M.E. Sparks
b. Kenora, Ontario


2016          Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Master of Fine Arts
2013          NSCAD University, Bachelor of Fine Arts

Selected Group & Solo Exhibitions

2018          Mother Tongue, Dynamo Arts Association, Vancouver, BC (with Gabriela Godoi + text by Angela Glanzmann)
2017          RBC Canadian Painting Competition 2017, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ON
                  A Terrible Signal, Access Gallery, Vancouver BC (Curated by Kimberly Phillips)
                  Shape Form Colour Line: the language of abstraction, Elissa Cristall Gallery, Vancouver BC
                  Dear Home, GlogauAIR, Berlin, Germany
                  Sad Drawings,  Institut für Alles Mögliche, Berlin, Germany
2016          A Beast Salient, Franc Gallery, Vancouver BC (Curated by Brynn McNab)
                  RBC Canadian Painting Competition 2016, The Power Plant, Toronto, ON
                  Endless Summer, Elissa Cristall Gallery, Vancouver, BC                 
                  Fresh Paint/ New Construction, Art Mûr, Montreal, QC
                  see level,  Charles H. Scott Gallery, Vancouver, BC
                  Still Here, Point Gallery, Salt Spring Island, BC (Solo) 
                  MAA Thesis Exhibition: Still Here, Concourse Gallery, ECUAD, Vancouver BC
2015          LINEUP, Helen For Now Gallery, Vancouver, BC (with Matthis Grunsky) 
                  Salt Spring National Art Prize, Mahon Hall, Salt Spring Island, BC (Juried)
                  Drift, The First Floor Gallery, Barrie, ON (with Tyler Durbano)
                  Flight Lines, Concourse Gallery, ECUAD, Vancouver BC
2014          Image Search, Corridor Gallery, Halifax, NS (Solo)
                  By and By, Port Loggia Gallery, NSCAD University, Halifax, NS
                  From There to Here, Eventide Art Hub: Look Up Gallery, New Glasgow, NS (Solo)
                  Redux, The Craig Gallery, Dartmouth, NS (Curated by Teto Elsiddique)
2013          Emerging NSCAD Artists 2013, NSP Headquarters, curated by Studio 21 Fine Art, Halifax, NS
                  Still Life, Anna Leonowens Gallery, NSCAD University, Halifax, NS (Solo)

Awards & Residencies

2018          BC Arts Council Project Assistance Grant
2017          19th Annual RBC Painting Competition, Finalist
                  GlogauAIR, Artist in Residence, Berlin, Germany
                  Arteles Creative Residency Program: Silence Awareness Existence, Hämeenkyrö, Finland       
                  Institut für Alles Mögliche, Artist in Residence, Berlin, Germany
2016          18th Annual RBC Painting Competition, Finalist
                  Nancy Petry Award: in partnership with the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts and Joseph Plaskett Foundation
                  BEERS London, Contemporary Visions VII: Short List
                  Valedictorian, Master of Applied Arts, ECUAD
2015          Salt Spring National Art Prize Jurors' Choice Award
                  BC Arts Council Scholarship
2014          Gordon and Marion Smith Scholarship
                  Emily Carr University Graduate Entrance Scholarship
                  Sooke Fine Arts 2014 Award of Excellence
2013-14     NSCAD Studio Residency Program, New Glasgow, Nova Scotia
2013          Arts Nova Scotia Creation Grant                 
                  Nova Scotia Talent Trust Grant
                  CSCE Maritime Emerging Artist Finalist
                  BMO 1st Art Nominee
2012          Robert Pope Foundation Painting Scholarship
2010          NSCAD Foundation Faculty Bursary
2009         Provincial Millennium Excellence Scholarship


2018          (upcoming) Canadian Art Auction, Toronto, ON
2017          #3 Gallery Auction, R Gallery, Vancouver, BC
                  CAG 29th Annual Auction, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC
                  C Magazine Contemporary Art Auction, Division Gallery, Toronto, ON
2016          Access Auction Fundraiser XXV, Access Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2015          Off the Hook: Art Auction, The MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, ON

Public Events, Panels and Talks

2017          A Crimp in the Fabric: Situating Painting Today, panelist, SFU, Vancouver BC
                  Emily Carr University Alumni Presentations, Vancouver BC
                  GlogauAIR Open Studios, Berlin, Germany
                  USB Shuffle Show, Abteilung fur Alles Andere, Berlin, Germany
2016          see level, Panel Discussion, Charles H. Scott Gallery
2015          Painter's Poetry, Helen For Now Gallery, ECUAD, Vancouver, BC
2014          Parallel, performance with Matthis Grunsky, Art At NightNew Glasgow, NS
                  New Glasgow Public Library: Artist Lecture Series, New Glasgow, NS
2013          Still Life, Artist Talk, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax, NS

Publications, Reviews & Press

2017           Lucien Durey, "Vancouver Report: From Black and White to Coloured Lights", Canadian Art, 2017, web.
                  Kimberly Phillips, 'A Terrible Signal', Curator's Essay, Access Gallery, 2017
2016          RBC Painting Competition Catalogue, September 2016
                  '15 Artists are Finalists in RBC Painting Competition', Canadian Art, 2016
                  '5 Western Canadians Named Finalists...', Vancouver Magazine, 2016
                  Woo Publication Spring 2016, Vancouver, Canada, May 2016
2015          Woo Publication Fall 2015, Vancouver, Canada, February 2016
                  SSNAP Finalist Exhibition Catalogue, Art Barn International, October 2015
                  Salt Spring National Art Prize, Canadian Art, October 2015

Teaching Experience

2018           Emily Carr University: Sessional Faculty, Teacher Of Record, PNTG216 "Drawing for Painting", Summer 2018
                   Emily Carr University Continuing Studies: Instructor,  CEPN103 "Introductory Oil Painting", Spring 2018
2017           Emily Carr University: Sessional Faculty, Teacher Of Record, PNTG216 "Drawing for Painting", Fall 2017
2016           Emily Carr University: Seminar Leader, AHIS333 "Interdisciplinary Forums: Chroma", taught by Randy Lee Cutler
                   Emily Carr University Continuing Studies: Instructor for Welcome Lab: Academic Skills
                   Emily Carr University Continuing Studies: Teaching Assistant for Summer Institute for Teens: Core Skills
                   Emily Carr University: Teaching Assistant for Kimberly Phillips, MAA Low Residency Program, Visiting Artist Forum
2015           Emily Carr University: Graduate Teaching Fellowship - Teacher Of Record, PNTG216 "Drawing for Painting"
                   Emily Carr University: Teaching Assistant to Elizabeth McIntosh and Landon Mackenzie, PNTG310 "Advanced Paint"
                   Emily Carr University Continuing Studies: Teaching Assistant to Debora O, Welcome Lab: Academic Skills
                   Emily Carr University: Seminar Leader, AHIS333 "Interdisciplinary Forums: Psychogeography",
                   taught by Cameron Cartiere and Phil Smith
2014           Emily Carr University: Seminar Leader, AHIS333 "Interdisciplinary Forums: The Art School", taught by Randy Lee Cutler and Sadira                          Rodrigues