Faculty Profile - Scott Bertram

Scott Bertram

Scott Bertram


Fine Arts

Master of Fine Arts (NSCAD University, 2010)

Subjects: Fine Arts

I am a practicing abstract painter based in the Comox Valley. My artistic practice centres around ideas of improvisation, finding meaning in unintended stimuli, and playing with the dynamics of perception. I have participated in solo and group exhibitions across Canada as well as in the USA, Australia, Germany, Mexico, and the UK. I have also taught drawing and painting courses at NSCAD University (Halifax), the University of Manitoba (Winnipeg), and OCAD University (Toronto).

As a teacher, I strive to provide a challenging work environment wherein I present myself as an approachable and honest critical voice. I help students to discover new ideas and images by incorporating contemporary and historical art into studio courses as well as by incorporating a wide range of traditional and non-traditional methods into my assignments. The end goal of any of my given courses is not only to impart and then measure specific technical and creative skills, but also to encourage students to develop ambition, passion, and curiosity towards how those specific skills may be used in inventive ways for their own means.

Master of Fine Arts (NSCAD University, 2010)

Bachelor of Fine Arts (University of British Columbia Okanagan, 2007)

Exchange Studies, (Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Hamburg, Germany, 2006)

  • I have had solo exhibitions at Harcourt House Artist Run Centre in Edmonton, AB; Two Rivers Art Gallery in Prince George, BC; Forest City Gallery in London, ON; and Galerie BAC in Montreal, QC; among others.

  • In 2010 I was a semifinalist in the 12th annual RBC Canadian Painting Competition which was exhibited at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery in Toronto; Dalhousie Art Gallery in Halifax; and The Art Gallery of Calgary in Calgary.

  • I have received funding for my studio research and art practice from the Canada Council for the Arts, the BC Arts Council, and SSHRC Canada.

  • For the past several years I have also been participating in artist residencies around the world, most recently at the Anderson Ranch Arts Centre in Colorado, USA.

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