Rachel MacFarlane

Curriculum Vitae

Rachel Elizabeth MacFarlane

Born 1986, Scarborough, Ontario


2016 MFA Rutgers University - Mason Gross School of the Arts

2009 Advanced Certificate of Visual Studies Florence Program - O.C.A.D. Satellite Program 

2008 BFA  - Ontario College of Art and Design - Drawing and Painting Major, with Distinction

Solo Exhibitions 

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,

2012 Rachel MacFarlane, Howard Park Institute, Toronto

2011 Rachel MacFarlane, Nicholas Metivier Gallery Toronto

Selected Group Exhibitions 

2019 Landscape As Muse, Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto

Kick Off, Lorimoto Gallery, NYC

Together but Apart , Jarvis Hall Gallery, Calgary

2018 Summer Heat, Ortega Y Gasset , Brooklyn, NY

2017 Works Selected, Stratford Gallery, On

Known Unknowns, 86 Orchard, NYC, NY

What’s Next, Jarvis Hall Gallery, Calgary

2016 Hungry Heart, Invisible Dog, Brooklyn, NY

Video Snack, Vox Populi, Phildelphia, PA

2015 Summit, Wassiac Project, Wassiac, NY

Through a Glass Darkly , Mason Gross Galleries, Rutgers University, NJ

Broken Colours, Curated by Ben Portis at Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto

2014 10, Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto, ON, US

The Tools, Root Division, San Francisco, California (Jan 8- 25) , US

2013 MERGE, Art Gallery of Ontario (Art Sales &Rental Gallery), Toronto

2011 Carnival, Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto

2010 DUMBO Arts Festival, Triangle Artists Association, Brooklyn, NY

2009 Mayhem, Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto

Faciebat, 7 Via Nazionale, Florence, Italy

2008 When Lightning Strikes Twice, XPACE Toronto

stART, Studio 21, Halifax, NS, CA


2019 Canada Arts Council Explore and Create Grant

Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant

2012 Emerging Artist Grant, Ontario Arts Council

2008 O.C.A.D.S.U. Grant

Artist Residencies

2019 - Vermont Studio Centre, Johnson Vermont 

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


Scholarships and Awards

2015 Dean’s Choice Award, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University

Frank P. and Lilly A. Novak Scholarship

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

Drawing and Painting Medalist Award

David L. Stevenson Scholarship

Nora E. Vaughan Award

Spoke Club Membership Prize 

Honorable Mention Art of The Figure, Painting

2007 Curry's Art Store Prize Scholarship (O.C.A.D.)

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 


Esker Foundation, Calgary 

Doris McCarthy Collection, University of Toronto

McCain Collection, Toronto

RBC Collection, Toronto

Scotiabank, Toronto

The Donovan Collection, St. Michaels College, University of Toronto 

& Numerous Private Collections


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


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 HALL-GAUL 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

Art Auctions

2017 Art with Heart, Toronto

2013 Big Draw, OCADU 

2012 Georgian Bay Land Trust Art Auction

2010 Georgian Bay Land Trust Art Auction - Featured Artist 

Arts Open Live Art Auction

Ontario College of Art and Design WhoDunnit Live Auction

2009 Line Art Auction, Art Gallery of Ontario

2008 YES Art Fundraising Auction, Toronto

Whodunit?Preview Gala Live Auction, Toronto

Professional Practice

2019 - Part-Time Lecturer - Rutgers University

2017 - Visiting Artist Adjunct - College of Staten Island

2012-2016 - Advisor - Banff Centre - Canada

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 - Teacher - Portfolio Clinics - OCAD University

2012 - 2014 - Class Assistant - OCAD University

2012 - Visiting Artist - Teacher - Cow House Studio Ireland (Summer 2012)

2010-2011 Artist Assistant - Kim Dorland Studios - Toronto Ontario

2010-2011 Alumni Visiting Artist - OCAD University - Toronto, Ontario

2009-2010 Art Administrator / Preparator - The Gilder - Toronto, Ontario

2006-2008 Art Supervisor - Seneca College - Toronto Ontario

Artist Talks

2018 OCAD University - Toronto
Nicholas Metivier Gallery - Toronto
Sheridan College - Oakville
2017 Doris McCarthy Gallery - Toronto
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
NSCAD University - Halifax
2012 Vaughn Road School -Toronto
OCAD University - Toronto
Cow House Studios - Wexford, Ireland
2011 OCAD University - Toronto
2009 Canadian College Italy - Lanciano, Italy

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