Risa Horowitz


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Biography

Risa Horowitz is a visual and media artist and associate professor of visual arts in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Regina, in Saskatchewan. She has lived and worked in seven Canadian provinces as an artist, educator, writer, and gallery programmer and is represented in Toronto by MKG127 Gallery. Horowitz's practice blurs boundaries between expert-amateur, hobby-work, and leisure-productivity. She is an active tournament Scrabble competitor and has recently become an amateur astronomer and astro-photographer, which, along with vegetable gardening, form part of her art practice. Horowitz has received numerous grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and several provincial funding bodies. Her works are in the collections of TD and BMO, the Canada Council Art Bank, and the Saskatchewan Arts Board. In 2014 twenty paintings from the Trees of Canada series were acquired for Canada House in London by Global Affairs Canada.

 

 

Solo Exhibitions

2017 Light Forming Image, Art Gallery of Regina, Saskatchewan. Fall 2017.

2016 Imaging Saturn (Modeling Views) Platform Centre for Photographic and Digital Arts in partnership with Video Pool Media Arts Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba

2013 Imaging Saturn: Oppositions (2011-2040) MKG127 Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

2012 Blurry Canada Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba. Brandon, Manitoba

2011 Blurry Canada The Dunlop Art Gallery, Sherwood Branch. Curated by Jeff Nye. Regina, Saskatchewan

2010 Pacing Time: of Presence and Meaning MKG127 Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

2010 melitzah and TrioGales Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

2008 Trio Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide, Australia

2008 Trees of Canada MKG127 Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

2007 Trees of Canada Profiles Gallery, St. Albert, Alberta

2006 Trio Owens Art Gallery, Sackville, New Brunswick

2004 Corners Arch 2 Gallery, University of Manitoba School of Architecture, Winnipeg

2003 girl before a mirror Niagara Artists Co., St. Catherine's ON

2002 melitzah Neutral Ground, Regina

2001 girl before a mirror Eyelevel Gallery, Halifax

2001 girl before a mirror The New Gallery, Calgary

2000 girl before a mirror M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition Snelgrove Gallery, UofS

2000 gem digital photo/video installation The Workshop Gallery; The Photographers Gallery, Saskatoon

1999 verso Photo installation The Workshop Gallery; The Photographers Gallery, Saskatoon

1999 aut Photo/Video installation, in collaboration with Tetyana Gershuni Gordon Snelgrove Gallery, UofS

 

Group and Two-Person Exhibitions, Screenings

2016 Between Big Muddy and Big Beaver, Sout Saskatchewan, part of Again and Again, 10th Anniversary exhibition, MKG127 Gallery, Toronto. July 1 - August 12, 2017.

2016 starfields and fields (selections), part of What Does the Image Stand For? curated by Ami Barak. 2017 Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal. September 7 - October 14, 2017.

2016 starfields and fields, part of Landscapes and Silence curated by Wayne Baerwaldt. 2016 Kochi-Muziris Biennale collateral project with Kashi Art Gallery, Kochi, India. December 2016 - March 2017.

2016 Houseplants and Homemaking. Art on the Screens, Celebration Square, Mississauga. September 2016.

2016 Omega Centauri Globular Cluster. Part of Fibreworks 2016 juried by Sarah Quinton and Jaime Angelopolous. Idea Exchange Art + Design's Queen's Square Gallery, Cambridge ON, Sept. 9 - Nov. 13, 2016.

2016 Houseplants and Homemaking. Part of Reference Points video program, curated by Strange Strangers. YYZ Artist's outlet, Toronto, May 13, 2016.

2016 Visualizing Visual Data. 3-page spread for À la recherche (in search of practice-based research), curated by Barbara Balfour. Open Studio, Toronto, Jan. 8-Feb. 6, 2016. Brochure.

2015 real-time-slow-motion (all night sun). Video installation for Out of Site: Contemporary Art on Queen St. West, curated by Earl Miller. Queen Mother Café, Toronto, October.

2014 "Word Problems", AAGHHOOOPPRRSTT::ASTROPHOTOGRAPH, with Ross Melansson and Loretta Paoli, curated by Noreen Neu, Last Mountain Lake Cultural Centre, Regina Beach, Saskatchewan (in development).

2014" Open Access", curated by Farah Yusuf, Imaging Saturn (panels), Subtle Technologies Festival 2014, "Open Cultures: Participatory Practices in Art & Science". Ryerson University Architecture Building, Toronto.

