Mary MacDonald is an artist, critic, and independent curator currently residing in St. John’s, NL. Mary graduated from Mount Allison University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2006 and continued her practical education through Zwicker’s Gallery (Halifax) and the Owens Art Gallery (Sackville). In 2012, she completed her MFA in Criticism & Curatorial Practice at OCAD University and an internship at C Magazine (Toronto). In 2012, Mary organized the W(here) Festival, a performative exploration of artistic practices in rural Pictou County, NS. From 2012-2015 Mary was the Director of Eastern Edge Gallery, an artist-run centre in St. John’s NL, leading over a hundred events, exhibitions, workshops, and summer festivals with local, national and international artists as well as an international video art series entitled Wade In. Mary is also an active member of the Atlantic Canadian arts community encouraging critical discussion about contemporary art both here, away, and in-between on committees, panel discussions, and social media.
Mary specializes in temporary and ephemeral exhibition structures and collaboration. Her research interests include artists working within rural communities and contexts, interdisciplinary approaches to curating, and alternative locations for contemporary art.
Mary MacDonald CV 2016