EDUCATION  
     
  2000 MFA University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario
   
  1997 BA (Hons) University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario
     
  1995 AOCAD (with Distinction) Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto, Ontario
     
  1994-5 Florence Studio Program (OCAD), Florence, Italy  
   
       
  SELECTED EXHIBITIONS (solo shows *)  
     
  2015 Long Moments * PAMA, Brampton, Ontario
    Drawing 2015 John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
     
  2014 Drawing 2014 John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
    Oshawa Space Invaders Times on Richmond, Oshawa, Ontario
    Drawings * Abbozzo Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
     
  2013 Off Screen * Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville, Ontario
    Art House * Art Gallery of Peterborough, Peterborough, Ontario
    Somewhere in Time * Aurora Cultural Centre, Aurora, Ontario
     
  2012 Cinemarks * Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville, Ontario
    Surfacing: Off the Pages Station Gallery, Whitby, Ontario
   
  2011 Hardwired for Narrative The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, Ontario
    2011 Juried Exhibition Thames Art Gallery, Chatham, Ontario
    Just A Moment * Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville, Ontario
    Just A Moment * Line Gallery, North Bay, Ontario
    I am a Camera * Frances Thomas Art Projects, Barrie, Ontario
    Make it Work: Art + Economy University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario
    Drawing 2011 John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
     
  2010 National Juried Drawing Exhibition White Water Gallery, North Bay, Ontario
    Borrowed Moments  * Durham Art Gallery, Durham, Ontario
    After Pictures Visual Art Centre, Bowmanville, Ontario
     
  2009 The artist and the crowd, in history Museum London, London, Ontario
    Plant 90: Production and Object 401 Richmond, Toronto, Ontario
    Art 2009 Metro Convention Centre, Toronto
     
  2008 47th Annual TOAE Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto, Ontario
    Best of 46th Annual TOAE First Canadian Place Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
    Olexander Wlasenko: As We Slept * Oseredok, Winnipeg, Manitoba
    Olexander Wlasenko: Someone, Somewhere * Durham West Art Centre, Pickering, Ontario
     
  2007 Olexander Wlasenko: As We Slept * MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario
    46th Annual TOAE Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto, Ontario
    ReSource Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Ontario
    The Drawing Exhibition Arthouse, Calgary, Alberta
    Best of 45th Annual TOAE First Canadian Place Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
     
  2006 45th Annual TOAE Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto, Ontario
    Best of 44th Annual TOAE First Canadian Place Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
    Drawing 2006 John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
    Collect Sarah Beveridge Gallery, Barrie, Ontario
     
  2005 Intersection Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Ontario
  B & W * Sarah Beveridge Gallery, Barrie, Ontario
  Showcase '05 Cambridge Galleries, Cambridge, Ontario
  44th Annual TOAE Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto, Ontario
    Another Time, Another Place * Odd Gallery, Dawson City, Yukon
    Making Marks Sarah Beveridge Gallery, Barrie, Ontario
    Collections from the Permanent Collection Gallery Stratford, Stratford, Ontario
    Best of 43rd Annual TOAE First Canadian Place Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
     
  2004 Corruption of Reality The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, Ontario
  43rd Annual TOAE Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto, Ontario
  Someone, Somewhere * Gallery Stratford, Stratford, Ontario
     
  2003 Autumn Chronicles * Pavlo Tychyna Museum, Kyiv, Ukraine
    42nd Annual TOAE Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto, Ontario
    Best of 41st Annual TOAE First Canadian Place Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
    A Celebration of Ontario Artists Centennial of Ontario Archives hosted by John B. Aird Gallery
     
  2002 Myoptic10 Latitude 53, Edmonton, Alberta
    41st Annual TOAE Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto, Ontario
    for all * Visual Arts Centre of Clarington, Bowmanville, Ontario
    New Faces, New Works Canadian Ukrainian Art Foundation, Toronto, Ontario
   
  2001 London Regional Forest City Gallery, London, Ontario
    Instant Coffee Art Gallery of Ontario, Present Tense Project Series
    Drawing 2001 John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
   
  2000 Ethnic Limbs * Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto, Ontario
    ..Forest Pekao Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
    Language Hotel (residency) St. Norbert Arts Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba
    On Immigrant Experience Modern Fuel Gallery, Kingston, Ontario
    Modelumental The Red Head Showcase, Toronto, Ontario
    (S)elves ArtLab, London, Ontario
   
  1999 DARE Forest City Gallery, London, Ontario
    The Gestalt of the Vault The Red Head Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
    Bizzareries & Delicatesse Cambridge Galleries, Cambridge, Ontario
    Drawings * Gallery 396, London, Ontario
   
