Position: Associate Professor
Phone: (250) 828-5485
Master of Fine Arts, Concordia University (1995)
Bachelor of Fine Arts (Photography), Emily Carr University (1990)
Bachelor of Arts, Visual Arts, Simon Fraser University (1987)
Originally from Saskatchewan, Eileen Leier is currently an Associate Professor in the Visual and Performing Arts Department at Thompson Rivers University. She began her studies in visual arts with a B.A. from Simon Fraser University and graduated with an Honours B.F.A, Major in Photography from Emily Carr University in Vancouver. She has also studied at the San Francisco Art Institute in California and completed a Master of Fine Art in Photography at Concordia University in Montréal. Eileen Leier has shown photo-based and web art works in both group and solo exhibitions in Quebec, Ontario and throughout Western and Northern Canada. She has also exhibited internationally in the United States, Scotland, France and Brazil. Her work is represented on the site; Fonds Documentaire – sponsored by VOX, Centre de l’image contemporaine in Montréal, Québec.
Eileen Leier’s art practice examines Canadian historic landscapes as sites of collective public memory. The photographs in these projects shift between memory and history, between the personal and the collective experience of these locations.
During a thematic residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts Eileen created an Internet website titled “A Virtual Tour of Grosse Île: the Immigrant Quarantine Station”. This website accompanies her exhibition of photographs and a publication dedicated to the island of Grosse Île, Canada’s equivalent to Ellis Island and the first landfall for millions of European immigrants sailing to Canada between 1837 and 1937. The Grosse Île exhibition and website are Leier’s third body of artwork located in the landscapes of Canada’s National Parks and National Historic sites.