The Canadian Art Database

Sharon Alward

Sharon Alward
Professor, School of Art
Senior Fellow, St. John's College
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Canada, R3T 2N2


1985        M.F.A. University of California, Los Angeles, California, USA.
1983        B.F.A. Honours. University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. (Double Honours, Painting and Photography).
1982        Residency, Painting Fellowship, Yale University, Connecticut, USA.
1978        Algonquin College, Faculty of Art & Film, Ottawa, Canada.
1975        B.A. University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Physiological Psychology, Visual Perception.

Scholarships and Awards

2011        Canada Council Film and Video Production Grant
2011        University of Manitoba Teaching Excellence Award
2009        Manitoba Arts Council Deep Bay Artist Residency Grant
2008        University of Manitoba Creative Works Grant
2008        Strategic Development Initiative Fund, University of Manitoba
2007        Manitoba Arts Council Major Film and Video Production Grant
2007        UTS Teaching Award
2005        Manitoba Arts Council Major Film and Video Production Grant
2002        Senior Fellowship, St. John's College
2001        Canada Council Inter Media Art Grant for Performance Art
2001        Blizzard Nomination, Manitoba Motion Picture Industry, Christian Woman of Virtue,(Best Experimental Film/Video )
2000        Manitoba Arts Council, Major Video Production Grant
1999        Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada Arts &Culture Grant
1999        Canada Council Travel Project/Grant
1999        Manitoba Arts Council Video Production Grant
1999        Outstanding Professor Award, University of Manitoba Teaching
1997        Canada Council Interdisciplinary Work and Performance Art Creation and Touring Grant
1997        Manitoba Arts Council Short Term Project Grant
1997        Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada Arts &Culture Grant
1997        Nominated for Art Pace Fellowship by Dr. Thomas McEvilley
1996        University of Manitoba Program Development Grant "Non- Linear Editing for Video"
1995        University of Manitoba SSHRC Grant: "Magdalene Project "
1995        University of Manitoba Program Development Grant, Culture and Technology Seminar
1995        "Ideas & Inspiration" Contemporary Canadian Art Saskatchewan Education Curriculum & Heartland Motion
                    Pictures. One of 100 artists selected from across Canada for international award winning CD ROM on
                    Canadian Artists.
1993        Canada Council Project Grant, Performance Art
1993        Travel Grant (Los Angeles, American Film Institute) U of MB
1993        Manitoba Arts Council, Visual 'A' Grant
1992        Canada Council Travel Grant, Performance Art
1991        Canada Council Project Grant, Performance Art
1991        University of Manitoba Merit Award for Teaching (Humanities)
1990        Manitoba Arts Council Visual Arts Grant
1989        Manitoba Arts Council Project Grant
1985        UCLA Art Council Merit Award, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
1984        UCLA Art Council Merit Award
1984        Clifton Webb Award, UCLA
1984        National Art Association Scholarship, USA
1984        University of California Graduate Scholarship, UCLA
1983        University of California Graduate Scholarship, UCLA
1982        Manitoba Arts Council Travel Grant, Manitoba, Canada
1982        Yale University Painting & Drawing Fellowship, Connecticut, USA

Solo Exhibitions

2013        RITUALS of HEALING: The performance work of Sharon Alward, Cinematheque. Winnipeg MB
2008        BUSHI, Performance/Installation, Winnipeg Contemporary Dance Studio, Winnipeg. Commissioned by Video Pool
                    Media Arts Centre 25th Anniversary.
2006        PNEUMA, Adhere and Deny, Winnipeg, Canada
2002        RECONCILIATION, Art Gallery Of Hamilton, Hamilton, Canada
2002        LIMINAL ACTS, Western Front, Vancouver Canada
2001        CHRISTIAN WOMAN OF VIRTUE (experimental Video) Cinematheque, Winnipeg
1999        RECEIVING, A Space, Toronto Canada
1999        RECEIVING, Edgehill University, Lancashire, Great Britain
1999        CHRISTIAN WOMAN OF VIRTUE, Performance, Liverpool Biennial, Tracey Exhibition, sponsored by Edgehill
                    University, Lancashire, Great Britain
1998        ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST Performance/Installation, Ace Art, Winnipeg
1997        UGLY BUT NOT INFERIOR, Performance, LACE,( Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions) Los Angeles USA
1994        RAWSPACE PROJECT, Installation/Performance, ARC Gallery, Chicago, USA
1992        MUTTERWITZ Performance/Installation, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Edge Manitoba Project, Canada
1990        TOTENTANZ Performance/Installation, Plug In Gallery ART OVER AIDS PROJECT, Canada
1989        LOVES YOU SO MUCH IT HURTS Performance/Installation, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Canada

