Curriculum vitae


PARKING, collaboration with Feedback Loop, Vancouver, Mar - May, 2024

STAND LAND PROTECTORS; STAND WATER PROTECTORS, ceramic platters, in Raiders Raid, Greg Elgstrand, curator, Bohart, Port Moody, BC

I WONDER, outdoor wall-text painting, Other Sights, Vancouver, pending 

Prop House, group exhibition Griffin Art Projects, North Vancouver, May 19 - Aug 25, 2024

WE CALL in Conciliations, book, Tarah Hogue, Jennifer Robinson eds.

WE ARE SORRY in Aesthetics of Repair: Indigenous Art and Material Practice in an Age of Reconciliation, author Eugenia Kisin, upcoming University of Toronto Press, 2024



HORIZONS, project of Garry Neill Kennedy (1935-2021), realized collaboratively with curator Mandy Ginson, Vancouver Art Gallery


ON QUE IN PANTONE COLOURS OF THE YEAR, permanent installation, Lobby, On Que, Quebec St, Vancouver, BC



I WONDER, wall-text painting, permanent installation, Art Metropole, Toronto



Stand Land Protectors; Stand Water Protectors, two ceramic platters curated by Kate Bellringer in exhibition at Terminal Creek Contemporary, Bowen Island, BC

We Call, Teck Gallery, SFU reproduction in Women Deliver Cities curated by Germaine Koh, Vancouver Public Library, main branch, Vancouver

Subsidized in Public Volumes, Noa Bronstein, curator, Small Arms Inspection Building, City of Mississauga

Parking, a madrigal choral composition / performance with lyrics from makes and models of parked cars in UBC's West Parkade, composed by Earle Peach, performance AHVA Faculty Exhibition, UBC, Vancouver


We Call, installation, Teck Gallery, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver

We Call, installation, first Lind Family Artist-in-Residence at Upper Canada College, Toronto

Anna Leonowens was a Suffragist, re-issue of 1985 t-shirt edition for Anna Leonowens Gallery, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, Nova Scotia

We Call, in I Continue to Shape, Cheyanne Turions, curator, Art Museum, University of Toronto, 

We Call, permanent installation, 1st Lind Familly Artist-in-Residence, Upper Canada College, Toronto 



We Call, installation, Gitksan Wet’suwet’en Education Society (GWES), Hazelton, BC, Dec 2017 on-going

Intertribal Lifelines, performance collaboration with Charlene Vickers, Sound Thinking conference, Surrey Art Gallery

Intertribal Lifelines, installation, collaboration with Charlene Vickers, Ground Signals, Surrey Art Gallery

Synthesizing Sound and Protection at Curve/Diagonal at Robert Maki Curve/Diagonal, collaboration with Charlene Vickers in Action!! Performance Festival, Western Gallery, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA

Garry Kennedy+Cathy Busby: Activism, Arts Education and Printed Matter, exhibition, Toronto Art Book Fair, Artscape

Youngplace, Toronto, (June); Vancouver Art Book Fair, Grunt Gallery annex, (Oct)


Hands Across the Sky, performance with Charlene Vickers; curated with Dima Alansari, Thirst Daysseries, Jayce Salloum, initiator, VIVO, Vancouver

We Are Sorry, floor panel in Lalakenis, Belkin Art Gallery, University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver


Acquired in 1964, Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Charlottetown, solo exhibition

Inspiring in Outcomes, faculty exhibition, University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver

We Are Sorry 2013in First Nations caravan, Bella Bella, BC to Ottawa, Awalaskenis II - Journey of Truth and Unity Sorry Politicians, Emerson Gallery, Berlin, solo exhibition

Self-Help Library in Where Does It Hurt?, Artspeak, Vancouver

Budget Cuts inThis for That, Malaspina Printmakers, Vancouver

Pickled Art Centre Opening (2008) with Jinkelong in (Da Bao) (Takeout), Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, BC


Steve’s Vinyl, book launches, Dec 1 in conjunction with World AIDS Day, Printer Matter, New York; Dec 15, Halifax

