BFA (University of Alberta)
MFA (University of Regina)
Since 1982 Walter May has been a faculty member at the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary. He has taught in both the Sculpture and Foundation programs.
Although Walter May is primarily known as a sculptor, he has also produced drawings, as well as installation and performance art. He has had fourteen solo exhibitions across Canada, and participated in numerous local, national and international group exhibitions.
May has been the recipient of several Canada Council Arts Grants, and is represented in such public and corporate collections as The Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Canada Council Art Bank, the Glenbow Museum, the University of Lethbridge, The Toronto Dominion Bank, and PanCanadian Petroleums, (now ENCANA)
Walter May is currently a practicing studio artist who exhibits at Paul Kuhn Fine Arts in Calgary. He is a member of the Sculpture Department at the Alberta College of Art and Design (ACAD), and a former President of the Faculty Association at ACAD.
Graduated from the University of Regina with a M.F.A. degree in 1977,
(Major in sculpture, minor in drawing).
Graduated from the University of Alberta with a B.F.A. degree in l97l,
(Major in sculpture).
Note: * indicates catalogue or publication.
2008 Walter May: Our Nature Paul Kuhn Gallery. Calgary
2002 * Flammable Inflammable Paul Kuhn Gallery, Calgary
1997 The Museum of Fuel Paul Kuhn Gallery, Calgary.
1994 Our Nature Neutral Ground, Regina, Saskatchewan.
Another Network A.K.A. Artists' Centre, Saskatoon, Sask.
1991 Furthermore Paul Kuhn Fine Arts, Calgary.
1990 * Low Table - High Chairs Mercer Union, Toronto.
* Walter May The Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton
1989 Walter May : Sculpture Paul Kuhn Fine Arts, Calgary.
1986 Walter May : Recent Sculpture Paul Kuhn Fine Arts, Calgary.
1985 * Walter May : Recent Sculpture Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge.
1984 Walter May : New Sculpture Paul Kuhn Fine Arts, Calgary.
1982 Looks Like Real, Feels Like Real Optica, Montreal.
1977 Walter May, M.F.A. Exhibition Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina.
1975 Walter May, Sculpture Alberta College of Art Gallery, Calgary.
TWO & THREE PERSON EXHIBITIONS/COLLABORATIONS:
1998 Distant, (with Blake Senini), artweek exhibition, Calgary.
1994 Squint, (with Gordon Ferguson & Laura Vickerson), artweek exhibition, Calgary
1987 * Gang of Three, (with Gordon Ferguson & Blake Senini).
Plug in Gallery & Ace Gallery, Winnipeg.
1984 In Triplicate, (with Alan Dunning & Blake Senini).
organized by Latitude 53 Gallery, Manulife Place, Edmonton..
1979 Walter May & Don McVeigh, Clouds and Water Gallery, Calgary.
Two, (with Carroll Moppett), Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff.
1974 Statues and Pictures, (with Don McVeigh), Latitude 53, Edmonton.
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS/performance:
2010 "Timeland: the 2010 Alberta Biennial" The Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton
"Take a Seat" The Jensonian Gallery, High River, Alberta
2009 Sleepless Nights, Kling & Bang Gallery, Reykjavik, Iceland.
Tenuous Balance, Our Environment: Exposure Calgary Banff Photography Festival
The Gerry Thomas Gallery, Calgary
2008 * Seven Contemporary Canadian Sculptors from Calgary, Liu Haisu Arts Museum,
Shanghai October 2008 and Triangle Gallery, Calgary, 2009
The Academy Show 2008, Illingworth Kerr Gallery Calgary
2006 Black & White, Paul Kuhn Gallery, Calgary
New Acquisitions, Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton,
2005 Round Table: Prairie North Creative Residency, Edmonton Art Gallery travelling
exhibition - various venues.
Form-Space-Concept-Metaphor, Contemporary Alberta Sculpture, Triangle Gallery,
Leave it to Drever, Douglas Udell Gallery, Edmonton, Alta.
Alberta Artists Seen...National ArtsCentre, Mezzanine, Ottawa, Ont.
2004 Making it like a Man, Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina, Sask
10X10X10X10, Triangle Gallery, Calgary
Group Exhibition, Summer 2004, Paul Kuhn Gallery, Calgary
2003 New Acquistions, Edmonton Art Gallery
Matchmaker, (with Gordon Ferguson), the New Gallery, Calgary
2002 The Beastiary, Stride Gallery, Calgary
2001 Idols and Icons, The New Gallery, Calgary.
Braziers International Artists Workshop exhibition, Braziers Park.
2000 Burn Graceland Burn, Art Gallery of Calgary, Calgary
including 'Money' performance
Silver, Illingworth Kerr Gallery, ACAD, Calgary.
Then and Now, Paul Kuhn Gallery, Calgary.
1999 Exquisite Corpse, (with Blake Senini, Gordon Ferguson) Stride Gallery, Calgary
1998/99 * The Alberta Biennial, The Glenbow Museum & Edmonton Art Gallery.
Looks Like..., The Edmonton Art Gallery.
1997 A Duchampian Look at the Glenbow Collection, The Glenbow, Calgary.
1996 Still Life, a Contemporary View, Paul Kuhn Gallery, Calgary.
1995 Ark - Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Alberta College of Art, Calgary.
Basic Tools, Eye Level Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
1994 Looking Back II: 1981-85, Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge.
1993 Ten, Paul Kuhn Fine Arts, Calgary.
Hockey 100, Truck, Calgary.
1992 Alberta Survey: New Landscapes, The Edmonton Art Gallery.
1990 Sculpture '90: Four Alberta Sculptors, The Triangle Gallery, Calgary.
Within Range, Traveling exhibition circulated by the Pritchard Art Gallery,
University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho.