Group Exhibitions

2013        Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art
2012        Musée International des Arts Modestes (MIAM) Sete, France
2011        La Maison Rouge, Paris, France
2011        WINTER KEPT US WARM, Plug in, National Arts Centre, Ottawa, Canada
2008        REVOLVER, Gallery 1.1.1., Winnipeg, Canada, December
2004        LUXOR, DOWN FALLING UP, Adhere and Deny, Winnipeg, Canada
2004        LIVE IN THE CENTRE, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg Canada
2003        BACK IN THE DAY, Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art, Winnipeg, Canada
2002        REVERENCE Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton, Canada
2002        National Screen Institute NSI FILMEXCHANGE, Canadian Film Festival
2001        WEATHER VANE Ace Art and Winnipeg Film Group, Cinematheque Winnipeg
2001        LOCAL HEROS, Manitoba Film Festival, Winnipeg, Canada
1999        FESTIVAL BOREAL, Sudbury, Canada
1996        BETWEEN TIME AND SPACE(s) Centre D'Art, Basse Normandie, France
1996        BLENDER TV, Videon Cable Television Winnipeg
1996        Museum of Contemporary Art South Dakota, USA
1995        A-DRESS Winnipeg Art Gallery
1995        The Little Gallery, Prince Albert Saskatchewan
1995        WHAT ISN'T TEXT? Institute for the Humanities, University of Manitoba
1994        IDENTITY Metro Cinema, Edmonton, Canada
1994        FOR A RADIO, Plug in Gallery, (Audio Performance) Ace Art Gallery and Video Pool. (89.9 FM Radio Broadcast)
1994        WHILE ANGELS SLEEP Light/Light Omands Park, Winnipeg Canada
1994        Perf' 94 Video Exhibition, St. Norbert Arts and Cultural Centre, St. Norbert, Canada
1994        THE ART HOTEL Project, Art Hotel, Amsterdam, Netherlands
1993        BIG SCREEN-PUBLIC PLACES, SIGHTS UNSEEN, Winnipeg Film Group/Video Pool, Winnipeg
1993        AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE 12th Annual Video Festival, Los Angeles, USA
1993        IDENTITY IN FIRST PERSON SINGULAR, Gallery ICO3, Winnipeg
1993        VIDEO WINDOW, Video Pool, Feb. 17, Winnipeg
1992        International Video & Film Alliance, September, Mediathèque, Montreal, P.Q.
1992        DAY WITHOUT ART, Winnipeg Art Gallery
1992        FESTIVAL VIDEOTHEQUE, Cadiz International Video Festival, Cadiz, Spain
1992        TRACK/POWER/PROSTITUTION Performance, Winnipeg
1992        INTERNATIONAL VIDEO FESTIVAL, Trumbell Art Gallery, Warren, Ohio, USA, (Winner -Best Video)
1992        St. Norbert Arts Centre, St. Norbert, MB
1991        TOTENTANZ (Dance of Death) Plains Film and Video Exhibition, Edmonton, Alberta
1989        Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston Ontario
1989        London Regional Art Gallery, London Ontario
1989        CONTEMPORARY ART IN MANITOBA, MacDonald Stewart Art Centre, Guelph, Ontario
1988        ANATOMY OF WIT Main/Access Gallery, Artspace, Winnipeg, MB
1988        ZUM KOTZEN Main/Access Gallery, Artspace, Winnipeg, MB
1988        Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, Nova Scotia
1988        Nickel Arts Museum, Calgary, Alberta
1987        1987 CONTEMPORARY ART IN MANITOBA, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, MB
1987        PROCESSION Performance, Winnipeg, MB
1985        Frederick S. Wight Art Gallery, MFA Thesis Show, Dickson Art Centre, Los Angeles, California
1985        Elat Gordin Gallery, Los Angeles, California


1986-2013   University of Manitoba, School of Art, Present rank: Professor
2001-2009   Chair of Drawing/Open Media 1989-95,
*2012-13      Leave for Administrative duties for Faculty Association

2011-12     Video 1
2011-12     Thesis Advisor, Video
2010-11     Video 1
2010-11     Thesis Advisor, Painting, Drawing, Video
2011           School of Art MFA Graduate Thesis Committees Advisor (AH)
2010           School of Art MFA Graduate Thesis Committees Advisor (GM)
2009-10     Advanced Painting
1999-09     Thesis Coordinator Thesis Drawing
1999-09     Thesis Advisor, Video
1990-09     Drawing/Open Media Majors, Advanced Drawing 1, 2 & 3
2002           Faculty of Theology, St. John's College
1998-99     Thesis Advisor, Painting, Sculpture
1995           Video: University of Manitoba School of Art and Continuing Education, Summer Institute of the Arts
1989-99     Special topics: Multi-media, Performance/Installation projects
1986-95     Thesis Advisor: Painting, Drawing, Ceramics, Graphic Design, Video
1988-92     Health Hazards for Artists Seminar
1987-89     Advanced Drawing1, Painting 1, Thesis Painting, Thesis Drawing
1986-87     Foundations
1984-85     Teaching Associate, Department of Art, Foundation Drawing, Advanced Painting, Advanced Drawing, UCLA
1983-84     Teaching Assistant, Dept. of Art: Colour Theory, Intermediate Painting, Advanced Painting, UCLA
1984           Instructor, University of California, Los Angeles Summer School Session, Advanced Painting
1984           Workshop Leader, Performance Workshops in New Forms (Chris Burden, Mike Kelley, Paul McCarthy) UCLA

Other Teaching/Academic Service

2012-13     MA External advisor, Faculty of Education
2009           External Reviewer, Promotion, Full Professor,Faculty of Music
2009           MA External Examiner, English department, Faculty of Arts
2006           External Examiner, University of Regina, tenure appointment in Performance Art/New Media/ Video
2005           External Examiner, University of Regina for MFA Candidate. MFA Thesis in Performance Art/New Media Video 1999           External Examiner, MFA Thesis, Dept. of English, University of Manitoba
1997           Artist-in -Residence, Drawing and Video, TERF (Training and Employment Resources for Females)
                       Implemented an artist-in-residence program to help young women move from the streets and prostitution
                       to develop healthy lifestyles through creativity and healing. Part of the Magdalene Project SSHRC Grant
1991-92     Special Topics Advisor, Landscape Architecture, MFA program
1991-96     Drawing, P.O.W.E.R. Implemented volunteer art program at drop-in centre for women and girls at risk from
1993           External Examiner, University of Regina for MFA Candidate MFA Thesis in Performance Art/New Media Video

