OCAD University
Dana Samuel
Faculty of Art

Area(s) of Expertise

Media art/Performance art, Art & Design collaborations, publishing, art writing, New Media Curating


Dana Samuel is a media artist, curator, writer and sometimes designer. As an artist, she has shown her performance and media installations at venues including Latitude 53 (Edmonton), Katherine Mulherin Contemporary Art (Toronto) and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Most recently, Dana was invited as artist-in-residence at the Office for Contemporary Art Norway -- the first Canadian artist invited to their Independent Studio Programme -- to create a sound work for radio in Oslo. The work was presented in the group exhibition curated by Rhonda Corvese, The Idea of North, at Galleri F15 in Moss, Norway, and at Dalhousie Art Gallery in Halifax. Dana holds an MFA from the University of Western Ontario and completed undergraduate studies in Life Sciences at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, and at the Ontario College of Art & Design in Toronto, where she reconciled her research interests in science with a practice in art. Her writing has been published by Canadian Art, FUSE Magazine, Coach House Books and Mercer Union Gallery. Dana has received design awards and accolades from the National Magazine Awards Foundation, the Art Director’s Club of New York and the Advertising and Design Club of Canada. She currently sits on the Advisory Council of the Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art and was recently honoured with a 2005 Toronto Jewish Arts Council Award and a Canada Council for the Arts Research Grant in Visual Arts.


1989 – 1993 B. Sc., Biochemistry Major, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario.

1994 – 1996 Graphic Design Diploma Program, Sheridan College, Oakville, Ontario.

1998 – 2001 AOCAD, Ontario College of Art &Design (OCAD), Toronto. Ontario.

2001 – 2003 MFA, University of Western Ontario (UWO), London, Ontario.

Selected Exhibitions

2007 BLOW OUT! Group exhibition at Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art, Toronto (curated by ScottMcLeod).

2006 The Idea of North, group exhibition at Dalhousie Art Gallery, Halifax (curated byRhonda Corvese).

2005 The Idea of North, group exhibition at Galleri F15, Moss, Norway (curated by Rhonda Corvese). 2003 A Chat with the Artist, solo exhibition at ArtLab Gallery, London, Ontario.

2003 Visualeyez Performance Festival, Latitude 53 Society of Artists, Edmonton, Alberta.

2002 West on 7, South on 4, group exhibition at ArtLab Gallery and Stratford Gallery, London, Ontario and Stratford, Ontario.

2001 Video Party, group exhibition at Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario.

2001 Re:, solo exhibition at 1080BUS, Toronto, Ontario.

2000 Externalized, three-person exhibition at OCADGallery, Toronto, Ontario.

Awards \ Grants


2007 Assistance to Visual Artists: Project Grant, Canada Council for the Arts. Writer’s Reserve Grant, Ontario ArtsCouncil (multiple recommendations). 2006 Shortlisted, Untitled Art Awards, Toronto.Emerging CuratorAward. 2005 Visual Arts Grant, Jewish Arts Council/UJA Federation of Greater Toronto. Grants to Emerging Film & Video Artists, Ontario Arts Council. Grants to Media Artists, Toronto Arts Council. Travel Grants to Media Artists, Canada Council for the Arts. 2002 Individual Grant, du Maurier Arts Council. Writer’s Reserve Grant, Ontario Arts Council. Nominated, A Space Emerging Artist Award, A SpaceGallery (Toronto). 2001 National Magazine Awardfor Prefix Photo MagazineDesign, National Magazine Awards Foundation. 1999 Award of Merit, Advertising and Design Club of Canada. Award of Merit, Applied Arts Magazine. 1998 Award of Merit, 77th Art Directors Annual, New York. Type Directors Club Award, New York. Gold Award, Advertising and Design Club of Canada. Award of Merit, Advertising and Design Club of Canada. Gold Award, Applied Arts Magazine. Award ofMerit,How Magazine, Cincinnati.


2010 Banff Centre for the Arts: Master Class with Ken Lum, Banff, Alberta.

2005 Independent Studio Program, Office for Contemporary Art Norway.



2006 ULYD, Audio Net.Art Web Commission, Radio NRK, Oslo, Norway. 

2005 BLOW OUT!, Video commission and screening, Prefix Institute for Contemporary Art, Toronto (curated by Scott McLeod).

Selected Publications

BIBLIOGRAPHY (about the artist)

Anderson, Heather. “The Idea of North”in Espace SculptureNo. 77, Fall 2006. Bouchard, Gilbert. “Performance Artists Push Boundaries” in Edmonton Journal, May 28, 2003. C1. Carr-Harris, Ian. “Beauties 1–5,” in Lola 10, Fall 2001, 39. Corvese,Rhonda. The Idea of North, Halifax: St. Mary’s University Art Gallery, 2006. Couillard, Paul. Visualeyez 2003.  Ehrharter, Christiane. “Sonic North: An Introduction.”Sonic North:Verksted #4, Oslo: Office for Contemporary Art, 2005. Faeroy, Yngvild and Sossa Jorgensen. The Idea of North, Moss: Galleri F15, 2005. Huffa, Joanne. “Best Bet: Dana Samuel.” in eye Weekly, April 11, 2002, 57. Mulholland, Sarah. “Sound Sculptor for InterAccess.” in Sketch: OCAD Magazine, Winter 2006. Sasani, Mari. “ADate with the Artist.” in Broken Pencil, Fall 2003.

PUBLISHING HISTORY (by the artist)

Ten Years of Prefix Photo:An Anthology.Co-editor, withScott McLeod. Toronto:Prefix ICA, 2009 (forthcoming). “Unterspiel.”Review inCanadian Art, Summer 2007 (forthcoming). The NetworkedCity. Toronto: InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Centre, 2007 (forthcoming). “Afuture history of artist-run culture.” with Brenda Goldstein, in uTOpia II: The State of the Arts. Toronto:Coach House Books, 2006. “Primers: Ian Carr-Harris.” Exhibition brochure essay. Calgary: Stride Gallery, 2006. “Warped: Robyn Foster.” Exhibition brochure essay. Alternator Gallery, 2004. “Poiesis: Marianne Lovink and Sheila Moss.” Review in Canadian Art, Fall 2002, 142. “Judy Cheung: Plastic Moment.” Review in Canadian Art, Winter 2002, 84. George Bures Miller: Simple Experiments in Aerodynamics 6&7(with Wayne Baerwaldt), Toronto: Mercer Union Catalogue, 2001. “Waste Management: Art Gallery of Ontario,” review in FUSE, Vol. 22, No. 4, 2000, 49-50.

Professional Affiliations / Boards / Juries

2006 Jury member, OCADGraduation Medals Jury, Toronto. 2005 Jury member, DX / National Post DesignAwards, Design Exchange, Toronto. 2005 Jury member, Trinity Square Video: Liberte? / E?galite? / Fraternite? themed commission, Toronto. 2003 – present Advisory Council, Prefix Institute ofContemporary Art,Toronto, Ontario. 2002 Board of Directors, Forest City Gallery, London, Ontario. 2001 Jury member, V is for Video / Images Festival Programme, Toronto, Ontario. 2000 – 2001 Board of Directors, Trinity Square Video, Toronto, Ontario. 1998 Jury member, Registered Graphic Designers ofOntario Scholarship.