2014" Papier 14 Contemporary Art Fair of Works on Paper", Trees of Canada, represented by MKG127 Gallery, Montreal.

2012-2013 "Synthetic Age", Imaging Saturn May 10, 2012 and Pacing Time Faculty exhibition, MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan.

2012 "Critical Faculties", Imaging Saturn July 8, 2011 Faculty exhibition, First Nations University Art Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan.

2010 "Aut", Thirtieth Year by Day curated by Tatiana Gershuni, Doroshenko Gryshchenko Clinic, Kiev, Ukraine.

2010 "Test Site", Beat the "Champ" Durham Art Gallery.

2009 "Best of Transmedia" International Film Festival Rotterdam, Studiopace curated by Michelle Kasprzak, Year Zero One/Transmedia

2008 "Unsettled" Instructional Diagram No. 1 B42 Gallery, Oakville, Ontario

2008 "Aussie Screen" Studiopace curated by Michelle Kasprzak, Year Zero One/Transmedia, Melbourne, Australia

2008 "Manchester Urban Screens" Studiopace curated by Michelle Kasprzak, Year Zero One/Transmedia, Manchester, UK

2007 "Corners/Dust" Corners Forest City Gallery, London, Ontario

2006 Trio The Afterschool Supplemental, curated by Maiko Tanaka, Ontario College of Art and Design

2005 melitzah selected artist, FILE Electronic Language Interernational Festival, Sao Paolo Brazil

2005 Studiopace video screening every minute through October, Yonge-Dundas Square Year Zero One/Transmedia

2005 Intuned Silo collaborative sound performance with Linling Hsu and Mohammed AlRiffai. "Sound Madness II", curated by Alissa Firth Eagland. The Banff Centre, Walter Phillips Gallery

2005 Registration Trial Videothon video screenings, aceartinc.

2005 Registration Trial Sir Wilfred Grenfell College Art Gallery, F.A.S.T. Faculty Exhibition

2004 Corners, Platform Gallery, Winnipeg

2004 melitzah, Images Festival 2004, Images off Screen, Toronto

2003 melitzah, COSIGN: Conference on Computational Semiotics, University of Teeside, Middlesborough, UK

2003 "Daring Confessions: Romance and the Modern Day Woman" Thirtieth Year by Day, The Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon. Curated by Alexandra Stratulat

2003 "Young Winnipeg Artists" melitzah, Plug In ICA, Winnipeg. Curated by Cliff Eyland and Carol Phillips

2001 The Power of Reflection, Saidye Bronfman Centre, Mois de la Photo a Montreal. curated by Martha Langford [inclusion of girl before a mirror website]

2000 Revolutions cd (curated by Steve Heimbecker) collection of local experimental audio Video Verite

2000 Travelling Light: video art from Saskatchewan. (curated) CFAT, Halifax

2000 It's a Long Haul M.F.A. student group exhibition St. T. More Gallery

2000 Performathon performance of chasing tail aka Gallery, Saskatoon

1999 Reconfigurations Curated Video Screening (Joanne Lyons and Donald Grylls) aut The AnteChamber, Regina, SK

1999 Mute Worth M.F.A. student group exhibition (performance and installation of Onion Joy) Gordon Snelgrove Gallery

1999 Bad Girls, Good Boys Francis Morrison Gallery, Sask.

1999 Site Saskatchewan local emerging artists AKA Gallery, Saskatchewan

1998 Not From Here MFA Graduate Students Gordon Snelgrove Gallery

1997 Artropolis `97: Browser Box #279 The Roundhouse, Vancouver

 

Web Presentation/Presence

2012 Optical Illusions on vvork.com

2007 Trio on vvork.com

2005 Studiopace Year01/Transmedia web archive

2004 melitzah Year Zero One splash page project [spring], curated by Michelle Kasprzak

2003-2005 melitzah, on Samplesize, artist project page, curated by Kelly Mark

 

Residencies

2017 Summer Solstice Arctic Expedition, 3 week residency with The Arctic Circle, June 2017, around Svalbard.

2014 Video Pool Media Arts Centre, 4 week self-directed artist residency, May 2014, Winnipeg.

2008 Cité Internationale des Arts, 4 months at the Paris Studio, Canada Council International Residencies Program

2005 Sound & Vision Thematic Residency, Banff Centre for the Arts: 7-week residency, production of Trio

2001 SloMo Thematic Residency, Banff Centre for the Arts: 7-week residency, production of melitzah

2001 Wavelength: General Production Support Video Verité: production support for melitzah

 

