Kristie MacDonald lives and works in Toronto, Canada. Her art practice engages notions of the archive and the collection, as well as their roles in the evolving meanings and contextual histories of images and artifacts. MacDonald is a recipient of awards from the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, and the Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts. Her work has recently been exhibited at the Art Gallery of Mississauga, the MacLaren Art Centre (Barrie ON), BABEL Visningsrom for Kunst (Trondheim NO), Reed Collage (Portland OR), The International Print Center (New York NY), Open Studio Contemporary Printmaking Centre (Toronto ON), and Gallery 44 (Toronto ON). She has been invited to work as an artist in residence at the Finnish Artists' Studio Foundation (Helsinki, FI), Skaftfell Center for Visual Art (Seyðisfjörður, IS), and Lademoen Kunstnerverksteder (Trondheim, NO). MacDonald is currently a PhD candidate in the department of Visual Art at York University, and an Assistant Professor in Studio Art in the School of Fine Art and Music at the University of Guelph.




2016 - Pres. Doctor of Philosophy Candidate, Visual Arts, York University (ABD)

2016    Master of Fine Arts, , Visual Arts, York University

2011    Master of Information Studies, Spec. Archival Studies, University of Toronto

2008  Bachelor of Fine Arts, Spec. Hons. Visual Arts, York University


Solo Exhibitions

Press Photo Antarctica, Modern Fuel, Kingston ON, 2020

Doppelgängers, Society of Northern Alberta Print-Artists, Edmonton AB, 2019

Press Photo Antarctica, Open Studio Members Gallery, Toronto ON, 2017

Doppelgängers, Special Projects Gallery, Goldfarb Centre for Fine Arts, York University, Toronto ON, 2016

Machine for Correcting the Past, Artspace, Peterborough ON, 2015

Home and Away, Open Studio Gallery, Toronto ON, 2011


Two Person Exhibitions

Search Engine Serendipity (collaboration with Ella Tetrault), Owens Art Gallery (Digital Owens), Sackville NB, 2018-2019

Illusions and Reproductions: Iden Balzerson & Kristie MacDonald, BABEL Visningsrom for Kunst, Trondheim Norway, 2015

What Was Will Be (with Christina Battle), Gallery 44, Toronto ON, 2014


Selected Group Exhibitions

Again and More, Again (with Myfawny Macleod and Mitch Robertson), MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie ON, curated by Emily McKibbon, December 3, 2016 to March 5, 2017

Canadian Belonging(s) (with Basil AlZeri, Sonny Assu, Pansee Atta, Cindy Blažević, Vanessa Dion Fletcher, Cheryl L’Hirondelle, Kristie MacDonald, Meryl McMaster, Abdi Osman), Art Gallery of Mississauga, Mississauga ON, curated by Ellyn Walker, 2016

Hivemind: Print + Performnce (with Patrick Bulas and Jordan Schwab, Audrey Hurd, and Ming Hon), Martha Street Studio, Winnipeg MB, curated by Kristin Nelson, 2016

Slow Poke (with Alice Mi Jeong Kim, Jennifer Tellier, Haley Uyeda, Andrew Testa, Elaine Chan-Dow, Anna Snyder, David Perrett, and Derek Colombe), Artscape Youngplace, 2016

I think you're wonderful and so does everyone else, (with Nadia Belerique, Mark Clintberg, & Mungo Thomson), G Gallery, Toronto ON, curated by Jon Davies and Kristin Weckworth, 2015

Might Now (with Dan Attoe, Patricia Esquivias, Lindsay Lawson & Margaret Weber), Reed Collage, Portland OR, USA, curated by Jade Novarino and Lucy Weisner for Reed Arts Week, 2015

Art Spin July 2014, Doppelgangers, with the Portable Gallery Project, Toronto ON, 2014

Art Spin Fifth Annual Exhibition, 108 Vine Ave, Toronto ON, curated by Layne Hinton and Rui Pimenta, 2014

International Print Center Presents: New Prints 2014, Christie’s Auction House, Rockefeller Showrooms, New York NY, USA, 2014

New Prints: Winter, International Print Center, New York NY, USA, 2014

Provisions (with Maggie Groat & Tiziana La Melia), XPACE Cultural Centre, Toronto ON, curated by Ellyn Walker, 2013

Revisiting Ephemera, Artlab Gallery, University of Western Ontario, London ON, curated by Emma Anderson, 2011

