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 movement and 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 my MFA in Studio Art from Emily Carr University in spring of 2022.




EDUCATION

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

SOLO EXHIBITION

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

GROUP EXHIBITION

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

PERFORMANCE

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

RESIDENCY

Artist Residency, Griffin Art Projects, 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

ARTIST TALKS

Elsewhere Museum, Greensboro NC, 2020
Franconia Sculpture Park, Shafer MN, 2019

PUBLISHED WRITING

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

GRANTS

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

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Sessional Professor, Flexible Materials, Emily Carr University, 2022
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