Gwen Frank

Selected Works



1960 Gravelbourg, Saskatchewan



1989–91: University of Calgary, Alberta, Fine Art

1980–83: Alberta College of Fine Art, Honors Diploma in Fine Art

1982: Study Scholarship in Printmaking, GRAFF Atelier, Montreal, Que

1978–79: Alberta College of Art, Calgary, Alberta



2000: Christmas Treasures, Scott Gallery, Edmonton

1999: Alberta Printmakers X, (Group) Gallery San Chun, Calgary

1998: Stuwing at De Zaaijer, Galerie de Zaaijer, Amsterdam, Netherlands

1997-1999: Prairie Vernacular, The Prairie Art Gallery, Grand Prairie (touring)

1997: 2nd International Triennial of Graphic Art 97, Bitola, Macedonia

1997: Prairie Music, Scales Fine Art Center, Wake Forest University, Salem, NC

1997: International Print Exhibition Intergrafia 97, Katowice, Poland

1997: Varna 97 International Print Biennial, Varna, Bulgaria

1997: Beyond Bounderies, North American Print Exhibition, Richmond Art Center,  Richmond, California

1997: International Print Exhibition, Portland Art Museum, Oregon

1997: Celebrating a Legacy: 25 Years of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton

1997: Kaleidoscope, AFA, McDougall Center, Calgary

1996: 3rd Sapporo International Print Exhibition, Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, Japan

1996: Print Types, Art Institute for the Permian Basin, Odessa, Texas

1996: Celebrate Canada, Devonian Art Gallery, Calgary

1995: Women Printmakers, Waldorf College, Forest City, Iowa

1994: Galerie Epreuve Artiste, Antwerpen, Belgium

1994: International Triennial of Graphic Art, Art Gallery Bitola, Republic of Macedonia

1994: The Human Factor: Selections from the Canada Council Art Bank, Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff         

1994 – 1996: Home is Where the Art Is, AFA Traveling Exhibition        

1993: International print Biennial, Varna 93 (Juried), Varna, Bulgaria

1993: K. Gwen Frank: New Work, Unique Gallery, Grand Prairie

1992: Inside Dreams, Equipe de arte postal, Sao Paulo, Brazil

1992: 8th Mostra Internazionale di Grafica, Istituto per la Cultura e L’Arte, Catania, Italy

1991: International print Exhibition, The National Museum of Fine Arts, Hanoi, Vietnam

1990: K. Gwen Frank: Four Years, The Prarie Gallery, Grand Prairie

1990: Corro para Intercambio de Pequenas Estampas, Havana, Cuba

1987: Hanga Annual 87, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

1985: Stockton National, Haggin Museum, Stockton, California

1985: Something Tasteful, The Second Story Gallery, Calgary

1984: Galex 18, Galesburg, Illinois

1983: The Boston Printmakers 35th National Print Exhibition, Boston, MA


Selected Collections

Gilkey Center for Graphic Arts, Portland Art Museum, OR
Wake Forest University, Winston State, NC
Slovak Union of Visual Artists, Bratislava, Slovakia
UNESCO, Neusiedl am See, Austria
Satyrycon Gallery, Centrum Sztuki - Teatr Dramatyczny, Legnica, Poland
The Kharkov State Art Museum, Ukraine
Poland State Gallery, Lodz
Vietnam National Museum of Fine Arts
Archives of Contemporary Art, Art Contact, Karelia, Russia
Kanagawa Prefectural Gallery, Yokohama, Japan
Istituto per la Cultura e L'Arte, Catania, Italy
The Boston Printmakers Collection, Needham, MS
Herentals Training Center, Belgium
The Canada Council Art Bank
Centrum Frans Masereel, Belgium
The Alberta Arts Foundation
Toronto Dominion Bank, Toronto, ON
CIBC Development Cooporation, Toronto, ON
Grant MacEwan Community College, Edmonton, AB
Calgary Allied Arts Foundation
Alberta Government Telephones
InterProvincial Pipelines, Edmonton, AB
Norcen Energy Resources Ltd.
Nissan Canada
Edmonton Motors
Esso Resources Ltd., AB
Karo Design Resources, Calgary and Vancouver
Manulife Canada
Canadian Petroleum Association
Canada Western National Gas
Birt Hill Fine Art Installations, Toronto
GRAFF Atelier, Montreal
Alberta College of Art Print Collection
ATCO Alberta
Hospitals: University of Alberta, Calgary Foothills, Queen Elizabeth II (Grand Prairie), Cold Lake Regional Hospital
Private Collections in Poland, Romania, The Czech Republic, New Zealand, Australia, Spain, Belgium, Germany, The Netherlands, U.S.A., Argintina, Japan, England, Ireland, Russia and Canada.

Artist Statement

Gwen Frank's mastery of the etching technique is impressive, along with her aesthetic sensibility. Gwen has absorbed, processed and reworked her experiences of growing up on the Canadian prairies. This has resulted in extraordinary, evocative images with a fantastical, almost surreal quality.