The Canadian Art Database
 

   
Virginia MacDonnell Eichhorn
vme@bellnet.ca

EDUCATION

University of TorontoGraduate Courses (Art History)
Museum Studies Independent Study Programme
Queen's UniversityB.A. Honours (Art History Major)

CURATOR

Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery, Waterloo, ON August 2004

BOARD MEMBER

2005        Association for Native Development in the Performing and Visual Arts (ANDPVA)
2004        Visual Arts Ontario, Toronto, ON
2004 2006        Chair, Contemporary Art Forum, Kitchener, ON
2003 2005        Chair, Public Art Working Group, City of Kitchener, ON
2003 2004        Homer Watson Gallery, Kitchener, ON
2002 2003        Public Art Working Group, City of Kitchener, ON
2002 2006        Arts & Culture Advisory Committee, City of Kitchener, ON
                       Advisory Council& Exhibitions Advisory Committee, Holiday House Children’s Museum, TOR.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP

Aboriginal Curatorial Collective 2005

INDEPENDENT CURATOR

Oct Nov 2006
Frances Ferdinands & Rob Waldeck University of Waterloo Art Gallery

April 8th to May 15th, 2005 
Salvation: Colm MacCool & Peter McFarlane Art Gallery of Peteroborough, ON

May June 2006
Story Girls II: Aganetha Dyck, Michele KarchAckerman, Vessna Perunovich,
Tina Poplawski Cambridge Art Galleries, Queens Square, Cambridge, ON

March 2005,
Unlimited Potential: Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour 80th Anniversary,
Homer Watson Gallery, Kitchener, ON

Nov. 4th to January 13th, 2006
Consecrated Medicine: Jane Ash Poitras Thunder Bay Art Gallery, ON

June 18th to Sept. 12th, 2004
Mud Vision: Joan O’Doherty Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery

June 2004
Travelling Light Curator for Artist Residency/exhibition Pouch Cove, NFLD

April 10th to May 23rd, 2004
Brush Work: Paul Walde at Thunder Bay Art Gallery, ON

May 9th to June 27th, 2004
Cradle: Vessna Perunovich KitchenerWaterloo Art Gallery, ON

April 22nd to June 20th,
2004 Salvation: Colm MacCool & Peter McFarlane Robert McLaughlin Art Gallery, Oshawa, ON

January to February, 2004
VIVID: Karen Azouley, Jordon Broadworth, Angela Leach, Scott Silverthorn,
Julie Voyce University of Waterloo Art Gallery, Cocurated w. Carol Podedworny

December 4th to December 31st, 2003
Safe: What Works Walper Terrace Hotel Gallery, Kitchener, ON

November 14th, 2003 to January 14th, 2004
Mud Vision: Joan O’Doherty at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery, ON

November 2003 to January 2004
Salvation: Colm MacCool & Peter McFarlane at the MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, ON

September 6th to October 4th, 2003
Motherlode: Nicole Collins, Janieta Eyre, Rae Johnson,
Lyla Rye Cocurated with Gretchen Sankey at Women’s Art Resource Centre, Toronto, ON

August to September, 2003
(W)hole: Vessna Perunovich, XII International Biennial of Art,
Vila Nova de Cerveira, Portugal

March 20th to April 16th, 2003
The Story Girls: Michele KarchAckerman & Tina Poplawski, DeLeon White Gallery, Toronto, ON

September 12th to October 19th, 2002
The Watchers: Peter von Tiesenhausen, DeLeon White Gallery, Toronto, ON

July 6th to September 30th, 2002
One Touch of Nature (group show) Stratford, ON

June 20th to July 7th , 2002
Jonathan Dunkelman, ZYPR Gallery, Toronto, ON

February 7th to March 2nd, 2002
In the Rough: New Work by Yechel Gagnon and Paul Walde at Fran Hill Gallery, Toronto, ON

January 17th February 23rd, 2002
SOUVENIERS: Featuring work by Joseph Lammirato, Colm MacCool & Brian Flynn
at DeLeon White Gallery Toronto, ON

September 13th until November 10th, 2001
Aganetha Dyck:
Interspecies Communication Attempt at DeLeon White Gallery Toronto, ON

October 1999
Ritual, Rhythmn and Repeated Action held at the Propellor Centre for Visual Arts, Toronto, ON

COMMERCIAL GALLERY EXPERIENCE

V. MacDONNELL FINE ART: since June 1990 Services include: appraisals; collection research; curatorial services; collection management; exhibit design; conservation/restoration evaluation; artist/client liaison;
insurance recommendations.

