Date of Birth: 15/05/1980
Ken Lum's Master Class, Banff Centre of the Arts. Banff, Alberta. 2012
MFA major in Sculpture, Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland, 2007- 2009.
New Works Residency, Banff Centre of the Arts. Banff, Alberta. 2006
BFA major in Sculpture, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, 2002 – 2004.
University of Regina, Fine Art Program, 2000 – 2002.
"Field Doll & Death of The Dollhouse," Kohler Arts Center, Wisconsin, Sept 2014
"Work Hard, Be Nice," Estevan Art Gallery, Estevan, Saskatchewan , October 2014
"Kiln Hand," Norfolk Arts Centre (off-site installation) August, 2014
Relight the Rural Page and Strange Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia - November
Field Doll (installation) Karsh-Masson & City Hall Art Galleries, Ottawa, Ontario - Jan/Feb 2013
The Dollhouse, (Photographic documentation) The Telephone Booth Gallery, Spring 2012
Field Doll (installation) Profiles Public Art Gallery, St. Albert, Alberta – Summer 2011.
Field Doll (installation) Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan – Spring 2009.
Tour of Downtime (installation) sponsored by the Mendel Art Gallery:
The Godfrey Dean Art Gallery, Yorkton, Saskatchewan – Spring 2009.
The Bar Colony Heritage Cultural Centre, Lloydminster – Summer 2009.
Downtime, (installation) Art Gallery of Southwester Manitoba (AGSM), Brandon, Manitoba.
Dollhouse, (site-specific installation) Sinclair, Manitoba.
Downtime, (installation) AKA Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
The Marysburg Project: Watching Woman, (site-specific installation) Marysburg, Saskatchewan.
Health & Safety Meeting Meets at 5 on Friday, (site-specific installation) Split Crow Pub, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
In Between, (installation) Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
In the North, (paintings) Eagle Point Resort, LaRonge, Saskatchewan.
In the North, (paintings) Birch Bark Gallery, Missinippi, Saskatchewan.
World as Lines, (painting and installation) St. Peter’s Gallery, Muenster, Saskatchewan.
Long Gone Saskatchewan, Page and Strange Gallery, April, 2013.
The Alter (showing in group show: They Made a Day be a Day There - curator Amy Fung), The Prairie Art Gallery, Grand Prairie, Alberta.
The Alter (showing in group show: Isolated - curator Amy Fung), The Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
The Alter (showing in group show: Isolated - curator Amy Fung), Manitoba - location TBA
Dollhouse (photo documentation) Breaking and Entering, ArtLab Gallery, Ontario.
Dollhouse (photo documentation), Mini maousse 4, Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine, Paris, France.
All Safety Gone (sculptural installation), KIC. Nord Art 2010, Büdelsdorf, Germany.
In Essence, Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba.
Basement Projects, Fred Gallery, London, UK.
Something to Answer For, Wiensowski und Harbord Gallery, Berlin, Germany.
Interim Show, GRV, Edinburgh, UK.
Windblown/Rafales (installation), Knowhere Productions, Pontiex, Saskatchewan.
Made in the West (photos of installation Dollhouse), Arthouse, Calgary, Alberta.
Made in the West (photos of installation Dollhouse), The Works, Edmonton, Alberta.
Open, Corn Exchange Gallery, Leith, UK.
RSA Student Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, UK.
Crossfirings, (installation: Yardsite), Knowhere Productions, Claybanks Brick Factory, Claybanks, Saskatchewan.
Awards, Grants and Scholarships
Project Grant, Canada Council for the Arts, 2013
Established Artist grant, Saskatchewan Arts Board, 2012
Banff Centre of the Arts, Ken Lums Master Class residency, Scholarship, 2012
30 Below, Saskatchewan Lieutenant Governor's Award, 2010.
London International Creative Competition (LICC), Finalist for Sculpture: All Safety Gone, 2010.
London International Creative Competition (LICC), Finalist for Installation: Field Doll, 2010.
Nominated for the Sobeys Art Award, Long List 2010.
Merit Award for outstanding work, Edinburgh College of Art – School of Sculpture MFA, 2009.
Canada Council for the Arts, Professional Development Grant, 2009.
Edinburgh College of Art, International Student Scholarship, 2008.
Merit Award for outstanding work, Edinburgh College of Art – School of Sculpture, 2008.
Emerging Artist grant, Saskatchewan Arts Board, 2008.
Project Grant, Saskatchewan Arts Board, 2008.
Edinburgh College of Art, International Student Scholarship, 2007.
Banff Centre of the Arts, New Works Residency, Scholarship, 2006.
Saskatchewan Arts Board, Emerging Artist Grant, 2006.
Imperial Tobacco Ltd., DuMaurier Grant, 2004.
