Kyla Gilbert is a visual artist based out of Vancouver BC on the unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. She graduated with a BFA in performance from Concordia University in 2017 and spent the two subsequent years touring as a puppeteer with DJ Kid Koala. Her current practice revolves around intuitive encounter with materials. As a former puppeteer and performer, she approaches her process as an improvisation that results in the creation of objects full of discrepancy, juxtaposition, awkwardness, and joy. Kyla completed her MFA in Studio Art from Emily Carr University in spring of 2022.


Emily Carr University of Art + Design, MFA, 2022
NSCAD University, Visual Certificate in Sculpture, 2019
Concordia University, Bachelor of Fine Arts, 2017


(Without) Losing Oneself, Yard Space Gallery, Vancouver BC, 2022
At Home, Port Loggia Gallery, Halifax NS, 2019


New & Emerging, Seymour Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, 2023
Here I am, in the in-between/In Process, Massy Arts, Vancouver BC, 2023
4H, Hlöðuloftið - Korpúlfsstöðum, Reykjavik IS, 2022
The Morning After, August Studios, Vancouver BC, 2022
MFA Thesis Exhibition, Emily Carr University, Vancouver BC, 2022
In/visible Forces, LOow, Vancouver BC, 2022
SOP, Emily Carr University, Vancouver BC, 2021
Vessel-vessel with Tarendo, Yard Space Gallery, Vancouver BC, 2021
Everyday Objects, Studio Montclair, Montclair NJ, 2019


Kahkakiw, OBORO, 2019
Nufonia Must Fall, Kid Koala Productions, 2017-2019
Vinyl Vaudeville, Kid Koala Productions, 2017-2018
Shadow/Presence, Concordia University, 2017


Emerging Artist Residency, Banff Centre, Banff AB, 2023
Artist Residency, SIM, Reykjavik IS, 2022
Artist Residency, Griffin Art Projects, Vancouver BC, 2022
Artist Residency, Contingencies of Care, 2021
Artist Residency, Elsewhere Museum, Greensboro NC, 2020
Artist Residency, Celine Bureau, Montreal QC, 2019
Intern Artist Residency, Franconia Sculpture Park, Shafer, MN, 2019
Creation Residency for Kahkakiw, OBORO, Montreal QC, 2019


SIM Residency, Reykjavik IS, 2022
Griffin Art Projects, Vancouver BC, 2022
Elsewhere Museum, Greensboro NC, 2020
Franconia Sculpture Park, Shafer MN, 2019


Co-editor and contributor, I Need to Talk to You, Emily Carr University, 2020
Contributor, Globe Climate - Globe and Mail, 2020
Contributor, Undergraduate Journal of Performance Creation, Concordia University, 2017


SSHRC Graduate Scholarship, 2021
Canada Council for the Arts, Explore and Create Grant, 2020


Preparator, Roundhouse Community Centre, 2023
Preparator, Contemporary Art Gallery, 2023
Sessional Professor, Flexible Materials, Emily Carr University, 2022 - 2023
Art Instructor, Place Based After School Arts, North Van Arts, 2023
Fellowship Professor,Creative Process, Emily Carr University, 2021
Artist Participant, Leaning Out of Windows, 2021
Studio Assistant to Emily Hermant, 2021
Research Assistant, Wild Empathy, 2021
Research Assistant, Shifting Ground, 2021
Teaching Assistant, Intro to Sculpture, Emily Carr University, 2021-2022