Artist Lectures

2017 Art Gallery of Regina, October

2017 Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Regina Centre, November 2

2016 Video Pool and Platform Centre, Winnipeg

2015 University of Victoria Department of Visual Arts

2014 Video Pool Media Arts Centre "Imaging Saturn"

2014 Pace University, Department of Art, New York City

2013 Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Kitchener, "Imaging Saturn"

2012 Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Toronto, Dunlap Observatory "Imaging Saturn"

2011 Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Regina "Imaging Saturn"

2011 Dunlop Art Gallery Blurry Canada

2010 Department of Canadian Heritage Blurry Canada

2009 University of Toronto Master of Visual Studies

2006 Experimental Art Foundation

2007 Forest City Gallery

2006 Sheridan College

2005 The Banff Centre

2004 School of Architecture, Arch 2 Gallery, University of Manitoba

2003 University of Manitoba

2002 Ace Art Inc.

2002 Neutral Ground

2002 The Banff Centre

2001 The Banff Centre

2001 The New Gallery

 

Conferences and Panels

2017 Open Studio Panel Chair, at UAAC Conference 2017, Banff, Alberta.

2017 Light Forming Image paper for panel entitled "At the Boundaries: Art and Science Collaborations", chaired by Ingrid Koenig, at UAAC Conference 2017, Banff, Alberta.

2016 Boredom as Imminence paper presented at panel entitled "The Banal, the Quitidian, the Boring, chaired by Julian Haladyn, at UAAC Conference 2016 hosted by UQAM, Montreal.

2016 Colder than Mars "Visualizing Visual Data" presenter, convened by Dr Megan Smith and URegina Humanities Research Institute.

2014 Research Creation Think Tank respondent, convened by Dr Natalie Loveless, University of Alberta.

2014 29.42 years: a cosmically time-based ongoing project at the Universities Art Association Conference panel titled Almost, But Not Quite: The Incomplete Artist's Project chaired by Jenn Laww, University of Toronto, 2014.

2014 College Art Association "Some Other Kind of Practitioner: Navigating the Studio PhD," Panel presenter, convened by Dr Laura Gonzales, Chicago.

2013 University Art Association of Canada, 2013 Conference "Art Practice, Practice-Based Research, Research-Creation...What's the Difference," Panel convenor and presenter, The Banff Centre, Alberta.

2012 Fine Arts Presentation Series, University of Regina "A Question of Research in the Fine Arts" Panelist

2012 University Art Association of Canada, 2012 Conference "Disciplining Art Practice: Getting a Feel for the Game" Panel Moderator, Concordia University, Montreal

2011 Fine Arts Presentation Series, University of Regina "Disciplining Art Practice: Work, Hobby, and Expertise in Practice-Based Scholarship" Presenter

2011 University Art Association of Canada, 2011 Conference "Disciplining Art Practice: Work, Hobby, and Expertise in Practice-Based Scholarship" Artist's Pecha Kucha Presenter, National Gallery of Canada

2011 Dunlop Art Gallery "On-Stage Conversation" with Robert Enright, David Garneau, Monica Tap, and Jeff Nye. "Another Roadside Abstraction", "Blurry Canada"

2008 University Art Association of Canada, 2008 Conference "Graduate Students in Visual Arts" Panel Participant

2007 "You Gave Me Hope When I Was at the End" 11th Annual Symposium of Art, panelist for roundtable on the idea of Play, Owens Art Gallery/Struts Gallery, Sackville, NB

2003 COSIGN: Conference on Computational Semiotics University of Teeside, Middlesbrough UK

2002 What Were you Thinking? Postmodernism and Constituency Comox Vallery Art Gallery Visual Arts Conference Presenter

1999 What I Wish I Knew When I Started This Job Panelist; Orientation for New Instructors, University of Saskatchewan

1999 Whatever; Why Bother: The Role of the Artist In the Dying Days of the Millenium Moderator; University of Saskatchewan, Dept. of Art and Art History

1998 Art and TechnologyPanelist; University of Saskatchewan, Dept. of Art and Art Hist.

 

