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Queen's University
 

Rob Truszkowski (BFA '00)MattTruszkowski's Portrait image

In the past 10 years, I have exhibited prints and lectured across Canada and the U.S.A., and internationally.  Notable achievements include "Semper Fi"  at Open Studio (solo exhibition in Toronto, Canada), "Canadian Printmakers" at The Canadian Art Pavillion of the Qijiang Print Festival- Qijiang Farmers' Printmaking Institute (group exhibition in Chongqing, China), "PrintZero Juried Exhibition 2010" (group exhibition juried by Karla Hackenmiller, shown in Miami, Seattle, Chicago U.S.A., and Granada and Mangua Nicaragua), "Encounters" at Druckvereinigung Bentlage (group exhibition in Rheine Germany), Biennale International de l'estampe contemporain  (group exhibition in Trois-Riviéres, Canada), "Salon Écarlate " at Marian Graves Mugar Art Gallery, New Hampshire, U.S.A. (group exhibition),  "White"  at Galérie d'art St. Ambroise, Montréal Canada (solo exhibition), and the RBC New Canadian Painting  (finalist for National Painting competition, group exhibitions held Toronto, Halifax, London, and Winnipeg Canada).  In March 2012, I mounted a solo exhibition entitled "Penance" for the 2012 Okanagan Print Triennial at the Vernon Public Art Gallery in British Columbia Canada, as a result of winning the 2009 Triennial.  I have printed professionally for artists such as Ed Pien and Betty Goodwin at Stinger Editions in Montréal Canada, and taught printmaking, digital imaging, and contemporary art practice at Queen's University (Kingston, Ontario) Concordia University, (Montréal, Québec) and the Haliburton School of the Arts (Haliburton, Ontario).  I am currently Associate Professor of Print Media in the Department of Visual Arts, at the University of Regina in Saskatchewan Canada.

More info about my art and teaching can be found at:  www.truszkowski.org

In so many ways, my decision to attend Queen's was the most pivotal and important in my life to that point.  I vividly remember my studio visit and portfolio session in Ontario Hall, the palpable feeling that it was a place unlike anything I had ever known.  The understated, sometimes under-the-radar nature of the BFA Programme gave me the opportunity to learn, to share, to be myself, and in many ways, figure out just who I was as a young artist.  The long list of amazing faculty that supported me during and after my studies taught me a panoply of skills – of course – but more acutely, they taught me about passion.  This is the same passion that I attempted to bring with me when I returned to teach in the BFA Programme at Queen's in 2005-6, and that which I endeavour to give to my present students at the University of Regina.  Queen's, in and of itself is special, but it is the people that make it extraordinary.  I met my beautiful wife in Victoria Hall residence, my Frontenac Street housemates are still my closest friends, and I even named my son after Queen's Printmaking Prof. T.  What else can I say?!  I love Queen's!

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"Uzi"   2011  
UV & acrylic varnish silkscreen on Arches 88    
22" x 28"

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"The Practical Man"   2011  
UV & acrylic varnish silkscreen on Arches 88    
30" x 40"

 

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