Timo Saarelma: Curriculum Vitae / Resume


2007-2009       Master of Fine Arts, Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Faculty of Visual Arts, Norway

2002-2006       BFA, Tampere Polytechnic University of Applied Sciences, Dep of Fine Arts, Finland

2005                 Glasgow School of Art, Sculpture and Environmental Art, Exchange Programme, Scotland

1998-2001       Voc. Qual. in Fine Arts, Pekka Halonen's Academy, Dept. of Fine Arts and Media, Finland

1997-1998        Media Study Program in Visual Expression, Pekka Halonen's Academy, Finland

Solo exhibitions / Projects

2016      Shadows Unfold, photography, Galeria Liliput Experimental, Puebla City, Mexico

2011       Relations, a photographic and videographic work, Gallery 21, San Diego, USA

2010      Hollywood Lutheran Church, YES, a site specific installation, Los Angeles, USA

2009     Gallery 21:24, Cruised, video screening, Oslo, Norway

2007     The Contemporary Art Center of Pispala, Red Steps on Us, installation, Tampere, Finland

2006     Stundars, Reflections from the Sea, Environmental Art Project, Sulva, Finland

2006     Nelimarkka-museum, The Path of the Others, Environmental Art Project, Alajärvi, Finland

2005     The Pigeon Suppers -performance, Saucchiehall Street, Glasgow, Scotland

2004     The Bear Garden, The Bear Circuit, second phase with Jorma Panu, Laihia, Finland

2003     The Bear Garden, The Bear Circuit, with Jorma Panu, Laihia, Finland

2002     Varikko Gallery, Staring in the Eyes of the Bear, Seinäjoki, Finland



2018     State of America, PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, Vermont, USA

2017     Festival Street Photo, St. Raphael, France

2016     Social Justice: It Happens to One, It Happens to All, St. Mary's Col. Museum of Art, Moraga, USA

2016      Rainbow Shift 2.0 -Fusing Art With Social Justice, Montalban, Los Angeles, USA

2016      Homing Pigeon, Turku, Finland

2015      Sacred Memories, Pico House Gallery, Los Angeles

2015      Love Story, Artists Corner Gallery, Los Angeles

2015      Love, Lust, And Seduction Through The Lens, Artists Corner Gallery, Photo LA, Los Angeles, USA

2014      Summer exhibition, Vantaa Art Museum, Gallery K, Vantaa, Finland

2013      Mobile@JKL, Gallery Ratamo, Jyvaskyla, Finland

2013      Tender Strange Light, Photographic Centre Peri, Turku, Finland 

2012      Sin, Photographic Centre Peri, Turku, Finland

2011       Tamako on totta? Is this real?, Vantaa Art Museum, Finland

2009      One Hundred Years, Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo, Norway

2007      Vantaa City Museum, Rainbow Finland-History of sexual and gender minorities, Vantaa, Finland

2007      www.webgalleria.net, Belly Liberation Front as invited project in Ideology web art exhibition

2006      Ostrobothnian Art Seinäjoki Art Hall, Seinäjoki, Finland

2006      Seeking for Space, Fine Art Graduate Show, Central Square, Tampere, Finland

2005      Live Herring, Nordic net art exhibition event, Jyväskylä, Finland

2003      The Artmill, The Artmuseum of Kerava, Kerava, Finland

2002      Gallery Storm, Vaasa, Vaasa Printmakers' Anniversary exhibition, Vaasa, Finland

2002      Pietarsaaren Tupakkamakasiini, Ostrobothnian Printworks, Pietarsaari, Finland

2002      Lebellien Kauppiastalo, Vaasa Printmakers' Summer Exhibition, Kristiiinankaupunki, Finland

2001       City Art Gallery, Vaasa, Vaasa Printmakers' 20th Anniversary Exhibition, Vaasa, Finland

2001       Cable Factory, Puristamo, Helsinki, Pekka Halonen academy´s graduating exhibition, Finland


Group exhibitions

2011       Snap To Grid, Los Angeles Center For Digital Arts, Los Angeles, USA

2009     Fine Art Graduate Show, Stenersen Museum, Oslo, Norway

2008     Environmental Art-Art Garden festival, Vaasa, Finland

2007     Environmental Art-Art Garden festival, Kaustinen, Finland

2006     Emil-sali, Vanha kirjastotalo, G-art happening, Tampere, Finland

2006     Stockholm Pride, Nordic rainbow cultural happening, Stockholm, Sweden

2005     Academill, Rainbow festival, Vaasa, Finland

2004     Laterna, G-art happening, Tampere, Finland

2003     Linna Gallery, Be Bounded By, Kohtla-järve, Estonia

2003     Gallery Agueli, Tupilak Art & Photo Exhibit, Stockholm, Sweden

2003     Klubi, Tampere Fetish Factory, Tampere, Finland

2002     Gallery Spectra, Kristiinankaupunki, Kristiinakaupunki, Finland

2002     Gallery Platform, Platform is Closed, with Peter Djelan, Vaasa

2001     Photo Gallery Valokuvagalleria Ibis, Demo, Vaasan Taidehalli, Vaasa, Finland

2001     Cygnaeus Gallery, In the Eyes of a Stranger, Helsinki, Finland



2012     Arts Council of Finland, Public display grant

2012     City of Turku, Finland, Artist's grant

2011      Arts Council of Finland, Travel grant

2010      The Art Association of Finland, Young artists working grant

2010      National Council for Photographic Art, Project grant

2007     The Art Commission of Ostrobothnia, 6 months working grant

2006     Svenska Kulturfonden, Project grant

2005     Erasmus, Grant for the student exchange programme in Glasgow School of Art, Scotland

2005     Tampere Polytechnic, Grant for student exchange in Glasgow School of Art, Scotland

2004     The Finnish-Swedish Culture Foundation, Project grant

2004     The Culture Foundation of Kalevala Koru, Project grant

2002     Konstsamfundet, Project grant

2000    Ministry of Education, Finland, Travel grant for a group, Study trip to Nepal



2012      Yes, screening of video work, Spirit Studio, Los Angeles, USA

2011      Bear Dream/Dream Bear, screening of video work, Art Fair Suomi, Cable Factory, Helsinki, Finland



2016      Artist-in-residence, Galeria Liliput Experimental, Puebla City, Mexico

2015      The Finnish Artists' Studio Foundation residency, Oaxaca, Mexico

2002     Prague , Czech Republic


Study trips

2005     Scotland, Cove park project

2003     Estonia, Kohtla-järve, Be Bounded By-environmental art project

2000     Nepal, working at the Lokta- paper factory, photographing (9 th Dec 2000-6 th Jan 2001)

1999     Russia, excursion to The St. Petersburg Institute of Fine Arts (the Department of Plastic Anatomy)


Awards, Diplomas

2004 Arco Nordica, The International Lesbian and Gay Cultural Network diploma 2004

2016 Thor's Hammer Award, ILGCN


Vantaa City Art Museum, Finland