CV

 

Grants & Awards

2018  Quilt Canada 2018 

          - Second Place, Quilted Postcard Challenge

2018  Focus on Fibre Art Association (Canada) Biennial Juried

          - First Place, Original Design Needlework for 'Fields of Gold'

          - Best of Category, Needlework for 'Fields of Gold'

          - Second Place, Small Innovative Quilt for '#MeToo'

2017  Saskatchewan Art Showcase

          - First Place, Fibre Art

          - Sponsorship Special Award for Fibre Art

2016  Focus on Fibre Art Association (Canada) Biennial, Juried 

          - Third Place, Original Surface Design Embroidery

          - Viewer's Choice Award for 'She's Blooming!'

2015  Sask Arts Board Emerging Visual Artist Creative Grant 

2014  Focus on Fibre Art Association (Canada)  Biennial, Juried

          - First & Second Place, Original Surface Design Embroidery. 

          - Best of Category / Original Surface Design Embroidery

          - Viewer's Choice award for 'Prairie City'

2012  SGI Photo Contest Award (Saskatchewan)

2012  Saskatchewan Showcase of Arts

          - Honourable Mention - Creative Art 

          - First Place - Fine Art / Mixed Media

          - First Place - Fine Art / Multicultural

2011  Scholarship awarded by Saskatoon Quilters Guild

2011  Saskatchewan Showcase of Arts

          - Second Place - Fine Art / Mixed Media

          - Third Place - Creative Stitching

          - Honourable Mention - Photography

 

Exhibitions

 

2019 - Bridging, Group Show, Government House, Regina SK

2019 - Scythia, 9th Biennial International Textile Exhibition, Ukraine

2018 - Vistas, Solo Exhibition, Ukrainian Museum of Canada Gallery

2018 - Artists Workshop Group Show, Hues Art, Saskatoon SK

2018 - Gathering Places, Frances Morrison Gallery, Saskatoon SK

2017 - From Our Hands to Yours, group, Gallery on the Greens, Saskatoon

2017 - Common Threads, juried art exhibition, Manitoba Fibre Festival

2017 - Art Now! juried provincial gallery showcase, Regina SK

2017 - 2nd Postcards to the Station, Station Arts Gallery, Rosthern SK

2017 - Homeland, by invitation, The Station Arts Gallery, Rosthern SK

2017 - Fresh, Funky, Full of Spice group show, Paved Arts Saskatoon SK

2017 - Winter Light small group show, Void Gallery, Saskatoon SK

2016 - 3rd Annual Open Studio

2016 - In Between/Dazwischen curated group show, Switzerland

2016 - Art Now! juried provincial gallery showcase, Saskatoon SK

2016-2018 - Threadworks Juried touring group exhibition, ON, Canada

2016 - Flora: a show in Fibre, Solo Show, Hues Art Supply, Saskatoon SK

2016 - Postcards from the Station, Station Arts Gallery, Rosthern SK

2015 - 2nd Annual Open Studio

2015 - Guild Trip Launch Event, International Fine Craft - Vancouver BC

2015 - ArtWalk / Join the Thread Group Exhibition - Weyburn SK

2015 - SCC 40th Members Show - Affinity Gallery, Saskatoon SK

2015 - Ceramics & Stitchery - Shervin Smith Gallery, Melfort SK

2015/2016 - Dimensions 2015 - SK Juried Fine Craft Touring Exhibition

2014 - 1st Annual Open Studio

2014 - Heart to Hand, Handmade House Showcase, Saskatoon SK

2014 - Prairies, Focus on Fibre Art Assoc. Juried Touring Exhibiton, AB

2013/2014 - Dimensions 2013 - SK Juried Fine Craft Touring Exhibition

2013 - Members Show & Sale, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon SK

2013 - My Sweet Prairie Solo exhibition - Prairie Ink, Winnipeg MB

2012, 2013 - Little Gems, The Mix Artists Collective, Saskatoon SK

2012 - Canadian Quilters Assoc. National Juried Show Ottawa ON

2012 - Seeds - Affinity Gallery, Saskatoon SK

2011 - Saskatoon Biennial Quilt Show (Wearable Art Category)