1989 Bridge Organized by the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, Lethbridge.
* Media Blitz 2 , Performance sponsored by The New Gallery, Calgary
1988 * Contemporary '88, Paul Kuhn Fine Arts, Calgary.
1987 Wall Space, The Glenbow Museum, Calgary.
* Drawing Out the Form, The Nickle Arts Museum, University of Calgary.
* Dreaming Before Nature, The Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton.
The Exchange Show, Calgary-Milano - organized by Off Centre Centre, Calgary
& Centro Lavoro Arte, Milano.
1985 * The First Ten: l975-l985, Off Centre Centre, Calgary.
Five + Five, Off Centre Centre, Calgary.
1983 The Un-college Exhibition, James Ulrich Gallery, Calgary.
Studio Sculpture, Latitude 53 Gallery, Edmonton.
* Locations National, outdoor sculpture installation organized by Off Centre
Centre. in conjunction with ANNPAC, Calgary.
1981 Some Calgary Artists, Latitude 53 Gallery, Edmonton.
* Furniture as Art, Alberta College of Art Gallery, Calgary.
1980 * Monuments, Off Centre Centre, Calgary.
* Some Drawings by Some Albertans, Alberta College of Art Gallery, Calgary.
1979 Mostly Smaller Works, Clouds & Water Gallery, Calgary.
* Alberta Works in Wood, Alberta College of Art Gallery, Calgary.
1978 Paper Tigers, traveling exhibition circulated by the Dunlop Gallery, Regina.
* Obsessions, Rituals and Controls, The Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina.
1977 Group Exhibition, Bau-xi Gallery, Toronto.
Albertawork , Alberta College of Art & the University of Calgary Gallery.
* Sculpture on the Prairies, The Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg.
1976 Paper Works, artist organized touring exhibition,various venues.
* Forum '76, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal.
1975 Four Man Art, Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina.
Alberta Art, Canadian Consul, Atlanta, Georgia.
1974 Manisphere , Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg.
9 out of 10 , Hamilton Art Gallery, Hamilton, touring exhibition.
l4th Annual Calgary Graphics, Alberta College of Art Gallery, Calgary.
1972 Survey of Canadian Art Now, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver.
1971 11th Annual Calgary Graphics, Alberta College of Art Gallery, Calgary.
Paul Kuhn Gallery
Alberta College of Art & Design Faculty Association , President, 1998/99/00/01, 2003-2007.
ACADFA representative to ACIFA (Alberta Colleges & Institutes Faculty Assoc.) 98-01.03
ACADFA representative to CAAE (Coalition for the Advancement of Applied Education) 98-00
Faculty Alberta College of Art & Design Faculty Association , Secretary, 1996/97.
Representative to the Academic Council of the Alberta College of Art, 1995/96.
Faculty Representative to the Board of Governors of the Alberta College of Art, 1991-93.
Continuing Faculty member of the Alberta College of Art & Design, since 1981.
President, Off Centre Centre, an artist-run gallery, Calgary, 1981.
Vice-President, Coordinator, Off Centre Centre, Calgary, 1980.
Prairie Region Representative to ANNPAC, 1980.
Invited as guest artist to - Prairie North creative Residency, Grand Prairie, Alta, May 2004
Listed in CCCA (Centre for Canadian Contemporary Art) website. www.ccca.ca/start.html?languagePref=en&context=main
Brazier's International Artists Workshop, Braziers Park, Oxfordshire, England - 2001
The Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Woodside Califorania Mar. - Apr. 2010
Chateau Mathieu Residency Project, Mathieu, Normandy, France - June, 2009: funded by Canada Council/Alberta Foundation for the Arts and The Marion Fund, ACAD
Alberta Foundation for the Arts Project Grant, 'Digital Print Project - 2007'
Alberta Foundation for the Arts Project Grant, 'There & Gone -2005'
Alberta Foundation for the Arts Project Grant, Campfires, 2004
Sculptural Consultant, PetroCanada Flag Bearer Award, 2003/04
Prairie North, residency, Grand Prairie, Alberta, 2004
Best Creative Design, ACAD Chair-ity Garden Party, Bow Valley Centre, Calgary, 2003
Sit Down Town, Alberta College of Art & Design 75th anniversary project. 2002
Brazier's International Artists Workshop - residency - 2001
Canada Council Creation/production Grant - established ("A") - 2001
Canada Council Visiting Artists/lecturer Grant - in association with the Alberta College of Art & Design Faculty Association, to organized the first national meeting of the presidents of the Faculty Associations of Canada's four College's of Art & Design
Canada Council Arts Grants 'B' - 1992/ 1987/ 1978
Alberta Culture Travel Grant (Documenta 8, Kassel, Germany) 1987
Calgary Region Arts Foundation Impresario Grant, to curate the exhibition "Construction Works" at Off Centre Centre, Calgary, 1981
Alberta 75th Civic Grant to curate the exhibition "Monuments". Off Centre Centre, 1980
Fringe Research Holography Project, 1977
University of Regina travel grant (to assist in installation of Christo exhibition "Documentation of the Valley Curtain" at the Alberta College of Art Gallery, Calgary)
University of Regina Graduate Scholarship (T.A.) 1975/76/77
Government of Alberta Scholarship, l968
The Djerassi Program Sculpture Collection
Alberta Foundation for the Arts
The Canada Council Art Bank.
Alberta Culture Jubilee Auditorium Collection
Alberta College of Art
The Glenbow Museum and Archives
The Nickle Arts Museum
Pan-Canadian Petroleum Collection
Provincial Museum Collection
Toronto Dominion Bank Collection
The University of Regina
The University of Lethbridge
Grant McEwen Community College
The Edmonton Art Gallery
City of Calgary Civic Collection