John Kissick

John Kissick


John Kissick, trained as a painter and writer, has held numerous academic posts, including Chair of Critical Studies at Penn State University’s School of Visual Arts, Dean of the Faculty of Art at the Ontario College of Art & Design from 2000 to 2003, and for the last nine years, Director of the School of Fine Art and Music at the University of Guelph.

Kissick’s exhibition record includes numerous solo exhibitions in Canada, the USA and Germany, and his work has been included in a number of important survey exhibitions and public collections. A mid-career survey entitled John Kissick: A Nervous Decade, curated by Crystal Mowry, toured Canada from 2010 to 2012 and was accompanied by a major publication.

Kissick is also the author of Art: Context and Criticism (1992-96), was editor of the Penn State Journal of Contemporary Criticism from 1990 to 1995 and has written numerous catalogue essays and articles for periodicals. Two recent essays: “Elephants in the Room” for Canadian Art Magazine and “Disco and the Death Switch: Tales from Contemporary Abstraction” for Border Crossings were nominated for National Magazine Awards in 2009 and 2010.


Statement (2014)

There is a certain kind of futility attached to the artist statement when you make work like mine. It suggests a level of intellectual authority or conceptual boundary on work that is in some ways disingenuous. In fact, my work method is procedurally messy, historically contingent and purposefully disorienting. The works in this exhibition are likewise in a critical (and at times highly problematic) dialogue with the historical conventions of abstract painting—a project that has preoccupied me for over a decade. And though it has been tempting (and in some ways inevitable) to read the work as a knowing critique of historical models of self-expression, it is my hope that my work appears slightly more puzzling and unexpected, and perhaps less fixed to any certain interpretative or critical position. As a result, while acknowledging the interpretive procedures at play in viewing painting, I have become increasingly comfortable with a more fluid and open-ended discourse around the work.

A viewer with some knowledge of my recent practice will note some rather shifts from previous exhibitions—perhaps most obvious being the use of craft glitter in large sections of the paintings. This material departure is an extension of my ongoing interest in creating a visually disorienting, even manic visual dynamic within the work. The application of glitter, which reflects light in unpredictable ways and provides a visual barrier to reading the paintings in a traditionally spatial manner, seemed to me an obvious next step in the work. Glitter also has the added benefit of functioning as a strong cultural signifier of low tech ornamentation, nostalgia and kitsch–in keeping with my use of faded supergraphics and over-crafted decorative gestures, and in direct tension with a variety of expressionist tropes which attempt to purposefully complicate any easy reading of the work. In previous exhibitions, I have employed the term “fever vision” (from Max Ernst in the early 1920s) to describe a kind of visual delirium and psychological slippage that can occur in front of certain kinds of art. Yet through the years, the central issue of my painting has remained intact: how does one make abstract paintings that appear knowing, without succumbing to easy cynicism; or visually enticing without collapsing into feigned sentiment or pastiche. This exhibition is my current answer.

John Kissick at Thames Art Gallery

John Kissick “The Boom Bits” at the Thames Art Gallery from July 10 – Sept 6, 2015


Kissick / Kirkpatrick Opening Photos

View party pics from John Kissick’s & James Kirkpatrick’s Opening


60 Painters May 18-June 9

Will Gorlitz, Doug Kirton, John Kissick, Wanda Koop & David Urban included in 60 Painters exhibit.


John Kissick at AGW

John Kissick: A Nervous Decade at The Art Gallery of Windsor January – March 2012


John Kissick Dirty Little Mind

Interview with John Kissick & Michael Gibson

Michael Gibson Gallery

November 2012

28 pages, colour illustrations, 8 1/4 x 8 1/2 in. soft cover


Exhibition Catalogue for John Kissick’s November 2012 exhibition “dirty little mind” at the Michael Gibson Gallery.


