Elaine Whittaker CV



Selected Exhibits/Screenings

2019    Pompidou Centre, Paris, France: La Fabrique du Vivant, Curators: Marie-Ange Brayer & Olivier Zeitoun

            BioBAT Art Space, Brooklyn, US: Summation & Absence, Curators: C. Massey & E. Yaniv

           Ontario Science Centre, Toronto: Skinscape, Idea Projects, Curator: Ana Klasnja

           University of Toronto, Evolution, Festival of Art & Science (FACTT), Curators: M. De Menezes & R. Buiani

           Red Head Gallery, Toronto: Pentimento

2018   Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, ON: Public Notice, Curator: Sonya Jones

          MUSA Museum of Salt, Cervia, Italy: Creating & Destroying: Salty Reflections, collaboration with Roberta Buiani, Art*Science 2018, Art & Climate Change

           The Bentway, Screened For, One minute film with Pixels & Plans, Toronto Urban Film Festival at CITE Festival, Toronto

           Red Head Gallery, Toronto: Contained

           University of Toronto Koffler Centre, Cabinet Project, FACTT – Festival of Art & Science, Curators: M.  de Menezes, R. Buiani

2017   Science Gallery London, England: Blood: Life Uncut, Curator: Andy Franzkowiak

            T.E.S.T. Gallery, Toronto, An UnNatural History Curator: Tosca Teran

            Hermes Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia:  Big to Small

            International Conference on Residency Education, Quebec City and Associated Medical Services Phoenix

            Conference, Toronto: The Body Electric, Curators:  L. Richardson, A. Crawford, B. Ludlow

             Female Eye Film Festival Art Exhibit, BUC, Toronto: Air, Curators: E. Brodie & I. Whist

             Riddoch Art Gallery, Mount Gambier, Australia: The Rise of Bio-Society, Curator: Melentie. Pandilovski

             Gallery 44, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Toronto: 365

2016-17  SciArt Center, New York City, USA:  EmBodied, Curators: J. Buntaine & M. Benney

2016   The Gallery of Queen Elizabeth Park Community & Cultural Centre, Oakville: World of ThreadsCosmic Geometry, Curators: G. Bate & D. Rudman 

            Toronto Urban Film Festival, Toronto: Screened For (film collaboration with Pixels & Plans), Toronto Transit subway platforms

              Studio Arts College International, Florence, Italy: From Galileo to Mars Symposium & Exhibit

              James/Wilson Parkette, Hamilton: Enraged, Inertia Ran Off, Curator: Rita Carmacho Lomeli

              Central Booking Art, NYC, USA: (Animal, Vegetable)…Mineral, Curator: M. Rosenberg

              Fudan University & CFIC Galleries, Shanghai, China: Praising Science by Prizing Art, Curator: Arthur   Clay

              Polyfield Gallery, Kingston: Screened For, Curator: Julia Krolik

              Cambridge Centre for the Arts, Cambridge: Inside/Outside, Curator: Donia Almassi

              Homer Watson Gallery, Kitchener: Inside/Outside, Curator: Donia Almassi

              Harcourt House Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta:  Ambient Plagues, Curator: Stacey Cann

              Gallery 44 Members Gallery, Toronto:   BioFiction

              Knowledge Mobilization Forum, Peter Gilgan Centre, Toronto:  Screened For

2015      Gwacheon National Science Museum, Seoul, South Korea: Seoul BioArt, Curator: Arthur Clay

              Red Head Gallery, Toronto:  Shiver

              Islip Art Museum, Long Island, USA: Compendium, Curators: L. Fredette & B. Giacummo

              Red Head Gallery, Toronto: Red Head at 25

2014-15  Science Gallery Dublin, Ireland: Blood, Curators: J. Hauser, L. O’Neill, S. McCann, C. Ruthner, L. Scarf

              Ontario Science Centre, Toronto:  Biotectonics, Curator: Ana Klasnja

2014     Photomediations Machine online gallery, London, UK, I Caught it at The Movies, Curator: Joanna Zylinska

              Sciengage Online Gallery, Australia: Elaine Whittaker Art, Curator: Samuel Askin

              MEDinArt, Zakynthos, Greece & Copenhagen, Denmark: Elaine Whittaker Art, Curator: Vasia Hatzi

              ARC Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, USA: Inside/Outside, Curator: Donia Almassi

              Idea Gallery, Ontario Science Centre & Propeller Gallery, Toronto: Occam’s Razor, Curators: A.Klasnja, R.Kingsburgh,S.Morris, M.Letarte

2013       Red Head Gallery, Toronto:  Ambient Plagues

               Plug In CIA, Winnipeg: Toxicity, Curators: Jennifer Willet & Melentie Pandilovski

