Rachelle Viader Knowles
Rachelle Viader Knowles was born in Bristol, UK in 1969 and grew up in Cardiff, Wales. She gained a BA (Hons) in Fine Art (Interactive Arts) from the University of Wales College Newport before moving to Canada in 1994 to join the MFA programme in Visual Arts at the University of Windsor in Ontario. She is an artist working in a broad range of contemporary media including multi-channel and site-specific video installation. Based in Saskatchewan since 2002, Rachelle Viader Knowles is an Associate Professor of Visual Arts Intermedia and is currently Head of the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Regina.
Her multi-media artworks have been performed, screened, exhibited and installed in galleries, festivals, storefronts and parks. Solo exhibitions in Canada include the Art Gallery of Windsor; Red Head, Peak and YYZ galleries in Toronto; the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba; the Mendel, Neutral Ground, the MacKenzie and the Art Gallery of Regina in Saskatchewan; and the Art Gallery of Calgary in Alberta. Internationally, her work has been profiled in solo exhibitions at Chapter Gallery in the UK and Residencia Corazon Gallery in Argentina.
In group contexts her works have shown in numerous international venues including the Conflux Festival and the Experimental Text Festival in New York, Three Walls Gallery in Chicago, the Kwangju Biennale in South Korea and the Berlin International Film Festival in Germany. She has received numerous awards including residencies at the Canada Council Paris Studio, the Banff Centre for the Arts, Trinity Square Video in Toronto, the Braziers Workshop in the UK, the Atlantic Centre for the Arts in Florida, the Hungarian Multicultural Centre in Budapest, Residencia Corazon in Argentina and the Elsewhere Museum in North Carolina. In 2007 she was a finalist for the Sobey Award.