Jillian McDonald is a Canadian artist living in Brooklyn and Troy, NY

Exhibitions include Undercurrent and FiveMyles in Brooklyn, The Art Gallery of Regina in Saskatchewan,Esker Foundation in Calgary, and AxeNéo7 in Québec.A CBC IDEAS documentary profiles her videos, which were also reviewed inThe New York TimesandCanadian Art. Critical discussion appears inThe Transatlantic Zombieby Sarah Lauro. Awards include grants from The New York Foundation for the Arts and The Canada Council for the Arts, and residencies including the Headlands Center for the Arts in California, the Glenfiddich Canadian Art Prize in Scotland, and The Arctic Circle in Svalbard.

jillian mcdonald


*Full CV available upon request.


MFA, Hunter College, New York, Combined Media
BFA, University of Manitoba School of Art, Canada, Drawing 

Selected Solo Exhibitions + Performance

Rush, ODD Gallery, Dawson City, Yukon, Canada, 2019
The Rock and the True Believers, Philip J. Steele Gallery, Denver, CO, 2019
Home Sweet (Psycho) Home, Big&Small/Casual, Brooklyn, NY, 2019
Something Wicked This Way Comes, Platform Gallery, Winnipeg, Canada, 2018
Jillian McDonald, AxeNéo7, Québec, Canada, 2017
Valley of the Deer, Centre Clark, Montréal, Quebec, 2015
Valley of the Deer, Atkinson Gallery, Santa Barbara City College, Santa Barbara, CA, 2015
Valley of the Deer, Squeaky Wheel, Buffalo, NY, 2015
Valley of the Deer, University of Waterloo Art Gallery, Waterloo, Canada, 2015
The Thaw, Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, Brandon, Canada, 2015
Valley of the Deer, Air Circulation Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, 2014
Valley of the Deer, La Bande Vidéeo Gallery, Québec City, Canada, 2014
Something Wicked This Way Comes, New Media Artspace at Baruch College, 2014
Valley of the Deer, Esker Foundation Gallery, curated by Naomi Potter, Calgary, Canada, 2013
Valley of the Deer, Kenderdine Gallery, curated by Kent Archer, Saskatoon, Canada, 2013
RedRum, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo, NY, 2012
Zombies! Korn Gallery, Drew University, Madison, NJ, 2010
RedRum, Gallery One One One, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada, 2010
Alone Together in the Dark, Arizona State University Museum, Tempe, AZ, 2009
performance. Undead in the Night, Lilith Performance Studio, Malmö, Sweden, 2009
Monstrosities, Rosenthal Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 2009
Shivers, Bronx River Arts Center, New York, NY, 2009
Fanatic, 1708 Gallery, Richmond, VA, 2008
Horror Stories, ThreeWalls, Chicago, IL, 2008
performance. Zombies in Condoland, Nuit Blanche Toronto, Toronto, Canada, 2008
Jillian McDonald, La Sala Naranja, Valencia, Spain, 2008
Waking the Dead, Moti Hasson Gallery, New York, NY, 2007
Me and Billy Bob, San Francisco Art Commission Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 2007
Zombie Loop, ArtMoving Projects, Brooklyn, NY, 2007
Zombie Lands, Soap Factory, Minneapolis, MN, 2007
Me and Billy Bob, Jack the Pelican Presents, Brooklyn, NY, 2006
Horror Makeup, ArtMoving Projects (project space), Brooklyn, NY, 2006
To Vincent With Love, YYZ Gallery, Toronto, Canada, 2005
Screen Kiss, Neutral Ground Gallery, Regina, Canada, 2005
The Starlight Lounge, Edge Media, St John's, Canada, 2004
The Starlight Lounge, Video Pool, Winnipeg, Canada, 2004
To Vincent with Love, vertexList Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, 2004

