Nicole Collins Studio Portrait 2020
Nicole Collins Studio Portrait 2020
Nicole Collins
Associate Professor
Faculty of Art, Graduate Studies

Area(s) of Expertise

painting, Materials & Processes, Colour, Drawing, Contemporary Drawing, Painting and Print Media, Historical Techniques: European


Nicole Collins' artistic practice focuses on the effect of time, accumulation, force and heat on visceral materials, through painting, drawing, installation, intervention, video, and sound. Since 1994 she has exhibited extensively including solo exhibitions at The Koffler Art Gallery, Toronto (2018), The University of Waterloo Art Gallery (2013), The Art Gallery of Ontario (2013) and The Embassy of Canada in Tokyo (2001) and group exhibitions in Toronto, Hamilton, St. Johns, New York, Miami, London, Venice and Zurich. Her work has been featured online and in magazines, newspapers and books including IMAGO MUNDI: Great and North, the major survey Abstract Painting in Canada (Roald Nasgaard), the 3rd edition of A Concise History of Canadian Painting (Dennis Reid), Carte Blanche, Volume 2: Painting, and The Donovan Collection Catalogue. Collins is Associate Professor of Material and Visual Culture in the Drawing & Painting program at the Ontario College of Art & Design University (OCADU) and she lives in Toronto with her husband artist Michael Davidson and their daughter.


1988 University of Guelph, Guelph, Canada, B.A. Honours, Fine Arts 2009 Master of Visual Studies, University of Toronto

2009 Master Visual Studies, University of Toronto


Selected Exhibitions

2009 MVS Graduate Exhibition, University of Toronto Art Centre, Toronto catalogue essay by Ian Carr-Harris 2009 start Profs, work by professors from art institutions across Canada, Studio 21, Halifax 2008 Pulse 2: Film and Painting After the Image, curated by Barbara Sternberg, Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto 2007 Hot Wax, The Rooms, St. John’s Newfoundland, Canada 2006 stroke for stroke, solo exhibition, Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto 2006 Pulse: Abstract Painting and Film, Mount St Vincent University Gallery, curated by Ingrid Jenkner and Barbara Sternberg 2006 you don’t wanna miss that sh!t, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, curated by Katherine Mulherin 2005 Crossing the Line, The Painting Center, New York, New York 2004 Dimension, Halde Galerie, Widen, Zurich Switzerland 2004 Death in the Studio: Studio Death Snapshots, Book Project by Hannes Priesch + Niki Lederer, book launches in Vienna, NYC and Toronto

Awards \ Grants

2007 The Kathleen Coburn Graduate Admission Award, University of Toronto 2004 Canada Council Travel Grant (Switzerland) 2002 Canada Council Travel Grant (Tokyo, Japan) 2002 Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance (Tokyo, Japan) 2001 Canada Council Travel Grant (London UK) 2000 Triangle Artists’ Workshop, Fall 2000, New York City, USA 1999 Canada Council Travel Grant (Newfoundland) 1998 Toronto Arts Award Protegee Program commission by award winner Suzy Lake 1997 Canada Council C Grant 1994 Ontario Arts Council Emerging Artists Grant

Selected Publications

2008 Carte Blanche Volume 2: Painting, Magenta Publishing for the Arts 2007 Naasgard, Roald, Abstract Painting in Canada, Douglas & McIntyre/Art Gallery of Nova Scotia 2007 Jordan, Betty Ann, Artist File: Nicole Collins, article Canadian House & Home, October 2007 Tanja Seufert, Kunst aus Kanada, Attika 2 (Swiss magazine) 2006 Gary Michael Dault, Going Out: Exhibit A; Different Strokes, Review, The Globe & Mail, October 13, 2006 2004 Virginia M. Eichhorn, Rewind: Nicole Collins Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto , Review, Canadian Art Magazine, Summer 2004, Volume 21, Number 2 2003 Thomas Hirschmann, Parental Units, review of Motherlode, NOW magazine, September 11-17, 2003 2002 Ihor Holubizky, catalogue essay for sample, catalogue of exhibition at The Embassy of Canada, Tokyo 2001 Michael Coomer, Nicole Collins & Michael Davidson at Platform, Time Out Magazine, London UK, 2000 Gary Michael Dault, don’t look at me like that, Canadian Art Magazine, Spring 2000, Volume 17, Number 1 (see also Fast Forward: Toronto in same issue)