The Canadian Art Database

Robert McNealy


1985        Master of Fine Art, York University, Downsview, ON.
1963-68   Idaho State University, Idaho, U.S.A.
1961-62   Cornish School of Applied Arts, Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.


The Banff Centre, Banff, AB.
Capilano College, Vancouver, B.C.
Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver, B.C.
York University, Toronto, ON.


2000        QUICK CHANGE (the flood), The Antichamber, Regina, SK.
1998        Solo Dancing, Bau-xi Gallery, Toronto, ON.
1998        Solo Dancing, East End Books, Vancouver, B.C.
1994        Rapids, Gallery Sansair, Vancouver, B.C.
1994        S.L. Simpson Gallery, Toronto, ON.
1992        Micmac/ Avonlea, Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Charlottetown, P.E.I.
1991        Four Rooms (A Home), Gairloch Gallery, Oakville, ON.
1990        S.L. Simpson Gallery, Toronto, ON.
1988        The Garden of the Unsuccessful Politician, Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge, AB.
1988        Robert McNealy, 55 Mercer, New York, U.S.A.
1988        S.L. Simpson Gallery, Toronto, ON.
1987        Embassy Cultural House, London, ON.
1986        Also the Wheel Appeared, Harbourfront, Toronto, ON.
1986        I Cannot Tell, I Will Not Say, S.L. Simpson Gallery, Toronto, ON.
1986        La carte n’est pas le territoire, Obscure, Quebec City, QC.
1986        The Map is Not the Territory, Western Front, Vancouver, B.C.
1985        Peripheral Drift, S.L. Simpson Gallery, Toronto, ON.
1984        La Deuxième Traversée, Optica Gallery, Montreal, QC.
1983        Bengashia Crossing, YYZ Artists’ Outlet, Toronto, ON.
1982        Mercer Mnemonic (Size, Shape and Relativity), Mercer Union, Toronto, ON.
1981        Shift (For Leonard Peltier), Glendon Gallery, Toronto, ON.
1980        Second/ Other, (with Marina Keesen), Jan Van Eyck Academie, Maastricht,
               The Netherlands; Loa Gallery, Gallery A, Amsterdam.
1979        Second/ Other, (with Marina Keesen), YYZ Artists’ Outlet, Toronto, ON.
1979        Kunstlerhaus, Hamburg, Germany.
1978        Hearing, a performance with Christopher Butterfield, A Space Gallery, Toronto, ON.
1978        Disparate, Cinéma Lumière, Toronto, ON.
1977        Equal, A.C.T. Gallery, Toronto, ON.
1976        Precinct, C.E.A.C., Toronto, ON.


1999        Case Studies, Harbourfront, Toronto, ON.
1998        Working Drawings and Finished Works, Bau-xi Gallery, Toronto, ON.
1997        Ghost in the Machine, Charles Scott Gallery, Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design,                        Vancouver, B.C.
1996        The Grass Menagerie, Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, B.C.
1992        Robert Fones, Robert McNealy, and Michael Snow, S.L. Simpson Gallery, Toronto, ON.
1992        Traveling Theory, Jordanian National Gallery, Amman, Jordan. 
               McIntosh Gallery, University of Western Ontario, London, ON.
1992        Salvage Paradigm, Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, B.C.
1991        Okanata, A Space, Toronto, ON.
1991        Material Remains, MacDonald-Stewart Art Centre, Guelph, ON.
1990        Salvage Paradigm, Wynick/ Tuck Gallery, Toronto, ON.
1990        Material Remains, Charles Scott Gallery, Emily Carr College of Art and Design,
               Vancouver, B.C.
1990        Mappings, Office of the Premier, Ontario Legislative Building, Toronto, ON.
1990        S.L. Simpson Gallery: 1980-1990, S.L. Simpson Gallery, Toronto, ON.
1989        A Meeting: An exhibition by Canadian and Dutch artists, Stichting Artichoc
               (Foundation Artichoc), Oss, The Netherlands.
1988        Architettura: Astrazione: Robert McNealy, Bernie Miller, Elspeth Pratt, Sala Uno, Rome,
1987-88   Active Surplus: The Economy of the Object, The Power Plant, Toronto; 49th Parallel, New
1987        Passages, Burlington Cultural Centre, Burlington, ON.
1986        Patio, Lawn, Slope, The Gallery, Scarborough College, University of Toronto, Scarborough,
1985        Fire and Ice, BINZ 39, Galerie Walcheturm, Zurich, Switzerland.
1985        Re:Union, York University, Toronto, ON.
1985        Private Image/ Public Myth, Public Image Gallery, New York, U.S.A.
1984        Vestiges of Empire, Camden Arts Centre, London, England.
1984        Drawing Installation, Saidye Bronfman Centre, Montreal, QC.
1984        New City of Sculpture, Toronto, ON.
1993        Photographic Sources, S.L. Simpson Gallery, Toronto, ON.
1993        Unaffiliated Artists, 515 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON.
1980        Toronto, Alberta College of Art, Calgary, AB.
1980        Sitelines, Optica Gallery, Montreal, QC.
1979        Evans, Poldaas, McNealy at Kunstlerhaus, Kunstlerhaus, Hamburg, West Germany.
1979        Four Painters, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON.
1978        Common Factors, The Art Gallery at Harbourfront, Toronto, ON.
1978        A.C.T. at Optica, Optica Gallery, Montreal, QC.
1978        A.C.T. at Nexus, Nexus Gallery, Montreal, QC.
1977        The Toronto Show, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON.
1977        Nancy Davidson, Robert McNealy, Joy Walker at A.C.T. Gallery, Toronto, ON.
1976        New York-Toronto Attitude, A.C.T. Gallery, Toronto, ON.
1976        Kunsthandel K276, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
1976        Ric Evans, Robert McNealy, Jaan Poldaas at A.C.T. Gallery, A.C.T. Gallery, Toronto, ON.
1972        Canadian Painting and Sculpture, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton, ON.


