Caitlin Thompson

Working through cycles of craftwork and digital media, my work focuses on the transformative powers of craftwork and animation. Through processes of fabrication, embellishment, and performance, my works become extensions of my body and allow me to re-experience the social meanings and mythologies of boundaries. The embellishment acts as an extension of the body through the projection of identity through material and labour. Crafting becomes a gesture, or a state of activity. Through performing these gestures through the surfaces of textiles and digital media, I am illustrating the ability that craftwork and animation have to transform inanimate objects into activated things.


2015: Concordia University, MFA Fibre & Material Practices
2007: Alberta College of Art and Design, BFA Sculpture
2005: Red Deer College, Fine Art Diploma

Professional Experience
2014-2016: Art Preparator
2014-2016: Glenbow Museum Educator
2014: Concordia University, Adjunct Professor for Fibres 240
2013-2014: subTela, Research Assistant
2011- 2013: Concordia University, Teaching Assistant for Fibres 240, 360, 370
2007- 2009: Stride Gallery, Assistant Director

2016: Glenbow Museum Professional Development Grant
2013: Surface Design Association Outstanding Student Award
2013: Concordia Faculty of Fine Arts Fellowship
2012: Concordia Merit Scholarship

Artist Grants
2012: Conseil des arts et des lettres Québec
2010: Canada Council for the Arts
2009: Alberta Creative Development Initiative

Artist Residencies
2015: Calgary Allied Arts Foundation
2011: ArtsHealth North
2010: National Film Board Filmmaker Assistance Program
2010: Struts Gallery
2009: Est-Nord-Est

Group Exhibitions
2014: dc3 Art Projects, Edmonton, AB
2012: Museo Textil de Oaxaca, Oaxaca Mexico
2010: O.K. Quoi?! Contemporary Art Festival, Sackville, NB
2009: Est-Nord-Est, St-Jean-Port-Joli, QC
2008: Truck Gallery, Calgary, AB

Solo Exhibitions
2016: Esker Foundation Project Space, Calgary, AB
2016: University of Alberta Museum Galleries, Edmonton, AB
2011: La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse, Montreal, QC
2007: 809, Calgary, AB

2013: GIRAF, Calgary, AB
2012: Cinema Excentris, Montreal, QC
2011: Whitewater Gallery, North Bay, ON
2011: Further Confusion Anthropomorphic Convention, San José, CA
2009: Prairie Tales 10, various Canadian cities

2016: Dressing Global Bodies, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB
2013: Art Education 4th Annual Graduate Symposium: Making to Thinking