| 03 October, 2014 23:52
This truly has been a banner year for my art career. In addition to the prestigious Canada House commission, I feel honoured to have been commissioned for a temporary public art project at SAIT Polytechnic. The two banners "Shaping Horizons" and "Expanding Horizons" will be up on SAIT's Heritage Hall for about a year.
To highlight the project, I was featured in SAIT's LINK Magazine.
| 06 September, 2014 23:02
This certainly is a career highlight (thus far).
I have been awarded a commission by Canada Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development for the Canada House London Chancery project in London, United Kingdom.
For the renovations, each of Canada's provinces and territories will be represented and showcased within High Commission meeting rooms. Every meeting room will be named for a specific province or territory. Each province/territorial custom hand-tufted area carpet will be designed by a local artist depicting the “Nature and Climate” of that region.
Two of my designs have been commissioned to represent the "Alberta Room" and the "Laurier Room" at Canada House.
This is a formal statement regarding the prestigious project:
High Commissioner Gordon Campbell said of the competition to design carpets for the various meeting rooms in the new Canada House that are named after each province and territory:
“I am delighted that so many talented Canadian designers were eager to participate in helping us to create a revitalized Canada House that truly reflects the very best of our country and captures the unique traits of every province and territory. I congratulate all of our competition winners. Their work will be a great addition to the revitalized Canada House on Trafalgar Square.”
I am one very proud Canadian.
(Canada House -internet photo)
| 01 June, 2014 23:01
My painting "The Outlook" is published in the June 2014 issue of Alberta Views magazine.
| 04 September, 2013 22:40
The Alberta Flood Rose Project raised more than $25,000 for Red Cross Alberta Flood Relief. More than 450 artists participated; my submission is down at the bottom, second on the left. On August 28, 2013, the pieces were auctioned off at a fantastic party.
| 18 August, 2013 22:59
I have been chosen as the feature artist for the Team Alberta's 2013 Solar Decathlon's sustainable living project titled "Borealis". Team Alberta, which is a student-led project, will be competing in the prestigious and ambitious international Solar Decathlon in California this Fall.
This is an animated version of what more than 140 post-secondary students have been working on for two years: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mlE1OTZ8o94
I am so proud to be part of this amazing project (even if I am just decorating the walls)...
| 26 July, 2013 22:43
After much anticipation, here are some installation shots of the opening reception of "Summer Spirit" group show at the Art Gallery of Calgary.
Below: "Whereabouts (No.1)" displayed with Jason Carter's animal sculptures.
Posing by my "Sooner or Later" triptych.
| 13 July, 2013 23:30
Two exhibition openings in one week. Art Gallery of Calgary AND Leighton Art Centre.
Total of 61 paintings of mine between 2 galleries. Wowee.
| 29 June, 2013 21:58
Two major exhibitions for me just around the corner. Art Gallery of Calgary show "Summer Spirit" opens on July 18, while Leighton Centre's "Three Transformations: Our Vast Prairie Landscape" opens on July 20. More than 20 new pieces in total, plus this 36-piece installation piece that I am playing with layout options. I am nearly ready.
| 29 June, 2013 00:27
Enjoying the opening reception at the Leighton Art Centre's Juried Members Exhibition (spring 2013). My painting "Cabin Fever" was sold even before the opening. I am looking forward to a group exhibition there in July/August.
| 21 May, 2013 22:12
I found some fab pics online from Art Gallery of Calgary's Masterpiece Art Auction in March 2013. My painting "Route Nine" was in a bidding war and one of the only paintings bought over retail price! It was so exciting and very flattering. Here is a photo of the AGC's curator Kayleigh Hall talking about my painting...
| 06 February, 2013 23:21
My artwork in print! So thrilled to have my painting "Cabin Fever" featured in the International Painting Annual 2 published by Manifest Gallery in Ohio.
| 29 October, 2012 14:24
I absolutely love mixing paint colours. This looks so delicious.
| 03 September, 2012 00:50
New painting assistant
| 18 August, 2012 00:31
I am very excited to be a part of this...:
The 2012 Calgary Biennial Committee is very pleased to present
HEARTS OF THE NEW WEST
the inaugural iteration of Calgary's biennial for contemporary art
Featuring artists Kyle Beal, Billie Rae Busby, Dana Buzzee, Jennifer Crighton, Hannah Doerksen, Miruna Dragan, Julien Fournier and Stephen Nachtigall, Heather Huston, Julia Kansas, Kris Lindskoog, Nate McLeod, Sondra Meszaros, Karly Mortimer and Jeremy Pavka, Cassandra Paul, Sally Raab, Paul Robert, Rick Silva, Lindsay Sorell, Teresa Tam, Justin Waddell, Richard Williams, and Andrea Williamson.