Films and Videos

2012        ZUMA (12:26)
2008        RELINQUISH (10:18) Co-producer with Gwen Armstrong
2006        INTENTION 6 min
2001        AUGUST 6 min. 15 sec, Selected by National Screen Institute
2001        CONTRE BANDE 17 min. Part of Ugly but Not Inferior Trilogy performed in Los Angeles USA at LACE
                    Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions)1997
2001        COVENANT 11 min 06 sec. Commissioned by Videon Public Broadcasting and Blender TV Created from
                    Covenant Performance 1996
2001        RECEIVING 19 min. Created from Performance of St. John the Baptist performed at Ace Art, Winnipeg 1998
2001        MUTTERWITZ 8 min. 34 sec. Selected for distribution by Philadelphia Public Television for the Public
                    Television Network and by the American Film Institute for Honourable mention at the 12th international Video
                    Festival, considered the most prestigious international video festival. Created in 1994 and performed as Part Two
                    of Ugly but Not Inferior Trilogy performed in Los Angeles at LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions) 1997
2000        CHRISTIAN WOMAN OF VIRTUE 43 minutes. Created from Performance of Christian Woman of Virtue, Liverpool
                    Biennial, Tracey Exhibition 1999. Nominated for Best Experimental Film/Video
1999        St John the Baptist Documentary 7 min.
1991        TOTENTANZ (Dance of Death) 5 min. 53 sec. Purchased by Winnipeg Art Gallery
1990        LOVES YOU SO MUCH IT HURTS 11 min. Documentary Winnipeg Art Gallery


2011        Christus Rex, Permanent Installation for St. John's College Chapel
2011        FireWire, Video 1, Video Pool, May 16, Winnipeg
2005        Paul Robles, "My Beautiful War" Quiet Room Gallery. St. John's College
2004        Drawing from Faith: The Jain Paintings of Manju Lodha Quiet Room Gallery, St John's College
2004        Kelly Clark: Journey to the UK. Selected drawings, Quiet Room Gallery St. John's College
2003        Charlie Scott "The Narrative Landscape: Vignettes from the town of Atholl" Quiet Room Gallery, St. John's College
2003        Aurora Landin "Diario" Quiet Room Gallery, St. John's College
2003        Alootook Exhibition, Quiet Room Gallery, St. John's College
2003        "The Other Red Green Show", Quiet Room Gallery, St. John's College
2001        Performance Night, Graffitti Gallery, February 22
2000        Performance Night, Graffitti Gallery, February 25
1999        A Night of Performance Gallery 1.1.1. February 10
1993        Performance Night IV, Gallery 1.1.1. March 16
1993        Performance Night 111, Gallery 1.1.1. March 10
1992        Performance Night 11, Gallery 1.1.1. November 12
1992        Performance Night 1, Gallery 1.1.1. February 17
1991        "(DE)CONSTRUCTED REALITIES" Recent works by Larry Glawson and Sheila Spence, Jan. 15 - Feb. 3,
                    Gallery 1.1.1., School of Art


2005        Alward, Sharon "Negotiating Sacred Strategies: Creating Sacred Spaces" fifty3, Vol.6.4
2002        Donatelli, Cindy and Alward, Sharon "I dread you": Married to the Mob in The Godfather, GoodFellas and
                    The Sopranos; This Thing of Ours David Lavery (ed) Columbia University Press
1998        Alward, Sharon; "Outlaw Mythology and Postmodern Purgatory" Critical Distance, Vol. 3
1997        Alward,Sharon CONTRE BANDE TreeLine, Winter
1996        Alward, Sharon; "Reality Ritual and History" Poolside, Summer, Issue 9
1994        Alward, Sharon; "The Self is the Construct is the Subject" Projects/Practises: Multi-Media and Interdisciplinary
                     Art, edited by Shantz, Urban and Traer, University of Saskatoon Press, Saskatchewan
1991        Alward, Sharon; (De)Constructed Realities, Gallery 1.1.1.publication, University of Manitoba
1991        Alward, Sharon; "Technology, Power and Flesh", Poolside, Summer, 1991, Issue 5