We Are Sorry 2013, in Witnesses: Art and the Canada’s Indian Residential Schools, Belkin Art Gallery, University of British Columbia, Vancouver

Sorry, Branded, Whatever I Like,Your Choice books in Libro, Concourse Gallery, Emily Carr University, Vancouver


Budget Cuts, billboard and Sorry, large-scale inkjet prints in Every Line & Every Other Line at Paved Arts/AKA Artist-run Gallery, Saskatoon, Canada

About Face, Institute of Art, Religion and Social Justice, invitation, AA Bronson, Union Theological Seminary, New York Pickled Art Centre Opening (2008) with Jinkelong in (Da bao)(Takeout), Varley Art Gallery, Markham, Canada; travel to Mississauga Art Gallery, Mississauga, Canada 2012; Plug In ICA, Winnipeg, 2013; Surrey Art Gallery, Canada, 2014


Steve’s Vinyl, installation and performance, Khyber Centre for the Arts, Halifax

Parking, installation, inx2, Eyelevelgallery, Halifax

Boldstep Half-Life, collaboration with Barbara Lounder, sound installation in Debert Bunker exhibition, Debert, CanadaDrive It Like You Stole It, window-text painting andSorry, large-scale inkjet prints inEvery Line & Every Other Line, Platform Photographic and Digital Arts, Winnipeg


Atrium, installation, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax

In Conversation with They Chose China, installation with film by Shuibo Wang, Pickled Art Unit One, Beijing Reconciliation/Coincidence, books and printed matter in Art & Social Justice,Union Theological Seminary, New York Inspiring and Move In Now, wall-text paintings inGiving Notice: Words on Walls, Dalhousie Art Gallery, Halifax

We Are Sorry, fabric panels with Canadian and Australian apology texts, commissioned by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg

Whatever I Like, large-scale posters and printed matter in Dongxi Things, Kunstverein Baden, Baden, Austria

Harriet Nahanee, window installation inSafe Façade, VIVO Media Arts, Vancouver


Taken, photo installation, Red Gate Residency Gallery, Beijing

Beijing Cube installation, Beijing-Vancouver, Centre A, Vancouver

Sorry, large-scale inkjet prints with We Are Sorry wall, Yukon Arts Centre, Whitehorse

We Are Sorry, large-scale site-specific installation, Laneway Commissions, Melbourne, Australia, July 2009 – Feb 2013


Your Choice, installation, two large-format vinyl photo works and small-format book, Pickled Art Centre, Beijing Righting the Wrongs, wall-text painting installation, Ocular Lab, Melbourne, Australia

Sorry, large-scale inkjet prints, COFA space, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

24/7, installation, Aberdeen Business School Library inNo Time to Lose,Peacock Centre for the Arts, Aberdeen, Scotland

Branded, wall-text painting and small-format book, Render, formerly University of Waterloo Art Gallery, Canada


Whatever I Like, installation, wall-text painting and small-format book, Pickled Art Centre, Beijing

The North End, installation and artist book, Art Metropole, Toronto


The North End, installation and artist book, Emerson Gallery, Berlin


24/7 at Work, installation, Window Box Series, Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery, Halifax

Sorry, large-scale inkjet prints, McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton, Canada

Sorry,large-scale inkjet prints, St. Mary’s University Art Gallery, Halifax


Totalled, wall-text painting installation, Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa

24/7, large-scale print in members’ show, Eyelevelgallery, Halifax 2002Testdrive, 3-part installation, Eyelevelgallery, Halifax


How..., multiple-print installation, Gallery 101, Ottawa


Printed Matter, Visa 370, Winter 2018

Studio Theory, Visa 481, Winter 2017

Printed Matter, Visa 370, Fall 2015-16; Studio, Winter, Visa 401F

Printed Matter, Visa 370, Fall 2014-15; Studio, Winter, Visa 401A

Printed Matter, Fall 2013; Open Studio, 3rdand 4thyear undergrad students, Winter semester, co-taught with Garry Neill Kennedy; MFA critiques, Fall and Winter semesters, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, 2013-14