Hearts of the New West: The 2012 Calgary Biennial is a group exhibition signifying the beginning of a Calgarian biennial. Taking place simultaneously at venues Haight Gallery, 809 Exhibition Space, AVALANCHE! Institute of Contemporary Art, The Contemporary Art Gallery of Calgary, The #000000 Gallery, and various site-specific public locales – the show aims to unite twenty-four Calgarian artists as they respond to the polysemous and ever-inconstant notion of 'home'. Curated by Steven Cottingham.
Please visit calgarybiennial.com for more information.
The show will run 8 September to 29 September. Admission is free and the public is welcome.
Please join us on Saturday 8 September for the opening reception of this special event!
The reception will take the form of a gallery-hop; beginning with a special curator's talk and pre-drinks at 7:00 PM at AVALANCHE! (1235 Macleod Tr SE) before moving north to 809 at 8:30 PM (809 5th Ave NW) and finally concluding at Haight Gallery around 10:00 PM (2018 24th Ave NW).
| 08 July, 2012 13:11
I was featured for a story in the Calgary Herald about the Stampede Western Art Gallery:
Centennial holds special meaning for Calgary artist
Sunday, July 08, 2012
The Western Art Showcase is open daily in the BMO Centre.
Exhibiting her abstract landscape paintings at the Western Art Gallery during the centennial Calgary Stampede is not just a professional triumph for up-and-coming artist Billie Rae Busby. It's also a matter of deep emotional investment for her, putting the artist in touch with the memories of her late mother and grandfather.
Although she's been drawing and painting since her teenage years, Busby, 37, felt like she was searching for her artistic voice back in 2007 when her mother fell ill with cancer, a traumatic event that had the artist making a frequent drive from Calgary to Yorkton, Sask.
"You become a little bit contemplative and nostalgic on those long trips," she says. "I was really interested in landscapes at the time. . . . When I was travelling through the prairies I would take a ton of photos . . . and then it just kind of clicked."
Busby began interpreting her prairie photos in her paintings, but rather than realistic, literal renditions, the results came to life in a decidedly abstract style. "It wasn't about capturing any specific place, but more that feeling of driving through the prairies," Busby says. "It was more about the mood."
When Busby submitted six of these paintings to the Western Art Gallery for its Calgary Stampede Showcase she admits she was uncertain as to how her work would be received. After all, this was most certainly not the traditional western art that the Stampede is known for.
"I was honestly surprised at how they embraced my work," she says, noting that six of her pieces are in the exhibition. "I was surprised to get in. We've all been to shows at Stampede and it's usually a lot of cowboys and horses and barns."
Busby is especially honoured to be a part of the Calgary Stampede's 100th anniversary because of a family connection to the event.
Her grandfather Frank Sparrow was an infield announcer at the Stampede from the 1920s through to the 1960s, directing rodeo traffic in the chutes and calling the action for the fans through his megaphone for more than 40 years. Her grandpa passed away when Busby was about two, and she never really knew him.
"With this being the 100th anniversary and me not really knowing my grandpa, this sort of gives me that connection to my family and to our long-standing history here in Calgary," she says.
And there's another new family connection that will make Busby's showing at this year's Stampede an event to forever cherish.
Last Tuesday the artist gave birth to a baby girl, Harper Lynn, she and her husband's second born.
That event caused her to miss the opening of the Western Art Gallery's Stampede Showcase on Wednesday evening. Contacted by the Herald that night, still virtually sleepless from the delivery, Busby was too tired for much of a follow up interview. But a quote she had given earlier about her part in the art show likely sums up her feelings on the exhibition.
"I think I feel extra honoured."
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- Banner Year
- Foreign Affairs Canada Commission
- Painting showcased in Alberta Views Magazine
- Alberta Flood Rose Project party
- Proud to be feature artist of BOREALIS
- Art Gallery of Calgary opening night -July 18, 2013
- INVITATIONS to 2 exhibitions
- Getting ready.
- Love the red dot. SOLD.
- Bidding war! Masterpiece Art Auction at AGC in March 2013