2011        My Winnipeg, Guide de la scene artistique, Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art, and Fage Editions publication,
                    Lyon, France .
2011        Sharon Alward, Eric Bergman, Video Critiques, Par Pierre Juhasz. Paris Art.
2011        Winnipeg Artists Invade Paris, Noam Gonick, CBC News, June 22.
2011        Prairie Scene des Prairies, National Arts Center Publication.
2011        Winter Kept Us Warm, Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art, Publication.
2011        Le Manitoba ne répond plus, Valérie Duponchelle, June 20.
2011        My Winnipeg, Une exposition itinérante, Slash Magazine, Guillaume Benoit, June 27.
2011        Paris show of Winnipeg artists solidifies city's reputation as hot bed for art, Robert Enright, CBC news, June 23
2011        Paris Loves our Winnipeg, Border crossings, Robert Enright, July.
2011        Winnipeg Artists Shine in City of Light, Peter O'Neil, Winnipeg Free Press, July 9.
2011        Winnipeg World Class Artists on Display in Paris, A. Mays, Winnipeg Free Press Jun 23.
2011        Tres Bon Artists, Ron Telpner, Winnipeg Free Press, June 25.
2009        "Manitoba Arts Council Announces Artists in Residence", Carnet, CARFAC Manitoba .
2009        Seen/Unseen: Light Play, BUSHI, Grant Guy, POOLSIDE Resistance, Video Pool Inc. p76-77.
2008        Winnipeg: You've Come Undone, Wayne Baerwaldt, Border Crossings, Vol. 27, No.3, Issue 107.
2008        Sharon Alward, Satori, MAWA Mentoring Artists for Women's Art, Apr-May.
2008        Saatchi Top 10, Ana Finel Honigman, Saatchi Online publication, 28 April-4 May.
2008        Winnipeg: You've Come Undone Wayne Baerwaldt, Border Crossings, Vol. 27, No.3, Issue 107 pp.86-87.
2008        Sharon Alward, Satori, MAWA Mentoring Artists for Women's Art, Apr-May, p.6.
2008        "Manitoba Arts Council Announces Artists in Residence", Carnet, CARFAC Manitoba .
2008        Cinderella's Slippers, Victoria Singh, Simon Fraser University publication p.38-40.
2008        Alward Mounts Installation, Morley Walker, Winnipeg Free Press, D.3, May 21.
2008        Video Pool Marks 25 Years, Stacey Abramson, Art Review, Winnipeg Free Press, D.9, April 25.
2008        Performance Art and the Way of the Warrior, Profile: Sharon Alward, Gwen Armstrong, Martial Arts Experts, Fall.
2008        Sharon Alward: Art & Artist files, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Smithsonian Institution Libraries.
2008        Video Pool Celebrates 25 Exciting Years, Exchange Weekly, April 2008 .
2006        Pneuma, Cliff Eyland, Akimblog ed. Terrence Dick, for Akimbo, Toronto Canada,
2006        Pneuma, Art Review, Barb Stewart, Uptown, Arts Review Winnipeg, Canada p.20.
2006        Pneuma, Gwen Armstrong, Adhere and Deny publication. Winnipeg, Canada.
2005        Ritual in Contemporary Performance, Western Front Performance Art: Contemporary Ritual Series, Victoria Singh,
                    Western Front Publication, p.13-20.
2004        The Ghost of Gary Cooper: Masculinity, Homosocial Bonding, and The Sopranos, Katherine Hyunmi Lee, Issue 3.1,
                    Feminist Television Studies: The Case of HBO - Fall.
2004        On the End, Alethea Lahoffer, Live in the Centre: an incomplete and anecdotal history of Winnipeg performance art,
2004        MacLeans' Leaders and Dreamers Canada's Greatest Innovators and How They Changed the World: "Art Without
                    Boundaries, Sharon Alward". p.145 MacLeans Special Commemorative Issue, December 2004.
2004        Live in the Centre: an incomplete and anecdotal history of Winnipeg performance art, ed. Shawna Dempsey
                    Winnipeg Art Gallery publication catalogue.
2004        Artists form Collective. Morley Walker Winnipeg Free Press August 25. p.D3.
2004        Rewind: Live in the centre R.M. Vaughn Canadian Art Vol.21 No.4 Winter. P.82.
2004        An excavation of a fugitive art, Robert Enright, The Globe and Mail p.R3.
2003        Reverence: Concept of the Sacred in Contemporary Art, ed. V. Jane Gordon Art Gallery of Hamilton.
2003        The Gothic Unconscious Blind Spot, Amy Karlinsky, Border Crossings, Vol.#23 Issue 89, p.81 November 21, p.D 5
2003        Border Crossings, Vol.#23 Issue 89, p.81 November 21, p.D 5 p.103.
2003        There's a lot going on in this Blind Spot, Amy Karlinsky, Winnipeg Free Press November 20, p. D6.
2002        Remember that Time, Amy Karlinsky, Winnipeg Free Press, November 21, p.D 5.
2002        30 Years of Parties, Punk Bands, Lawsuits and Scandals. A. Gillmore, National Post, Nov.16.
2002        Sharon Alward "Liminal Acts" Front Performance, Victoria Singh, Front Magazine Western Front Society,
                    Vol. xiii, No.3, May/June 2002.
2001        Film and Vide : Challenges and Differences, Helen K. Wright, Continuum, Poolside 2001 Video Pool Inc.
2001        Artist Alward's indie film a small miracle. Movie Review Christian Woman of Virtue, Morley Walker, Wpg Free Press,
                    May 20 2001 p.C8.
2000        Cliff Eyland's Liverpool Notebook, C International Contemporary Art, Issue #65 Spring.
1999        St. John the Baptist, Stephen Phelps, PAPER WAIT A Collection of Response Ace Art Inc.
1999        Sharon Alward Artexte, Documentation, Montreal, PQ .
1997        Between Time and Space(s) Revisited, Grant Guy, Poolside Fall '97.
1997        Blender, Sister Dorothy, Poolside, Fall '97.
1996        Video Art Plastique, 10emes Recontres Herouville Saint-Clair, L'automne '97.
1996        The Moral Imagination, Wayne Baerwaldt, Harold October. p. 2-3.
1996        A-Dress Unknown, Myron Turner, Border Crossings, May Volume 25, No. 2 p.50-51.
