MFA 1998 School for the Contemporary Arts, Simon Fraser University.
Diploma 1982 Photography (Honours) Emily Carr College of Art and Design.
2019 Carol Sawyer: The Natalie Brettschneider Archive. Curated by Jaclyn Meloche. Windsor Art Gallery, Windsor ON.
2018 Visitations (Or, Thirteen Ways to Live with Ghosts). Curated by Kimberly Phillips. Gordon Smith Gallery, North Vancouver BC.
2018 Supernatural: Art, Technology and the Forest Curated by Haema Sivanesan. Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. Victoria, B.C.
2017/2018 Carol Sawyer: The Natalie Brettschneider Archive. Curated by Bruce Grenville. Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver BC.
2017 I attempt from love’s sickness to fly, in vain. Republic Gallery, Vancouver BC.
2016 The Natalie Brettschneider Archive. Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. Victoria BC. Curated by Michelle Jacques.
The Natalie Brettschneider Archive. Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa ON. Curated by Heather Anderson.
2015 Your Still Life Builds A Home Inside My Head. Collaboration with poet Susan Rich. Highline College Library, Des Moines WA.
Shadow Puppet. Republic Gallery, Vancouver BC.
2011 Some Documents from the Life of Natalie Brettschneider. Republic Gallery, Vancouver BC.
Wood Work. Video Installation, CoreVision Screens, Robson and Granville. Public Art
Commission from the City of Vancouver. (reprised August/ September 2012)
2009 Proscenium. Republic Gallery, Vancouver BC.
Natalie Brettschneider in BC. Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna BC. Curated by Liz Wylie. (Brochure)
2008 Trace Ingredients. Public art commission, exhibit and performance at the Vancouver Public library downtown. Part of the larger project Memory Palace: Three artists in the Library, curated by Karen Love. (Catalogue)
Water Park. CSA Space, Vancouver BC. Curated by Christopher Brayshaw.
Vacant Lot. Republic Gallery, Vancouver BC.
2004 Tribute to the Cambie Works Yard. Permanent public art project, City of Vancouver National Works Yard.
2002 Aide-Mémoire: Memory Games. Gallery 44 Project Room, Toronto, ON.
2001 Aide-Mémoire. Floating Gallery, Winnipeg MB.
1998 Amazon. Artspeak Gallery, Vancouver BC. (Catalogue)
1996 Ophelia. The Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver BC. (Catalogue)
1995 Ophelia. The New Gallery, Calgary AB. (Brochure)
Mad Opera. G. Gibson Gallery, Seattle WA.
Anthropomorphs. Access Gallery, Vancouver BC.
1994 Lucia. Gallery Sansair, Vancouver BC.
Vessels and Anthropomorphs. Index Gallery, Clark College, Vancouver, WA.
1993 Vessels. Or Gallery, Vancouver BC. (Brochure)
1992 New Work. Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle WA.
1990 Refuge. The Photographer’s Gallery, Vancouver BC.
SELECTED TWO PERSON AND GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2017 UTOPIAS CONSTRUCTED III. Republic Gallery, Vancouver BC.
2017 This now, more than ever. Curated by Melanie O’Brian and Stephen Collis. SFU Gallery, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby BC.
2016 Theatre Theatre. Four person show with Deborah Edmeades, Adad Hannah, and Oliver Hussain. Curated by Gregory Elgstrand. Evergreen Art Gallery, Coquitlam BC.
2015 Silva: Booming Grounds. Curated by Jesse Birch. Nanaimo Art Gallery, Nanaimo BC.
Through a Window: Visual Art and SFU. Curated by Melanie O’Brian. Simon Fraser University, Burnaby BC.
Views from the Southbank I: Histories, Memories, Myths. Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey BC. Curated by Jordan Strom.
2012 Again and again and again. Vancouver Art Gallery. Vancouver BC Curated by Daina Augaitis
Scenes of Selves, Occasions for Ruses. (group show, artist talk) Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey BC. Curated by Jordan Strom.
