School of the Arts, Media + Culture SAMC

Doris Auxier, MFA

Chair and Associate Professor, SAMC Art + Design

  • Biography

    Doris Hutton Auxier has practiced in Princeton, NJ; Chicago; and Tucson, AZ. She is committed to artist-run collectives and is part of such a gallery where she now lives in Fort Langley, BC. Auxier's paintings and drawings are represented in more than 50 private and public collections.

    Much of Auxier's work focuses on fragile and protected environments in western British Columbia. The Langley Bog and Colony Farm were the subject matter of a 2010 collaborative exhibition Transformation and Memory: Endangered Spaces at Evergreen Cultural Centre in Coquitlam. A 2009 exhibition centering on the Langley Bog, was presented by The Fort Gallery, The Pacific Parklands Foundation, Metro Vancouver, and the Derby Reach/Brae Island Parks Association. Another 2010 exhibition, Protected Spaces: New Myths again focused on the Langley Bog, which is by the Fraser River near Fort Langley. Work on the same theme of fragile environments was represented at the Fraser Valley Biennale 2011 at The Reach Gallery Museum in BC.

    Auxier has shown in several CIVA (Christians in the Visual Arts) shows such as The Next Generation: Contemporary Expressions of Faith at the Museum of Biblical Art in New York, Highly Favored: Contemporary Images of the Virgin Mary, Bread Upon the Waters, Embracing the Gift and Work: Curse or Calling.



  • Education

    • MFA (University of Norwich-Vermont College)
    • MA (University of Arizona)
    • BA (University of North Dakota)
  • Memberships & Affiliations

    • CAA (College Art Association)
    • CIVA (Christians in Visual Arts)
    • CARFAC
  • Recent Work

    Ms. Auxier's work deals with dignity and banality found in everyday objects. It has been said of her work, "Auxier unravels the surfaces of the material world to take the viewer into the energy and the life beyond the natural." Her paintings and drawings are represented in over 40 public and private collections.

    Auxier's recent work centers on the vulnerable and protected site, the Langley Bog. Auxier received permission from Metro Vancouver Regional Parks to enter the site and conduct her visual and cultural research. The first exhibition of this work was presented by The Pacific Parklands Foundation, Derby Reach / Brae Island Parks Association and Metro Vancouver and was held at the Fort Gallery in August 2009. Auxier is currently working on a second body of work that also includes the Colony Farms environment in British Columbia.

    An additional longstanding interest for Auxier is the loss and attempts to regain imagination and art in North American protestant  churches. Auxier's work centering on faith and art was chosen for the CIVA sponsored international show at Gordon College, Highly Favored: Contemporary Images of the Virgin Mary, juried by Terrance E. Dempsey, S.J. Director of the Museum of Contemporary Religious Art. Her work on art and faith also was selected for inclusion in The Next Generation: Contemporary Expressions of Faith at the Museum of Biblical Art in New York City, and her work was documented in Patricia C. Pongracz' and Wayne Roosa's book on that exhibit, The Next Generation, 2005.

    Auxier is involved with community based art initiatives and often exhibits with an artist collective based in Fort Langley, British Columbia.


Department or Program:

Art + Design