Artists whom I have been dealing with include but are not necessarily limited to:
John Abrams Carolos Aguirres Claude Breeze/C. Herbert
Monica Biagioli Ann Beam Kate Brown Brian Burnett
Catherine Carmichael Jonathan Dunkelman Aganetha Dyck Elizabeth Fearon Frances
Ferdinands Yechel Gagnon Sybil Goldstein David Gordon
Sandra Gregson Clint Griffin Scott Griffin Gyula Kalko
Marie Lannoo Ian Lazarus Colm MacCool Marion Manning
Peter McFarlane Larry Middlestadt Joan O’Doherty Agata Ostrowska
Vessna Perunovich Tina Poplawski Carolyn Riddell Leonid Rozenberg ryanbarrett Gretchen Sankey
Scott Silverthorn Adrienne Trent Pearl Van Geest Paul Walde Ilona Zaremba
V. MacDONNELL GALLERY : June 1999 July 2001 As proprietor and Director of this Gallery 1
represented 13 artists fulltime including Claude Breeze, Vessna Perunovich and Gretchen Sankey.
I also exhibited the work of another dozen including John Abrams, Clint Griffin and Scott Griffin.
455 KING ST. WEST, TORONTO: March 1995 to June 1999 I curated and acted as exhibit coordinator
for solo and group exhibitions in a 6,000 sq. ft. space, featuring:
Carlos AGUIRRE Carl BEAM Ann Marie BENETEAU
Napoleon BROUSSEAU Doug BUIS Daniel CORBEIL
Monique CREPAULT Lorraine GILBERT Hans KALLIWODA
Kevin KELLY Akira KOMOTO Jiri LADOCHA
Gordon LAIRD Ian LAZARUS Colm MACCOOL
Peter MCFARLANE Janet MORTON NILSUDO
Nadine NORMAN Lyndal OSBORNE Stephen Scott PATTERSON
Iris PAABO Mireille PLAMANDON Clarrissa SCHMIDTINGLIS
Alan SONFIST Arnold SHIVES Yasufumi TAKAHASHI
Pearl VAN GEEST Paul WALDE Lorne WAGMAN
Peter VON TIESENHAUSEN
S.L. SIMPSON GALLERY: Gallery Administrator/Archivist
August 1991 April 1992

CULTURAL PROPERTY & INSURANCE APPRAISALS: (selected public institution clients)

Art Dealers’Assocation of Canada Art Gallery of Ontario Art Gallery of Windsor
Canadian Heart & Stroke Foundation City of Mississauga City of Windsor
Hospital for Sick Children (Toronto) MacDonald Stewart Art Centre MacLaren Art Centre
Mendel Art Gallery Musée régional de Rimouski National Gallery of Canada
Royal Ontario Museum Tom Thomson Memorial Gallery University of Toronto
University of Waterloo University of Windsor Winberg Foundation
As well as many private and corporate clients.

PRIVATE CURATORIAL EXPERIENCE

June 1990 February 1991

PUBLIC GALLERY EXPERIENCE

JOHN B. AIRD GALLERY: Director
April 1991 October 1991
Royal Ontario Museum: Exhibit Coordinator

August 1989 May 1990
Assistant to Associate Director, Exhibits and Galleries

December 1988 May 1990
Project Assistant, Exhibit Design Services

April 1988 December 1988
Agnes Etherington Art Gallery

1982 1986, Docent
Research Assistant on the "Agnes Goes to School" project
Security/Reception

ART EXHIBITION JUROR

May 2004 Art Gallery of Grimsby Annual Juried Exhibition
May 2004 AGOG AGOG is a visual and media arts network that connects the Guelph community through a month long celebration.
February 2000 Collision a group show held at Gallery 1313 through the Parkdale Village Artists Collective, Toronto, ON
October 1996 4th Annual Toronto Indoor Art Show held at Metro Hall, Toronto, ON
October 1994 2nd Annual Toronto Indoor Art Show held at BCE Place, Toronto, ON
December 1993 Del Bello Gallery International Miniature Art Exhibition for Painting
Del Bello Gallery, Toronto, ON

GOVERNMENT EXPERT

October 16th, 2000 Called as an expert in the field of visual arts by the Ontario Liberal Party to act as a witness during the hearings for the proposed changes to the McMichael Canadian Collection bill.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

Women’s Art Resource Centre ; Ontario Association of Art Galleries; Visual Arts Ontario

PROFESSIONAL SEMINARS

Ontario Association of Art Galleries September 1998 “Cultural Property Donations & Fair Market Value Appraisals”
Ontario Association of Art Galleries January 1997 “Marketing & FundRaising for Galleries & Museums”

INVITED SPEAKER

March 2004 Sheridan College, Oakville, ON “Everything You Wanted to Know about Curators but was afraid to ask”
May 2003 Ontario Society of Painters in Watercolour, Toronto,ON “Successful Artists”
November 2002 Visual Arts Ontario, Toronto, ON "The Artist as a Professional"
April 2002 Women’s Art Resource Centre, Toronto, ON “Presenting your work to an Art Gallery”
March 2002 Women’s Art Resource Centre, Toronto, ON “Portfolio Critique”
January 2001 Toronto School of Art, Toronto, ON “Approaching an Art Gallery as a Professional”
October 1999 University of Toronto, ON “Starting an Art Gallery” Fine Arts Student
Union Academic Seminar
January 1998 Georgian College, Barrie, ON “The Art Market” panelist with Tim Zuck and Walter Klepac