2011 Vancouver 125: Time-Based. Brockton Oval, Stanley Park, Vancouver BC. Curated by Marlene Madison.
2010 Truth or Fiction? Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops BC. Curated by Annette Hurtig
Cue: Artist’s Video. Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver BC. Curated by Daina Augaitis and Christopher Eamon
Culture Shock: video interventions at the QET. Vancouver BC. curated by Stephanie Rebick.
2009 How Soon is Now. Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver BC. Curated by Kathleen Ritter.
2008 The Most Violent Thing. Republic Gallery, Vancouver BC. Curated by Vanessa Sorenson.
2006 Prologue I. Republic Gallery, Vancouver BC.
Home Theatre. SFU gallery, Burnaby BC. Curated by Bill Jeffries.
2005 ReCollect. Two person show with Mary Kavanagh, curated by Corinna Ghaznavi. A Space, Toronto ON.
2004 Hitting the Wall. Installation and performance collaboration with Ya-wen Vivienne Wang. Access Gallery, Vancouver BC.
ReCollect. Two person show with Mary Kavanagh, curated by Corinna Ghaznavi. La Centrale, Montréal QC.
2003 Going a Journey. Curated by Cate Rimmer. Charles Scott Gallery, Vancouver BC.
Carol Sawyer and Adalgisa Campos. Or Gallery, Vancouver BC.
The Female Aim. G. Gibson Gallery, Seattle, WA.
Here. curated by Donna Szöke, as part of Artropolis 2003, Vancouver, BC.
2001-5 Facing History. Presentation House Gallery, North Vancouver BC, toured to Canadian Cultural Centre, Paris, and Centre d’Art Contemporain d’Herouville St. Clair, Basse Normandie, France. Curated by Karen Love. (Two separate catalogues for North Vancouver and Paris shows.)
1998 On Longing: Laments and Raptures. Two person show with Sarindar Dhaliwal. Curated by Carolyn Bell Farrell.
The Koffler Gallery, North York, ON. (Brochure)
1996 Wild Life. Curated by John Massier. The Koffler Gallery. North York, ON. (Catalogue)
1995 Du réel subjugué: aspects de la relève canadienne. Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal. Curated by Marie-Josée Jean. Montréal, QC. (Catalogue)
(dis)still(ed) lives. Curated by Clint Willour. Houston Centre for Photography, Houston, TX.
2018 Recital: Carol Sawyer, Lisa Cay Miller, Elisa Thorn and Katie Rife Musical Repertoire from the Natalie Brettschneider Archive presented in collaboration with NOW Society. Vancouver Art Gallery, B.C. January 23, 2018
2016 Reconstructions and Deconstructions: Carol Sawyer and Lisa Cay Miller perform music inspired by the repertoire of Natalie Brettschneider and her contemporaries. Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria BC.
2016 Performance of Natalie Brettschneider Repertoire at the opening of The Natalie Brettschneider Archive, Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa ON, January 18, 2016. Carol Sawyer and Jordan Zalis voice, Tariq Amery bass flute, Nicolas Fobes harpsichord, Agnes Malkinson cello, and Reiko Lokker violin. Video document can be viewed here: CUAG performance
Ongoing: ion Zoo – musical ensemble co-founded with Steve Bagnell in 2000. Numerous performances of original improvised music at various venues in greater Vancouver BC including the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Jazz Cellar, 1067 Granville, the Charles H. Scott Gallery, Presentation House Studio, and Dancing on the Edge, as well as Gallery 1412 in Seattle WA.
VOXY improvising choir. Since 2007, together with Kate Hammett Vaughan, I have run a yearly series of workshops on improvisation for singers that culminates in a public performance.
2015 Shadow Cast. Live performance with improvised score, by Carol Sawyer, Meredith Bates, and Chris Gestrin. Merge collective, Vancouver BC
2013 Commissioned to create and perform six songs based on six plays in development, for PTC’s 40th anniversary celebration. With Ron Samworth and Bill Clarke.
Appearance with Vancouver Improvisers Orchestra at Presentation House Studio, North Vancouver BC
2012 Collaborated with pianist Lisa Cay Miller to research and perform early Berlin cabaret songs and improvisations, for Music on Main, at the event Arnold Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire @100.
2010 Shadow Machine. Company Erasga Dance. Interdisciplinary performance collaboration with Alvin Erasga Tolentino, Peter Courtemanche, and Ken Gregory. W2 Media Arts Centre, Vancouver, BC.
