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Tara Vahab (b. Iran)

tara@taravahab.com

www.taravahab.com

www.loudartsociety.com

 

Education

University of Calgary, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Visual Studies – Fall 2014

University of Calgary, Minor in Russian Language and Literature - Fall 2014

Canadian Institute of Art Therapy, Therapeutic Arts Practitioner certificate - 2023

 

Public Art Production

2024  “Circles of Communities” Puzzle Painting/ Interactive art, Artwalk in the Woods, Canmore, Alberta

2023    “Art & Beat” outdoor Art Therapy event by LAS (LOUD Art Society), Century Gardens, Calgary

2022  "Inside The Heart" - Sculpture , Residence Inn by Marriott, Calgary 

2020  “Embracing The Uncertainty” – Video for Elephant Artist Relief Speakers, Calgary

2019  “Woven News” –  Installation for Empathy Week, Calgary

2019  “Cocoon” – Installation, Nooks & Crannies festival, Okotoks, Alberta

2019  “Star Dusts” Galaxy Puzzle, interactive art piece, University of Calgary, Calgary

2017  “Wisdom Is Beyond Knowledge” -mural , The Alex, Abbeydale Place, Calgary

2016  “That Ours Is, That Is Us” - mural, Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids, Calgary

 

Exhibitions

2023  “I Belong”, KOAC (Kiyooka Ohe Art centre), Calgary, AB

2023  “Art & Beat” outdoor Art Therapy event by LAS (LOUD Art Society), Century Gardens, Calgary

2023  “Resilience Art Project” by Hispanic Arts Society, group exhibition, Calgary,

2023  “In Full Bloom” group exhibition, ATB financial Arts + Culture Branch, Calgary

2022 "I Am Not Lost"  Talk in woven Newspaper Dress, Calgary

2022   Solo, Selected Paintings, Vertigo Theatre lobby, Calgary 

2022 " The Unknown Places" Painting series, Calgary

2021  “Timeless Eternal Art” , International Collaboration , China

2020  “Timeless Eternal Art” , International Collaboration , Italy

2016 Tabestoon Festival, Olympic Plaza, Calgary

2015 +15 Windows University of Calgary, Art Commons, Calgary
2015 PUSH- Senior art students of University of Calgary Exhibition, C2 (former MOCA),Calgary
2015 Post Mini Auction, University of Calgary, Calgary
2014 Cenera’s Emerging Canadian Artist Profiling (ECAP), Ranchmen Club (Cenera), Calgary 2014 Faculty of Art Gala, University of Calgary, Calgary

2014 Tabestoon Festival, Olympic Plaza, Calgary
2014 PUSH- Senior art students of University of Calgary Exhibition, C2 (former MOCA), Calgary
2014 BFA-VIST art students Exhibition of University of Calgary, Little Gallery, UofC, Calgary
2014 Arts and Martinis, Davis LLP, Calgary
2014 Intramural Garden solo Exhibition, University of Calgary, Gallery 621, Calgary
2014 Post Miniature Auction, University of Calgary Little Gallery, Calgary
2014 How I Ran,High Performance Rodeo art festival, volunteer visual artist, Calgary Public Library, Calgary
2013 Cenera’s ECAP, Ranchmen Club (Cenera), Calgary
2013 Hermitage Art Semester Exhibition, Youth Centre of Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg 2013 Artists for the Poor art Walk, Calgary

2013 PUSH-Senior art students of University of Calgary Exhibition, MOCA, Calgary
2013 Post Miniature Auction, University of Calgary Little Gallery, Calgary
2013 Senior Sculpture Exhibition, University of Calgary Little Gallery, Calgary
2012 Cenera’s Emerging Canadian Artist Profiling (ECAP), Ranchmen Club (Cenera), Calgary 2012 Artists for the Poor Art Walk, Stephen Avenue,Calgary