2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 - Solo Exhibition - The Centre Galleries

 

Curatorial

 

2015 - Guest Curator for the Saskatchewan Craft Council

Our Prairie in Fibre, Affinity Gallery, Saskatoon SK

 

Juried Exhibition Catalogues

 

2019 Scythia - 9th International Biennial Textile Art Exhibition, Ukraine

2018 Climate Change - Focus on FIbre Art Association, Canada

2016 My Heritage / Focus on Fibre Art Association, Canada

2016 Threadworks / Embroidery Canada

2015 Dimensions / SK Fine Craft

2014 Prairies / Focus on Fibre Art Association, Canada

2013 Dimensions / SK Fine Craft

2012 Canadian Quilters Association National Show

 

Public / Community Art

2019 Storyscapes / Nutrien Wonderhub (Children's Discovery Museum)

2018 Children's Visual Storytelling / International Women of Saskatoon, SCC

2017 Spark! / Saskatoon Unitarian Banner Workshops & Installation

2017 Rock Your Roots Weaving Project / Saskatoon Open Door Society

2017 Women's Visual Storytelling / Saskatoon Open Door Society

2016 Broadway Fence Project / Saskatchewan Craft Council & BBID

2015 Children's Visual Storytelling Project / Children's Discovery Museum

Gallery Representation & Stockists

 

Saskatchewan Craft Council Gallery & Boutique, Saskatoon SK

The MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, SK

Handmade House, Saskatoon SK

McNally Robinson's Booksellers, Saskatoon SK

Anthology Home Collection & Blossoms Living, Saskatoon SK

AND Art Gallery, Davidson SK

SaskMade Marketplace, 8th Street, Saskatoon SK

SaskMade Marketplace, Midtown Plaza, Saskatoon SK

 

Publications

Eyes Open to the World: Memories of Travel in Wool (Canada) 2019 book by Karen D. Miller. Published by Rug Hooking Magazine.  Art feature

Saskatoon Express, 2018. Vol17, Issue 33 

Artist Finds Inspiration in Downtown YXE, pp 8-9

UPPERCASE (Canada/International) 2017 Issue 36

Murals & More, p.54

Stitchillo (Canada) 2017. Encyclopedia of Inspiration from UPPERCASE.

Artist interview & art featured pp 292-299, cover art feature.

Stitch with the Embroiderers Guild (UK) 2017 #105

Artist Feature 'From Sketch to Stitch'

A Needle Pulling Thread (Canada), Winter 2017

Artist Review no.3  p.83

The Encyclopedia of Embroidery Art by Pauline Brown (UK) 2nd Edition

'She's Blooming!' full page feature, p. 134

A Needle Pulling Thread (Canada), Fall 2016,  Vol.11 Issue 3

Artist Review no.2  p.96

 

Stitch with the Embroiderers Guild (UK) 2016 #102

Editor Curated Gallery  p. Inside back cover.

 

A Needle Pulling Thread (Canada), Summer 2016. Vol.11 Issue 2

Artist Review no.1  p. 84

 

Embroidery Canada, Winter 2015/16

Article: Embroidered Postcards

 

NORO Magazine (USA) Fall/Winter 2015 Issue 7

Artist Interview

 

Machine Quilting Unlimited (USA) Nov/Dec 2015

Artist Feature 'Painting the Prairie'

 

Stitch with the Embroiderers Guild (UK) 2015 #94

Technique Article 'Letting the Yarn Speak'  pp 26, 27, 28

 

Stitch with the Embroiderers Guild (UK) 2015 #93

Artist Feature 'From Sketch to Stitch'   pp 18, 19. 20, 21

 

Quilter's Connection Magazine (Canada), Winter 2014/15

Project Article, 'Creative Quilted Postcards'  pp 18-22

 

Embroidery Canada Magazine, Summer 2013

Artist feature, 'Exploring the Prairies in Thread' pp 12, 13, 14


Fiber Art Now Magazine (USA)  Summer 2013

Flora & Fauna call for entry / editor curated

 

"Fibre Artist Returns to Alma Mater" full page newspaper feature
The Battlefords Regional Optimist, April 18, 2013

 

Mastering the Art of Embroidery: Tutorials, Techniques, and Modern Applications Book by Sophie Long, U.K.  Images of my art featured on pp 14-15, 121, 232 (2 images), 248, 249. 
 

