Rachel MacFarlane

Rachel Elizabeth MacFarlane

Born 1986 Scarborough, Ontario, Canada


2014-2016 Rutgers University - Mason Gross School of the Arts - MFA
2008-2009 Florence Program (O.C.A.D.U. Satellite Program) - Advanced Certificate of Visual Studies
2004-2008 OCAD University B.F.A. Drawing and Painting Major

Solo Exhibitions

2022 In Front, Norberg Hall Gallery, Calgary, Canada 
2022 Moments of Light and Weather, Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto 
2021 Broken Images, Where the Sun Beats MacLaren Art Center, Barrie
2021 Bayou, Sea, and Canyon, Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto 
2020Paradise, Super Dutchess Gallery, NYC 
2018 Fool’s Paradise, Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto, On, CA
2018 Memory Gardens, Jarvis Hall Gallery, Calgary, AB
2016 Strange Vitality, Mason Gross Art Gallery, Rutgers University, NJ
2014 Memory Theatres and Datalands, Anna Leonowens Gallery, NSCAD Halifax NS, CA
2013 Rachel MacFarlane, Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto, ON,CA
2012 Rachel MacFarlane, Howard Park Institute, Toronto, ON, CA
2011 Rachel MacFarlane, Nicholas Metivier Gallery Toronto

Selected Group Exhibitions

2022 Dimensions, Hollis Taggart Gallery
2021 Seeing with Memory, Nicholas Metivier Gallery
2020 Memoirs, Pablo's Birthday, NYC, NY 
2020 Ten Years Later, Jarvis Hall Gallery, Calgary
2020, Framework, Tussle Projects, NY 
2019 Kick Off, Lorimoto Gallery, Brooklyn NY
2019 Bring Samples, Mason Gross Gallery, Rutgers University , NJ
2019 Together but Apart, Jarvis Hall Gallery , Calgary
2019 Landscape as Muse, Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto On
2019 Fridge Show, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson VT
2018 Summer Heat, Ortega y Gassat Projects, Brooklyn NY
2018 Promenade, Jarvis Hall Gallery, Calgary, Canada
2018 The Big Picture, Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto
2017 Works Selected, Stratford Gallery, On
2017 Known Unknowns, 86 Orchard, NYC, NY
2017 What’s Next, Jarvis Hall Gallery, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
2017 Preview, Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto, On
2016 Hungry Heart, Invisible Dog, Brooklyn, NY
2016 Video Snack, Vox Populi, Phildelphia, PA, US
2016 Holiday Show, Michael Guimont, Quebec City
2015 Summit, Wassiac Project, Wassiac NY , US
2015 Through a Glass Darkly , Mason Gross Galleries, Rutgers University, NJ
2015 Broken Colours, Curated by Ben Portis at Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto , ON, CA
2014 Status Whoah, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, US
2014 10, Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto, ON, US
2014 The Tools, Root Division, San Francisco, California (Jan 8- 25) , US
2013 MERGE, Art Gallery of Ontario (Art Sales and Rental Gallery), Toronto . ON,CA
2012 Recent Work, Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto, ON,CA
2011 Carnival, Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto
2010 DUMBO Arts Festival, Triangle Artists Association, Brooklyn, New York, US
2010 Group Show, Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto,ON,CA=
2010 New Directions, Intellectual Property Gallery, Toronto, ON,CA
2009 Mayhem, Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto,ON,CA
2009 Faciebat, 7 Via Nazionale, Florence, Italy
2008 Reveal, Beaver Hall Gallery (curated and exhibited), Toronto,ON,CA
2008 When Lightning Strikes Twice, XPACE (exhibits pairing with Alexander Irving) Toronto,ON,CA
2008 stART, Studio 21, Halifax, NS, CA
2008 Estate of the Artifice, Transit Space, Toronto, ON, CA
2008 Wall + Paper Show, X Pace, Toronto, ON,CA