Professional Grants and Awards

2017 Canada Council for the Arts, Project Grants for Visual Artists (for Kochi and the Arctic)

2016 Saskatchewan Arts Board, Independent Artist Grant (for the Arctic)

2016 Creative Saskatchewan, Market Travel Grant (for Kochi)

2015 Saskatchewan Arts Board, Culture on the Go Grant

2013 Canada Council for the Arts, Grants to New Media and Audio Artists

2012 Saskatchewan Arts Board, Visual Arts Grant

2011 Ontario Arts Council, Exhibition Assistance

2011 SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship (declined)

2010 Ontario Graduate Scholarship

2009 Ontario Graduate Scholarship

2009 York University Scholarship

2008 York University Scholarship

2007 The Canada Council for the Arts International Residencies Program, Paris Studio, summer 2008

         The Canada Council for the Arts Visual Arts Travel Grant - Australia [Trio]

         Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant

2006 The K.M. Hunter Foundation Award for Visual Arts

         The Canada Council Research/Creation Grant

         The Ontario Arts Council Visual Arts Mid Career Grant

         The Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant

2004 The Canada Council Creation/Production C Grant

2003 Manitoba Arts Council Creative B Grant

         Canada Council for the Arts Travel Grant

         Manitoba Arts Council Travel Grant

         Winnipeg Arts Council Profeessional Development Grant

2002 Canada Council for the Arts Grant to Newmedia and Audio Artists

         Canada Council for the Arts Travel Grant

         Saskatchewan Arts Board Creative C Grant

2000 Graduate Teaching Fellowship University of Saskatchewan, Department of Art and Art History

1999 Graduate Teaching Fellowship University of Saskatchewan, Department of Art and Art History

1998 Graduate Service Fellowship University of Saskatchewan, College of Graduate Studies and Research

 

Collections

Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade, and Development - Trees of Canada

TD Bank - Trees of Canada

BMO - Trees of Canada

Private Collection - Pacing Time (Balls I & II)

Private Collection - Blurry Canada, PEI

Private Collections [3] - Trees of Canada

Private Collection - Cupcake

The Canada Council Art Bank - Corners

Private Collection - Pearl Snare

University of Saskatchewan - girl before a mirror website on archive

 

Bibliography and Publications

Genda, Dagmara. "Platform Centre for Photographic + Digital Arts, Winnipeg, Imaging Saturn (Modeling Views), Risa Horowitz", Esse Art Online, February 2016.

Leyden Cochrane, Stephen. "With these rings... New exhibition records Regina artist's ongoing love affair with cold, distant gas giant", Winnipeg Free Press, February 11, 2016.

Sarty, Samantha. "Space Shows: An artist explores the beauty of Saturn", The Uniter, January 28, 2016.

Enright, Robert. "Borderviews: Blurry Canada." Border Crossings Magazine, No. 117, Spring 2011.

Kerslake, Dan. Blurry Canada. Interview on "CBC Radio, The Afternoon Edition"" January 21, 2011.

Kasprzak, Michelle. Creating Spaces: Net Art in the "Real World". essay on Canadian media art, melitzah. Montreal: Centre Internationale d'art Contemporaine de Montreal's Electronic Magazine, 2009.

Holubizky, Ihor. Practice Makes Imperfect (I'm Perfect)" catalouge for Trio, Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide Australia. January 2008.

Sasano, Mari. Vast Canadian Wilderness... review of Trees of Canada. The Edmonton Journal. October 19, 2007.

Margo, Deborah. Horowitz, Schubert and Margo Perform exhibition essay for Trio at Owens Art Gallery, 2006.

Gilbert, André et al. Self-Portraits in Canadian Photography Montreal: Editions J'ai Vu, 2004.

Stratulat, Alexandra. Daring Confessions: Romance and the Modern Day Girl curator's essay. "The Mendel Art Gallery" fall 2003.

Karlinsky, Amy. Escape Velocity. "Galleries West" fall 2003. read this article

Walker, Morley. Ace Artist Heads Overseas. "Winnipeg Free Press" August 25, 2003.

Sengara, Lorissa. Fast Forward Manitoba. "Canadian Art" Summer, 2003. p. 18.

Gillmor, Alison. Home Invasion: The New Art of Decor. "The National Post" June 7, 2003. p. SP3.

