Kristy Trinier is the Executive Director of SAAG contemporary art gallery. As curator, art director and arts consultant, her previous roles include Curator at the Art Gallery of Alberta; Public Art Director at the Edmonton Arts Council, where she managed the City of Edmonton’s Public Art Collection; and Director of Visual, Digital and Media Arts and Campaign Grant Writer and Researcher at Banff Centre for the Arts. She is the Secretary and a core member of Ociciwan Contemporary Art Collective and producer of Publication Studio Edmonton/66B, a print on demand artist book publishing project. She is a member of the City of Lethbridge Public Art Committee, and was a juror of the 2018 Sobey Art Award.
Kristy Trinier holds a Bachelor’s degree in Visual Art and English from the University of Victoria, and a Master’s degree in Public Art from the Dutch Art Institute as a Huygens scholar in The Netherlands, with advisor Thomas Köner. As an artist, Kristy Trinier has exhibited at the Art Gallery of Alberta, Latitude 53 Gallery, Mediamatic Cultural Institution, KunstRAI, Trondheim Kunstmuseum, Villa de Bank, Kunsthalle Fridericianum, and others.
She is currently pursuing PhD studies in Philosophy, Art and Critical Thought at European Graduate School based in Switzerland. Her research relates to the destiny of the Formless in contemporary art; this question was posed at the end of the book by Yves-Alain Bois and Rosalind Krauss, in their book Formless: A User’s Guide. Her dissertation is also examining Georges Perec’s Life: A User’s Manual, Walter Benjamin’s Arcades Project and Georges Bataille’s Documents.