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Jillian McDonald


Dyson College of Arts and Sciences


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Jillian McDonald is a Canadian artist who received her MFA from Hunter College at CUNY. She is a Professor of Art at Pace University, where she also co-directed the Pace Digital Gallery from 2003 - 2014.

Solo shows and projects include Air Circulation and Moti Hasson Galleries in New York, Hallwalls in Buffalo, Esker Foundation in Calgary, Clark Gallery in Montréal, and Lilith Performance Studio in Sweden. Group exhibitions featuring her work include Five Myles in Brooklyn, The Edith Russ Haus for Media Art in Germany, The Whitney Museum's Artport, The Sundance Film Festival in Utah, La Biennale de Montréal, Montehermoso in Spain, The Chelsea Museum in New York, and the Centre d'Art Contemporain de Basse-Normandie in France. Commissions include performances and videos for Nuit Blanche Toronto and New Forms Society, Vancouver.

McDonald has received grants from The Canada Council for the Arts, The New York Foundation for the Arts, Soil New Media, Turbulence.org, The Verizon Foundation, The New York State Council on the Arts, The Experimental Television Center, and Pace University. She lectures regularly about her work and has attended numerous artist residencies including the Headlands Center for the Arts in California, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Workspace and Artspace Programs in New York, the Western Front in Vancouver, the Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta, La Chambre Blanche in Québec, and The Arctic Circle Residency in Svalbard; she was also awarded the Glenfiddich Canadian Art Prize in Scotland.

McDonald's work has been reviewed in The New York Times, Art Papers, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, and Border Crossings, among others. A discussion of her work appears in several books including Deconstructing Brad Pitt edted by Christopher Schaberg, Better Off Dead, edited by Sarah Juliet Lauro, Stalking by Bran Nicol, and Art and the Subway by Tracy Fitzpatrick. Her work was the subject of a feature length CBC radio documentary, a Swedish television show Zombier Skräckministeriet for SVT, and a documentary for Kulturzeit, on Channel ZDF/3Sat in Germany.


MFA, Hunter College at CUNY, New York, New York, 1999
Combined Media

BFA, University of Manitoba, School of Art, Honours, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, 1993
Fine Arts

Awards and Honors

Canada Council for the Arts, January 2021 - Media Arts Grant
The Farm Inc, September 2017 - Arctic Circle Artist Residency
Klondike Institute of Arts and Culture, 2016 - Artist Residency
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, March 2016 - Process Space Residency
Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, Brandon, Canada, March 2015 - Artist Residency
Signal Culture, Owego, NY, November 2014 - Artist Residency
Glenfiddich, Dufftown, Scotland, July 2012 - International Artist Residency
Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ, October 2009 - Artist Residency
Lilith Performance Studio, Malmö, Sweden, May 2009 - Artist Residency
The Headlands Center for the Arts, Marin County, CA, July 2008 - Artist Residency
La Chambre Blanche, Québec City, Canada, June 2008 - Artist Residency
Western Front, Vancouver, Canada, December 2006 - Artist Residency, Media Arts
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York, NY, September 2006 - World Views Studio program - Artist's Residency


I make films, performances, drawings and new media artworks inspired by popular film genres like horror and romance. Horror and paranormal themes and cautionary tales are central to recent projects, which feature archetypes like zombies or masked figures, magnificent landscapes, and local actors.


Valley of the Deer, solo show
[Art - Exhibition, One-Person]University of Waterloo Art Gallery, Waterloo, Ontario, CanadaThe Thaw, solo show
[Art - Exhibition, One-Person]Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, Brandon, Manitoba, CanadaValley of the Deer, solo show
[Art - Exhibition, One-Person]Squeaky Wheel Gallery, Buffalo, New YorkValley of the Deer
[Art - Exhibition, One-Person]C e n t r e C l a r k, M o n t r é a l , CanadaValley of the Deer, solo show
[Art - Exhibition, One-Person]Atkinson Art Gallery, Santa Barbara, CAValley of the Deer, solo show
[Art - Exhibition, One-Person]Jillian McDonald, Air Circulation Gallery, BrooklynSomething Wicked This Way Comes, solo show
[Art - Exhibition, One-Person]New Media Artspace at Baruch College, New York, NYValley of the Deer, solo show
[Art - Exhibition, One-Person]La Bande VideĢo Gallery, Qu´ébec City, CanadaValley of the Deer, solo show
[Art - Exhibition, One-Person]Kenderdine Gallery, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, CanadaValley of the Deer, solo show
[Art - Exhibition, One-Person]Esker Foundation Gallery, Calgary, CanadaJillian McDonald - solo show
[Art - Exhibition, One-Person]Terminal Gallery, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TNBody Count, solo show
[Art - Exhibition, One-Person]Peter Fingesten Gallery, Pace University, New York, NYZombies! - solo show
[Art - Exhibition, One-Person]Korn Gallery, Drew University, Madison, NJRedRum - solo show
[Art - Exhibition, One-Person]Gallery One One One, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, CanadaRedRum - solo show
[Art - Exhibition, One-Person]Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo, New York


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