University of Calgary

Kristine Thoreson

  • Sessional Instructor

Currently Teaching


Kristine Thoreson is a local artist, writer and educator in Calgary, Alberta. She has worked and taught at The Banff Centre, AUARTS (formerly ACAD), the Calgary Board of Education and the University of Calgary. She has a background in teaching courses on design, the ethics of photography, the history of photography in advertising, and studio lighting (photography).

Kristine has been a sessional instructor in the Department of Art since 2007. Currently she teaches courses on digital and darkroom photography, the history of photography, Adobe Photoshop, media arts and public art and is a guest speaker in Art 611, Research Methods in Art. 

As a practicing artist, curator and academic Kristine is interested in historic and contemporary visual representations of space and place by local figures, visiting explorers, photographers, painters, ethnographers and tourists. Her SSHRC funded PhD (2016) in Research Creation focused on the sublime aesthetic of representations of space and place in the Atlantic coast of Canada, Western Greenland and Scandinavia. She is interested in the human uses and perceptions of landscapes in the context of climate change and environmentalism in Canada and the Circumpolar North. 

Kristine produces critical writing, exhibitions, and imagery informed by Critical Theory, Performance Theory, Semiotics, landscape and space / place theory as well as the social history of photography. Her artwork is interdisciplinary in nature and often takes the form of installation, silver-based / digital photography, alternative process photography, and / or book works. She is a freelance writer for Galleries West magazine and the founder and director of Junction North Gallery. 




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