Biography and CV

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Currently residing in ᐊᒥᐢᑲᐧᒋᐋᐧᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ / amiskwacîwâskahikan / Beaver Hill House, colonially refered to as Edmonton Alberta. Born on Treaty 4 Territory.

Autumn is an interdisciplinary emerging artist, graphic designer, and programmer that approaches her artwork through a lens of surrealism, often referencing her subconscious and illnesses in her practice. She received her BFA in New Media from University of Lethbridge, and is a recipient of the University of Lethbridge Fine Arts Gold Medal Award.

Autumn feels compelled to view trauma under a scope of curiosity, using her experiences with depression, ADHD, and diabetes to encourage discourse between her artwork and the audience. She is also interested in environmentalism, feminism, consumerism/capitalism, and political discourse. Autumn develops multiple types of artworks in different mediums to generate ideas that help inform individuals and communities about trauma, illness, disability, oppression, gender struggles, and the side effects of living in a capitalist-consumer culture. She creates these artworks in tandem with research into these topics, as well as psychology, biology, and sociology to inform her process. Currently, Autumn is researching health, illness, disorder, and disability in the art community, funded by the Edmonton Arts Council.

Education
2019
BFA New Media, Concentration in Gaming and Animation, Minor in Art Studio, awarded the Faculty of Fine Arts Gold Medal, University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge Alberta.
Selected Grants, Awards, Bursaries, and Scholarships
2021
Research and Exploration Grant ($5000), Edmonton Arts Council, ᐊᒥᐢᑲᐧᒋᐋᐧᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ / amiskwacîwâskahikan (Edmonton Alberta)
2019
Faculty of Fine Arts Gold Medal, University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge Alberta
2017
Fine Arts Award of Excellence ($500), University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge Alberta
2015
Sharon & Art Ferrari Award, University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge Alberta
Curated Exhibitions
2021
Systemic Contractions, SkirtsAfire Festival, Assistant to Curator Stephanie Florence, Army & Navy, ᐊᒥᐢᑲᐧᒋᐋᐧᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ / amiskwacîwâskahikan (Edmonton Alberta)
2018
LAMPS18 Film Festival, Lead Curator, Dr. Foster James Penny Art Gallery, Lethbridge Alberta
Student Pixels Exhibition 2018, Lead Curator, Dr. Foster James Penny Art Gallery, Lethbridge Alberta
Exhibition History | Solo and Group
2021
Mirror Countertransference, Musically Playable 8-Foot Wooden Sculpture, The Cold Sweat 2: The Sweatening, Lowlands Project Space, ᐊᒥᐢᑲᐧᒋᐋᐧᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ / amiskwacîwâskahikan (Edmonton Alberta)
In Our Image, Series of Six Earth/Plant Based Sculptures, In the Weeds, Lowlands Project Space, ᐊᒥᐢᑲᐧᒋᐋᐧᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ / amiskwacîwâskahikan (Edmonton Alberta)
2020
The Glutton, Fire Sculpture and Performance, Silver Skate Festival, ᐊᒥᐢᑲᐧᒋᐋᐧᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ / amiskwacîwâskahikan (Edmonton Alberta)
2018
Assisted Learning Device Research and Conceptual Showcase, Interactive Art Science and Technology in Western Canada and Crossing Boundaries Collaborative Symposium, Lethbridge Alberta.
2017
LAMPS17 Film Festival, Dr. Foster James Penny Art Gallery, Lethbridge Alberta
Whispers, Research Showcase accompanied with Simulated Art Piece, Crossing Boundaries Symposium, Lethbridge Alberta
2016
Whispers, Visual Collaboration with the Integra Electroacoustics Ensemble, University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge Alberta
LAMPS16 Film Festival, Dr. Foster James Penny Art Gallery, Lethbridge Alberta
Publications
2021
CTV News Interview and Article, 'Phsical evidence of the pandemic': New book reflects on COVID-19 experiences in Alberta, CTV Edmonton, published Oct. 23, 2021, edmonton.ctvnews.ca, ᐊᒥᐢᑲᐧᒋᐋᐧᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ / amiskwacîwâskahikan (Edmonton Alberta), https://edmonton.ctvnews.ca/physical-evidence-of-the-pandemic-new-book-reflects-on-covid-19-experiences-in-alberta-1.5635754
2021
Covid Collections, ᐊᒥᐢᑲᐧᒋᐋᐧᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ / amiskwacîwâskahikan (Edmonton Alberta), Published by Stephanie Florence, Funded by the Edmonton Arts Council
