Solo exhibit at Eltuek Arts Centre, Gallery 203
Sydney, Nova Scotia (Unama'ki/Cape Breton)

Featuring over 50 self-portrait masks, photographs, videos and origami
July 6th-Sept 1st, 2022


Viewers will meet a multitude of faces throughout this space, each with a slightly different gaze yet recognizably consistent throughout. Miya draws from the traditional use of masks worn for disguise, transformation and protection as well as metaphors for persona, archetype, self-image and identity. Her masks are three-dimensional self-portraits, created by combining photography, sculpture and collage. She forms multiple iterations of her 'self' to explore her experiences, perceptions, mixed Japanese Canadian heritage and inner world, making the invisible, visible. 


The masks show an uncanny resemblance to the artist, but that familiarity is often altered. Miya changes the placement or even erases select facial features and cuts up and re-attaches masks together in unusual combinations that may evoke a visceral reaction. By doing so, she examines herself from an outsider perspective and separates herself from her physical appearance. Miya's practice has expanded towards interaction and embodiment, highlighting the transformational powers of the masks when her body and energy bring them to life, this captured through video. As a group of self-portraits, she hopes the viewer sees a part of her in all, or perhaps 'in-between' all of them. 

Gallery 203 is on the second floor of Eltuek Arts Centre | open Monday through Friday, 9am-4pm | evenings and weekends by request.

Nova Scotia Art Bank 2020-2021 exhibition at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia- western branch in Yarmouth, NS. 
May 14th, 2022- ongoing
Opening Reception May 26th, 5:30pm

See the entire collection of the NS Art Bank online here

“Face to Face”

 A solo exhibition of masks by Miya Turnbull

Kishka Gallery & Library

White River Junction, Vermont

April 1st- May 1st, 2022.

Photo Credits by Gallery Co-Director and fellow mask-maker: Ben Finer


Still Life with Fruit Gallery 

Feb 18th-21st, 2022

Photo credit:  Matt Roberts


Still Life with Fruit Gallery is an alternative gallery space run by art professors Chad Serhal and Katie Baczeski from Stetson University. This window space is attached to Tom's Auto Repair, a working garage in DeLand, Florida

Such a cool gallery space, especially lit up at night and I really liked having the trace outlines (referencing sashiko stitches) as a stand-in for my body. 

"Behind Between Beyond"

Artwork by Roxanne Lafleur and Miya Turnbull

Gallery 101- Ottawa, Ontario

July 31st- August 28th,

Photo credits: Kristina Corre, Jenn Ully and Laura Margita

Opening reception: July 31st, 2-5pm EST

Artist Talk: Aug. 13th, 6-7pm EST


Artist Talk Recording Available Here

Firegrove Studio made a beautiful video of the art in the exhibit: see it here

M.A.D.S. Art Gallery- Milan, Italy
International Group Exhibition
Digital art shown in a physical space with touchscreens throughout
Curated by Sofia Ronzi and others
June 25th- July 4th, 2021
Video clip taken from the gallery's website- time lapse video tour of the physical space
Click here to see the entire video of all the artwork as well as a digital exhibit/archive

Acadia University Art Gallery- Wolfville, NS
Group Exhibition- featuring the work of 18 Nova Scotia Artists
Curated by Dr. Laurie Dalton
February 10th- April 13th, 2021
Click here to see the Virtual Exhibit as well as the Exhibition Archive

Scroll down to see more photos of my work in selected galleries

Solo and Two-Person Exhibits

2022- In-BetweenGallery 203, Eltuek Arts Centre; Sydney, N.S.

2022- Face to Face. Kishka Gallery; White River Junction. VT.

2022- Self-Portrait. Still Life with Fruit Gallery; DeLand, FL.

2021- Behind Between Beyond. (Two-person exhibit with Roxanne Lafleur). Gallery 101; Ottawa, ON.

2020- Somewhere in Between. (Solo). Corridor Galley; Halifax, N.S

2019- Blended: The Art of Miya Turnbull and Norman Takeuchi. (Two-person exhibit). Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre Gallery; Toronto, ON.

2008- Inside and Out. (Solo) ARTsPLACE; Annapolis Royal, N.S.


2008- Nikkei (Japanese-Canadian) Masks and Dolls. (Two-person exhibit with Marjene Matsunaga Turnbull) Multicultural Centre Art Gallery; Stony Plain, AB

2007- Somewhere in Between. (Solo) X-changes Gallery; Victoria, B.C.

2007- Inside and Out. (Solo) Craig Gallery, Alderney Landing; Dartmouth, N.S.

2005- PhotoMasks. (Solo) Corridor Gallery; Halifax, N.S.

2004- PhotoMasks and Ki paintings. (Solo) OneLight Theatre Forum; Halifax, N.S.

2002- Selected PhotoMasks, Ki paintings and photographs. (Solo) Women’s Centre, Dalhousie University; Halifax, N.S.


1998- Kimiye: Selected photographs, masks and ink drawings. (Solo) Nikka Yuko Japanese Gardens; Lethbridge, Alberta.


Group Exhibits

2022- (Upcoming) I am what I am. The Chase Gallery (NS Public Archives); Halifax, N.S.

2022- Fashion for Bank Robbers Exhibit;  MaximiliansForum; Munich, Germany.

2022- Unveiled; The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge Museum, presented by the University of Kent; Canterbury, UK.


2022- Nova Scotia Art Bank Purchases, 2020-2021. Art Gallery of Nova Scotia- Western Branch; Yarmouth, N.S.

2022- Origami- The Art of Paper Folding. Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre Gallery; Toronto, ON.

