SHARON SWITZER

 

Education

 

2005-2006               Canadian Film Centre, Habitat Interactive Art and Entertainment Program, Toronto, ON

1995-1997               M.F.A., University of Western Ontario, London ON

1985-1990               B.F.A., Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles, CA

 

Academic Appointments

2005-2010               Sessional Instructor, Department of Integrated Media, OCAD, Toronto, ON

2004-2005               Sessional Instructor, Brock University, St. Catharines, ON

2000-2004               Sessional Instructor, University of Western Ontario, London, ON

2000-2002               Coordinator - Studio M (Multi-media), Digital Media Studios, Toronto, ON

1999-2003               Sessional Instructor, Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto, ON

1999-2000               Sessional Instructor, George Brown College, Toronto, ON

1998-1999               Assistant Professor, CLA, University of Western Ontario, London, ON

1995-1998               Sessional Instructor, University of Western Ontario, London, ON

1991-1992               Gallery Assistant, Garnet Press Gallery, Toronto, ON
 

Boards and Academic Appointments

2007-present           Founder & Executive Director, TUFF: Toronto Urban Film Festival, Toronto, ON

2000-present           Vice President, Board of Directors (Steering Committee), Gallery TPW, Toronto, ON

1998-2000               Steering Committee of The Red Head Gallery, Toronto, ON

1999                        Visual Arts Faculty Committee, Winter

1998                        Organization of volunteers for University Arts Association of Canada

1995-1997               ArtLab Steering Committee, Visual Arts Dept., University of Western Ontario,  London, ON

 

Selected Exhibitions Curated

 

2013                        Contacting Toronto: Under This Ground, Toronto, ON

2013                        Dear City Canada, partnership with Pattison One Stop Media & Spacing magazine, Canada wide

2013                        Cutting Up Culture, Canada wide

2012                        Ship of Fools: Artists and Climate Change, Toronto, ON

2004                        Reverb, D. Grenier, M. Lee, J. Peacock, E. Pien, C. Thompson, ArtLab

2001                        Breath Taking, Kelly McCray and Sue Lloyd, Gallery TPW, Toronto, ON

1996                        Drawing From Memory, Eli Langer, Shari Boyle, The Palace at 4am, London, ON

1991                        Electric Blanket: AIDS Projection Project, Queen St West, Toronto, ON

1992                        Re: Dressing the Body, Garnet Press Gallery. Toronto, ON

                                Gathering: The Memorial Project, A Space,  Toronto, ON

                                In Absentia: The Memorial Project, Euclid Theater, Toronto, ON

 

Solo Museum and Institutional Exhibitions

 

2011                        I Should be Dreaming of Butterflies, public video projection as part of Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival, Halifax, NS

2010                        I Should be Dreaming of Butterflies, public video projection as part the CFC Media Lab’s Nuit Blanche exhibition, Toronto, ON

2007                        Falling from Grace, McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton. ON

2006                        Video Works, McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton, ON

2004                        Fortunate, AKA Gallery, Saskatoon, SK

2001                        Shadow Play, The Koffler Gallery, Toronto, ON

                                Child’s Play, Hartnett Gallery, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY

1997                        Waltzing in Now-time, University of Western Ontario, London, ON

 

Museum Group Exhibitions

 

2013-2014               Carbon 14: Climate is Culture Exhibition, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, ON

2010                        Warm Ice, Art Gallery of Peterborough, Peterborough, ON

2005-2007               18 Illuminations: Contemporary Art and Light, tour: Tom Thomson Memorial Art

                                Gallery, Owen Sound, ON; Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, MB; St Mary’s University Art Gallery. Halifax,  NS; University of Waterloo Art                                           Gallery, Waterloo, ON; Art Gallery of Peterborough,  Peterborough, ON: Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, ON

2005                        Discophony: a Sound Art Symposium, Niagara Artist's Company, Niagara, ON

2004                        Shhhh!, ArtLab Gallery, UWO, London, ON

1997                        Proclaimed, curated by James Patten, Museum London, London, ON

 

Solo Commercial Exhibitions

 

