N@N – Teresa Posyniak: Making Connections Through Art

N@N – Teresa Posyniak: Making Connections Through Art

January 18, 2024 12:00 pm

Event Details

Teresa Posyniak will discuss her four+ decades of work in installation and painting and its intersection with her activism, most notably her sculpture, Lest We Forget: A Memorial to Missing and Murdered Women, 1992, installed at the Faculty of Law, Murray Fraser Hall, University of Calgary.  Teresa’s experiential approach to artmaking and her dedication to using art to explore social and environmental issues has resulted in myriad public interactions.

Artist Bio:

Teresa Posyniak is an established artist based in Calgary whose career spanning 45 years includes degrees in literature and drama (1974), a BFA in painting/printmaking (1981) and an MFA in sculpture (1983).  She has worked in materials as diverse as steel, wood, concrete, handmade paper and felt, oil and wax, ranging in scale from room-sized installations to intimate drawings and paintings.  Teresa’s activism, primarily on behalf of women, children, and the environment, drives her practice and has led to collaborations and consultations with other artists, activists, Blackfoot women elders, children, dancers, and writers.  Her latest installation SALVAGE: remnants of hope and despair exhibited at the Art Gallery of Alberta in 2019-2020, is another iteration in an ongoing series of installations begun in 1983, and it addresses issues of survival in these challenging times.

Free, everyone welcome

Held in person, in the Gallery Hall, ground floor Taylor Family Digital Library (adjacent to Nickle Galleries).

Teresa Posyniak, Cathy’s Song, 2022, 5 x 4′, oil and cold wax on birch panel. Photo courtesy the artist.


Teresa Posyniak, Lest We Forget: A Memorial to Missing and Murdered Women. Handmade paper, oils, wood, styrofoam, painted leaves, yarn.Donated by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. Located in the Faculty of Law’s Murray Fraser Hall. Photo: Dave Brown, LCR PhotoServices.