Sharon Alward is a Canadian video and performance artist. Her creative works reference performance, installation and ritual as sites transformation. Interested in activism and the role of the artist, Alward explores ritual as a means to subvert social constructs, cultural norms and collective memory and as a process to transcend suffering, provide opportunities for wholeness and as a process for healing.
Cited as one of the 100 most innovative Canadians in MacLean’s magazine she has exhibited throughout Canada, the U.S., U.K., France, Spain and the Netherlands, including the Liverpool Tracey Biennial, LACE in Los Angeles, the American Film Institute, Western Front, and the National Screen Institute. Sharon has been nominated for an Art Pace Fellowship and a National Screen Institute Blizzard Award for Best Experimental Film. The recipient of numerous grants and teaching awards, she is a Full Professor at the University of Manitoba, School of Art.