Photo of Miya with her masks at the JCCC gallery, 2019. Photo credit: Marjene Matsunaga Turnbull 

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Miya Turnbull is a Canadian multi-disciplinary visual artist. Primarily a mask maker, she also works in many mediums such as painting, photography, screen printing, textiles, video, animation and projection. Originally from Alberta, Miya graduated from the University of Lethbridge with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (2000) and moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia in 2002.


Miya has exhibited her artwork in solo and group shows across Canada. She exhibited at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre Gallery in Toronto in 2019. In 2020, she had a video screened at Photophobia, presented by Hamilton Artists Inc and The Art Gallery of Hamilton. She was part of a group exhibit at The Craig Gallery in Dartmouth, NS and had a solo exhibit at the Corridor Gallery in Halifax, NS.


So far in 2021, she was part of group exhibitions at the Acadia University Art Gallery, Barrett Art Center in Poughkeepsie, NY, The House of Smalls in the UK and recently her artwork was presented at the Royal Anthropological Institute Film Festival in Bristol, UK by Nataliya Tchermalykh (University of Geneva). 


She has upcoming exhibits at Gallery 101 in Ottawa, Ontario (June/July 2021) and the Ice House Gallery in Tatamagouche, NS (July 2021).


Miya has received numerous grants from the province and gratefully acknowledges the support from Arts Nova Scotia which has allowed her artwork to flourish. 

Most of my masks are not for purchase since I often exhibit them together as a body, however you can always make me an offer for any particular mask.

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