Aganetha Dyck, Queen, Beework on figurine of Queen Elizabeth II, 2007, 15 x 10 x 8", Courtesy Michael Gibson Gallery, London, Ontario.

Aganetha Dyck

Education: 1980-82 University of Winnipeg; art history courses; 1975-76 Prince Albert Community College, Prince Albert. Saskatchewan, art courses.

Selected Solo Exhibitions: The Queen Bee, The Canadian Clay and Glass Museum, Waterloo, Ontario, 2009; Prince Albert Art Gallery, Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, 2008; Disappearing Prairie Landscape, North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks, U.S.A., Live Bee Installation four year project, 2005-2008; Walking Closets, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton, Ontario, Curated by Shirley Madill, 2005; Hive Scans with Richard Dyck, DeLeon White Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, 2004; Survey Exhibition, Dawson Creek Art Gallery, Dawson Creek, British Columbia, 2004; Site Specific Bee work, Hive Scans with Richard Dyck. Prairie Art Gallery, Grande Prairie, Alberta, Curated by John Kerl, 2003; New work from the Hive, Upstairs Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Curated by Utsi Harado, 2002; Survey exhibition with Conversation, sound work by Richard Dyck, The Canadian Cultural Centre, Canadian Embassy, Paris, France, Toured to Passages, Centre d’art Contemporain, Troyes, France, Catalogue, 2001; The Glass Dress, The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, The Collections Gallery, 2001; Inter Species Communication Attempt with Conversation, two hives speaking to one another, sound by Richard Dyck, DeLeon White Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, CD-ROM publication by University of Manitoba. Gallery 1.1.1, 2001; Inter Species Communication Attempt, sound by Richard Dyck, Gallery 1.1.1., University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, 2000.

Selected Group Exhibitions: Fresh Art – Canadian Contemporary Art From Glenbow's Collection, Virtual exhibition. (CHIN) Glenbow Museum, Calgary, 2007-2012; Group exhibition ARENA at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, held in conjunction with the world Junior Hockey championships, 2008; Gathie Falk and Aganetha Dyck, Michael Gibson Gallery, London, Ontario, December, 2007; ARTEFACT 2007 Outdoor sculpture, Urbaines, Montréal, Québec, 2007; Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Ontario. Canada Collects, 2007; Canadian Embassy, Berlin, Germany, Hive Scans: Richard Dyck and Aganetha Dyck. Via Canadian Foreign Affairs, 2007; The Room, St. John's, Newfoundland, A North American group exhibition, Hot Wax: A Lexicon of Contemporary Encaustic Art, 2007; University of Manitoba, Gallery 1.1.1. Bond, Dyck, Koop, Thorneycroft. October-November, 2006; Toronto International Art Fair, via Michael Gibson Gallery, 2006; Chicago International Art Fair, via Michael Gibson Gallery, 2006; Biennale Nationale de Sculpture Contemporain BNSC, Trois Rivière, Québec, 2006; Story Girls, Cambridge Galleries, Cambridge, Ontario, Curated by Virginia Eichhorn, 2006; The Station Gallery, Group Exhibition, Whitby, Ontario, Crossover, 2006.


Films & CDs: Landscape as Muse, Bravo. Aganetha Dyck: Bee work, 2007; CBC Art Spots. Aganetha Dyck, 2006; Bee Talker: The Secret World of Bees, Dr. Mark Winston, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, British Columbia and the bee work of Aganetha Dyck, Directed by Mark Johnston, NOMAD Films. ARTE France, janvier, 2006, CBC, Nature of Things, Narrated by David Suzuki, aired on July 23 and 26, 2006; De L'Armoire aux Ruches, Passages, centre d'art contemporain. Troyes, France, 10 mn., 2001.