“Printed Matter Seminar,” “Studio Practice,” Fall semester; “Open Studio,” BFA graduating students, co-taught with Garry Neill Kennedy, Emily Carr University, Vancouver, 2012-2013

“Art History II: 1400 to the Present,” Mount Saint Vincent University, Winter 2006; Winter 2007

Lecturer, “Art History I: Pre-history to 1400,” Mount Saint Vincent University, Fall 2005; Fall 2006

Instructor, “Introduction to Visual Culture,” 160 students / eight teaching assistants, NSCAD University, 2004

“Contemporary Art in Printed Matter,” MA Art History seminar, Carleton University, 2004

Adjunct Research Professor, School for Studies in Art and Culture, Carleton University, 2004-2008

Supervisor, graduate and undergraduate students, National Gallery of Canada / Ottawa Art Gallery: 12 Art History graduate student interns; 4 graduate and undergraduate summer interns, 1998-2004

Thesis Committee External Examiner, Carleton University: MA Art History, 2003; MA Anthropology/ Sociology, 2003; MA Art History, 2002; MA Art History, Sept. 1999; MA Art History, Dec. 1999

“Women, Film and Video,” Faculty of Fine Arts, Concordia University, Montreal, 1992; 1994 “Film Analysis: Canadian Film,” NSCAD, Halifax, 1989



PhD Communication, Concordia University, Montreal


Fulbright Fellowship, Visiting Researcher, New York University, New York


MA Media Studies, Concordia University, Montreal


Bachelor of Fine Arts, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD), Halifax



Arts and Culture Policy Council (ACPC) liason to Public Art Committee, City of Vancouver


Member, Public Art Committee, City of Vancouver to present


Discursive Projects, presentation, “Power in the Darkness” OR Gallery, Vancouver,


Adjunct Professor / Artist-in-residence with teaching responsibilities, UBC, Vancouver


Key-note speaker, awards event,Creative Challenge, University of the Creative Arts, London, UK


Discursive Projects, presentation, “Power in the Darkness” OR Gallery, Vancouver,


Artist’s Talks: Belkin Art Gallery, UBC; Teesside University, Middlesbrough, UK; OR Gallery, Berlin


Artist-in-residence, Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Vancouver, Fall / Winter 2013. See also: Teaching


Artist’s Talks: Simon Fraser University; University of Saskatchewan; Emily Carr University of Art and Design

Presenter, Lecture Series with Marina Abromovic, Kara Walker, Renee Green, Fierce Pussy, Union Theological Seminary


Visiting Artist,West Broadway Poster Projectweek-long workshop, Art City, Winnipeg

Presenter, Atlantic School of Theology, Halifax

Presenter, “Unfortunately,” Fuller Terrace Lecture Series, Halifax

Assessment Committee Member, multi-year operating Grants, Media Arts Organizations, Canada Council


Mentor, Visual Arts Nova Scotia, Halifax


Artist-in-residence, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax


Assessment Committee Member, Shanghai Expo 2010, Canada Council


Artist-in-Residence, Red Gate Gallery, Beijing, China, September-October 2007; 2008; 2009; 2010


Chair of Board/Board Member, Centre for Art Tapes, Halifax


Consultant/Mentor, website development, Owens Art Gallery, Mount Allison University


Assessment Committee Member, Visual Arts B grants, Canada Council


Initiator,Artist-to-Artist, presentations and transcribed interviews with 20 Ottawa artists, The Ottawa Art Gallery


Head of Public Programs, Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa


Board Member / Chair, Programming Committee, SAW Gallery, Ottawa,


Curator,Bulldozer: 15 Yukon Artists / 15 artistes du Yukon, SAW Gallery, Ottawa,


Consultant / co-author,Developing an Arts Scene: Art Education in the Yukon, Yukon Arts Centre, Whitehorse


Senior Researcher/Writer, Education and Public Programs, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa


Contemporary Art Researcher, National Gallery of Canada, Artists’ Books in the Art Metropole Collection, Ottawa


Visiting Researcher, Fulbright Scholar, New York University, New York City


Assessment Committee Member, Operating Assistance to Media Arts organizations, Canada Council


Director/Curator,Lifesize: Women and Film, National Film Board, Telefilm Canada, Halifax


Director, Anna Leonowens Gallery, NSCAD, Halifax



thirstDays, Love, intimacy and (com)passion in a geopolitical context, contributor, VIVO Media Arts Centre, Vancouver


Making the Invisible Visible, interviewer/editor, conversations with five artists, University of the Creative Arts,

Canterbury, Kent, UK, 88 pp.

