Alana Bartol

Sessional Faculty

Visual Art

Instructor, Drawing, Painting


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Born in Halifax, NS, Alana Bartol comes from a long line of water witches. Through performance, research-based, and community embedded practices, her site-responsive works propose dreaming, walking, and divination as ways of understanding across places, species, and bodies. 


BFA [Honours, with Distinction], Visual Arts, University of Windsor 

MFA Sculpture, Wayne State University

Selected Professional Activity:


In Blood and Bone (Solo), TRUCK Contemporary Art, Calgary, AB

A Woman Walking (the City Limits), M:ST 8 Performative Art Festival (Solo), The New Gallery, Calgary, AB

Far Away So Close: Part III, Access Gallery, Vancouver, BC

There Should Be Gardens, InterAccess Gallery, Toronto, ON

Toxicity, Plug-In ICA, Winnipeg, MB

Video Screenings

Media City International Film and Video Festival, Windsor, ON

Simultan Festival #10, Timisoara, Romania

The Vault #8, Groupe Intervention Vidéo, Montréal, QC   

Collaborative Projects

Locals Only, AKA Artist-Run, Saskatoon, SK: A project with CHEP Good Food Inc.

Restless Precinct, Exhibition and Performance Series, Guildwood Park, Toronto, ON: Site-responsive performance created with Community Arts Guild Youth Troupe

Landscape of Forgetting, Neighbourhood Spaces Symposium, Windsor, ON: A walking project in collaboration with artist Camille Turner (Toronto)

Public Art Commissions

Water-witching for Wanderers (and Wonderers), City of Calgary Public Art program: In collaboration with artist Sarah Nordean (Calgary)


Santa Fe Art Institute, Water Rights Residency

City of Calgary Public Art Program, Open AiR

Neighbourhood Time Exchange Residency, Prince George, BC

The Banff Centre, Food Water Life, Thematic Winter Residency

Selected Publications:

Bingeman, Shannon. ed. A Woman Walking (the City Limits), Exhibition Catalogue, Alberta Foundation for the Arts Traveling Exhibition Program (TREX) Southwest, 2017. Print.

This Artist Wants You to Adopt an Oil Well. Leah Sandals, Canadian Art online, October 2017 

An aware form of care Ashley Bedet, Calgary: TRUCK Contemporary Art, September 2017

What Happened When One Artist Tried to Walk Calgary’s 174-km City Limits, Leah Sandals, Canadian Art online, November 2016

Exhibition Essay, Far Away So Close: Part III, Kimberly Phillips, Vancouver: Access Gallery, Oct 2015 

Featured Artist (Inner End Series), ROOM Magazine, Dec 2015. p. 84-86

Perlette, Keagan, “Review - Water Witching with Alana Bartol”, SAD Mag, Nov 4, 2015

Greg J. Smith, “Abstract Ecologies – A Conversation with Amber Christensen”, Creative Applications Network, 22 Sept. 2015

Published Works

A. Bartol, Interview with Eric Moschopedis and Mia Rushton, No Longer Impossible: 3 Public Art Projects for Calgary’s Skateparks. Calgary: n.p. 2017. Print. 

A. Bartol & S. Nordean, From Gray to Green: Quarry Park, project publication, Calgary: self-published. 2017. Print. 

A. Bartol, “Defining Labour in Community-Engaged Art Practice.” Neighbourhood Spaces Artist in Residence Program. edited by Nadja Pelkey. Windsor: n.p. 2015. 12-13. Print.

Selected Awards:

SSHRC Insight Grant, University of Windsor, 2016-21
  • 5-year research/creation grant for BioART: Collaborating with Life
  • Principal Researcher: Dr. J. Willet (U of W) - Collaborators: A. Bartol and A. White (Queens)

ACADSA Gracious Gratitude Award, 2016-17

Faculty Professional Affairs Funding, ACAD, 2017

Canada Council for the Arts, Project Grant to Visual Artists, 2016

Ontario Arts Council (OAC), Emerging Artist Grant, Visual Arts, 2014

OAC, National and International Residency Grant, 2014

OAC, Multi-Integrated Arts Grant, 2013

Windsor Endowment for the Arts, Emerging Artist Award, 2013

Thomas C. Rumble Fellowship, Wayne State University

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