Holly Ward

Lecturer

Creative Studies
Other Titles: 2D & Sculpture
Office: CCS 162
Phone: 250.807.8478
Email: holly.ward@ubc.ca


Courses & Teaching

Drawing; Sculpture

Biography

Currently based in Kelowna BC, Holly Ward is an interdisciplinary artist working with sculpture, multi-media installation, architecture, video and drawing as a means to examine the role of aesthetics in the formation of new social realities. Stemming from research of various visionary practices such as utopian philosophy, science fiction literature, Visionary Architecture, counter-cultural practices and urban planning, her work investigates the arbitrary nature of symbolic designation and the use-value of form in a social context.
During the academic year 2009-2010 Ward was the Artist in Residence at Langara College, wherein she commenced The Pavilion project, a 22’ geodesic dome serving as a catalyst for artistic experimentation involving artists, writers, designers and Langara College students. The Pavilion has since been moved to rural Heffley Creek BC, where it is currently under construction as a long-term facility for land-based artistic experiments and free-school, being performed in collaboration with artist Kevin Schmidt.

Websites

www.hollyward.org

www.hollywardpavilion.blogspot.ca

Degrees

MFA (Studio) University Guelph, Guelph ON, 2006, BFA (Interdisciplinary Studio) Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University, Halifax NS, 1999, BA (English Major, Fine Arts Minor), University of New Brunswick, Fredericton NB, 1995

Research Interests & Projects

Ward has produced solo shows exhibitions at Artspeak, the Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery, the Or Gallery (all Vancouver), YYZ Gallery (Toronto), Volta 6 (Basel), and others. She has participated in group exhibitions in Canada, Chile, England, Mexico, the US, Norway and South Korea.

Recent publications include Volumes (Blackwoods Gallery, 2015), Every Force Evolves a Form (Artspeak, 2012), and For Now, on Holly Ward’s Persistence of Vision, a critical essay in Jeff Derksen’s After Euphoria (JRP Ringier Press, 2013).

Her work has been collected by the Vancouver Art Gallery, Fogo Island Arts, and Scotiabank.

Selected Publications & Presentations

Monographs/Exhibition Catalogues

Planned Peasanthood (upcoming), Kamloops Art Gallery, 2019

Midnight Sun: Camera Obscura, Yukon Arts Gallery, 2011

Every Force Evolves a Form, Artspeak, Vancouver, 2011

Volumes, Blackwood Gallery, Missasauga, ON, 2015

An Era of Discontent: Art as Occupation, Kamloops Art Gallery, 2015

Invitation to an Infiltration, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC, 2010

How Soon is Now?, Vancouver Art Gallery, 2008

Gasoline Rainbows, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC, 2007

D’or: Going Solo Or Gallery, Vancouver, BC, 2006

D’Or: Notes on Collaboration, Or Gallery, Vancouver, 2003

Selected Solo Exhibitions

humynatur3, Republic Gallery, Vancouver BC, 2018

Planned Peasanthood, Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops BC, 2017

Planet of the Have-Nots, Sonntags, Berlin DE, 2014

Holly Ward, Malaspina Printmakers’ Society, Vancouver BC, 2013

Persistence of Vision, Artspeak, Vancouver BC , 2011

Here & There, Volta 6 Solo, Basel SWZ, 2010

Here & There, Repblic Gallery, Vancouver BC, 2009

Radical Rupture, Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery, Vancouver BC, 2008

The Relay Macdonald Stuart Art Centre, Guelph ON, 2006

The Future Is Now , YYZ Artist’s Outlet, Toronto, ON, 2005

The Future Is Now , Or Gallery, Vancouver BC, 2004

The Future Is Now , YYZ Artist’s Outlet, Toronto, ON, 2004

The New Colony, Trylowski Gallery, Vancouver, BC, 2003

Komfy Korners II, Struts Artist Run Centre, Sackville, NB, 2002

Selected Group Exhibitions

N. Vancouver, Polygon Gallery, North Vancouver, BC, 2018

Midnight Sun Camera Obscura, Yukon Arts Centre, Whitehorse YK, 2018

Tres Accoinnes Performaticas, Galeria Concreta/Matacuna, Santiago, Chile , 2018

Midnight Sun Camera Obscura, Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops, BC, 2016

Midnight Sun Camera Obscura, University of Lethbridge, Art Gallery, Lethbridge, AB, 2016

The World Inside (part of the Midnight Sun Camera Obscura Festival), Odd Gallery, Dawson City YK, 2015

Midnight Sun Camera Obscura Festival, Dawson City YK, 2015

An Age of Discontent, Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops BC, 2012

Invitation to an Infiltration, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, 2010

How Soon How Soon Is Now Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, 2009

Science Fiction 01, Or Gallery, Vancouver BC , 2009

Voice Overhead, Insa Art Space, Seoul, South Korea, 2007

Gasoline Rainbows, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, 2007

Until Then Then, Western Front, Vancouver BC, 2006

Selected Grants & Awards

Banff Centre for the Arts Artist in Residence Award, 2018

Canada Council Creation/Production Grant to Professional Artists, 2015

BC Arts Council Project Assistance Grant, 2014

SHRCC / Thompson Rivers University (contributor), 2014

BC Arts Council Project Assistance Grant, 2011

BC Arts Council Professional Development Award, 2010

Banff Centre for the Arts Artist in Residence Award, 2010

BC Arts Council Project Assistance Grant, 2009

Ontario Graduate Scholarship, 2006

Ontario Women’s Federation Scholarship, 2006

Banff Centre for the Arts Artist in Residence Award, 2004

Canada Council Creation/Production Grant to Professional Artists, 2002

Canada Council Travel Grant, 2001

Joseph Beuys Memorial Scholarship NSCAD University, 1999

 

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