Projects Class 2010, University of Toronto Art Centre, curated by Ginger Scott and Joanna Sheridan, Toronto ON, 2010


Special Projects / Site Specific Work

ScanPro 2000, Commissioned by Superframe for Portrait and Landscape project space, Toronto ON, 2016 – 2017

Misguided Fieldwork, Public interventions at the Seyðisfjörður Information Centre (with Factory Workers Unite), Seyðisfjörður Iceland, 2017


International Artist in Residence, Finnish Artists' Studio Foundation, Tapiola Guest Studios, Helsinki Finland (July 1 - 31, 2017)

Artist in Residence, Skaftfell Center for Visual Art, Seyðisfjörður Iceland (June 1 - 30, 2017)

International Artist in Residence, Lademoen Kunstnerverksteder (LKV), Trondheim Norway (June 1 - July 31, 2015)

Lademoen Kunstnerverksteder Artist in Residence, Sula Island Lighthouse, Sula Norway (July 21- July 25, 2015)

Visiting Artist, Reed Collage, Reed Arts Week 2015, Portland Oregon (March 1 – 5, 2015)

Emerging Artist Residency, University of Windsor, Windsor ON  (May 1 – June 6, 2010)


Grants and Awards

John Hartman Award, awarded by the MacLaren Art Centre, 2017

Travel Grants to Professionals in the Visual Arts, Canada Council for the Arts, 2015

Exhibition Assistance, Ontario Arts Council, 2014

Emerging Artist Production Grant, Ontario Arts Council, 2013 

Emerging Artist Production Grant, Toronto Arts Council, 2013

Emerging Artist Production Grant, Toronto Arts Council, 2011

Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts 10th Anniversary Award, 2008


Academic Scholarships

York University Graduate Fellowship, 2016 - Present

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship, 2015

Superfame Graduate Award in Visual Arts, 2015

York University Graduate Scholarship, 2014 - 2016

Susan Crocker and John Hunkin Award, 2014

 Laya Liberman Memorial Scholarship, 2008

Jack Bush Scholarship, 2007

York University Continuing Student Academic Scholarship, 2006

Government of Canada bursary for the Intensive French Immersion Program at the University of Quebec in Chicoutimi, 2005

York University Entrance Scholarship, 2003



Zoë Heyn-Jones. “What Was Will Be: Secular Magic, Sculpting Cinema,” In Sculpting Cinema. Melanie Wilmink, Solomon Nagler and Tom Taylor Eds., Pleasuredome, 2018

Inger Marie Møller. “Illusions and Reproductions: iden Balzerson & Kristie MacDonald,” BABEL Visningsrom for Kunst, Trondheim Norway, 2015

 Øyvind Rongevær Kvarme, Illusjonar og Reproduksjonar, Interview (with Idun Balzerson), Artscene Trondheim, 2015

Lucy Weisner and Jade Novarino, “Kristie MacDonald: Intersections of Art and Archival Practice,” a published interview in the catalogue Might Now published on the occasion of Reed Collage Arts Week, 2016

Daniella Sanader, What Was Will Be, BlackFlash Magazine, 2014

Fran Schechter, Nature's Fury, NOW Magazine, 2014

Madi Chambers, What Was Will Be, Carbon Paper, 2014

Shellie Zhang, Christina Battle & Kristie MacDonald: What Was Will Be,, 2014

Leah Sandles, Photo-Art Show Takes on Topsy-Turvy Weather, Canadian Art, 2014

Madeleine Viljoen, New Prints Winter 2014, International Print Centre New York, 2014

Caoimhe Morgan-Feir, What Was Will Be, Gallery 44, Toronto ON, 2014

Ellyn Walker, Provisions, Xpace Cultural Centre Toronto ON, 2013

Ahlia Moussa and Simon Bentley eds, Revisiting Ephemera, McIntosh Gallery, London ON, 2012

 Jen Hutton, Kristie MacDonald: Home and Away, Open Studio, Toronto ON, 2011

Amy Stewart, York Artists Sweep the Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts Awards, Y-File, York University Online, 2008

Amy Stewart, Sculptors use digital techniques in York experimental lab, Y-File, York University Online, 2008

Dan Girard, Students Learn While They Earn, Toronto Star, Toronto ON, 2008


Teaching Experience

Assistant Professor, School of Fine Arts and Music

Collage of Arts

University of Guelph

2019 – Pres.