Alberta Institute of Art and Design, Calgary, AB.
Bishops University, Sherbrooke, QC.
Brock University, St. Catharines, ON.
Concordia University, Montreal, QC.
Confederation Centre for the Arts, Charlottetown, P.E.I.
De Gymnasium Middelburg, The Netherlands.
Emily Carr College of Art and Design, Vancouver, B.C.
Jan Van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, The Netherlands.
McGill University, Montreal, QC.
Queens University, Kingston, ON.
The Banff Centre, Banff, AB.
University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, AB.
University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON.
University of Western Ontario, London, ON.
York University, Toronto, ON.


1997-99  Member, board of directors, Independent Communication Association.
1990        Jury member, Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa, ON.
1988        Jury member, Canada Council for the Arts, Ottawa, ON.
1988        Jury member, Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa, ON.
1987        Jury member, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto, ON.
1986        Jury member, Canada Council for the Arts, Ottawa, ON.
1986        Jury member, Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa, ON.
1985        Jury member, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto, ON.
1984        Consultant to discuss funding changes to individual grants and grants to artist-run spaces
1983        Member of committee to discuss design for the future art gallery at Harbourfront,
               The Power Plant, Toronto, ON.
1980-87   Founding member and first board president, Mercer Union Artists’ Centre, Toronto, ON.
1980        Consultant to discuss design changes to exhibition spaces at the Art Gallery of Ontario.
1976-80   Board member, A.C.T. (Artists’ Co-operative Toronto)

Note: an asterisk (*) following an entry indicates an exhibition catalogue or brochure.

