OCAD University
Christian Singer
Faculty of Art

Area(s) of Expertise

Contemporary Art, Sculpture Installation, Clay and bronze casting



1999  École nationale supérieure des beaux arts, Paris

2000  AOCAD, Ontario College of Art and Design.

2003  MFA, New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University

Professional Experience

Artist, curator, teacher, and art dealer, Christian Bernard Singer was born in 1962 in Paris into a family of artists and raised in New York City where he began as a company dancer with Laura Foreman’s Composers and Choreographers Theater, performing in Spaces and Foreman’s seminal work, Signals II. These were performed over several years in such venues as Judson Memorial Church, the Cubiculo Theater, and The New School, until the work was eventually performed at the Museum of Modern Art. Singer is best known for incorporating living plant life, glass, clay, bronze, found objects, and video into installation-environments and land art works that turn on notions of place, memory and time passing. Since 1997, his work has been shown in commercial galleries in Canada, the U.S., and France, and since 2004, he has been included numerous museum and land art invitational exhibitions.

As well, Singer has managed grant application programs for both The Canada Council and the Ministry of Culture and Communications (Ontario), was Director of the 2005 Contemporary Art Forum - Kitchener & Area (CAFKA), Curator and Associate Director of Lehmann Leskiw Fine Art until he co-founded Rouge Concept Gallery where he remained as Curator until 2009, bringing Judy Chicago: A Survey of Important Works (curated by Virginia Eichhorn) - the first large-scale survey exhibition for Chicago ever to come to Canada. In addition to serving as board member to several arts organizations, Singer continues to educate and consult to artists and organizations while he continues to teach at both the Ontario College of Art and Design and the Toronto School of Art. He is currently Curator at the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery in Waterloo.

Selected Exhibitions

Back to the Garden (2009), Headbones Gallery

Summerfires (2009), Galerie Lausberg Contemporary, Toronto

Aligning with Beauty (2009), Varley Art Gallery

Pass the Buddha with Julie Oakes (2008), Galerie Samuel Lallouz, Montreal

Cabinets of Curiosities (2008), and Tessellated Anamnesis: Patterns for Unforgetting (2005), Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery (Waterloo)

Revivified (2008), Headbones Gallery, Toronto

Mobile Structures: Dialogues between Ceramics and Architecture in Canadian Art, (2007-08), MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina and the Surrey Art Gallery (B.C.)

Edward Day Gallery’s Kiwi Sculpture Garden Project in Perth (2006-09)

The Shore/Lines Project: Responding to Place (2005), MacLaren Art Centre

Second Nature (2004), Fish Tank Gallery, New York.

Awards \ Grants

Project Grant, Ontario Arts Council

Exhibition Assistance Grant, Ontario Arts Council

NYSCC Alfred University Graduate Fellowship and Full Tuition Grant

Dorothy Hoover Award for Visual Work and Written Research

Louis Odette Sculpture Award

International Exchange Study Grant

Dora Wechler Memorial Fund Award for Ceramics

Charles Magee Memorial Tuition Scholarship for Drawing/Painting

Inter/Access – Artist-in-Residence

Selected Publications

Campbell, James D. Buddha Composed (book). Montreal: Galerie Samuel Lallouz, 2008.

Oakes, Julie. Headbones Anthology (book). Toronto: RichFog, 2008.

Gessell, Paul. Down the Garden Path. The Ottawa Citizen, 10 July, 2008.

Reid, Rex. Contrary Forces. Waterloo Record, Sat. April 12, 2008.

Oakes, Julie. Aligning with Beauty (exhibition catalogue). Markham: Varley Art Gallery of Markham, 2008.

Oakes, Julie. Christian Bernard Singer – Eco-Installations: Dressing Mother Earth. Toronto: Rich Fog Publishing (Book), 2008.

Gogarty, Amy. ‘A Bell Rings Out’--Recollection, Architecture and Ceramics at the End of Modernity (exhibition catalogue). Regina: MacKenzie Art Gallery, 2007

Long, Timothy. Gogarty, Amy. Unearthing (exhibition catalogue). Regina: MacKenzie Art Gallery, 2007

Eichhorn, Virginia. Tessellated Anamnesis – Patterns for Unforgetting: New Work by Christian Bernard Singer (exhibition catalogue). Waterloo: Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, 2007.

McElroy, Gil. “Reviews.” Sculpture Magazine, March, 2006.

Professional Affiliations / Boards / Juries

2010  Board Member, Visual Arts Ontario

2010  Juror, Masterworks Southwest, Ontario Crafts Council

2008  Juror, Glass and Ceramics prizes, Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition

2008  Juror, The Artist Project, Toronto

1996  Board of Directors (Treasurer), Inter/Access, Toronto

1993  Board of Directors (Treasurer), Fifth Avenue Court Gallery, Ottawa