Germany
2016 Making the Future. Curated by Julie Torres and Michael David, David & Schweitzer Contemporary, Brooklyn, NY
2016 Transaction. Curated by Elijah Wheat Showroom (Liz Nielsen and Carolina Wheat), The Knockdown Center, Maspeth, NY
2016 Art on Paper. Pier 36, New York, NY
2015 Handmade: The Digital Age and the Industrial Revolution. Curated by Nancy Azara, Kleinert/James Center for the Arts (Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild), Woodstock, NY
2015 Paper. Wall Space Gallery / OAG|GAO, Ottawa, ON
2015 Hotel California: For A Spell, BOS (Hosted by Colby Claycomb; Curated by Jennifer J. Lee), 1317 Jefferson Avenue, ground floor, Brooklyn, NY
2015 Arts in Bushwick: Making History. Curated by Krista Saunders and Dexter Wimberly, StoreFront Ten Eyck, Brooklyn, NY
2014 Radiant Geometries. Skylight Gallery NYC, 538 W 29th Street, New York, NY
2014 Emerging Artists in Public Collections. Wall Space Gallery, Ottawa, ON
2014 Kings & Queens (with Charlotte Becket, Max Yawney and Nao Matsumoto). lorimoto, NYC
2014 Bushwick Open Studios 2014 Benefit. Storefront Ten Eyck, Brooklyn, NY
2014 SCOPE | NEW YORK. Skylight at Moynihan Station, 360 W 33rd Street, New York, NY
2014 Inspiring Change. Wall Space Gallery, Ottawa, ON
2014 Visual AIDS: 16th Annual “Postcards from the Edge” Benefit, Luhring Augustine Gallery, New York, NY
2013 Bushwick Open Studios. 2 Saint Nicholas Studios, Brooklyn, NY
2013 AiB Benefit // Bushwick Open Studios 2013. Grace Exhibition Space, Brooklyn, NY
2013 PAPIER13 (Contemporary Art Fair of Works on Paper / Foire d’art contemporain d’oeuvres sur papier). Quartier des spectacles, Montréal, QC
2013 AFF New York. Metropolitan Pavilion, New York, NY
2013 Overturn the Artifice (Curated by Jack Leamy). SOMArts Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA
2012 Creative Cities Collection: Olympic Fine Arts London 2012 (Catalogue). Barbican Centre, London, United Kingdom
2012 Wish You Were Here 11. A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2012 And Its Owner (Performance: Jordan Essoe with Alex Chowaniec). Grace Exhibition Space, Brooklyn, NY
2012 Painting Salon. Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2011 Seven Years of MoPA. Bruno David Gallery, St. Louis, MO
2010 ART TORONTO 2010 | Toronto International Art Fair (Catalogue). Metro Toronto Convention Centre, ON
2010 Blue Studio Artists. Michelle O’Connor Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2010 Showcase at Earnscliffe. British High Commission, Ottawa, ON
2010 WESTFEST. Wall Space Gallery, Ottawa, ON
2010 Guest Featured Artist. Cottage Industry Painting Salon, San Francisco, CA
2009 MoPA at the LAB. The Lab. San Francisco, CA
2009 Vernissage: 2009 MFA Graduate Thesis Exhibition. Herbst Pavilion at Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, CA
2009 Dig. The Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2008 The Butcher, The Baker and The Candlestick Maker (with Kristen Van Diggelen and Alexandra Luke). The Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2008 Systema Naturae. Swell Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
2008 Intimate Cartography. MoPA: The Museum of Pocket Art, International
2008 The Best I’ve Ever Had (with Kristen Van Diggelen). Art Engine Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2008 Guest Artist: Sketch Tuesdays. 111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2007 Soft Core. ARTworkSF Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2007 Fresh Air. Polarity Post Productions, San Francisco, CA
2007 The Best of the Bay. Concourse Exhibition Center, San Francisco, CA
2006 Art in the Park (Ottawa Outdoor Art Exhibition). Central Park, Ottawa, ON
2006 BFA On View ’06. Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston ON
2006 “How much would you say this weighs?” Graduate Exhibition. Ontario Hall, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON.
2005 Simpatico (with Miranda Urbanski). Union Gallery, Kingston, ON
2005 Variations On the Domestic. Ban Righ Women’s Centre, Kingston, ON
2005 Nine Lives. Common Ground Café, John Deutsch University Centre, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON
2005 Watermark (Solo). Private Exhibition, 185 Glebe Avenue, Ottawa, ON (catalog)
2005 Cezanne’s Closet (Juried Fundraiser). Ban Righ Hall, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON
2004 Hot (Juried). Union Gallery, Kingston, ON
2003 Art in the Park (Ottawa Outdoor Art Exhibition). Central Park, Ottawa, ON
2002 Emerging Talent (Juried). Galerie d’Art Jean-Claude Bergeron, Ottawa, ON

