Robin Smith Peck

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Biography

Robin began her career in printmaking as a BFA student at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design where she studied under Tamarind Master Printer Bob Rogers. After graduating, she moved to Alberta where she worked as a Technician in the Printmaking Department of the University of Alberta. While employed there she co-founded, with Marc Siegner, the Society of Northern Alberta Print-Artists. Robin entered into the Masters program at U. of A and graduated with her MVA in 1990. She then moved to Yellowknife and continued her studio practice, exhibiting at Latitude 53 Gallery and the Machida Print Museum in Japan among other shows. In addition, she worked with Arctic College travelling and teaching printmaking in the communities of Iqaluit, Cape Dorset and Holman. 

In 1996, she moved with her husband and young son back to her hometown of Goose Bay, Labrador where she built a printshop creating the visual material she would use in her collages. Soon after, Robin began exhibiting with Christina Parker Gallery in St. John’s. 

In 2005, Robin, Dennis and Robert moved to Fort McMurray and Robin began teaching in the Art and Design Department at Keyano College. While there, she exhibited in Faculty shows as well as in print exhibitions in Beijing and Thailand. In 2012 the family relocated to the Edmonton area and Robin built a new studio practice, continues to teach as a contract instructor and began exhibiting with Peter Robertson Gallery.  Over the last few years Robin has participated in numerous group shows and had 3 solo exhibitions, Image and the Curious Mind at 501 Gallery, The Steamfitter’s Guide at McMullen Gallery and Living on Site-Working from Home at Christina Parker Gallery.

In 2013 she was inducted into the Edmonton Arts and Culture Hall of Fame.

Education

MVA  - 1989, Printmaking, University of Alberta
BFA  - 1979, Printmaking, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design

 

Solo and Two Person Exhibitions

2016 - The Steamfitter’s Guide, McMullen Gallery, University of Alberta Hospital, Edmonton, AB Dec 12, 2015 – Feb 7, 2016
2015 - Image and the Curious Mind, Gallery @ 501, Sherwood Park, AB March 20, 2015 – April 26, 2015    
2014 - Living Onsite - Working from Home, Christina Parker Gallery, St. John’s, NL
2014 - Questioning the Familiar in my Mother Tongue, Peter Robertson Gallery, Edmonton
2012 - “Oh…Know”, exhibition with Marc Siegner, SNAP Gallery,  Edmonton, AB
2001 - Cain’s Garden, Christina Parker Gallery, St. John’s, NL
2000 - Tending to Elsewhere, Sir Wilfred Grenfell College Art Gallery, Corner Brook, NL
1995 - On the Shelf, Prince of Wales Museum, Yellowknife, NWT
1994 - “marginal quotations” Latitude 53 Gallery, Edmonton, AB, Prince of Wales Museum, Yellowknife, NWT
1993 - Work on Paper, Rice Gallery, Yellowknife, NWT
1989 - Situations MVA Thesis Exhibition, University of Alberta
1979 - Work from St. Michael’s Printshop, Anna Leonowens Gallery, NSCAD, Halifax, NS

 

Juried Print Exhibitions

2017 - International Print Exhibition, Canada and Japan, Enterprise Galleries University of Alberta
2015 - Time to Time, print portfolio, Fine Arts Building, University of Alberta, Edmonton
2015 - International Print Exhibition: Canada and Japan, Kyoto Municipal Museum, Japan
2015 - 4th Biennial FootPrint International (curated), The JVS Project Space, New York, NY
2015 - SGC Southwest Graphic Council International Traveling Exhibition, School of Art University of Tennessee, Knoxville TN
2014 - BIMPE VIII, The Eighth Biennial International Miniature Print Exhibition,CDN (honorable mention)
2014 - 13th Lessedra World Print Annual, Sofia, Bulgaria
2014 - Mini Print International of Cadaques, Spain
2014 - Fifth International Miniature Print Biennale, Ottawa School of Art (award)
2014 -  FootPrint International Competition, Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Connecticut, USA
2013 - CT-International Print Biennial, Centre 3 for print and media arts Ontario, Taller Cultural, Santiago de Cuba.
2012 - The 3rd Bangkok Triennial International Print and Drawing Exhibition (catalogue), Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, Thailand, The Contemporary Art Gallery, Silpakorn University, Thailand
2008 - One World International Printmaking Exhibition, Amelie Art Gallery, Beijing, China, Hanyang University, Seoul, South Korea
            Universite Sainte-Anne, Point-de-L’Eglise, Nova Scotia
            University of Miami, Miami, Florida, USA
            University of Dallas, Dallas, Texas, USA
            Boston University, Boston, Massa, USA
            Nova Scotia Community College, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
2000 - Arts 2000, Royal Academy of Arts Gallery, Stratford, Ontario
1999 - Lines of Sight, (catalogue) Royal College of Art, London, UK
            Musashino Art University, Tokyo, Japan
            Edmonton Art Gallery, Alberta
1999 - 23rd International Biennial of Graphic Art (catalogue)
             Moderna Galerija, Slovenia
1998 - 1st Northern Ireland International Small Print Exhibition,
             Townhouse Gallery, Belfast, Northern Ireland
1996 - Canadian Print Portfolio,
            West Virginia University, USA
1990 - Machida Annual, (catalogue)
             Machida International Print Museum, Japan
1987 - 17th International Biennial of Graphic Art, (catalogue)
             Moderna Galerija, Yugoslavia
1984 - Graphex 9 Print and Drawing Biennial (catalogue)
             Brantford Art Gallery
1982 - Graphic Newfoundland (catalogue)
             Burnaby Art Gallery
             Simon Fraser Art Gallery
1980 - Canadian Print and Drawing Biennial (catalogue)
             Edmonton Art Gallery

