CRAIG LE BLANC

Bio

Le Blanc completed his BFA at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, NS, and his MFA at the University of Calgary. His work has been exhibited widely throughout Canada, including MOCCA, The Ottawa Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Nova ScotiaThe Art Gallery of Calgary and the Alberta Gallery of Art. His 2011 Edmonton Arts Council public art commission, Henri, was recognized by the Americans for the Arts as one of North America’s top 40 public art pieces for the year.  Le Blanc currently lives and works in Edmonton, AB.

Education

2010                MFA, Computational Media Design, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB
1997                BFA, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, NS
1996                 L’École Nationale Superiére des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France
1995                 L’Universite de Ste. Anne, Pointe de L’Eglise, NS
1994                 Fine Arts - Grant MacEwan Community College, Edmonton, AB


Awards

2011                 Public Art Network (Americans for the Arts) - Year In Review
2004                 Enbridge Emerging Artist Award for the Visual Arts – Edmonton Mayors Award
2003                 Edmonton Artists’ Trust Fund Award , Edmonton Arts Council, Edmonton, AB
2000                 FAVA Video Scholarship - Film and Video Arts Association, Edmonton, AB
1995                 Donald Peters Memorial Scholarship - NSCAD, Halifax, NS
1995                 Prix d’Honneur - L’Universite de Ste. Anne, Pointe de L’Eglise, NS

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2016                 She Loves Me. He Loves Me Not., dc3 Art Projects, Edmonton, AB
2016                 She Loves Me. He Loves Me Not., The Reach Museum, Abbotsford, BC
2013                 Vanity Fare, Art Gallery of Calgary, Calgary, AB
2012                 Decade, Jarvis Hall Fine Arts, Calgary, AB
2008                 Man-ish, PM Gallery, Toronto, ON
2004                 Works from the Sophomore Jinx, Harcourt House Gallery, Edmonton, AB
2003                 Mock Surrender, Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, AB
                             Standing O, Harcourt House Gallery, Edmonton, AB
2001                 Taking the FUN out of FUNction, Harcourt House Gallery, Edmonton, AB
1997                 Le Spectacle, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax, NS

Selected Group Exhibitions

2014                 A Record of Events, Harcourt House Art Gallery, Edmonton, AB
2013                 What Makes a Man, DC3 Art Projects, Edmonton, AB
                             Play, DC3 Art Projects, Edmonton, AB
                             Game On! Art and Hockey, St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY
2012                 Young Contemporaries, Esker Foundation, Calgary, AB
2009                 Artletics: The Art of Sport, York University, Toronto, ON
                             Sleepless Nights: Visions from Western Canada, Gallerí Kling & Bang, Reykjavik, IS
2008-2009   Arena: The Art of Hockey  (Touring)
                             Museum of Canadian Contemporary Art, Toronto, ON; Just for Laughs Museum, Montreal, QC; Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Yarmouth, NS; Art                                      Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, AB; Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, NS
2008                 Blue Blood, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, ON
                             Small, Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, AB
2007–2009  Burning Cold (Touring) , Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa, ON; Windsor Art Gallery, Windsor, ON; Oakville Galleries, Oakville, ON; Nanaimo Art                                            Gallery, Nanaimo, BC; Yukon Arts Centre, Whitehorse, YT
2007                 Intramural League, PM Gallery, Toronto, ON
                             Endgames, Truck Gallery, Calgary, AB
2006                 Dive: David Diviney and Craig Le Blanc, The Stride Gallery, Calgary, AB
2005                 Popular, The Art Gallery of Calgary, Calgary, AB
2004                 Making it Like a Man, Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina, SK
2002                 The Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art 2002, Edmonton/Calgary, AB
                             Superb Executions and Great Hangings, Douglas Udell Gallery, Edmonton, AB
2001                 Extra Necessities, 01, Douglas Udell Gallery, Edmonton, AB
2000                 113 Degrees West in the Crosshairs, FAB Gallery, Edmonton, AB

Public Art Commissions
2016                 Versus
                             New Brighton Regional Athletic Park, Calgary, AB
2014                 Sadie
                             Strathcona County Fire Station No. 6, Sherwood Park, AB
2010                 Henri
Terwillegar Community Recreation Centre, Edmonton, AB


Reviews

Craig Le Blanc Gets Personal in Confessional Show at dc3 Art Projects
                             Columnist: Fish Griwkowsky, Edmonton Journal, Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Artists Exploring Masculinity With Wit: What Makes A Man Poses Age-Old Question…
                             Columnist: Fish Griwkowsky, Edmonton Journal, Friday, September 13, 2013
Craig LeBlanc Sizes Up The Cost of Masculinity
                             Author: Suzanne Zelazo, Canadian Art Magazine Online, April 30, 2013
Craig Le Blanc’s Exhibition Deflates Masculine Culture
                             Columnist: Heath McCoy, The Calgary Herald, March 27, 2012
DIVE, A Calculated Risk
                              Author: Diana Sherlock, Stride Gallery, 2006
Dive: David Diviney and Craig LeBlanc
                             Author: Blair Brennan, Border Crossings Magazine, Issue #100, Fall 2006
Craig Le Blanc’s Sports Illustrated
                             Author: Blair Brennan, Artletics, Harcourt House Press 2005
Le Blanc Show Is Where Art And Sport Merge
                              Columnist: Gilbert Bouchard, The Edmonton Journal, Friday, October 08, 2004
Making it Like a Man: Masculinities in Canadian Arts and Culture
                             Author: David Garneau, Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina, SK, June 2004
The National Arts Report, Mock Surrender (Vancouver May 1, 1982)
                             Correspondent: Adrienne Lamb, CBC Radio-Canada, December 2003
Craig Le Blanc’s Standing O Lets Everybody Get A Taste Of Success
                              Columnist: Agnieszka Matejko, Vue Magazine, October 2003
Art Is His Goal: Harcourt House's Artist-In-Residence Exposes His Double Life
                             Columnist: Mari Sasano, The Edmonton Journal, Saturday, October 25, 2003
Playing With Perception
                             Columnist: Robert Enright, The National Post. Page R11, Saturday July 6, 2002
Swing Shift: Craig Le Blanc Plays With Playground Perceptions
                             Columnist: Maureen Fenniak, Vue Magazine, Issue #293 May 31-June 6, 2001
Emerging Artists Explore The Idea Of Play
                              Columnist: Gilbert Bouchard, The Edmonton Journal, April 2001

Publications

The Ideal Sex: Social Constructs of Gender Perfection, 2017, Europe Now, Columbia University, NY, NY; Curated by Nicole Shea                                                  (https://www.europenowjournal.org/2017/07/05/thick-thin-an-art-series-curated-by-nicole-shea/)

She Loves Me. He Loves Me Not., 2016, The Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford, Contributions by Bruce Johnson and Suzanne Zelazo

How Canadians Communicate V: Sports, Athabasca University Press 2016, David Taras and Christopher Waddell, Editors

Vanity Fare, The Art Gallery of Calgary 2013, Contributions by Suzanne Zelazo and Kayleigh Hall

Making It Like a Man: Canadian Masculinities in Practice, Wilfred Laurier University Press 2011, Christine Ramsay, Editor

Artletics, Harcourt House Press 2005, Contributions by Blair Brennan and Bryne McLaughlin