Resilience Art Project
Resilience Art Project’s Exhibition Journey
- Calgary International Airport: currently on display until August 16, 2023. Location: Domestic Arrivals, between doors 4 & 5
- Calgary Municipal Building: May 2023
- Telus Convention Centre: March 2023
About the Project
Uniting artists to celebrate strength and inspire transformation.
The Resilience Art Project brings together a diverse range of artists from Alberta to express their unique perspectives and experiences, contributing to a larger message of resilience and hope.
The 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 received $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.
Visual Arts: one of the Hispanic Arts Society's four core areas!
Through the Resilience Art Project, we celebrate the indomitable human spirit and the ability of art to heal, uplift, and unite.
– Hispanic Arts Society’s Board
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.
The community attended the Sculptures Revealing Ceremony at the Telus Convention Centre on Friday, March 31st, at 7:00 PM. This was 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 occurred in the pre-function area of the Macleod Hall rooms. Over 20 artists also exhibited their artwork, providing guests an exciting opportunity to explore the diverse range of talent within the community.
Artists were carefully selected by a distinguished panel of jurors comprising Sanja Lukac, Juan Carlos López, and Richard White. Each of these jurors brought a wealth of expertise and experience to the project, and their insights were invaluable in shaping the final selection of artists. The Telus Convention Centre was set to host the unveiling of these remarkable sculptures on March 31, 2023.
The event showcased the artworks of 31 talented visual artists.