College of Architecture, Art and Planning, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY Master of Fine Arts, 1987

Faculty of Arts and Science, Queen’s University at Kingston, Kingston, Ontario Bachelor of Fine Arts, 1985


Harvard Graduate School of Education, Institutes for Higher Education Management Development Program, 2003


Director, School of Fine Art and Music, College of Arts, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON (July 2003-)


dirty little mind, Michael Gibson Gallery, London, ON (2012)

Groovefucker (2011) March, Peter Wilde Gallery, Berlin

John Kissick: New Paintings (2011) January, Leo Kamen Gallery, Toronto

John Kissick: A Nervous Decade (2010-11) Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery, Kelowna Art Gallery, Prairie Art Gallery. Curated by Crystal Mowry (Catalogue essays by Roald Nasgaard, Liz Wylie and Jason Lahr)

John Kissick: Groovefucker and other paintings (2010) April, Leo Kamen Gallery, Toronto

Paintings on a pop song (2008) April, Leo Kamen Gallery, Toronto

New Works (2007) April, Leo Kamen Gallery, Toronto

New Paintings (2005) October, Leo Kamen Gallery, Toronto

John Kissick: Recent Work (2005) January, Doris McCarthy Gallery, University of Toronto, Anne MacDonald, curator

John Kissick: A Survey of Recent Painting (2004) September, MacDonald Stewart Art Centre, Guelph (catalogue), Judith Nasby, curator

John Kissick: New Works (2004) March, Leo Kamen Gallery, Toronto

John Kissick: Paintings 2000-2004 (2004) March, Elon University Gallery, Elon NC

The “C” Paintings (2003) March , Alcove Gallery, Leo Kamen Gallery, Toronto

New Paintings (2002) September, Leo Kamen Gallery, Toronto

Paintings (2001)March, Leo Kamen Gallery, Toronto

Survey of Paintings 1995-2000 (2000) September, OCAD Gallery, Toronto

New Paintings (1999) September, Leo Kamen Gallery, Toronto (catalogue)
Small Works 1995-1998 (1999) March, Harnet Gallery, University of Rochester

New Work (1998) October, Leo Kamen Gallery, Toronto

Views from the Trench (1997) October, Leo Kamen Gallery, Toronto
Works: 1995-1997 (1997) March, Hatton Gallery, Colorado State University, Linny Frickman, Curator

Ether Day (1995) January, Leo Kamen Gallery, Toronto (catalogue)

New Work (1993) April,. Otterbein College Art Gallery, Columbus, OH. Joseph Ansell, Curator
My Culture Bleeds History (1993) January, Leo Kamen Gallery, Toronto

Pincushions (1992) September, The Harlan Gallery, Seton Hill College. Carol Broade, Curator


60 Painters, Humber College, Toronto, ON (2012)

Ruptures: New Abstract Painting. Hoffman Lachance Gallery, St. Louis, MO (2011)

Kissick, Craven, Broadworth: Small Paintings. Leo Kamen Gallery, Toronto. (2009)

8 Hour Projects. Penelac Gallery, Allegheny College, PA. Robert Raczka, Curator (2007)
Cartographies. Elissa Cristal Gallery, Vancouver. (2007)

The Writing is on the Wall. Museum London. Andrew Hunter, Curator (2006)
Sunscreen. Newzones Contemporary Art, Calgary (2006)

Spell. Mendel Art Gallery and Robert McLaughlin Galler . Jordan Broadworth and Jonathon Forrest, Curators. (2005-6)

Jordan Broadworth and John Kissick: Fluid Archaeology. Elora Centre for the Arts. (2004)
New Acquisitions. Museum London (2004)

AbNext: John Kissick, Helen O’Leary and Christopher McNulty. South Bend Regional Art Museum, South Bend, Ind. Jason Lahr, Curator (2003)
Introductions 2002. Newzones Contemporary Art, Calgary (2002)
Painters 15: A Survey of Contemporary Canadian Painting. Shanghai Art Museum, Guangdong Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto. David Urban, Curator (2002-3)

Big Shots. Art System Gallery. Toronto. (2001)

