Susan Neilson - C.V. 

Neilson is a Canadian contemporary visual artist who combines her background in classical drawing and painting methods, with energetic intuitive art processes. Her work is inspired by the lives of resilient survivors in the forest at her doorstep, by life cycles, and by our human connections in nature.


"Pay attention. Live astonished. Tell about it." (Mary Oliver)


SELECTED EXHIBITIONS


ARTISTS FOR CONSERVATION FESTIVAL & JURIED EXHIBITIONS /Sept-October 2020 & 2021 Van Dusen Gardens &Maplewood Flats,Vancouver, B.C.


SOCIETY OF CANADIAN ARTISTS – Two 2021 online exhibits as new Associate Member – BC Culture Days and 53rd Open International Juried Exhibition


LAKE COUNTRY ARTWALK / Exhibitor & Community Projects 2019, 2020 & 2021


LAKE COUNTRY ART GALLERY / September 2020

“Contemplating the Female Gaze”


KINGSBRAE INTERNATIONAL RESIDENCE FOR THE ARTS / 2019

ST. Andrews New Brunswick Art Residency

Open Studio Saturdays plus a Final Exhibition and Artist’s Talk


TWO RIVERS PUBLIC ART GALLERY / 2018

B.C. Provincial Juried Exhibition “Fences” – Ten invited artists


LAKE COUNTRY PUBLIC ART GALLERY / 2018

Juried Exhibition “A Restless Earth” (Also participated in other 2015 to 2019 member exhibitions & fundraisers)


THE ALTERNATOR GALLERY / 2015 and 2016

Kelowna/ Two Annual Juried Exhibitions

Exhibitions Supporting Central Okanagan Hospice Association


KELOWNA PUBLIC ART GALLERY / 2015

Juried Group Exhibition / “Preserves: Prepared for Future Use”
Works by ten artists, celebrating the history of Kelowna and the memories of the people who shaped it. (– Additional participation in annual KAG member exhibitions 2015 to 2020.)


LAKE COUNTRY PUBLIC ART GALLERY / 2015

Juried Exhibition /“Light Illuminating Art”


ROTARY CENTRE FOR THE ARTS & ARTS COUNCIL OF THE CENTRAL OKANAGAN / 2006 to 2012

Several “LIVESSENCE” Figurative Art Exhibitions, juried community shows, a

Kelowna Community Theatre solo show and Okanagan

Valley studio tours.


AFFILIATIONS


ARTISTS FOR CONSERVATION
Signature Member 2019 - 2021


C.A.R.F.A.C. -Canadian Artists’ Representation


C.O.V.A. - Copyright Visual Arts Collective, Canada 


B.C.Teachers’ Federation & Ontario Ministry of Education -Certified teacher in B.C. & Ontario Visual Arts all levels plus Library, Special Education, Industrial Arts, & Primary Education


FRIENDS OF WOODHAVEN Nature Conservancy Society Vice President


C.S.E.A. Active former member - Canadian Society for Education through Art


B.C..A.T.A Provincial Art Teachers’ Association



EDUCATION


Honour Specialist Visual Arts - OISE - University of Toronto
Bachelor of Education -
University of Toronto

Intermediate/Senior Art & Industrial Arts

Honours Bachelor of Arts - McMaster University

Art / Art History / Humanities

Post Degree Credits 

Advanced Lithography - Printmaking II at McMaster University

Literacy, Teacher Librarianship, Inclusive Education, and Elementary Education from UBC, the University of Victoria and York University 


RELATED PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE


SESSIONAL INSTRUCTOR -Faculty of Education / University of British Columbia Okanagan /2016

• Teaching creative methods for integrating visual arts education into

elementary schools


BRITISH COLUMBIA SCHOOL DISTRICT #23 TEACHER

Kelowna/ 1991 to 2016

All grade levels (K-12), mainly art but also including other subjects plus

leadership in teacher librarianship, technology and gifted programs.

• Background includes three years as High School art teacher at Okanagan

Mission Secondary School plus seven more teaching digital arts, library and

enrichment at OKM and South Kelowna Elementary. There were twelve

years as art teacher at Rutland Middle School (including department head

for fine arts and applied skills), and one year as Springvalley Senior

Secondary art teacher.


ONTARIO TEACHER – PUBLIC & PRIVATE SCHOOLS PLUS ADULT EDUCATION

1982 TO 1991 / Visual Arts, Special Education, plus Elementary, while also

working as an artist/illustrator in the Toronto and Oakville areas


MENIHEK INTEGRATED HIGH SCHOOL – ART & DRAMA TEACHER

Labrador City NFLD / 1981-1982




Community Arts 

SELECTED ARTS LEADERSHIP EXAMPLES 

Kelowna Art Gallery Instructor/Presenter – Saturday Workshops – 2018 & 2019

CSEA (Canadian Society for Education through Art): Provided chapter 14 photos for publication of the 4th edition © 2018 CSEA art education textbook for Canadian teachers

COTA – Central Okanagan Teachers - Art Workshop Presenter / Professional Development for Teachers / 2017 and 2018 plus several sessions in previous years

Okanagan Mission Spring Art Market – Project Organizer 2015

“ArtStarts “ - Grant Recipient - Project Coordinator at Rutland Middle School – Hosting three resident artists for projects in the school

Art Education Local Specialists’ Association Member since 1991, including 3 years as L.S.A. President - Involved in curriculum development as well as provincial conference planning.

Other –Art exhibition and festival organizer, stage sets, mural projects, maker groups, community sketchbook clubs.