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

2002-2006       Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performance 
                        The University of Alberta, Edmonton, CA

SCHOLARSHIPS / AWARDS

2020               National Winner - BMO 1st Art Competition - Canada 

                       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 for Academic Achievement   

2016              Alberta University of the Arts Students’ Association Award

2016-2020     President’s Honour Roll 

2004/5          Jason Lang Scholarships for Academic Achievement 

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

2021 “Threading Black”, Alberta Craft Council, Edmonton CA

         “Threading Black”, Alberta Craft Council, Calgary, CA

2020  "BMO 1st Art!" Art Museum University of Toronto, CA      
         “Grad Show Exhibition” Alberta University of the Arts, CA

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

PUBLICATION

2021 Create Magazine - Women's Issue #25

         UpperCase Magazine Yarn-Thread-String Edition - Canada

         House&Home Magazine Jan/Feb Edition - Canada 
         Black Artist Research Space - Carryin' On Collection 1- Baltimore USA

         Canadian Theatre Review - Spring Edition, Canada 

2020 Pom-Pom Quarterly Magazine - London, England

         Canadian Art Magazine, Fall Edition 

         FAIRLADY Magazine, Cape Town, South Africa 

         Surface Design Association - Quarterly Print Publication Feature, Fall Edition, Global

         The Kit - Toronto Star - Feature Online and Print, Canada 

         The Calgary Herald - YOU Cover Story, Calgary, CA

MEDIA

2020  CBCq Interview with Tom Power, Canada 

          CBC Radio Interview with Adrienne Pan, Edmonton, CA
          CBC “Opening Up” curated video, Canada 
          @INSTAGRAM - #ShareBlackStories Weekly Feature to 353 Million Followers
          @CBCArts Instagram - Feature Artist 3 posts    

          Yahoo!Life - Artist Feature, Online          

          CBC Primetime - What’re You At? With Tom Power- S.1. E. 10, Canada
          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

DIGITAL FEATURES 

2021 Mashable - NYC
         THIS Magazine - CA

          SheCurates 

2020  Caroline Kipp - Artist Feature - George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum. 

          Colossal - Artist Feature - Chicago based 

          Design Milk - Artist Feature - Pittsburg based 

          Booooooom - Artist Feature - Vancouver based 

          Galleries West - Artist Feature - Calgary based 

          Nia Centre for the Arts - Toronto - CA

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

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

          Social Distancing Festival -  Featured Artist - Global Online Exhibition

RELATED EXPERIENCE

2006-Now      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

2020-21             Surface Design Organization Member

                          Alberta Craft Council Member 

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

Contemporary Calgary, Field Trip: Across Canada
Contextural Studio Residency

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


ARTIST TALKS

2021   The Nickle Galleries

           Alberta Craft Council 

2020   Alberta University of the Arts Alumni Speaker

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