Ronald Kostyniuk

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Biography

Ron Kostyniuk was born in the small community of Wakaw, Saskatchewan, in 1941. He studied at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, receiving a Bachelor of Art in Biology and a Bachelor of Education in 1963. He taught high school biology in schools in Manitoba and Alberta while beginning his artistic practice. Kostyniuk later went to Edmonton's University of Alberta, where he completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1969, and to the University of Wisconsin, where he earned a Master of Science in 1970 and a Master of Fine Arts in 1971. He became a professor at the University of Calgary that same year.

Kostyniuk's art is influenced by his experience on the prairies as well as his interest in science. Images incorporate geometric shapes, architectural forms, and prairie icons like grain elevators with themes of history and change. Of Kostyniuk's recent “Saskatchewan Road Map” series, Joan Kendrick wrote in New Currents in Teaching, “Recalling his background in biology, Kostyniuk speaks of systems and how they fluctuate in seeking equilibrium....His work is an act of preservation. In documenting this period of transition and marking the sorrow, he invites us to reflect. He is able to translate his experience of a Western subject into sculpture that allows us to share in his vision while making our own associations.”

Kostyniuk has exhibited his work in Canada and internationally. His work is represented in collections including the Institute of Modern Art (Chicago), Canada Council Art Bank (Ottawa), Edmonton Art Gallery, Mendel Art Gallery (Saskatoon), Alberta Art Foundation, Memorial University (St. John's), University of Manitoba, Confederation Art Centre (Charlottetown), Dalhousie University (Halifax), City of Calgary, Sarnia Art Gallery, Ukrainian Museum of Canada (Saskatoon), Glenbow Museum (Calgary), MacKenzie Art Gallery (Regina), University of Saskatchewan, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Museum of Modern Art (Germany), and numerous others.

In 1978, Kostyniuk participated as an External Affairs Foreign Exchange Scholar between Canada and the USSR. He has also served as visiting artist and artist-in-residence at the University of Manitoba (1979) and the Banff Centre (1984). Kostyniuk has received several commissions, including for public murals in Winnipeg and Calgary and sculptures in Canada and in Algeria.

Kostyniuk has received a number of awards and honours, including grants from the Canada Council and a grant from the University of Calgary to study artists in Poland (1988). In 1975, he was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Art.
In 2011, a retrospective exhibition of Kostyniuk's work from the 1960s to the present was held at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art in Chicago.

Solo Exhibitions

1994 An Anthropomorphic Architecture 1991-1993
Art Department Gallery, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta
 
1992 Neo-Constructions, 1987-1991
Muttart Public Art Gallery, Calgary, Alberta
 
1989 Nuremberg, West Germany
 
1987 Ron Kostyniuk - Working Drawings for Relief Constructions
Prairie Gallery, Grande Prairie, Alberta
Ross Shepard Library/Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta
Calgary Hall Theatre, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta
Brandon Allied Arts Council, Brandon, Manitoba
Brian Melnychenko Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago, Illinois
 
1986 The India International Center, New Delhi, India
 
1985 Ron Kostyniuk
Petro Canada Exhibition Gallery, Calgary, Alberta
 
1984 Ron Kostyniuk: Recent Work
Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan; Medicine Hat Art Gallery, Medicine Hat, Alberta
 
1983 Ron Kostyniuk Art and Sources
The Nickle Museum, Calgary, Alberta 
Ron Kostyniuk - New Works
Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge, Alberta
 
1981 Ron Kostyniuk
Brian Melnychenko Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba
 
1980 Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Gallery 1.1.1, School of Art, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Ring House #1, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta
 
1979 Ron Kostyniuk Relief Structures - Crystalline Series 1975 - 79
Gallery 1.1.1, School of Art, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba
 
1978 Ron Kostyniuk
University of Calgary Art Gallery, Calgary, Alberta
 
1977 Ron Kostyniuk - Relief Structures 1971-1977
University of Calgary Art Gallery, Calgary, Alberta
 
1975 Stratford Art Gallery, Stratford, Ontario
Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Kitchener, Ontario
Ron Kostyniuk
Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia
 
1974 Ron Kostyniuk
Sarnia Art Gallery, Sarnia, Ontario; University of Moncton, Moncton, New Brunswick
Ron Kostyniuk
Gallery Oseredok, Winnipeg, Manitoba
 
1973 Relief Structures of Ron Kostyniuk
Institute of Modern Art, Chicago, Illinois
Ron Kostyniuk
York University, Toronto, Ontario; Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton, New Brunswick; Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia; Memorial University, St. John's, Newfoundland
 