School of Visual Arts 2000. Palmer Museum of Art, Penn State University (2000)

The Persistent Tradition: The Landscape in Contemporary Art. University of Waterloo Art Gallery, (1997)
SVA 20: Twenty Years of the School of Visual Arts. Palmer Museum of Art, University Park, PA.(1997)

10th Anniversary Show. The Common Hand: Drawings by Gallery Artists. Leo Kamen Gallery, (1995)

Philadelphia International Art Competition Winners. Medici Visual Art, Philadelphia (1994)

Penn State Painting. Owen/Patrick Gallery, Philadelphia, PA (1993)

Painting-Like. Megahan and Penelac Galleries, Allegheny College, Curator: Robert Raczka, (1992)

Hard Choices/Just Rewards II. Exhibition of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Awards Recipients: Blair Art Museum (1992), University of Pittsburgh (1992), Everhart Museum (1992),University of the Arts, (1993)

Rutgers National. Stedman Art Gallery, Rutgers University (1990). Jurors: Martha Beck (Director, The Drawing Center, NYC) and Ned Rifken (Curator, The Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C.)

Anniversary! Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston. Juror: David Burnett: Curator, Art Gallery of Ontario. (1989)

Pennsylvania Painting. Bucknell University Art Gallery, Juror: Clement Greenberg: (1988)


2010 Ontario Arts Council Senior Artist Grant
2009 Ontario Arts Council Museum Exhibition Grant
2006 Ontario Arts Council Senior Artist Grant
2005 Elected to the Royal Canadian Academy for the Arts
2004 Ontario Arts Council Mid -Career Artist Grant
1998 Penn State College of Arts and Architecture Award for Outstanding Teaching
1997 Institute for the Arts and Humanistic Studies Grant
1996 Penn State College of Arts and Architecture Major Research Competition Grant
1994 Canada Council Grant
1994 College of Arts and Architecture Major Research Competition Grant
1994 Philadelphia International Art Competition Award
1992 Creative Accomplishment Grant in Art Criticism, College of Arts and Architecture, Penn State University
1992 Faculty Research Grant in Painting, College of Arts and Architecture, Penn State University
1991 Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship in Art Criticism
1990 College of Arts and Architecture Research Initiation Grant in Art Criticism, Penn State University


Abhilasha Singh, “Abstract Paintings: John Kissick at Wilde Gallery.” Art Slant Berlin, April 2, 2011

Liz Wylie, “Kissick’s seething compositions.” Kelowna Capital News, March 29, 2011

Ana Finel Honigman, “Top Ten Berlin Shows: March Metaphysical mash-up: John Kissick: Groovefucker” Saatchi On-line Magazine. March 7, 2011

R.M. Vaughan, “The new rule of cool: Gobs of colour; John Kissick at Leo Kamen Gallery.” Globe and Mail, Toronto. Saturday, January 22, 2011, R9.

Ivan Jurakics, “Ivan Jurakic’s Top Three in 2010: Outstanding in Ontario: John Kissick, A Nervous Decade.” Canadian Art Magazine on-line. December 2010

Peter Smith, “John Kissick: Painter, thinker, scribe.” Canadian Art Magazine. Winter 2010/11. pg. 114

Leah Sandals, “Kissick agitated and appealing.” Regina Post Leader, August 14, 2010

Leah Sandals, “Putting Punk in your Disco.: Questions and Artists: John Kissick” National Post, August 10, 2010

Roald Nasgaard, Liz Wylie and Jason Lahr: John Kissick: A Nervous Decade. Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery Exhibition catalogue. June 17, 2010

Leah Sandals, “Brush to Judgment.” National Post, October 28, 2009.

