Ciara Jayne Linteau was born in Calgary. Relocated to Fort McMurray, she was an active member of the Fort McMurray Ceramic Guild where she taught ceramic courses and completed a Diploma in Business Administration from Keyano College.
In 2008, Ciara graduated with a BFA from the Alberta College of Art and Design, now Alberta University of the Arts. While working on her BFA, she participated in an exchange program to study at Sydney College of Art in Sydney, Australia. Residing in Banff, Ciara taught community ceramic classes while participating in a Visual Arts Self Directed Residency (BAiR Banff Artist in Residence) at the Banff Centre from 2008 – 2016.
She has worked fulltime at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies in various capacities since 2009 and has been Registrar/ Curatorial Assistant since 2016. Ciara has recently completed a Collection Management Professional Specialization Certificate from University of Victoria and is continuing on to complete Cultural Resource Management Diploma and Visitor and Community Engagement Professional Specialization Certificate.
After taking a four-year break from teaching ceramics, Ciara is happy to be teaching at artsPlace since 2020. Her work can be found in public and private collections in Canada, Australia and the United States, including The Sir Elton John Collection and Alberta Foundation of Art.