Faculty Visual Art

Alana Bartol

Sessional Instructor, Drawing

Alana Bartol comes from a long line of water witches. Through performance, research-based, and community embedded practices, her site-responsive works propose dreaming, walking, and divination as ways of understanding across places, species, and bodies.


Profile Photo by Karin McGinn


M.F.A. Sculpture. Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, USA, 2008                           

B.F.A [Honours, with Distinction] Visual Arts, University of Windsor, Canada, 2004

Selected Professional Activity

Selected Exhibitions | Festivals


Orphan Well Adoption Agency, Latitude 53, Edmonton, AB (solo)

If the river ran upwards, Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff, AB, curator: Jacqueline Bell

...a slick, a smear, awash in green, The Work of Wind: Air, Land, Sea, Mississauga, ON, curator: Christine Shaw, presented by Blackwood Gallery

we cannot fathom the depths of our shadows, Eastern Edge Gallery, St. John’s, NL

HOLD FAST Festival, (performance), headlining artist


A Woman Walking (the City Limits), TREX and Alberta Society of Artists (solo), Curator: Shannon Bingeman, created for M:ST Performative Arts Festival (2016)

Selected Video Screenings

Media City International Film and Video Festival, Windsor, ON

Simultan Festival #10, Timisoara, Romania

The Vault #8, Groupe Intervention Vidéo, Montréal, QC

Berlin Feminist Film Week, Berlin, Germany

Selected Collaborative Projects | Public Art


a hint of perennial magic lingers in its fingertips, Esker Project Space, Calgary, AB in collaboration with Mia Rushton + Eric Moschopedis, curator: Shauna Thompson


Water-witching for Wanderers (and Wonderers), City of Calgary Public Art program site-responsive walking project in collaboration with Sarah Nordean 

Essential Oils for Alberta, City of Calgary Public Art Program, a project for the Open AiR residency program


Restless Precinct, Guildwood Park, Toronto, ON (site-responsive performance)  in collaboration with Community Arts Guild, Curators: Orev Reena Katz and Alize Zorlutuna       

Landscape of Forgetting, Neighbourhood Spaces Symposium, Windsor, ON, community walk in collaboration with Camille Turner 

Selected Grants


Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Individual Artist Grant

Calgary Arts Development, Artist Opportunity Grant

Canada Council for the Arts, Concept to Realization Grant

Alberta College of Art+Design, Faculty Professional Affairs Funding


Alberta College of Art+Design, Faculty Professional Affairs Funding


Canada Council for the Arts, Project Grant to Visual Artists


Ontario Arts Council (OAC), Emerging Artist Grant, Visual Arts

OAC, National and International Residency Grant

2013, 2014, 2015

OAC, Exhibition Assistance Grant

Selected Residencies


CONFLUX, Dawson City, YT

Canadian Forces Artists Program


Eastern Edge Gallery, Summer Artist Residency, St. John’s, NL


Santa Fe Art Institute, Water Rights Residency, Santa Fe, NM


City of Calgary Public Art Program, Open AiR, Calgary, AB


Banff Centre, Food Water Life, Thematic Winter Residency

Selected Publications

Kim, Areum. “When Oil is Our Life Blood.” Canadian Art, Climates, fall 2018, pp. 98-101. canadianart.ca/features/when-oil-is-our-lifeblood

Crocker, Eva. “Hold Fast Contemporary Arts Festival.” Canadian Art Online, 20 Aug. 2018, canadianart.ca/reviews/hold-fast-contemporary-arts-festival

Hanna, Maeve. “Review: Alana Bartol.” Sculpture Magazine, July/August 2018, p. 70.

Sharman, Lindsey V. “Art and Industry.” Galleries West, 11 Jul. 2018, gallerieswest.ca/magazine/stories/art-and-industry

Sprawlcast Ep 6: Beyond the Blue Ring partially recorded at the d.talks forum on public art in June 2018.

2018 Bingeman, Shannon. ed. A Woman Walking (the City Limits), Exhibition Catalogue, Alberta Foundation for the Arts Traveling Exhibition Program (TREX), 2017. Print.

Sandals, Leah. “What Happened When One Artist Tried to Walk Calgary’s 174-km City Limits,” Canadian Art Online, 7 Nov. 2016, canadianart.ca/features/alana-bartol

Rodney, Lee. Looking Beyond Borderlines: North America’s Frontier Imagination. London, UK: Routledge, 2016, pp. 109-110.