About the Artist: Kate Ahlf

My art is inspired by the world around me, from the art and architecture seen during time I've spent travelling, to things that are right in my own backyard!

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About the Artist: mahwish ahmed

As an emerging artist of a Pakistani-Muslim heritage, my work represents the many different cultures that I have come to experience when living abroad. Aimed at illustrating the significant religious experiences that I personally have encountered, my current artwork makes connections to both my culture and my Muslim religion as a means of traversing my spiritual journey. I am interested in Islamic and Mughal Art and Architecture, as Islamic art seeks to portray the meaning and the essence of objects and beings, rather than their physical quality or form. It reveals and reflects on cultural values to show how Muslims find their spiritual realm; which then allows the artist or the viewer to experience art that ultimately enhances their spiritual belief, becoming closer to God in the process. The art of Islam is a dream of the Paradise, reflection of the Universe and the Hereafter. “God is beautiful and He loves beauty.” [Sahīh Muslim (911)] This phrase is the starting point in my exploration into spiritual journey. I am reflecting the ideas of beauty that is profound and visible to people with a strong spiritual connection, and so far, I have linked the word Beauty with God and His creations, as if reflecting a dream of paradise and the universe.

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About the Artist: Dennis Bjerstedt

I am continuing in my visual arts studies at the University of Calgary after graduating there with a BCA in 2013. My painting influences are traditional while my current studies in sculpture explore more contemporary themes.

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About the Artist: Eric Cheung

Eric Cheung is a 2nd year visual arts major at the U of . Eric's fine detailed style is influenced by his Oriental background.

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About the Artist: Gina Choi

Gina Choi is a Canadian artist born in Korea, pursuing her passion for art. Her art works are mainly conceptual, influenced by the subconscious mind. She works with various types of medium to emphasize the art of its concept. Most paintings are done in abstract and many perseveres its whimsical aspect.

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About the Artist: Roy Choi

4th year BFA student, specializing in photography and digital media.

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About the Artist: Mary Cutbill

Mary Cutbill graduated from the University of Calgary with a BFA Degree in Visual Studies (Studio concentration) and was the 2013 recipient of the Department of Art Silver Medallion. primarily a print and mixed media artist, her current works examine public art in Calgary. Recent exhibitions include the Nickle Galleries and MOCA.

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About the Artist: Neil Dejos

Neil Dejos is a first year student from the University of Calgary who has chosen major in media arts. Neil has interests in playing percussion, oil panting, and graphite realism drawings. In additiion to his studies, he makes concept art during his spare time.

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About the Artist: Marina DiMaio

Marina DiMaio is an artist studying at the University of Calgary in her second year. Born in Calgary, Alberta, Marina finds inspiration and enjoyment from nature, music, and the cultural experiences of travel. Marina intends to pursue a Master of Fine Arts in the years to come.

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About the Artist: Karmen Green

2016 PUSH- Emerging-Artist Exhibition- charcoal drawing 2015 Bachelor of Fine Arts & Bachelor of Education Concurrent degree program 2014-present Journalism Diploma-2006-2008

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About the Artist: Judith Hall

Judith Hall was born in Calgary and began to paint as a young child. During the years of studying for a PhD in Chemistry, working, and raising two sons, art and music provided a balance in her life. Her favorite subjects are the incredible beauty and diversity seen in nature.

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About the Artist: Graeme Howard

Graeme Howard, currently working towards a BFA at the University of Calgary, works mainly on a digital canvas. Applying traditional techniques to a modern medium allows Graeme to created painterly works inspired by personal interests and a far reaching imagination.

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About the Artist: Paije Kachuik

I'm 25 and I grew up in Regina, Saskatchewan. I originally started working towards my bachelor of fine arts at the University of Regina. I'm now at the University of Calgary in my third year of my degree majoring in visual studies. I have worked in many types of mediums such as oil pastel, coloured pencil, acrylic paint, watercolour and charcoal but more recently I have been mostly creating digital artworks through Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. 

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About the Artist: Ali Keshmiri

Born in Iran and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Ali Keshmiri is a graduate from Haskayne School of Business who has transitioned to the creative field. Currently, he is in his final year of the BFA program at UofC where most of his creative work is influenced by scientific subject matter.