Wearable art featured as the visual for the Saskatchewan Craft Council ad in Studio: Craft & Design in Canada.  Fall/Winter 2012 


Quilters' Connections Magazine (Canada) Summer 2012

Images of my art in  "Teach Me How: Machine Couching" Article


A Needle Pulling Thread Magazine (Canada)  Spring 2012
Artist Profile  "My Sweet Prairie: A Love Story" p 30, 31, 32


Quilters' Connections Magazine (Canada) Spring 2012

Image of 'A Prairie Dress'  featured in article "Gorgeous Garments"


A Needle Pulling Thread Magazine (Canada) Summer 2011 

Cover quilt and pattern published.

 

"Beauty through the Eye of her Needles" 
Full page article April 24, 2011 The Saskatoon SUN newspaper


Quilting Arts Magazine (USA)  Dec/Jan 2010

Postcard Call for entry


Quilters' Connection Magazine (Canada)  Winter 2010

Quilt featured and pattern published

 

Online Features

 

CBC News / Opinion Column. Aug 9, 2018

'How I Learned to Love Downtown'

CBC Listen - Saskatoon Morning Aug 9, 2018

Podcast: 'Saskatoon Artist Discovers the Beauty of Downtown'

CBC News.  June 14, 2016

'Saskatoon Artist Fabric Bombs Broadway Avenue'

Canadian Quilt Talk Radio. 'Postcards' Interview, Episode 046

http://www.brandylynndesigns.com/quilting/fibre-art/podcast/246-Live%2BPodcasts


Midwest Fiber Arts Trails, USA.  Artist Spotlight, Spring 2014
http://midwestfiberartstrails.org/monika-kinner-whalen-sweet-prairie/

 

Canadian Quilting Association Blog.  Spotlight, April 2013
http://cqacanadianquilting.blogspot.ca/2013/04/monika-kinner-whalen.html

 

Janome Life / Janome Canada.  Spotlight, October 2012  

http://janomelife.wordpress.com/2012/10/29/spotlight-on-janome-customer-monika-kinner-whalen-of-saskatoon-sk/

 

Courses

 

2014  En Plein Air Workshop, Bobbi Clackson-Walker, Saskatoon

2012  Hand Quilting Course, Debbie Baumann

2012  Experimental Fibre Art II, University of SK, USCAD class

 

Memberships

 

- Society for Embroidered Work (S.E.W. International) 2018

- Artists' Workshop Saskatoon

  (member since Jan 2018)

- Handmade House, Saskatoon SK

  (working member 2015 - 2018)

- Embroiderers' Association of Canada

  (member since 2012-16)

- Saskatchewan Craft Council, Juried

  (member since 2010)

- CARFAC Saskatchewan (2015)

- Guild Trip, International FIne Craft (2015)

- Focus on Fibre Art Association, Canada

  (member since 2014)

- TAFA - Textile and Fibre Artists

  (since 2010)

- Saskatoon Quilters Guild

  (active member 2008-2013)

 

Saskatoon, SK Canada

Monika is a juried member of the Saskatchewan Craft Council and a former member of the Embroiderers' Association of Canada. Her award winning work is cherished in private collections around the world including Canada, the UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Western and Eastern Europe as well as South America.

Monika Kinner continues her textile work, and has recently expanded in 2018 to include the medium of soft pastel paintings.

 

About the Artist

 

Artist Statement

 

"I am a professional artist specializing in freestyle embroidery (since 2009) as well as soft pastel paintings (since 2018). My creations are expressions of love for the prairie and originate from my own personal photographs and experiences of Saskatchewan. I am constantly amazed at the texture and intricate beauty that can be achieved by working with threads.

 

Self-taught in needle arts, pastel painting, drawing, and photography, I have been practicing and exploring a combination of these disciplines full time since 2009. A very positive public response to my work has gained me exhibition invitations, awards, media attention, teaching & public speaking opportunities, as well as commissions locally, nationally, and internationally.  I am excited to continue my work as I see my skills and art improve with each new piece."

 

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