AMY SCHISSEL

Amy Schissel confronts the current anxieties about the role of painting in the Internet and Information Age through the development of site-specific immersive painting and video installations. It has been Schissel’s long-term project to navigate through a constant technological presence in a data-driven, media-saturated culture—through work that hybridizes painted and digital languages, while addressing contradictions of identity in geo-political relationships. Living in the age of constantly changing new media shapes our understanding of personal and collective history, as brought about by the onset of digital information technology. As the world of digitization continues to develop and our sense of space, and the radical new ways we move through it, are changing, Schissel’s projects change and evolve to address these new spaces, our movement through them, and the resultant changing cultural identity and consciousness.

 

Schissel’s professional practice analyzes the role of painting/drawing in the Information Age. Schissel addresses the progressively dematerialized quality of digital society by visualizing and mapping information flows that cut through time and space, seemingly negating the need of geographical location for human interaction. She reinvents our contemporary landscape, fostering a sense of civic legibility where the World Wide Web calls us to be everywhere yet nowhere at once.

 

After completing her BFA and MFA at the University of Ottawa in 2002 and 2009, Amy Schissel was named a finalist in the 2011 RBC Canadian Painting Competition. She was Canada's 2009 recipient of the Brucebo Fine Arts Award, and the recipient of 2013 RBC Emerging Artist Award presented by the Council for the Arts in Ottawa. Her work can be found in the collections of the Canada Council Art Bank, the Department of Foreign Affairs Canada, the City of Ottawa Art Collection, Free University of Brussels, Belgium, and the Gotland Museum of Fine Arts, Sweden, in addition to numerous private international collections.  Schissel’s work is currently on view in BIG BANG at SAW Gallery in Ottawa curated by Jason St-Laurent, and she has exhibited both nationally and internationally, including solo and group exhibitions at: VOLTA New York 2013; VOLTA 10 Basel 2014; Art Toronto; Feature Contemporary Art Fair; Papier; University of Brussels Gallery, Belgium; Karsh Masson Gallery, Ottawa; Centre d'art Imagier in Gatineau, Quebec; Carleton University Art Gallery. Canada-wide exhibitions include The Art Gallery of Alberta, Hamilton Art Gallery, and Toronto's Power Plant. Schissel lives, works, and maintains her professional practice in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she is Assistant Professor of Painting at West Virginia University.

 

 

EDUCATION
2009 Master of Fine Arts, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario 
2002 Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017 (Upcoming), Solo Exhibition, Pittsburgh Centre for the Arts, Pittsburgh

2017 (Upcoming), Solo Exhibition, Laura Mesaros Gallery, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV

2016 DOUBLE STANDARD, VOLTA NY with Patrick Mikhail Gallery
2016 ZERO set ZERO, Olin Art Gallery, Jefferson and Washington College, Washington
2015 Worlds A Part, Patrick Mikhail Gallery, Montreal, Quebec

2014 Animate Grounds, VOLTA BASEL, with Patrick Mikhail Gallery, Basel, Switzerland

2013 Cyber Fields, VOLTA NY, with Patrick Mikhail Gallery, New York, NY
2012 Systems Fever, Patrick Mikhail Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario 

2010 Matter, Centre d’exposition imager, Gatineau, Quebec 

2009 Mapping Visby, Sjalso Studios, Gotland, Sweden
2009 Prolix X, Karsh-Masson Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario 
2006 Skinned, Vreij University of Brussels Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017 (Upcoming), University of Southern Georgia Art Gallery, Statesboro, USA
2016 Alabama National Biennal, University of Alabama Art Gallery
2016 from HERE to THERE, Huntington Museum of Fine Arts, Huntington WV
2016 Convergence, West Virginia University, Paul Mesaros Gallery, Morgantown WV
2015 SECAC Juried Exhibition curated by Jessica Beck (Andy Warhol Museum), Future Tenant Gallery/ Carnegie Mellon University Project Space, Pittsburgh, PA
2015 Big Bang, Saw Gallery, Ottawa ON
2015 Convergence, Artist Image Resource, Pittsburgh, PA
2015 FEATURE Art Fair, with Patrick Mikhail Gallery, Toronto, ON
2014 Primer, Patrick Mikhail Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario

2014 Feature, Toronto International Art Fair, courtesy Patrick Mikhail Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

2013 Recent Acquisitions, Ottawa City Hall Art Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario
2013 Art With Heart, the Carlu, Toronto, Ontario
2012 INTERFACE, Patrick Mikhail Gallery
2012 Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto, Patrick Mikhail Gallery
2012 Papier 12 Contemporary Art Fair, Montreal, Patrick Mikhail Gallery
2012 PMG Editions Project, Patrick Mikhail Gallery, Ottawa
2011 RBC Canadian Painting Competition Finalists Exhibition, Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Hamilton

