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Sharon Puddester


My work represents my relationship with the landscape. I use the word landscape as an all encompassing reference for the selection of forms that I place in an image. 

I try to visually create an experience or give evidence of movement in the landscape. The image may include ordinary representations of objects, gestural marks as well as unrelated juxtapositions.  Yet it is still a record of my response to the energy and movement of daily life. 

The process of making an image for me is one of editing, a clearing away of all that is unnecessary for the resolution of an image.  It is somewhat of a paradox that it is the layering of material in printmaking that facilities this process of reduction.





2001        M.A .Phil. Memorial University, NL

1975        B.A. , B.ED Memorial University, NL

1982-83   Fine Arts Program/Capilano College, B.C.

Solo Exhibitions:

1995        A Part of the Landscape, A Part of the Energy, Art Gallery of Nfld. and Labrador,

1993        A Part of the Landscape, Clay and Print, Christina Parker Art Gallery, St.John’s,      


1989        Australia Landscape Series, (2 person show) Christina Parker Gallery, St.John’s, Nfld.

1988        Clay and Print, Contemporary Graphics, St.John’s, Nfld.

Selected Group Exhibitions:

2011        Gallery Artists, Squires Gallery, St.John's, NL>

2010        Permanent Collection, The Rooms, St.John's, NL.

2004        Nature, RCA Gallery, LSPU Hall, St.John’s NL.

2003        The Power of Place, St.Michael’s Printshop 30th Anniversary Print Exhibition, Art Gallery of Nfld/Labrador, touring Canada and Ireland.

1999        Sharon Puddester/Charlotte Jones: Images of the Northern Peninsula, James Baird Gallery, St.John’s, Nfld.

1999        Wood: The Beauty of Objects, Art Gallery of Nfld, and Labrador, St.John’s, Nfld.Ireland Tour: Phoenix Park/Dublin, Limerick City Gallery,

               Crawford Art Gallery Cork, Ulster Museum/Belfast, Ulster folk and Transport Museum/Belfast.(2000).

1999        The Painters’ Newfoundland ....Selections from the Pouch Cove Collection, Sir  Wilfred College Art Gallery, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Corner Brook, NL                           

1998        Faculty Exhibition, Sir Wilfred Grenfell College Art Gallery, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Corner Brook, Nfld.

1998        Festival of the Arts, Resource Center for the Arts, LSPU Hall, St.John’s, Nfld.

1997        Rethinking the Rural in Contemporary Newfoundland Art, Art Gallery of Nfld.

1997        Sightlines International Print Symposium and Exhibition, Print Research Center, University of Alberta, Alberta.

1992        Myth and Vision, Collaborative print submission, Point Gallery,.Toronto, Ontario, Galleria Zamkowa, Lubin, Poland.

1992        Recent works, Collaborative print submission, Takura Gallery, Fujisawa, Japan.

1992        Artists and the Printer: Process and the Products, Print and Drawing Council of Canada, Extensions Gallery, Toronto, Ontario.

1992        Saugeen Highland Impressions: Milestone Marker, Print and Drawing Council of Canada, Extensions Gallery, Toronto, Ontario.

1992        Gulf Canada Print Exhibition 1992, Calgary, Alberta.

1991        Windsor Print Exhibition, Windsor Printmakers Forum, Windsor, Ontario.

1990        Out of the Studio II, Memorial University Art Gallery, St.John’s, Nfld.

1989        Medicine Hat Print Show, Cultural Center, Medicine Hat, Alberta, Virginia Christopher Gallery, Calgary, Alberta.

Teaching/Professional Employment

1999-        Faculty, Visual Arts Program, College of the North Atlantic, Stephenville, Nfld.

1998         Faculty, Printmaking department, BFA program, Sir Wilfred  College, Memorial University, Corner Brook, Nfld..

1991-97    Director, St. Michael's Printshop, St.John's, NL.

1989-97    Visual Artist, operated painting and print studio, St.John's, NL

1983-88    Visual Artist, operated clay sculpture and ceramic studio, St.John's, NL.

Guest Artist/Residencies:

1999          Belfast Print Studio, Artist-in-Residence, Belfast, Northern Ireland

1999          Art Gallery of Nfld. &Labrador, Guest artist, School Program/Grand Falls, Nfld.

1996          Study Tour, Contemporary Art in Northern Ireland, British Council, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

1996          St.Michael’s Printshop, Artist in residence, St.John’s, Nfld.

1995          Sananguak Printshop, Guest artist, Nain, Labrador.

1995          Labrador Arts Festival, Guest artist, Goose Bay, Labrador.

1995          Imago Printmakers, Guest artist, Moncton, New Brunswick.

1995          P.E.I. Printmakers Council, Guest artist, Charlottetown, P.E.I.

1994          L’Hirondelle Residency/Studio Program, Artist in residence, Soulignonne, France.

1993          St.Michael’s Printshop, Artist in residence, St.John’s, Nfld.

1991         Windsor Printmakers Forum, Artist in residence, Windsor, Ontario.


2001           Memorial University of Nfld., Fellow of the School of Graduate Studies Award for Academic Excellence

1999           Canada Council, Travel Award, Study Tour, Northern Ireland.

1999-2000   Memorial University of Newfoundland, Master of Philosophy of Humanities, Graduate Studies Fellowship.

1998           Sir Wilfred Grenfell College/Memorial University, Faculty travel grant, Research Project, Lanse aux Meadows, NL.

1996           British Council/Northern Ireland Arts Council, Study tour grant.

1995           Federal/Provincial Cultural Agreement/Newfoundland, Publication grant.


Professional Affiliations:

2003-07-     Executive Board Member, Association of Cultural Industries of Nfld./ Labrador

2005-06-     Committee member, Education Committee, Association of Cultural Industries of Nfld

2005          Juror, Canada Council for the Arts, Ottawa, Canada

2002          Juror, Senior Artists Program, Nfld.Labrador Arts Council, St.John’s, Nfld.

1994,95,97,99 -  Juror, Nfld./Labrador Arts and Letters Awards, St.John’s, Nfld.

1997          Juror, Canada Council for the Arts, Ottawa, Ontario.

1995          Acquisitions Committee, Permanent Collection, Art Gallery of Nfld./Labrador.

1994-97     Visual Arts Representative, Executive Board, Nfld./Labrador Arts Council.

199497      Visual Arts Representative, Advisory Committee, Program development for the‘Year of the Arts: 1997', Cabot 500 Celebrations, Nfld./Labrador Arts Council.

1993-1997- Executive Board Member, Cultural Industries Association for Nfld. and Labrador.

1993         Juror, Acquisitions committee, City of St.John’s Permanent Collection, Nfld.

Permanent Art Collections

The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery

, NL.

Sir Wilfred Grenfell College/Memorial University of Nfld.

Newfoundland/Labrador Provincial Government

Canada Council Art Bank

St.John's Municipal Council

Ernst and Young, Toronto, Ontario

Royal Bank of Canada, Montreal, Quebec