2010 Red Deer Art Students, Bower Place, Red Deer
2010 IB Art Exhibition, Red Deer Public Library, Red Deer 2010 IB Art Exhibition, LTCHS, Red Deer

Performances

2024 (upcoming 5 events) Women! Life! Freedom! Calgary, AB

2024- (upcoming) , Cabaret Performance and storytelling, TD Incubator, Arts Commons, Calgary

2023 “ I Belong” Performance, Talk and Storytelling, KOAC, Calgary

2022  “ I am Not Lost” Performance and Storytelling, Residence Inn by Marriott, Calgary

2020  “Artist’s Stories” Podcast host, LOUD Art Society, Calgary

2020  “Art! Refuge or Healing?”, guest at Coach Arash psychology Podcast, Ervine, USA

2019    Valhalla Fine Arts music performance, Silverton, BC

2019    Calgary Community String Orchestra music performance, Calgary

2018    Calgary Community String Orchestra music performance, Calgary

 

Professional Experience

Art Acquisition and Program Committee member, Board member

2023- current KOAC (Kiyooka Ohe Art Centre), Calgary

Jury Committee Member

Eldon and Foot Edmonton Visual Arts Prize 2023, Edmonton

Artist Working in Community
2017 Creator of Self-Therapeutic Art Program, Instructor and motivator
2015 Professional development, City of Calgary Public Art, Calgary
Exhibition Curator, Coordinator and Treasurer

2020   “I AM NOW” virtual group exhibition, LOUD Art Society & UofC continuing education

2014-2015 PUSH- Senior art students of University of Calgary Exhibition, C2 Gallery (former MOCA), Calgary
Volunteering

2018-2020 Pre-school creative learning assistant instructor, YMCA, Calgary 

2015-2018 Art Instructor and artist in community, LOUD Art Society, Calgary

2016 Tabestoon Festival , Olympic Plaza, Calgary
2015  Art & Arthritis- Art therapy at Children’s Hospital, Calgary
2014  Tabestoon Festival , Olympic Plaza, Calgary
2014  Post Miniature Auction , Little Gallery, University of Calgary, Calgary
2014  High Performance Rodeo art festival- How I Ran, Volunteer visual artist,  Calgary Public Library, Calgary
2010 Art Therapy at Hospital, Red Deer Hospital, Red Deer

Lecture

2024- current  “Advanced Creative Acrylic Painting” Art 209, Continuing Education University of Calgary

2024- (upcoming)  “Sketching Fundamentals” Art 336 online, Continuing Education University of Calgary

2023- “How to Draw” Art 201online, Continuing Education University of Calgary

2022- current “Creative journaling” Art Therapy sessions on various topics at LOUD Art Society online presented at Soul Sanity in UK, Writers Guild of Alberta, Alcove Art Centre, CIWA in Calgary

2022- current   “Drawing 1- Art 314” Continuing Education University of Calgary

2021- current, Art & Artist advocacy presentations on Best Practices, Artist fees and art career development at CARFAC Alberta, AB

2019 - current  “Creative Acrylic Painting” Art 109, Continuing Education University of Calgary

Publications

2024   Art, Sports, Nature, Connect in Canmore- by Mathew Thompson , Rocky Mountain Outlook, Canmore news

2024   Exploring Creativity and Belonging- Article on KOAC website

2023   Art & Beat by LOUD Art Society charity by Sepidar Valian, Iran International News, Calgary

2023   KOAC blog, Tools and Tips for Successful Art Residencies

2023   KOAC newsletter, First Artist in Residence of 2023

2022  “Making art and Taking Care of Your Mental Health in Calgary” by Danina Falkenberg, City News, Calgary

2022  "Calgary Hotel Offers Space for Artist to Create" by Danina Falkenberg, City News , Calgary

2020  Guest Artist on Clancy Tucker’s Blog- Australia

2020 “The Heroine’s Journey Of Tara Vahab” Blog by Peter deKuster- Germany

2019  “Calgary Empathy Week” about thinking of others, LiveWire Calgary, Independent News

