This summer Allison is beginning her doctoral field work researching cultural institutions in Canada and the United States and their collaborations with artists to produce participatory art. After an amazing two-week road trip she has landed at her first research site located in Northern Canada. Allison will spend July and August at this site before returning to Toronto to conduct preliminary data analysis and to begin preparing to go to her second research site in late autumn.
New book chapter out in "Petrocultures: Oil, Politics, Culture"
Petrocultures: Oil, Politics, Culture recently released by the McGill-Queen's University Press includes the chapter 'The Tar Sands Exploration Station: A Self-Directed Artist Residency' by Allison Rowe. This text takes the reader on a narrative exploration of the Alberta oil sands and into Rowe's practice-based research work on oil.
Available @ McGill-Queen's University Press
I Move Hearts and Large Objects @ Open Engagement
Allison and her UIUC colleague Dulcee Boehm will be presenting I Move Heart and Large Objects at Open Engagement: Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago. April 21 – 23, 2017. Come out and hear our thoughts on care, resource extraction, and farming. Also featuring country music and some mild manual labor.
Kate Neal Kinely Memorial Fellowship
Allison is excited to announce that she is the recipient of the Kate Neal Kinely Memorial Fellowship, an annual award allocated to a graduate student from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Allison will use the funds to support her research travel across Canada and the United States where she will be conducting case-study research of participatory and community involved arts at museums and art galleries.
'College Town' included in upcoming exhibition on the everyday
Allison is pleased to be including in the upcoming exhibition 'Hiding in Plain Site: Seeing and Feeling the Everyday' at the Bloc Gallery in Champaign, IL
College Town (eight months) is a gridded photographic collage of discarded red Solo cups taken by the artist during her first eight months in residency in a Champaign-Urbana. The Solo Cup, a locally invented and manufactured product was created by Robert Leo Hulseman in the 1970s for his family’s Solo Cup Company which employed hundreds of Champaign county residents until it was sold in 2012. Today the red plastic cup maintains an important role in local culture and is commonly associated with underage drinking, keg parties and beer pong.
Rowe recieves SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship
Allison is pleased to announce that she is the recipient of a four-year doctoral fellowship from the Social Sciences and Research Council of Canada to conduct her dissertation research on museum-based socially engaged art.
She also received a University of Illinois Dissertation Travel Award and Graduate College Conference Travel Award this semester.
Rowe to speak at the 4th International Association for Visual Culture Biennial Conference
Rowe will give a talk on her arts-based research project 'Greeks for Greece' at Boston University September 30, 2016
Rowe's presentation, 'Greeks for Greece: A Narrative Exploration of Frat Culture, the Greek Refugee Crisis and an Art Exhibition' will be included on a panel about art, politics and violence in the Mediterranean.
Art and Antagonism: Negotiating the ethics of discomfort in the classroom
Allison will be speaking at 'Ethics out of the box: examining ethical issues in art and design research' at OCAD University in Toronto on May 25, 2016. Her presentation will discuss ways that classroom educators can facilitate antagonist art making in their post-secondary classrooms.
Paris, Portland and Oakland: Summer Research Plans
Allison will be conducting research across the United States and Europe this summer with the support of an Art Education Program Graduate Conference & Event Travel Award
Allison is excited to announce that her summer research plans now include visits to Oakland to attend the Open Engagement Conference, a three-week trip to study with the Louvre School in Paris and a road-trip to tour art museums in Washington State and British Columbia. This research would not be possible without the financial support of the Art Education program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where Rowe is currently in the first year of her PhD.
Tar Sand and a Camper Van: A Journey to Becoming Public Space
Allison Rowe will be presenting at the upcoming ASAP/7: Arts & the Public conference September 24-27, 2015 at Clemson University
Rowe's upcoming conference presentation will take the form of a road trip to the Canadian landscape (both real and mythological), through the oil sands, into national resource ideology and which will end with the Tar Sands Exploration Station.
Allison Rowe begins her doctoral studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Allison is delighted to announce that beginning in August 2015 she will begin her doctoral work in the Art Education Department at the University of Illinois.