TELEVISION & RADIO INTERVIEWS

CKLN “About Town” The John B. Aird Gallery 1991
CIUT The Late Harvest Festival of Creative Culture Feb. 1993
Studio Two DeLeon White Gallery Oct. 1995
CBC News DeLeon White Gallery Dec. 1995
CJRT “On the Arts” Doug Buis and Arnold Shives Jan. 1996
CBC News Myth and Reality Feb. 1996
CITY TV Myth and Reality Feb. 1996
CIUT Myth and Reality Feb. 1996
Toronto Living Ian Lazarus and Alan Sonfist Jan. 1998
“Elemental” Adrienne Clarkson Presents Re: Peter von Tiesenhausen 1998
Toronto Living The V. MacDonnell Gallery Oct. 1999
Toronto Living Souveniers: Colm MacCool, Brian Flynn, Joseph Lammirato Jan. 2002

FREELANCE WRITING

ARTIST BROCHURES & CATALOGUES
March 2004 Mutable History: Ione Thorkelsson (Catalogue: Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery)
April 2004 Vessna Perunovich (Catalogue)
April 2004 Salvation: Colm MacCool & Peter McFarlane (Catalogue: Art Gallery of Peterborough; MacLaren Art Centre: Robert McLaughlin Art Gallery)
January to February, 2004 VIVID: Karen Azouley, Jordon Broadworth, Angela Leach, Scott Silverthorn, Julie Voyce University of Waterloo Art Gallery, Cocurated w. Carol Podedworny
October 2003 Leave Taking: Floyd Elzinga (Catalogue: Art Gallery of Grimsby)
September 2003 Motherlode (Brochure: Women’s Art Resource Centre, Toronto)
May 2003 Profound Evocations of the Sublime: The Paintings of Joan O’Doherty (Catalogue: Travelling exhibition Thunder Bay, Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery, Clarington Art Centre)
Spring 2003 Genius Locii: The Spirit Within 10th Anniversary Catalogue Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery
Spring 2003 Reverence: The Concept of the Sacred in Contemporary Art (Catalogue: Art Gallery of Hamilton)
Spring 2003 Blind Man’s Bluff: Andrew Wright (Brochure: PEAK Gallery, Toronto)
Spring 2003 Michele KarchAckerman: The Lost Boys (Catalogue: Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery)
April 2003 Robert Waldeck at Robert Langen Gallery (Brochure: Robert Langen Gallery, Kitchener)
Spring 2002 Yechel Gagnon (Catalogue 2nd essay by John Grande)
Winter 2002 Leonid Rozenberg: Assemblies (Catalogue)
Winter 2002 Leonid Rozenberg: Photography (Catalogue)
Winter 2002 Leonid Rozenberg: Fairygrams (Catalogue)
Fall 2001 Aganetha Dyck: Inter Species Communication Attempt (Brochure)
February 2000 Collision (Catalogue)
March 1999 Debbie O’Rourke: Naturally (Catalogue) ASPACE Gallery exhibition
Winter 1995 Catalogue: WHAT LIES BENEATH (Group Show, John B. Aird Gallery)
Winter 1994 Catalogue: LIBBY HAGUE: IT ISN’T ENOUGH TO BE FAST
Summer 1994 Catalogue: THE WORK OF ELIZABETH SIEGFRIED

ARTFOCUS MAGAZINE
Summer 2002 “Yes Yoko Ono at the AGO”
Summer 1999 “Elizabeth Fearon and Elizabeth Siegfried”
Winter/Spring 1999 “Created in Our Own Image”
Summer 1998 “The Toronto Scene Seen: Four Toronto Shows”
January 1998 “Keith Haring and General Idea at the AGO”
Summer 1997 “Metamorphs” (Gail Bourgeois & Janietta Eyre)
Spring 1997 “The CelebrationZone” (The Chromazone Collective)
Winter 1997 “Fragments of Utopia: The Work of NilsUdo”
Summer 1996 “The Next Round” (Koffler Gallery: Wild Life Exhibit)
Spring 1996 “Outsider Art is In” (American Trip; Mendelson Joe; Zorban)
Winter 1995 “Alternative Art”
Spring 1995 “Three Toronto Exhibits”
Winter 1994 “Alternative Spaces”
Spring 1994 “Peter Beckett”
Summer 1994 “An Audience for Michael Snow”