  1998 37th Annual TOAE Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto, Ontario
    Crossing Borders The Castellani Art Museum, Buffalo, New York
   
  1997 Szobor Park * Zavitz Hall, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario
    Gallery Launch Exhibition Zinc Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
   
  1995 Arte Firenze St. Lawrence Market (North), Toronto, Ontario
    Nera * ex-Emerson Centro di Comunicazione, Florence, Italy
   
       
  AWARDS
   
  2014 Ontario Arts Council Mid-Career Artist Grant
   
  2013 Canada Council For The Arts Project Grant
    Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant
   
  2012 Ontario Arts Council Mid-Career Artist Grant
   
  2011 Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Award
    First Prize, Drawing 2011, 12th Annual Juried Drawing Exhibition, organized by John B. Aird Gallery
   
  2010 Ontario Arts Council Mid-Career Artist Grant
    Canada Council For The Arts Project Grant
    Cleeve Horne Purchase Award, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery
   
  2009 Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant
   
  2008 Ontario Arts Council Emerging Artist Grant
    Canada Council For The Arts Project Grant
   
  2007 Canada Council For The Arts Project Grant
    Drawing Award, 46th Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
   
  2006 Best Drawing Award, 45th Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
  Ontario Arts Council Emerging Artist Grant
   
  2005 Best Drawing Award, 44th Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
  Canada Council for the Arts Travel Grant
   
  2004 Best Drawing Award, 43rd Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
  Canada Council For The Arts Creation / Production Grant
  Ontario Arts Council Emerging Artist Grant
   
  2003 Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant
    Special Project Grant from the Canadian Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine
   
  2002 Best Drawing Award, 41st Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
    Ontario Arts Council Emerging Artist Grant
   
  2001 The Canada Council for the Arts Emerging Artist Grant
    Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant
    First Prize, Drawing 2001, 2nd Annual Juried Drawing Exhibition, organized by John B. Aird Gallery
   
  1999 Peoples Choice Award, Bizzareries and Delicatesse at Cambridge Galleries
    Special University Scholarship (SUS), University of Western Ontario
   
  1997 The 29th Annual Juried Art Show, University of Guelph
    Dean's Honour List (Fall Semester)
   
  1994 The Eric Freifield Award, The Ontario College of Art and Design
   
       
  REVIEWS AND WRITINGS
   
  O'Marra, Allan, "An artistic and curatorial luminary in our midst" in Oshawa This Week, August 29, 2013, p. 44
  Brizhun-Sokolyk, Oksana, “Olexander Wlasenko in Durham, Ontario” in New Pathway (in Ukrainian)
  Claudia in Car (redux) installed at owners home.
  Artwork featured in BBC article on BBCUkrainian.com.
  Artwork featured in Poiesis XII: The Poietics of Alterity ISBN 2147483647
  Steven, Trish (host) "Simcoe Living", Rogers Television, September, 2007, Season 7, episode 4, interview on
As We Slept and Broken Promises exhibitions
  Goddard, Peter “State of the Union”, Toronto Star, October 20, 2007, review of As We Slept and Broken Promises
  Clayton, Marianne "Forum Picks", Educational Forum, Fall 2007, review of As We Slept and Broken Promises, pp. 36-37
  Kevin Temple "Outdoor's Best" Now Magazine, January 26, 2006
  Chase, Christy "Oshawa artist faces reality" Oshawa This Week, December 3, 2004
  Aurandt, David, Corruption of Reality: Redefining Realism (Oshawa: The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, ISBN: 0-921500-51-3) 2004
  O'Connor, Donal "Caught on Film" The Beacon Herald, March 16, 2004
  Kobryn, Irena "A Canadian Artist in Kyiv" Meest (Ukrainian Weekly), February 13, 2004
  Riabokon, Liudmyla "Oleksandr Vlasenko" The Day, Kyiv, Ukraine, October 16, 2003 - for a “clumsy” English translation of the original Ukrainian article visit: The Day
  Lesya Skada-Ostrovska, "Young Canadian Artist, Olexander Wlasenko draws.with his finger" 1Plus1 Television, September 27, 2003
  Goodwyn, Jewel MIX Magazine, Spring 2000
  Sutherley, Jill "Artists find (S)elves" The Gazette, January 25, 2000
  Benedict, Ben "Daring artists reveal all in FCG exhibition of taboos" Scene, December 2, 1999
  Gillespie, Ian "Stealing the crumbs of culture" The Sunday Free Press, November 14, 1999
  Varin-Jarkowski, Karoline "Fine Art of Bizzareries & Delicatesse" Echo, September 30, 1999
  Coulson, Sandra "Old films spark artist's new line" The London Free Press, June 3, 1999
  Wherry, Aaron "Student art thinks for itself" The Gazette, February 9, 1999
  Leyes, Serena, "Delving into the student psyche", The Gazette, October 8, 1998
  Bennett, Matt "Mutation in Recent Toronto Art", Artfocus, Spring/Summer 1998
  Hume, Christopher "Zinc Gives Young a Place to Hang", Toronto Star, July 24, 1997
   