Pete Smith: “Kissick, Craven, Broadworth: Small is Beautiful.” Canadian Art Magazine on-line, April 23, 2009

Carte Blanche Vol. II: Painting. (Toronto: Magenta Foundation Press, 2009) pg. 254-255

Leah Sandals, “Bringing new zing to King.” National Post, April 19, 2008

Richard Rhodes, “John Kissick: Fever Visions and Abstract Rapture.” Canadian Art Magazine On-Line. April 1, 2008

Roald Nasgaard, Abstract Painting in Canada. (Vancouver: Douglas and McIntyre and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia: 2007) pgs.349-351

Gary Michael Dault: “John Kissick”. Border Crossings Magazine. September 2007

Helena Wadsley: “Cartographies.” Galleries West Magazine. September 1, 2007

Gary Michael Dault: “Wild painterly joy, framed with irony.” Globe and Mail, Toronto. May 12, 2007

Gary Michael Dault: “John Kissick at Leo Kamen” Globe and Mail, Toronto, October 15, 2005

Pete Smith, “Two exhibitions that didn’t change my life, but did change my week: Even more (as if there weren’t enough) criticism on David Urban and John Kissick.” Samplesize, November 2004

Liz Wylie, “Carnival of Means.” Catalogue essay for the exhibition John Kissick: A Survey of Recent Painting. Macdonald Stewart Art Centre. October 2004.

David Urban, “Painting’s Radiant Array.” Border Crossings Magazine, Autumn 2004

Liz Wylie, “John Kissick at Leo Kamen.” Canadian Art Magazine, September 2004

Gary Michael Dault, “John Kissick at Leo Kamen” Globe and Mail, Toronto, March 13, 2004

John Bentley Mays, “Beyond Overcoming: Notes on Abstract Painting.” C Magazine, Spring 2003

Mary McKenzie, “John Kissick: New Paintings.” Hive Magazine. September 2002

Gary Michael Dault, “The poetry in hot licks and rapturous scumblings.” Globe and Mail, Sept. 14, 2002

Laura Lind, “Supporting the pillars of art.” National Post, Toronto. March 15, 2002

Catherine Osborne, “Having Its Moment”. ArtNews, November 2001

Mark Van Proyen, “Art Criticism: Where’s the Beef?” New Art Examiner, July/August, 2001

Gary Michael Dault, “Rewind: John Kissick.” Canadian Art Magazine, Summer 2001

Gary Michael Dault, “The List: Critics’ Picks.” Globe and Mail, Toronto, Saturday March 28, 2001

Gary Michael Dault, “John Kissick at the Leo Kamen Gallery.” Globe and Mail, Toronto, Sept. 11, 1999

Gary Michael Dault, “Unembarrassed Beauty: John Kissick.” Globe and Mail, Toronto. October 10, 1998

Gillian Mackay, “Widery’s Wondrous Widgets.” Globe and Mail, Toronto. February 14, 1998

Catherine Osborne, “The Front: The Work of John Kissick.” Canadian Art Magazine, December 1997

Gillian Mackay, “Gallery Goings: John Kissick at Leo Kamen.” Globe and Mail, Toronto, Oct. 11, 1997

Donald Brackett, “John Kissick at Leo Kamen” Toronto Life Magazine, October 1997, pg. 44

“Fast-Forward: Fall Exhibitions Toronto” Canadian Art Magazine, September 1997, pg.28

Robert Enright, “The Art of Entrenchment” Border Crossings, Summer 1997, pg.4

“Works of John Kissick speak of Ireland’s violent warfare” Fort Collins Reporter-Herald, March 20, 1997

Richard Yeomans: “Art: Context and Criticism.” International Journal of Art and Design Education. Vol. 14. October 1995. pgs. 326-327

Kathleen Mendus-Dlugos, “John Kissick,” Exhibition catalogue essay, Leo Kamen Gallery, January 1995

Donald Miller “Pittsburgh Biennial Opens,” Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Sept. 11, 1994

Kathy Valdo and Alexander Cook, “The Pittsburgh Biennial,” Art Brut, Issue 5, Sept. 1994

Kathleen Mendus Dlugos, “Painting Like,” New Art Examiner, May 1993, pg.46

Charles Rosenblum, “John Kissick, Harlan Gallery,” New Art Examiner, February 1993, pg.32

Kate Taylor Review of Leo Kamen Exhibition, Globe and Mail, Toronto, January 25, 1993

“John Kissick at Leo Kamen,” CFTO TV News, January 16, 1993

Karen Vacarro, “John Kissick,” 1990 New York Art Review, Edited by Les Krantz.