After careful consideration Allison has accepted an offer of admission to the Urbana-Champaign campus of the University of Illinois where she will pursue research in museum-based socially engaged artistic practice.
Rowe to Participate in Post Arctic Residency at Pocantico
In autumn 2014, twenty-five artists boarded the tall ship Antigua for a two-week residency sailing the west coast of Spitsbergen, Svalbard located in the Arctic Circle. The Antigua reached 79°52 N, 011°48 E, just beyond Ny-Alesund, the world’s northernmost civilian settlement. One of the artists, Daniel Kukla has initiated a follow up residency at Pocantico inviting fellow Arctic residents Geoff Booras, Denise Iris, Sandra Kühne, Tamsin Relly Allison Rowe, and Katie Turnbull to participate.
Svalbard is an international territory with a unique history of exploration, land claiming and mapping in the name of resource exploitation and survival. The land has also been pursued for scientific discovery, physical challenge, artistic motivations and more recently, tourism. In light of this history, the artist’s motivations for undertaking the expedition provide a starting point for their Pocantico residency.
Coming from diverse and inter-disciplinary practices, the artists will have the opportunity to develop work - both individually and collaboratively - in response to their shared experience in the largely uninhabited Arctic landscape of glaciers, mountains and fjords. The group will investigate common themes within their practices from exploration, cartography and geology to temporality, impermanence and Climate Change.
Line 9 Consultation Department at Figment Festival July 25-26
A new participatory artwork by Allison Rowe on display at Centre Island in Toronto
The Line 9 Consultation Department is an interactive office installation where Toronto residents can learn about and discuss Line 9B, a 39 year old Enbridge pipeline set to begin transporting tar sand oil product through the GTA later this year.
Figment is a forum for the creation and display of participatory and interactive art by emerging artists across disciplines.
This project has been supported by a grant from the Toronto Arts Council.
Line 9 Consultation Department
The Line 9 Consultation Department is a mobile art installation and community event space that will travel the path of Enbridge's Line 9 across Toronto this summer. If you are interested in hosting the Consultation Department please get in touch.
This project has been supported by a grant from the Toronto Arts Council.
Allison Rowe sets sail on the Arctic Circle Residency program
This October Rowe will be visiting the International Territory of Svalbard with the Arctic Circle's Fall Art and Science Expedition
During her residency Rowe and the other participants will travel north from Longyearbyen on a tall ship, stopping to make work and explore the island. Allison is looking forward to continuing her investigations into resource extraction, and taking on some new experiments in 3D modelling and scanning.
This project has been supported by a grant from the Ontario Arts Council.
Intsersection Contact Contemporary Music Festival
Join the TSES at the that the Intersection Festival taking place at Yonge and Dundas Square in down town Toronto
There are few spaces in the city of Toronto as charged and visited as Yonge and Dundas Square- particularly when you add live performances by contemporary and experimental musicians and sound artists. The Tar Sands Exploration Station will be participating in the the annual Intersection: Contact Contemporary Music Festival on September 6, 2014, with a guest performance by sound artist Adam Tindale in the afternoon.Join us through any time after 12:00 to talk, listen or explore.
The Tar Sands Exploration Station at the Big on Bloor Festival July 19 - 20
The TSES is delighted to be participating in a great community festival right here in our own neighbourhood
Mark your calendars- the Tar Sands Exploration Station will be opening its doors at the upcoming Big on Bloor Festival on July 19 and 20 in the west end of Toronto. Learn more about the other artists, local businesses and community members participating in this event at the link below.
About as Likely as Not opens next week at Lease Agreement in Baltimore
Allison's recent sculpture and print work will be on exhibition in a solo show at Lease Agreement, a unique apartment gallery in Baltimore, MD
About as Likely as Not opens Friday March 28, 2014
3718 Ellerslie Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21218
leaseagreementbaltimore (at) gmail (dot) com
Hours: Wednesdays 4pm - 8pm or by appointment
Lease Agreement is a collaborative, artist-run, curatorial project by Adam Farcus and Allison Yasukawa. Set in the front rooms of the couple's rental house, Lease Agreement continues in the tradition of apartment gallery exhibition spaces by exhibiting conceptually rigorous, engaging work within the context of a home.