2022- 01:43:29 (Video Art Exhibit). Domatio; Athens, Greece.

2022- The Body Language 2022. THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space, Venice, Italy.

2021- Liminal Nocturne- Art at Night. Beacon Project- MacPhee Centre for Creative Learning. Community Project- Halifax Central Library; Halifax, N.S.

2021- TRAHC's 33rd Annual Juried Exhibition. TRAHC/Regional Arts Center. Texarkana, TX. 

2021- I am what I am. The Ice House Gallery; Tatamagouche, N.S.

2021- Coming Out. M.A.D.S. Art Gallery; Milan, Italy.

2021- Represent: New Portraiture National Juried Exhibition. Barrett Art Center; Poughkeepsie, NY.

2021- The Portrait Within. The House of Smalls; Swindon, UK.

2021- Alone. Acadia University Art Gallery; Wolfville, N.S.

2020- I am what I am. Craig Gallery, Dartmouth, N.S.

2020- Truro Art Society Sculpture Show. McCarthy Gallery, NSCC Campus; Truro, N.S.

2020- The Portrait Exhibit. Gallery 1313 (Process Gallery); Toronto, ON.

2020- New Beginnings. MMFI Gallery, Marigold Cultural Centre; Truro, N.S.

2019- Truro Art Society Sculpture Show. McCarthy Gallery, NSCC Campus; Truro, N.S.

2017- Monochrome. Dart Gallery; Dartmouth, N.S.

2014- Black and White Ball  IV. Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts; Toronto, ON.

2012- Pre-Shrunk. Argyle Fine Art Gallery; Halifax, N.S.

2011- Pre-Shrunk. Argyle Fine Art Gallery; Halifax, N.S.

2011- Artsu Matsuri. Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre Gallery; Toronto, ON.

2010- For Keepsakes. ARTsPLACE; Annapolis Royal, N.S.

2009- Small Works. Craig Gallery; Dartmouth, N.S.

2008- Vinylview. Argyle Fine Art Gallery; Halifax, N.S.

2008- Donkey Skin. Modern Fuel Artist Run Centre; Kingston, ON.

2007- VANS (Visual Arts Nova Scotia) Mentorship Program Exhibit. Cultural Federations of Nova Scotia Building; Halifax, N.S.

2007- Self Portrait. Ross Creek Centre for the Arts; Canning, N.S. 

2006- The Canadian Portrait: a Juried Exhibit from the Canadian Institute of Portrait ArtistsRed Deer and District Museum and Archives; Red Deer, AB.

2006- Square Foot. AWOL Gallery; Toronto, ON. 

2006- Art in a Box. Visual Arts Nova Scotia off-site venue (VIA Rail and Westin Hotel); Halifax, N.S.  

2005- The Media Masquerade: The Inner Dialogue of Women in Masquerade. Centre for Art Tapes /Anna Leonowens Gallery; Halifax, N.S.

2005- Square Foot. AWOL Gallery; Toronto, ON.

2005- Return to Sender. Trap\door Artist Run Gallery; Lethbridge, Alberta.

2004- Annual Khyber Members Exhibit. Khyber Centre of the Arts; Halifax, N.S.

2004- The Red Show. Eastern Front Gallery; Toronto, ON. 

2004- Artist’s Multiples. Khyber Centre of the Arts; Halifax, N.S.

2003- The Navy of Hell. Khyber Centre of the Arts; Halifax, N.S.

2003- Eyeopener IV. Eyelevel Gallery; Halifax, N.S.

2000- Pink. Gallery Potemkin; Lethbridge, AB.

2000- BFA Exhibit. University of Lethbridge Art Gallery; Lethbridge, AB.

Online Exhibits/Galleries/Presentations

2022- Human Faces and Figures. Los Laguna Art Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

2022- Creatives on Fire. International Photo Art Exhibition. Self-Portraits On Fire Online Art Gallery.

2021- Origami- The Art of Paper Folding. Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre Gallery; Toronto, ON.


2021- Women and Masks: An Arts-Based Research Conference. Artist Talk. Presented by 

Boston University- College of Fine Arts. 


2021- Mixed Asian Media Festival. 2 films selected and screened (Documentary and New Media categories). Film festival online due to Covid. 

2021- A Mask of One's Own. Authored and presented by Nataliya Tchermalykh (University of Geneva) at the Royal Anthropological Institute Conference in Visual Anthropology as part of the RAI Film Festival (normally occurring in Bristol, UK, but online this year due to Covid). 


2021- Art Arena (Artist Showcase Vol. 4). Presented by Bus Stop Theatre Co-op; Halifax, N.S.

2021Engaging Creativites: Art in the Pandemic. Presented by University of Alberta, Dept of Art and Design and RSC (Royal Society of Canada).

2021- Miya Turnbull: Behind the Mask. Video presented by Fashion For Bank Robbers, the 1st of a series about mask makers around the world. 

2021- Identity. International Juried Group Exhibit. Art Fluent Online Art Gallery.

2020- Photophobia (Contemporary Moving Images Festival). Co-presented by: Art Gallery of Hamilton/Hamilton Artists Inc; Hamilton, ON. (2020 screening was online due to Covid-19).

Online Artist Directory- Aesthetica Magazine

Artleove Online Gallery/Artist Profiles.


M.A.D.S. Digital Art Gallery


Japanese Canadian Artists Directory.

Visual Arts Nova Scotia- Artist's Pages.

14 Bells Fine Art Gallery.

More exhibition photos below (no particular timeline)

Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre Gallery exhibit "Blended" with Norman Takeuchi. Feb-March 2019. Curated by Bryce Kanbara. Toronto, Ontario.