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M.A. Human Ecology Student– Material Culture, ongoing 
B.F.A – Painting, Concordia University, Montreal, 1987 
D.E.C. – Painting & Creative Writing, Vanier College, 1982 

Curriculum Vitae

Jill Thomson

 Galleries + Collections 

Gibson Fine Art Gallery, Calgary; AGA Art Rental and Sales Gallery; Art on Ninth – Invermere, Alberta Foundation for the Arts; Edmonton City Hall; Misericordia Hospital; national and international private collections 

 Juried Exhibitions + Events 

Urban Tapestry: A Trio of Views Kari Duke, Jill Thomson, and Sarah Kidner, Gibson Fine Art Gallery, Calgary, 2024 

Awarded Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Medal by MLA Rachel Notley for lifetime dedication to the arts; leadership within the community; mentorship and volunteerism and advocacy for the arts. 2023 

Intergenerational Community Garden Mural and Painting Canterbury Foundation, 2022 

Resurgence Trust, Living Cities, UK publication, Nov/Dec issue 2021 

Women X Women, Alberta Foundation for the Arts TREX Travelling exhibition, 2021 

AGA Art on the Block, 2024 2021, 2020 

Alberta Cultural Days, Urban Gardens by Jill Thomson, Northlands Urban Garden, Edmonton, 2020 

Gibson Fine Art, “Main Street Views”, 2020 

AGA Art Rental - Small works sale 2019, 2018 

Feature Artist - Kaleido Festival, The Carrot Community Coffee House 2019 

AGA Art on the Block, 2019, 2024 

AGA Art Rental and Sales, “Meet the Artist”, 2019

AGA Feature Artist Blog, 2019 

Gibson Fine Art, Featured Artist, 2017 

Gibson Fine Art Holiday Show, 2018 


Recent artwork by Jill Thomson and Sara Norquay, The Carrot Community Arts Coffeehouse, 2017 

Gibson Fine Arts, Summer Group Show, 2016 

Jill Thomson Artwork Open Studios, House Concerts and theatre events from home studio, 2004 - 2020 

AGA Art Rental and Sales Gallery presents: Artworks by Pierre Bataillard and Jill Thomson, July/August, 2016 

Dream City, Rivne International Film Festival, “Heritage Quarter” collaborative video 

Projection selected for competition and screening at Festival in the Ukraine, 2016 

Hinckley Opera Festival, Film Short projection of “Heritage Quarters” in the UK, 2016 

Strathcona Neighbourhood, Commissioned Painting for former Premier Rachel Notley, Premier’s office, Alberta Legislature and now hangs in her office in the Federal Building, 2016 

Nest Tree Confidences, Curator and Artist-group exhibition, Skirtsafire Multidisciplinary Arts Festival, Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts, 2014 

This mural was painted by Jill Thomson and was the result of a collaborative arts-based research project at the University of Alberta that involved art workshops and an illustrated film lead by Dr. Megan Strickfaden. Artwork created in the workshops by residents, researchers and staff is featured in a banner at the base of the mural. 


This mural was created in consultation with the Canterbury Foundation, the Laurier Heights community and city councilor Sarah Hamilton. 


The mural was painted as an oil painting that was installed in Canterbury and was reproduced as a large-scale mural on the exterior wall of the newly built Heights for Canterbury and the Laurier Heights community. 

Public Art Projects
Intergenerational Community Garden Painting and Mural 

Alleyway Mural featuring nine artworks by Jill Thomson up two sides of an alley between Nina Haggerty and The Carrot Community Arts Coffeehouse. A joint project of Arts on the Avenue, AABA, City of Edmonton Ave Initiative, Neighbourhood Empowerment Team, October, 2013 

Worked with Arts on the Ave and the Edmonton Police through their revitalization initiatives to bring art into an identified hotspot for crime on Alberta Ave. The location is now established as “Jazz Alley” an event venue for Kaleido and Deep Freeze festivals with a stage and café style tables. 

Alberta Ave Alley Project 

Collaborative video projection project with three operas performed in painting brought to life digitally by Guru Digital. With Darcia Parada of Mercury Opera, Owen Brierley of Guru Digital Arts and Wolf Willow Sound, through a grant from the Edmonton Heritage Council, Premiered through Boyle Street Projections, 2013 

“Heritage Quarter” was shown at the Dream City, Rivne International Film Festival 2018 

The projection was also selected for competition and screened at Festival in the Ukraine, 2016 and at the Hinckley Opera Festival, Film Short projection of “Heritage Quarters” in the UK, 2016 

Heritage Quarter: A New Vision for an Urban Landscape 

Cofounder - 2019 to present 

Advocacy for Artists from all disciplines across Alberta with outreach campaigns recognizing and promoting the importance of the Arts. 

Art Boards and Volunteering 
Alberta Arts Action 

Board member 2013-2014 

Vice President, 2015 

Curator of Visual Arts Exhibit, 2014 

Skirtsafire Multidisciplinary Women’s Arts Festival 
Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts 

Unfolding Neighbourhood project 

Project Lead and painting instructor towards exhibition with the Collective Collaborative artwork permanently installed in Alberta Ave Community Centre 

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