Selected Works of Natalie Brettschneider. with pianist Dale Rasmussen, Evening Soiree, Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops BC
2009 The repertoire of Natalie Brettschneider. Performance with pianist Neville Bowman, GO Party, Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna BC
2008 Star Songs (with Joel di Stefano), performed for the Playwrights Cabaret, Playwrights Theatre Centre.
Parlour songs (with Joel di Stefano), for Proximity Arts, in conjunction with their installation at Blim.
2005 Cry Pitch Carrolls. Opera by Ruth Margraff. Performed the role of Alice in the Canadian premiere. Produced by Proximity Arts at Performance Works, Vancouver BC.
2004 Newly rediscovered repertoire of Natalie Brettschneider. Performance with violinist Régis Huby. Canadian Cultural Centre, Paris France.
2002 Acted the role of the “guide” for Michael Fernandes’ work By Appointment Only, Helen Pitt Gallery, Vancouver BC.
Natalie Brettschneider: a Portrait. With pianist Patrick Dubois. Presentation House Gallery, North Vancouver BC.
Bel Canto Chamber Ensemble. Performed Michael Conway Baker’s “Vocalise” and other works in recital in Vancouver and Victoria BC.
White. Duet with Alvin Erasga Tolentino performed for “The White Exhibition”, Portfolio Gallery, Vancouver. Curated by Jay MacDonell.
2000 Shadow Machine. Interdisciplinary performance collaboration with Peter Courtemanche, Ken Gregory, and Alvin Erasga Tolentino. Presented at Ironworks by the Western Front as part of “Industrial Ear”.
More Than the Love of Women. Opera composed by Michael Kurek, libretto by Deborah Schnitzer. Created the role of the Historian for the world premiere. Contemporary Dancers Studio, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
1999 Long Distance: recital with pianist Vivienne Ya-Wen Wang. Presented at the Community Arts Council, Vancouver, and at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, Burnaby.
1998 Diva TV. Video produced in collaboration by the Diva Research Team and the Western Front. Screened 1998 at the Western Front, Vancouver, and at Images Festival, Toronto, 1999.
Newly Discovered Works by Brettschneider and Piscator. Collaboration with Andreas Kahre, “Re-inventing the Diva Festival”, Western Front, Vancouver.
Amazonia. Solo performance work. Artspeak Gallery, Vancouver.
1997 An Incompleat History of the Voice, in five acts. Hour-long performance, with pianist Ya-wen Vivienne Wang. Western Front, Vancouver.
Rooting. Choreography by Judith Garay, music by Sue McGowan, in “Dancing on The Edge”, Firehall Theatre, Vancouver.
Daisy Del Monte. Solo performance included in “A Handful and a Mouth Full” at the Western Front, and “Good Sports”, Burnaby Art Gallery, curated by Karen Henry.
Mermaid and Hypnotist (with cellist Finn Manniche) performed in “Cheap Illusions”, presented by Vancouver Pro Musica at the Havana, Vancouver.
1996 Empty Orchestra, video by Kira Wu. Acted and sang the role of “Diane”. Premiered at the Pacific Cinemateque, Vancouver, in May 1997 as part of the Asian Heritage Month Festival.
ARTIST PROJECTS AND ARTICLES CREATED FOR PUBLICATION
Bringing Forgotten Women Artists Back to Light. Canadian Art, January 2016.
Feminist Artifact? Carol Sawyer negotiates the questions raised by Haarscherp. Gemak, April 2012.
ION ZOO: Venus looks good. Self-produced music CD, distributed by openform audio. 2009
Ion Zoo Set Free at the Cellar. Music CD recorded for the NOW label, distributed by Cellar Live. 2007
Street Cabooses. The Vancouver Review, Number 12, Winter 2007.
Blue Bedroom. The Vancouver Review, Number 6, Summer 2005.
Cambie Works Yard Picture Cycle. Interactive web project, in collaboration with Dan Campbell.
A Meditation on Desire, Disappointment, and Detritus, Front Magazine, March/April, 2001.
Elevator Music, Front Magazine. Western Front. January/February, 2001.