 

 

Bibliography

SNAPLine: Quarterly Publication of SNAP, My Process, Summer 2016
Understory Magazine: Vital Writing and Art by Canadian Women, Winter 2016: Issue 7
Robin Smith Peck: Image and the Curious Mind, exhibition catalogue 2015
Newfoundland Quarterly: A Cultural Journal of NL, Memorial University
Alberta Views Magazine, July/August 2015
Art and Design @ 50: Publication celebrating 50th Anniversary of the Art and Design Department at University of Alberta. 2015
Riddle Fence: Journal of Arts and Culture, NL summer 2014
Visual Artists of Newfoundland and Labrador: An Exhibition in Print,
Published by VANL 2002 ISBN 097309420-6
Arts Atlantic, 2002 Anniversary issue, created original image “in this place”
CBC Artspots
VANL Newsletter, 2000 cover and article
Festival of the Midnight Sun, film produced by Vicki Swan
A Brush with Business: Advice for Aspiring and Professional Artists,
5 part video series produced by the Alberta Ministry of Culture 1986
SNAP Newsletter 1990, article by Susan Menzies, original print edition 75

 

Publications

L’anse Amour/L’anse aux Morts (2008), Artist Book collaboration with author Kevin Major and book artist Tara Bryan of Walking Bird Press

Conferences

1997    Sightlines International Printmaking Symposium, U. of A.
1985    Malaspina Print Symposium, Vancouver, B.C
1984    Survival Symposium, St. Michael’s Printshop, NL

 

Visiting Artist Lectures

1994 - Grant MacEwan College, Edmonton
             Latitude 53 Gallery, Edmonton
1992 -  Nootka Printmakers, Victoria, BC

Grants

Newtel Communications Innovation Grant
Nfld and Labrador Arts Council
Yellowknife Arts Council
Alberta Foundation for the Arts

 

Collections

Canadian Embassy, New York
Alberta Art Foundation            
Canada Council
Government of Newfoundland and Labrador    
Grant MacEwan University
Health Labrador Corporation            
Nexen Inc.
Shell Canada                  
Silpakorn University, Thailand
Southern Graphics Council          
Statoil
St. Mary’s University, NS              
 St. Michael’s Printshop, NL
The Rooms, NL                    
UNITEL Canada
University of Alberta                
University of Windsor
Woolfitt’s Inc, ON                
West Virginia University

 

Professional Experience

2015  -  Printmaking Instructor, Sessional, University of Alberta
2005– 2013  - Printmaking Instructor, Keyano College, Fort McMurray, Alberta
2000-2004  - Artist in the Schools and ArtSmart Programs, Nfld. and Labrador
1995  -  Printmaking Instructor, Arctic College, Iqaluit, Nunavut
1993  - Visual Fundamentals Instructor, Arctic College, Holman, NWT
1992  - Printmaking Instructor, Arctic College, Cape Dorset, Nunavut
1991 - Printmaking Instructor, University of Alberta
1981-86 -  Printmaking Technician/Art Demonstrator, University of Alberta

Artist

Robin Smith Peck

Price Range: $600-$5000