Crystal Przybille, MFA

Sessional Instructor

Creative Studies, Visual Arts

Research Summary

3-D and 2-D Visual Art. Installation. Public sculpture. Participatory, Activist and Dialogical Art. Settler/Indigenous relations.

Courses & Teaching

VISA322: Advanced Sculpture


Crystal Przybille is an award-winning artist and instructor in Creative Studies at The University of British Columbia, Okanagan. Przybille has participated in artist residencies, including in the Netherlands and Nunavut. She has exhibited nationally and in Europe. Przybille has created a number of public artworks, including several public sculptures commemorating the local history of the Okanagan. Researching for these public artworks brought Przybille to learn more about Settler/Indigenous relations in Canada, and to engage in Indigenous/Syilx-led art projects in the Okanagan. Her work includes that which explores and questions the Settler narrative. Przybille is interested in how art can function to construct and deconstruct narratives and to raise considerations for personal and public consciousness. Przybille is more broadly concerned with the human condition and the creation of artworks that strive to encapsulate and communicate aspects of our condition.



MFA, Interdisciplinary Studies, UBC Okanagan; BFA UVIC.

Selected Publications & Presentations

Transforming Settler identity through art and engagement with Indigenous culture in the Okanagan. 2020

BC Studies Journal. Reflections on Rethink150: Indigenous Truth. No 195. Autumn 2017

Canadian Dimension Magazine. Rethink150:Indigenous Truth Billboard. Volume 51 No3, Summer 2017.

Selected Grants & Awards

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

Canada Council Grant

British Columbia Arts Council Grant

Creative City Network of Canada Summit Panellist

Kelowna Top Forty Under 40

Okanagan Arts Award – Visual Arts

Selected Solo Exhibitions and Public Artworks

Nuclei. City Centre 3 Public Art. Public Art for Science and Technology development. Surrey, BC, (work-in-progress, 2022)

The Chief Swcnkut Monument. Public Art in the City of Kelowna. Commissioned by Westbank First Nation, 2019

Listen to the River. Thesis exhibition. FINA Gallery, University of British Columbia, Okanagan, 2019

Viewpoint. Signage Intervention Exhibition and discussion. Knox Mt., Kelowna, 2017

Rethink150: Indigenous Truth Billboard Art. IR#7, British Columbia, 2017

Rethink150: Indigenous Truth Billboard Art. IR#2, British Columbia, 2017

Wish. Kelowna Art Gallery – Satellite Gallery. Kelowna, BC, 2014

Illuminature – City of Kelowna Public Art Collection, 2013

The Hands of Time – City of Victoria Public Art Collection, 2013

The Father Pandosy Mission 150th Anniversary Commemorative Sculpture – City of Kelowna Public Art Collection, 2012

Under the Big Top, Rotary Centre for the Arts, Kelowna, BC, Canada, 2011

my own myth, Rotary Centre for the Arts, Kelowna, BC, Canada, 2008

13 little freaks, Vernon Art Gallery, BC, Canada, 2002

Misses and Misters Myth, Observatoire 4 de Montréal, QUE, Canada, 2002

Misses and Misters Myth, Art Gallery of the South Okanagan, Penticton, BC, Canada, 2001

Element Wheel, De Distilleerketel Windmill, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, 2001

Installaties, De Overslag, Eindhoven, the Netherlands, 2001

Trying to Get Up, Alternator Gallery, Kelowna, BC, Canada, 1999

A Story, performance, Alternator Gallery, Kelowna, BC, Canada, 1997

Glisten, Alternator Gallery, Kelowna, BC, Canada, 1997


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