       
  CURATORIAL PROJECTS AND RESIDENCIES
   
  Curator of Amanda Nedham: a dog is short a car is long. A solo exhibition of drawings, video and installation by Brooklyn-based artist. At Station Gallery, Whitby, from January 17 to March 29, 2015.
   
  Curator of Patrick Decoste: Dreaming of Bear & Crow. A solo exhibition of paintings and installation by Metis/Mik'maq artist at Station Gallery, summer 2015.
   
  Co-curator of Wear Me: Art, Body, Tech in conjunction with UOIT and Dr. Isabel Petersen. At Station Gallery, fall 2015.
   
  Curator of Jennifer Dorner: Area Code. A solo exhibition of paintings by Montreal–based artist chosen by popular vote during The Wiki Show. At Station Gallery, Whitby, Ontario from July 12 – September 7, 2014.
   
  Curator of Toni Latour: The Femme Project. A solo exhibition of portrait photography documenting Vancouver's Queer Femme community. At Station Gallery, Whitby, Ontario from May 24 – July 6, 2014.
   
  Curator of Grahame Lynch: The Logic of Subduction. A solo exhibition of multi-media work exploring first hand experiences of low-vision and imminent blindness. At Station Gallery, Whitby, Ontario from January 11 to March 30, 2014. Exhibition publication.
   
  Curator of Melissa General: Kéyahre: I Remember. A solo exhibition of Toronto-based photographer exploring her Mohawk heritage at Station Gallery, Whitby from August 24 to November 24, 2013. Exhibition publication.
   
  Curator of The Wiki Show, a group exhibition of twenty mid-career and established artists from across Canada. Exhibition visitors were invited to determine who from the 20 artists would return in 2014 with a solo exhibition. Station Gallery, Whitby, Ontario from June 22 to August 18, 2013. On-line publication.
   
  Curator of Pete Smith: Initial Public Offering, solo exhibition with regional artist at Station Gallery, Whitby, Ontario from May 4 to June 16, 2013. Exhibition publication.
   
  Curator of Reading the Image, group exhibition of mid-career and established artists incorporating image and text at Station Gallery, Whitby, Ontario from October 21 to December 2, 2012.
   
  Curator of Fictionary, group exhibition of early and mid-career artists working with drawing and narrative at Station Gallery, Whitby, Ontario from July 21 to September 2, 2012.
   
  Curator of Meryl McMaster: In-Between Worlds, solo exhibition of early-career photographer at Station Gallery, Whitby, Ontario from February 18 to April 8, 2012. Exhibition publication: ISBN 978-0-9867171-3-0
   
  Curator of Joscelyn Gardner: Bleeding & Breeding, solo exhibition with Barbados-born printmaker at Station Gallery, Whitby, Ontario from January 14 to February 12, 2012. Exhibition publication.
   
  Curator of Jane Eccles: Overlap , a solo, retrospective exhibition of paintings at Station Gallery, Whitby, Ontario
from February 26 to April 10, 2011. Exhibition publication: ISBN 978-0-9867171-1-6
   
  Curator of Brendan Fernandes: Dada Afrika : a solo exhibition of multi-media works
at Station Gallery, Whitby, Ontario from January 8 to February 20, 2011.
   
  Curator of Tony Romano: Notary Moon : an exhibition of multi-media works at Station Gallery, Whitby, Ontario
from October 23 to December 5, 2010 in partnership with the MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie. Exhibition publication: ISBN 978-0-9690917-9-0
(catalogue available on-line)
   
  Curator of Mike Berube: Know Hope : a solo exhibition of photo-journalist and artist
at Station Gallery, Whitby, Ontario from September 4 to October 17, 2010.
   
  Curator of David Scott Armstrong: crossing, still : a solo exhibition of printmaker and York University print professor,
at Station Gallery, Whitby, Ontario from July 17 to August 29, 2010.
   