David Burnett, “Anniversary,” Agnes Etherington Art Centre Exhibition Annual 1990, catalogue essay.


Art: Context and Criticism, Brown and Benchmark Publishers, Madison, WI and John Calmann and King Ltd., London. Meredith Morgan, Deborah Reinbold: Editors. June 1992. (Art: Context and Criticism, 2nd edition, Brown and Benchmark Publishers, Madison, WI, Nov. 1995. Rosemary Bradley,: Editor.)


The Penn State Journal of Contemporary Criticism. University Park, PA. (1990-1995)


“Re-thinking Toronto Abstraction.” A review of the book “Painters Eleven: The Wild Ones of Canadian Art”. Literary Review of Canada. October 2010

“The nature of Memory and the memory of Nature: the work of Michael Smith.” Catalogue essay for the Michael Gibson Gallery exhibition, Michael Smith. October 2010

“Disco and the Death Switch: Some thoughts on contemporary abstraction.” Border Crossings, Summer 2010 (Nominated for a Canadian Magazine Award for best essay, 2010)

“On Painting and Memory”. Catalogue essay for the exhibition Cheryl Ruddock: Slip. Macdonald Stewart Art Centre: May 2010

“Reconciling with the Ex: A Pictures Generation Confessional.” An essay based on the Metropolitan Museum exhibition. Border Crossings, Fall 2009.

“Art of Two Germanys in Los Angeles.” A review of the exhibition. Canadian Art Magazine, Summer 2009.

“Giorgio Morandi at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.” a review of the exhibition. Canadian Art Magazine, Spring 2009.

“Elephants in the Room: the education of the artist in today’s universities.” An essay. Canadian Art Magazine, Winter 2009. pg. 70 . (Nominated for a Canadian Magazine Award for best essay, 2009.)

“Sympathy for the Devil: Art and Rock and Roll since 1960.” An essay based on the MCA Chicago exhibition. Border Crossings Magazine, No. 106. Summer 2008

“Martin Puryear at the Fort Worth Museum of Modern Art.” A review of the exhibition. Canadian Art Magazine, Spring 2008.

“All Faiths Beautiful at the American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore.” A review of the exhibition. Canadian Art Magazine. Spring, 2008.

“Neo Rauch: para at the Metropolitan Museum.” A review of the exhibition. Canadian Art Magazine. December 2007

“Langue and Parole: Some thoughts on painting, Canadian Idols and the drawings of Ben Reeves.” Catalogue essay for the exhibition: Ben Reeves: Complicated Matters. Museum London, June 2006

“David Urban at the Art Gallery of Ontario.” A review of the exhibition. Canadian Art Magazine. June 2003.

“Fixed Positions and Recuperated Space: Some thoughts on the work of Paul Krainak.” An extended catalogue essay for the traveling exhibition, Paul Krainak: Recuperated Space. November 2002

“Food for Thought, Cooking as Art” An extended review of Food Culture: Tasting Identities and Geographies in Art, (Barbara Fischer, ed.YYZ Books, Toronto, 1999); and Joseph Beuys: The Art of Cooking (La Cucina di Beuys) (Lucrezia De Domizio Durini, Charta, 1999). New Art Examiner, September 2001.

