Curriculum Vitae


2007-2010 Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Master Applied Arts
2004-2006 University of Alberta, Bachelor of Fine Arts
2004 Grant MacEwan Community College, Alberta,  Fine Arts Diploma
2000 University of Alberta, Bachelor of Arts, English Literature.


2015 “Future Station:  The 2015 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art” Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton
2014 “90X90:  Celebrating Art in Alberta”  Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton
2013 “Suspend”  RBC New Works Gallery, AGA, Edmonton, Alberta
2013 “Fiction/Non-Fiction”  Esker Foundation, Calgary, Alberta
2013 “Incubator Series”  Latitude 53, Edmonton, Alberta
2013 “They Made a Day be a Day Here” Art Gallery of Grande Prairie.  Mendel Art Gallery.  School of Art Gallery.
2012 “Not Forgetting” Harbourfront Centre, Toronto Ontario
2012 “Fire Destroyer Creator” Stride Gallery, Calgary, Alberta
2011 “Go Figure”, MKG127, Toronto, Ontario
2010 Brenda Draney:  Hold Still, Latitude 53, Edmonton, Alberta
2009 RBC Canadian Painting Competition, Power Plant, Toronto, Ontario
2009 RBC Canadian Painting Competition, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Quebec
2009 Always Almost:  Master of Applied Arts Graduate Exhibition, Vancouver, BC
2007 Elevations, The Other Gallery, Banff Centre, Banff Alberta
2006 Pirate:  Annual University of Alberta Graduate Exhibition University of Alberta

Awards and Grants:

2014 Eldon and Anne Foote Edmonton Visual Art Prize, Winner.
2013 Longlist, Sobey Art Award
2011 Project Grant Canada Council for the Arts
2010 Pirie Foundation Scholarship, The Banff Centre
2009 11th Annual RBC Canadian Painting Competition, Winner.
2007 Emily Carr Institute First Nations Awards


2017 Macewan University Centre for the Arts and Culture public art project

Artist Talks:

December 2013 Art Gallery of Alberta
Artist Talk
April 2012 Stride Gallery
Artist Talk
April 2010 University of Lethbridge
Guest Speaker
March 2010 Latitude 53 Artist Run Centre
Artist Talk
March 2010 Red Deer College
Guest Speaker


2013 “What Colour is the Present?” Thematic Residency, Banff Centre
2012 “Trading Post” thematic residency, Banff Centre
2010 “Towards Language” thematic residency, Banff Centre
2007 “North” thematic residency, Banff Centre


Griwkowsky, Fish “Preview:  Edmonton Artist Paints Bravely in new AGA Exhibit”  Edmonton Journal.  December 2013
Trinier, Kristy “Brenda Draney:  Suspend” essay in a catalogue, Art Gallery of Alberta, December 2013
Fung, Amy “Exhibition Reviews:  Brenda Draney” Galleries West, Summer 2010
Fung, Amy “Brenda Draney:  Thanks for the Memories,” Canadian Art Web-exclusive review, 25 March 2010
Griwkowsky, Fish “Filling in the Gaps with Imagination and Redefinition.”  Edmonton Sun, 25 March 2010
Reeves, Ben “Less and More:  The Painting of Brenda Draney” essay in a monograph, Latitude 53, March 2010
Sandals, Leah  “Brush to Judgement” The National Post, October 28, 2009
RBC Canadian Painting Competition, Exhibition Catalogue, Royal Bank of Canada 2009


Alberta Foundation for the Arts
Art Gallery of Alberta
RBC collection
Walter Philips Gallery, The Banff Centre for the Arts

Incubator: Brenda Draney

Latitude 53

We visited Brenda Draney in her home studio, where she told us about how she, with her history in painting, came to be making narrative video

University of Alberta: Alumni Asked & Answered - Brenda Draney

brenda-draney300Award-Winning Local Artist, ’00 BA; ’06 BFA, on lessons learned in and out of class.

Brenda Draney studied painting at Emily Carr University in Vancouver before she won the RBC Canadian Painting Competition in 2009 and was long-listed for the 2013 Sobey Art Award.  She is the recent winner of the Eldon and Anne Foote Edmonton Visual Arts Prize.  Draney’s practice is based on her experiences and the relationships formed between her current hometown of Edmonton and the northern community of Slave Lake, Alberta, where she was raised.

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CBC: Brenda Draney & The Trapline Project

Brenda Draney describes her trapline project

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August 25, 2015: Artist will use a trapline as the inspiration for a new art installation at MacEwan University

Grant MacEwan: Alberta Biennial

Next Stop:  Future Station.   Grant MacEwan 

Brenda has exhibited across Canada and been recimage_story_biennial_brendaognized with several awards, including the prestigious Eldon and Anne Foote Edmonton Visual Arts Prize for her Suspend exhibit at the AGA last year. For her, the honour of contributing work to the biennial that is represents northern Alberta is particularly meaningful.

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20 Questions For Brenda Draney

20 Questions For Brenda Draney

The Ithaca Museum Of Modern Art

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Edmonton Examiner

Brenda Draney: Suspend at Art Gallery of Alberta explores artist’s relationship with childhood home


In 2011, a wildfire raged, destroying a part of the small community of Slave Lake.

The fire took away many of the artifacts from artist Brenda Draney’s youth.

Devoid of these tangible pieces of history, Draney set out — using recollections, family photos and stories — to recreate her memories of the town.

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Canadian Art

Brenda Draney: Thanks for the Memories

In Draney’s new exhibition, “Hold Still,” the Edmonton-based Emily Carr graduate cuts away even more from her fragmented memories, emphasizing absence—or paradoxically, the absence of presence—in her images…

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