"Warmer" at Hood College includes work by Allison Rowe
Hood College Exhibition opens March 7 and runs until March 30, 2014
Paintings, sculptures, installations, screen-prints, and photographs created by five artists will be on display March 7-30 in the Whitaker Gallery on the second floor of the Whitaker Campus Center at Hood College.
A closing reception for “Warmer” will be March 27 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the gallery, which is open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Curated by Hood College Gallery Director Adam Farcus, the works in this exhibit illustrate the conflict and often confusing data regarding global climate change and the emotional perception of how this phenomenon is changing the planet.
The exhibit includes hurricane-inspired paintings and sculptures by Jessica Childress, debris-like installations by Heather Mekkelson, Allison Rowe’s screen-prints of data from climate change graphs, photographs of the Chesapeake Bay by Richard Weiblinger and Eileen Wold’s green energy-influenced kinetic sculptures.
Whitaker Commons Building
401 Rosemont Ave.
Frederick, MD 21701
Allison Rowe's postcards available at Open Space, Baltimore's Fifth Annual Publications and Multiples Fair on March 8 and 9, 2014.
Are you in Baltimore this weekend? If so make sure to stop by the Lease Agreement booth Baltimore's Fifth Annual Publications and Multiples Fair where Allison's postcards from Fort McMurray will be on display.
Open Space's Fifth Annual Publications and Multiples Fair
D Center, 16 West North Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21218
March 8th and 9th, 12pm - 6pm Saturday and Sunday
Constructed, Collaged, Combined & Congruent
Allison is delighted to announce her participation in the upcoming Galerie Protege exhibition curated by Robert Dimin
Galerie Protege's fortcoming exhibition Constructed, Collaged, Combined & Congruent explores contemporary sculpture through the work of artists. Allison is pleased to have work from her continuing project, Aid for USA and Canada.
The exhibition is on view Feburary 6 - March 8 with an opening reception on February 6 from 6 - 8 pm
197 Ninth Ave (Lower Level - Chelsea Frames)
New York, NY 10011
Sunday Scene at the Power Plant with Allison Rowe
Please join Allison on Sunday January 5 at the Power Plant Gallery where she will speak about Micah Lexier's exhibition "One, and Two, and More Than Two"
As a participating artist in Lexier's expansive cuatorial project More Than Two, Rowe will speak about her thoughts on the project and the exhibition.
2:00 PM Sunday January 5 2014
The Power Plant
Contemporary Art Gallery
231 Queens Quay West
At work in Port-au-Prince
Allison Rowe is currently participating in the 3rd Ghetto Biennale in Haiti
Though just two days into her current stay in PAP, Allison is excited to be back at work on Aid for USA and Canada a project which she began two years ago as a response to the media reportage on Haitian aid. Allison is also working on a new piece about earthquake rubble removal. Images to be posted in the upcoming weeks.
Ghetto Biennale project generously supported by Ontario Arts Council
Allison Rowe is pleased to announce that she is the recipient of an Exhibition Assistance Grant from the OAC for her performance at the Ghetto Biennale
Allison's performance Aid for USA and Canada will take place from December 8 - 16, 2013 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. This project would not be possible without the funding assistance of an Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant that will help cover the costs associated with travelling to and creating a site-specific performance.
For more information about the OAC and their grants check out their website: www.arts.on.ca/site4.aspx
DUMBO Arts Festival September 27 - 29
We're going to be NYC on the last weekend of September, come hang out with the TSES at the DUMBO Arts Festival
The Tar Sands Exploration Station is headed to Brooklyn this fall to participate in the DUMBO Arts Festival. Take a look at the link below and start making your plans now for navigating the neighbourhood.