“Some Thoughts on the Work of Gordon Rayner” An essay published in Sketch, March 2001

“Donald Kuspit’s Redeeming Art: Critical Reveries” A review in New Art Examiner, February 2001

Cocteau, Radiguet, Rousseau and Bernardin de St. Pierre: Nature in “Paul et Virginie..” A paper presented at The World of Jean Cocteau Symposium, Institute for the Arts and Humanistic Studies, Penn State. March 2000

“Feelin’ Mighty Real: The 1999 Carnegie International.” Essay for New Art Examiner, February, 2000

“Anthony Lee’s Painting on the Left: Diego Rivera, Radical Politics and San Francisco’s Public Murals”, and Jonathon Crary’s Suspensions of Perception: Attention, spectacle and Modern Culture.” Book reviews published in New Art Examiner, November 1999

“If you can make it there: New York – North York.” A review. Canadian Art Magazine, Spring 1998

“Of Muses and Machines: Reflections on the Work of Catherine Widgery.” Feature essay for the Exhibition Catalogue: Catherine Widgery: Lost Sense. Published by The Institute of Contemporary Culture. Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto. February 1998

“Warhol, Institutions and the Missionary Position: A Conversation with Tom Sokolowski.” An article published in New Art Examiner, December 1997

“Martha Posner; Garment Series at Lehigh University”.A review in the New Art Examiner, November 1997

“Eleanor Heartney: Critical Condition: American Culture at the Crossroads.” A Book Review. New Art Examiner, October 1997

“The Legacy of Mark Rothko and Rothko: A Critical Biography”. Book reviews published in the New Art Examiner, Summer 1997

“Diana Thorneycroft: Of Dolls and Light.” An essay published in Canadian Art Magazine, Spring 1997

“The Pittsburgh Biennial.” A review of the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts Exhibition, New Art Examiner, December, 1996.

War and Peace and the Walls of Loyalist Belfast. A paper presented at the Front Range Symposium on Art and Agitation, Sponsored by the Denver Art Museum and the University of Colorado, September 1996

“A Tale of Two Painters: Bobbie Oliver at Olga Korper and Chris Cran at Sable Castelli” Canadian Art Magazine, Autumn 1996

“Natural Process: New Abstraction.” A review of the Bucknell University Center Gallery Exhibition, New Art Examiner, June 1996

“You’re Looking at Me… I Know You’re Looking at Me: The 1996 Carnegie International.” Cover Essay, New Art Examiner, February 1996

Orange House, Green House: Painting and Ornamentation in the Communities of West Belfast. A paper presented at the Front Range Symposium on Art and Agitation, Sponsored by the Denver Art Museum and Colorado State University. September 1995

“Carol Kumata: Belle,” A review of the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts exhibition, New Art Examiner, October 1994

“Bob Bingham,” “Joanna Commandaros,” “Aaronel Gruber,” “Carolyn Speranza,” “William Wade.” Essays for Pittsburgh Biennial exhibition catalogue, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, September 1994

“A Bedeviled Culture: The Schism Between Art and the Public.” Artword Pittsburgh, Spring 1994

“Simon Penny: Two Installations” A review of the exhibition at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, New Art Examiner, February 1994

“On View: Pittsburgh,” An essay published in the New Art Examiner, March 1993

“Between Home and Heaven: A review of the Carnegie Museum’s Survey of Contemporary American Landscape Photography,” published in Photopapers, January 1993

“Meditations on a Template,” A catalogue essay for the exhibition “David Lloyd Brown: Paintings,” Acme Art Co. Gallery, Columbus, OH. July 1992

“Cutting,: A review of the Allegheny College exhibition” New Art Examiner, June 1992

“Nancy Fried at Graham Modern,” New York, NY, New Art Examiner, June 1992

“Taxidermy: The Photographs of Richard Hurst,” A review of the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts exhibition, New Art Examiner, April 1992

“Making Sense of the International,” A published roundtable discussion on the Carnegie International: Mary Jean Kenton, John Kissick, Michael Odom, Robert Raczka, The Penn State Journal of Contemporary Criticism, Spring 1992

“Fluxus Deluxe,” A review of the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts Exhibition, New Art Examiner, Jan. 1992

“The Loti and Victor Smorgon Collection of Contemporary Australian Art.” A review of the Palmer Museum Exhibition, New Art Examiner, June, 1990

