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Cameron Forbes

Artist Statement
Primarily, I am interested in the landscape we occupy as individuals and as communities. Canada has a long tradition of landscape painting. Most people are as familiar with viewing paintings of natural landscapes as they are with seeing it with their own eyes.

The relationship between these modes of being with the country--as passive and active observer--fascinate me. Landscape/plein air painting has a strong association with the past, memory and idealized beauty; uncomplicated nostalgia.

However, the genre is inextricably tied to a history of exploration, exploitation, settlement and colonization. This tension informs much of my practice.

Cam Forbes holds a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (2005) and an MFA from Concordia University (2016). She also studied at the Kootenay School of Art and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2006, Forbes returned to her home province to complete a year long residency with the Saskatchewan Arts Board and Nature Saskatchewan, developing several community engaged projects exploring the rural relationship with landscape. From 2007-2013, she lived in Winnipeg Manitoba, developing urban landscape plein air explorations and community based art projects. In Winnipeg, she was also the executive director of Art City from 2008-2011. She exhibits her work in galleries and alternative forums, including various domestic environments, public access television, the internet, and community festivals. Cam is currently an Assistant Professor in Painting and Drawing, Visual Arts, at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University, Corner Brook, NL.


Curriculum Vitae


2013-2016 Concordia University, Montreal QC, Master of Fine Arts in Studio Arts (Candidate)
2002-2005 NSCAD University, Halifax NS, Bachelor of Fine Arts
2004 School of the Art Institute of Chicago, One Term Exchange
2000-2001 Kootenay School of Art, Nelson BC, Foundation Year Studies
1998-2000 University of Regina, Regina SK, Arts Education


Survivance, Centre culturel franco-manitobain, St Boniface MB (2015)
Survivance, Portage and District Art Centre, Portage La Prairie MB (2014)
Surprise Party, Vernissage for Marquer L’espace, Centre des Arts Actuels Skol, Montreal QC (2014)
Summer Harvest: New works by gallery artists, Art Placement, Saskatoon SK (2013)
Survivability,Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, Brandon MB (2013)
Cameron Forbes, Nancy Lowry, Leah Rosenberg, Art Placement, Saskatoon SK (2011)


Woodrow Block Party, Woodrow Avenue, Winnipeg MB (2013)
Moonlight Petting Zoo, Nuit Blanche, Mentoring Artists for Womens Art, Winnipeg MB (2012)
River Painting, Winnipeg MB (2012)
Winnipeg Bus Shelters,Winnipeg MB (2008)
North and a Little Bit East, Saskatchewan Communications Network Television (2007)
St.Walburg Museum of Winter, Velder Studio, St Walburg, SK (2007)


Emma Lake Archive. Crystal Bueckert and Cameron Forbes. Object Misarchives. Saskatoon SK, 2014
Books by Artists: In Our Hands. MAWA Quarterly Newsletter, Featured Critical Writing, Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art. Winnipeg MB, 2013
The Stoney Creek Co-op Project. Stoney Creek Co-op. Livelong SK, 2010
‘Introduction’. Art City Book, Art City. Winnipeg MB, 2008


Resident Artist, Marquer L’espace: A Drawing Research Lab. Summer internship program aimed to define a language for drawing in contemporary culture, Centre des Arts Actuels Skol, Montreal QC (2014)

Emma Lake ArtistsWorkshop, two week self directed painting workshop, guest artists: Elizabeth MacIntosh, David Alexander, Kim Dorland, Monica Tap. Emma Lake SK (2007, 2009, 2011, 2012)

The Tallest Poppy Artist Residency, Winnipeg MB (2009)

Artist in Residence Program, Saskatchewan Arts Board, One year term, Artist in Residence for Nature
Saskatchewan, St Walburg SK (2006)


Instructor, Photography and Portfolio, Champlain College-Lennoxville QC (fall 2015)
Instructor, Painting 200, Concordia University, Montreal QC (fall 2015)
Teaching Assistant, Drawing 200, 400/450, Concordia University, Montreal QC (2014/2015)
Resident Artist, Manitoba Artists in the Schools, Manitoba Arts Council, MB (2012/2013)
Program Coordinator, Gutter Art Space, Resource Assistance for Youth, Winnipeg MB (2011-2013)
Board Member, Art City, Winnipeg MB (2012, 2013)
Executive Director, Art City, Winnipeg MB (2008-2011)
Board Member, Manitoba Craft Council, Winnipeg MB (2013)
Mentee, MAWA Foundation Mentorship Program, mentor Diane Whitehouse, Winnipeg MB (2011-2012)
entor, Rural Mentorship Program, Manitoba Arts Network, Winnipeg and Southeast MB (2011-2012)
entee, MAWA Mentor in Residence program, guest artist Minerva Cuevas, Winnipeg MB (2008)
Co-founder and Artistic Director, Boreal Mixed Media Arts Jam, Bright Sand SK, (2006-2009)


Jeanie Riddle Graduate Award, Concordia University (2015)
Graduate Student Mobility Award, Concordia University (2015)
StandOut Research Award for Marquer L’espace: A Drawing Research Lab, Concordia University (2014)
Small Grants Program for Marquer L’espace: A Drawing Research Lab, Concordia University (2014)
Dale and Nick Tedeschi Studio Arts Fellowship, Concordia University (2013-2016)
Faculty of Fine Arts Fellowship, Concordia University (2013-15)
Visual Arts Creation Grant for River Painting, Manitoba Arts Council, Winnipeg Arts Council (2012)
ravel Grant for Emma Lake Residency, Manitoba Arts Council, Winnipeg Arts Council (2011)
oject Grant with Stoney Creek Co-op, Saskatchewan Arts Board (2009)
Cash Award for honourable mention in painting, Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition (2008)
Project Grant for North and a Little bit East, Saskatchewan Communications Network (2006)
Federal Scholarship awarded for excellence in academics, community service, and leadership Millennium In-Course Award (2003-05)
Student Leader Award, School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2004)


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