  Curator of Darlene Cole: Curtain Call : a solo exhibition of painter based in Brooklin, ON
at Station Gallery, Whitby, Ontario from June 5 to July 11, 2010.
   
  Curator of Before and After : a group exhibition of established artists with a focus on printmaking
and the Station Gallery's permanent collection, Whitby, Ontario from April 17 to May 30, 2010.
   
  Curator of Bonnie Devine: Body Bags, Medicine Basket : a solo exhibition of Ojibwa artist based in Toronto
at Station Gallery, Whitby, Ontario from February 27 to April 11, 2010.
   
  Curator of Lauren Schaffer: Translating the World for Isabella : a show of conceptual artist based in Toronto
at Station Gallery, Whitby, Ontario from September 12 to October 25, 2009.
   
  Curator of Natalia Laluque: The Canadiana Project : a show of paintings and ceramics by Ukraine-born artist
at Station Gallery, Whitby, Ontario from July 25 to September 6, 2009. Exhibition publication: ISBN 978-0-9690917-7-7
(catalogue available on-line)
   
  Curator of Michael Belmore: Embankment a solo exhibition of contemporary sculptor of Annishnabe heritage
at Station Gallery, Whitby, Ontario from February 28 to April 12, 2009. Exhibition publication: ISBN 978-0-9690917-7-6
(catalogue available on-line)
   
  Curator of Tantramar Gothic: New Work by Dan Steeves exhibition held at: Station Gallery, Whitby,
ISBN: 978-0-9690917-5-2 (catalogue available on-line)
   
  Curator of Todd Tremeer: A Past Again exhibition held at Station Gallery, Whitby in 2009
ISBN: 978-0-9690917-6-9
   
  Curator of Steven Laurie: Art of the Motor a solo exhibition of Toronto-based artist Steven Laurie
at Station Gallery, Whitby, Ontario. Exhibition publication: ISBN 978-0-9690917-4-5
   
  Guest Curator of One Root, Many Routes: a group exhibition exploring the elasticity of ethnicity; featuring the works of
Vera Jacyk, Bohdan Sirant, Natalie Laluque, Jean-Michel Komarnicki, Anna Yuschuk, Orest Tataryn, Olena Kassian, Charles Sharun,
May 4 to May 22, 2008, KUMF Gallery, Toronto
   
  Guest Curator for Broken Promises: Soviet Photography in the Age of Stalin, MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario,
Sep 13 to Nov 4, 2007
   
  Curator of Vera Jacyk: Chysto, Chysto, Chysto: a solo exhibition of Toronto-based artist Vera Jacyk
  at The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, Ontario. Exhibition publication: ISBN 978-0-921500-83-4
   
  Curator of Mind Map: an exhibition of early-career artists from the Durham region
  at The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, Ontario. Exhibition Catalogue: ISBN 10:0-921500-71-8
   
  Curator of About Face: Portraits & other Pictures an exhibition exploring the finest examples of Canadian portraiture
  at The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, Ontario. Exhibition Catalogue: ISBN 0-921500-59-9
   
  Curator of 2nd Site: an exhibition of early-career artists artists from the Durham region
  at The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, Ontario. Exhibition Catalogue: ISBN 0-921500-47-5
   
  Curator of Random Cities exhibition of early-career artists artists from the Durham region
  at The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, Ontario. Exhibition Catalogue: ISBN 0-921500-76-9
   
  Curator of Industrial Strength: an exhibition of visual responses to efficiency
  at The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, Ontario. Exhibition publication: ISBN 0-921500-52-1
   
  Curator of Energy Implosion: The (905) Imagination exhibition of early-career artists from the Durham region
  at The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, Ontario. Exhibition Catalogue: ISBN 0-921500-45-9
   
  Guest Curator of 31 Flavours into the Blender, Georgian College, Barrie, Ontario, March 10 to March 31, 2006
   
  Language Hotel residency at the St. Norbert Arts and Cultural Center, Winnipeg, Manitoba, December 2000
   
       
  RELATED EXPERIENCE
   
  Co-juror, Plein Air Art Festival, Bellville, May 31, 2015
   
  Guest Lecturer. Topic: "Applying for Grants", Sheridan College, Oakville, February 18, 2015
   
  Co-juror, "Touched by Fire" juried exhibition organized by Mood Disorders Association of Ontario, Toronto, December 3, 2014
   
  Nominee, DACTA, Best Event/Exhibition nomination for The Wiki Show, Whitby, November 27, 2014
   