Artist Residency
2021
Lowlands Project Space ($500 worth of studio space), ᐊᒥᐢᑲᐧᒋᐋᐧᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ / amiskwacîwâskahikan (Edmonton Alberta)
2021 Toni Onley Artists’ Project - Virtual Edition, Island Mountain Arts
Professional Experience
2021
Funded by the Edmonton Arts Council, Health, Illness, Disorder, and Disability in Artists/Artmaking, Research and Development Grant, ᐊᒥᐢᑲᐧᒋᐋᐧᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ / amiskwacîwâskahikan (Edmonton Alberta)
Funded by the Edmonton Arts Council and the City of Edmonton, Covid Collections, overseen by Stephanie Florence, Book Design, ᐊᒥᐢᑲᐧᒋᐋᐧᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ / amiskwacîwâskahikan (Edmonton Alberta)
Nextfest, Interview with Nextfest Visual Art Curator Rebecca Pickard, Video Editing, Sound Editing, and Colour Correction, ᐊᒥᐢᑲᐧᒋᐋᐧᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ / amiskwacîwâskahikan (Edmonton Alberta)
SkirtsAfire Festival, Systemic Contractions // Covid Collections, Graphic Design (Didactics), Army and Navy, ᐊᒥᐢᑲᐧᒋᐋᐧᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ / amiskwacîwâskahikan (Edmonton Alberta)
2019
Research Assistant, Speculative Web Design [credited as Autumn Read], Assistant Professor Christine Clark, Department of New Media, University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge Alberta
2018
Teaching Assistant, New Media 3820: Web Development & Design, Assistant Professor Christine Clark, Department of New Media, University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge Alberta
Teaching Assistant, New Media 2015: 2D Animation & Drawing, Associate Professor Leanne Elias, Department of New Media, University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge Alberta
Teaching Assistant, New Media 3820: Web Development & Design, Assistant Professor Christine Clark, Department of New Media, University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge Alberta
Graphic Design, Web Design, and Branding, Digital Learning Assistant, Digital Learning Team, Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Innovation, Lethbridge College, Lethbridge Alberta
Graphic Design and Branding, Crossing Boundaries and Interactive Art Science and Technology in Western Canada Collaborative Symposium, University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge Alberta
Teaching Assistant, Cinema 1000: Film Studies, Assistant Professor C. Blake Evernden, Department of New Media, University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge Alberta
2017
Studio and Research Assistant, Daughters of Uranium [credited as Autumn Read], Professor Mary Kavanagh, Department of Art, University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge Alberta
Community Engagement | Community Involvement | Workshops
2021
Participant in Community Consultation to Brainstorm Accessibility in Art Venues and Workplace, Latitude 53, ᐊᒥᐢᑲᐧᒋᐋᐧᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ / amiskwacîwâskahikan (Edmonton Alberta)
CTV News Interview and Article, 'Phsical evidence of the pandemic': New book reflects on COVID-19 experiences in Alberta, CTV Edmonton, published Oct. 23, 2021, edmonton.ctvnews.ca, ᐊᒥᐢᑲᐧᒋᐋᐧᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ / amiskwacîwâskahikan (Edmonton Alberta), https://edmonton.ctvnews.ca/physical-evidence-of-the-pandemic-new-book-reflects-on-covid-19-experiences-in-alberta-1.5635754
Panel Speaker, SkirtsAfire, For Book Release of Covid Collections, Litfest, Latitude 53, ᐊᒥᐢᑲᐧᒋᐋᐧᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ / amiskwacîwâskahikan (Edmonton Alberta)
2020
Curator’s Assistant and Gallery Setup, Systemic Contractions // Covid Collections, SkirtsAFire Festival, Army and Navy, ᐊᒥᐢᑲᐧᒋᐋᐧᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ / amiskwacîwâskahikan (Edmonton Alberta)
2019
Event Coordination Assistant, Art Studio Open House, University of Lethbridge
2018
Live Drawing Demonstration, 19th Annual Abbondanza Fine Arts Gala Fundraiser, Lethbridge Alberta
2017
Videographer, 18th Annual Abbondanza Fine Arts Gala Fundraiser, Lethbridge Alberta
Concept Development Workshop III, C. Blake Evernden, CASA, Lethbridge, Alberta
Concept Development Workshop II, C. Blake Evernden, CASA, Lethbridge, Alberta
2016
Concept Development Workshop I, C. Blake Evernden, CASA, Lethbridge, Alberta