Kelsie Grazier


Kelsie Grazier is a visual artist based in Vancouver, BC. With an emphasis on gestural brush strokes and fine lines, Kelsie is painting to communicate the complexities of Deaf identity and cultural histories. She studied painting at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Inspired to teach, she went on to receive her teaching degree in Secondary Art Education and her Masters in Deaf Education at the University of British Columbia. It was during this time that Kelsie, born with a mild hearing loss, suddenly became deaf. She returned to her practice to explore her connection to a linguistic minority culture that is rooted in silence. 


b. 1989, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


2013-2015- Masters of Education- Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education, University of British Columbia

2012-2013- Bachelor of Education- Secondary Visual Arts, University of British Columbia

2010-2012- Bachelor of Fine Arts - Visual Arts Major in Painting, Emily Carr University of Art and Design

2007-2010- Fine Arts Diploma Program, Langara College


2018- Address Assembly, Vancouver

2017- PIENAARxGRAZIER, Vancouver

2012- Emily Carr Graduation Exhibition, Vancouver 

2010- Langara Graduation Exhibition, Vancouver

2010- Bust Art Social Auction, Vancouver

2009- Langara Buffalo Lounge Student Collective, Vancouver 


2019-Wingspan Artist Residency, University of British Columbia, Vancouver

2018- Thrive Mural Residency, Vancouver

Selected Press

Lula JAPAN Magazine, April 2019

The Jealous Curator, Art For Your Ear Podcast, November 2018

Design Milk, September 2018

Rising Tide Society, “20 on the Rise,” September 2018

Sam Shaw, Makers Magazine, “Translating White Noise with Kelsie Grazier,” July 2018

Makers Magazine, Issue Six Movement Cover, July 2018

Belinda Love Lee, “Kelsie Grazier Branding Story,” June 2018

Whitespace Magazine, 2018

Real Weddings Magazine, 2017


2019-BC Itinerant Conference, Burnaby

2018-CHHA Youth Conference, Ottawa

2018-Audiology Department- University of British Columbia, Vancouver

2018-Thrive Art Studio, Vancouver

2012-2015- Panelist, PEER Program, BCFHRC, Surrey

2012- Panelist, Early Hearing Program Conference, Vancouver

2012- Panelist, International Congress for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Vancouver

Honours and Awards

2018- Bombay Sapphire x Artsy, Artisan Series Semi-Finalist, Canada

2018- Rising Tide Society, 20 on the Rise, San Francisco, USA

2014- Order of the Royal Purple and Elks Lodge Donor Bursary, Vancouver, BC

2013- Brissenden Scholarship in Art Education, Vancouver, BC

2007- Fine Arts Scholarship, Delta, BC