1999.    Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture, University of Alberta

1997.     Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Alberta


2022.    Jazz Influences, Art Gallery of Grande Prairie, Grande Prairie

2021.    Artists’ Choice Exhibition, Federation Gallery, Vancouver

               Type Faces, Common Sense, Edmonton

2020.    N3XTCANADA National Arts Competition, Arts & Letters Club, Toronto

2019.    Shapeshifter, Artpoint Gallery, Calgary

               Hambidge 2019 Art Auction, The Works, Atlanta, USA

               Ruthless Abandon, Common Sense, Edmonton

2018.    Hambidge 2018 Art Auction, Atlanta Decorative Arts Center, USA

               New Works, Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig, Ireland

               Hambidge Suite, Common Sense, Edmonton

2017.    Text + ImageBleeding Heart Art Space, Edmonton

               Metals/Myth, Common Sense, Edmonton

2016.    Sculpture Alley, Common Sense, Edmonton

2015.    Brain Storms: UAlberta Creates, Enterprise Square Gallery, Edmonton

2013.    Looking Back, Common Sense, Edmonton

               ECAS 20th Annual Exhibition, Enterprise Square Gallery, Edmonton

2012.    Shady Gardens, Common Sense, Edmonton

               Inspired by Travel, Leighton Art Foundation, Calgary

2011.    Open Studio Exhibition, Common Sense, Edmonton

               ECAS 19th Annual Exhibition, Enterprise Square Gallery, Edmonton

               Adaptation and Alteration, Art Gallery of St. Albert, St. Albert

2010.    ECAS 18th Annual Exhibition, Enterprise Square Gallery, Edmonton

               Sights to See, Common Sense, Edmonton

               National Portrait Gallery, Latitude 53, Edmonton

2009.    Portrait Helmets, Common Sense, Edmonton

               ECAS 17th Annual Exhibition, Peter Robertson Gallery, Edmonton

               Wearable Art Awards Exhibition, Port Moody Arts Centre, Port Moody, BC

               Wearable Art Awards Performance, City Hall Galleria, Port Moody, BC

               Sculpture In Our Time, Common Sense, Edmonton

2008.    ECAS 16th Annual Exhibition, Common Sense, Edmonton

                Dirty Noisy Smelly, Western Avenue Studios, Lowell, MA, USA

                Lambton II: Five Years Later, The Lambton Institute of Advanced Modernism, Edmonton

