- Svava Tergesen’s Crudités opens at Marine Drive Station in partnership with Capture Photography Festival, selected by Andrea Valentine-Lewis.
- Awarded a BC Arts Council – Project Assistance for Visual Artists (Individual) Grant
Emily Carr University of Art + Design – CECS 120 Adobe CC for Design + Production – completed Dec 2021
McGill University – Master of Arts, Department of Art History and Communication Studies. Class of 2020. Thesis supervisor: Dr. Christine Ross. Thesis title: “A Garden of Unplanted Species: Andrew Dadson’s Countervisuality of Weeds.”
Simon Fraser University – Bachelor of Arts, School for the Contemporary Arts. Major: Art, Performance and Cinema Studies. Class of 2018.
Crudités – Exhibition dates April 1 – Aug 31, 2022
Marine Drive Station (Richmond, BC)
Crudités features four photographs by Svava Tergesen. This presentation is in collaboration with Capture Photography Festival and Translink BC. More information here.
future relics of our time – Exhibition dates Feb 19 – March 19, 2022
Equinox Gallery (Vancouver, BC)
future relics of our time is a three-person ceramics exhibition presenting the work of emerging Vancouver-based artists Serisa Fitz-James, Jack Kenna, and Isabel Wynn Tosetti. The exhibition included 12 ceramic works in a space of approximately 1000 sq. feet. More information here.
UTOPOS – Exhibition dates Sept 11 – Oct 10, 2020
Deluge Contemporary Art (Victoria, BC)
UTOPOS, an exhibition for Vancouver artist Alex Tedlie-Stursberg and Glasgow artist Callum Monteith. This exhibition included nine works, sculptures and paintings, shipped from Vancouver and Glasgow in a space of approximately 540 sq. feet. The show was accompanied by a six-page exhibition essay. More information here.
Green Piece – Exhibition dates Sept 28 – Nov 20, 2019
Unit 17 (Vancouver, BC)
Green Piece, a solo exhibition for Vancouver artist Andrew Dadson. This exhibition included four works including large scale inkjet prints in a space of approximately 340 sq. feet. The show was accompanied by a four-page exhibition essay. More Information here.
Burrard Arts Foundation (Vancouver, BC)
Gallery Manager (Oct 2021 – present)
The tasks of the Gallery Coordinator position in addition to: responsible for all bookkeeping, including paying all bills, invoicing, artist fees, bi-weekly payroll, maintaining expenditures within BAF budget, recording revenues, banking, and filing; responsible for creating and providing AGM/Directors minutes and financial statements; responsible for all fundraising efforts, grant applications and reviews, and donor relations; responsible for organizing Emerging Art Committee meetings and keeping them up to date; responsible for all day-to-day coordination and development of BAF’s core programs, special projects, and fundamental oversight of the organization.
Gallery Coordinator (May 2021 – Oct 2021)
Managing the operational aspects of the gallery ensuring that the gallery and residency spaces are running smoothly (maintaining inventory, organizing our service providers); prepping the gallery and studio spaces (patching, painting, in addition to installing and deinstalling exhibitions); sourcing materials and support for the artists-in-residence; supervising our internship program in partnership with Simon Fraser University; organizing events and associated programming.
Unit 17 (Vancouver, BC)
Gallery Assistant (June 2018 – May 2021)
Writing didactic texts and press releases for the gallery, discussing the exhibitions with guests, updating the website, prepping the space and installing art for exhibitions, attending studio visits, writing applications for international art fairs, and assisting at fair in-person including Frieze New York (2019) and Art Toronto (2018).
Art Gallery at Evergreen (Coquitlam, BC)
Gallery Assistant (Nov 2017 – April 2018)
Organizing and executing Westminster Savings Family Days , which consisted of a family-oriented art activity and leading tours of the exhibition. Other tasks included: managing weekend volunteers, curatorial research, and installing exhibitions.
SFU Galleries – Audain Gallery (Vancouver, BC)
Gallery Intern (Jan – April 2018)
Writing exhibition texts and blog posts, installing vinyl lettering and art, preparing walls and plinths, and working events such as gallery openings and book launches.
