ABOUT/CV

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Parker Dirks is a trans* interdisciplinary artist, maker, gardener and facilitator. They hold a degree in Ceramics from NSCAD University. Their current craft practice utilizes mold making, wheel throwing and hand building to create functional ceramic objects.

Parker also works as a community arts facilitator. While working in community engaged arts they have been privileged to work with many diverse groups of people across Toronto. These experiences have led them to pursue a personal art practice focused on investigating ideas of access, transparency, disclosure and gender. Their current work uses ceramics as a medium to explore and dismantle concepts of binary gender. They are a part time birder and a full time dork.

 

CV

PARKER DIRKS

Email: parkerdirks@gmail.com

Born: Akron, Pennsylvania, 1988

Citizenship: American, Canadian

EDUCATION

2013 - BFA - NSCAD University, Halifax, NS

2006-2009 - Fine Art - Goshen College, Goshen, IN

SOLO EXIBITION

2011 - Whales, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax, NS

GROUP EXHIBITION

2017 - A Show, Platform A, Toronto, ON

2016 - Margin of Eras, CUE Projects, Toronto, ON

2014 - A Strong Canada, Print Exhibition, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax, NS

2014 - OUT, The Khyber, Halifax, NS

2013 - NSCAD University Graduation Exhibition, Halifax, NS

2012 - Friends of the Khyber Exhibition, The Khyber, Halifax, NS

2012 - Seeds Gallery, Screen Print Show, NSCAD University, Halifax, NS

2011 - Winter Ceramics Exhibition, NSCAD University, Halifax, NS

2011 - Seeds Gallery, NSCAD University, Halifax, NS

2011 - Winter Ceramics Exhibition, NSCAD University, Halifax, NS

2010 - Fall Ceramics Exhibition, NSCAD University, Halifax, NS

2009 - Goshen College Student Exhibition, Goshen College, Goshen, IN

GRANTS

2017 - Platform A Grant, Platform A/Toronto Arts Council

2016 - CUE Grant, Cue Projects

CURATION/ INSTALLATION

2017 - Installer, Margin of Eras Gallery, Toronto, ON

2017 - Curator, Installer, A Show, Platform A, Toronto, ON

2016 - Installer, Margin Of Eras Gallery by CUE Projects, Toronto, ON

2016 - Curator, Installer, A Show, Platform A, Toronto, ON

2015 - Show Installation, A Show, Platform A, Toronto, ON

2012 - Organizer, curation, media design, NSCAD Feminist Collective Annual Show. Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax NS

COMMUNITY ARTS/THEATRE DESIGN

2017 - Assistant Production Designer, Talking Treaties, Toronto, ON

2017 - Facilitator, Groundswell workshop series, CUE, Toronto, ON

2017 - Media Design and Illustration, Touching Ground Festival, Toronto, ON

2016-2017 - Visual Arts Coordinator, Jumblies Theatre, Toronto, ON

2016 - Ceramics Workshop Creation and Facilitation, Alpha Alternative School, Funded by Platform A Micro Grant, Toronto, ON

2016 - Facilitator, Queering Mythologies Workshop Series, The 519 Community Centre, Toronto, ON

2016 - Workshop facilitation and Graphic design, Finding Voice, Toronto, ON

2016 - Production Design, Love with Leila, Toronto, ON

2016 - Production Designer, My Co-mates and Brothers in Exile, Shakespeare In the Ruff, Toronto, ON

2015-2016 - Artist/Facilitator, Jumblies Theatre, Toronto, ON

2015-2016 - Associate Artist, MABELLE Arts, Etobicoke, ON

2015 - Assistant Production Designer, Train Payanam, Community Arts Guild, Scarborough, ON

2014-2015 - Intern, Jumblies Theatre, Toronto, ON

OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2017-  Ceramics and Screen Printing Technician, SKETCH Arts, Toronto, ON

2014-2016 - Sales Associate, Curry’s Artist Materials, Toronto, ON

2013 - Media Design, Dalhousie University Rad Frosh, Halifax, NS

2013 - Media Design, Rad Pride Collective, Halifax, NS

2013 - Media Design, NSCAD Student Union, Halifax, NS

2012  - Crafter, Halifax Crafters Winter Market, Halifax NS

2012 - Crafter, Halifax Crafters Winter Market, Halifax NS

2010-2011 - Ceramics Studio Assistant (Clay Mixing), NSCAD, Halifax, NS

2007- 2009 - Ceramics Studio Assistant, Goshen College, Goshen, IN