Visual Arts DepartmentWestern Arts and Humanities

Sky Glabush

MFA, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, 2006.
BA: Fine Arts and English (High Honours), University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, 1996.



My parents, who met on a commune in Sointula, British Columbia, were part of that generation that tried to imagine a new way of life by moving “back to the land,” constructing their own homes, and expanding their consciousness. In 1976, my father checked himself into the Angus Campbell Treatment Centre in Moose Jaw, and shortly afterwards discovered the Baha’i Faith. Starting from this personal, even diarist position where the polarities of hippy culture, recovery and religion converge in my memory, this work shifts into a larger question about the “the spiritual in art.” And rather than sealing off this question within the universal language of abstraction I have sought to pose it against the peculiar specificity and symbolic register of my experience.

Sky Glabush lives and works in London, Ontario where he teaches studio art at the University of Western Ontario. He has had solo shows at the Mackenzie Art Gallery, the Mendel Art Gallery, Arch 2 Gallery (University of Manitoba) and the Art Gallery of Windsor. His work is in many public collections among them the Canada Council Art Bank, Museum London, Mackenzie Art Gallery, Mendel Art Gallery, University of Saskatchewan, University of Alberta and the Bank of Montreal.

Selected Publications

"Abstraction, metaphor, and the poetic landscape," Otto Donald Rogers. Santa Fe: Radius, 2007.

"Jordan Broadworth" (exhibition catalogue), Chatham Kent Art Gallery, 2007.

"A Look at Clay Ellis's Eight Miles of Barbed Wire," Esplanade Gallery, Medicine Hat, 2006.

"Field Notes: Terry, Rob, and Tom O'flanagan," Exhibition catalogue, Edmonton Art Gallery 2004.

Long, Timothy.  Sky Glabush. Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan, 2000.

Awards and Grants

Advanced Education's Graduate Student Scholarship, Alberta, 2005.
Alberta Foundation for the Arts Award, University of Alberta, 2005
University of Alberta Master Scholarship, University of Alberta, 2004.
Creative "C" Grant (Critical Writing): Saskatchewan Arts Board, 1999.
Creative "C" Grant (Visual Arts): Saskatchewan Arts Board, 1997.
Dean's Honour Roll: University of Saskatchewan, 1996.
Dean's Honour Roll: University of Regina (visiting student), 1994.
Mina Forsyth Award: University of Saskatchewan, 1995-1996.
Hannon Scholarship: University of Saskatchewan, 1995-1996.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

 "The visible and the invisible," Art Gallery of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario, 2011.
"Renting," MKG127, Toronto, Ontario, 2009.
"Homes for Canada 1966-67," Arch 2 Gallery, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, 2007.
“Provisional Structures” (MFA Thesis Exhibition), FAB Gallery, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, 2006.
"Living Together," Douglas Udell Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta, 2006.
"Building Blocks ," Drabinsky Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, 2004.
"Spacing," Atelier Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia, 2001.
"Lotus Eaters," Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, 2001.
"Lotus Eaters," Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan, 2000.
"Haarlem," Atelier Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia, 1999.
"New Paintings," Paul Kuhn, Calgary, Alberta, 1999.
"Interference," Francis Morrison Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, 1998.
“A Subjective Space,” Gordon Snelgrove Gallery, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, 1995.

Selected Group Exhibitions

"Heat," MKG127, Toronto, Ontario, 2010.
"Sudden Frost," Elissa Cristal Gallery, Vancouver British Columbia, 2010.
“The (A)Lure of the Local” Museum London, London, Ontario, 2009.
“Hinterlands.” Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Ontario, 2009.
“Hinterlands.” McIntosh Gallery, London, Ontario 2009.
“100 YEARS OF COLLECTING: University of Saskatchewan art collection”  The University of Saskatchewan Permanent Art Collection & College Building Art Galleries.  Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, 2008.
“Canada Calling: recent work by Sky Glabush and Shary Boyle,” Suzanne Biederberg Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2006.
“DIALOGUES: the changing face of contemporary Canadian art.”  Rideau Hall, Ottawa, 2006.
“Here and Now: Current Drawings,” Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, 2005.
“DRAW,” Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta, 2004-5.
“Sky Glabush and Els ter Horst,” Suzanne Biederberg, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2004.
Melbourne Art Fair, represented by Suzanne Biederberg, Amsterdam, 2002.
“Rift,” Kenderdine Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, 1999. “Sask Open,” Mendel Art Gallery,  Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, 1997.

Masters Thesis Supervision

Katja Beneke, “Exploring the Visual Representation of Teen Idols” (supervisor) M. F. A. conferred 2009.
Stephen Lavigne, “The Space Between Systems” M.F.A. (joint supervision) conferred Summer, 2007.

Recent Courses

VAS 540 Graduate Studio Seminar
The Cohen Exploration Program in the Visual Arts: Pictorial Construction
VAS 210 Introduction to Painting and Drawing
VAS 310 Advanced Painting