Barbara Amos



Barbara Amos is a visual artist whose projects have involved a variety of materials. She has completed 3 public art commissions, one each in steel, photography and paint.  Her drawing and painting skills have culminated in a 25 year exhibition record across North America. Her first photographic commission spanned 48 feet of wall and was created with a handmade camera lens that references a kaleidoscope.  Her most recent project has involved the use of social media to bring attention to environmental issues in southern Alberta.   Recently she visited Germany to research architectural glass and was subsequently invited was for a 2 week residency. She has developed  new  media through awards, scholarships and residencies, in science centers as well as art galleries. Her work is in many private and corporate collections, including RBC Dominion Securities, Deloitte, and the US Library of Congress. Fragmentation and distortion occur frequently in her work, sometimes making a playful references to games and childhood toys, at other times forwarding  a more serious  comment on the changing world around us.



Barbara Amos grew up in Ontario, in the Port Credit area of Mississauga, and retains connections to her home town although she currently resides in Calgary, Alberta.

Barbara graduated from the University of Waterloo, and continued her studies at the Ontario College of Art and the Alberta College of Art. She has worked in various painting mediums, video and digital imagery and was recently awarded a grant to construct a prism that develops concepts of fragmentation. All of her work develops metaphors about a world that is being rearranged.

Barbara has been short listed on provincial and international public art competitions, and has recently completed a 90 foot work for Cardel Place in Calgary, Alberta. A recipient of grants and scholarships, she has also been active on the board of public galleries, national art associations and has assisted with the selection of programming and exhibitions for artist run centres and local art groups. She has taught through the Alberta College of Art and Red Deer College.

Her photography and accompanying realidoscope will be exhibited at the Telus Science Centre in the fall of 2008 and she will take part in the Banff Photography Festival titled ‘Exposure’ in 2008. Her photography has also been included in the 2008 edition of the American publication, ‘The Guild Sourcebook of Architectural and Interior Art’.


  • 1981 Alberta College of Art, Calgary, AB, Canada
  • 1980 Ontario College of Art, Toronto, ON, Canada
  • 1977 Hon. B.Rec., University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada


  • 2013 Bugera Matheson Gallery, Edmonton AB
  • 2012 Gibson Fine Art, Calgary AB
  • 2010 Agnes Bugera Gallery, Solo Show, Edmonton AB
  • 2008 Telus World of Science, Realidoscope Photographs, Calgary AB
  • 2007 “New Works”, Kensington Fine Art Gallery, Calgary, AB
  • 2006 “Cutting up our National Parks”, Whyte Museum, Banff, AB
    “Landscape: Preserving Habitat & Species”, Leighton Centre, Millarville, AB
  • 2005 “Main Street”, The Prairie Art Gallery, Grand Prairie, AB
  • 2004 “Public Art Opening”, The Cardel Place Centre, Calgary, AB
    “City Transitions”, Artspace Gallery, Calgary, AB
    “Cutting up the Town”, The Burlington Art Centre, Burlington, ON
  • 2002 “Cutting up the Town”, Artspace Gallery, Calgary, AB
  • 2001 “Cutting up the Town”, Devo Gallery, Calgary, AB
    “All in Jest”, Bowman Art Centre, Lethbridge, AB
    “Cutting up the Town”, Red Deer Allied Arts Centre, Red Deer, AB
  • 2000 “Enmax Corporate Exhibit”, Art Gallery of Calgary, Calgary, AB
    “Suncor Corporate Exhibit”, Art Gallery of Calgary, Calgary, AB
  • 1991 “New Works: Still Life by Barbara Amos”, Wallace Galleries, Calgary AB
    “Figurative Works by Barbara Amos”, Gulf Canada Gallery, Calgary AB


  • 2012 Toronto International Art Fair, Marcia Rafelman, Toronto ON
  • 2011 Toronto International Art Fair, Marcia Rafelman, Toronto ON
  • 2010 Toronto International Art Fair, Marcia Rafelman, Toronto ON
  • 2009 Bilton Contemporary Art, Red Deer AB
    Marcia Rafelman Fine Art, Toronto ON
  • 2008 “Exposure Photography Festival”, Whyte Museum, Banff, AB
    “Realidoscope Lens”, Telus World of Science, Calgary, AB
  • 2006 “Reality Reassembled”, Crowsnest Pass Art Gallery, Crowsnest Pass, AB
    “Landscape: Preserving Habitat & Species”, Leighton Centre, Millarville, AB
  • 2005 “Alberta Scene”, National Gallery, Ottawa, ON
  • 2004 “Elemental Inspiration”, Whyte Museum, Banff, AB
    “Clear Cut: The Understory”, Bowman Art Centre, Lethbridge, AB
    “Clear Cut: The Understory”, Red Deer and District Museum, Red Deer, AB
  • 2003 “Bent”, EMMedia Gallery, Calgary, AB
    “Five Abstract Painters”, The Prairie Art Gallery, Grand Prairie, AB
  • 2002 “Reactions”, Exit Art Gallery, New York, New York, USA
    “Reactions”, Williamson Art Gallery, Pasedena, California, USA
    “9/11 Memorial”, City Hall, Calgary, AB
    “Con/quest, Targeting Tourism”, Access Gallery, Vancouver, BC
    “Architectonics”, The New Gallery, Calgary, AB
  • 2000 “Evidence of things Unseen”, Tynedale College, Toronto, ON
  • 1999 “Triple Take”, Muttart Art Gallery, Calgary, AB
    “December Choice”, Wallack Galleries, Ottawa, ON
  • 1996 “Alberta Foundation for the Arts Tenth Anniversary”, Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, AB
  • 1995 “Juried Group Show”, Medicine Hat Museum Gallery, Medicine Hat, AB
  • 1993 “Gallery Artists”, Wallace Galleries, Calgary, AB
    “Figures and Portraits”, Bowman Art Centre, Lethbridge, AB
    “The Figure Re-figured”, The Works Festival, Edmonton, AB
  • 1992 “Juried Group Show”, Gallery Montcalm, Hull, QC
    “Aspects of Reality”, The Prairie Gallery, Grand Prairie, AB
    “Aspects of Reality”, The Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, AB
    “Aspects of Reality”, The Muttart Public Art Gallery, Calgary, AB
    “Aspects of Reality”, The Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge, AB
  • 1991 “Gallery Artists Show”, Barton Leir Gallery, Victoria, BC
    “Questions of Value”, Petro-Canada Gallery, Calgary, AB
    “Gallery Artists Show”, Horizon Gallery, Edmonton, AB