2016- Present, upcoming book – “Self-Therapy Through Art & Creativity”

2013 Persian Art through Miniature Illustrations, PGC Magazine- Global Fest edition, Calgary

Work
2021- Present , Engagement Coordinator , CARFAC Alberta, Calgary

2019- Present, Art Instructor at University of Calgary, Calgary

2015- present ,President, Founder & Executive Director of LOUD (Let Optimism Unleash Dreams) Art Society, Calgary
2014 Senior Sculpture and painting Technician, Art Department of University of Calgary, Calgary

 

 

Community Membership

2023    Imprimo

2023    Kiyooka Ohe Art Centre, Calgary

2021 CARFAC Alberta

2018 YMCA, Calgary

2015  LOUD Art Society

2014 Youth Advisory Council club of Breast Cancer Foundation – Vice president of administration – University of Calgary, Calgary
2013 Art House union-member- University of Calgary, Calgary
2012 Artist for the poor- member- Calgary, Alberta

2012 Persian Gulf foundation- member- Calgary, Alberta

 

Collections

2023 “I belong” sculpture, Kiyooka Ohe Art Centre, Calgary

2023  "LOUD23” abstract painting series, Private Collection, AB, BC

2023  “The Guru” Inspired by Nanak Dev Ji, Private Collection, Calgary

2022  "Internationalization" Residence Inn by Marriott Calgary Downtown, Calgary

2020 “Farm Life on Antique Metals” Private Collection, Vauxhall

2020 “Woven Christmas Tree” Private Collection, Calgary

2019 “Star Dusts Puzzle” University of Calgary, Calgary

2018 “Lest We Forget” Private Collection, Calgary

2015 “Untitled” Private Collection, Calgary

2014 “Invisible Hands” Private Collection, Calgary

2013 “Sylvan Lake” Solium Capital Inc (Shareworks by Morgan Stanley). Calgary

2012 “The Sun” Cenera Inc. Calgary

 

 

Awards

2023 Calgary Arts Development Individual Artist project Grant, Calgary

2023 Cultural Leaders Legacy Award, Calgary Arts Development, Calgary

2023 Alberta Foundation for the Arts individual artist project grant, Calgary, AB

2023 Alberta Artist in Residence/Arts Ambassador shortlisted, High Level of Artistic Excellence grant, AB

2023  KOAC Art Residency, Art production and mentorship by Katie Ohe, Calgary

2023  Elizabeth Queen II Jubilee medal recipient, Outstanding Services, Alberta

2023  Calgary Arts Development Art Share program, micro grant, Calgary

2021 AIRI, Artist Residency at Residence Inn by Marriott Calgary Downtown, Calgary

2019 Valhalla Fine Arts Bursary, music performance, Silverton, BC

2019 Calgary Community String Orchestra Bursary, music performance, Calgary

2018 Calgary Community String Orchestra Bursary, music performance, Calgary

2018 Individual Artist Program grant, Calgary Arts Development Authority, Calgary

2014 Jason Lang Scholarships, Outstanding academic achievements, Calgary
2014 John P.L. Roberts scholarship, Undergraduate Nominated-Continuing Students, Calgary 2014 Nominated participant of BMO 1s​ t​ Award art competition
2013 Jason Lang Scholarship, Outstanding academic achievements, Calgary
2013 Student Peer Assistance Undergraduate Bursary, Calgary
2013 Bow Fort Chapter I.O.D.E. Bursary, Calgary
2013 Hermitage Scholarship Award, Travel to St. Petersburg, Russia
2012 Jason Lang Scholarship, Outstanding academic achievements, Calgary
2011 Jason Lang Scholarship, Outstanding academic achievements, Calgary
2008 Excellent Art Award, Lindsay Thurber High School (LTCHS), Red Deer

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