About the artist

Photo of Aeris Osborne - Alberta’s Artist in Residence and Arts Ambassador

Aeris Osborne is a self-taught Hong Kong-Canadian visual artist. A painter for more than 10 years, she is inspired by her travels and changes she observes in the living environment. She moved to Edmonton in 2007, where she first learned to paint.

She was previously the artist in residence in McLuhan House, run by Arts Habitat Edmonton, from October 2020 to September 2021. Her first solo exhibition was 'YEG Old Houses – Discover 11 Edmonton Home Architectural Styles'. She has twice won the Open Art Competition held by the Allied Art Council Spruce Grove.

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About the project

Photo of Aeris Osborne painting - Alberta’s Artist in Residence and Arts Ambassador

During her residency, Aeris will create 10 bold impressionist paintings of historical buildings in cities and villages from across Alberta, selected to represent our local history and different architectural styles in our province.

Selected buildings may include:

  • hotels
  • dwellings
  • government buildings
  • museums
  • a railway station
  • other heritage sites

Each finished painting is intended to be displayed with the building’s name, location, and a short description and photograph of the structure. These components all are meant to connect each painting to elements of community, art and heritage.

  • You can follow the artist’s activities on the Alberta Artist in Residence and Arts Ambassador Instagram page at @ab_artistinresidence.

Artist shortlist

Artists listed below applied to the 2021-22 Artist in Residence/Arts Ambassador program and, based on the excellence of their applications, were provided a $1,000 grant to begin their projects and/or advance their artistic practices and careers.

Lanre Ajayi – filmmaker and visual artist, Calgary

Lanre Ajayi is a passionate storyteller who believes in using his artistic skills to build community and as a platform for every member of society to become aware of the happenings around them. His new media storytelling project, called 'the Waters of Alberta,' is a collection of short documentary films to inform, educate and entertain communities about the importance of this invaluable resource abundant in our province.

Jacqueline Huskisson, visual artist, Calgary

Photo of Jacqueline Huskisson

Born and raised in Calgary, Jacqueline holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Print Media from the Alberta College of Art and Design and an Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from the Belfast School of Art. Her work explores human connection through narrative and has been awarded various local and national grants, including the inaugural Scott Leroux Media Arts Exploration Fund. She has been doing various projects, installations, and residencies around Canada, Northern Ireland, Germany and Finland, with recent solo exhibitions at Main Space Gallery (Alberta Printmakers, Calgary), and Poolside Gallery (VideoPool, Winnipeg). She currently works out of Artpoint Gallery and Studios Society.

Claudia Jimenez-Chagoya, visual artist, Calgary

Claudia Jimenez-Chagoya

Claudia Jimenez-Chagoya is an interdisciplinary visual artist born in Zacatecas, Mexico, now based in Calgary where she earned a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Calgary. Her art explores topics related to gender violence, specifically femicide. Through her art, she invites community to mourn together and enable social engagement. She believes engaging people in this matter is important to find new forms of creating supportive communities and cross–cultural understanding.

Previous artist

Joal Kamps

Photo of Joal Kamps

Alberta’s second Artist in Residence and Arts Ambassador was Joal Kamps, a musician and co-member of Flint & Feather. During his term, Joal performed a free online concert, Joal Kamps – Backstage and Up Close, filmed at the Southern Jubilee Auditorium. His final project 'Wild Rose' was premiered during Month of the Artist at an Alberta Culture Days event at the Polaris Centre for the Performing Arts on September 11. 'Wild Rose' explores the personification of Alberta as women and incorporates other art forms, including visual arts and dance, into the performance.

We thank Joal Kamps for his work and accomplishments as Alberta’s first Artist in Residence during a challenging year.

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