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Marnie Blair M.F.A.

Visual Arts
School of Arts and Education
Instructor, Visual Arts
marnie [dot] blair [at] rdpolytech [dot] ca

Marnie Blair is an artist from northwestern Ontario.  She received a BFA with distinction from Lakehead University and an MFA from the University of Calgary. 

Marnie has studied at the Royal College of Art in London, UK, the Studio Art Centres International in Florence, Italy and has interned at Manhattan's Lower East Side Print Shop.  She has worked as the Print and Paper Facilitator at the Banff Centre; taught at Thompson Rivers University and is currently an instructor at Red Deer Polytechnic. 

Marnie has exhibited in numerous exhibitions nationally and internationally.


2008 MFA - Mixed Media - University of Calgary                                          

2006- BFA - Printmaking - Lakehead University                                           

2008-Printmaking - Royal College of Art                                                                        

2005-Print Intern - Lower East Side Printshop, NY                                                       

2003- Print & Painting - SACI, Florence                                                                                  

2001- Painting - Sir Sanford Fleming College                                                           

Thesis:  Re-Presenting the Built Environment, Nickle Arts Museum, Calgary, Alberta

Main Areas of Teaching

Contemporary 2D Strategies and Technologies, Professional Practice, Drawing, Visual Fundamentals

Scholarly Activity

Current Research

Marnie Blair’s current research recontextualizes early modern flap anatomy through analog and digital print media methods.  She employs computer-operated carving machines to create painted woodcuts and intaglio prints.

Solo Exhibitions
2023    TBA, SNAP, Edmonton, AB
2022    Nervous Systems, McMullen Gallery, Edmonton, AB
2015    Terminal Work, Alberta Printmakers Society and Artist Proof Gallery, Calgary, AB

Group Exhibitions

2023     Roe 2.0, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL

2022     People’s Portrait Prize, Contemporary Calgary, Calgary, AB

2021     Our Daily Bread, (Erin Boake), Viewpoint Gallery, Red Deer, AB

2021     The Body Beautiful, Multicultural Heritage Centre, Stony Plain, AB

2021     Distance, A Retrospective on the Space Between People, Liminal Gallery, University of Toronto

2021     Collaborate, Creative Guts, Exeter, New Hampshire

2021     Collaborate, Lyceum Gallery, Manchester, New Hampshire

2020    Our Daily Bread, (Erin Boake)  Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery, Red Deer, AB

2020    The Other Passport (Heather Huston and Jill Ho-You), Crowsnest Pass Art Gallery, Frank, AB

2019    Look What You Made Me Do, Rocky Mountain Printmaking Alliance Symposium, Salt Lake City, Utah

2019    FUTUROLOGY, 30th Anniversary Print Portfolio, Alberta Printmakers, Calgary, AB

2019    The Body Electric, International Conference on Residency Education, Royal College of Physicians and
             Surgeons of Canada, Halifax, Nova Scotia

2018    The Body Electric, Associated Medical Services, AMS Phoenix Conference, Toronto, Ontario

2018    Thinking of Place Too, Impact 10, International Printmaking Conference, Santander, Spain

2018    Printed Bodies, Kimura Gallery, University of Alaska, Anchorage, AK

2017    White Light (Tara Franco and KJ McAlister), white Gallery, Red Deer, AB

2017    The Other Passport (Heather Huston and Jill Ho-You), Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery, Red Deer, AB

2015    Terminal Work, Alberta Printmakers Society and Artist Proof Gallery, Calgary, AB

2015    New Works, Corridor Gallery, Red Deer, AB

2015    Expectation of Privacy, Curator Justin Diggle, Southern Graphics Council International Conference, Knoxville,                        Tennessee

2014    Public School Project, Alberta Printmakers Society and Artist Proof Gallery, AB

2014    Pipelines and Borderlines:  Collected Works, Beverly Arts Centre, Chicago, IL

2014    Self Portraits – Within the Artist, Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, Edmonton, Southern Alberta
             Jubilee Auditorium, Calgary, Crowsnest Pass Public Art Gallery, ASA Gallery, Walterdale Theatre

2013    Terminal Work, Impact 8 International Printmaking Conference, University of Dundee, Scotland

2013    A Token Gesture, Impact 8, Curator Stefanie Dykes, Dundee, Scotland

2013    918 Letterpress Ephemera Show, Samford University Art Gallery, Birmingham, AL, USA

2013    Paper Exchanges, Lake Country Art Gallery, Lake Country, BC

2012    Connecting the Dots, Thompson Rivers University Gallery, Kamloops, BC

2012     Curiosities, Fast and Dirty Collective Project, Edmonton, AB

2012    Works on Paper, National Arts and Heritage Academy, Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia

2011    Lineage, Arnica Artist Run Centre, Kamloops, BC

2009    Pipelines and Borderlines, Traveling Exhibition of Prints (Canada, United States and Mexico)    

2009    Exchange Exhibition of Prints by Young Artists in Japan and Calgary, Kyoto City University of Arts,
             Kyoto, Japan

2008    Culmination:  MFA Thesis Exhibition, The Nickle Arts Museum, Calgary, AB

2008    Printmaking & Sculpture Interim Exhibition, Royal College of Art, London, UK

2008    Prints from the University of Calgary, Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary, AB


2022     Cultural Activities Trust Fund, Agora Undergraduate Conference, Faculty Co-Sponsor (Stephen Brown and                                Jaqueline Cowan), Red Deer Polytechnic, Red Deer, AB, $745

