Shawn Serfas

Associate Professor

MFA, University of Alberta
Office: MW331
905 688 5550 x3211
sserfas@brocku.ca

Shawn Serfas is an Associate Professor in the Visual Arts Department at Brock University. Although initially drawn to an academic career in the Environmental Sciences, Serfas pursued Fine Arts and Art History degrees in Saskatchewan as well as a Master of Fine Arts degree in Alberta. He has taught at the University of Alberta and the University of British Columbia. His research interests include contemporary painting, drawing and printmaking practices concerning relational abstraction, environmental aesthetics, religion, the landscape as well as issues bordering abstraction and representation.

Contemporary painting, drawing and printmaking practices concerning relational abstraction, environmental aesthetics, religion, the landscape as well as issues bordering abstraction and representation using image construction with respect to environmental science and remote mapping processes.

Selected Solo or Two-Person Exhibitions

2017
Pseudo-Fiction, (with Catherine Parayre), Alliance Francaise – Galerie Pierre Léon, Toronto, Ontario

2016
Inland, Rodman Hall Arts Centre, Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario
Cleave and Trench, Bugera Matheson Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta

2015
Dig, Machine Shop Gallery, Algoma University, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017
Alloyed: Post-Industrial Ephemera: Soundings, Gestures and Poetics, Silo-City, Buffalo, New York
Shawn Serfas: Recent Paintings, Darrell Bell Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

2016
Forever After: Painting and The Eye That Touches, Emily Davis Adams (USA), Dana James (USA), Daniel John (USA), Zachari Logan (Canada), Shawn Serfas (Canada), MIW Gallery, Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario
Art Is in the City, 6th International Painting Exhibition, Lessedra Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria, (Catalogue)
Visual Appropriations And Rewritings, (Participated and Co-Curated with Catherine Parayre), University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria
Visual Appropriations And Rewritings, Online Publication: ti< A Journal of Text-And-Image Criticism/Creation, Vol 5, No.1 (2016): http://brock.scholarsportal.info/journals/ti

2015
Brain Storms: UAlberta Creates, Enterprise Square Galleries, Edmonton, Alberta
ECAS 21st Anniversary Exhibition, Peter Robertson Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta
From Likeness to Fiction: The Portrait Inside Out, Curated by Janet Werner (Concordia)
Exhibition Hall, Department of Creative and Festival Arts, The University of The West Indies St. Augustine, Trinidad W.I, Rodman Hall, Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario
Chaussettes vertes et bonne nuit, les étoiles / Green Socks and Goodnight Stars, (Participated and Co-Curated with Catherine Parayre), Rodman Hall, Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario
Chaussettes vertes et bonne nuit, les étoiles / Green Socks and Goodnight Stars, Online Publication: ti< A Journal of Text-And-Image Criticism/Creation, Vol 4, No.1 (2015): http://brock.scholarsportal.info/journals/ti
34 Mini Print International De Cadaqués, (Catalogue), Gallery L’Etangd’Art, Bages, France
34 Mini Print International De Cadaqués, (Catalogue), Fundació Tharrats d’Art Gràfic, Pineda de Mar, Spain
34 Mini Print International De Cadaqués, (Catalogue), Taller Galeria Fort, Hort d’en Sanés 9, Cadaqués, Girona, Spain
34 Mini Print International De Cadaqués, (Catalogue), Wingfield Barns, Church Rd, Wingfield, Diss, Norfolk, England

2016
Shawn Serfas: Inland, Hot Talks, Rodman Hall, Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario

2015
Inland, Research Presentation, Algoma University, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, November
Inland, Research Presentation, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario, November

2017
Canada Council for the Arts Project Grant, Possible Object

2016
VP Research Office, Brock University / SUNY Research Agreement (Co-Applicant), Silo City
Brock University Acquisition, Crown and Nimbus no.2

2015
Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant, Inland
Humanities Research Institute Grant, Brock University, Possible Object
Rodman Hall Arts Centre, Brock University Acquisition, Red Shift

2014
Tom Thomson Public Art Gallery Acquisition, Sisters
Vernon Public Art Gallery Acquisition, The Great Divide


Tent, Possible Object Series, 2018
Acrylic on Canvas
244 cm x 198 cm x (D) 10 cm (96 inches x 78 inches x 4 inches of relief)

Union no.3, Left Profile, Possible Object Series, 2017
Acrylic on Canvas
20 cm x 20 cm x (D) 25 cm (8 inches x 8 inches x 10 inches of relief)

Parade, Possible Object Series, 2018
Acrylic on Canvas
71 cm x 25 cm x 25 cm (28 inches x 10 inches x 10 inches)

Parade, Profile, Possible Object Series, 2018
Acrylic on Canvas
71 cm x 25 cm x 25 cm (28 inches x 10 inches x 10 inches)

Core, Possible Object Series, 2018
Acrylic on Canvas
71 cm x 25 cm x 25 cm (28 inches x 10 inches x 10 inches)

Torque, Right Profile, Possible Object Series, 2017
Acrylic on Canvas
61 cm x 61 cm x (D)15 cm (24 inches x 24 inches x 6 inches of relief)

Perot Elevator, Site of Alloyed Installation
Post-Industrial Ephemera: Soundings, Gestures and Poetics
Perot Annex, Silo-City, Buffalo, NY, 2017

Perot Elevator, Site of Alloyed Installation
Post-Industrial Ephemera: Soundings, Gestures and Poetics
Perot Annex, Silo-City, Buffalo, NY, 2017