1972 Kostyniuk: Relief Structures; 1969-1972
Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Alberta
Ron Kostyniuk
University of Calgary Art Gallery, Calgary, Alberta
Evanston Art Center, Evanston, Illinois
Recent Sculptures by Ronald Kostyniuk
Saskatoon Gallery and Conservatory Corporation, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
 
1971 Recent Structures - Kostyniuk
Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Ron Kostyniuk
Students' Union Art Gallery, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Ron Kostyniuk
Students' Union Gallery, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta
 
1970 Ron Kostyniuk
Bradley Galleries, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
 
1969 Ron Kostyniuk
Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta
 
1967 Kazimir Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
 
1966 Ron Kostyniuk
Brandon University, Brandon, Manitoba
 
1965 Ron Kostyniuk
Brandon Allied Arts Centre, Brandon, Manitoba

Group Exhibitions

1998 The Saskatchewan Road Map Series
Architecture Gallery, Faculty of Environmental Design, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta
Group Exhibition
Triangle Gallery for the Arts, Calgary, Alberta
 
1997 History of Structurism
Kenderdine Art Gallery, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
A Duchampion Look at the Glenbow Art Collection
Glenbow Alberta Institute, Calgary, Alberta
Faculty Exhibition
Nickle Museum, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta
 
1996 Architectural Spaces
Muttart Public Art Gallery, Calgary, Alberta
Faculty Exhibition
Nickle Museum, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta
 
1995 Structures on the Edge of Chaos
Geldrop, The Netherlands
Symmetry in Relief Construction
Exhibition Centre, Washington, D.C.
Recent Acquisitions
Glenbow Alberta Institute, Calgary, Alberta
Faculty Exhibition
Nickle Museum, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta
 
1994 Looking Back No, II 1981-85
Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge, Alberta
Sculptors Collect
Triangle Gallery for the Arts, Calgary, Alberta
Founding Members
Triangle Gallery for the Arts, Calgary, Alberta
 
1991 Concept/Form
Cultural Art Centre of the Municipality of Athens, Athens, Greece
 
1990 L'Idee-Systematisele Konkrete en Konstruktieve Kunst
Zoetermeer, The Netherlands
 
1989 Kunst International
Hippe Halle Gmunden, Austria
Art Concrete
Museum of Architecture, Wroclaw, Poland
Pro Drawing Collection
World Trade Centre, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Homage to Henryk Stazewski
Gallery Rekwizytornia, Wroclaw, Poland
Survey of Alberta Sculpture
Triangle Gallery for the Arts, Calgary, Alberta
 
1988 Geometry as Abstract Art
Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Null Dimensions
New Space Gallery, Fulda, West Germany
Alberta Vision
Muttart Art Gallery, Calgary, Alberta
"10 Floor Gallery" Faculty of Environmental Design
University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta
Art Bank at Work
80 Spadina Ave., Toronto, Ontario
 
1987 Pro-Art and Architecture
Museum of Dordrecht, The Netherlands
 
1986 Faculty Exhibition
Nickle Museum, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta
The Arts in a Multi-cultural Setting
Visvd-Bharati University, Santiniketan, West Bengal, India
The India International Center, New Delhi, India
 
1985 Faculty Exhibition
Nickle Museum, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta
 
1984 Faculty Exhibition
Nickle Museum, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta
 
1983 Faculty Exhibition
Nickle Museum, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta
 
1982 13 Works From the Art Bank
Novalta Properties, Calgary, Alberta
 
1981 The Constructivist Heritage
Art Gallery at Harbourfront, Toronto, Ontario
Faculty Exhibition
Nickle Museum, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta
 
1980 Geometry as Abstract Art
Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois
Faculty Exhibition
Nickle Museum, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta
 
1979 Alberta Art
Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, Sapporo, Hokkaido
Exhibition Hall, Obihiro City Hall for the Citizens, Obihiro, Hokkaido
The Art Gallery,m Chinzan-so, Fujita Tourist Enterprises Ltd., Tokyo. 60. 1979
Hotel Kowaki-en, Hakone, Kanawaga, Japan; The Exhibition Area, International Hotel, Fujita Tourist Enterprises, Kyoto, Japan; Gallery no. 5, Kenmin Hall Art Gallery, Yokohama, Kanawaga, Japan
Accessions '70
Beaverhouse Art Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta
Faculty Exhibition
Nickle Museum, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta
The Evolution of the Constructed Relief 1913-1979
Nickle Museum, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta

1978 The Fine Art of Alberta Craft
XI Commonwealth Games, Edmonton, Alberta
An Exhibition to Commemorate the XI Commonwealth Games
Art Foundation Collection, Edmonton, Alberta
4 Sculptors
Institute of Modern Art, Chicago, Illinois
 
