JENNIFER POBURAN

CURRICULUM VITAE
 
Jennifer Poburan was born in 1987 in Edmonton, Alberta.  She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Distinction from the University of Alberta, and exhibits her paintings as a professional artist in Edmonton. Her portfolio explores ideas around growth and decay in local natural environments, and is expressed physically through patterns of layering and mixed media approaches to the canvas. Poburan has extended her studio practice by producing court drawings for the media, and teaching in the visual arts.  She is the owner of Layering Light Studio, a developing art business created with the goal of connecting artist and community through registered studio workshops and private art instruction.  Poburan teaches studio programs in painting at the City Arts Centre, as well as privately in her home studio. She also works with Studio Art Sessions, who bring quality art programs to schools and organizations through Artist in Residencies.  When she is not teaching or in her studio, Poburan participates as an active board member of the Harcourt House Artist Run Centre.  She aims to make an impact in her community through her various roles as artist, instructor, and collaborator.
 
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
2013 to Present – Vice President of the Board of Directors
Harcourt House Artist Run Centre, Edmonton AB
2007 to Present – Courtroom Sketch Artist
Portraiture Artwork to CBC, CTV, NBC, & Sun Media, Edmonton AB
2013 to Present – Artist in Residencies, In-School Art Educator
Studio Art Sessions, Edmonton AB
2010 to Present – Educator and Adult Programs Lead
Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton AB
2011 to Present – Exhibitions Preparator
Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton AB
2014 Upcoming – Volunteer Art Instructor
Kids With Cancer Society, Edmonton AB
2013 - Administrative Assistant
University of Alberta Museums, Edmonton AB
2009 – Treasurer of the Visual Arts Student Association
BFA Graduation Committee, Edmonton AB
 
 
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
VICE PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Harcourt House Artist Run Centre - Poburan participates in the governing body of directors at the Harcourt House by volunteering time to monthly board meetings, gallery openings, fiscal duties, and fundraisers. Her responsibilities require reviewing matters and making motions on behalf of the society alongside the other members of the board.
VOLUNTEER ART INSTRUCTOR
Kids With Cancer Society - Starting in the Winter of 2014, Poburan will be working at the KWCS by creating and teaching art classes for children with cancer. The goals of this program are to provide access to art as a vein to express the difficult journey these children, along with their families, go through. It is also a way for families to come together to support each other and have fun engaging with a variety of media in art. Works produced are auctioned at the KWCS Annual Gala in March 2015, and all funds raised go to support the society.
VISUAL ART EDUCATOR 
Poburan teaches studio classes in painting through the City Arts Centre, Studio Art Sessions, and privately in her home studio. Her teaching philosophy supports innovative thinking, creativity, and exploration of media to provoke ideas.  She connects students with contemporary art in the community, and brings her own flare and passion through when working in the studios.  She hopes to grow her own studio programs with a connection to riding horses, which is another passion of hers. Currently, Poburan is developing programs that bring together art and horse-back riding which will be available through Putting Horse Ranch in 2015.
FACE PAINTER 
Poburan regularly is booked for Face Painting for both public and private community events. She volunteers her time as a co-coordinator for the Edmonton Folk Music Festivals’ Face Painting Crew each year. 
COURT SKETCH ARTIST 
Poburan regularly works with the local media in Edmonton courtrooms to produce drawings highlighting major news stories in the city. Through her 7 years of experience she has produced a large portfolio of work, telling a chilling history of crime and justice in Edmonton. She hopes to soon propose an exhibit where the works can be shown publicly.
 
EDUCATION
UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA   Edmonton, AB
2009 Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art and Design with Distinction
BFA Graduation Committee 2009
Treasurer  VASA  Visual Arts Student Association
 
EVENTS
 2014 Fringe Festival – Chalk Artist for CTV Edmonton – During the Fringe 2014, Poburan produced six chalk art drawings that activated street space and encouraged audience participation, and was aired live through interviews on the 6 o’clock news hour. Inspired by CTV’s 60th Anniversary, Poburan themed the drawings around 60 years of media in arts in Edmonton.
2013/2014 Alberta Culture Days- Poburan acted as the Artist in Residence for the Alberta Arts Days hosted by the Art Gallery of Alberta. She developed family art workshops for both years of events, and her goal was to provide the community with a new way to connect to art in a fun and engaging way.
April 2013 UofA Museums Celebration – Poburan worked with the UofA Museums to create an engaging printmaking activity to coincide with the opening of printmaking exhibition in Enterprise Square titled Size Matters, as well as the annual Museums Celebration. Poburan engaged visitors of all ages to take part in producing their own relief block print to contribute to a giant wall mural of prints made by the community.
 2014/ 2013 Spring Fling Annual Fundraiser, The Theatre Network Commissioned Artist - Live creation and auction of donated painting to support the Theatre Network, Edmonton, AB
 February 2012 A Night to Support, The Support Network Commissioned Artist - Live creation and auction of donated painting to The Support Network, Edmonton, AB
 
EXHIBITION PRESS AND PUBLICATIONS
July 2014  Artist Feature, Swirling Seeds of Light
Opalus Magazine (p.44-52), Edmonton
June 2014  Artist Feature, Quick and Dirty
Art/BEAT (p.44-52), Edmonton
March 2014  Artist Feature, Art From the Inside
Where Magazine (p.18,19), Edmonton
November 2013  Artist Feature, Salt & Light
Prairie Seen, Edmonton
November 2013  Exhibition Article, Poburan Moving Up in the World
St. Albert Gazette, St. Albert
July 2013  Working in the Arts Panel Discussion Video, Big Fish, Small Pond, Hosted by Prairie Seen, Participating Member
March 2013  Exhibition Article, Intimate Immensity 
Gladstone Hotel, Toronto 
September 2012  Exhibition Article, Shifting Perspective
Galleries West News, Edmonton
April 2011  Exhibition Article, Moments of Change
Spruce Grove Examiner, Spruce Grove
AWARDS
2010 Professional Arts Coalition of Edmonton (PACE) Mayors Evening for the Arts – Nominee
2009 BFA Now International Painting Competition – Artist Award, New York NY
2009 BFA Group Exhibition – Best in Show Award - FAB Gallery, University of Alberta, Edmonton
2009 University of Alberta Alumni Award in Fine Arts
2008 Heinz Jordan Memorial Scholarship
2007 Justine Angelina Carswell Memorial Award in Fine Arts
2006 Professional Arts Coalition of Edmonton (PACE) Mayors Evening for the Arts – Nominee
2005 Citizenship Scholarship, Edmonton AB