Upcoming exhibition and performance in Port-au-Prince
Decentering the Market and Other Tales of Progress, the 3rd Ghetto Biennale will take place this December in Port-au-Prince, Haiti
In early December 2013 Allison Rowe will return to Haiti to continue working on her performance and archive project, Aid for USA and Canada. If you are a resident of Port-au-Prince and are interested in making and aid donation to Canada and the US please get in touch.
Vermont Studio Center
Allison is thrilled to announce she will be in residence at the Vermont Studio Center this October
During the month of October Allison Rowe will be at the Vermont Studio Center working on a series of new sculptural responses to oil, mining and voids. In progress work will be posted soon.
Rowe's work include in Micah Lexier's show, More Than Two (Let It Make Itself) at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery
Allison Rowe is delighted to be included in Micah Lexier's curatorial project More Than Two (Let It Make Itself) on view at the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery in Toronto, Canada from September 21 to January 5, 2014.
Please join Micah, Allison and the other artists included in this exhibition by celebrating the opening of the show this Friday September 20 from 8:00 - 10:00 PM.
Tar Sands Exploration Station headed to Ottawa for Nuit Blanche
Allison Rowe's Tar Sands Exploration Station to participate in Ottawa's 2013 Nuit Blanche Exhibition on September 21st
It is a busy September for Allison and the volunteers of the TSES. On September 21 the van will be roaming the streets of Ottawa, Canada's national capital, as part of the 2013 Nuit Blanche exhibition Supernova. Rowe's work has been curated into the exhibition by Michael Davidge.
Headed back to ACRE
Allison is excited to return to ACRE (Artists’ Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions) in Steuben, WI to continue the print series she began there last summer
After a wonderful experience at ACRE last year, Allison Rowe is set to return to their idyllic summer home based in Wisconsin and expand upon the screen print series she began there last year. Stay tuned for image updates and work in progress!
Tar Sands Exploration Station at the River and Sky Camping and Musical Festival
Allison Rowe is pleased to announce the inclusion of the Tar Sands Exploration Station in the River and Sky Music Festival taking place in Northern Ontario July 19 - 21, 2013
The TSES team is thrilled to be participating in the River and Sky Festival, a great celebration of Canadian music and culture in the beautiful Northern Ontario landscape. Get your tickets now and keep your eyes out for the van!
Other Investigations on the Make Space Blog
Check out the article on Allison's work on the Make Space blog.
The Arctic Circle in 2014
Allison Rowe to participate in 2014 expedition with The Arctic Circle
Allison is delighted to announce she has been invited to participate in The Arctic Circle program in October 2014. During her trip, Rowe will investigate oil and gas explorations of the Arctic through video and performance.
Aid for USA and Canada on view at La Centrale Galerie
From June 7 - July 6 Allison Rowe's participatory archive Aid for USA and Canada will be on display in Montreal at La Centrale
Round Table Discussion and Opening Friday June 7, 6pm
Artist Presentation and discussion Saturday June 8th, 3pm
Aid for USA and Canada is a collaborative performance, sculpture and archive investigating the monetary and political relationships between Canada, the United States and Haiti. This exhibition is the inaugural Canadian display of the aid collected in 2011. The public display of these items will be supported by a number of events that foster dialogue about Canada, Haiti and the future of International Aid.
4296 St Laurent Blvd, Montreal, QC H2W 2R2
Open Engagement Presentation: Aid for USA and Canada
On May 18 at 3 PM iAllison Rowe will give a presentation at the Open Engagement Conference on her work, Aid for USA and Canada
Open Engagement is an international conference that sets out to explore various perspectives on art and social practice and expand the dialogue around socially engaged art making. The annual conference is hosed by the Social Practice MFA at Portland State University.
1W3KND Writing Residency hosted by Broken City Lab
Allison Rowe is excited to announce that she will be participating in a 1W3KND Writing Residency hosted by Broken City Lab this February.
Upcoming show in Chicago at Heaven Gallery
Allison Rowe's Tar Sands Exploration Station will be on view in Chicago next week on January 10 at Heaven Gallery
The amazing ACRE summer residency program that Rowe participated in during August 2012 also supports all their artists by pairing them with a curator for an exhibition opportunity the following year. Allison Rowe is delighted to be participating in a show curated by Pat Elfritz at Heaven Gallery in Chicago. Hope to see you there!
