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Suzan Kostiuck was born in Dawson Creek, B.C. She began her formal arts training while attending Medicine Hat College’s Visual Communications Program in Alberta, which was followed by a B.F.A. In Visual Arts from the University of Victoria in 2008. She learned beadwork techniques from her birth mother, a member of the Acho Dene Koe in Ft. Liard, N.W.T. Suzan also works with both oil and acrylic mediums and has a passion for black and white photography. Suzan has lived in the western provinces of Canada for most of her life, and currently lives in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island. Seeing the variety of landscapes and how people interact with the land has allowed her to develop an appreciation for her cultural and environmental surroundings.
University of Victoria, Bachelor of Fine Arts – Visual Arts, 2008
Medicine Hat College – Visual Communications Program, 2003
2013, Understanding First Nations Protocol, Vancouver Island University
2011, Understanding Not For Profit Management, Vancouver Island University
2014 Shared Spaces, Duncan, B.C.
2014 Cowichan Valley Fine Arts Show, Duncan B.C. Juror’s Choice
2013 Cowichan Valley Fine Arts Show, Duncan, B.C.
2012 Under the Red Umbrella, Duncan, B.C.
2012 Teeny Tiny Artworks, Duncan, B.C.
2012 Verse and Vision, Cowichan Bay, B.C.
Medicine Hat College, Alumni Collection
Ts’i’ts’uwatul’ Lelum Collection
2014, Mandalas in Cultural Arts, Cowichan Intercultural Festival of Film and Art
2013, Transformations in Contemporary First Nations Art, Cowichan Valley Arts Council
2012, Story of Cedar, Cowichan Valley Arts Council
2011, Contemporary Aboriginal Art Prize, Cowichan Valley Arts Council
2011, First People’s Culture Council, Aboriginal Arts Administrator and Cultural Manager Internship
2014 Station Street Gallery & Frame Shop, Duncan, B.C.
2013-14 Emerging Art Gallery, Victoria, B.C.