English and Writing Tutor (Jan 2021 – present)
CMC Tutoring – Vancouver, BC
Working with varying age groups from Grade 6 – university on assignments, essays, in addition to planning general lessons in English and Language Arts following the British Columbia Curriculum.
Simon Fraser University – Vancouver, BC
CA 319 – Critical Writing in the Arts with Dr. Claudette Lauzon (Spring 2021)
CA 210 – Artworks, Theories, Contexts with Dr. Claudette Lauzon (Fall 2021)
McGill University – Montréal, QC
COMS 310 – Media and Feminist Studies with Dr. Carrie Rentschler (Fall 2019)
Dr. Ruth Beer – Emily Carr University of Art + Design – Vancouver, BC
(April – June 2021)
Writing articles/sections of books. Working with the themes of Arctic art in Canada and resource extraction.
Simon Fraser University – Vancouver, BC
(Sept – Oct 2020)
Universities Art Association of Canada (UAAC/AAUC) Conference 2020
McGill University – Montréal, Quebec
(Feb – May 2019)
Department of Art History and Communication Studies with Dr. Carrie Rentschler. Looking to see whether the topic of “sexual consent” is taught within undergraduate programs located in North America, and editing the book chapter where these findings were presented.
MascallDance (Vancouver, BC)
Research Assistant/Writer (Oct 2020 – Aug 2021)
THE IMPOSSIBLE HAS ALREADY HAPPENED is an international co-production about water. After attending rehearsals, I transcribe themes and quotes towards the production of newsletters and eventually the compilation of a performance catalogue of essays written by myself, in addition to various contributors.
Project Manager (Aug 2020 – Jan 2021)
Recruiting choreographers to participate in MascallDance’s first-ever virtual rendition of BLOOM – a choreographic residency and performance series that combines dance, comedy, and taste (wine or tea curated by a sommelier); organizing and managing video shoots; liaising between parties; marketing the show; creating the post-mortem document.
Treasurer (Board of Directors) (Aug – present)
UNIT/PITT: Society of Art and Critical Awareness (Vancouver, BC)
Volunteer (Feb – August 2021)
Vancouver Asian Film Festival (Vancouver, BC)
Co-President 2019 – 2020
McGill’s Art History and Communication Studies Graduate Student Association: Coordinating upcoming graduate symposium, organizing and leading GSA meetings, and liaising between the faculty of the department and the graduate students.
See the “Writing” tab of my website here.
Interviewer – Artist talk (April 2022)
Interviewed Sara Gulamali for her exhibition [green heart emoji] at Burrard Arts Foundation via Instagram Live for Capture Photography Festival.
Guest Lecturer (March 2022)
Simon Fraser University CA 118 – Intro to Contemporary Art – Lecture about my exhibition future relics of our time at Equinox Gallery.
Panelist (March 2022)
McGill University Women in Leadership conference.
Curator – Tour (March 2022)
Equinox Gallery curator tour of future relics of our time via Instagram Live.
Presenter (Sept 2021)
Interviewed by the Canadian Federation of Friends of Museums as a part of their Young Friend’s Council Fall Interview Series.
Presenter (Mar 2020)
“Margins of Error: Otherness and the Arts” – University of Toronto’s Graduate Union of Students of Art’s Wollesen Memorial Graduate Symposium. Paper: “The Heavens in Maya Blue: Indigenous Resilience at Colonial Tecamachalco.”
Presenter (Feb 2019)
“Potentials of Ecocriticism” – McGill University’s Department of Art History and Communications graduate student conference. Paper: “Artistic and Affective Strategies to Combat Solastalgia.”
Recent Grants and Awards:
Canada Council for the Arts:
2021 Professional Development for Artists – specialized training
2019 – 2020 SSHRC Joseph Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship
2018 – 2020 Graduate Excellence Fellowships
2019 – 2020 Zella Bronfman Butler Bursary
2019 Media @ McGill Travel Grant
Simon Fraser University:
2016 – 2018 Undergraduate Open Scholarships based on CGPA
2017 International Mobility Suite Scholars
Contemporary Arts Field School (May – July 2017)
Organized by Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts and Professor Judy Radul; Writing essays and journals to reflect upon our experiences visiting dOCUMENTA 14 quintennial art exhibition (Kassel), artist studios, museums, galleries, performances, and lectures in and around Berlin.