RYAN SMOLUK
​​​​​​​vasmoluk@mts.net

EDUCATION
2013 University of Manitoba | Diploma in Art degree (4 years), Winnipeg, MB
2001-06 Forum Art Institute, Winnipeg, MB
2005 Artbeat Studio/Gallery | 6 month residency, Winnipeg, MB
2003 South Winnipeg Technical College | Desktop Publishing (6 months), Winnipeg, MB
2000 South Winnipeg Technical College | Production Art Graphics (2 years), Winnipeg, MB

Grants, Awards and Recognition
2020 Manitoba Arts Council | Creative Grant
2018 Manitoba Arts Council | Community Access Grant
2017 Canada Arts Council | Cultivate: Professional Development Grant
2016 Manitoba Arts Council | Creative Grant
2015 Canada Arts Council | Cultivate: Professional Development Grant
2015 Winnipeg Arts Council | Creative Grant
2014 Manitoba Arts Council | Creative Grant
2012 United Nations Stamp Award | Painting reproduced on postage stamp and is available for sale worldwide
2012 Honoured guest at the UN National Assembly, hosted by Christiane Amanpour, attended by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, New York, USA
2012 Invited guest to NY Stock Exchange Ringing of the Bell ceremony. Recognized for his art by host Tommy Hilfiger, New York, USA
2008 Never Quit Award | Nominated for most inspiring story, Toyota Canada, BC
2006 Manitoba Arts Council Grant | Mentorship program with Tom Anrich

Solo Exhibitions
2020 We Are Not Amused | Arts AccessAbility Network Manitoba
https://aanm.ca/we-are-not-amused/
2019 Alchemy | Mayberry Fine Art, Winnipeg, MB
2018 Reflections | Great West Life, Winnipeg, MB
2017 Wake Up Call | Artbeat Studio/Gallery, Winnipeg, MB
2016 Visual Language | Millennium Library, Winnipeg, MB
2016 Culture Shock | Actual Contemporary Gallery, Winnipeg, MB
2013 Coming of Age Dialogue | Viscount Gort Hotel, Winnipeg, MB
2012 Studio Central Gallery, Winnipeg, MB
2008 Breaking Through | Canad Inn Polo Park, Winnipeg, MB
2008 Silver Dream | Artbeat Studio/Gallery, Winnipeg, MB
2008 Manitoba Marathon | University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB
2007 Visual Thinking | Canad Inn Polo Park, Winnipeg, MB
2007 Disability Discrimination in the Workplace | Province of Manitoba
2006 Spring Art Show | Fleet Gallery, Winnipeg, MB

Group Exhibitions
2021 Art in the Time of Corona | The Muse Gallery, Kenora, ON
2021 In Solitude Unity | Artist AccessAbility Network Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB
2019 Take Two | Arts Accessibility Network Manitoba and La Maison Des Artiste, Winnipeg, MB
2016 Upbeat Artworks | Artbeat Studio/Gallery, Winnipeg, MB
2014 Pool of the Black Star Gallery, Winnipeg, MB
2012 Studio Central Gallery, Winnipeg, MB
2006 CMHA Heroes Luncheon, Winnipeg, MB
2006 Gallery C103 | University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB
2006 Illumination | Holiday Inn, Winnipeg, MB

Conferences with solo exhibitions
2014 Growing Up as an Artist with Autism | Seven Oaks School Division, Winnipeg, MB
2012 International Stigma Conference, Ottawa, ON
2009 Canadian Art Therapy Conference | Clarion Hotel, Winnipeg, MB
2008 Breaking Through Relationships | Canad Inn, Winnipeg, MB
2007 Sharing the Knowledge, MFEAT | Canad Inn, Winnipeg, MB
2007 Developmental Disabilities and Autism Conference | Canad Inn, Winnipeg, MB

Presentations & SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
2018 Reflections | Great West Life, Winnipeg, MB
2016 Diversity Reaching Them All | Keynote Speaker | River East School Division, Winnipeg, MB
2016 Building a Dream as an Artist | Polson School, Winnipeg, MB
2016 Visual Language | Millenium Library, Winnipeg, MB
2015 Making a Difference | Manitoba Legislative Building, Winnipeg, MB
2015 Anything is Possible | Gordon bell High School, Winnipeg, MB
2011 Out of Mind, Into Creativity Symposium | Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, MB
2010 Continuity Care Conference | Guest speaker and solo show | Winnipeg, MB
2009 Growing as an Artist with Autism | University of the North, Thompson, MB
2008 Growing as an Artist with Autism | University of the North, The Pas, MB
2007 Disability Discrimination in the Workplace | Province of Manitoba

Publications, Films and media
2021 All Without Words. Creating Art from Jazz Music. CD by Justin Morell, composer. Live premier event in October with documentary film, Miami, FL
2021 Cover Art for inaugural publication. The Canadian Journal of Autism Equity, Toronto, ON
2021 Cover Art, Vulnerable Person's Act, Province of Manitoba
2020 Book Cover Art, "The Neurodiversity Movement", edited by Dr. Steven K. Kapp | England UK
2020 Apple iPad Project. Digital Art Technology, Los Angeles, CA
2017 Cover Art, Exploring Diagnosis, University of Exeter, England, UK
2016 Winnipeg Free Press, Information Overload: Wry Humour Creeping Chaos of Contemporary Life, Steven Leyden Cochrane, Winnipeg, MB
2016 Winnipeg Free Press, From 'Fish Out of Water' to Shark Artist: Unique View of the World, Alan Small, Winnipeg, MB
2016 CBC Radio Interview on Culture Shock with Ismala Alfa, Winnipeg, MB
2015 Featured: DVD and Film Poster, Normal Films, Los Angeles, CA
2015 Art and Feature Article, Pace Magazine, Winnipeg, MB
2012 CBC TV Interview with Mychaylo Prystupa, Winnipeg, MB
2012 Philatelic Bulletin NO. 102, Stamp Collector Magazine, bio and artwork, New York, USA
2011 Shaw TV interview, book promotion at Artbeat Studio/Gallery by Meera Bahadoosingh, Winnipeg, MB
2011 Featured in: The Art of Autism (books) by Debbie Hosseini, Los Angeles, CA
2009 Featured in: The Arts: Possibilities, Disabilities (film) produced by Keri Bowers, Los Angeles, CA
2009 Shaw TV Interview, Silver Dream by Tracy Koga, Winnipeg, MB
2008 CBC TV Interview, Breaking Through with Mychaylo Prystupa, Winnipeg, MB
2008 Pictures Worth a Thousand Words, feature story in Toyota Magazine, BC

Present & Past employment
2021-Present Writer for the Art of Autism, Los Angeles, CA
2007-2020 Volunteer: Artbeat Studio/Gallery, taught Recovery through Art. Supporting and mentoring other struggling artists, Winnipeg, MB
2014-2017 Taught Recovery Art Workshop for Mental Health for Harris Teskey and Associates, Winnipeg, MB
2015 Taught art classes to students at Constable Edward Finney School, Winnipeg, MB
2007 TV Show. Props Department | Lost Tales of the Brothers Grimm, Winnipeg, MB
2000 Created five large city murals for Take Pride City of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, MB

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