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About the Artist: Reuben Krabbe

I aim to photograph not the athletes who are in front of my lens, but moreover the soul, culture, community and natural beauty that defines the lives of my subjects. Most skiers and bikers can relate to a constant state of wanderlust, after staying in one place one becomes restless. Creative and physical wanderlust and restlessness drive me to find unique perspectives and methods by which to capture the evolving world of action sports. I grew up in Calgary on the outside looking in, a kid on the prairies staring longingly west out my front window at the Rocky Mountains. For three years I bounced around the perimeter of BC between Victoria, Whistler, and Calgary but now call Whistler my home.

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About the Artist: Jie Lan

 My name is Jie Lan and I was born in Mainland, China. I immigrated with my family to Calgary in 2006 and I am now pursuing my childhood passion for art as a third year Visual Studies major student at the University of Calgary. I do not adhere to any specific artistic style, because I believe whichever style that connects with the viewer is acceptable. In most of my paintings, prints and drawings, I tend to bring together the whole artwork by simply controlling the degree of looseness of both the purposeful and unintentional marks. Currently, I am studying traditional Chinese paintings and plan to combine their particular arrangement of visual elements with Western techniques. And in my drawings and prints, I tend to be more realistically descriptive that addresses to issues such as Climate Change and our ever-changing identity. I hope that this integration will help me explore more ways of representing ideas, and thus invite new readings of my artworks. 

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About the Artist: Bijan Mohamed

Bijan Mohamed is a second year Psychology and Biological Sciences student at the University of Calgary. Bijan was in the Visual Arts International Baccalaureate Program and enjoys expressing himself through experimentation with various art styles. He also enjoys volunteering as an executive with the Red Cross Club on campus and working as a teaching assistant at Kumon Learning Services.

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About the Artist: Jack Morris

Jack Morris is an abstract painter influenced by music, books, typography and social interactions.

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About the Artist: Zoong Nguyen

Zoong is an impressionist painter. Trained in graphic design, she now uses paint brushes and acrylics to create her current works.Her subjects vary from still life to landscape and abstract figures. She is represented by CAVA in Edmonton

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About the Artist: Kathleen Ralph

Kathleen is a mature student completing her fourth year of study in visual arts with an interesting teaching children art when she graduates.

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About the Artist: Mike Saley

 Mike is a visual artist who creates original works through modern interpretations of traditional and classic shapes and forms.  His influences include ancient Rome, Greece and Eygpt as well as cultures of the Canadian Pacific Northwest, Arctic and Woodlands.  He works in the areas of drawing sculpting and carving.     

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About the Artist: Sabrina Sbarzella

My artwork takes a look at exploring inner human consciousness and the objects that we come into contact within everyday life. In my work I like to simplify the relationships people have with their internal and external surroundings. I get most of my ideas from passing daydreams and everyday surroundings.  Often times I like to express these ideas through painting, mostly using gestural mark makings. I do like exploring and using different media such as photography, silkscreen, and drawing. I like focusing on the texture each medium can provide and how they can exploit everyday objects and transform them into something different yet familiar. 

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About the Artist: Sandra Sharkey

Sandra Sharkey is currently studying for her BFA at the University of Calgary. She was introduced to Chinese watercolour painting in the late 1990's and was drawn to the blend of its simplistic style and complex technique. She is currently working on integrating Western artistic practices into her Oriental style work.

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About the Artist: Natasha Shevchenko

Natasha Shevenko is a fourth year student with an interest in digital art and computer influenced works. She hopes to pursue computer science and art and explore the ways they can be combined.

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About the Artist: Camille Weinsheimer

Camille is a recent graduate from the University of Calgary, with a BA in Psychology and BFA in Visual Studies. She uses painting, drawing, and printmaking to explore certain themes in psychology, based largely on memory, reconstructed experiences, and emotions & cognitions of the subjective experience.

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About the Artist: Jorge Esteban Zapata Garces

I have a Bachelor's Degree from the National University of Columbia and an MA from the University of Northern Iowa. Currently I am a second year MFA student at the University of Calgary.

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