2019      Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Visual Arts and New Media Individual Project Funding

2012      Comprehensive University Enhancement Fund, Faculty Co-Sponsor, Undergraduate Field Trip to Southern                              Graphics Council 40th International Printmaking Conference, New Orleans, LA, $5000 

2010      Comprehensive University Enhancement Fund, Faculty Co-Sponsor, Undergraduate Field Trip to Printopolis                             International Printmaking Conference, Toronto, ON, $5000 

2008      Tim Mara Printmaking Scholarship, Calgary, AB 

2008      URGC Special Projects Grant. Community Outreach Publication, Calgary, AB

2007       Graduate Research Scholarship, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, $4100

2006       Graduate Research Scholarship, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, $4100

Curatorial Experience

2016        Co-Curator with Erin Boake, Prairie Contemporary, Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery, Red Deer, AB 

2013        Curator, Cyborgs & Posthuman Culture, Arnica Artist Run Centre, Kamloops, BC

2011        Curator, Right Behind You, The Speakeasy Gallery, Kamloops, BC

2010       Co-Curator with Ashok Mathur, Mondegreens, The Speakeasy Gallery, Kamloops, BC

2008       Co-Curator with Heather Huston for viewpoint gallery Constructed Geographies, Impress: Prints, Artists                                 and Ideas, Glenbow Museum, Calgary, AB      

Artist Talks

2022        Nervous Systems, with Dr Liane McTavish, McMullen Gallery, Edmonton, AB

2021         Over My Dead Body, Artist Talk, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

2021          Artist Talk, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

2020          Artist Talk, Prairie Impressions, Society of Northern Alberta Print Artists, Edmonton, AB

2020          Artist Talk, Alberta University of the Arts, Calgary, AB

2007          Non-Traditional Silkscreen Surfaces, Artist Talk, Alberta College of Art & Design, Calgary, AB


2022          Juror, Red Deer Arts Council Gallery, Red Deer, AB

2017/22     Juror, Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery, Red Deer, AB

2020          Juror, Eldon and Anne Foote Edmonton Visual Arts Prize, Edmonton, AB

2018          Juror, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Alberta

2013          Juror, Rooted in the Arts, The City of Red Deer, Red Deer, AB

2012          Juror, Central Interior Regional Arts Council (CIRAC), 100 Mile House, BC

2008          Juror, The Banff Centre, Thematic and Self-Directed Residencies Summer 2009


Professional Experience

2022          Public Art Commission, City of Red Deer, Collaboration with Red Deer Polytechnic students $4280

2022          Red Deer Gallery Connections Committee Member, Red Deer, AB

2021-present  Vice Chair, Red Deer Arts Council Board, Red Deer, AB

2021            Artist Residency, Gushul Studio, University of Lethbridge, AB (one month)

2013-19       Gallery Committee Member, Harris-Warke Gallery, Red Deer, AB

2017            Curriculum Development, ART 391/393 Contemporary 2D Strategies and Technologies I & II

2014-15       Part Time Faculty Representative, Faculty Association, Red Deer, College, Red Deer, AB

2014            Consultant, Marjorie Wood Gallery Advisory Committee, Kerry Wood Nature Center, Red                                                              Deer, AB

2012           Getting to the He(art) of Living With Inherited Cardiac Rhythm Disorders.  Living with                                                                 Cardiac Rhythm Disorders and Congenital Heart Disease.  The Canadian SADS                                                                             Foundation Conference. Edmonton, AB

2012-13      Board Member (Vice President), Arnica Artist Run Centre Board, Kamloops, BC

2010-12      Gallery Committee, Visiting Artist Committee, Visual & Performing Arts Department,                                                                    Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, BC

2009            Volunteer Studio Technician & Board Member (2006-2009), Alberta Printmakers’ Society and Artist Proof                                 Gallery, Calgary, AB 

2008            Mentor, Work Study Mentor Program at The Banff Centre, Banff, AB

2008            Photograveure Printing Assistant for David Morrish, Martens Visiting Scholar in Art Series, University of                                    Calgary, AB

2008            Consultant for Impress: Prints, Artists and Ideas website for Glenbow Museum, Calgary, AB.                                             

2008             Santo Mignosa Portfolio Exchange, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB

2005             Print Intern, Lower East Side Printshop, NY.  With Master Printer James Miller                                                                                and artist Jean Shin                                                                                           


2022              Alberta Foundation for the Arts

2015               Zuckerman Museum of Art, Kennesaw, Georgia

2012               Headbones Gallery, The Drawers, Vernon, BC

2008               Center for the Study of Political Graphics, Los Angeles, California

2008               Velvet Antler Print Shop, The Banff Centre, Alberta     

2008               The Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Alberta

2008               University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta

2006               Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Press and Reviews

Issue 5: Sanctuary, Tendon, John Hopkins Center for Medical Humanities & Social Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland.

Agnieszka Matejko, Five Artists Ponder the Pandemic, Galleries West, March 2021.

Maryann Valentine, A Hybrid of Old and New Art and Anatomy, Using a CNC Router, Tech Directions, January 2020.

Julia Krolik, Creators – Marnie Blair, Art the Science, June 2019.

Maryann Valentine, CNC’s Anatomy: Marnie Blair and the Textbook Art of Carving, Sign Builder Illustrated, September 2018.

Daniel Cleghorn Bloom, Fade, Repeat. Alberta Printmakers Society. October 2015.

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