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Peter Shostak was raised on a farm in north-eastern Alberta. His paintings reflect his love of the Alberta prairies where he grew up. After completing high school in 1961, he left the farm to attend the University of Alberta, majoring in Art Education. He became a junior high school teacher, and taught adult drawing and painting classes at night.
Peter Shostak returned to the University of Alberta in 1968 and secured Graduate Degree in Art Education. He moved to Victoria, British Columbia, where he assumed the position of Assistant Professor of Art Education at the University of Victoria. He stayed at the university for ten years, but felt that he was limiting the time he spent working on his art. He resigned in 1979 to pursue his career as an artist.
Peter Shostak's achievements in the arts were recognized by the Government of Alberta and awarded Peter the status of Honorary Alberta Artist in 1983. In 1990, the first annual award for artistic excellence in the field of visual arts was presented to Peter by the Alberta Council for the Ukrainian Arts, a province wide, non-profit organization dedicated to the celebration and propagation of art in all genres. To commemorate the centenary of the first Ukrainian pioneers arriving in Canada, Peter devoted four and a half years to painting their experience. The fifty large oil paintings, each three feet by three feet, toured Western Canada in 1992 and were the feature exhibition at the Pacific National Exhibition in Vancouver. The companion book "For Our Children" features this series of paintings. It is a celebration of the human spirit and perseverance in the face of adversity.
Born on 1943 in Alberta. Nationality is Canadian
1970 University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Masters Education
1970 University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Dip. Education
1968 University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Graduate Degree, Art Education
1965 University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Bachelor of Education
1961 University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Art Education
Alberta Art Foundation
Alberta Government Telephones
City Hall, City of Edmonton
Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club
Esso Resources Canada Ltd
Government House Foundation Alberta
Grant MacEwan Community College
Numerous Private collections including Whoopie Goldberg and the late Bob Hope.
Nu-West Developments Corporation
Pannell, Kerr, MacGillivray
Security Pacific Bank Canada
Ukranian Canadian Art Foundation
2017 Named Trans Canada Trail National Champion of which there are only 158 National Champions
2013 Recipient of the Taras Shevchenko Medal recognizing exceptional achievement in Canadian culture and the arts
2008 Best new artist, Calgary Western Art Auction
2007 Best new artist, Calgary Stampede
2000 Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal
1998 Artistic Excellence, Alberta Council for the Ukranian Arts
1986 Honorary Alberta Artist, Government of Alberta
2000 "Hockey Under Winter Skies"
1997 "Prairie Born" with David Bouchard
1991 "For Our Children"
1985 "Saturday Came But Once a Week"
1982 "When Nights Were Long"
1986 Alberta Pavilion, Expo '86 - Six Large Oil Paintings
Numerous commissions for private individuals
University Hospital Foundation, Alberta - Edition of Serigraphs
Alberta Culture - Edition of Serigraphs
Bonnyville Health Centre - Mural, 6'x15'
1969-79 Associate Professor, University of Victia, BC
1965 - 68 Taught adult painting and drawing classes
1965 - 68 Junior High School teacher