Lecturer, Department of Visual Studies

Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design

University of Toronto

2013 – 2019


Board of Directors

Open Studio Printmaking Center, Toronto ON, 2015 – 2018

Co-Chair of the Programming Committee 2017 - 2018



“The Open Studio Print Archive: Towards a History of Archiving within Canada's Artist-Run Centres,” in Printopolis. Open Studio, Toronto ON, forthcoming 2016  

“Fiona Tan: Inventory at the Philadelphia Museum of Art,” Exhibition Review in Journal of Curatorial Studies issue 3:3, Bristol UK, 2014

“Cuts / Offcuts: Annyen Lam and Hazel Eckert,” Exhibition Essay, Open Studio Annual Scholarship Exhibition, Open Studio Gallery, Toronto ON, 2014

“Artists Magazines: An Alternative Space for Art,” Book Review in the Journal of Curatorial Studies issue 2:2, Bristol UK, 2013

“He named her Amber: Iris Haussler,” Book Review in Journal of Curatorial Studies issue 2:3, Bristol UK, 2013


Curatorial Projects

“The Inhabitants of Space,” (Miles Collyer, Derek Coulombe, Erika DeFreitas and Alexis Dirks), Open Studio Gallery, Toronto ON, a Featured Exhibition in the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival 2017           

Selected Public Talks and Lectures

Artist Talk, Society of Northern Alberta Printmakers, July 2019

Artist Talk, delivered at Skaftfell Center for Visual Art, Seyðisfjörður Iceland, June 7, 2017

Artist Talk, delivered at Sula Island Co-op, Sula Norway, July 24, 2015

Artist Talk, delivered at Lademoen Kunstnerverksteder, Trondheim Norway, June 18, 2015

Artist Talk, delivered at Reed Collage Arts Week, Reed Collage, Portland OR, March 4, 2015

Artist Talk (Adam David Brown, Kristie MacDonald, Ed Pien, and Michael Vickers), Art Spin Fifth Annual Exhibition, 108 Vine Avenue, Toronto ON, June 29, 2014

What Was Will Be: Panel Discussion with Christina Battle, Alexis Dirks, and Kristie MacDonald (moderated by Caoimhe Morgan-Feir), Gallery 44, Toronto ON, January 11, 2014

“Towards a History of Artist-Run Archives in Canada: Traditional and Non-Traditional Forms,” delivered at Grunt Gallery, Vancouver BC, June 19, 2013

Sunday Scene (Exhibition Tour and Talk), delivered during the exhibition “Beat Nation,” at the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto ON, February 10, 2013

 Visiting Artist Speaker Series, University of Windsor, Windsor ON, May 31, 2010


Selected Conference Presentations & Panel Discussions

“Search Engine Serendipity: Browsing for Images as Intimate labour” (with Ella Tetrault), delivered at Digital Art History - Methods, Practices, Epistemologies conference, University of Zagreb, Croatia, November 12-14, 2018

“Search Engine Serendipity: Browsing for Images as Intimate labour (with Ella Tetrault),” delivered at the Handmade Assembly, Sackville NB, October 17-20, 2018

“Pole Station Antarctica” to be delivered at the Universities Art Association of Canada (UAAC), Waterloo ON, October 25-28

“Setting Things Next to One Another,” delivered at the Universities Art Association of Canada (UAAC), Montreal QC, October 28-30, 2016

“Capacities for Keeping: Gallery Archives Across Ontario,” delivered at the Universities Art Association of Canada, Halifax NS, November 5-7, 2015

Panel Discussion: New Initiatives in Art Archives, delivered at “Visualizing the Future: New Perspectives in Art Librarianship” a Webinar hosted by the Art Libraries Society of North America, January 17, 2015

“Towards a History of Artist-Run Archives in Canada: Traditional and Non-Traditional Forms,” delivered at the Association of Canadian Archivists Annual Conference, Winnipeg MB, June 11-15, 2013

“Vtape: Preserving Video Art and its Histories Within an Artist-Run Centre,” delivered at the Association of Canadian Archivists Annual Conference, Whitehorse YT, June 7-9, 2012

“Video Art: A Preservation Clinic,” delivered at Source: Independent Media Arts Alliance National Summit, Banff AB, June 15-18, 2012

“Managing Media Art: Materiality, Immateriality and Defining the Digital Object,” delivered at Boundaries, Frontiers & Gatekeepers: The University of Toronto iSchool Student Conference, March 4-6, 2011