Penetrating Voices: Such Sweet Compulsion, the Re-Inventing the Diva Cabaret. Re-Inventing the Diva. Lori Weidenhammer, Ed. Western Front, Vancouver BC. 1999.
Amazonia: The Amazing Story of One Woman’s Transformation, plus: The Three Bad Sisters and the Cloud of Doom. Essay by Lorna Brown, Susan Edelstein, and Carol Sawyer. Artspeak Gallery, Vancouver BC. 1998.
Yma Sumac, Front Magazine, September /October, 1998.
Brochure essay for the Fiona Bowie Exhibition “Swell”. Grunt Gallery, Vancouver BC. 1996
2017 Canada Council Concept to Realization Grant
2017 The Duke and Duchess of York Prize in Photography
2016 BC Arts Council Grant
Canada Council Research/ Creation Project Grant
2012 BC Arts Council Grant
Canada Council Research/ Creation Project Grant
2009 BC Arts Council Grant
2007 BC Arts Council Media Arts Grant
Canada Council Research/ Creation Project Grant
2005 BC Arts Council Grant
2004 BC Arts Council Grant
2003 BC Arts Council Grant
2002 Canada Council Travel Grant
2001 Canada Council Grant (Mid-career Photography)
BC Arts Council Grant
1999 Canada Council Grant (Mid-career Photography)
BC Arts Council Grant
1997 Canada Council Short-term Grant.
1994 Explorations Grant, Canada Council.
1993 BC Arts Council Grant
1992 Canada Council Short-term Grant.
BC Arts Council Grant
Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa, Ontario
City of Vancouver
Microsoft Corporation, Seattle, Washington
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC
Vancouver Public Library
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS AND REVIEWS
Canadian Art. March 28, 2018. Feature: Revising Dada by Godfre Leung.
The Georgia Straight. December 19, 2017. Carol Sawyer plays with fiction, feminism, and art history in The Natalie Brettschneider Archive by Robin Laurence.
Carol Sawyer: The Natalie Brettschneider Archive. Carleton University Archive, Ottawa, ON, by Jaclyn Meloche. C Magazine Issue 30, Summer 2016, page 66-67.
Memory Palace (3 artists in the library): Angela Grauerholz, Carol Sawyer, Esther Shalev-Gerz. Karen Love, editor. Doryphore Independent Curators, City of Vancouver Public Art Program, 2013
eVent, July 8, 2009, p.2. Creating an artist from scratch, by Portia Priegert.
Capital News, July 8, 2009, p. A4. Slide show blurs reality and fiction of one woman’s life, by Jennifer Smith.
The Georgia Straight. December 2, 2009. Carol Sawyer’s Proscenium a ghostly ode to a gilded past by Robin Laurence.
The Georgia Straight, June 12-19, 2008, p.54. Sawyer’s images sing in library’s lyrical voice, by Robin Laurence.
Selections from Songroom, (Audio CD enclosure) The Capilano Review, 3.4, Winter 2008. The Collaborations Issue.
Galleries West, Review of Vacant Lot at Republic Gallery, by Ann Rosenberg.
The Georgia Straight, November 23-30, 2006, p. 72. Artists eye rooms with a view, by Robin Laurence.
The Vancouver Sun. November 2 – 8, 2006, p. D23. The banal lives side-by-side with the sublime, by Clint Burnham.
North Shore News, October 20, 2006, p23. Home Theatre explores domestic spaces, by Lisa Foeste.
Canadian Art. Summer 2004: volume 21, Number 2. p.88-89. Recollect (review) Jake Moore.
Visages de l’histoire: portraits de Vancouver. Facing History: Portraits from Vancouver. Catherine Bedard, editor. Centre culturel canadien, Paris. 2004.
The Georgia Straight, July 24-31, 2003. Of Spaces and Places, by Robin Laurence.
The Georgia Straight, June 5-12, 2003. The Art of Place, by Robin Laurence.
The Vancouver Sun. January 18, 2003. Our Kind of People, by Sara O’Leary.
Facing History: Portraits from Vancouver. Karen Love, editor. Presentation House Gallery / Arsenal Pulp Press. 2002
In Vision. Maija Martin, editor. Satellite Video Exchange Society, Vancouver. 2001
On Longing: Laments and Raptures. Essay by Carolyn Bell Farrell. The Koffler Gallery. 1998.