2012-13   Blink Gallery, Ottawa : Inside/Outside, Curator Donia Almassi

2012       Red Head Gallery, Toronto:  Cc: me

2011       Gladstone Hotel, Toronto: Being She, Curators: M.Jacques,  B.A.Jordon, S.Hackett, C.Zeidler, D. Wang  

2010       Red Head Gallery, Toronto:  (in)trepid cultures

               Yukon Arts Centre Public Art Gallery, Whitehorse:  Spontaneous Generation, Curator: Mary Bradshaw

               Red Head Gallery, Toronto: Red Dot Show, Curator: Gil McElroy

2009      Red Head Gallery, Toronto:  Tether

               Gladstone Hotel, Toronto:  upArt – Cases (with Red Head Gallery artists)

              Kunsthaus Santa Fe, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico: Deviant Detours

              Median Gallery, Toronto: Spring Group Exhibit, (with Zev Farber), Curator: Rui Pimento

2007     Red Head Gallery, Toronto:  Spontaneous Generation

              Ontario Public Health Association Conference, Toronto: Miasma & Les Trois Manques

              Outworks Gallery, Winnipeg: Allegories of the Genome, Curator: Holly Longstaff

              Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit, Michigan: All Media

2006-08   Lonsdale Gallery, Toronto, La Spezia, Italy, Antigonish, Nova Scotia: Forest for the Trees

2006     Red Head Gallery, Toronto:  Dreadful Visitations

              McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton: Prima Materia, Curator: Ingrid Mayrhofer            

2005      Gallery 1313, Toronto:  After

2003      Shared Habitat 2: Festival of Art & Science, (with C.Wittmann/R.Mandin), Toronto: Assay

                The Other Gallery, Banff Centre for the Arts, Alberta:  Threshold

                Gallery 44 Members Gallery, Toronto:  Cloneology

2002       Gallery 1313, Toronto:  Microbial Passage

2001       Propeller Centre, Toronto:  No Lifeguard on Duty


Curatorial Projects

2017    Post Me a Card, Toronto. Co-curated with Ruth Roach Pierson & Maureen Scott Harris, Red Head Gallery, Toronto

2005    Lakeside: Art Looks at Toronto’s Beaches. Co-curated with David Liss, Phil Anderson, & Shelley Petrie, Gallery 1313, Toronto
             Pixelware: A Sublime Forgery. Co-curated with Sara Angelucci, France Choiniere & Marisa Portolese, Gallery 44, Toronto & Dazibao, Montreal



Canada Council for the Arts – Research/Creation grant (2009, 2000)

Ontario Arts Council – Creation/Production grant (2007)

Ontario Arts Council – Exhibition assistance grant (2018, 2014, 2013, 2010, 2006)

Toronto Arts Council – Visual Arts grant (2019)

Toronto Arts Council – Creation/Production grant (2001, 1998)

Canadian Urbanism Award – For film Screened For, collaboration with Decomposing Pianos (now Pixels & Plans), Toronto Urban Film Festival (2016)

Banff Centre for the Arts – Residency grant (2003, 1999)


 Books & Publications

2019 La Fabrique du Vivant, Mutations/Creations,catalogue, M.A. Brayer & O. Zeitoun, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

Contained, Elaine Whittaker, Interalia Magazine, Issue 49 Identity, April 2019

2018 Elaine Whittaker, E-Squared Magazine, Issue 4

Public Notice, Exhibition Catalogue, Sonya Jones, Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa

2017    Shiver (and more), Interalia Magazine, Issue 35, New Works New Thoughts, August.

             Portfolio: Elaine Whittaker, Hamilton Arts & Letters, Issue 10.1 Asylum.

2016    Elaine Whittaker: Interview, Julia Buntaine, SciArt Magazine, August.

2015    BioArt: Altered Realities, William Myers, published by Thames & Hudson.

            Elaine Whittaker, CLOT Magazine.

            I Caught it at The Movies, Vlak 5 Magazine.

            Shiver, Laura Horne-Gaul, Tussle Magazine, May.

            I Caught it at The Movies, Elaine Whittaker, Changing Bodies Changing Minds, Issue 9, Interalia Magazine

            Cc: me, Wreck Park Journal, Issue 00.

2014    Ecology & Sustainability in Art & Science, Roberta Buiani, Techo-Ecologies 2, editors R.Smite, A Medosch and R.Smits.

2013    Ambient Plagues, Roberta Buiani, brochure essay.

            Representing the Microscopic: New Ecological Thinking in Art & Science,  

            Roberta Buiani, ArtNodes, e-journal on Art, Science & Technology, no. 13.

2012    Elaine Whittaker, Lee Jones, Art & Science Journal, Issue 1, interview and feature.

2007    Dreadful Visitations, Ruth Roach Pierson, MIX, 32.2.

2006    Awareness-Beyond the Traditional, Ministry of Health & Long Term Care, Pandemic Planner

            Everyday Alchemy, N. Cormier & S. Frater, Prima Materia brochure.