2012                        Nearly Present, Corkin Gallery, Toronto, ON

2009                        I Should Be Dreaming of Butterflies, Corkin Gallery, Toronto, ON

2006                        Falling from Grace, Corkin Gallery, Toronto, ON

2003                        Shadow Play, Artcite, Windsor, ON

2002                        Shadow Play, TRUCK Gallery, Calgary, AB

                                Fortunate (part of TRIP), Red Head Gallery, Toronto, ON

2001                        Time-out, Red Head Gallery, Toronto, ON

1999                        Child’s Play, Red Head Gallery, Toronto, ON  

                                Doubled Over, David Scott Gallery, Toronto, ON

                                Sticks, in the showcase, Red Head Gallery, Toronto, ON

1997                        Pulling through, Garnet Press Gallery, Toronto, ON

 

Commercial Group Exhibitions

 

2007                        PAVED PARADISE: L’ART VILLAGE , Luminato, Toronto Festival of Arts and Creativity, Toronto, ON

2006                        Oh, You Beautiful Doll, Andrea Meislin Gallery, New York, NY

2003                        First Person, curated by Kim Simon, Mercer Union, Toronto, ON

                                No Escape, juried by Katherine Knight, Gallery 1313, Toronto, ON

2000                        Search, Open Studio, Toronto, ON

                                Redrospective, The Red Head Gallery, Toronto, ON

1999                        Toronto: Under 40, Art Rental and Sales Gallery, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON

1998                        25, curated by Kim Fullerton/Kelly McCray, 469 King St., Toronto, ON

                                Out of the Frame, 624 Richmond St., West, Toronto, ON

1997                        Pseudonyms & Similarities, Mercer Union, Toronto, ON

1996                        Touch Through, The Palace at 4am, London, ON

 

Bibliography


2012                        Hasham, Alyshah, “Switzer chooses the underground” The Toronto Star, Jul. 30, 2012 Vaughan, RM, “All this show needs is a Freudian couch” Globe and Mail Mar 31, 2012

2007                        Skyes, Claire L., “Mining for Gold”, AFTERIMAGE, 34.6, 2007, p. 20-21

                                Chung, Matthew, "Not just a ride from point A to B" The Globe & Mail, June 8, 2007

2006                        McMaster Museum of Art, Catalogue: Sharon Switzer: Falling from Grace, Nov. 2006

2004                        Fullerton, Kim, “If your heart is in your dreams,” Xtra!, No424, January 25, 2004
2002                        Andreae, Janice, “Playing with Shadows,” MIX, Vol28, Num1, Summer, 2002
                                Dault, G. M., “Sue Lloyd and Sharon Switzer...”, Globe & Mail, May 11, 2002
2001                        Dault, G. M., “Sharon Switzer: Shadow Play”, D’ART Magazine, July, 2001
                                Gauthier, Bernard, “Sharon Switzer”, (interview/story), Bravo! News, May, 2001
                                Dault, Gary Michael, “A Past Alive ... ,” The Globe & Mail, May 12, 2001
                                Garnet, Carla, review of ‘Time-out’, C Magazine, Issue 69, Spring, 2001
                                Dault, G. M., “Time-out”, Critics Choice, The Globe & Mail, January 27, 2001
1999                        Ghaznavi, Corinna, "Hoop Games", Canadian Art, Vol. 16, Num. 4, Winter, 1999

                                Fast Forward, Canadian Art, Vol 16, Num 3, Fall, 1999                  

                                Dault, Gary Michael, The Globe & Mail, C6, May 22, 1999

                                Hume Christopher, “Photos make Contact,” The Toronto Star, April 29, 1999

1998                        Balser, Michael. “Out of the Frame,” Fuse, Vol.21, Num.3, Summer, 1998

                                Papararo, Jenifer. “Out of the Frame,” Lola, Number 2, Summer, 1998

1997                        U.A.A.C. conference, paper by Maria Lundin, Vancouver, November, 1997

                                U.A.A.C. conference, paper by Catherine Dhavernas , Vancouver, November 1997

                                Curtis-Norcross, Sylvia. “Subtle exhibition ...,” Scene Magazine, October 2-16, 1997

1996                        Border/Lines, “Where the Girls Are” artwork and text, No.42, December 1996

1995                        U.A.A.C. conference, talk by Janice Andreae, Guelph, November, 1995