Dr. August Klintberg

Associate Professor, Liberal Studies

“My research includes twentieth and twenty-first century art and theory including decolonial theory, institutional critique, sensory studies, public art, installation and artist's cinema, and queer art practices and theory. I have a particular focus on historical and contemporary iterations in the genre of still life, edible art practices, as well as participatory and activist practices.”


August Klintberg is an artist who works in the field of art history. He is represented by Pierre François Ouellette art contemporain in Montreal, Canada, and is an Assistant Professor in the School of Critical and Creative Studies at the Alberta University of the Arts (AUArts). He earned his Ph.D. in Art History at Concordia University in 2013, where he was also an Assistant Professor, LTA. In 2010 he conducted Ph.D. research at Oxford University, St Peter's College, with the support of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. He completed his M.A. at Concordia University (2008), his B.F.A. at the Alberta College of Art & Design (2001), and was an exchange student at the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design (1999-2000). He is also an International Counselor for the V&A Waterfront / Zeitz MOCAA Curatorial Training Programme (Cape Town, South Africa). His research interests include installation, artist's cinema, edible art practices, sensory design in museums, and queer theory.

Member of AUArts Faculty since 2015.


Ph.D. Department of Art History, Concordia University

M.A. Department of Art History, Concordia University

B.F.A. Alberta College of Art + Design

Selected Professional Activity

Selected Solo and Duo Exhibitions and Projects


Cecil Hotel, Truck Gallery, Calgary 

Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain, Montreal


Passion Over Reason / la passion avant la raison, Foreman Gallery, Bishop’s University, Sherbrooke 

Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain, Montreal 


Third, Drawing Room, Edmonton

Night work, Artspace, Peterborough 

Vitrine, Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain, Centre Space, Toronto


Hair, Society of Northern Alberta Print Artists, Edmonton

Garde Rose, with Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay, Brutto Gusto, Berlin

Passion Over Reason / La raison avant la passion, Fogo Island Inn, Fogo Island

Selected Group Exhibitions


Love & Longing, curated by Melissa Day, Root Division, San Francisco

Propped, curated by Gabby Moser, Oakville Galleries, Oakville, collaboration with Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay

Walk & Talk, curated by Jesse James and KWY, Azores, Portugal

For the Time Being: The Alberta Biennial, curated by Peta Rake and Kristy Trinier, The Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton and the Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff

Utopia Factory, Contemporary Calgary, Calgary

Super Young, curated by Zoë Chan, Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops

Bordering the Fantastic, Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain

For You / And Me, curated by Ashleigh Bartlett, Paul Kuhn Gallery

Cruising the Seventies, CCA Glasgow, Scotland, collaboration with Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay

Curatorial Projects


Contingent: Only if Participation Occurs. Co-curated with Erandy Vergara-Vargas, Studio XX, Montreal, including Dean Baldwin, Nicole Lattuca, Zohar Kfir, Cynthia Hammond, and others


Recovering Agnostic. Faculty of Fine Arts Gallery, Concordia University, Montreal, including Daniel Barrow, Aleesa Cohene, Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay, Jim Verburg, Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby


Get Lost. Locust Projects, Miami, including Daniel Barrow, Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay, Susannah Wesley, Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby, Slavica Ceperkovic, Stacey Watson

Bookworks. Rubell Family Collection, including Marcel Duchamp, Christopher Wool, Richard Prince, and others



‘Sticky: the Vazaleen Posters.’ Presented at the Universities Art Association of Canada annual conference, Banff [upcoming]

‘Between us.’ Presented at Never the same: what (else) can art writing do? Hosted by Contemporary Calgary, Alberta. 


‘The Affective Network: Joyce Wieland, Maryse Larivière, and the Ladies Invitational Deadbeat Society.’ Presented at Networked Art Histories, hosted by the Jarislowsky Institute, Concordia University, Montreal.


‘Passion over Reason: Models for Locale-Specific Co-creations.’ Presented at the Universities Art Association of Canada annual conference, Halifax.

‘Site and Subject: Participation in Canada,” co-chaired by Erand Vergara Vargas. Presented at the Universities Art Association of Canada annual conference, Halifax.


‘Frottage and the Longing, Ensnared Researcher: Barthes/Gonzalez-Torres.’ Presented at the Universities Art Association of Canada annual conference, Banff.

Periodical Publications


‘Still Alive: Celia Perrin Sidarous, Peter Morin and the Still Life Genre.” C magazine. Spring 2015.


‘Curiosity: Art and the Pleasures of Knowing: de Appel Arts Centre, Rotterdam.’ C Magazine. Winter 2014. 62-63.


‘Hungry Eyes: Food Photography from elBulli and Beyond.’ C magazine. Summer 2011, C.110. 18-24.

‘David Ross: Attaché.’ BlackFlash. Winter 2011. Vol. 28.2. 18-19.

‘Slaughtering and Eating Beautiful Creatures: Kim Waldron’s Folk Feast.’ ETC: revue de l’art actuel. Fév., mars, avril, mai, 2011. 29-35.

Selected Publications


‘Fugitives and Bad Guests: Character Studies of Disappearing, Dispersed, and Divided Multiples.’ In Multiple Elementary, edited by Hannah Jickling and Helen Reed. YYZ Books, Black Dog. 

‘Museums of Good Taste: Artworks of Good Taste: Gastronomic Contemporary Art Practices.’ In Sensory Arts and Design, edited by Ian Heywood. Bloomsbury Senses series.


‘Haunted by Queer Affect: Geoffrey Farmer’s the Intellection of Lady Spider House and Allyson Mitchell’s Killjoy’s Kastle.’ Co-authored with Jon Davies. The Journal of Curatorial Studies. Vol. 5, Issue

Special Issue: Curating the Affective Turn.  56-75.


‘Stimulating the Senses: a Non-Visual Tour of the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa.’ The Senses & Society. Vol. 9, Issue 3. Special Issue: Sensory Museology. 


‘Gut Feeling: Artists’ Restaurants and Gustatory Aesthetics.’ The Senses & Society. Vol. 7, Issue 2. 209-224.

Selected Awards


Sobey Art Award, Longlist, Representing Prairies and the North of Canada


Sobey Art Award, Shortlist, Representing Prairies and the North of Canada

Governor-General’s Gold Medal, Nominee


Art Production Grant, Alberta Foundation for the Arts

Art History Graduate Scholarship, Concordia University


TD Financial Bank Group-CCA Collection Research Grant, Research Residency, Canadian Centre for Architecture

Concordia University Doctoral Award of Excellence, Concordia University

Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada


J.A. de Séve Graduate Fellowship, Concordia University

Paul D. Fleck Fellowship, The Banff Centre

Concordia University Special Entrance Award, Concordia University

Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada


Campaign for a New Millennium Student Contribution Graduate Scholarship, Concordia University

Hydro Quebec Award, Concordia University

Alberta Arts Graduate Scholarship, Alberta Heritage Scholarship Fund


Project Grant, Alberta Foundation for the Arts

J.A. de Séve Entrance Fellowship, Concordia University