Selected Group Exhibitions + Screenings

Hauntings, 3-person show, FiveMyles, Brooklyn, NY, 2020
Salon, 3-person show, C-Flickering, Setauket, NY, 2019
The Art of Meditation, Islip Art Museum, Islip, NY, 2018  
Love and Longing,  Root Division, San Francisco, CA, 2017
Up All Night, LUMP Projects, Raleigh, NC, 2017
Alienation,  ID:I Galleri, Stockholm, Sweden, 2017
L'Amour Fou,  New Media Gallery at Anvil Centre, New Westminster, Canada, 2015
From Remake to Restage,  Matucana 100, Santiago, Chile, 2016
Oblique Strategies, Peter Fingesten Gallery, New York, NY, 2014
Frame and Frequency, Plecto Gallery, Medellín, Colombia, 2014
On the Precipice, 8 venues in the UK through ISIS Arts, 2013
Modern Monster, Queens Nails Gallery, San Francisco, CA 2013
No Dull Affairs, Onsite at OCADU, Toronto, Canada, 2013 
Electric Speed,  Surrey Art Gallery, BC, Canada, 2012
My Sweet, Sweet, Dalton Gallery, Agnes Scott College, Decatur, GA, 2011
Terminal Jest, Delaware Community College Gallery, Media, PA, 2011
Cine de barrio/Home Cinema, Maracaibo, Venezuela, 2010
Plastic Summer, 601 Artspace, New York, NY, 2010
International Biennial of Contemporary Art, Mérida, Venezuela, 2010
Soft & Hard, Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles, CA, 2010
Big Screen Project, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York, NY, 2010
Passwords, Centro Cultural Montehermoso, Vitoria, Spain, 2009
Last Day of Magic, ScalaMata Gallery, Venice, Italy, 2009
Shapeshifter, Issue Project Room, New York, NY, 2009
Young Romance, Cambridge Galleries, Cambridge, Ontario, Canada, 2009
Recycling, Sampling, Jamming, Akademie der Kunste, Berlin, Germany, 2009
The F-Word, The Western Front, Vancouver, Canada, 2008
My Own Private Reality, Growing Up Online..., Edith Russ Site for Media Art, Oldenburg, Germany, 2007
Facades, Krannert Museum, IL, 2007
Video Killed Painting, Yoshiko Matsumoto Gallery, The Netherlands, 2007
Animal Series, MMoCA, curated by Jane Simon, Madison, WI, 2006
Celebrity, Sixty Seven Gallery, New York, NY, 2006
Internationale Biennial of Québec City, Québec, Canada, 2005
New Data, Harvestworks, New York, NY, 2005
Sundance Film Festival, Park City, UT, 2005

Awards + Residencies

Grant, Canada Council for the Arts, Explore and Create, Canada, 2020
Residency, Arts Center, LMCC, Governors Island, NY, 2019
Residency, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY, 2018
Residency, Arctic Circle Residency, Svalbard, Norway, 2017
Residency, Process Space, LMCC, Governors Island, NY, 2016 
Residency, Klondike Institute of Arts & Culture, Dawson City, Yukon Territory, Canada, 2016
Grant, King Family Bursary, Georgian Bay Land Trust, Canada, 2015
Residency, Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, Brandon, Canada, 2015
Residency, Signal Culture, Owego, NY, 2014
Grant, New York State Council on the Arts, Media Arts Distribution, New York, NY, 2013
Commission, Turbulence.org, 2012
Residency, Glenfiddich, Dufftown, Scotland, 2012 
Grant, Canada Council for the Arts, Film and Video Production, Canada
Residency, Lilith Performance Studio, Sweden 
Residency, Arizona State University Art Museum, AZ 
Grant, New York Foundation for the Arts, Video and Film, New York, NY, 2008
Residency, The Headlands Center for the Arts, CA, 2008
Residency, La Chambre Blanche, Québec City, Canada, 2008
Residency, World Views Studio Program, LMCCl, New York, NY, 2006-2007
Residency, The Western Front, Vancouver, Canada, 2006
Grant, Canada Council for the Arts, New Media Production, Canada, 2005
Residency, Harvestworks, New York, NY, 2003 