1995        Fashion show unravels threads: A-Dress stimulating Art Experience, Garth Bucholz, The Winnipeg Free Press,
                    Dec. 2, p. B5.
1995        Let's Play Dress Up: Artists Depict female symbol, Kevin Prokosh, The Winnipeg Free Press" Nov .24, p. C4.
1995        Pirates For a Radio Susan Chafe, Poolside, Issue 9,Summer 1995 p.2.
1995        Light, Light, lite Jack Lauder, Poolside, Issue 9,Summer 1995, p.6.
1994        Performance art blood caused right wing frenzy, Kevin Prokosh, Winnipeg Free Press, Dec. 30.
1994        High-flyer fears for unfettered genre, Garth Buchholz, Winnipeg Free Press, June 4.
1994        Light/Light, While Angels Sleep, The Arts Report, by John Schneider CKY TV Sept. 25 and CTV National News,
                    Sept. 26.
1993        Sharon Alward Shirley Madill, New Histories, The Manitoba Studio Series, edited by Alison Gilmore, Winnipeg Art
                    Gallery, pp. 6-11.
1993        The Status of the Canadian Artist in the Nineties, Simon Herbert Variant, Issue 13, Winter/Spring, U.K. Press,
                    Glasgow, Scotland, p. 62.
1993        L.A. Festival shows Video by Alward Terry Weber, Winnipeg Free Press, Feb. 10, p. D8.
1992        Trumbell Art Gallery Hosting Eclectic Video Art Festival, Joe Pinchot, The Herald, Sharon, Pennsylvania, Oct. 30, p. 10.
1992        Edge Manitoba, Ace Art Inc., Essays by Shirley Madill, Lisa Streifler, Gerry Kisil and Robert Labossiere.
1992        Aparth-AIDS: Racism, Rushton, and Ritual Censorship, James Miller, Descant, 76/7, Spring, Summer, Vol. 23,
                    Numbers 1 & 2 pp. 46-55.
1991        Dislocating Comfort: A Panel Discussion on Controversial Art, Kim Sawchuk, Blackflash, Vol. 9, No. 3,
                    Fall 1991, pp. 11-13.
1991        interview with Sharon Alward, Wayne Baerwaldt, C, Summer 1991, Vol. 30 pp. 36-40.
1991        Oppressing the Oppressors Border Crossings, Summer 1991, Vol. 10, No. 3, p. 39.
1991        How far do you go? Rene Poulet, The Winnipeg Sun, April 3, p. 4.
1990        Trash art makes Norrie's blood boil, Kevin Rollason, Winnipeg Free Press, Dec. 15,p. 3.
1990        AIDS show splatters blood on shop, George Nikides, Winnipeg Free Press, Dec.14, p. 1.
1990        What a bloody mess, Calgary Herald, December 14, p. C2.
1990        An Art Attack: Business sees red over art. Blood feud on over art display James O'Conner, The Winnipeg Sun,
                    December 14, pp. 1 - 3
1990        But is it Art? Kevin Prokosh, The Winnipeg Free Press, December 8, pp. 25 & 30.
1990        Totentanz Review The Arts Tonight, Robert Enright CBC - FM Radio, Toronto National Report) Nov. 29.
1990        Fluids-on-the-floor event not all that shocking Randal Mcllroy, The Winnipeg Free Press, Nov.28, p. 45.
1990        Totentanz and Art over AIDS, CTV National News Report, November 29.
1990        Totentanz Part 2 Anne Gregory, Arts Encounter, CMC AM Radio Nov. 25.
1990        Totentanz Part 1 Anne Gregory, Arts Encounter, CMC FM Radio, Nov. 24.
1990        Totentanz - Dance of Death Anne Gregory, The Arts Report, CBC - FM, Nov. 26 & 28.
1990        Sharon Alward's Totentanz, Arts Review, Robert Enright, CBC - TV, November 29.
1990        Blood, Semen Part of Show - Artist Disdains Criticsm, Jeffrey Slusky, The Winnipeg Sun, November 21, p. 11.
1990        AIDS Act Intends to Shock, Tony Davis, The Winnipeg Free Press, November 20, p. 25
1990        Sharon Alward, Archive of Canadian Women Artists, Institute of Canadian Studies, Carleton University, Ottawa,
                    ed. Carole Luff.
1990        Mea Culpa, Mea Culpa, Loves You So Much It Hurts, Alethea Lahoffer, Border Crossings, Winter ed. Jan - Feb.
                    pp. 31 - 32.
1989        Winnipeg Art Gallery offers glimpse of work by Manitoba Artists, Randal Mcllory, The Winnipeg Free Press,
                    September 9.
1989        Sharon Alward's Performance Tableau, Winnipeg Art Gallery Vol. 2 - 8.
1989        Sharon Alward "Loves You So Much It Hurts", Shirley J. -R. Madill, Manitoba Studio Series, Winnipeg Art Gallery
                    publication, September.
1989        Loves You So Much It Hurts, Arts Review by Robert Enright, CBC 24 Hours Sept. 19.
1989        Pain for Art's Sake, Dave Johnson, Winnipeg Free Press, September 15, p. 3.
1989        Artists Sharon Alward and Ron Gorsline Featured in New Studio Series, Shirley J.-R. Madill, Tableau, Winnipeg Art
                    Gallery publication, Vol. 2 - 6.
1989        City's art community produces challenging series of shows in '88, Donald Campbell, The Winnipeg Free Press,
                    December 31.
1988        Anatomy of Wit, Randal Mcllroy, The Winnipeg Free Press, December 24.
1988        'To Puke' Exhibit Palatable but Sacrilegious, Provocative, Randal Mcllroy, The Winnipeg Free Press, Aug.27.
1988        Zum Kotzen, Arts Review by Sylvia Kuzik, CTV Winnipeg, August 5.
1988        Weak Stomachs Advised to Avoid Gallery Exhibit, Donald Campbell, The Winnipeg Free Press, Aug. 6.
1988        Loud, vast art from Manitoba, Elissa Barnard, The Chronicle-Herald, April1, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
1988        Contemporary Art in Manitoba, Arts Review by Robert Enright, CBC, August 5.
1988        1987: Contemporary Art in Manitoba, Janis Runge, Border Crossings, Vol. 7,No.1Jan. 8.
1987        1987: Contemporary Art in Manitoba, Shirley Madill, Winnipeg Art Gallery publication
1987        Dazzling, Perplexing Art Show a Cornucopia of Talent and Themes, Randall Mcllroy, Winnipeg Free Press, Sept.12.
1987        Echoes, Dull Thuds, and Some High Notes in Winnipeg Show, John Bentley Mays, The Globe and Mail, Aug. 27.

