Kristy Trinier is the Curator for SFU Galleries at Simon Fraser University. She was born in Amiskwacîwâskahikan/ Edmonton, Alberta and is currently based in the unceded Indigenous territories belonging to the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skxwú7mesh-ulh Úxwumixw (Squamish) and səlil̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples, known as Vancouver, British Columbia.
Her previous career experiences include roles as the Executive Director of SAAG | Maansiksikaitsitapiitsinikssin contemporary art gallery; Curator at the Art Gallery of Alberta; Public Art Director at the Edmonton Arts Council, where she managed the City of Edmonton's Public Art Collection; and Director of Visual, Digital, and Media Arts, sessional Visual Arts Faculty, and Campaign Grant Writer and Researcher at the Banff Centre for the Arts. She has extensive experience as an arts consultant for cultural institutions and public art programs.
She is currently a Board Director of the Cohen Foundation and co-producer of Publication Studio, a print on demand artist book publishing project. She has volunteered for many non-profit art organizations, served on art committees and juries, including the 2021 Lind Prize and 2018 Sobey Award. As a settler supporter, she served as a Core Member and Secretary with Ociciwan Contemporary Art Collective from 2015-2020, and currently as an Advisory Circle member. She co-founded the Alberta Public Art Network and Nuit Blanche Edmonton, also serving as a Board Vice-Chair and Secretary. She has facilitated numerous public panels, workshops, and lectures at universities and professional associations gatherings for urban planners, architects, and conservators. Trinier has authored texts for numerous art periodicals including MOMUS and Canadian Art. As an artist, she has exhibited at the Art Gallery of Alberta, Mediamatic Cultural Institution, KunstRAI, Trondheim Kunstmuseum, Villa de Bank, Kunsthalle Fridericianum, and others.
Kristy Trinier holds a Bachelor's degree in Visual Art and English from the University of Victoria, and a Master's degree in Public Art from the Dutch Art Institute (DAI, 2004) as a Huygens scholar in the Netherlands, with advisor Thomas Köner. She received a PhD in Philosophy, Art, and Critical Thought at European Graduate School (EGS) in Switzerland, with advisors Dr. Catherine Malabou and Dr. Terry Smith; her research concerns formlessness in contemporary art.
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