Eveline Kolijn is a Dutch-Canadian artist whose interest in the biological sciences and concern for the environment is expressed through printmaking and sculptural installations made from found synthetic materials. Her interests were encouraged by an international childhood spent in France, Venezuela, Belgium, the Dutch Antilles, the Netherlands and Australia.
Natural history has always permeated her life. She grew up in the Caribbean, where she and her family collected and corresponded on Caribbean shells, building an extensive and well-documented collection. In 2008, the collection was donated to Naturalis, the museum of natural history in Leiden, the Netherlands. A variety of ideas on evolution influenced her upbringing as well. From books on this topic she absorbed images depicting visible and invisible life and connected them with the forms and patterns found on the beach and in the sea.
Eveline received a Master’s degree in cultural anthropology from the Rijks Universiteit Leiden, The Netherlands, in 1986. In 1997 she immigrated to Canada and became a Canadian citizen in 2003. In 2008 she completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Alberta College of Art and Design and was recipient of the Governor General’s Academic medal. She has exhibited her art nationally and internationally. Her art has been published in various scientific publications, most recently on the June 2015 cover of Genome Research. She has presented on the relationship between art and science at an EMBO conference in Heidelberg in 2012. In 2013, she was an artist in residence at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California.
Eveline strongly believes that the arts enrich society, and wants to share her experience and passion in learning environments and community involvement. She has served on the board of Alberta Printmaker’s Society and is also an artist-mentor and founding board member of the THIS IS MY CITY Art Society. She has been a member of the Calgary Public Art board from 2013-2016. She is currently an Extended Studies instructor at the Alberta College of Art + Design.