Taking up the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Call to Action, pagework, C Magazine, Winter Issue 128, 2 pp 2015Acquired in 1964, artist book / catalogue, Confederation Centre Art Gallery, 60 pp

Journeysin Weaving Histories, Sydney Hart and Clay Little, eds, First Nations Student Services at Capilano University and Presentation House Gallery, 64 pp


Cut and Muzzled, pagework,The Capilano Review, Spring issue, 3.23, Vancouver, 8 pp

Inspiring, folder, UBC, Vancouver


Steve’s Vinyl, artist book, Emily Carr Press Pile Driver Editions, Vancouver and Visual AIDS, New York, 166 pp


Budget Cuts, folder, Paved Arts/AKA Artist-run Gallery, Saskatoon, Canada

(Da bao)(Takeout),catalogue, Shannon Anderson and Doug Lewis, Curators, Varley Art Gallery, Markham, Canada

About Face, artist book, Institute of Art, Religion and Social Justice, Union Theological Seminary, New York, 96 pp

Pickled Art Centre Opening (2008) with Jinkelong, folder,(Da Bao) (Takeout), Markham, Canada


Parking,folder, Eyelevelgallery, Halifax
Every Line & Every Other Line,folder, J.J. Kegan McFadden, Director/Curator, Platform Photographic+Digital Arts, Winnipeg
Drive It Like You Stole It,folder, Platform Centre for Photographic + Digital Arts, Winnipeg


Atrium, folder, Sarah Fillmore with David Diviney, Curators, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax

Reconcilation/Coincidence, folder, AA Bronson, Curator,Art & Social Justice, Union Theological Seminary, New York

Giving Notice: Words on Walls, catalogue, Peter Dykhuis Curator, essay Jessica Wyman, Dalhousie Art Gallery, HalifaxInspiring, folder, Dalhousie Art Gallery, Halifax

Sorryseries inOut Loud: Do Your Words Matter?Live Ink module, grade 9 / 10, Pearson Canada Inc, p 60-61


We Are Sorry,Artists and Activistspamphlet, Printed Matter, NY; Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, 16 pp

No Time to Lose,catalogue, Milena Placentile, Curator,Peacock Centre for the Arts, Aberdeen, Scotland

Journal,pagework, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, vol. 35, Spring/Summer, 2 pp

John Harding, “We Are Very Sorry,” inSite Unseen, Georgia Sedgwick, ed, Laneway Commissions, Melbourne, 44 pp

We Are Sorry, pagework, Visual Arts Nova Scotia, Summer, 3 pp

Beaudette, Berkman, Busby,catalogue, Mary Bradshaw, Director , Yukon Arts Centre Gallery, 16 pp


Your Choice,artist book, #4 in series, edition of 200, signed, Pickled Art Centre, Beijing, 104 pp

Sorry, artist book, first in series, 2nd edition of 700, Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery, Halifax with College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, 88 pp

Branded,artist book, #3 in series, edition of 300, Render, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada, 120 pp


Whatever I Like, artist book, #2 in series, edition of 500, Pickled Art Centre, Beijing, 104 pp

The North End: Volume II, artist book of Halifax posters, edition of 10, Art Metropole, Toronto, 335 pp


The North End: Volume I, artist book of Halifax posters, edition of 10, Emerson Gallery, Berlin, 275 pp


We Have a Situation: Sorry, page work inImage and Inscription, Robert Bean, ed, Gallery 44 / YYZ Books, 232 pp

24/7 at Work,folder, Ingrid Jenkner, Curator / Director, Mount St. Vincent University Art Gallery, Halifax

Sorry, artist book, #1 in series, 1stedition / 500, Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery, Halifax, 64 pp


