Kim Henigman Bruce

Kim Henigman Bruce

Cochrane, AB, Canada

About Kim Henigman Bruce

Kim Henigman Bruce believes that the message of art is more important than the medium from which it is created. However, it is through the materiality of her objects that her message is conveyed.

Kim is a sculptor who uses materials from distinctly different sources. By juxtaposing these materials with a beeswax or encaustic foundation she is free to manipulate, at will, until the piece finds its voice. Kim says that this malleability is instrumental in her process.

Kim is drawn to subjective statements and open-ended interpretation which allows others to bring their own experiences to Kim's artwork.

Kim Henigman Bruce says...

My work is full of visual puns, double entendre, symbolism and satire. It references the dichotomy of my early life expectations to conform to a traditional woman’s role, when in fact, reality for me, was the need to be self-sufficient and support myself as an entrepreneur and business owner. These contradictions allow me to expose my private self through veiled metaphor creating objects significant beyond function. The underlying message - the essence of my work - speaks to the roles and rights of girls and women.


Kim studied fine art at The Alberta College of Art & Design and The University of Calgary from 1989 to 2002. Her formal education is in Interior Design where she received her diploma from Mount Royal University in 1977.

Kim, a native Calgarian, has been published in the New York Times in conjunction with a group show at the R & F Gallery in Kingston, N.Y. and the exhibition catalog from the Grassi Museum in Leipzig, Germany. She has also been reviewed in See Magazine, FFWD Magazine and The Gauntlet.

Major exhibitions include:

“DisBound”, Harcourt House, Edmonton, AB (2016)
“The Art of the Book”, Seager Gray Gallery, San Francisco, CA (2016)
“Pins & Needles” at Housatonic Museum of Art, Bridgeport CO, USA (2014)
“Strong Appearance – experimental shoe design” at Grassi Museum in Germany (2013)

Her work is in the collection of the Alberta Foundations for the Arts and is privately and publicly collected throughout Canada, USA, Germany, Australia, and the Netherlands.

Kim Bruce resides and works in the foothills of Alberta just outside the City of Calgary.


Selected Solo Exhibitions
2019 Disbound – Red Deer Arts Council, Red Deer, Alberta, June 17 – August 17
2018 Disbound – Cecelia Coker Gallery, Hartsville, South Carolina, Sept – Oct, 2018
Disbound – Okotoks Art Gallery, Okotoks, Ab, March 3 to April 7, 2018
2018 How I Got Here – Harris Warke Gallery, Red Deer, Ab, May 18 – June 30
2018 Disbound – Cecelia Coker Gallery, Hartsville, South Carolina, Sept – Oct, 2018
2016 DisBound – Harcourt House, Edmonton, AB, April 21 – May 27, 2016
How I Got Here – Western GM Drumheller Gallery, Drumheller, AB, Jan 5 – 28
2012 Negative Space – Dade Gallery, Calgary, AB, March 3 – April 15
2011 Off the Wall – Visual Arts Alberta Assoc., Edmonton, AB, April 28 – May 28
2010 DiverCity – Epcor Center for the Performing Arts, Calgary, AB, October 4 – January 3
2009 Face the Figure – ArtFirm Gallery, Calgary, AB, November 26 – December 23
2007 About Face – ArtFirm Gallery, Calgary, AB, June 9 – July 6
2019 Human Nature – 2 person show at Frederick Holmes with Ava Roth, Seattle, June – July, 2019. Opening June 6
Material Memories, Frederick Holmes Gallery, March 2 – April 2, Seattle, WA. 2 person show with Seattle-Based Japanese Artist, Naoka Morisawa

Transformation: An Exhibition of Altered Books, Helson Gallery, Halton Hills Cultural Centre, Sept 14 – Nov 27, Halton Hills, ON
The Art of the Book, Seager Gray Gallery, May 3 – June 5, San Francisco, CA
artMRKT, Seager Gray Gallery, April 27 – May 1, San Francisco, CA
Materials Matter, Seager Gray Gallery, Jan 30 – Feb 28, San Francisco, CA
Kiyooka Ohe Arts Centre Fundraiser Auction, April 8, Calgary, AB

Alternative Spaces – J. Creighton Design, October 16-17, Calgary, AB
Baby Jesus – Christine Klassen Gallery, June 24 to 27, Calgary, AB

Pins & Needles, Housatonic Museum of Art, Bridgeport CT, USA
January 20 – February 20
UnDressed SCICA Gallery, Tannery Santa Cruz, CA, May 7 – Jun 29
Still Burning Burns Visual Art Society 35th Anniversary, Passage Gallery, Calgary, AB, Sept 15 – Jan 15, 2015, Colleen Sharpe – Curator

Strong appearance! – experimental shoe design
GRASSI Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Leipzig, Germany
March 28 – September 29, 2013, Catalogue
Artists Choice, Alberta Society of Artists, Lougheed House, Calgary, AB, Sept 9 – Oct 30
Summer Survey II, Jarvis Hall Fine Art. Calgary, AB, August 9 – September 20

Pulse: Alberta Society of Artists at 80 Years*, Triangle Gallery of Visual Arts, Calgary, AB, July 7 – Aug 25, Mary-Beth Laviolette Exhibition Curator
Bring the Noise*, Jarvis Hall Fine Art, Calgary, AB, July 5 – Sept 2
Leighton Center, Juried Members Show, April 23 – May 29
ASA Gallery – Lougheed House, Calgary, February 2 – March 27
B&W – DaDe Art & Design Lab, Calgary, March 11 – April 22
*Denotes Catalogue

“New Members” – Sculptors Society of Canada, Toronto, December 8, 2010 – January 7, 2011
Sculptors Society of Canada 11 Annual Emerging Sculptors Exhibition, Toronto, Aug 10 – Sept 10

Visage – Artfirm Gallery, Calgary, 4 person show with Carl White, Robert Pierce, Laurie Steen, January 8 – February 7
Diversity – Visual Arts Alberta, Edmonton, June 18 – July 18

Seasonable Salon – Artfirm Gallery, Calgary, Alberta – Gallery Artists, November 27 – December 23
The Whyte Museum Shop, Banff, Alberta; July 30 – August 28
EyeQ – Alternate venue April 8 – May 15
Summertide – Artfirm Gallery, Calgary, Alberta, Gallery Artists, July 17 – August 16

Snap to Grid – LACDA Los Angles Center for Digital Art, Sept 13 – Oct 4
Home Bodies – Profiles Public Art Gallery, St. Albert, Ab, June 7 – 30
3 person show with Bev Tosh and Elizabeth Clark
Summertide – Artfirm Gallery, Calgary, Alberta, Gallery Artists, July 25 -Aug 31
A Seasonal Salon -Artfirm Gallery, Calgary, Alberta, Gallery Artists, Nov 22 -Dec 31

Give & Take, The Gallery at R & F, Kingston, New York, Dec 2 to Jan 27
4 person show with Valerie Hammond, Judith Kindler & John Maul
Taking Liberties, Harcourt House Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta, May 25 – June 17