ARTICHOKE MAGAZINE
Summer 2004 “Ceramic Work of Carl, Ann and Anong Beam”
Spring 2004 “De Luxe at Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery”
Spring 2004 “Lyle Rye”
Autumn 2003 "Lost and Found: Michele KarchAckerman"
Spring 2003 "Arounna Khounnoraj: Brine at Cambridge Galleries, Preston"

ART INDIA
Winter 2003 “Embodied Ideals: Frances Ferdinands

BLOOD & APHORISMS
Fall 2000 10TH Anniversary Special Issue “Toronto Art History: My Version” other invited authors include Margaret Atwood, Tony Burgess, Andrew Pyper and Katherine Bush

BORDERCROSSINGS
Spring 2004 “Ione Thorkelsson at Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery”
Autumn 2003 “Vessna Perunovich at Third Avenue Gallery”

CANADIAN ART
Summer 2004 “Nicole Collins at Wynick Tuck”
Autumn 2003 “Andrew Harwood at Paul Petro”
Summer 2003 "Lyla Rye at Cambridge Gallery"
Autumn 2002 “Yechel Gagnon: New Work at ZYPR Gallery”

DA: PRINTMAKER’S JOURNAL
December 1998 “Seeing Women as They Are”

ESPACE SCULPTURE MAGAZINE
Autumn 2004 “Ice Follies” at WPK Kennedy Gallery, North Bay, ON
Summer 2004 “Diane Maclean at MacDonald Stewart Art Centre”
Spring 2004 “J. Lynn Campbell at Visual Arts Centre of Clarington”
Winter 2003 “Aidan Urquhart: Locked Knowledge” University of Waterloo Art Gallery
Summer 2003 “Lyndal Osborne at Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery”
Spring 2003 "Contemporary Art Forum at Kitchener, ON"
December 2002 “Reverence: Concepts of the Sacred” Art Gallery of Hamilton
Autumn 2002 “Adrienne Trent: Chaos Controlled” DeLeon White Gallery
Summer 2002 “Michele KarschAckerman at Grimsby Art Gallery”
Spring 2002 “Scott Eunason at SPIN Gallery”
December 2001 “The Sculpture of Ryan Barrett” West Wing/Downtown Toronto
Summer 2001 “Collective Unconscious Project 2” Queen’s Quay, Toronto
Winter 200020001 “Toronto: A Public Art Project”
Winter 2000 “Added History: Betty Goodwin” Art Gallery of Ontario
Spring 1999 “Spirited Away: At A SPACE GALLERY”
September 1998 “Noli me Tangere: The Displacements Exhibition” Art Gallery of Ontario
June 1998 “Catherine Widgery at the Royal Ontario Museum”
March 1998 “The Power of Transformation: Work by Debbie O’Rourke” A Space
Sept. 1997 “SubUrban: A Model Community” (Rene Price)

FEMINIST QUALITATIVE RESEARCH
December 2000 Annual Index and Book Reviews Vol. 28, Nos.1&2
(Published by the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education and the University of Toronto) “Mapping T.H.E. (Un)Familiar”

KENSINGTON DRUM NEWSPAPER
Visual Arts Editor & Writer from April 1993 to June 1995 (circulation approx. 50,000)

LATE HARVEST JOURNAL OF CREATIVE CULTURE
Fall 1994 “Acting Up” (Performance Art)
Summer 1994 “What’s That You’re Drinking?”
Spring 1994 “Gourmet Artists” (Interview with chefs from Royal York Hotel)
Winter 1993 “A City of Snow” (Interview with Michael Snow)

MATRIART MAGAZINE
Upcoming “Forgetting to Remember: Ann Beam, Sandra Gregson & Tina Poplawski”
Fall 1998 (Special Double Issue) “POWERIMAGES: Work by Eliza Griffiths and Nora Naranjo Morse”
Fall 1998 (Special Double Issue) “Aganetha Dyck: Interview”
Summer 1997 “A wall is a wall….” (Gretchen Sankey & Lori Anderson)
Summer 1996 Martiart Magazine “Do Not Talk of It: The Clinic”(The Symbiosis Collective)

THE (KITCHENER) RECORD
May 23rd, 2003 We Must Protect Our Children

TODAY’S PARENT MAGAZINE
September 1995 “Time is on our Side”

VIE DES ARTS
Spring 1999 “Toronto: All Around the Town”
Winter 1999 “Toronto Rewind”

LANGUAGES

Reading knowledge of French, Italian and German.

STUDENT GOVERNMENT (Queen’s University)
Divisional Council Representative (Fine Arts) 19851986
Voting Representative for the Fine Arts Division
(Art, Film Studies, Drama and Music Departments) on the Arts and Science Undergraduate Society.
CoChairperson Departmental Student Council (Art Department) 19851986
Departmental Student Council Representative:
Baroque Art and Architecture 19821983
Gothic Sculpture 1984
Romanticism to Realism 1985