Paterson Ewen and Canadian Identity. A paper presented in the College Art Association Session, Northern Identity: Meetings of Mind, Myth and Metaphor in 19th and 20th Century, New York, Feb. 1990

“Robert Jessup: Paintings at the VMA.” A review of the Virginia Museum of Art exhibition, New Art Examiner, February 1990

“Jack Chambers” and “Fairfield Porter.” Commissioned articles for The Dictionary of Art, MacMillan Publishers, London, December 1989

“Robert Yarber: Paintings 1980-89.” A review of the Palmer Museum exhibition, New Art Examiner, Summer 1989

Golub’s Punished Bodies: The Interrogation Series as Cultural Document. A paper presented at “The Whitney Symposium on American Art,” Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, May 1989

“Postmodernism and the Thomas Image: Some Thoughts on the Intrusive Nature of Contemporary Art Discourse,”An article published in The Penn State Journal of Contemporary Criticism, Spring 1989


The Automatiste Revolution in Context. Panelist, Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, April 2010

Managing in an Interdisciplinary Environment. National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Annual Conference, Panel, Los Angeles, October 2003

Panelist, National Council of Arts Administrators New Administrators Workshop. Tucson, November 2002, Memphis 2003

Art Education: Fact or Fiction. Panel from the Starting Now: Artists from the Dutch Art Institute, Enschede Exhibition Series. Richard Rhodes, Canadian Art Magazine, moderator. SPIN Gallery, Toronto. Nov. 2001

But, is it Art? The Role of the artist, gallery, educational institution and media in shaping public opinion and distinguishing art from spectacle. Panelist, Visual Arts Ontario October 2001

The Anecdote Resurrected: Artists, Writers and the Effects of Random Events in Art Criticism. Discussant, College Art Association Annual Meeting. Chicago, February 2001

Regionalism and Contemporary Art Think-Tank. Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh February 1996

Moderator, Grey Matters: Changing Intellectual Currents in Contemporary Art Culture. Sponsored by Mellon Bank and New Art Examiner. Pittsburgh, November 1995

“Surrealist Games,” a book review aired on Context/Performance, WPSU Radio, December 1992

“Body Metaphors in Contemporary Art,” a lecture at Seton Hill College, Greensburg, September 1992

“Suzi Gablik’s Re-enchantment of Art and the 1990’s,” WPSU Radio, February 1992

The Body Count: The Contemporary Imaging of the Body in Illness and Health, Chair, College Art Association Annual Conference Studio Session, Washington, D.C., 1991

The Crisis in Art, a paper presented at the Symposium: “The NEA Crisis: Viewpoints.” October 1990. Sponsored by the Center for the Performing Arts, Penn State University.

“Contemporary Trends in American Art,”. A paper presented to the Palmer Museum of Art, Sept. 1988


Board of Governors, University of Guelph (2011-present)
Board of Directors, Canadian Association of Fine Arts Deans (2009- present)
Board of Directors, Centre Wellington Community Foundation (2009-present)
Board of Directors, National Council of Art Administrators (2006- present)
Secretary of the Board of Trustees, Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, Guelph (2005-present)
Artistic Advisory Committee, Elora Centre for the Arts (2008-present)
External Assessment Reviewer, Department of Art, Queen’s University (November 2009)
External Assessment Reviewer, BFA Program, Nipissing University (April 2009)
External Assessment Reviewer, MFA Program, University of Windsor (May 2008)
Chair, Board of Directors, Elora Festival and Singers (2006- 2008)
External Assessment Reviewer, MFA Program, University of Manitoba, (May 2007)
Co-Chair, 2006 National Council of Art Administrators Annual Conference–Toronto (2006)
Programme Advisory Council, Sheridan College (2005- present)
External Assessment Reviewer, School of the Arts, McMaster University (October 2005)
Board of Directors, Elora Centre for the Arts (2004- 2006)
External Assessment Reviewer, University of Victoria, Department of Art. (March 2005)
Vice Chair, Elora Festival Singers( 2004)
Chair, College Art Association International Committee (2003-5)
Member, Canadian Association of Fine Arts Deans, (2000-)
Member, International Committee of the College Art Association (2001-2005)
Sub-Committee Chair, CAA International Committee (2001) Standards and Equivalencies Project
Member, International Task Force of the College Art Association (2000-2001)
College Art Association Peer Mentor (2000-2003)
Member, College Art Association : Frank Jewett Mather Award Committee for Art Criticism, (1991)