Residencies: Two month residency, One week on site, seven week collaboration with community artists (dialogue and media sharing) via Internet, Facilitator: Aganetha Dyck. Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, 2008; Two week Prairie North creative residency, Facilitators: Aganetha Dyck and Walter May, Grande Prairie, Alberta, 2004; Week-long residency. Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia, Biological Science Lab, To research painting, drawing and sculpting collaboratively with the bees under the direction of Dr. Mark Winston and assistant Heather Higo, 2002; Three-month residency, Site Ginkgo Atelier. Passages, Centre d’Art Contemporain. Troyes, France, To work with beekeepers and bees in the region; to research the ancient bee walls of France and to meet with international bee expert Dr. Yves Le Conte of Avignon, France, 2001; Ten year apiary residency, On the grounds of the St. Norbert’s Art & Cultural Centre, St. Norbert, Manitoba. Phil Veldhuis, Beekeeper, 1990-2000; Two-month residency, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield, England, To work with the Park’s beekeepers of wild swarm bees, to create sculpture for the Park’s Camellia House, circa 1865, 1997; Three-month residency, Studio at the Stichting Kunst and Complex, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, To research the bees and flowers of the Netherlands, meet local apiarists and cultural workers, 1993; Three-week residency and part-time faculty, Paper and Fibre Studio, Banff, Alberta, 1988.

Awards: The Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts, 2007; The Manitoba Arts Council Award of Distinction, 2007; The Manitoba Arts Council grants in Visual Arts, Project and Travel; The Canada Council grants in Visual Arts, Inter Arts, Explorations and Travel; The Winnipeg Arts Council, Travel grant.

Collections: The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; Gallery 1.1.1, University of Manitoba; Passage, Centre d'art contemporain, Troyes, France; Chalmers Foundation, Toronto, Ontario; Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan; Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa, Ontario; Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna, British Columbia; Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery, Owen Sound, Ontario; The Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Alberta; MacDonald Stewart Art Centre, Guelph, Ontario; Manitoba Arts Council Art Bank, Winnipeg, Manitoba; Oakville Galleries, Oakville, Ontario; Saskatchewan Arts Board, Regina, Saskatchewan; Seneca College, Toronto, Ontario; Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba; University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, Manitoba; Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia; The Art Gallery of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario; Yorkshire Sculpture Park, United Kingdom.

Closest to Her, Beework on Figurine, 2007, Beework on Figurine, 15 x 10 x 6", Courtesy Michael Gibson Gallery, London, Ontario.

Masked Ball Series (The Kiss), 2008, Beework on Figurine, 7 x 3-1/2 x 3", Courtesy Michael Gibson Gallery, London, Ontario.

Masked Ball Series (Promenade Princess), Beework on Figurine, 2008, 9 x 6 1/2 x 4", Courtesy Michael Gibson Gallery, London, Ontario.

Masked Ball Series (The Whisper), Beework on Figurine, 2008, 7 x 5 x 5", Courtesy Michael Gibson Gallery, London, Ontario.

Artist Statement
I am a multi media Canadian artist who is interested in language and communication; how knowledge is transported and transcribed between humans and other species. I am interested in inter species communication. I have chosen to sculpt and draw collaboratively with the honeybees for the past 14 years. My research has included the bee's use of sound, sight, scent, vibration, and dance. I am studying the bee's use of the earth's magnetic fields as well as their use of the pheromones (chemicals) they produce to communicate with one another, with other species and possibly with the foliage they pollinate.


My research has included residencies in The Netherlands: To research the bees and flowers of The Netherlands; The Yorkshire Sculpture Park in Britain: To sculpt in the park under the direction of 2 beekeepers and their feral bee swarms, and at Passages Centre d'art Contemporain, Troyes, France: to visit the ancient bee walls of France, to meet with Dr. Yves Le Conte, scientist in Avignon, France and to work for 3 months in a studio in Troyes, France.
The bee work can take years to complete due to a short summer bee-keeping season of 7-9 weeks a year. I spend the rest of the year researching, traveling, and preparing work for the next bee-keeping season."