Saskatchewan Arts Board, Publishing Grant, 2002 – 2005
Selected Articles / Reviews / Websites/Publications
“The Death of the Dollhouse: Front Smoke” (working title) Detail. BlackFlash Magazine, Issue 30.2, 2013
“The Dollhouse,” “Field Doll,” Room Magazine, issue 36.4. Cover and 4 interior images.
“The Dollhouse” ERA21 o architektuře víc!: #03 2013 Krajiny her Playscapes, Czech Republic, 2013
“Worlds Largest Dollhouse Gutted in Fire by Artist Who Created it”, The National Post, April 9th, 2013
“What We’re Loving: Giant Dollhouse, Literary Art, Sade” theparisreview.org. The Paris Review Daily, June 29th, 2012
“Abandoned House Turned Gigantic Dollhouse By Heather Benning” juxtapoz.com. July 5th, 2012.
“The Art Has a Soul From Heather Benning” cultro.eu. July 9th, 2012
Hartley-Parkinson, Richard. “Ever wished you could live like Barbie? Artist turns derelict building into a life-sized dolls house with a huge wall of glass”
dailymail.co.uk. June 13th 2012
Lowe, Jack. “Life Sized Doll’s House by Heather Benning” huhmagazine.co.uk. August 2012
“La maison de poupées géante de Heather Benning” lalunemauve.fr. July 18th, 2012
“Dollhouse Par Heather Benning” jurnal-du-design.fr. July 11th, 2012
Lorenzana, Belinda“La granja que Heather Benning convirtió en casa de muñecas” monkeyzen.com. July 3rd 2012
McDonald, Maggie "Outstanding in Her Field". This Magazine. (January/February 2012)
McDonald, Rob. "The Dollhouse". Sixth Finch. (Summer 2011)
Mceachen, Beth. "Breaking and Entering: Haunted Houses". Canadian Art. (Spring 2011)
Soucy, Rachelle. “Heather Benning – Dollhouse.” Uppercase Magazine. Issue 8.
Beatty, Gregory C. “Heather Benning – Field Doll.” Espace 90. (Winter 2009-10).
Markle, Andrew “What’s Left Behind.” Galleries West. (Summer 2009).
Wlusek, Ola “Field Doll.” Things of Desire. (Spring 2009).
Fetherson, Erin. “Dollhouse.” Lula, London UK. 7(February 2009).
Benning, Sheri. “Dollhouse.” PN Review, Manchester, UK, 183(July-August 2008).
Potter, Naomi. “Review, Sinclair, Canada: Heather Benning.” Sculpture Magazine. (March 2008).
Benning, Sheri. “Dollhouse.” Canadian Theatre Review. 133(Winter 2008).
Rooke, Charlene. “The Dollhouse.” Western Living Magazine. (October 2007).
Sylvester, Kevin. “Sounds like Canada: Dollhouse”. CBC National. June 22nd, 2007.
Robson, Fletcher, “Dollhouse Stands Frozen in Time.” Winnipeg Free Press. 11 June 2007.
Thompson, Ryan, “You Get What You Give: Dollhouse,” Art Anteism. http://www.anteism.com/images/ygwyg, 2007.
Millard, Karen, Herstory: The Canadian Woman’s Calendar 2007 - The Marysburg Project: Watching Woman. Regina, Saskatchewan: Coteau Books, 2007.
Robson, Brittany, “In the Arts: Downtime,” CBC Television, October 2006.
Kiedrowski, Ryan, “Rewind: Heather Benning.” Canadian Art. (Spring 2005).
“The Marysburg Project: Watching Woman.” Halifax Daily News Review. 30 September 2004.
Selected Presentations – Artist Talks
Art Gallery of Grand Prairie, Grand Prairie, Alberta. June, 2013
Buffalo State University, Buffalo, New York. April 12, 2013
William Pattersen University, New Jersey, April 16th, 2013 “Surviving After Grad School”
Ramapo College, New Jersey, April 18th, 2013.
Art Gallery of St. Albert, St. Albert, Alberta. 2011
Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan, Field Doll, 2009.
Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan, Unscripted: A harvest of Cultural Ideas…The Prairie Gothic, 2008.
Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, Brandon, Manitoba, Downtime, 2007.
AKA Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Downtime, 2006.
University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan, Sculpture Department, 2006.
University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Intro to Sculpture, 2005.
Knowhere Productions, Avonlea & Biarcrest, Saskatchewan, Crossfirings Site Specific Art, 2005.
Regina City Hall, Regina, Saskatchewan, City of Regina Cultural Capital of Canada Closing Ceremonies, July 6, 2005.
C Magazine Auction. 2013 – donation of photographic print
Art With Heart, Casey House Auction. 2012 – donation of photographic print
AKA Gallery Board of Trustees. March 2011- 2013
AKA Gallery Programming Committee. March 2011 - 2013
AKA Gallery Personnel Committee. March 2011 2012
Saskatchewan Arts Board
Canada Council for the Arts – Art Bank
Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art, Kennesaw State University