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Bringing Art to Life: Meet the Five Artists that Painted the Resilience Art Project’s Sculptures


Calgary, AB – The jury of the Resilience Art Project selected five talented visual artists to paint the five sculptures the Hispanic Arts Society designed. The jury chose Michelle Ku, Layla Folkmann, Alana Halliday, Autumn Whiteway, and Jorge Antonio Fuentes to participate in the project. These artists were selected based on their portfolios, proposals, letters of intent and demonstrated ability to create meaningful and impactful art.

We invite the community to attend the Sculptures Revealing Ceremony at the Telus Convention Centre on Friday, March 31st, at 7:00 PM. This is an excellent opportunity to celebrate our resilience through the arts and witness these talented artists’ transformation of the sculptures.

In addition to the ceremony, an artwork showcase will occur in the pre-function area of the Macleod Hall rooms. Over 20 artists will be exhibiting their artwork, providing guests an exciting opportunity to explore the diverse range of talent within the community. Join us in celebrating the arts and the Resilience Art Project.


The Resilience Art Project included an open call inviting artists to submit their proposals for painting a surface design on one of five sculptural canvases. HAS received a high volume of applications from emerging and established artists from all over Western Canada. After a rigorous selection process, the independent jury selected five artists to participate in the project.

The five selected artists will receive $1,200 plus $300 for material expenses to bring the 3D canvases to life.

The 3D canvases are identical in form, creating a heart-shaped silhouette when viewed from front and back angles at a distance of at least 15 feet. The form of the sculpture becomes increasingly abstract as the viewer moves closer and around the sculpture. This playful illusion required detailed planning by HAS’s in-house design team led by Daniela Szeoke. The team created the design in a perceptual style to invite viewers to contemplate the endless variations in the way we see and experience resilience. 

The final painted sculptures will be displayed at different indoor and outdoor locations in Calgary/Mohkinstsis, including the day of the inauguration ceremony at the Telus Convention Centre and Prince’s Island Park, during the Expo Latino Festival on August 18, 19, & 20. We cordially invite venue owners and administrators to contact us to showcase the Resilience Art Project’s sculptures at their locations.

“The Resilience Art Project is an important initiative that supports the arts community in Alberta,” said Mariela Parra, President of HAS. “We are thrilled to showcase the work of these talented artists, who have brought their unique perspectives and styles to create pieces that celebrate the resilience of community members during and after the lockdown. We want to see art leaders, organizations, and citizens supporting us on March 31 at the Telus Convention Centre. We are ready to contribute to the creation of a vibrant city.”

HAS is grateful to Canadian Heritage for its generous support, which has made this project possible. The organization would also like to thank F&D Scenes Changes for fabricating the sculptures.

The Resilience Art Project exemplifies HAS’s commitment to supporting local artists and providing a platform for diverse voices and perspectives to be heard. HAS is a 35-year-old non-profit organization based in Calgary, AB, Canada.

For more information about the Resilience Art Project, visit HAS’s website at


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