Plaskett Award for Painting, April 2011
Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, July 2009
11th Annual RBC National Painting Competition, Montreal, May-September 2009
Headwaters Arts Festival., Halton, July 2008
Insights 2007 Juried Exhibition, Wellington County Museum and Archives, June 2007.
Mississauga Arts Council Annual Exhibition, Art Gallery of Mississauga, December 2005.
Georgian College Graduate Show. Georgian College March 2005.
AGOG (Art in Guelph and Outside Guelph) Juried Exhibition. Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, June 2004.
College Art Association Professional Development Fellowship in Studio Practice, New York, May 2002
Fourth Year Show, Queen’s University Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston, April 1998.
Imaging the Body Exhibition, Doshi Center for Contemporary Art, Harrisburg, March 1994 .
Allegheny College Annual Undergraduate Exhibition,, Meadville, April 1992


New York University/Berlin March 2011
University of British Columbia—Okanagan. Kelowna. February 2011
University of Toronto, Scarborough. February 2011
University of Waterloo, February 2010
Queen’s University Department of Art, Kingston January 2010
University of British Columbia—Okanagan. Kelowna. September 2007
Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver. October 2006
Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary. March 2006
University of Toronto, Scarborough. January 2005
Brock University, St. Catharines, January 2005
Georgian College, Barrie, November 2004
University of Waterloo, April 2003
Sheridan College, Oakville Ontario, January 2003
Cornell University, Ithaca, November 1999.
University of Rochester, Rochester, March 1999.
Queen’s University at Kingston, Kingston, November 1997.
Colorado State University, Fort Collins, March 1997.
University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs, November 1996.
San Jose State University, San Jose, December 1994.
The University of Ulster, Belfast, May 1991.


University of Guelph, School of Fine Art and Music:
Director and Professor of Art (2003-2015 )

Ontario College of Art and Design, Faculty of Art, Toronto:
Dean and Professor of Art (2000-2003)

Penn State University, School of Visual Arts, University Park, PA:
Professor of Art (1999-2000, Promoted June 1999);
Associate Professor of Art (1993-1999, tenured June 1993);
Assistant Professor of Art (1987-1993, hired September 1987)

University of Ulster at Belfast, Northern Ireland:
Visiting Exchange Tutor (Winter 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997) Neil Shawcross

University of California – Berkeley Extension
Visiting Lecturer (Spring 1993) Celia Rabinovitch, Director


Aim Management
Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen’s University, Kingston
Colorado State University Gallery
Doris McCarthy Gallery
KPMG Consulting
Macdonald Stewart Art Centre
Mendel Art Gallery
Museum London
Palmer Museum of Art
Penn State University
Royal Bank of Canada
Sir Wilfred Laurier University, Waterloo, ON
Tom Thompson Gallery, Owen Sound, ON
Trimark Investments
Trinity College, University of Toronto
University of Waterloo
Private Collections

The School Show

September 4 - September 26 - 2015


John Kissick “Dirty Little Mind”

November 1 - November 24 - 2012


Art Toronto 2012

October 26 - October 29 - 2012


Kissick / Kirkpatrick Interview

Michael Gibson Gallery video about John Kissick and James Kirkpatrick’s November 2012 exhibition.

Watch John Kissick talk about his “dirty little mind” exhibition, James Kirkpatrick describe the inspiration behind his circuit-bending electronics and sneak a peek at our busy opening reception.