Beks, Marten. Canada in Oss. Kunstbeeld, September 1989.
Bellerby, Greg, and Ingrid Jenkner. Material Remains. Vancouver: Charles H. Scott Gallery; and Macdonald-Stewart Art Centre, Guelph, ON. 1991.*
Bidner, Michael. Conscriptive Poetry at the A.G.O. Artists’ Review, Toronto, 2, no. 9 1979.
Dault, Gary Michael. Robert McNealy and Judith Schwarz. A Meeting: An Exhibition by Canadian
and Dutch Artists. Oss,
The Netherlands: Stichting Artichoc, Foundation Artichoc, 1989.*
Dobson, Zuleika. Vestiges of Empire. London: Camden Arts Centre, 1984.*
Dowding, Martin. Focus: On Robert McNealy. Canadian Art, Toronto, Fall 1990.
Dowding, Martin. Robert McNealy at YYZ. Vanguard, Vancouver, September 1983.
Everett-Green, Robert. Sculpture That Knows Its Place. The Globe and Mail, Toronto 30 August 1986.
Fraser, Ted. Robert McNealy: Micmac/ Avonlea. Charlottetown: Confederation Centre Art Gallery and Museum, 1992.*
Genereux, Linda. Robert McNealy. Artforum, New York, January 1992.
Gould, Trevor. Robert McNealy. C Magazine, Toronto, Winter 1986/87.
Grenville, Bruce. Active Surplus: The Economy of the Object, Toronto: The Power Plant, 1987.*
Hanna, Deirdre. Sculpture Random Signifiers of Life. Now, 21-27 August 1986.
Kuspit, Donald B. Free at Last ­ Toronto Painting and Sculpture. C Magazine, Toronto, Winter 1985.
Linsley, Robert. Architettura: Astrazione: Robert McNealy, Bernie Miller, Elspeth Pratt. Rome: Sala 1, 1988.*
Lypchuk, Donna. Inventory of the Spirit. Metropolis, Toronto, 11 January 1990.
Mays, John Bentley. Art Galleries. Toronto, September 1986.
Mays, John Bentley. Garden documents the disarray of the male dominated world. The Globe and Mail, Toronto, 12 January 1990.
Mays, John Bentley. Installation Reaffirms McNealy’s Strength. The Globe and Mail, Toronto, 20 Mar 1985.
Mays, John Bentley. Robert McNealy at YYZ. The Globe and Mail, Toronto, 8 December 1983.
Mays, John Bentley. Unaffiliated Artists. Vanguard, Vancouver, September 1983.
McGrath, Patrick. Shift (For Leonard Peltier). Vanguard, Vancouver, May 1981.
McNealy, Robert. Complaint. Artists’ Review, Toronto, 2, no. 8. 1979.
McNealy, Robert. Gheerbrant at Isaacs. Artists Review, Toronto, 17 October 1977. 
McNealy, Robert. Traveling Theory. Harbour Magazine of Art and Everyday Life, Fall 1992.
McNealy, Robert. What Happened at Niagara Street. Art Communications Issue. Toronto: C.E.A.C., 1976.
McNealy, Robert. Works by Offset. Artist in Books, 1978.
Nemiroff, Diana. Drawing Installation. Montreal: Saidye Bronfman Centre, 1984.*
Purdy, James. The Globe and Mail, Toronto, 24 January 1979.
Rans, Goldie. The New City of Sculpture. Vanguard, Vancouver, November 1984.
Rhodes, Richard. Mercer Mnemonic. Vanguard (Vancouver, February 1983.
Rhodes, Richard. Robert McNealy. Artforum, New York, 1986.
Sabbath, Lawrence. Multi-Media Exhibition Offering Avant-garde Works From Six Canadian Artists.
The Gazette, Montreal, 17 November 1984.
Sheehan, Nick. New City of Sculpture. Now, Toronto, 23 August 1984.
Skoggard, Ross. Evans, McNealy, Poldaas at A.C.T. Art in America, November-December 1976.
Toronto. Calgary: Alberta College of Art, 1980.*
Wiens, Robert. Syntax, Installation by Robert McNealy. Artists’ Review 2, no. 9. 1979.
Wood, William. Continuum. The Garden of the Unsuccessful Politician. Lethbridge, AB.
Southern Alberta Art Gallery, 1988.*.
Wood, William. No-Place in Particular. C Magazine, Summer 1985.
Wood, William. Robert McNealy. Vanguard, Vancouver, 1986.

Artist’s Bookworks and Collaborations

Linares, Olga. The Ecology and the Arts in Ancient Panama. In Dumbarton Oaks, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Illustrations by Robert McNealy. 1977.
McNealy, Robert. =3. Toronto: Bookworks, 1979.
McNealy, Robert, and Mari-Lou Rowley. Boreal Surreal. Toronto: Coach House Books, Toronto, 1998.
McNealy, Robert, Jaan Poldaas & Michael Balfe. Memorial Monograph for Heather MacDonald.
Toronto, 1977.
Potts, Charles. Lost River Mountain. Yakama, Washington: Blue Begonia Press.
Cover art and division page photographs by Robert McNealy. 1999.
Potts, Charles. Nature Lovers. Ann Arbour, Michigan: Pleasure Boat Studios, Cover art and division pages by Robert McNealy. 2000.
Potts, Charles, ed. Pacific Northwestern Spiritual Poetry. Walla Walla, Washington: Tsunami Inc.,
Cover art by Robert McNealy. 1998.
Potts, Charles, and Robert McNealy. The Opium Must Go Through. Litmus 1976.


               Samuel Sarrick Award, York University, Toronto, ON.
1996        Arts Council of British Columbia Award
1995        Arts Council of British Columbia Award
1994        Ontario Arts Council Grant
1993        Ontario Arts Council Grant
1992        Ontario Arts Council Grant
1992        Toronto Arts Council Grant
1991        Ontario Arts Council Grant
1991        Toronto Arts Council Grant
1990        Ontario Arts Council Grant
1989        Ontario Arts Council Grant
1988        Ontario Arts Council Grant
1987        Canada Council Arts Grant “A”
1986        Ontario Arts Council Grant
1986        Canada Council Award to Artists
1985        Canada Council Arts Grant “B”
1984        Canada Council Arts Grant “B”
1983        Canada Council Arts Grant “B”
1982        Ontario Arts Council Grant
1981        Ontario Arts Council Grant
1980        Ontario Arts Council Grant
1979        Canada Council Arts Grant “B”
1978        Ontario Arts Council Grant
1978        Canada Council Award to Artists
1977        Canada Council Award to Artists
1974        Canada Council Award to Artists


Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON.
Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa, ON.
Jan Van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, The Netherlands.
Lantic Sugar, Toronto, ON.
Municipal Van Reekumgallery of Modern Art, Apeldoorn, The Netherlands.
Prudential Life Insurance Company of America.
York University, Toronto, ON.
Princeton University, Museum of Fine Art, Princeton, New Jersey, U.S.A.
Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.
Private collections in Canada, the United States and Europe