Simon Glass presents: The Ten Commandments/ Prohibited Weapons

Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 10:00am to Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 5:00pm

"The Ten Commandments/Prohibited Weapons"

An exhibition of Simon Glass’s photo-hybrid series The Ten Commandments/Prohibited Weapons recently donated to the McMaster Museum of Art (a 2016 gift) and his series, The Thirteen Attributes of God, from the Art Gallery of Hamilton collection.

August 17 thru December 2, 2017

OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, September 14, 6-8 pm 

ARTIST TALK by Simon Glass:  Thursday September 28, 12:30 – 1:20 pm 

Established in 1967, McMaster Museum of Art (MMA) is a public, non-profit, university-affiliated gallery situated in the heart of McMaster University campus. The MMA, which houses the University’s internationally recognized collection of approximately 6000 art objects and antiquities, presents exhibitions and provides public programs through scholarly research and interpretation.

McMaster University recognizes and acknowledges that it is located on the traditional territories of the Mississauga and Haudenosaunee nations, and within the lands protected by the Dish With One Spoon Wampum agreement.

Simon Glass is an artist and educator based in Toronto. In his artistic practice, archival and original photographic imagery is combined with mystical, biblical and liturgical Hebrew.  He trained as a photographer and visual artist at the Ontario College of Art and graduated in 1983. He completed an M.A. in Media and Communications at the European Graduate School, Saas Fee, Switzerland in 2005. His work combines photographic imagery, both archival and original, and found objects with biblical, liturgical and mystical Hebrew. It has been exhibited widely in group and solo exhibitions throughout Canada and internationally. He also translates biblical Hebrew into English. He has received numerous awards from the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. Simon Glass is and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Art, he served as Associate Dean in the Faculty of Art for six years.

Further information:

Venue & Address: 
McMaster Museum of Art, Alvin A. Lee Building 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, ON
905.525.9140 x23241
photo of a handgun on a floral background
photo of photographs on gallery wall

Barbara Astman to show in Living Building Thinking, a group show at McMaster Museum of Art

Thursday, September 1, 2016 - 4:00am to Saturday, December 3, 2016 - 5:00am

Living Building Thinking, McMaster Museum of Art, curated by Ihor Holubiziky, Senior Curator, McMaster Museum of Art, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON         

This exhibition explores the development and trajectories of Expressionism from the early 19th century to the present.

Drawn from the extensive collection of the McMaster Museum of Art, the exhibition comprises almost 100 paintings, drawings, prints, books, camera work and video—from formative historical works of the 19th century, hallmarks of the modern age, to contemporary works that include Canadian artists who underscore the continuing relevance and challenges in today’s society.


Thursday, September 22 at 6 pm
Curator’s Talk by Ihor Holubizky, McMaster Museum of Art's Senior Curator

Wednesday, September 28th
Performance & Talk by Düsseldorf Artist Mischa Kuball
12 noon:  Mischa Kuball presents a performative sculpture with his recent Public Preposition book in front of the Museum
2 pm:  Mischa Kuball’s Artist Talk in the Museum

Saturday, October 1 at 1 pm
Tour & Linocut Printmaking Workshop
Free Culture Days event.  Registration required. Contact: Nicole Knibb at

Thursday, November 10th, 6 – 8 pm
Art Historian’s Talk by Robert Belton
Dr. Belton, Professor at UBC, will speak about Expressionism. His essay “Expressionism’s Paralanguage” is included in the Living Building Thinking publication.

An exhibition publication will be available.
Living Building Thinking is organized and circulated with the generous support of the Museums Assistance Program, Canadian Heritage.


Venue & Address: 
McMaster Museum of Art Alvin A. Lee Building University Avenue (at Sterling St) McMaster University 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, ON L8S 4L6
(905) 525-9140 ext. 23081
Photo of the Gallery with artworks installed

Catherine Heard's "Errata" and "Symmetries" on view at McMaster Museum of Art exhibition

distorted bust of a child
Tuesday, January 5, 2016 - 5:00am to Saturday, March 26, 2016 - 4:00am

Catherine will be representing OCADU at the panel discussion, Wellness on Campus: The University, the Museum and the Health Sciences, Thursday Feb 25, 2016

January 5 – March 26, 2016
OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, January 14, 6 - 8 pm
PANEL DISCUSSION: Thursday, February 25 at 6 pm, full details below
Picturing Wellness is a two-part exhibition with complementary education programming that focuses on a medical humanities perspective as the bridge between understanding resilience through treatment, care and social action.
Picturing Wellness I: From Adversity to Resilience
Visual Literacy with the Health Sciences
Coordinated by Nicole Knibb, Education Coordinator, MMA,
and Christine Wekerle, Associate Professor, Pediatrics, McMaster University
A didactic exhibition which examines how visual literacy skills may be employed by health professionals in order to develop their observational and empathetic skills as well as various self-care practices. The exhibition includes works from the McMaster collection by: David Blackwood, Blake Debassige, Betty Goodwin, Tadashi Kawamata, Tony Scherman and Michael Thompson.
This exhibition sprang from two collaborative programs developed by McMaster Museum of Art and the McMaster Faculty of Health Sciences: Engaging and Educating in Child Maltreatment and The Art of Seeing™.
Picturing Wellness II: Museums and Social Engagement
Michelle Bellemare (Toronto)
Rebecca Belmore (Montréal)
Nancy Kembry (Toronto)
Catherine Heard (Toronto)
Yvonne Singer (Toronto)
Picturing Wellness Part II is not meant to be a didactic illustration of Part I. Rather, it presents artworks that ponder, in broad scope, issues related to trauma, the body, memory, history, medicine, health and the museum. What is consistent, throughout all of the works, is a consciousness of an “impact” on the individual and on the role that art can play in interpretation, processing, or healing. The impact could be either physical or mental, individual or societal. The project examines the museum at the crossroads of healthcare and personal well-being.
PANEL DISCUSSION: Thursday February 25 at 6 PM
Wellness on Campus: The University, the Museum and the Health Sciences
Presented in partnership with MSU Mental Health Strategy
Moderator: Christine Wekerle
Catherine Heard, Artist, Assistant Professor, OCADU
Olaf Kraus de Camargo, Associate Professor. Department of Pediatrics, McMaster University
Anne Niec, Professor, Department of Pediatrics, McMaster University
(image attached –– Errata, 2006, Pigmented Beeswax over plaster.)