Jillian Mcdonald

Professor/Interim Department Chairperson

Hunter College at CUNY, MFA 2000
University of Manitoba, School of Art, Honors , BFA , 1993

Related: Teaching Interests:

Live Art, Video Art, Digital Design, Drawing, Visual Art, Canadian Art, Performance Art, New Media Art, Artificial Intelligence, Horror Film, Zombies, Vampires, Monsters, Arctic Landscapes, Appropriation In Artwork, Remix Culture

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.

Recipient of research and project funding from Canada Council for the Arts, recipient of fellowship from New York Foundation for the Arts, recipient of the Glenfiddich Canadian Art Prize, member of Leonardo International Society for Arts, Science, and Technology, member of SLSA Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts

Jillian McDonald's recent exhibitions include Undercurrent and FiveMyles Gallery in Brooklyn, AxeNéo7 in Québec, and Esker Foundation in Calgary. A CBC IDEAS documentary profiles her video work, which were also reviewed in The New York Times and Canadian Art. Critical discussion appears in "The Transatlantic Zombie" by Sarah Lauro and "Deconstructing Brad Pitt" edited by Christopher Schaberg. Residencies including the Headlands Center for the Arts in California, and The Arctic Circle Expedition in Svalbard.

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.

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