UPCOMING

  • Kayla will be presenting a solo exhibition at UWAG in Waterloo, ON in April/May 2020.

b. 1994, Calgary, Alberta
formerly Kayla Polan


EDUCATION
2020 - MFA, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada
2016 - BFA, Distinction, Drawing & Painting, OCAD University, Toronto, Canada
2015 - Florence Off-Campus Studies Program, OCAD University, Florence, Italy

SOLO & TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS
2020 -
Solo show, UWAG, Waterloo, Canada (upcoming)
2019 - Wedding in Disneyland, Kayla Polan & Tyler Matheson, S.A.I.L, Waterloo, Canada

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2019 -
Why The @#&! Do You Paint?, The Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, Canada
2019 - Hot Girl Summer, The Artery Gallery, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada
2019 - Ed Video Presents, Bump Television, www.bumptelevision.com
2018 - Le Petit Déjeuner, The Artery Gallery, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada
2018 - Mental Health, The White House Studio Project, Toronto, Canada
2018 - LA Summer, Artist-in-Residence Open Studio, Otis College of Art & Design, Los Angeles, USA
2017 - Fermenting Feminism, Critical Distance Centre for Curators, Toronto, Canada
2017 - YYZ Lab, YYZ Artist's Outlet, Toronto, Canada
2017 - Vacancy, Bunker 2, featured exhibition of Nuit Rose Festival, Toronto, Canada
2017 - Embodied Resistance, Feminist Art Conference, OCAD University, Toronto, Canada
2016 - Political Candy, The Pendulum Project, Studio 223A, Toronto, Canada
2016 - GradEx, 101st Annual Graduate Exhibition, OCAD University, Toronto, Canada
2016 - Love Me Do, Yellow House Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2015 - Festival of the Body, OCAD University, Great Hall, Toronto, Canada
2015 - Nuit Rose: A Festival of Queer Art and Performance, The 519, Toronto, Canada
2015 - 40, I Nuovi 20 - Forties Are The New Twenties, OCAD University, Great Hall, Toronto, Canada
2015 - Prospettiva, OCAD University, Florence, Italy
2015 - B.Y.O.B (Bring Your Own Beamer), Florence, Italy
2015 - Art Clash, California State University International Firenze, Florence, Italy
2014 - Contrapuntal, Club Mayday, Florence, Italy
2014 - ICICIC, OCAD University, Great Hall, Toronto, Canada

AWARDS
2019
- Keith and Win Shantz International Research Scholarship, University of Waterloo
2018 - Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Graduate Scholarship, University of Waterloo
2018 - President's Graduate Scholarship, University of Waterloo
2018 - Untapped Emerging Artist Award, The Artist Project
2017 - Emerging Artist Award, Spark Box Studio
2016 - Anne Adler Kagan Award, OCAD University
2016 - Aboveground Art Supplies Scholarship, OCAD University
2014 - Sandy McQueen Memorial Scholarship, OCAD University
2013 - Melville P. White Scholarship, OCAD University

RESIDENCIES
2018 - Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, USA
2018 - Struts Gallery and Faucet Media Arts Centre, Sackville, Canada
2017 - Spark Box Studio, Picton, Canada
2016-17 - YYZ Artist's Outlet, Toronto, Canada
2016 - Feminist Art Conference Residency, Artscape Gibraltar Point, Toronto, Canada
2016 - Nomadic Residency with Ryan Gander, OCAD University, Toronto, Canada

ART FAIRS + AUCTIONS
2018
- The Artist Project, Better Living Centre Exhibition Place, Toronto, Canada
2017 - 2/e Edition Art Book Fair, Represented by Bunker 2, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, Canada
2017 - Northern Contemporary Print Expo, Northern Contemporary Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2016 - GALS Third Annual Auction, Girls Art League, Xpace Cultural Centre, Toronto, Canada
2016 - Art Attack!, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Toronto, Canada

ARTIST TALKS + PANELS + LECTURES
2019 - Keith & Win Shantz International Research Scholarship Lecture, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada
2018 - Mental Health, Artist Talk & Round Table, Artist's Health Alliance, Toronto, Canada
2018 - Feminism, A Label Slapped on Consumer Goods, Artist Talk, Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Arts Centre, Sackville, Canada
2017 - Toys, Tools and Tricks of the Trade: Redefining the Domestic Sphere, Artist Talk & Panel, Feminist Art Conference, OCAD University, Toronto, Canada
2016 - We Are What We Fear, Artist Talk, DRPT-1006 Drawing II, Instructor: Erin Finley, OCAD University, Toronto, Canada
2014 - Research As Practice, Artist Talk, DRPT-1C02 Drawing II, Instructor: Erin Finley, OCAD University, Toronto, Canada

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
2019 - Sessional Instructor, Department of Fine Arts, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada
2019 - Studio Assistant, Tony Berlant, Los Angeles, USA
2019 - Teaching Assistant, Department of Fine Arts, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada
2018 - Fundamentals of University Teaching Certificate, Centre for Teaching Excellence, University of Waterloo
2018 - Teaching Assistant, Department of Fine Arts, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada
2017 - Class Assistant, OCAD University, Toronto, Canada
2017 - In-House Graphic Designer, Blitz Print Lab, Toronto, Canada
2016 - 2018 - Artist Assistant, Jennie Suddick, Toronto, Canada
2016 - Museum Attendant, Crazy Dames We Built This City Exhibition, Gardiner Museum, Toronto, Canada

VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE
2018 - Present - Preparator, University of Waterloo Art Gallery, Waterloo, Canada
2018 - Present - Graduate Mentor to 4th Year Undergraduate Students, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada
2016 - 2018 - Gallery Programming Committee Member, Lakeshore Arts, Etobicoke, Canada
2016 - Artist Assistant, Rebecca Belmore, Nuit Blanche, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada
2016 - Community Outreach, Feminist Art Conference, Toronto, Canada

PRESS
2019 - L'Oeuvre. "Good Naked and Bad Naked." Web.
2017 - Canadian Art. "Must-Sees This Week: September 14 to 20, 2017." Web.
2017 - CBC Arts. "Artist Asks the Important Questions: Honey Can We Normalize Our BDSM Lifestyle Tonight?" Web.
2017 - Format Magazine. "20 Contemporary Painters with Gallery-Worthy Portfolios." Web.
2017 - CBC Arts. "This Art Works! Doctors Against Intolerance and Normalizing BDSM with Sculptures". Web.

PUBLICATIONS
2019 - Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Arts Centre, "Open Studio." Print.
2019 - Critical Distance Centre for Curators, "Fermenting Feminism." Print.
2018 - The White House Studio Project, "Mental Health." Group Exhibition Catalogue. Print.
2018 - Hart House Review, Canadian Literary Journal. Print.
2017 - Discount Magazine Issue II. "Food Edition." Print.
2017 - Milkweed Zine Issue III. "Privacy and Visibility." Print.


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