2021 Harvest Moon Society, Clearwater, MA 
2019 Vermont Studio Centre, Vermont US
2015 Doris McCarthy Residency, Heritage Trust, Toronto, Ontario
2013 Bill and Isabel Pope Artist in Residence, NSCAD, Halifax, Nova Scotia
2012 Visiting Artist, Cow House Studio, Ireland
2010 Triangle Artist Workshop, Brooklyn NY

Selected Collections

Jim & Susan Hill Collection
Doris McCarthy Gallery
Equitable Bank
Stikeman Elliot
McCain Collection
RBC Collection
Scotiabank Collection
The Donovan Collection, St. Michael's College, University of Toronto
& Numerous Private Collections


2021 - Canada Council for the Arts, Research and Creation - Explore and Create Grant
2019 - Elizabeth Greensheilds Foundation Grant
2019 - Canada Council for the Arts, Research and Creation - Explore and Create Grant
2019 - Vermont Studio Center Artist’s Grant
2012 - Ontario Arts Council, Emerging Artist Grant
2008 - O.C.A.D.S.U. Grant 

Selected Scholarships, Awards and Grants

2015 Dean’s Choice Award, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University
2015 Frank P. and Lilly A. Novak Scholarship
2015 Gerard Russoniello Memorial Scholarship
2014 Victoria J. Mastrobuono Memorial Scholarship - Mason Gross School of the Arts
2013 Bill and Isabel Pope Artist in Residence
2010 Sam Abramovitch Fellowship to Attend Triangle Artists Workshop
2008 O.C.A.D. Drawing and Painting Medal
2008 Drawing and Painting Medalist Award
2008 David L. Stevenson Scholarship
2008 Nora E. Vaughan Award
2008 Spoke Club Membership Prize
2008 Honorable Mention Art of The Figure, Painting
2007 Curry's Art Store Prize Scholarship (O.C.A.D.)
2007 Figure Drawing Marathon Award(O.C.A.D.)
2006 O.C.A.D. Faculty Association Memorial Award - Shizuye Takashima
2005 The Independent Order of Daughters of the Empire Tuition Award 2005
2004 O.C.A.D. Faculty Entrance Award
2004 Queen Elizabeth 2 scholarship (received separately in 2004, 2005, 2006,2007)
2004 John Sincarcin's' Scholarship

