Breath of Life lamps in the Cathedral of Thorns, Curacao

Eveline Kolijn is a printmaker and installation artist living and working in Calgary. Growing up in the Caribbean, she has experienced both the beauty and demise of coral reefs. Eveline received a MA in cultural anthropology from Leiden University in the Netherlands in 1986 and a BFA from the Alberta College of Art+ Design in 2008 including the Governor General’s Award for academic achievement.

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 in several capacities from 2006 to 2023. She was an artist-mentor and founding board member of the THIS IS MY CITY Art Society, an organization that engaged marginalized and homeless citizens in Calgary in art-making and art projects, from 2008 to 2018. She has been a member of the Calgary Public Art board from 2013-2016  and an instructor at the Alberta University of the Arts School of Continuing Education between 2008 and 2019. 

In 2019, she received the AUArts Alumni Legacy award.

She has participated in national and international exhibitions and residencies, public art projects and community engagement.

Her art has been published in various scientific publications, such as Evolutionary Biology in 2016 and 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. 

She is looking forward to working again with marine biologist, virologist and marine virus modellers in 2024.

Delicate Balance

In 2022, she created her first full-length film “Winterreise – A Winter’s Journey” in collaboration with the Mountainview Festival of Song and Chamber Music.

She joined Alberta’s Energy Futures Lab as a Fellow in 2018 and has moved on to be an Ambassador for the Lab. She is using the arts and her Fellowship experience to promote energy literacy, awareness, and discussion on a just energy transition.

She curated and edited a portfolio project called Energy Futures with 20 artists, 20 writers and 20 energy experts from the province of Alberta. The project was published as a book, Reimagining Fire; Artists and Writers on the Future of Energy, in April 2023.