Totalled,catalogue, Sandra Dyck, Curator,Studio Watch Series, Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa, 20 pp, 2004


Co-Editor, author,When Pain Strikes, Busby, Sawchuk, Burns, eds, an anthology 28 contributors (12 artist projects),

Theory Out of BoundsSeries, University of Minnesota Press and The Banff Centre for the Arts, 287 pp


Mike Grace-Dacosta, “Renowned Artist Unveils Mural at Hazelton First Nations High School,”The Interior News, Dec 20, 2017,

Mandeep Wirk, “Act Now on Reconciliation We Call,”Rungh,

Kevin Griffin, “Exhibition recreates ceremony that shamed Ottawa,”Vancouver Sun, B10; also online, Jan 18, 2016

“Garry Kennedy and Cathy Busby’s Top Tabs,”Canadian Artonline, Features section, Oct 19, 2015

Christian Ledwell, “Retracing the Past: A Conversation with Cathy Busby,”Visual Arts Newsonline, Halifax, Sept 12, 2015

J.J. Kegan McFadden, “Review of Cathy Busby'sSteve's Vinyl,” The Capilano Review, Spring Issue, 2014

“Artist Cathy Busby in Conversation with Writer Amy Fung,”Visual AIDS Blog, March 2014 John Wisniewski, “Conversations with Artist Cathy Busby,” March 2014

Sydney Hart, “Where Does it Hurt?,” Artspeak, Vancouver,C Magazine, Winter 2013

Michael Turner, “Witnesses: Art and Canada’s Indian Residential Schools,”Canadian Artonline, Nov 22, 2013

Maurice Switzer, ed, “Big Numbers Hide Huge Failures...,” featuring image ofBudget Cuts,Paved Arts/AKA Artist-run Gallery, Saskatoon, inAnishinabek News, Union of Ontario Indians, North Bay, Canada, Oct 2012

Bart Gazzola, "Cate and Cathy,” Oct 4, 2012

"Saskatoon billboard blasts cuts to Aboriginal organizations, " APTN, Sept 24, 2012

Chrysanne Stathacos and Susan Silas, MOMMY blog, “A Conversation with Cathy Busby,”

Ted Kerr, “Beyond the Portrait’s Blank Stare,”Hyperallergic, New York, May 2012

Gavin Browning, “Cathy Busby: About Face,”Domus, Italy, May 2012

Elissa Barnard, “Artist says goodbye withSteve’s Vinyl,”The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, Dec. 2, 2011

Carmen Klassen, 9-minute live radio interview aboutSteve’s Vinyl, CBCClose to Home, Halifax, Dec. 1, 2011

Phlis McGregor, 7-minute pre-recorded radio interview aboutSteve’s Vinyl, CBCInformation Morning, Halifax, Dec 1, 2011

Allison Saunders, “World AIDS Day: Steve’s Vinyl,”The Coast, Halifax, Dec. 1-7, 2011

Lizzy Hill, “Art Underground,”Visual Arts News, Halifax, Fall 2011

Sandee Moore, “Reading Between the Lines,”Uptown Magazine, Winnipeg, March 31, 2011

Sue Carter-Flinn, “Resolving to Resolve,”Visual Arts News, Halifax, Spring 2011

Molly Segal, “Atrium Art, Double Take,”The Commoner, Halifax, Dec. 1, 2010

Robert Enright, “Who’s Sorry Now?: Cathy Busby,”Border Crossingsmagazine, Winter 2010-11

Artists from Nova Scotia: Alex Colville, Maud Lewis, David Askevold, Robert Bean, Fred Allen, Cathy Busby, Jan Peacock, Stjepan Rudic,LLC Books, Memphis, Tennessee, 2010, 32 pp

Holly Gordon, “Visual Art: Cathy Busby’s Giving Notice,”The Coast, Sept 30, 2010

Adam O’Reilly, “Giving Notice: Signs of Change,”Canadian Art, Sept. 23, 2010

“United in Going Forward”, in The Healing Journey,Winnipeg Free Press, June 17, 2010

