Jeffrey Spalding

Artistic Director, Museum of Contemporary Art
Calgary, Alberta

Jeffrey Spalding is an artist, writer and curator.

Spalding's art is chronicled in historical survey texts, exhibited and collected by Canada's principal art museums including: the National Gallery of Canada; Vancouver Art Gallery; Montreal Museum of Fine Arts; The Canadian Embassy, Washington; Canadian Consulate, Sydney, Australia; Art Gallery of Alberta, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal. His pioneering video art of the 1970s was featured in a solo exhibition organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario and in an international touring exhibition circulated by the Tate. Spalding was elected President, Royal Canadian Academy of Arts 2007-2010. In 2012, solo exhibitions of his work will be held at Liu Haisu Art Museum, Shanghai China; Ljubljana, Slovenia; Sir Wilfred Grenfell College Art Gallery, Corner Brook, Newfoundland; Art Gallery, Cape Breton University, Sydney, Nova Scotia; The Gallery/art placement, Saskatoon; and Jarvis Hall Gallery, Calgary.

He organized Canada's art exhibition for Expo 93 Korea and is author of numerous books and catalogues for exhibitions held at prestigious museums such as the Tate Gallery, Russia’s Hermitage Museum, National Gallery of Canada, Phoenix Art Museum and Montreal Museum of Fine Arts among others. He is a featured columnist and writer for Galleries West Magazine and a contributor to Canadian Art magazine.

Spalding served as professor of art at Florida State University; York University, Toronto; Alberta's University of Lethbridge and The Banff Centre. He was Director at major art museums, including Glenbow Museum, Calgary; University of Lethbridge, Alberta; Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax; Appleton Museum of Art, Florida and is currently, Artistic Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Calgary.

Spalding is recipient of the Alberta College of Art and Design Board of Governors Award of Excellence (1992) and was awarded the Order of Canada (2007).