Biography: Born in Grande Prairie, Alberta, Robin Arseneault is an artist, curator, instructor and director whose work has been exhibited or performed internationally. She holds a fine arts diploma from Grande Prairie Regional College (1995), a BFA in painting from the Alberta College of Art and Design (1998), and an MFA in sculpture from the Edinburgh College of Art (2005). A regular speaker, panel participant and instructor, she has participated in residencies in Calgary, Grande Prairie and Blairmore, as well as in a Thematic Residency at the Banff Centre. Arseneault was the director of Stride Gallery from 1999 to 2001, and she has served on several boards and committees in Calgary, where she now lives.
Arseneault is a recipient of the 2008 Lieutenant Governor’s Emerging Artist Award. Her work includes installation, drawing, sculpture and video and often incorporates a performance element. Her art frequently deals with subjective ideas about emotion, fear, failure and humour. In 2005, Arseneault wrote and published a one-act play entitled Monsterdom. In 2011, she and Paul Jackson won an Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA) / Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) Sculpture Commission; their project, “Hunting Blind,” sits on the rooftop terrace of the AGA, where it will remain for five years before becoming a part of the permanent collection of the AFA.