Xanthe Isbister is a visual artist and contemporary art curator living in Medicine Hat, Alberta. Born and raised in Winnipeg, she received her BFA from the University of Manitoba and her MFA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She moved to Medicine Hat in 2010 as one of Medalta’s first full year artists in residence. For the last seven years she has worked in Cultural Development at the Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre. As the AFA Travelling Exhibition Program Manager/Curator, Xanthe has curated and toured numerous exhibitions throughout hundreds of rural Alberta communities.

In addition to her role at the Esplanade, her artistic career continues to grow. Since 2005 she has exhibited nationally and internationally, including the 2015 NCECA conference in Providence, RI and the Gardiner Museum in Toronto, Ontario. She is a recipient of various awards including the Lila Acheson Wallace Readers Digest Scholarship and an RBC Emerging Artist Peoples Choice Nominee. Xanthe has presented numerous public lectures on her work, attended residencies in Canada and the United States including Watershed Centre for Ceramic Arts and the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, and most recently featured in an in-depth interview for the international magazine, Ceramics Now.