Art Gallery of Alberta

Regions of Distinction


Regions of Distinction: A Panel on Practice in the Capital Region

Featuring Catherine Burgess, Sean Caulfield and Barry Johns
Moderated by Kristy Trinier, Curator, Art Gallery of Alberta
Saturday, September 27, 2 pm

Enterprise Square Galleries, 10230 Jasper Avenue

Join us at the Enterprise Square Galleries for a special panel presentation featuring Catherine Burgess Sean Caulfield and Barry Johns as they discuss what it means to be a visual artist in Edmonton and Alberta, and how the creative communities in the area have shifted over time. The panelists are RCA members whose works are currently on display in the exhibition Regions of Distinction: Edmonton Members of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts and will be moderated by AGA Curator, Kristy Trinier.

Catherine Burgess

Catherine Burgess RCA was born in Alberta in 1953 and graduated from the University of Alberta Fine Arts Department in 1975 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. In 1974 she attended Yale University’s “Yale at Norfolk” summer program. Over the past thirty five years she has mounted 28 solo exhibitions and participated in over 70 group shows, both nationally and internationally. Her sculptures are represented in over twenty public collections across Canada. Downtown Edmonton is home to two of her outdoor commissioned pieces: The Big Rock, 1995 (a collaborative sculpture done with Sandra Bromley) and Return, 2001. She has served on the Board of the Edmonton Art Gallery and the Edmonton Public Art Committee. She is also presently a council member for the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts and the Regional Chair of the RCA for Alberta. She is also currently part of an artist’s team called Tricycle ( along with Walter Jule RCA and Roy Mills) and is involved in collaborating with ISL, a landscape engineering and architecture company, on several large-scale outdoor public art projects in the Edmonton region.

Sean Caulfield

Sean Caulfield is a Centennial Professor in the Department of Art and Design at the University of Alberta. He has exhibited his prints, drawings and artist’s books extensively throughout Canada, the United States, Europe, and Japan. Recent exhibitions include: Perceptions of Promise, Chelsea Art Museum, New York, USA/Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Alberta; The New World, The Centre for Modern and Contemporary Art, Debrecen, Hungary; Imagining Science, Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta.

Caulfield has received numerous grants and awards for his work including The Triennial Prize at the 2nd Bangkok Triennial International Print and Drawing Exhibition, Bangkok, Thailand; SSHRC Dissemination Grant: Canadian Stem Cell Network Impact Grant; SSHRC Fine Arts Creation Grant; Canada Council Travel Grant; and a Visual Arts Fellowship, Illinois Arts Council, Illinois, USA. Caulfield’s work is in various public and private collections including: Houghton Library, Harvard University, USA; Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, England; Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas, Austin, Texas, USA.

Barry Johns

Since 1981, Barry Johns and his firm Barry Johns Architecture Limited have developed a local and international reputation as an innovative design practice – with 75 design awards from around the world to date, including an Olympic Gold Medal for the Arts and the Governor General’s Medal for Architecture. From his early years with Arthur Erickson to present day, his passion in championing the role of Architecture in society has led to a multi-faceted career that spans private practice, teaching, public lectures, architectural juries and public service on volunteer fund raising and professional boards across Canada. A selection of his firm’s important work was published in the monograph entitled Barry Johns Architects by TUNS Press in 2000. Barry’s firm regularly collaborates with others including Gibbs Gage Architects, Group2 Architecture Engineering and Perkins + Will.

Kristy Trinier

Kristy Trinier is a curator at the Art Gallery of Alberta. She previously was the Public Art Director at the Edmonton Arts Council, where she managed the City of Edmonton’s Public Art Collection, as well as related exhibitions and public art programs. She was also a co-founder of the Alberta Public Art Network. Her previous work experience includes cultural administration; policy and program development; art direction and consultation as well as strategic research and grant writing for cultural fund development.

Trinier holds a Bachelors degree in Visual Art and English from the University of Victoria, and a Masters Degree in Public Art from the Dutch Art Institute (DAI, ArtEZ Hogeschool voor de Kunsten) as a Huygens scholar in The Netherlands. She is currently undertaking PhD studies at Europäische Universität für Interdisziplinäre Studien (European Graduate School).