Sky Glabush


Sky Glabush, Associate Professor (Visual Arts Studio Painting)
M.F.A., University of Alberta, 2006
B.A., Fine Arts and English (High Honours), University of Saskatchewan, 1996.

In previous exhibitions “Background” which questioned the relationship of spirituality within abstraction, and “Display,” the incommensurability of religion and modernity, my recent show at Oakville Galleries entitled “What is a Self?” explored the constructed nature of selfhood and how the edifices of identity are structured like architecture and inhabit the shape of narrative. Architecture, in this case, worked as an ordering principle, a kind of armature to arrange objects and surfaces. Some objects relate to interiority (tables, chairs, showers, window, door frames, curtains) and others make reference to exteriority (outer walls, shingles, concrete, stairs, doors). Shuttling between references both to the problematic idea of the self—inwardness, interiority, consciousness, a ‘moral inventory’—and to ideas around the literal and analogous position of architecture, this exhibition set a stage for the way one might think of the construction of identity and how the narratives of modernity, secularism and religion provide a matrix through which these ideas are formed, but also the reductionist, determinist, and at times coercive influence embedded in this formation.

Born in 1970 in Alert Bay, British Columbia, Sky Glabush lives and works in London, Ontario, where he teaches studio art at Western University. He holds a BFA from the University of Saskatchewan and an MFA from the University of Alberta. Recent exhibitions include “Display” at MKG127,  "The Painting Project" at Galerie de l'UQUAM, "The Kingdom of Names" at Thames Art Gallery and "The Visible and the Invisible" at the Art Gallery of Windsor. Glabush's work is in many public collections including the Canada Council Art Bank, McIntosh Gallery, Museum London, Mackenzie Art Gallery, Mendel Art Gallery, and the Bank of Montreal.

Selected Publications

"Abstraction, metaphor, and the poetic landscape," Otto Donald Rogers. Santa Fe: Radius, 2007.

"Jordan Broadworth" (exhibition catalogue), Chatham Kent Art Gallery, 2007.

"A Look at Clay Ellis's Eight Miles of Barbed Wire," Esplanade Gallery, Medicine Hat, 2006.

"Field Notes: Terry, Rob, and Tom O'flanagan," Exhibition catalogue, Edmonton Art Gallery 2004.

Long, Timothy.  Sky Glabush. Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan, 2000.

Awards and Grants

Advanced Education's Graduate Student Scholarship, Alberta, 2005.
Alberta Foundation for the Arts Award, University of Alberta, 2005
University of Alberta Master Scholarship, University of Alberta, 2004.
Creative "C" Grant (Critical Writing): Saskatchewan Arts Board, 1999.
Creative "C" Grant (Visual Arts): Saskatchewan Arts Board, 1997.
Dean's Honour Roll: University of Saskatchewan, 1996.
Dean's Honour Roll: University of Regina (visiting student), 1994.
Mina Forsyth Award: University of Saskatchewan, 1995-1996.
Hannon Scholarship: University of Saskatchewan, 1995-1996.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2018 The Valley of Love, Clint Roenisch, Toronto, Ontario.

Sky Glabush, Projet Pangee, Montreal Quebec.

2017 The New Garden, MKG127, Toronto, Ontario.

2016 The Window is Also a Door, Prosjektrom Normanns, Stavanger, Norway.

2016 Sky Glabush, Division Gallery, Montreal Quebec.

2016 What is a Self, Oakville Galleries, Oakville Ontario, curated by Jon Davies.

2014 Display, MKG127, Toronto, Ontario.

2012 The Kingdom of Names, Thames Art Gallery, Chatham, Ontario.

2011 Background, MKG127, Toronto, Ontario.

The Visible and the Invisible, Art Gallery of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario.

2009 Renting, MKG127, Toronto, Ontario.

2007 Homes for Canada 1966-67, Arch 2 Gallery, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

2006 Provisional Structures (MFA Thesis Exhibition), FAB Gallery, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta.


Selected Group Exhibitions

2018 Thinking with My Hands, Galerie Zink, Waldkirchen Germany.

2018 A Home in the Country, Clint Roenisch Gallery, Toronto, Ontario.

2017 Again, and Again, MKG127, Toronto, Ontario.

2015 Stellar Living, Mercer Union (exhibition accompanying benefit auction organized by York Lethbridge), Toronto, Ontario.

2014 Untitled Art Fair, with Michael Dumontier represented by MKG127, Miami, Florida.

2013 The Painting Project, Galerie de l’UQAM. Montreal, Quebec, curated by Louise Déry.

2011 Go Figure, MKG127, Toronto, Ontario.

2010 A Sudden Frost, Elissa Cristall, Vancouver, British Columbia.

heat, MKG127. Toronto, Ontario.

2009 A(l)lure of the Local, October, 2009, Museum London, London Ontario, curated by Ihor Holubizky.

Hinterlands, November 2009, Harbourfront Center, Toronto Ontario, curated by Patrick Mahon.

2008 Hinterlands, McIntosh Gallery, University of Western Ontario. London, Ontario.

2007 sic, ArtLAB, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario.

2006 Canada Calling: recent work by Sky Glabush and Shary Boyle, Suzanne Biederberg Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

DIALOGUES: the changing face of contemporary Canadian art, Rideau Hall, Ottawa.

2005 Here and Now: Current Drawings, Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta

DRAW, Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta.

Masters Thesis Supervision

Jared Peters, "Just As It Should Be: Painting and the Discipline of Everyday Life” MFA conferred Fall, 2014.
Kim Nuedorf, “Call and Response.” MFA conferred 2012
Robert Williams, “So it Goes,” MFA conferred 2011
Katja Beneke, “Exploring the Visual Representation of Teen Idols” (supervisor) M. F. A. conferred 2009.
Stephen Lavigne, “The Space Between Systems” M.F.A. (joint supervision) conferred Summer, 2007.

PhD Thesis Supervision

Kevin Rodgers, "Out of Order: Thinking Through Robin Collyer, Discontent and Affirmation (1973-1985).” Phd conferred 2012.
Colin Miner, "A Photographic Ontology: Being Haunted Within The Blue Hour And Expanding Field” PhD conferred, 2014.

Recent Courses

VAS 540 Graduate Studio Seminar
The Cohen Exploration Program in the Visual Arts: Pictorial Construction
VAS 210 Introduction to Painting and Drawing
VAS 310 Advanced Painting