2018-19   Ontario Science Centre - Artist-in-Residence (in partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto)

2018 CRISPR Cas9 Workshop with Marta de Menezes, ArtSci Salon. Toronto

2016-      Pelling Laboratory: Augmented Biology, University of Ottawa - Artist-in-Residence

2014       BioArt Workshop with Marta de Menezes, ArtSci Salon, Toronto

2007       Tissue Engineering Workshop with Oran Catts, SymbioticA/Subtle Technologies Festival, Toronto

2003       Banff Centre for the Arts, Alberta – New Works thematic residency

1999        Banff Centre for the Arts, Alberta – Surface thematic residency

2001        Visual Arts Diploma, Toronto School of Art:  Sculpture, drawing, painting, photography

1998        Bachelor of Fine Arts, York University, Toronto: Sculpture & Installation

1982        Bachelor of Arts, Carleton University, Ottawa: Anthropology



2019    Artist Talk, Centennial College Studio Arts, Toronto

2018 Studio visit & Artist Talk for Fleming College students, OSC/MOCA studio, Toronto

2017 -   Board Member, Art the Science Advisory Board

2015     Life Studies, OCAD University, presentation and workshop, Toronto

2015-16 Mentor, Université de Sherbrooke, MA student, Département des lettres et communications

 2015    Presentation: Université de Sherbrooke, MA class, Département des lettres et communications, Sherbrooke, Quebec

2014     Juror, Canadian Sculpture Centre, 19th Annual Juried Graduation Sculpture Student Exhibition

2012     Subtle Technologies Festival, Toronto, opening reception

2007    President’s Reception, Ontario Public Health Association Conference, Toronto

2003    Salt Works, Kunstraum Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria

2002    Symposium, Shared Habitat 2, Festival of Art & Science, Toronto

             Material Arts, Ontario College of Art & Design, Toronto

             New X-Change, Canadian Sculpture Centre, Toronto


Selected Press & Reviews

2019    Ewen Chardronnet, Centre Pompidou Looks at The Living through the Lens of Design, Makery, April

            La Fabrique du Vivant, Centre Pompidou, Agency News Press, April

            La Fabrique du Vivant, Mutations/Creations 3, Centre Pompidou, UP Magazine, March

            La Fabrique du Vivant (The Fabric of the Living), Digicult, March

2018    Leah Collins, That’s No Ordinary Maple Leaf, CBC Arts

            Barry O’Sullivan, Exploring Hope & Escape Through Art, Research2Reality

            Contained by Elaine Whittaker, Research2Reality, video

            Aniruddho Chokroborty-Hoque, Screened For by Elaine Whittaker, Art the Science blog

            Mariah Lamont-Lennox, Contained: Past Histories & Possible Futures of Containing Disease, The Fridge Door Gallery

2017    K. Wong & R. Nakamura, Into the Heart of SciArt, Science Borealis blog

            Paris Zheng, 30sec Film Artists, Elaine Whittaker, video

2015     Julia Krolik, Elaine Whittaker, Creator, Art the Science blog

            BioArt Exhibition; quando la biologia incontra l’arte contemporanea, Le Scienze (Italian edition of Scientific American)

            Karen Lipson, Islip Exhibit Explores How Science Influences Art, New York Times

            Heidy Mo, Spotlight Artist, Hye’s Musings blog

            Tee, One Thought on Shiver, Spacefy blog

            David Saric, Shiver, Art Toronto.ca

            Ellen Jantzen, Elaine Whittaker: Interview & Feature, Art & Science Collaborations (ASCI).

2014     Glendon Mellow, Unsettling Blood, Symbiartic, Scientific American Network.

            Steven Leyden Cochrane, Weird Science: International group of Artists explores

            the Frontier between Avant-garde art & Cutting Edge Biotech, Winnipeg Free Press

2013     Lisa Kehler, Toxicity at Plug In ICA, Akimbo review, Toronto

            Alison Gilmour, 3 Shows Offer New Ways of Experiencing Art, CBC News Manitoba

            Lukas Thiessen, Together, Science & Art Address Our Planetary Psychopathology,

            The Manitoban, Winnipeg

            Glendon Mellow, Ambient Plagues Unleashed, Symbiartic, Scientific American Network

2012    Roberta Buiani, Cc: me, blog, Subtle Technologies Festival

2010    Talia Dudin, (in)trepid cultures,TV interview, Art Sync

            Patrick Connors, (in)trepid cultures: Exceptional Art, Newz4U.net

            Matthew Purvis, (in)trepid cultures, BlogTO.com

2009    Gary Michael Dault, Tether, Globe & Mail

2006    Peter Goddard, Dreadful Visitations: Art Meets Mad Cow, Toronto Star


Professional Activities & Memberships

The Red Head Gallery, Toronto                                                

SciArt Center, New York City                                                       

Art & Science Collaborations Inc., New York City                       

Canadian Artists Representation Ontario, Toronto

Toronto ArtSci Salon

Gallery 44, Toronto

A Space Gallery, Toronto