2011 Art Gallery, Hamilton, Ontario, The Power Plant, Toronto, Ontario
2011 Art Fair Confidential, Contemporary Art Galleries Association, (as part of Art Toronto Week), with Patrick Mikhail Gallery, The Brickworks, Toronto, Ontario
2011 State of the Art, Patrick Mikhail Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario
2011 Le party, (fundraiser) Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario
2011 Faculty Art Show, Algonquin College, Ottawa, Ontario
2011 Luck, (fundraiser) Council for the Arts in Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario 
2010 Toronto International Art Fair, Patrick Mikhail Gallery, Toronto
2010 4 Ottawa Painters, Carleton University Art Gallery, curator Sandra Dyck, Ottawa Ontario 
2010 The Triumph of the Therapeutic, Patrick Mikhail Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario
2010 Peinture Extrême, Extreme Painting, Gallery Orange, curator Nadia Niro, Montreal, Quebec
2010 Yuristy-Schissel (with Russel Yuristy), Cube Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario 
2009 Boom!, Living Arts Centre Gallery, Toronto, Ontario 
2009 Luck, Council for the Arts in Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario 
2009 Nocturne, Cube Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario 
2009 On/Off, Gallery 115, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario 
2008 Peinture Fraiche – Fresh Paint, Art Mur Gallery, Montreal, Quebec 
2008 Black and White, Cube Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario 
2008 Luck, Council for the Arts in Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario 
2008 Sweetheart Lunch (fundraiser), National Art Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario 
2005 Tracking and Spinning, Zibibbo, Ottawa, Ontario

 

PROFESSIONAL PRACTICES

2014-Present Assistant Professor, Painting, Department of Art and Design, West Virginia University, Morgantown WV

2012-2014 Faculty: Program Coordinator and Academic Advisor,

2012 Algonquin College, Introduction to Fine Arts Program, Ottawa Ontario.

2010-2012 Faculty, Academic Advisor, Algonquin College, Introduction to Fine Arts Program, Ottawa Ontario

2007-2009 Teacher’s Assistant, Painting, Art History/Theory, University of Ottawa, Ottawa Ontario

2008 Research Assistant to Professor Alexandre Castonguay

 

VISITING ARTIST LECTURES AND PANELS

2014 “Painting in the Digital Age: A 21st Century Re-contextualization”

2014 CAA, College Arts Association Conference, Session Chair and Speaker, Chicago, IL, Feb. 15

2013 “Painting in the 21st Century” (Invited Artist Lecture), University of NSCAD, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, Nova Scotia, November 18

2012 “Systems Fever”, Artist lecture, Patrick Mikhail Gallery, Ottawa Ontario, May 15

2011 “Painting and Digital Technology” (Invited Artist lecture), University of Ottawa, March 20

2011 “Amy Schissel Latest Series” (Invited Artist Lecture), University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, October 19

2010 “Four Ottawa Painters” (Invited Artist Panel), Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario, January 23

2010 Guest Instructor, Fourth Year Studio, University of Ottawa, Ottawa Ontario, December 10

2010 “Painting and Technology” (Invited Artist Lecture), Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota, Florida, April 12

2009 “The Matter, Recent Paintings” (Invited Artist Lecture), Hope College, DePree Arts Center, Holland, Michigan, U.S.A., March 16

 

PUBLICATIONS AND REVIEWS

2014 Animals, Mirrors, and Magic Mushrooms Added to Ottawa’s Art Collection, Peter Simpson, The Ottawa Citizen, November 3rd, Pg. J9

2014 Patrick Mikhail Gallery, A. Moret, Installation Magazine, October issue

www.installationmagazine.com/patrickmikhailgallery

2014 Martin, Yu, Schissel, win Ottawa Arts Awards, Peter Simpson, Ottawa Citizen, April 18th 
 http://blogs.ottawacitizen.com/2013/04/18/martin-yu-schissel-win-ottawa-arts-awards/

2013 Amy Schissel, Rose Ekins, Art and Science Journal, September 15th

http://www.artandsciencejournal.com/post/46962176008/amy-schissel-ottawa-area-artist-amy-schissel

2013 VOLTA NY, Special Edition, Marie Wengler, Toxique Magazine, April 2013, featured on Pages 190-207
2013 Top Highlights, VOLTA NY 2013, galleryIntel, March 10
2013 City Arts Awards Short List Revealed, Peter Simpson, Ottawa Citizen, Feb. 13, 

http://www.ottawacitizen.com/entertainment/City%20arts%20awards%20short%20list%20revealed/7956264/story.html
2013 The Best of 2012 From all Night Art to Wild Horses, Peter Simpson, Ottawa Citizen, December 27 