  • 2004 Cardel Place Public Art Commission, Calgary, AB
  • 2001 “Themeworks” Calgary Airport Funded Competition, Calgary, AB
  • 2000 “Drawing for First Street Underpass”, Calgary Downtown Association, Calgary, AB
    “Udderly Art for the Mustard Seed Ministry”, Coe & Company International, Calgary, AB
  • 1999 “Still Life Portrait”, Giraffics Design Company

Public Art Experience

  • 2010 Royal Alexandra Hospital, Edmonton, Realidoscope Photography 5 X 48 ft.
    Cliff Mission Bungalow, City of Calgary & Mission Cliff Bungalow Community Association
    Competition Winner, Realidoscope, steel 24 X 58 in.
    Architects: Carson McCullogh
  • 2008 Urban Transit Corridor 7 Ave Pathway & Canopies, City of Calgary, Juror
    Urban Transit Corridor, Sculpture Acquisition, City of Calgary, Juror
  • 2004 Cardel Place Public Art Commission, Cardel Homes, City of Calgary & Nose Creek Community Association Competition Winner, Celebrations, Acrylic on Panel 24 X 90 ft.
  • 2002 4th Street Sculpture Competition, Shortlisted
  • 2001 Themeworks: Calgary Airport Funded Competition, Shortlisted, Architects: Cohos & Evamy
  • 2000 Calgary Downtown Association, Proposal Drawings for First Street Underpass
  • 1999 Toronto Pearson Airport, Shortlisted


  • 2006 Alberta Foundation of the Arts, Project Grant Award
    EMMedia Video Scholarship
  • 2005 Alberta Foundation of the Arts, Project Grant Award
  • 2003 EMMedia Video Scholarship
  • 2002 Impresario Grant Award, Calgary Regional Arts Foundation
  • 2000 Visual Arts Award, Alberta Foundation for the Arts
  • 1992 Celebration of Women in the Arts Endowment Fund
  • 1990 Alberta Arts Foundation Award


  • 2008 “Eye on Alberta”, Albertaviews, September 2008
  • 2005 “Cutting up the Land” The Herald Tribune, Grand Prairie, AB, June 2005
  • 2004 “Clear Cut Indictment, Artists Respond to Logging in the Big Horn”, Legacy Magazine, Edmonton, AB
    “Previews and Profiles”, Galleries West, Banff, AB
  • 2003 “Deconstructing Calgary”, Where Magazine, Calgary, AB
  • 2002 “Reactions at Exit Art Gallery”, New York Times, New York, New York, USA
  • 2001 “Critics Pick Architectonics Show”, Calgary Herald, Calgary, AB
    “Hot Tickets” Avenue Magazine, Calgary, AB
  • 2000 “Transitions”, Alberta Views Magazine, Calgary, AB
    “Urban Views”, Where Magazine, Calgary, AB
  • 1999 “Graceland”, The Calgary Strait, Calgary, AB


  • Alberta Art Foundation, Edmonton, AB
  • Alberta Children’s Hospital, Calgary, AB
  • Alberta Energy Corporation, Calgary, AB
  • Alberta Health Services Royal Alexandra Hospital, Lois Hole Bldg, Edmonton AB
  • Bennett & Jones LLP, Calgary, AB
  • Cohen Collection, Canada
  • Chronicle Glass, New Zealand
  • Deloitte Canada
  • Esso Resources Ltd., Calgary, AB
  • Fairmont Hotels, Banff Springs AB
  • ICI Investments, Calgary, AB
  • Interprovincial Pipelines Ltd., Edmonton, AB
  • MacLean Professional Corporation, Calgary, AB
  • Norcen Energy Resources Ltd., Calgary, AB
  • Opsis Communications, Calgary, AB
  • Plains Marketing, Calgary, AB
  • Precision Drilling, AB
  • Private Collections across North America, in England and Germany
  • RBC Dominion Securities, Calgary, AB
  • The City of Calgary Civic Art Collection, Calgary, AB
  • US Library of Congress, Washington, DC, USA


  • 2004 Carfac Alberta, Board of Directors
  • 2002 TREKS Traveling Exhibit, Guest Juror for Alberta Society of Artists, Edmonton, AB
  • 2001 The NEW Gallery, Programming Committee, Calgary, AB
  • 2000 Art Gallery of Calgary, Board of Directors, Calgary, AB
    Calgary Health Trust, Art Committee, Calgary, AB
  • 1999 Artwalk, Fundraising Committee, Calgary, AB
  • 1995 Alberta Society of Artists, Secretary, Edmonton, AB
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