EXHIBITIONS CURATED

2008 Intimate Cartography. MOPA: The Museum of Pocket Art, International. Co-curator: Hannah Piper Burns.
2005 Nine Lives. Common Ground Café, John Deutsch University Centre, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON

RESIDENCIES

2014 Galerija Plevnik-Kronkowska / municipality of Celje [Forthcoming] – Artist Residency (Celje, Slovenia)
2007 Red Ink Studios – Artist Residency (San Francisco, CA)

AWARDS AND ACHIEVEMENTS

2012 Gold medal (Creative Cities Collection), IOC / Olympic Fine Arts Committee, London
2010 SECA Award Nomination, SFMOMA
2009 Irene Pijoan Memorial Painting Award, San Francisco Art Institute
2009 Di Rosa Biennial MFA Selection Nomination, Napa, CA
2009 Joan Mitchell MFA Grant Nomination, Joan Mitchell Foundation
2009 Headlands Centre for the Arts Graduate Fellowship Nomination
2008 San Francisco Art Institute Grant recipient
2007 San Francisco Art Institute Grant recipient
2005 The Helen Nininger Memorial Scholarship in Fine Art, Queen’s University
2005 Dean’s Honor Roll, Queen’s University (2003-2006)
2002 The Robert Shotton Memorial Entrance Scholarship, Queen’s University
2002 Ontario Scholar, Ontario Ministry of Education
2000 Nomination for Youth Canada Arts and Literature Award, Youth Canada, Ottawa ON

PUBLICATIONS

2017 “Bushwick Artist Alex Chowaniec’s New Installation Reveals the Importance of Alternative Spaces,” by Andy P. Smith, Bushwick Daily (online at www.bushwickdaily.com), March 3, 2017.
2016 “Never Has My Breath Been Taken Away Like It Was at Knockdown Center,” by Jerry Saltz, Vulture (online at www.vulture.com), June 16, 2016.
2016 “Galleries Shift Shape to Survive in a Changing Art World,” by Roberta Smith, New York Times (online edition at www.nytimes.com), June 23, 2016.
2014 “Before the Studios Open: Friday Night Shows at Bushwick Open Studios,” by Hrag Vartanian, Hyperallergic (online at www.hyperallergic.com), May 31, 2014.
2014 “It all comes down to dpi and polygons: Alex Chowaniec Interviewed by Jarrett Earnest,” SFAQ Print Edition, Issue 16, 2014.
2014 “Context and Conversation: Alex Chowaniec and David Molesky,” Artfile Magazine (online edition at www.artfilemagazine.com), March 26, 2014.
2014 “Alex Chowaniec: Let’s talk about it,” by Janet Wilson, The Ottawa Citizen (print edition), March 8, 2014.
2014 “(Non-Traditional) Matryoshka Dolls by Alex Chowaniec,” by David Molesky, Juxtapoz Magazine (online edition at www.juxtapoz.com), February 10, 2014.
2013 “Overturn the Artifice,” by Mark Van Proyen, Art Practical (online edition at www.artpractical.com), March 25, 2013.
2013 “Exhibiting Artist Interview: Alex Chowaniec,” by Lex Kosieradzki, SOMArts Cultural Center (online and available at http://www.somarts.org/chowaniec/), posted March 12, 2013.
2011 “Living History: !Women Art Revolution”, Artist/curator Anna Muessig hosts filmmaker Lynn Hershman Leeson and artist/producer Alex Chowaniec, ARTonAIR.org (Radio), originally aired May 30, 2011.
2011 “Personality Crises: Alexandra Chowaniec boldly explores The Spaces in Between”, by Allan Wigney, The Wig (online), March 15, 2011.
2011 “WMC interviews Alexandra Chowaniec at 2011 Sundance Film Festival,” by Women’s Media Center (online and available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fubMHAMQ_Pk), uploaded February 2, 2011.
2010 Art Toronto 2010: The 11th Toronto International Art Fair (Catalog). Exhibiting Galleries: Beaux-Arts des Amériques, Image: Alexandra Chowaniec, Chew, pp. 80.
2010 New American Paintings. 15 Years: Anniversary Edition. Open Studios Press.
2009 “Freshly Varnished and Ready for Their Close Up,” by JD Beltran, San Francisco Chronicle (online edition at www.SFGate.com), May 20, 2009.
2009 “Students Master the Fine Arts”, Fort Mason Center Publication, Apr/May 09.
2009 “The Art of Ugly” by Emily Falvey, The Ottawa Citizen, March 18, 2009.
2008 New American Paintings. Pacific West Coast Edition, vol. 79. Open Studios Press.
2008 “A Masters in Exploration” by Mike Levin, KitchArt Magazine, October 2008.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Represented by Beaux-Arts des Amériques, Montreal, QC and Wall Space Gallery, Ottawa, ON.

