KBorn in Calgary in 1928, Harry Mitsuo Kiyooka is an accomplished painter and printmaker. A Professor Emeritus of Art at the University of Calgary with tenure of 27 years, Harry holds both undergraduate and masters degrees in Art and Fine Art.


1953 – Bachelor of Education, University of Alberta
1954 – Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Manitoba
1956 – Masters of Arts, Michigan State University
1957 – Masters of Fine Arts, University of Colorado
1958 – 1961 – Study in Italy on Canada Council Scholarships

Professional Experience

In 1961, Harry Kiyooka returned to Calgary to assume a teaching position at the new University of Alberta, Calgary campus. In 1988, Harry retired from the University of Calgary after 27 years with the rank of Professor Emeritus of Art.

Harry has traveled and worked extensively in Europe, Japan and the United States. He has been the recipient of the Canada Council Senior Fellowship and various awards such as First Prize for Painting at the 10th Winnipeg Show and the Jacox Award-Joint Prize, All Alberta Exhibition from the Edmonton Art Gallery. He has exhibited his artwork in many national and international exhibitions. Selected exhibitions include:

6th Biennial of Canadian Art;
85th R.C.A. Winter Exhibition;
Montreal Canadian Printmakers Showcase in 1973;
Spectrum Canada in 1976;
Olympic Games, Montreal;
25 Year Retrospective Exhibition,1978, Alberta College of Art Gallery in Calgary;
Tercere Biennial American de Grabado, Chile;
Exposition Internationales de Gravure, Ljubljana, Yugoslavia;
Primera Bienial America de Artes Grapichas, Columbia;
First International Biennial Exhibition of Graphic Art and Multiples, Spain; Third Exposition Internationale de Gravure in Frechen, Germany.

For the past 30 years, Harry has served on local, provincial and national boards such as the Canadian Conference of the Arts, the Royal Canadian Academy, the Alberta Society of Artists, the Alberta Art Foundation, Calgary Allied Arts Centre, the Calgary Allied Arts Foundation and the Calgary Contemporary Arts Society.

Harry is a founding member of the Calgary Contemporary Arts Society (1982), Life Member of the Alberta Society of Artists and member of the Royal Canadian Academy.

Most recently, Harry Kiyooka was awarded a 125th Anniversary Medal of Confederation for his contribution to the community in establishing the Triangle Gallery of Visual Arts (1988) in Calgary.

In 1996, Harry was the recipient of the Award of Excellence from the Alberta College of Art and Design for his contributions to the visual arts.