2007.    New Directions, Stollery Gallery, Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts, Edmonton

               ECAS 15th Annual Exhibition, Peter Robertson Gallery, Edmonton

               Flat, Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton

               Free For All, Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton

2006.    Will and Representation, Sculpture by Invitation: Shaw Conference Centre Plaza, Edmonton

                ECAS 14th Annual Exhibition, Planet Ze Gallery, Edmonton

                Big Things 4, Royal Alberta Museum, Edmonton

                Sculpture on the Plaza, Sculpturesite Gallery, San Francisco, USA

2005.    ECAS 13th Annual Exhibition, Great West Saddlery Building, Edmonton

               Vernissage, Sculpturesite Gallery, San Francisco, USA

               Alberta Centennial Sculpture Exhibition, Royal Alberta Museum, Edmonton

2004.    ECAS 12th Annual Exhibition, Great West Saddlery Building, Edmonton

               Big Things 3, The Provincial Museum of Alberta, Edmonton

               Six Sculptors, Lando Gallery, Edmonton

2003.    ECAS 11th Annual Exhibition, Great West Saddlery Building, Edmonton

               Domesticity, SNAP Gallery, Edmonton

               Big Things 2, The Provincial Museum of Alberta, Edmonton

2002.    Desperate Measures, The Works Gallery, Edmonton

               North Edmonton Sculpture Workshop, Global Visions Film Festival, Edmonton

               Edmonton Sculpture: The Next Generation, Harcourt House Gallery, Edmonton

               Big Things, The Provincial Museum of Alberta, Edmonton

               Front Room Sculpture, Harcourt House Gallery, Edmonton

2001.    ECAS 9th Annual Exhibition, Great West Saddlery Building, Edmonton

               Sculpture– The Works: 2001, Art Expo 2001, Edmonton

2000.    Recent Works, The Works Visual Arts Festival, Edmonton

1999.    Modern Artifacts, Fine Arts Building Gallery, University of Alberta, Edmonton

1997.    What’s New, Art Rental and Sales Gallery, Edmonton Art Gallery

               Proclamation, Fine Arts Building Gallery, University of Alberta, Edmonton

Awards, Grants, Scholarships, and Residencies

2019 Sawchuck ‘Plume d’Argent’, Edmonton

2018—2019 Creative Director – The Local Cannabist, Edmonton

2018 Artist Residency – Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig, Monaghan, Ireland

2018 Travel Grant – Edmonton Arts Council Community Investment Program 

2017 Hambidge Fellow – Hambidge Creative Residency Program, Rabun Gap, Georgia

2017 Travel Grant – Edmonton Arts Council Community Investment Program 

2016 Art Award – Confederacy of Treaty 6 First Nations

2011 Top Forty Under Forty Award – Avenue Magazine 

2009 Wearable Art Awards Headdress Category First Prize – City of Port Moody

2008 Column of the Year Award – Connect2Edmonton

2008 Project Grant – Alberta Foundation for the Arts 

2006 Project Grant – Alberta Foundation for the Arts 

2005 Travel Grant – Edmonton Arts Council Community Investment Program 

2004 Project Grant – Alberta Foundation for the Arts 

2004 Award – Edmonton Artists’ Trust Fund

2003 Award – Lee Fund for the Arts 

2003 Project Grant – Alberta Foundation for the Arts 

2002 Project Grant – Alberta Foundation for the Arts 

2000 Helen Collinson Memorial Award – Edmonton Artists’ Trust Fund 

1999 Mary Louise Imrie Graduate Student Award – University of Alberta

1998 Melba Sadler Graduate Scholarship in Art and Design – University of Alberta

1997 Award for Excellence in Sculpture – Investors Group 

Collections & Commissions

Alberta Foundation for the Arts

All Weather Windows

Brooklyn Art Library

City of Edmonton

City of Red Deer

The Establishment Brewing Company

Northern Metallurgical Laboratories Ltd.

Robert T. Webb Sculpture Garden, Dalton GA

Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig, Ireland

University of Alberta Museums

Private collections in Canada and the United States

Gallery Representation

Common Sense, 10546 – 115 Street, Edmonton, AB.

Media References


Tom Murray, “The Year of the Rabbit Produced Some Famous Figures From Edmonton,” Edmonton Journal, January 14.


Jason Herring, What’s in a flag? The history and future of six of Alberta’s municipal ensigns,” Calgary Herald, January 3.


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Cory Schachtel, “The Story Behind Ryan McCourt’s “Hot Ganesha” Sculpture”, Avenue Magazine, November.

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Caley Ramsay“Edmonton City Hall to Fly Metis, Treaty 6 Flags”, Global News, March 21

Quinn Ohler“Edmonton Won’t Be Getting a New Municipal Flag, For Now”, Global News, March 13.

Jeremy Simes“Edmonton Split on Flag Redesign”, Edmonton Metro, March 13.

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Paula Simons“Flag on the Play for Debate Over New Edmonton City Symbol”, Edmonton Journal, March 10.


Nola Keeler“Don Iveson Wants to Raise a New Flag for the City”, CBC News, November 29.

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Janice Ryan, “Big Spaces For Big Sculptures”, Edmonton Journal, November 4.


David Staples“Edmonton Artist Blasts Talus Dome (and me)”, Edmonton Journal, November 16.

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Paula Simons, “Sculptor’s Use Of Revered Hindu Deity Shows No Signs Of Sacrilege”, Edmonton Journal, September 22

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