Enright, Robert. The Spirit of the West. "Globe and Mail" May 10, 2003. p. V23. read this article

Enright, Robert. Nouveau Winnipeg. "Border Crossings" May 2003. p. 1516.

Skrobotniak, Tina. Sounds Like Canada. Interview on "CBC Radio One" May 8, 2003.

Roberts, Lorne. melitzah review. "www.newwinnipeg.com" April 23, 2003. p. V23.

Martino, Kelly. Youth Movement: Diverse Voices. "Uptown Magazine" March 20, 2003. p. 7.

Karlinsky, Amy. Young Winnipeg Artists. "Winnipeg Free Press" March 20, 2003. p. V23.

Walker, Morley. Art Attack! YWAs". "Winnipeg Free Press" March 13, 2003. p. D1.

Eyland, Cliff. Young Winnipeg Artists. Curators Essay "Plug In ICA" April 2003. read this article

Anderson, Jack. Work Points to Social Impact of Word Usage. "Regina: Regina Leader Post" 4 July, 2002. read this article

Langford, Martha. The Power of Reflection exhibition Catalogue. Montreal: "Saidye Bronfman Centre for the Arts" 2001.

Langford, Martha. The Power of Reflection. "Border Crossings #78" Manitoba: Arts Manitoba Publications Inc., 2001.

Shaw, Kyle and Tara Thorne. Art Beat: the Arts in Review. "The Coast" Halifax weekly November 18, 2001.

Muri, Allison. review of Girl Before a Mirror. "BlackFlash Journal of PhotoBased and Electronic Art Production." Vol. 18:3. Saskatoon: Buffalo Berry Press, 2000.

Bristol, Joanne. Travelling Light: Video Art from Saskatchewan exhibition catalogue essay. Halifax: "CFAT" 2000

 

Horowitz, Risa. Guest editor for inaugural "Practices" section, "Practices: As if from nowhere...artists' thoughts about research-creation", including the works of Marlene MacCalum, Barbara Meneley, Christof Migone, David Morrish, Donna Szoke Revue d'art canadienne Canadian Art Review (RACAR), vol. 38, no. 1 (spring 2014.

Horowitz, Risa. review of On Kawara Exhibition "Consciousness. Meditation. Watcher on the Hills". Border Crossings Magazine, Spring, 2006.

Horowitz, Risa. review of group exhibition curated by Christof Migone "Disquiet". C Magazine, Winter, 2006.

Horowitz, Risa. "The Unbearable Earnestness of Benny" review of "Neverending Song of Love". Canadian Art, Winter, 2004.

Horowitz, Risa. "Infest: International Artist Run Conference" feature article. Mix Magazine. Spring, 2004.

Horowitz, Risa, ed. "twitch" exhibition catalogue and curators essay, with Steve Dietz and Jennifer Woodbury. Ace Art Inc. Winnipeg, 2003. online catalogue

Horowitz, Risa, Lori Fontaine eds. "PaperWait 2003: Anniversary Issue" Ace Art Inc. Winnipeg, 2003.

Horowitz, Risa. "A Brief Utterance" for "COSIGN: Conference on Computational Semiotics for Games and New Media. University of Teeside, UK. 2003.

Horowitz, Risa. "The Decor Project" curators essay for The Decor Project: White on White by Hadley and Maxwell. Ace Art Inc. Winnipeg, 2003.

Horowitz, Risa. "Home and Garden" exhibition review of work by Andrew Wright, Oakville Galleries. "Border Crossings" Winnipeg, 2003.

Horowitz, Risa. "Before a Mirror. Again." review of The Power of Reflection curated by Martha Langford.BlackFlash Journal of PhotoBased and Electronic Art Production.Vol. 19:3. Saskatoon: Buffalo Berry Press, 2002.

Horowitz, Risa. "A Mad Tea Party IV" The Craft Factor. Summer 2001. Saskatoon: The Craft Council, 2001.

Horowitz, Risa. "Introut to a Third Millennium: a Response." Interplay Saskatoon: The Photographers Gallery, 1999.

 

Education

York University, Toronto, PhD Visual Arts, 2012

University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Master of Fine Arts, 2000

Ryerson University, Toronto/Prince Edward Island, Image Arts Program, 1995

York University, Toronto, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Honours, 1995

 


Updated May 2017 | Acknowledgements | Copyright ©1998-2017 Risa Horowitz