2012-2013 Website Project Manager, U.S. Pavilion, la Biennale di Venezia 2013
105 Duane Street, #38A, New York, NY

2011-2017 Independent Producer / Production Consultant – Brooklyn, NY
Loose Change Productions and Brilliant Projects LLC
Production and strategic consulting, including documentary film and new media development

2011 San Francisco Art Institute – Alumni Representative for SFAI Admissions, New York, NY

2010-11 Producer – Hotwire Productions | Lynn Hershman Leeson
1261 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA

2010 San Francisco Art Institute – Adult Continuing Education Instructor

800 Chestnut Street, San Francisco, CA

Developed and delivered 2 courses: Color and Composition and The Emotive Gesture: Anatomy of the Head and Hands

2009 San Francisco Art Institute – Teaching Assistant
800 Chestnut Street, San Francisco, CA

Course: Figurative Painting (Undergraduate level)
Professor: Caitlin Mitchell-Dayton

2007 San Francisco Art Institute – Teaching Assistant
800 Chestnut Street, San Francisco, CA

Course: Contemporary Art History (Undergraduate level)
Professor: Krista Genevieve Lynes

2007 Red Ink Studios / dmna – Studio Director
1035 Market Street, San Francisco, CA

Responsible for communication, facilitation and community building between Executive Operatives and Resident Artists. Large-scale events planning and public relations, working with private sector and non-profit organizations in the SF Bay Area. Administration, programming and operation of Red Ink Studios

2007 Red Ink Studios – Artist Residency

2003-2004 National Gallery of Canada – Instructor
Education Department, Ottawa, ON

Extensive training as an Art Instructor and Interpreter responsible for daily and workshop programming in the creative arts. Teaching both adults and children of all ages through creative activities, presentations and guided gallery visits. Programs situated in an integrated didactic gallery setting and delivered in both French and English

Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography – Instructor
Education Department, Ottawa, ON

2004 Union Gallery – Director of Communications
Member of the Board of Directors (Volunteer), Kingston, ON

Elected Board Member responsible for Communications between the Queen’s University Art Department, Queen’s University Alma Mater Society and the Kingston Community at large. Organized fundraising initiatives and marketing strategies for the Union Gallery.

2003 Union Gallery – Director of Development and Promotion
Member of the Board of Directors (Volunteer), Kingston, ON

2000-2002 Great Canadian Theatre Company – Apprenticeship, Ottawa, ON

Prepared stage for 6 productions, set design and technical lighting
Focus on strength of contributing to a team

MURAL COMMISSIONS

2007 Mt. Shasta Private Residence Commission (Collaboration), Siskiyou County, CA
2006 Mural Commission, Queen’s University Alma Mater Society
John Deutsch University Centre, Queen’s University, Kingston ON
2001 Mural Commission, Ottawa-Carleton Catholic School Board
Installed at Immaculata High School, Ottawa ON

COLLECTIONS

New Museum, Beijing, China (Creative Cities Collection)

Queen’s University Department of Art Print Collection, Kingston, ON

Private Collections: New York, San Francisco, Boston, Toronto, Montréal and Ottawa

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