1977 Albertawork: A Juried Exhibition of Alberta Painting, Sculpture, Printmaking, Drawing and Photography
Alberta College of Art Gallery, Calgary, Alberta
Alberta Art Foundation: Selections
Glenbow-Alberta Institute Art Gallery, Calgary, Alberta
Alberta Society of Artists
Glenbow-Alberta Institute Art Gallery, Calgary, Alberta
Faculty Exhibition
University of Calgary Art Gallery, Calgary, Alberta
$35, 000 Competition for a Major Sculptural Work for the Art Gallery of Hamilton
Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton, Ontario
 
1976 What's New
Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta
Art of the 60s
Alberta College of Art, Calgary, Alberta
 
1975 9 out of 10. A Survey of Contemporary Canadian Art
Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton, Ontario
Faculty Exhibition
University of Calgary Art Gallery, Calgary, Alberta
 
1974 Prairie Painters
Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta
Faculty Exhibition (University of Calgary/University of Alberta)
Glenbow-Alberta Institute Art Gallery, Calgary, Alberta
 
1973 Fourteen from Calgary
Gallery Latitude 53, Edmonton, Alberta
Faculty Exhibition
Alberta College of Art Gallery, Calgary, Alberta
 
1972 Five Canadian Artists
Institute of Modern Art, Chicago, Illinois
Faculty Exhibition
University of Calgary Art Gallery, Calgary, Alberta
Our World
Confederation Centre, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Recent Sculptures by Ronald Kostyniuk
Saskatoon Gallery and Conservatory Corporation, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
 
1971 West 71
Edmonton, Alberta
Alberta Society of Artists
Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta
Faculty Exhibition
University of Calgary Art Gallery, Calgary, Alberta
 
1969 Relief/Construction/Relief
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois; High Museum, Atlanta, Georgia; Cranbrook Academy, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan; Herron Museum, Indianapolis, Indiana
All Alberta
Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta
 
1968 Eleventh Winnipeg Show
Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Seventh Biennial of Canadian Painting
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario
 
1967 Alberta Society of Artists
Jubilee Auditorium, Edmonton, Alberta
The Structurists
Linfield College Art Centre, McMinnville, Oregon
 

Collections

Alberta Culture, Edmonton, Alberta
Alberta Energy, Edmonton, Alberta
Alberta Government Alberta House Collection, Edmonton, Alberta
Alberta Government Art Foundation, Edmonton, Alberta
Alberta Government Visual Arts Branch, Edmonton, Alberta
Amoco Petroleum Ltd., Calgary, Alberta
Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton, New Brunswick
Brandon Allied Arts Centre, Brandon, Manitoba
Brandon University, Brandon, Manitoba
Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa, Ontario
City of Calgary Allied Arts Foundation, Calgary, Alberta
City of Edmonton, Clearview Arena, Edmonton, Alberta
Confederation Art Centre. Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta
Eye Corporation, Chicago, Illinois
Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Alberta
Institute of Modern Art, Chicago, Illinois
Kresge Foundation, Detroit, Michigan
Lipshcultz Foundation, Chicago, Illinois
MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan
Memorial University, St. John's, Newfoundland
Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Mount Royal College, Calgary, Alberta
Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Museum of Modern Art, Hünfeld, Germany
Nickel Museum, Calgary, Alberta
Olympia and York Developments, Calgary, Alberta 
Petro Canada, Calgary, Alberta
Red Deer College, Red Deer, Alberta
Prairie Gallery, Grande Prairie, Alberta
Sarnia Art Gallery, Sarnia, Ontario
Ukrainian Museum of Canada, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta
University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, Alberta
University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba
University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba

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Andres, Marion. "Kostyniuk's constructed reliefs - a rare form of challenge." The Art Post (March/April 1986): 26-29.

Baker, Susan Devonshire, et al. Artists of Alberta. Edmonton, Alberta: University of Alberta Press, 1980.

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Climer, John E. Recent Sculptures by Ronald Kostyniuk. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan: Sasaktoon Gallery and Conservatory Corporation, 1972.

---. Recent Structures - Kostyniuk. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan: Mendel Art Gallery, 1971.

Cumming, Glen E. $35,000 Competition for a Major Sculptural Work for the Art Gallery of Hamilton. Hamilton, Ontario: Art Gallery of Hamilton, 1977.

---. 9 out of 10: A Survey of Contemporary Canadian Art. Hamilton, Ontario: Art Gallery of Hamilton, 1974.

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Ronald Kostyniuk

ASA, RCA