Heaven Gallery - 1550 N Milwaukee, 2nd floor
Make Space Blog Feature
Check out the Make Space blog to see a great piece about Allison's work and recent residency at ACRE
Petrocultures: Oil and Water Opens September 6 in Sherwood Park, Alberta
Allison Rowe is pleased to announce her participation in the Petrocultures Exhibition and Conference taking place in Edmonton Alberta from September 5-9, 2012.
Rowe is exhibited to be participating in two events associated with the upcoming Petrocultures Conference hosted by the University of Alberta. Rowe's work will be view in the exhibition Oil and Water on view at Gallery 501 in Sherwood Park. She will also be presenting a performative paper, Tar Sand and a Camper Van- An Artistic Investigation into Canadian Visual Culture and Self-Consumption.
For more details on the conference and the exhibition please see:
ACRE = Amazing
Allison Rowe just returned from 2 weeks of art making awesomeness at ACRE (Artists’ Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions). Stay tuned for a new print series that Rowe created during the residency!
Upcoming Events and Exhibitions for the Tar Sands Exploration Station
Art Now at the Toronto Outdoor Art Show July 6 - 8, Art Spin Performance August 30 and Pop-Ups Pending.
The Tar Sands Exploration Station (TSES) is on the move across Ontario this summer. Allison is delighted to announce that the TSES has been selected as the 2012 Art Now Project for the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition taking place from July 6 - 8. During the show two new performance pieces will be unveiled.
On August 30 the TSES will be participating in an amazing event being hosted by Art Spin in Toronto. Hop on your bike and join us!
And finally this summer season the TSES will be proudly offering a series of pop-up performances at cultural icons in Ontario. Suggestions about where we should go? Email now!
ACRE Artist Residency
Allison Rowe will be joining the amazing ACRE community this summer for an artist residency in early August. During her time in Wisconsin, Rowe will be working on a print series that responds to abstraction, infographics and the environment. Check out ACRE's website for more info about their programming.
Tar Sands Exploration Station at the Intersections / Cross Sections Conference and Exhibition April 27 + 28
The Tar Sands Exploration Station is thrilled to be opening its doors this week at the 11th Annual INTERSECTIONS / CROSS SECTIONS Conference hosted by the Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture at York and Ryerson Universities.
Friday April 27 we will be crashing the Keynotes from 5:30 - 9:00 outside the Ryerson University Student Centre, 55 Gould Street.
Saturday, April 28 TSES will be part of the Cross Sections Multimedia Art Exhibition taking place at Double Land, 209 Augusta Avenue from 7:00–12:00
Check out the link to get a full breakdown of the amazing activities taking place at the conference.
Thanks to Canada Council for th Arts and the Ontario Arts Council
Allison Rowe is pleased to announce the generous support of her project Aid for USA and Canada by the Canadian and Ontario Arts Councils.
Allison received a Travel Assistance Grant from the Canada Council for the Arts and an Exhibition Assistance Grant from the Ontario Arts Council. Without the generous support of these organizations, Allison would not have been able to attend the 2011 Ghetto Biennale.
Aid for USA and Canada @ the Ghetto Biennale
Allison Rowe is pleased to announce her participation in the 2011 Ghetto Biennale taking place in Haiti from November 28 - December 19, 2011.
Rowe will collaboratively create a piece entitled Aid for USA and Canada with local residents of the Grande Rue, a downtown ghetto in Port-au-Prince. These residents will be asked to make donations of objects and audio recordings which will be generously donated to the US and Canada.
The Time to Convince Them Is Over in After All
Opening on Oct 5th and running till Oct 27th at the Steam Whistle Gallery.
After All is a colloquium of micro-disasters and subtle apocalypses, little mistakes and lonely wanderers, absences and distortions, created by eight young visual artists. Both melancholy and acerbic, the works speak to the aftermath of arbitrary and fictitious disasters. Darkness has already descended, and the sensation is one of being unsettled for good, and yet, escape routes and alarm-bells appear to be built-in to each misfortune.
