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Deanna Bowen

Assistant Professor, Studio Arts

Deanna Bowen
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 5231
Website(s): MKG127

I am a descendant of the Alabama and Kentucky born Black Prairie pioneers of Amber Valley and Campsie, Alberta. My family history has been the central pivot of my auto-ethnographic interdisciplinary practice since the early 1990s. I am a recipient of a 2020 Governor General Award for Visual and Media Arts Award, a 2018 Canada Council Research and Creation Grant, an Ontario Arts Council Media Arts Grant in 2017, a 2016 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, and the 2014 William H. Johnson Prize. My writing, interviews and art works have been published in Canadian Art, The Capilano Review, The Black Prairie Archives, and Transition Magazine. I am the editor of the 2019 publication Other Places: Reflections on Media Arts in Canada.


Refereed Publications

2019:         Other Places: Reflections on Media Arts Practices in Canada. Ed. Deanna 

                        Bowen. Toronto: PUBLIC Books, 2019

2018:        “sum of the parts: what can be named,” in The Black Prairie Archives: An 

                        Anthology. Ed. Karina Vernon. Toronto: University of Toronto 


2017:        “Hunting the Nigs in Philadelphia: Or An Alternate Chronology of 

                        Events Leading Up to and One Year Beyond the Columbia Avenue 

                        Uprisings, August 28-30, 1964.” Transition, No. 124,  “Writing

                        Black Canadas” (2017). Eds. Phanuel Antwi and David Chariandy.

                        Cambridge: Indiana University Press on behalf of the 

                        Hutchins Center for African and African American Research 

                        at Harvard University. 

Non-Refereed Publications


2020:        “A Centenary of Influence,” with Maya Wilson-Sanchez. Canadian Art Magazine, “Influence” Issue. Spring 2020

2017:        “Cicely Nicholson and Deanna Bowen in Conversation.” The Capilano Review, Spring 2018/3.32

                “Notes from The Long Doorway.” Six artist pages in Canadian Art Magazine “The Idea of History” Issue. Fall 2017

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