Hauntings at FiveMyles, by Elizabeth Johnson, Deliciousline.org, Apr 22, 2020
A View from the Easel, by Elisa Wouk Almino,  Hyperallergic,  Apr 24, 2020
Ode to a Friend Living in the Embrace of Paradox by Letch Kinloch, exhibition essay, 2018
Human Nature, by Rose Ekins, Canadian Art, December 6, 2017
The Transatlantic Zombie, by Sarah Juliet Lauro, Rutgers University Press, 2015
Brad Pitt as Art Muse by Sarah Lauro, Deconstructing Brad Pitt, ed. Christopher Schaberg, Bloomsbury Press, 2014  
Valley of the Deer - CBC, IDEAS feature length radio documentary by Paul Kennedy, Jan 25, 2013
Jillian McDonald on Highland Noir by David Balzer, Canadian Art, 2013 July 15 2012  
Jillian Mcdonald  by Cedar Park Singers, Vague Terrain  magazine, 2012
Horror Film Artist Jillian Mcdonald Talks Being Named Glenfiddich Artist-in-Residence, by Rachel Phan,
The National Post, Canada, June 25, 2012
Better Off Dead, by Sarah Juliet Lauro, Fordham Press, 2011
The Horror, The Horror: Jillian Mcdonald  by Robert Enright, Border Crossings, Canada, December, 2010
Zombier, Skräckministeriet, by Ulrik Petersson, SVT TV, Sweden, Oct 1, 2009
Brooklyn DIY, documentary film by Marcin Ramocki, 2009
Jillian McDonald, by Virginia Spivey, Art Papers, May/June, pp 72-73, 2008  
Nuit Blanche: The Great White Trope, by Gabrielle Moser, Canadian Art, Oct 2008
Dead Sexy, by Molly Simms, Bust Magazine, Oct/Nov 2008
Nuit of the Living Dead by Marlene Arpe, The Toronto Star, Oct 4, 2008
Virtuelle Liebe,  Kulturzeit,  by Stephan Mueller, Channel ZDF/3Sat, Germany, Feb 14, 2007
Watch the Doors and Mind the Zombies, by Carol Kino, The New York Times, July 30, 2006  
Stalking by Bran Nicol, Reaktion Books, pp 71 - 72, 2006é
The Silly,the Erotic and the Adorable by Benjamin Genocchio, The New York Times, Nov 12, 2006
Jillian Mcdonald's Celebrity Relations, by Sylve Fortin, Art Papers, Sept/Oct, 2005
The Big Picture, by RM Vaughan, The National Post, Aug 13, 2005
She's Soaking in the Art of Obsession  by Peter Goddard, The Toronto Star, Mar 5, 2005
Me and Billy Bob  by Johnny Dee, The Guardian, Aug 21, 2004
A Last Look at Web Destinations, by Pamela LiCalzi O'Connell, The New York Times, Aug 12, 2004 
Market Share, by Karen Rosenberg, The Village Voice, Aug 22, 2004
Me and Billy Bob, by Pamela LiCalzi O'Connell, The New York Times, July 3, 2003

Artist Talks + Panels

lecture, Art and Process Speaker Series, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, New York, NY, 2020
panel, Arctic Art, ASLE Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment, University of 
California, Davis, 2019
panel, Art North, UAAC University Art Association of Canada, Québec City, Canada, 2019
lecture, Stonybrook University, Stonybrook, NY, 2019
lecture, Platform Centre for Digital and Photographic Arts, Winnipeg, Canada, 2018
lecture, New Jersey City University, NJ, 2017
lecture, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada, 2017
lecture, Klondike Institute of Art and Culture, Dawson City, Canada, 2016
lecture, SUNY, Old Westbury, NY, 2016
lecture, University of Waterloo, Montréal, Canada, 2015
lecture, Concordia University, Montréal, Canada, 2015
lecture, Clark Plaza Gallery, Montréal, Canada, 2015
lecture, Atkinson Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA, 2015
lecture, Baruch College, New York, NY, 2014
lecture, Alone Together in the Dark Nordic Summer Institute, Sauðárkrókur, Iceland, 2014
lecture, Esker Foundation, Calgary, Canada, 2013
lecture, Kenderdine Gallery, Saskatoon, Canada, 2013
lecture, Ontario College of Art and Design University, Toronto, Canada, 2013
lecture, Oxbow, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Saugatuck, MI, 2011
lecture, Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary, Canada, 2010
lecture, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada, 2010
lecture, Parsons School of Design, New York, NY, 2010
lecture, The School of Visual Arts, New York, NY, 2010
panel, Aesthetics, Universidad de los Andes, Mérida, Venezuela, 2010
lecture, Drew University, NJ, 2010
keynote lecture, What has Changed?, Performance Creation Canada, Toronto, Canada, 2009
lecture, Lilith Performance Studio, Malmö, Sweden, 2009
lecture, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, 2009
lecture, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 2008
lecture, University of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, 2006
lecture, Headlands Center for the Arts, Marin County, CA, 2008
panel, Video Art, Artists Talk On Art, New York, NY, 2008
lecture, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, Canada, 2008
panel, Obsolescence and the Culture of Human Invention, NSCAD, Halifax, Canada, 2008
lecture, Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, PA, 2008
lecture, Neuberger Museum at Purchase College, Rye, NY, 2007
lecture, The Upgrade! New York at Eyebeam, New York, NY, 2007
lecture, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD, 2007
lecture, The University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, 2007
lecture, The National Centre for Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia, 2007
lecture, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, 2006
lecture, Hunter College, New York, NY, 2006
lecture, Austin Peay University, Clarksville, TN, 2006
lecture, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, Canada 2006
panel, Audiences and Economies, Performance Perimeters, Regina, Canada, 2005
lecture, Video Pool, Winnipeg, Canada, 2004
lecture, Edge Media, St. John's, Canada, 2004
lecture, Sheridan College, Oakville, Canada, 2004
lecture, University of North Carolina at Asheville, NC, 2003