Allison Ksiazkiewicz’s practice explores the ways we tell stories about Nature and ourselves through natural history and the physical sciences. Bringing together a background in fine arts and history of science, Ksiazkiewicz considers the relationship between history and landscape in the making of cultural identities. Before arriving in England for postgraduate and doctoral studies in History of Science at Cambridge University (2008 and 2013), she earned a BFA from Mount Allison University (2002) specializing in drawing and printmaking, and a MA in Art History from York University (2007) focusing on the display of natural history in Canadian museums. In 2015 she was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art to conduct new research for her book Archetypes of Nature: Visualizing Geological Landscape during the British Enlightenment. Her current collaborative project Cultured Canines uses ancient ceramic technology to consider the making and meaning of different dog breeds.
2008–2013: University of Cambridge, Darwin College, Ph.D. in History and Philosophy of Science, Technology and Medicine.
2007–2008: University of Cambridge, Darwin College. M.Phil. in History and Philosophy of Science, Technology and Medicine.
2005–2007: York University (Canada), M.A. in History of Art.
1998–2002: Mount Allison University (Canada), B.F.A. in Printmaking and Drawing, Minor in Religious Studies.
2021 - Cultured Canines. Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, UK (solo).
2006 - Credo Pull. The Hamilton Print Studio, Hamilton (duo).
2005 - The Straightaway. George Gilmour Gallery, Open Studio, Toronto (solo).
2004 - The Living is Easy. Struts Gallery, Sackville (duo); Record. Engine Gallery, Toronto (duo).
2003 - The Breadth of our Heart. Struts Gallery, Sackville (solo).
2001 - Industry and Its Pendulum. START Gallery, Sackville (solo).
2005 - Square Foot. AWOL Gallery, Toronto; The Drawing Show. Eastern Front Gallery, Toronto; The Little Prints Exhibition. John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto; Evolution. Windsor Printmaker’s Forum, Windsor.
2002 - Fine Arts Graduating Class 2002. Owens Art Gallery, Sackville.
2001 - Project Mobilivre–Bookmobile Project. Various venues across Canada and USA.
2002 - Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition. Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto.
2001 - Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition. Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto.
2017–18 - Landscapes Below: Mapping and the New Science of Geology.Milstein Exhibition Centre, Cambridge University Library, Cambridge.
2002 - The Party Favor Project. Struts Gallery, Sackville. Curated exhibition of five contemporary Canadian artists: Michael Dumontier; Eric Edson; Gwen Macgregor; Alison Norlen and Daniel Olson.
2005 - Studio Residency. Vermont Studio Centre, Johnson.
2015–16 - Postdoctoral Fellowship, Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, Oct. 2015–March 2016; Lichtenberg-Kolleg, University Göttingen “Globalising the Enlightenment: Knowledge, Culture, Travel, Exchange and Collections Research Group” (declined).
2015 - Visiting Scholar, Special Collections at St Andrews University Library, held 6 July–31 July; BSECS–Bodleian Fellow, Bodleian Library, held 1 June–30 June.
2014 - Visiting Scholar, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, held 20 March–20 June.
2008 - RMMLA / Huntington Library Fellowship, Huntington Library, held 20 June–19 July.
2001 - Crake Research Project Fellowship, J. E. A. Crake Foundation.
2005 - Artist Grant, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson.
2002 - Emerging Artist Grant, New Brunswick Arts Board.
2013–14 - Research Support Grant, Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.
2009–12 - Rausing Award, Dept. of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge.
2008–11 - Canada-Cambridge Scholarship, Cambridge Commonwealth Trust, University of Cambridge; Overseas Research Studentship, Board of Graduate Studies, University of Cambridge.
2008–09 - Williamson Award, Dept. of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge.
2007–08 - Overseas Student Bursary, Cambridge Commonwealth Trust, University of Cambridge.
TRAVEL GRANTS and SMALLER AWARDS
2016 - BSHS 3-Societies Conference Travel Fund.
2013 - Research Grant, British Society for the History of Science Outreach and Education Committee.
2010–11 - Butler-Eyles Travel Grant Scheme, British Society for the History Science.
2007–10 - Darwin College Travel Fund, University of Cambridge.
2007 - Conference Support Fund, York University Student Graduate Association, York University.
2006 - Research Costs Fund, Faculty of Graduate Studies, York University; Thesis Support Application, York University Student Graduate Association, York University.
2002 - Leadership Mount Allison, Mount Allison University.
- Archetypes of Nature: Visualizing Geological Landscape during the British Enlightenment, based on my PhD dissertation [in progress].
- ‘Past is present: antique lands, brick-making, and late-Enlightenment geology in Britain’ Special issue “Networks of the Past and Nature” in Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, edited by Alessio Mattana and Giacomo Savani (March 2020).
- ‘Geological landscape as antiquarian ruin: Banks, Pennant and the Isle of Staffa’ in Enlightenment travel and British identity: Thomas Pennant’s Tours of Scotland and Wales, edited by Mary-Ann Constantine and Nigel Leask (Anthem Press, 2017): 183–201.
- ‘Unifying prospects: tinting geological maps’ Cartographica 51.3 (2016): 159–174.
- ‘A philosophical pursuit: natural models and the practical arts in establishing the structure of the earth’, History of Science 53 (2015): 124–154.
- ‘The problem of describing colour; or, the surface of things’, in Viewpoint 102 (2013): 16–17.
PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT (selected)
- Tour guide at Moggerhanger House, built by Sir John Soane (1753–1837).
- Special Collections Visiting Scholars –– Visiting Forbes’ coloured atmospheres. Posted 8 October 2015.
- From weather-wise to weather forecasting: meteorological instruments at the Whipple Museum. Posted 25 September 2014.