Now. April 16-22, 1998. Carol Sawyer draws on divas’ distress, by Dierdre Hanna.
The Georgia Straight. January 16-23, 1997, Art Illuminates Pioneering Divas, by Paula Gustafson.
Ophelia. Essay by Donna Zapf. The Contemporary Art Gallery. 1996.
Wild Life. Essay by John Massier. The Koffler Gallery. 1996.
Du Réel Subjugué: Aspects de la relève canadienne. Essays by Marie-Josée Jean and Françoise Le Gris. Exhibition catalogue, Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal. 1995.
TEACHING & RELATED EXPERIENCE
2015 Sessional Instructor ECU: Location Photography.
Jury Member, grants for visual artists, BCAC
2012 Artist in Residence, Work of the Living Watch with Geoffrey Farmer, The Banff Centre for the Arts, Alberta.
2011 Sessional Instructor ECU: Selected Topics in Photography: Photography as Performance.
Jury Member, City of Vancouver Public Art Program
2010 Sessional Instructor ECU: Histories and Theories of Photography
Jury Member, City of Vancouver Public Art Program
2008-9 Instructor for Continuing Studies at ECU: Courses on Contemporary Art and Public Art in Vancouver.
2007 Sessional Instructor, ECI: Drawing, Writing, and Photography and various Continuing Studies courses.
2006 The Vancouver Street Caboose Exhibition. Tech Gallery, SFU. Co-curator, with Bill Jeffries, archival photograph exhibit.
2006 Coordinator, CPPS 20th anniversary exhibition, Belkin Satellite Gallery, Vancouver.
2005-6 Sessional Instructor, ECI: Photographic Image and Text
2003 Artist in Residence, Big Rock Candy Mountain, Banff Centre for the Arts
Sessional Instructor, ECI: Photography Society and Culture, and Project Research.
2002-3 Public Art Commission, City of Vancouver, Cambie Works Yard Photographic Project
2001-7 Board member, B.C. Photography and Media Arts Society (Presentation House Gallery).
2001 Sessional Instructor, School for the Contemporary Arts, SFU: Photography I
Panel Member: Careers in Visual Arts, Arts Work, SFU
1999 Sessional Instructor, ECI: Senior Studio in Intermedia, Exploratory Media, and
History of Photographic Practices
2000 Guest lecturer, University College of the Fraser Valley
Guest lecturer, School for the Contemporary Arts, Simon Fraser University
1999 Panel member, “Divining for Lost Sound”, Ceperley House Gallery, Burnaby
1997 Teaching Assistant, Photography II, School for the Contemporary Arts , SFU
Jury member: B.C. Cultural Fund grants for visual artists and craftspeople
1996 Teaching Assistant, first year art history, SFU
1995 Artist in Residence in Media. Western Front, Vancouver
1994 Artist in Residence, Arts Studio, Banff Centre for the Arts
1992 Artist in Residence, Photography, Banff Centre for the Arts
1991-5 Board member, Or Gallery
1991–2009 President of the board, Canadian Photographic Portfolio Society (CPPS)
ARTWORKS DONATED TO FUND-RAISING EXHIBITIONS and EVENTS (partial list)
2014 Access Artist Run Centre, Vancouver
2013 Children’s Hospital Wish Foundation, Vancouver
2012 Centre A, Vancouver
2011 Western Front Vancouver
2003 Crash, Radix Theatre Fundraiser (performance with Andreas Kahre)
2002 Vantasy, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver
2001 DeBASHery, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle
Knock off Knock off, Or Gallery, Vancouver
Art auction, Western Front, Vancouver (performance with Lee Plested and Andrew Laurenson)
2000 Splendor in the Bash, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle
Knock-off, Or Gallery, Vancouver
1999 Y2BASH, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle
Updo, Artspeak Gallery, Vancouver
1998 Paper Anniversary Bash, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle
Pinholes in Paradise, Presentation House Gallery, North Vancouver
1997 P(or)traits, Or Gallery, Vancouver
1995 Wrecking Ball, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle