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Carrie Chisholm

Artist member since 2020
Toronto, Ontario

Carrie Chisholm, AOCAD, MFA is an award-winning artist/designer and communications professional who draws inspiration from her engagement with arts and culture communities and institutions at home and abroad. She is a strong proponent for capacity building in the culture sector and has made valuable contributions through events/project/operations management, business development, governance, strategic visioning, marketing, teaching and volunteerism.

When not championing her cause, Carrie methodically devotes her time to her mixed media art practice, interspersing 2-D (drawing/painting) and 3-D (sculpture/installation) applications. She is particularly fascinated with the optical affects and illusions generated by the elements of line, colour and light such as ornamentation, pattern, transparency, shadow-casting and reflection. Conceptually her work questions the philosophical repercussions to an individual's free will when confronted by the allure of consumerism. These interests have been mined over the course of Carrie’s practice, which commenced after the completion of her studies in Florence, Italy in 2000.


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Q+A

What do you listen to when you work?

I'm currently listening to a good amount of retro 80's, particularly music in the New Wave and New Romantic sub-genres.

Coffees per day and from where

I try to never exceed one in the morning. I enjoy Propeller Coffee, when I can get my hands on it.

When I'm not making art, I'm (a) ...

Business Development & Marketing Manager at a local interior design firm.

What artists do you admire right now?

Like many in the city, I thoroughly enjoyed the Mickalene Thomas: Femmes Noires exhibit at the AGO last year. I'm an enduring fan of Janet Cardiff, whose 'Forty-Part Motet' is one of my all time favourite works. For a more local flavour, I am also a fan of the work of my friend Dorian FitzGerald, who is represented by Clint Roenisch.

When did you start making art, and why?

I been making art for as long as I can remember. I still have 2 separate portraits of my parents I created when I was 3 1/2 years old. My expressionist style and energetic line work hasn't evolved too far beyond that effort. I make art because I find it both inspiring and meditative.

Describe the person your work appeals to in 3 words

I don't think my audience can be easily-defined, and I hope that the appeal of my artwork broad.

Select Past Exhibitions
2019

Museum of Contemporary Art_Toronto, Canada
An Index

2017

Better Living Centre, Toronto
The Artist Project

2016

Only One Gallery, Toronto
Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series - Regional Finalist Exhibition

2015

Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, Mississauga
Experiencing Perspectives

2014

Aqua Hotel, Miami
Aqua Art Miami

2013

Wychwood Barns, Toronto
Timeraiser

2012

The Drake Hotel, Toronto
Dream Chasers

2011

Propeller Gallery, Toronto
The Registry

2010

Galerie Wider-Davis, Montreal
The Lucky Country/Le Pays Chanceux

2009

Howard Park Institute, Toronto
Channelling Chanel

2008

Nathan Philip Square, Toronto
Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition

2007

AWOL Gallery, Toronto
Alluring Contradictions of Consumption

2006

Alliance Francaise, Melbourne
Amid: Matter, Light and Place

2005

AWOL Gallery, Toronto
Often Imitated, Never Duplicated

Accolades
2020

Chateaux D’Orquevaux Artist Residency Program
The Denis Diderot A-i-R Grant

2009

The New Hybrids Exhibition Jury
2nd Prize

2008

Visual Arts Ontario/Ontario Arts Council
Exhibition Assistance Grant

2007

Canadian Museum Association/Canada Council of the Arts
Visual Art Summit Bursary

2005

Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition Jury
Best Mixed Media Award

Press
2019

Toronto Guardian
A Day In The Life of Artist Carrie Chisholm

2019

Monocromatic Axonometric
Blog Review for An Index

2017

Faulhaber Communications
Blog Review for The Artist Project

2015

TorontoART
Artist Spotlight

2013

NOW Magazine
Dream Works

2010

CJAD 800 AM Montreal’s News Talk Radio
Artist Interview

2009

Mississauga News
Juried Show Provides Take on Changing World

2008

Mass Art Guide
Artist Interview

2007

Martini Boys
Exhibition Review for Alluring Contradictions of Consumption

2006

NOW Magazine
Outdoor’s Bests

2005

Corporate Musings: St. Joseph Communications Newsletter
Artist Profile

Residencies
2020

Orquevaux, France
Chateaux D'Orquevaux Artist Residency

2018

Museum of Contemporary Art_Toronto, Canada
Akin Studio Residency

Education
2006

RMIT University, Melbourne
Master in Fine Arts

2000

OCAD University, Florence Campus
Advanced Visual Studies Certificate

1998

Ontario College of Art & Design, Toronto
AOCAD - Communication & Design

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