MacKinnon, Michelle

Michelle MacKinnon - PortraitMichelle MacKinnon graduated from York University with a BFA(H) in Visual Arts, has since continued her practice in the inaurgual State Hermitage Artist Residencey in St. Petersburg, Russia, as an Artist in Residence at The Banff Centre and Spark Box Studio, and will be continuing her practice with an MFA at York University in 2013.  She has exhibited in various galleries in Toronto, Kingston, and Russia, and has been twice awarded the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant for Emerging International Artists, the Nan Yeomans Grant for Emerging Artists, the Salon Prize, as well as various awards and honours from York University.


50 x 77"

powdered graphite on paper






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Solo/Duo Exhibitions__________________________________________________ 

2013: After All, We All Have Secrets, Graven Feather Gallery, Toronto, ON

2011: Ignite/Intention [with designer Farah Tamachi], Elanor Winters Art Gallery, Toronto, ON

2010: Drawn To Your Inspiration [with artist Alex Dabic], Gales Gallery, Toronto, ON

2010: Michelle MacKinnon, Music Market, Napanee, ON



Group/Juried Exhibitions_______________________________________________ 

2013: Constructed Truth, Modern Fuel, Kingston, ON

2013: Childsight, Papermill Gallery, Toronto, ON

2013: The Salon Prize, Studio 22, Kingston, ON

2012: Art After Dark, Sydenham Street Studio Collective, Kingston, ON

2012: EGO, Papermill Gallery, Toronto, ON

2012: ArtFest, Kingston, ON

2012: Kingston Pride Art Show, The Window Gallery, Kingston, ON

2012: Juried Salon Prize, The Wilson Room, Kingston, ON

2012: Building Arts Communities, The Grand Theatre, ON

2011: The Salon Prize, Gallery Raymond, Kingston, ON

2011: Art After Dark, Kingston School Of Dance, Kingston, ON

2011: Open Collection, Studio 22, Kingston, ON

2011: Princess Street Promenade, Kingston, ON

2011: Art In The City, Kingston, ON

2011: Moulting, Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts, Toronto, ON

2011: Moulting, York University, Toronto, ON

2011: Contemporary Explorations, Special Projects, York University, Toronto, ON

2010: Never Let Me Go, Resistor Gallery, Toronto, ON

2010: Young Artists, Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia

2010: Open House, York University, Toronto, ON

2010: Drawing Area Show, Gales Gallery, Toronto, ON

2010: 24 Hour Workshop, Special Projects, York University, ON



Selected Awards and Honours___________________________________________ 

2013: Elizabeth Greenshields International Emerging Artist Grant, Montreal, QC

2013: Scarborough Rotary Club Award, Toronto, ON

2013: Grand Prize, The Salon Prize, Kingston, ON

2012: Scarborough Rotary Club Award, Toronto, ON

2012: Featured Artist, ArtFest, Kingston, ON

2012: First Prize, Window Art Gallery, ON

2012: Youth Artist Award, National Youth Arts Week, Kingston, ON

2011: Nan Yeomans Grant for Emerging Artists, Kingston, ON

2011: The Salon Prize, 3d Prize, Kingston, ON

2011: Elizabeth Greenshields International Emerging Artist Grant, Montreal, QC

2011: BMO FirstArt Nomination, York University, Toronto, ON

2011: Senior Area Drawing Award, York University, Toronto, ON

2011: Gerard Sendry Prize; People’s Choice, Samuel J Zacks Gallery, Toronto, ON

2010: Hermitage Residencey Nomination, York University, Toronto, ON

2007: First Prize Rotary Club Kingston Award; People’s Choice, Kingston, ON

2003 - 2006: Art Award, Napanee District Secondary School, Napanee, ON



Media and Publications_______________________________________________ 

Big Art Book, 2013

Graven Feather Newsletter, Featured Artist, January 2013

CBC Radio Canada Featured Interview, 12 November 2012

POETSArtists, Vol 40, 2012.

Featured Artist, Spark Box Studios Blog, September

The AF Project Featured Canadian Artist, July 2012

ArtFest Featured Artist, 20 June 2012

EMC, “This Artist Sees The Big Picture,” 12 January 2012

Publication in ArtSync 2010-2011 STANDART Book Project, October 2011

ArtSync Live Interview, Propeller Gallery, 3 May 2011

Entre Voices Magazine, No 4, March 2011. page 44.

YFile, York University, 7 April 2011.

YFile, York University, March 31 2011.

Faculty of Fine Arts News, York University, 5 July 2010.

The Napanee Guide, “Creating Art A Way of Life for Local Artist” Feature, May 2010




2013: Colart Collection, Mount Royal, QC

2013: Charles Rosenberg Collection, Toronto, ON

2012: Howard Tullman Portrait Collection, Chicago, IL

2012: Kingston Arts Council Collection, Kingston, ON

2012: Kam Holland Private Collection, Winnipeg, MN



Professional Activities_________________________________________________

2012 - Present: Administrator, Kingston Arts Council, Kingston, ON

2013: Artist Talk, Big Art Book Launch Party, Toronto, ON

2012: Connect/Reconnect [Alumni Guest Speaker], York University, ON

2012: 5x10 Meet and Greet, Toronto School of Art, Toronto, ON

2011: Connect/Reconnect [Alumni Guest Speaker], York University, ON

2011: Assistant to the Art Director, The Kingston Prize, Gananoque, ON.

2011: Artist Talk for students at Napanee District Secondary School.

2010-2011: Member of the Visual Arts Student Association at York University.

2008: Visual Arts Instructor at Just For The Love Of It Summer Camp.




2013: Artist in Residence, Spark Box Studio, Picton, ON, Canada

2012: Banff Artist in Residence, Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, AB, Canada

2010: Young Artists Semester, Hermitage Museum, Drawing, St. Petersburg, Russia