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.


In previous exhibitions “Background” which questioned the relationship of spirituality within abstraction, and “Display,” the incommensurability of religion and modernity, my recent show at Oakville Galleries entitled “What is a Self?” explored the constructed nature of selfhood and how the edifices of identity are structured like architecture and inhabit the shape of narrative. Architecture, in this case, worked as an ordering principle, a kind of armature to arrange objects and surfaces. Some objects relate to interiority (tables, chairs, showers, window, door frames, curtains) and others make reference to exteriority (outer walls, shingles, concrete, stairs, doors). Shuttling between references both to the problematic idea of the self—inwardness, interiority, consciousness, a ‘moral inventory’—and to ideas around the literal and analogous position of architecture, this exhibition set a stage for the way one might think of the construction of identity and how the narratives of modernity, secularism and religion provide a matrix through which these ideas are formed, but also the reductionist, determinist, and at times coercive influence embedded in this formation.

Born in 1970 in Alert Bay, British Columbia, Sky Glabush lives and works in London, Ontario, where he teaches studio art at Western University. He holds a BFA from the University of Saskatchewan and an MFA from the University of Alberta. Recent exhibitions include “Display” at MKG127,  "The Painting Project" at Galerie de l'UQUAM, "The Kingdom of Names" at Thames Art Gallery and "The Visible and the Invisible" at the Art Gallery of Windsor. Glabush's work is in many public collections including the Canada Council Art Bank, McIntosh Gallery, Museum London, Mackenzie Art Gallery, Mendel Art Gallery, 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

Solo Exhibition  Prosjektrom Normanns,Stavanger, Norway (upcoming September 2016)
"What is a Self?", Oakville Galleries, Oakville Ontario, curated by Jon Davies, 2016
Untitled Art Fair, with Michael Dumontier represented by MKG127, Miami, Florida, 2014
“Display,” MKG127, Toronto, Ontario, 2014.
"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

"The Painting Project,” Galerie de l’UQUAM, Montreal, Quebec, 2013
"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

Jared Peters, "Just As It Should Be: Painting and the Discipline of Everyday Life” MFA conferred Fall, 2014.
Kim Nuedorf, “Call and Response.” MFA conferred 2012
Robert Williams, “So it Goes,” MFA conferred 2011
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.

PhD Thesis Supervision

Kevin Rodgers, "Out of Order: Thinking Through Robin Collyer, Discontent and Affirmation (1973-1985).” Phd conferred 2012.
Colin Miner, "A Photographic Ontology: Being Haunted Within The Blue Hour And Expanding Field” PhD conferred, 2014.

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