Papers & Lectures

2013        Female Impersonators: Women Performing Women, "How Construction Instructs",Gallery 1C03, University of
2012        "Sharon Alward - A thirty year survey of creative work". MAWA Winnipeg MB
2010        Working With Feelings: Affect and the Practice of Everyday Life: "Feelings on Display": Video, Installation,
                     "Images" Department of English, Film and Theatre, The Faculty of Arts, The Faculty of Graduate Studies,
                     The Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture Sponsored symposium, March
2009        Witnessing: The Art of Performance, (lecture), Clear Lake Artist Series, sponsored by the Manitoba Arts Council
2008        Sensei: The one who comes before: Meditations on the art of teaching in the place without masters.
                     Keynote speaker, Inter Access Electronic Media Arts Centre, Toronto
2007        McEwen College, Edmonton Alberta, Visiting Artist Lecture.
2006        Chair, Mosaic Conference Derrida and Art session
2005        ENDLESS WAITING IN SACRED SPACES, University of Regina, November
2002        SACRED CONFESSIONS: Explorations in Art and Spirituality, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton Canada July 20
2002        PERFORMANCE and BODY RHETORIC, Women and Art, School of Art, University of Manitoba Spring Session
2002        Summer Institute of Theology, "Dissonant Glory: Worship as Proclamation in the sacred arts", St. John's College,
                     University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada
2001        SPIRITUALITY IN CINEMA, Cinematheque, Winnipeg, Canada. April 22
2000        CRITICAL PRACTICE, Writing the Body, Dept. of English, U of M. Jan. 11
1999        PERFORMING GOTHIC, The Language of Flesh, A SPACE, Toronto, Canada. Oct. 20
1999        MASOCHISM, SHAME, SEDUCTION and DESIRE, Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba, Feb. 26
1997        ARTIST TO ARTIST A Lecture and Workshop. Main/Access Gallery, March 6.
1996        NAMING NEW TRADITIONS: INTIMATE ART IN THE ETHEREAL AGE: Art and Intimacy in a High Tech World,
                     National Conference on Liberal Arts and the Education of Artists, School of the Visual Arts, NYC. USA.
                     Oct. 16-18. (paper)
1996        SAINTLY POSTMODERN ETHICS: Art and Morality (paper). Plug In Gallery Nov. 27
1996        THE MOMENT OF ENDLESS WAITING: Repulsion, Seduction and Eroticism in the performances of Sharon Alward.
                     The Faculty of Architecture Cultural Events series. University of Manitoba, Jan. 26
1996        TOTENTANZ, GENDER AND HYSTERIA: "A-Dress States of Being" The Winnipeg Art Gallery, January 24.
1995        CREATIVE AND INCLUSIVE: The Postmodern Challenge. A public Debate/Conversation on changing the materials
                     and metaphors of worship.The Assiniboia Christian Centre, Winnipeg, Nov.12.
1995        PERFORMING NARRATIVE: From Dracula to Aids to the Post-Human Body, The Law and Literature, Faculty of Law,
                     Feb. 21, University of Manitoba
1994        ENDURANCE, RITUALS AND EXTREMES Ritual and its Manifestations, Performance Art, Perf '94 International
                     Performance Art Symposium St. Norbert Arts &Cultural Centre, June 2 - 5, Canada (paper)
1994        SEEKING DISHONOUR sponsored by the Windsor Art Gallery, Artsite, the University of Windsor and the Canada
                    Council Visiting Artist's Program March 10, Windsor, Ontario (paper)
1994        PERFORMANCE AS TEXT/CONSTRUCTING NARRATIVE The Law and Literature, Faculty of Law, Feb. 25,
                     University of Manitoba
1994        THE CONCEPT OF SIN IN THE 21ST. CENTURY, Brave New Waves, CBC Radio, sponsored by the Festival of Life
                     and Learning, Jan. 27, CBC national radio Jan. 31
1993        PRAIRIE VIDEO FROM INTERNATIONAL FESTIVALS (Panellist) curated by Robert McKaskell, University of
                    Manitoba, School of Art, Oct. 15
1993        CARTOGRAPHIES, Panelist, Exchange on Art Production Between Canadian Artists and Artists from Latin
                     America, Winnipeg Art Gallery, March 20
1993        MANITOBA VIDEO American Film Institute, Feb. 5, Los Angeles
1992        PERFORMANCE SHY: Evaluating Performance Art, National Conference on Liberal Arts and the Education of
                     Artists, School of Visual Arts, New York and the Atlanta Art Association, Oct. 15 - 17, New York City. (paper)
1991        GODDESS REMEMBERED, Women's Research Conference, "Sharing our Work" University of Manitoba, (Panelist)
1991        DISLOCATING COMFORT: A Panel Discussion on Controversial Art, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon,
                     Saskatchewan. National Symposium sponsored by the Canada Council and the Saskatchewan Arts Board
1991        ART, CENSORSHIP AND FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION, Faculty of Law, Beyond the Law, February, University
                    of Manitoba
1991        RITUAL, PERFORMANCE AND THE SEEKING OF DISHONOUR Faculty of Art History, Contemporary Canadian
                    Art, University of Winnipeg (paper)
1990        RITUAL. Rosemont Art Gallery, Neil Balkwill Arts Center, Regina, Saskatchewan. Canada Council Visiting Artist
                    Program, in onjunction with exhibition of Regina Artists
1990        ART AND OUTRAGE: CENSORSHIP IN THE VISUAL ARTS Panelist, Winnipeg Art Gallery Forum, International
                    symposium sponsored by the Winnipeg Art Gallery and funded by Canada Council (paper)