Sheila North-Wilson, onWe Are Sorry, Winnipeg Art Gallery, CBC Television Report, June 16, 2010

RAS Creative, “With Apologies”, Aboriginal Focus – Special Feature,The Winnipeg Sun, June 16, 2010

“Words to the Wise”,The Winnipeg Sun, June 16, 2010

Sarah Caufield, “Our Apologies”,Front Magazine, Translation issue, Vancouver, Summer 2010

Robin Laurence, “Artist’s eye Olympic branding,”The Georgia Straight, Oct 15 – 22, 2009

Tristin Hopper, “All Apologies,”Canadian Art, Oct 2009

Ming Pao Daily News, feature story with installation images, Sept. 20, 2009, p D1

Liza Power, “Art in the City,”The Age, Melbourne, Aug. 4, 2009

Jetsetting Joyce, “HOT:We Are Sorry, 620-640 Little Bourke St,”MEL: The Decisive Guide to Melbourne, Aug. 15, 2009 newsletter, “Cathy Busby, We Are Sorry (2009)”

Tristin Hopper, “Begging Your Pardon,”Yukon News, March 27, 2009

Tara McCarthy, “The Art of Guilt,”What’s Up Yukon, March 26, 2009

Tara McCarthy, CBC radio interview, March 2009

William Sturrock, “Revolutionary Forms and Public Apologies,” July 3, 2008

Sukhpreet Sangha, “UW as the next ‘it’ brand,”Imprintonline, University of Waterloo, Feb. 2, 2008

Robert Reid, “Branded in Canadian Wall-text Tradition,”The Record, Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Jan. 26, 2008

Sue Carter-Flinn, “Best piece of Halifax in Toronto,”The Coast, Halifax, Dec. 27-Jan. 3, 2008

Brad Wheeler, “This Weekend...Cathy Busby,”Globe and Mail, Toronto, Aug. 18, 2007

David Jager, “Cathy Busby takes a flyer,”Now weekly, Toronto, Aug. 16-22, 2007

Rosemary Heather, “The North End and Two New Wars in Berlin,”Canadian Art Magazine, Toronto, 2006

Sue Carter-Flinn, “Pole Vault: The North End,”The Coast, Halifax, vol. 14, no. 21, Oct. 19, 2006

Audrey Nicoll, “Reading an Apology,”Visual Arts News, Halifax, Winter 2006

Elissa Barnard, “Sorry state of affairs,” feature,Chronicle Herald, Halifax, Sept. 17, 2005



Canada Council, Visual Arts, Project Grant


Canada Council, Visual Arts, Project Grant

Nova Scotia Communities, Culture and Heritage Grant


Nova Scotia Communities, Culture and Heritage Grant


Nova Scotia Established Artist Recognition Award

Canada Council Travel Grant


Nova Scotia Industry Growth Grant

Nova Scotia Tourism, Culture and Heritage Grant


Outstanding Artist of the Year, Visual Arts Nova Scotia

Canada Council, Visual Arts, Project Grant

Nova Scotia Tourism, Culture and Heritage Grant 2006 Canada Council, Visual Arts Project Grant


Ontario Arts Council, Artists’ Grant


Daimon Production Centre, Research/Creation Grant

Artist’s Production Grant, City of Ottawa


Presentation Scholarship, Die Junge Akademie, Berlin


Critics and Curators Grant, Canada Council

Contemporary Art Fellowship, National Gallery


Fulbright Fellowship


Winnipeg Art Gallery

National Gallery of Canada

Carleton University Art Gallery

Nova Scotia Art Bank

Art Bank, Canada Council

City of Ottawa

Nova Scotia College of Art and Design


Art Metropole, Toronto

READ Books, Emily Carr University, Vancouver Printed Matter, New York

The Gallery Shop, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax LA Art Book Fair, 2013, 2014

New York Art Book Fair, 2012, and intermittently Buchandlung Walther König, Köln; Berlin

Koenig Books at the Serpentine Gallery, London, UK Supermarket Art Fair, Stockholm, 2013

Mondo, Tromsø, Norway

Vancouver Art Book Fair annually Toronto Art Book Fair 2017