Chelsea Yang-Smith is a freelance photographer for hire— currently based in Calgary, Alberta.

I primarily focus on art documentation, portraiture, product, and event photography and I'm always ready to take on new projects—if you have something in mind you can reach me here or follow me on instagram.


With a Bachelor of Design in Photography from Alberta University of the Arts and practicum training from Banff Centre for Creativity + The Arts, I have years of experience working with image-making. 


I've always been a firm believer in authentic imagery that celebrates real people and real ideas. My creative style is documenting what you see and how it truly is. Through collaboration and visual design, let's make it happen!


curriculum vitae

education

  • 2017, Photography Practicum, The Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity
  • 2016, Bachelor of Design (Photography), Alberta College of Art + Design, Calgary, Canada
  • 2015, Mobility + Exchange (Spring), University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

awards

  • 2019, Calgary Arts Development, Individual Artist Grant ($6,575)
  • 2015, University of the Arts, International Visual Arts Collaboration Grant
  • 2015, University of the Arts, Exchange Student of the Year Award
  • 2014, Alberta College of Art + Design, Second Year Legacy Award
  • 2013-2014, The Government of Alberta, Jason Lang Scholarship

solo exhibitions

  • 2019, second-sight, Marion Nicoll Gallery, Calgary, Canada
  • 2019, KENOPSIA, Rosso Coffee Roasters, Calgary, Canada
  • 2018,  objects that I have unearthed from the bottom of my drawer, The Window Gallery, Arts Commons, Calgary, Canada 
  • 2017, the only thing I can admit aloud is this, The Project Space, Banff Centre for Creativity + Arts, Banff, Canada
  • 2017, the only thing I can admit aloud is this, Vendome Café, Calgary, Canada
  • 2015, dear e, The Creig Gallery, Calgary, Canada

group exhibitions

  • 2019, blindspot: Seeking Place, Main Mall, Alberta University of the Arts, Calgary, Canada
  • 2019, Big Studio — Big Winter Classic, Calgary, Canada
  • 2018, LOOM, Avenida Art + Framing Gallery, Calgary, Canada
  • 2018, Stationary 2, Loft 704, Calgary, Canada
  • 2017, POST-WAVE, Stride Gallery, Calgary, Canada
  • 2017, Stationary, Loft 704, Calgary, Canada 
  • 2016, Hear/tell, ATB Financial's Stephen Avenue Centre Gallery, Calgary, Canada
  • 2016, ACAD Grad Show, The Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Calgary, Canada
  • 2016, blindspot: Silver Linings (Juried by Yves Trepanier), Main Mall, Alberta College of Art + Design, Calgary, Canada
  • 2015, 6th Annual Administration Area Student Art + Design Exhibition (Selected Enbridge Recipient), Alberta College of Art + Design, Calgary, Canada
  • 2015, I will see you again; Jag kommer att se dig igen, Levitt Foyer, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 2014, ACAD Community First Show, Alberta College of Art + Design, Calgary, Canada
  • 2014, Voyage, +15 window at 150-9th Avenue SW, Calgary, Canada

residencies

  • 2019, The Lightbox Studio (July-August), Arts Commons, Calgary, Canada

professional experience

  • 2019, Jr Photographer, FGL Sports (TC Transcontinental), Calgary, Canada
  • 2018-2019, Photo Documentation Technician, Alberta College of Art + Design, Calgary, Canada
  • 2016, Facility + Studio Assistant, Alberta College of Art + Design, Calgary, Canada
  • 2015-2016, Gallery Attendant, The Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Calgary, Canada
  • 2015, Archival Restoration Intern, The New Gallery, Calgary, Canada
  • 2014-2016, Director, The Creig Gallery, Calgary, Canada
  • 2013-2016, Student Ambassador, Alberta College of Art + Design, Calgary, Canada

publications/interviews

Canadian Art "10 Artists Who Work between Meaning and Understanding" (Photo Credit)

Canadian Art "Held Under Tension" (Photo Credit)

collections

  • 2016, The President's Collection, Alberta College of Art + Design, Calgary, Canada

 

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