Dawna Rose Bio + CV

Dawna Rose lives and works in Saskatoon. She uses a wide variety of media and materials in her artwork and is currently concentrating on painting in oils and gouache. Dawna has published two graphic books and a Super 8 animation film. One of the books, Smoking with My Mother won an Alcuin Society national book award. Her sculpture The Perfect Deck was featured in the Little Worlds exhibition at the Dunlop Art Gallery (Regina) and the Mendel Art Gallery (Saskatoon). The catalogue for this show included essays by Anthony Kiendl and Jeanne Randolph. A solo painting exhibition at Illingworth Kerr Gallery in Calgary was curated by Wayne Baerwaldt. Dawna completed an MFA at the University of Saskatchewan. She has received grants from the Saskatchewan Arts Board, The Canada Council for the Arts, The Banff Centre for the Arts, and the Creative Economy Entrepreneurial Fund. She has worked in residence at Emma Lake Artists’ Retreat, Artscape Toronto Island, KIAC (Dawson City, YT), The Vermont Studio Centre, Gullkistan (Iceland), and most recently at Pouch Cove Foundation (NL) and AKA Artist-Run (SK). Dawna’s work is currently represented by The Gallery/Art Placement, Saskatoon, and Grasslands Gallery Online. Follow her on Instagram @dawnarosestudio.

Solo and Two Person Exhibitions

2021    Journal of the Plague Year, with Betsy Rosenwald. 300G Projects, Saskatoon, SK

2019    Painting Wallace Stegner. Wallace Stegner residency, Eastend, SK

2018    Our Enduring Drama, with Betsy Rosenwald. The Gallery/Art Placement, Saskatoon, SK

2015    Mattering. The Gallery/Art Placement, Saskatoon, SK

2015    Open studio. Gullkistan Residency, Laugarvatn, Iceland

2015    Open studio. Banff Centre for Creativity

2014    The Chance Files. Boulderpavement: Art and Ideas, The Banff Centre

2012    I’ve Tried to Be Happy, Illingworth Kerr Gallery, ACAD, Calgary, AB

2003    Open Studio, Klondike Institute of the Arts, Dawson City, YT

2002    Big Boys, The Art Gallery of Regina, SK

2000    Shopping Plaza Removed To Make Way For Swamp, AKA Artist Run Gallery, Saskatoon, SK

1997    Models of Progress, Struts Gallery, Sackville, NB

Selected Group Exhibitions

2021   Deck the Walls: Small Works/Big Stories, Grasslands Gallery Online

2021   You Are Here: A Place on a Map of the Heart, Grasslands Gallery Online

2021   Art Now 2021, Grasslands Gallery Online

2019   Pop Luck. The Pump House, Saskatoon

2014    Retro Slide Show, Loop Gallery, Toronto   

2005   Royal Red Group Show, Phonographic, Saskatoon

2003   Regard a gauche/Looking Left, Articule, Montreal

1998    Little Worlds, Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina


2007    Smoking With My Mother. Super 8 colour animation, 2 minutes, 15th Annual $100 Film Festival CSIF, Calgary, AB

2006    Smoking With My Mother. Super 8 colour animation, 2 minutes, Hotel Saskatchewan, Regina, SK

2006    Smoking With My Mother. Super 8 colour animation, 2 minutes, Lydia’s on Broadway, Saskatoon, SK

2006    Some Business With Rabbit.  Super 8 black and white animation. 4 minutes. 13th Annual $100 Film Festival, CSIF, Calgary, AB


2009   Wally’s Spectacular SPIN farms. Book

2006   Smoking With My Mother.  Book and animated film.   Jack Pine Press, Saskatoon, SK. Alcuin Society National Book Award.


1991    Master of Fine Arts, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK

1989    Bachelor of Fine Arts, York University, Toronto, ON


2021    AKA Artist-Run, Saskatoon, SK

2021    Pouch Cove Foundation, Pouch Cove, NF

2019     Wallace Stegner Residency, Eastend, Saskatchewan

2015     Gullkistan Residency, Laugarvatn, Iceland

2015     Banff Independent Art Residency

2015     Artscape, Independent Art Residency,Toronto Island

2003     Klondike Institute of the Arts Residency, Dawson City

2002     Vermont Studio Centre Residency, Johnson, VT. U.S.A.

2000    Emma Lake Drawing Workshop, University of Saskatchewan

1998     Banff School of Fine Arts Residency, Banff, Alberta

1991     Master of Fine Arts, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon

1989     Bachelor of Fine Arts, York University, Toronto