Pearl Van Geest
Pearl Van Geest is an artist, art writer, and visual arts educator based in Guelph, Ontario. She has been working in these fields since graduating from the Ontario College of Art and Design in 1996. She also holds a Bachelor of Science, a Bachelor of Education, and a Master of Fine Art. She has exhibited her work widely across Canada, and some of her art also belongs to collections in the United States and Europe. She was a finalist for the RBC Painting Competition 2003 and was selected for inclusion in the Magenta Foundation’s 2008 publication, Carte Blanche 2: Painting. Pearl's work has been supported through Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council grants, and is part of the national Art Bank collection.
She has written reviews and features for Canadian Art magazine, C-Magazine, ArtWindsor, as well as essays for exhibitions including: Julie Sando: (he called me his) Fully Transistorized (2016, Thames Gallery); Gary Evans: Farther Afield (MacLaren Art Centre, 2016); Philippe Blanchard, Inbetweeningand Eli Howey, Waking Gates (Open Studio, Toronto, 2016). Some of Pearl's writing is posted on her blog at: https://pearlvangeest.wordpress.com/
She was recently the Writer in Residence at the Est-Nord-Est Artist Residency in St. Jean Port Joli, Quebec (Fall Session, 2016), and in 2015 was the recipient of the Canadian Art Foundation’s Art Writing Prize.