External Service

2010-13     Board of Directors, Manitoba Arts for Womens" Art (MAWA)
2010           Juror, Winnipeg Arts Council Arts Awards Jury
2008           Juror, Manitoba Arts Council Film and Video Jury
2005-08     Manitoba Arts Council Arts Advisory Board, Film and Video Consultant
2006-11    Chair, Board of Directors Adhere and Deny
2001           Human resources Consultant for Performance Evaluations, Ace Art
2001           Personnel Hiring Committee, Ace Art
2001           Juror, Northern Arts Festival, Churchill, Manitoba
2000           Video and Film Jury, Manitoba Arts Council
2000           Board of Directors, ACE ART Gallery
2000           Guest artist, PAINT SUMMIT, St. Norbert's Art Centre
1999           Canada Council Steering Committee for Performance Art and Interdisciplinary Grants Review
1999           Chair, VIDEO POOL Board of Directors
1998           Juror, Interdisciplinary Work and Performance Art, The Canada Council
1997-99     Board of Directors, Adhere and Deny Performance Collective
1997-98     Artist-in-Residence. Volunteer teacher/mentor TERF (Training and Employment Resources for Females).
                     TERF is for 15-17 year old females who have made the decision to move away from life on the streets and
                     prostitution. A safe supportive learning environment with counselling support and advocacy, provides life skills
                     training and work experience.
1996           Juror, (Senior) Artist-in-Residence, Video Pool
1994-97     Executive Director and founding member of the New Delta Artists Foundation (N-DAF): a registered non-profit
                     organization to assist artists financially at inopportune periods during their career when due to unforeseen or
                     unforeseeable circumstances they are unable to support themselves and/or procure art materials
1991-96     Senior Volunteer Outreach worker, community support worker and volunteer art teacher, P.O.W.E.R. (Prostitutes
                     and Other Women for Equal Rights) 50 Argyle Street, Winnipeg
1990-97     Producer Member, Video Pool
1989-97     Chair of Selection Committee, Main/Access Gallery, Artspace
1993-95     Hiring/Personnel Committee Video Pool
1991-94     Board of Directors, Video Pool (Vice Chair 1992-92)
1994           Visiting Artist, Canada Council Visiting Artist Artisite and the Windsor Art Gallery
1993           Visiting Artist, Canada Council Visiting Artist Program, University of Regina
1992           Day Without Art Exhibition, participant, Winnipeg Art Gallery
1991           Juror, Video Pool, Senior Video Artist Fellowship Residency Grants
1991           Visiting Artist, Canada Council Visiting Artist Program, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, AKA Gallery
1991           Honourary Member, Mentoring Artists for Womens Art (MAWA)
1991           Guest Speaker, Mentoring Artists for Women's Art (MAWA) WOMEN ARTISTS AND PERFORMANCE ART,
                     April, Plug In Gallery
1991           Emcee, "A Night of Performance Art" Ace Art Gallery, April 4th, West End Cultural Centre
1990           Visual Arts Advisory Board, Manitoba Arts Council, member
1989           Juror, Manitoba Arts Council Visual Arts Grant Jury
1989           Juror, Plug In Gallery, Selection Committee, Winnipeg
1989-90     Board of Directors, Institute of Contemporary Art and Design
1987-95     Board of Directors, Main/Access Gallery, Artspace, Winnipeg
1988-90     Board of Directors, Artisite Co-op Housing for Artists
1988           Famous Artist, 1st Invitational Kitch Exhibition, Plug-In Gallery, Aug. 27 - Sept. 1
1988           Juror, Manitoba Arts Council, Artback Purchase Awards
1988           Sponsor, Mouth Ahoy Performance by Silvia Ziranek, Presented by Plug In Gallery and the British Council