http://www.ottawacitizen.com/entertainment/best+2012+From+night+wild+horses/7742648/story.html
2012 Interface Exhibition Explores Tech Mediated Living, Alisdair MacRae, Guerilla Magazine, Nov. 30th
http://www.getguerilla.ca/index.php/gallery-menu-item/438-interface-exhibition-explores-tech-mediated-living
2012 A Map to the Internet and the Music of Fingerprints at Patrick Mikhail Gallery, Peter Simpson, Ottawa Citizen, Nov.21, Page D2. Web: http://blogs.ottawacitizen.com/tag/amy-schissel/
2012 Systems Fever, exhibition catalogue with foreword by Sandra, Dyck and essay by Petra Halkes, Patrick Mikhail Publishing, ISBN 978-0-9880344-0-2, May 30
2012 Amy Schissel: Art in a Digital Time, Peter Simpson, Ottawa Citizen, April 18
2012 Ottawa Artists Represented in Latest Canada Council Art Bank Acquisition, Ottawa Magazine, Jan 28
2011 RBC Canadian Painting Competition: On Your Marks! Across Canada Summer 2011, Tess Edmonson, Canadian Art Magazine, Fall Edition
http://www.canadianart.ca/online/slideshows/2011/08/04/rbc_competition/
2011 RBC Canadian Painting Competition, Catalogue, Laurel Macmillan, Royal Bank of Canada,  ISBN 978-0-9810676-1-2
2011 Gatineau Artist Amy Schissel is one of 15 finalists from Across Canada in the 2011 RBC Canadian Painting Competition, Ottawa Citizen, July 18, image by Julie Oliver
2011 Success No Small Feat for Finalists, John Pohl, Gazette Visual Arts Critic September 23
2011 Ottawa’s Art Seen, episode 8, Interview with host Lilly Colton, Rogers T.V, Nov 8
2010 Digitally Analog, Interview with Amy Schissel, Al Morrisson, Ottawa Tonight, April 10th
2010 Opposites Abstract, Adam Volk, Ottawa (X) Press, April 8
2010 Amy Schissel: Red Wine and Power Tools, 20 Questions, Bruce Deachman, The Ottawa Citizen, March 21
2010 Making a Splash: New Cube Gallery reflects Ottawa’s maturing visual arts scene, Patrick Langston, The Ottawa Citizen, January 23
2009 Amy Schissel – 77 Days of Summer: An Emerging Artist’s Account of Recent Painting Residency in Sweden, Stephan Lauzon ed., CAO Circular, Winter, Vol. 17.4 
2009 Interview, with Mitchel Caplan, CHUO FM Radio, Ottawa, Ontario, September 15
2009 Art in Motion, Peter Simpson, The Ottawa Citizen, August 31
2009 Premier cuvee, Katie Le Van, Voir, August 27
2009 Science Meets Art With View to the Heavens, Tom Spears, The Ottawa Citizen, June 3 
2009 Prolix X: Paintings by Amy Schissel, Karsh-Masson, City of Ottawa Galleries, July, mini exhibition catalogue
2009 Feu d’artifice cosmique a la galerie Cube, Claude Bouchard, Le Journal le Droit, May 30
2008 Peinture Fraiche – Fresh Paint, Francois St.-Jacques, July - August, Vol. 3, no. 7, exhibition catalogue

 

AWARDS AND GRANTS
2015 West Virginia University Senate Research Grant
2015 Myers Award for Excellence in Faculty Research, West Virginia University
2014 Ontario Arts Council Artist Grant
2013 RBC Council for the Arts in Ottawa Emerging Artist Award
2013 Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant
2012 Ontario Arts Council Emerging Artist Grant
2011 RBC Canadian Painting Competition Finalist
2011 Vermont Studio Center, Artist Grant for Winter Residency Program
2010 City of Ottawa Emerging Artist grant 
2010 Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Grant
2010 Canada Council for the Arts Project Grant: Creation/Research Grant
2010 Emerging Artist Grant, Ontario Council for the Arts 
2009 Emerging Artist Production Grant ‘B’, City of Ottawa 
2007-2009 Full Admissions Scholarship, University of Ottawa Graduate Studies 
2002 Suzanne Rivard-Le Moine Award, 1st prize, University of Ottawa Graduate Show 
2002 Gunter Nolte Drawing Award, 1st prize, University of Ottawa 
2002 Millenium Scholarship, University of Ottawa Undergraduate Studies 
2002 Admissions Scholarship, University of Ottawa Undergraduate Studies 

 

RESIDENCIES
2011 Vermont Studio Center (grant for 4 week residency), Johnson, VT, USA
2009 Brucebo Fine Arts Award (scholarship for 3 month residency), Brucebo Fine Arts Foundation, Visby, Sweden

 

COLLECTIONS
City of Ottawa
Canada Council Art Bank
Gotland Museum of Fine Arts, Contemporary Canadian Collection, Gotland Sweden
Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Ottawa, Canada
Université Libre du Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium
New Zealand Consulate
Private international collections

 

MEMBERSHIP AND VOLUNTEER WORK 
December 2009 – Present CARFAC 
January 2009 – Present College Arts Association 
January – February 2008 SAW Gallery

 

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