SIMONE ELIZABETH SAUNDERS 

Education

2016-2020
Bachelor of Fine Arts Major in Fibre
*with Distinction*
Alberta University of the Arts,  Calgary, CA

2013-2016
Courses: Photography, Auto-Cad, Interior Decorating.
George Brown College, Toronto, CA

2006               
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performance 
University of Alberta, Edmonton, CA

Scholarships / Awards

2020
Board of Governors’ Graduating Student Award
AUArts’ Fibre Forward Award for Leadership and Community Involvement

AUArts' Research Scholarship 
Surface Design Association Outstanding Student Award - rated #1 by Jury

Barbara and John Poole Family Scholarship 

Illingworth Kerr Scholarship for Academic Achievement
Janet Mitchell Award - The Calgary Foundation

2019
Alberta Government Laurence Decore Award for Student Leadership

2018
Meredith Helgeson Textile Fibre Arts Scholarship 

2017 
Jason Lang Scholarship  

2016                 

Alberta University of the Arts Students’ Association Award

2016-2020 President’s Honour Roll 

2004/5 Jason Lang Scholarship


Solo Exhibitions 

2020 “TUF(t) LOVE”, Sled Island Music Festival, Calgary, CA

2019 “Duppy Dupplicity” Marion Nicoll Gallery, Calgary, CA

2019 The PolyEster Gallery, AUArts, CA

2017 “She” Solo Exhibition, Ignite! Theatre Festival, Calgary, CA

2014   “Desolate” Solo Exhibition, LemonTree Creations, Toronto, CA 


Group Exhibitions

2019 “Odds@Ends”, Group Exhibition, King Edward C-Space, Calgary, CA

2019 “Annual President’s Art Exhibition”, Group Exhibition, AUArts, CA

2016-19 “AuArts SA Show & Sale”, Group Exhibition / Sale, AUArts, Calgary, CA

2018 “Print Exchange” Group Exhibition, Metropolitan State University, Denver, USA

2018 “Fibre Fortnight” Group Exhibition, AUArts, Calgary, CA 

2017    “Textile: Contextural Celebrates Ten” Group Exhibition, Contextural, Calgary, CA


Digital Solo Features

2020    

Colossal - Artist Feature - Chicago based 

Design Milk - Artist Feature - Pittsburg based 

Booooooom - Artist Feature - Vancouver based 

Galleries West - Artist Feature - Calgary based 

HookingRugs.Com- Feature Podcast with Deanne Kirkpatrick , Move Scotia 

Long Distance Art Series - The Social Distancing Festival Collaborative Series - Toronto based 

Social Distancing Festival -  Featured Artist - Global Online Exhibition


Media 

2020      

The Kit - Toronto Star - Feature Online and Print
@INSTAGRAM - #ShareBlackStories Weekly Feature to 353 Million Followers
@CBCArts Instagram - Feature Artist 3 posts    

Yahoo!Life - Artist Feature         

CBC Primetime - What’re You At? With Tom Power- S.1. E. 10
The Calgary Herald - YOU Feature

CBC Radio One - Homestretch Live Interview

CBC ARTS - featured artist - Long Distance Art Series 

Ragged Life Rag Rug- Interview / Featured Artist, Great Wymondley, England

2019 Makersyyc.com - Interview by Karen Klassen, Calgary, CA

2019 CTV, Global, CBC Primetime News - AUArts Students’ Association President,CA

2017 CTV Morning Show – Show and Sale, AUArts, Calgary, CA

2017 CBC Homestretch – Show and Sale, AUArts,Calgary, CA 

2017 Breakfast Television City TV – Show and Sale, AUArts, Calgary, CA


Related Experience

2006- Present Professional Actor, Theatre and Film, CA 

2018- 2019 President of the Students’ Association, AuArts SA, Calgary, CA

2017- 2018  Student Group’s Coordinator, AUArts SA, Calgary

2007-2011 Founding Member Ellipsis Tree Collective, Theatre Company, Calgary, CA 


Professional Memberships

2013- Present   Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists, ACTRA, CA

2008-Present   Canadian Actors Equity Association, CAEA, CA


Committee Memberships

2018-19 AUArts Board of Governors Member, Calgary, CA

Advancement Committee, BOG AUArts, CA

Student Leadership Committee, Chair, AUArts SA, Calgary, CA

Executive Committee Chair, AUArts SA

Policy Committee Chair, AUArts SA

President’s Student Advisory Committee Member, AUArts

Honorary Degree Committee Member, AUArts

Finance Committee Member, AUArts SA

University Transition Committee Member, AUArts

Sexual Violence Working Policy Committee Member, AUArts

Ad Hoc Sexual Violence Committee, Alberta Students’ Executive Council, Calgary, CA

2017 Student Groups Jury Chair, AUArts Students’ Association, CA


Residencies
Contextural Studio Residency

Ignite! Festival Artist in Residence
LemonTree Studio Residency
One Yellow Rabbit Summer Intensive (x2)


Workshops
“Felting” The Wool Mine, Calgary, CA

Elder Casey Eagle Speaker, Lodgepole Centre and Stoney Nakoda First Nation


Conferences

“The Gathering” Cult Branding, Banff, CA

“StudentCare” Montreal, CA
“The Art of Leadership for Women” Calgary, CA

“Ruined” Theater Conference Speaker, Denver, USA

 

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