Selected Press

Karen Wilkin, COVID Chronicle, New Criterion, September 2020
Steven Petstana, Rachel MacFarlane’s Paradise at Super Dutchess Gallery, Art Spiel , 2020
Eric Volmers, Take a tour of artist studios with Jarvis Hall Gallery's virtual visits, Calgary Herald, 2020 
Mitch Speed, Altered States , Gallery text and publication 2018
Caty Kowan, Fool's Paradise: Rachel MacFarlane’s paintings of Canada look like beautiful alien landscapes, Creative Boom, 2018
Elena Martinique, Fool’s Paradise - Rachel MacFarlane at Nicholas Metivier Gallery, WideWalls Magazine, 2018
Hilary Webb, Fool’s Paradise - Rachel MacFarlane at Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto Blouin Artinfo, 2017
Doris Mccarthy Artist-in-Residence program - Announcement of artists 2016 , Morning Star, February 18th, 2016
LAURA HORNE Rachel MacFarlane - Strange Vitality, Tussle Magazine, March 12 2016
JEN SEVARA, A NATIONAL TREASURE Doris McCarthy Artist in Residence programme announces 2016 winners, Travel Industry Today, February 25th 2016
ANITA STHANKIYA, Kelowona Poet Selected for Doris McCarthy Residency, February 19th 2016
BEN PORTIS, Broken Colours:TMI, Nicholas Metivier Gallery, August 2015
SONIA GEMMITTI, Artist of the Month: Rachel MacFarlane, September 2014
Interview with Artist Rachel MacFarlane, Echolocation Magazine, February 2014
JEFF HAMADA, Rachel MacFarlane, BOOOOOOOM, November 06 2013
MARILYN SMULDERS, Exploring the Memory Palace NSCAD University News, November 5th 2013
Paintings by Rachel MacFarlane, Up & Coming, August 4 2013
Kaledsopic MacFarlane, Monochromatic Axonometric, January 23 2013
TRISH BOON, Rachel MacFarlane, Trish Boon - Conversations with Canadian Contemporary Art , January 23 2013
SHOLEM KRISHTALKA, Rachel MacFarlane at Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Globe and Mail January 11, 2013Peter Hoffer and Rachel MacFarlane at Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Artoronto
OTINO CORSANO 'Quick Draw Artist Interview #23 - Rachel MacFarlane' ARTPOST January 7th 2013 < http://artpost-oc.blogspot.ca/2013/01/quick-draw-artist-interview-23-rachel.html/>
Rachel MacFarlane, Clearly an Artist to Watch” Canadian Art Junkie October 31st, 2011< http://canadianartjunkie.com/2011/10/31/rachel-macfarlane-clearly-an-artist-to-watch/>
SOFIA FARMER “Review: Rachel MacFarlane at Nicholas Metivier” A.Centric October 21st 2011
ModTo - Rachel MacFarlane - New Work< http://www.modto.com/rachel-macfarlane-new-work/>
The Art Stylists - Flohous< http://flohaus.com/2010/11/03/the-art-stylists/> November 3, 2010
TERRANCE DICK “Bowie at Clark & Faria | Mayhem at Nicholas Metivier | Air Conditioned Jungle at Diaz Contemporary | Foreign Legionnaires at Edward Day | School of Art at MKG127” Akimblog August 20th 2009
ELISSA BARNARD,The Chronicle Herald, Different Strokes at Studio 21, Halifax, NS, 2009
SEAN D FITZGERALD, Chase down those M and M's with a Diploma, National Post, 2009


RBC Collection, 2018
Echolocation. ANNIE RUSSLE, Issue 11. Toronto : Coach House Printing, 2011. P 77
McArthur, Glenn, Colour and Two-Dimensional Design, OCAD University, 2014

Professional Practice

2019 - Current - Part Time Lecturer, Rutgers University - Mason Gross School of the Arts
2021 - Workshop - Doris McCarthy Gallery
2021 - Workshop - MacLaren Art Centre
2017 - Visiting Artist Adjunct, College of Staten Island
2012-2016 - Advisor, The Banff Centre
2014 - 2017 - Part-Time Lecturer, Rutgers University - Mason Gross School of the Arts
2012 - Present - Managing Editor/Co Founder of Studio Beat - www.studio-beat.com
2012- 2014 - Instructor, Portfolio Clinics - OCAD University
2012 - 2014 - Class Assistant, OCAD University
Summer 2012 - Visiting Artist/ Teacher ,Cow House Studio Ireland (Summer 2012)
2010-2011 Artist Assistant, Kim Dorland Studios
2010-2011 Alumni Visiting Artist, OCAD University
2009-2010 Art Administrator / Preparator, The Gilder
2006-2008 Art Supervisor, Seneca College

Artist Talks

2020 Concordia University
2018 OCAD University - Toronto
2018 Nicholas Metivier Gallery - Toronto
2018 Sheridan College - Oakville
2017 Doris McCarthy Gallery - Toronto
2017 University of Toronto - Toronto
2016 Doris McCarthy Artist in Residence Open Studio and Talk at Fool’s Paradise
2015 Banff Centre for the Arts - Banff, AB
2013 Anna Leonowens Gallery - Halifax
2013 NSCAD University - Halifax
2012 Vaughn Road School -Toronto
2012 OCAD University - Toronto
2012 Cow House Studios - Wexford, Ireland
2011 OCAD University - Toronto
2009 Canadian College Italy - Lanciano, Italy

With thanks to the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and Elizabeth Greensheilds Foundation

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