University Committees and Service

School of Art
2013           Promotion Committee for KK
2002-13    Chair, Field trip Committee
2000-12     Appeals Committee
2010-12     Graduate MFA Program & Selection Committee
2012           Tenure Committee for SN
2009-11     Promotion and Tenure Revision Committee
2011           Tenure Committee
2010           Promotions Committee, School of Art
2009-10     Policy and Procedure Revision Committee
2000-09     Curriculum Committee
1986-09     Drawing Curriculum sub-committee
2008           Promotion Committee
2006-08     Hiring Committee for Drawing Sessionals
2005-08     Equity and Diversity Committee, School of Art
2006-07     Tenure Committee
2006-07     Tenure Committee
2002-07     Chair, Appeals Committee
2002-07     Budget Advisory committee
2000-09     Curriculum Committee
1986-09     Drawing Curriculum sub-committee
2003           Painting & Ceramics Search Committee
1999-03     Gallery 1.1.1. Selection Board Member and Standing Committee
1995-03     Gallery 1.1.1. Acquisition Committee
2002           Painting & Art History Search Committee
2002           Field Trip Committee
2000-01     Search Committee Art History, Video & Painting/Gallery
2000-01     Promotion Committee Art History
1999-00     Search Committee Art History & Graphic Design
2000           School of Art Admissions Committee
1999-00     Video Program Development Grant Committee
1998-00     Thesis Committees, Drawing, Video
1986-07     Drawing Curriculum sub-committee 1998-99     Awards Committee, Field Trip Committee, Lila Acheson
                     Scholarship Committee, Admissions Committee
1997-98     Thesis Committees, drawing, painting, ceramics and photography
1993-96     GALLERY 1.1.1. Education Role and Development: Responsibilities include defining the future role of
                     Gallery 1.1.1. in the educational role of the School of Art. Make recommendations concerning the place of the
                     gallery in the structure of the University. Review of the gallery in the community and the School of Art.
                     Examine the potential of an arts administration program at the University. Liaison with Private Funding concerning
                     fund-raising for Gallery 1.1.1. and the School of Art Collection
1989-95     Curriculum Committee, Chair of Drawing sub-committee
1993-95     Planning and Development Committee: Responsibilities include examination of views of the Winnipeg Art
                     Committee regarding the present and future direction of the School of Art. The examination of other programs
                     throughout Canada and the USA. Overall curriculum structure development recommendations.
1995           Search Committee Printmaking, Sculpture
1995           Awards Committee
1992           Moderator and Organiser, The Critics Corner March 26 - April 1. "The Tastemakers: Who defines Quality in Art"
                     and "History Quality and Globalism" Gallery 1.1.1., and Canada Council
1991-93     Admissions Committee
1991-93     Appeals Committee
1991-93     Ceramics Thesis Committee; Admissions Committee
1991-92     Graphic Design Thesis Committee
1986-92     Painting Thesis and Curriculum sub-committee
1987-90     Awards Committee
1987-89     Admissions Committee
1987-89     Lila Acheson Reader's Digest Scholarship Steering Committee, Universityof Manitoba School of Art and Women's
                     Studies Dept. University of Winnipeg
1987-88     Art History Curriculum sub-committee
1986-88     Visiting Artists Committee

External to the School of Art
2010-13     UMFA Staff and Benefits Committee
2010-13     UMFA Communications Sub-Committee
2005-13     UMFA Executive Officer, President 2011-13 2006-13     UMFA Collective Agreement Committee
2011-13     Institute for the Humanities
2011-13     Juror, Creative Works Jury
2009-13     Senate Appeals Committee
2008-13     Senate Committee
2008-13     Senate Committee on Academic Freedom
2004-13     Senior Fellow, St. John's College, College Assembly
2011           NUCAUT representative from University of Manitoba
2006-12     UMFA Grievance Officer
2007           Dean of Theology Review Committee, St. John's College
2006           Promotion Committee, School of Music
2004-12     Academic member, Faculty of Theology St. John's College
2002-11     Curator, St. John's College
2002-10     Committee of Art and Social Activities, SJC
2003           Congress 2004 Humanities and Social Sciences Steering Committee
2003           Chaplain Search Committee St. John's College
1987-02     St. John's College Theology Summer Institute Curriculum Committee
2001-02     University of Manitoba Faculty Association Board of Representatives
2000-01     CAMAL Building Project, Art Music, Architecture and Library
2000-01     Status of Women Committee, UMFA
1999-01     Status of Women Committee, UMFA
2000-01     Merit Committee (Social Sciences, Humanities and Fine arts), UMFA Representative
2000-01     Building Renovation Committee, Drawing Thesis Representative
1999-00     Merit Committee (Social Sciences, Humanities and Fine arts), UMFA Representative
1994           Visiting Artist, University of Windsor

Professional Memberships

Video Pool, Winnipeg
Plug In Gallery, Winnipeg
MAWA, Mentoring Artists for Women's Art, Winnipeg

Professional Experience (Other)

2009           Assistant Director, Paradise Lost, Adhere and Deny, Winnipeg.
2000           Director and Cinematographer Break Production's Video Production-Two If By Sea
1996           Director, COVENANT, Alward Co-production with Video Blender Project.
1996           Director, INSECT/ INCEST and SUNGLASSES, "A Bird in the Hand" Multi Channel Video Production,
                     Break Productions
1994           Actor, "Radio Play" Pirate Radio, Video Pool Broadcast Adhere and Deny Productions
1994           Actor, "Musical Chairs" Ace Art's Performance Series #1, Adhere and Deny Productions
1992           Actor "Manufractured", Video Produced by Alethea LaHoffer
1983           Editor and Creative Consultant, Grade 12 Art Correspondence Course, Manitoba Department of Education
1979-81     Staff Photographer, Winnipeg Free Press, Winnipeg, MB
1979-81     Free Lance Photojournalist clients include Social Planning Council of Winnipeg, Style Magazine, Calgary Herald
                     Newspaper, FACE (Front & Centre Entertainment) and various still shoots for local film & commercial productions
1979           Production Assistant, Kenn Perkins Animation. Film and Video Animation Winnipeg, MB