Samuel Roy-Bois, MFA

Associate Professor

Creative Studies, Visual Arts
Other Titles: 3D Sculpture
Office: CCS 166
Phone: 250.807.8786

Graduate student supervisor

Research Summary

Sculpture, installation, photography, performance and the built environment.

Courses & Teaching

Visual Art, creative and critical theory, sculpture, studio practices.


Samuel Roy-Bois is an award-winning artist and Associate Professor in Creative Studies at The University of British Columbia, Okanagan where he also directs the Research Studio for Spaces and Things.  He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Laval University in 1996 and a Master of Fine Arts from Concordia University in 2000. Roy-Bois’ artistic practice encompasses installation, sculpture, and photography, focusing on the built environment, vernacular practices, and art as an emergent phenomenon. His work has garnered national and international recognition, featured in exhibitions at esteemed institutions including the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal; the Audain Art Museum in Whistler, Esker Foundation, Calgary; Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa; Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; Musée National des Beaux Arts du Québec, Québec city; SFU Art Gallery, Burnaby; Oakville Art Galleries, Oakville; Kamloops Art Gallery; Vancouver Art Gallery and Point éphémère, Paris. Additionally, his work is included in numerous Canadian collections, such as the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Simon Fraser Art Gallery and the Musée d’art Contemporain de Montréal. In recognition of his contributions, Roy-Bois was honored with the Vancouver Mayor’s Award in 2012 and VIVA Award in 2021.



MFA, Concordia University, BFA Laval University

Selected Grants & Awards

Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI); British Columbia Knowledge Fund (BCKDF); Canada Council for the Arts; BC Arts Council, Conseil des Arts du Québec; Danish Arts Council.

Awards & Distinctions

VIVA Award, 2021

Ontario Association of Art Galleries, Innovation in collection-based exhibition, 2015

Vancouver Mayor’s Award for Public Art, 2012

Ontario Association of Art Galleries, exhibition design and installation award, 2012

Solo exhibitions

Life is a Tool like any Other, Musée d’art de Joliette, 2022

It’s Not Me, It’s My Central Nervous System, WAAP, Vancouver, 2021

Presences, Esker Foundation, Calgary, 2020

Presences, Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops, 2019

Steam Donkey, Campbell River Art Gallery, Campbell River, 2016

La pyramide, Galerie L’oeil de poisson, Quebec, 2015

Not a new world, just an old trick, Oakville Galleries, Oakville, 2015

Not a new world, just an old trick, Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa, 2014

Not a new world, just an old trick, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, 2013

J’ai moonwalké, sans cesse, jusqu’à l’épuisement, Parisian Laundry, Montreal, 2013

Nothing blank forever, Fina Gallery, UBC Okanagan, Kelowna,2013

I had a great trip despite a brutal feeling of cognitive dissonance, Artspeak, Vancouver, 2012

Nothing Blank Forever, Langara College Center for Art in Public Spaces, Vancouver, 2012

Polarizer, Rodman Hall, Brock University, St. Catherines, 2011

Candid, Republic Gallery, Vancouver, 2010

Polarizer, Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge, 2009

Polarizer, Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa,2009

Let us, then be up and doing, with a heart for any fate, still achieving, still pursuing,

learn to labor and to wait, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, 2008

Almost, Diaz Contemporary, Toronto, 2008

Divertissements, Point éphémère, Paris, 2007

“It’s a big machine!”, Republic Gallery, Vancouver, 2007

Improbable and ridiculous, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Montreal, 2006

Group exhibitions

Kelowna Art Gallery, 2023

Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Québec, 2023

Out of Control: The Concrete Art of Skateboarding, Audain Museum, Whistler, 2022

SFU Art Galleries, Vancouver, 2021

3 Sculptors, Trapp Projects, Vancouver, 2019

Art in the Open, Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Charlottetown, 2019

A perte de vue / Endless Landscape, Axe Neo 7, Gatineau, 2017

Goods, Living Things Festival, Kelowna, 2017

What it means to be the problem? Alternator Gallery, Kelowna, 2016

It Should Always be this Way, CAFKA, Kitchener, 2014

Here, to there, Access Gallery, Vancouver, 2014

Vendu/Sold, Esse auction, Montreal Fine Arts Museum, Montreal,  2013

Another look: 20 years of art auction, Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Montreal, 2012

Manif Internationale d’Art de Québec / Architecsonic, Québec, 2010

Flyvefisken, Sølyst, Denmark, 2009

How Soon is Now, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, 2009

Blue like an orange, Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa, 2009

C’est arrivé près de chez vous, Musée national des beaux arts du Québec, Quebec, 2008

Burrow, Musée d’art de Joliette, 2008

Stop, Leonard and Bina Ellen Gallery, Montreal, 2008

Burrow, Saint-Mary’s University Art Gallery, Halifax, 2008

Artefact-Montréal 2007, Montréal, 2007

Collector, Point Ephemère (FIAC), Paris, 2007

Burrow, Oakville Galleries, Oakville, 2007

Nuit Blanche, Toronto, 2006

Graduate Supervisions

Jenifer Lafrance, MFA Visual Art: My May Cleary, 2016

Joe Fowler, MFA, Visual Art, 2019

Lindsay Kirker, MFA Visual Art, 2020

Scott Moore, 2022

Nasim Pirhadi, 2023


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