Open Pit Mining Model in Perfect Place/NoPlace: Re-imagining Utopia
Allison Rowe's interactive Open Pit Mining Model now on view.
@Million Fishes Arts Collective
2501 Bryant Street,
San Francisco, CA 94110*
Opening: Saturday July 9th, 2011, 7-10 p.m.
Closing: Sunday, July 24th, 2-5 p.m.
Gallery Hours: Sun. July 10th, Sat. July 16th, Sun. July 17th, Sat. July 23rd, 2-5 p.m.
Tar Sands Exploration Station Word of Mouth Tour Begins!
Allison Rowe is delighted to announce that beginning May 22, 2011 The Tar Sands Exploration Station will commence its inaugural tour across the United States. Please visit the Tar Sands Exploration station link featured on the menu of Rowe's website to get further details and updates.
Tar Sands Exploration Station @ CCA MFA Exhibition
The TSES officially opens!
After two years of hard work, reading and art making Allison has completed her MFA in Social Practice at California College of the Arts. Join her and her classmates at the 2011 MFA Thesis Exhibition. Allison's interactive sculpture, The Tar Sands Exploration Station is on display in the main entrance to the show.
Thursday, May 12, 2011, 6–10 pm
Exhibition hours: May 12–21 10 a.m.– 7:30 p.m. daily
1111 8th St San Francisco CA
Carbonic Maple Leave @ Gallery 1313 in Toronto
Allison has two of works included in the Eco Art Exhibition at Gallery 1313 in Toronto. The show features a range of artists responding to environmental concerns and issues.
1313 Queen St. West
Toronto , On M6K 1L8
Opening Reception : March 17th, 6-9pm
The show is up until March 27, 2011.
Why You Should Care About Canada @ Cranbrook Academy of Art
Allison Rowe is an invited presenter at the Contemporary Connections Symposium Saturday January 29, 2011 at Cranbrook Academy of Art located just 30 minutes outside of Detroit.
Rowe's lecture, "Why You Should Care About Canada" will be followed by a short panel discussion with other presenters discussing the relationship of place and identity.
Self-Imposed Residency in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada
Allison Rowe is on a self-imposed residency in the booming oil community of Fort McMurray Alberta from August 8 - 27th, 2010. If you are in the area and wish to participate in any of her site specific interventions, sample gathering exercises or even just get coffee please get in touch with her via the contact portion of the website.
To 2050 @ Subtle Technologies Festival
The interactive artwork 'To 2050' bill be presented at the Subtle Technologies Festival.
June 4 - 6 all day long at Innis Hall located in the heart of the University of Toronto campus on St George St.
For more information on this event please see:
The Whole Ball Works @ Mildred's Lane with Brian Conley
Allison Rowe and Brian Conley will be giving a presentation entitled 'The Whole Ball Works' at Mildred's Lane, an artist residency located in the Upper Delaware River Valley Region.
May 30, 2010
Tar Sands Exploration Station in Too Cool for School: Art & Science Fair
Come visit Allison and many other artist/scientists at the 2010 Too Cool for School: Art & Science Fair.
Saturday, November 13, 2010 -
Sunday, January 02, 2011
York Quay Centre
William's Family Emergency Shelter @ CCA Graduate Open Studios
On April 4, 2010, Allison and her fellow graduate students at California College of the Arts will open up their doors to welcome the public into their studios.
Please stop by and see Allison's latest sculpture, "Williams Family Global Warming Shelter" in the Hooper 1 complex. Maps of studio locations will be available at each building entrance.
When: Sunday, April 4, 2010, 12–5 pm
Where: CCA San Francisco Campus, 1111 Eighth St
Mapping the Coast Website to go live April 8, 2010
In less than two weeks the full Mapping the Coast website will go live. This site makes use of the images and experiences Allison had while in Haiti to speak about factors that have and will affect this nation.