  Juror, Colborne Art Gallery 2nd Annual Juried Show, June 11, 2014
   
  Co-juror, Plein Air Art Festival, Bellville, June 1, 2014
   
  Guest Lecturer, Sheridan College, Oakville, January 29, 2014
   
  Guest Lecturer, Probus (Durham West, Ajax Group), January 8, 2014
   
  Panelist, "Beyond Red Boots", Ukrainian Canadian Congress Triennial, Etobicoke, November 9, 2014
   
  Series Lecturer, "Curator on the Go" @ Ontario Shores, Whitby, May-Oct 2013
   
  Juror, Canadian Ukrainian Art Foundation (KUMF Gallery), "Toronto the Beautiful", August 16, 2013
   
  Juror, Visual Art Centre Annual Juried Exhibition, Bowmanville, October 16, 2013
   
  Moderator, E. Farache and L. Eisenstein at Loop Gallery, Toronto, June 8, 2013
   
  Juror, Meaford Art Centre, April 28, 2013
   
  Guest lecturer, Durham College 2nd year Photography, Oshawa, March 18, 2013
   
  Guest lecturer, Oshawa Art Association, "What's a Curator?", February 13, 2013
   
  Guest lecturer, "Synchronicities: Art & Cinema", Art Gallery of Peterborough, January 19, 2013
   
  Co-juror, Ontario Association of Art Galleries, 35th Annual OAAG Awards, August 2012
   
  Peer Assessor, Canada Council for the Arts, Project Grants for Arts Organizations, June 2012
   
  Juror, Meaford Arts Centre, May 27, 2012
   
  Juror, Headwaters Arts, May 25, 2012
   
  Juror, Ontario Shores Red Hot Juried Show, April 23, 2012
   
  Juror, Markham Group of Artists "In Transition" exhibition , November 30, 2011
   
  Guest Lecturer, Two Hats: Artist as Curator, Curator as Artist, Nipissing University, November 11, 2011
   
  Juror, Sumi-e Society of Canada Juried Exhibition, November 18, 2011
   
  Juror, Second Annual Arts Council of Northumberland juried show, November 23, 2010
   
  Juror, Latcham Gallery, Stouffville, ON, April, 2010
   
  Juror, Secondary School Students Juried Show, Lindsay Gallery, May, 2010
   
  Juror, Oshawa Art Association, Oshawa, ON, June, 2010
   
  Panellist, Roundtable on Exhibition Needs for Artists, Kent Farndale Gallery
   
  Panellist, "Is there life after OCAD?", Ontario College of Art & Design, February, 2010
   
  Durham College School of Media, Art & Design Steering Committee member
   
  Moderator, Home Page: Visual Culture and Domestic Space with V.Jacyk, T. Laurin, V. Mak. MacLaren Art Centre, April 16, 2009
   
  Kurelek: Diasporic Revelations in Cultural and Historic Memory - guest lecturer at Trent University, July 27, 2009
   
  Advisory Panel member-Surfacing Magazine
   
  Juror, Pine Ridge Arts Council, Ajax, ON, October, 2009
   
  Juror, Quinte West Juried Exhibition, Belleville, ON, May 2009
   
  Juror, The Conference Place Community Art Show, Whitby, ON, April 2009
   
  Juror, Ontario Arts Council Mid-Career Visual Artist Grant, November 2008
   
  Juror, Annual York Region Juried Exhibition, F.H. Varley Art Gallery, October 2008
   
  Pedal Point/Pivot Point: Graduate Student Conference, panelists: Craig Buckley, Paola Poletto, Olexander Wlasenko,
February 15, 2008, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario
   
  Juror of 4th Annual Juried Art Show & FAD Art Exhibition, Durham College, April 25 to May 5, 2006
   
  Kurelek: Diasporic Revelations in Cultural and Historic Memory - guest lecturer at Trent University, January 16 and June 5, 2006.
   
  Juror of the 3rd Annual Juried Drawing Exhibition at the John B. Aird Gallery, January 14, 2002.
   
  Teaching Assistant and sessional instructor of undergraduate Drawing & Painting course
  at The University of Western Ontario from September 1998 to April 1999.
   
  Presented paper entitled, L'il Russians and Other Prostheses at Joint Graduate Session
  held in conjunction with University Art Association of Canada, OCAD, November 4, 1999.
   
  Assistant Curator and Curator of the Thomas Bouckley Collection of Historical Photographs at The Robert McLaughlin Gallery,
Oshawa from September, 2000 to February, 2008.
   
  Current Curator at Station Gallery, Whitby, Ontario.
   
   
  REPRESENTATION
   
  Abbozzo Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
   
  Michael Thomas, Port Hope/Dundas, Ontario