1989-1991 Masters of Fine Arts, Printmaking/Installation
University of British Columbia, Vancouver
1982-1983 Education Certificate, Art Major
University of Manitoba, Winnipeg
1975-1979 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Drawing/Printmaking Major
University of Manitoba School of Arts, Winnipeg
Patrick Mahon works as an artist, writer and teacher/academic; he came to Western in 1995. His work as a visual artist includes print-based projects that engage with historical and contemporary aspects of printmaking, and involves responding to gallery and museum collections and establishing community-based art initiatives. Mahon’s artwork has been exhibited widely, both nationally and internationally, including, in Canada, at Museum London, The Art Gallery of Hamilton, the Southern Alberta Art Gallery and Kamloops Art Gallery, and, in China, at the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in Chongqing in 2005. As a writer and curator, Patrick Mahon publishes and produces exhibitions related to print culture, post-colonialism, and aesthetics. Several of Mahon’s curatorial projects have traveled nationally in Canada, accompanied by exhibition catalogues. The SSHRC-funded collaborative artist’s project, Art and Cold Cash, which involved Mahon and other artists from southern Canada and from Baker Lake, Nunavut, was produced between 2004 and 2007; a book published by YYZ was released in 2010. Patrick Mahon was in residence for three months at the International Studio and Curatorial Program in New York in 2007, and at La Maison Patrimoniale de Barthète, in Boussan (Toulouse), in 2011. Mahon’s new SSHRC Research/Creation Project, Immersion Emergencies and Possible Worlds, began in Spring 2011.
2009-11 Barroco Nova, curated by Patrick Mahon and Susan Edelstein, Artlab; McIntosh Gallery; Museum London (Exhibition catalogue released, May 2012)
2011-14 Immersion Emergencies and Possible Worlds: Contemporary Art, Religion, and Water as Culture and Resource (proposed mullti-disciplinary project) (see www.immersion-emergencies.ca)
2012 Water and Tower, Katzman Kamen Gallery, Toronto, Ontario.
2011 Chateau d’Eau, La Maison Patrimoniale de Barthète, Boussan (Toulouse),
France, Curated by Suzanne and Claude Légé - International (brochure)
2010 Baker Lake House, Leo Kamen Gallery, Toronto, Ontario.
2009 Cold Storage, Art Gallery of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario. (catalogue)
2008 Book of Turbulence, Leo Kamen Gallery, Toronto, Ontario.
2008 Drawing Water, Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops, BC, curated by Jen Budney
2012 The big ones! International Centre of Graphic Art, Ljubljana, Yugoslavia (catalogue)
2010 Printmaking Mistakes: Lexier, Thib, Sullivan, Mahon et al, Curated by Barbara McGill Balfour, Akau Inc.,Toronto (forthcoming)
2010 Sudden Frost: Gorlitz, Merritt, Glabush, Mahon et al, Curated by Pete Smith, Elissa Cristal Gallery, Vancouver, BC (catalogue)
2007-11 Art and Cold Cash (Collective Exhibition), The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art/Toronto Airport; McLaren Art Centre, Barrie, ON; Platform Gallery, Winnipeg, MB; Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina SK (book)
Selected Curatorial Projects
2008-09 Hinterlands: Fastwurms; Glabush, Thorneycroft, Urban, The McIntosh Gallery, London, ON; York Quay Gallery, Harborfront, Toronto, ON (brochure).
Awards, Honours, Grants
2008 Hellmuth Prize, The University of Western Ontario’s Top Research Prize (one of two recipients)
2005-07 Faculty Scholar, Representing Faculty of Arts and Humanities, (1 of 3 Representatives; includes Research Award).
2003 3rd Prize Winner, Great Canadian Printmaking Competition, Sponsored by Ernst and Young and Canadian Art Magazine (Purchase Prize).
2010 Baker Lake House 2, Prefix Photo Magazine 21: Border Cultures, Vol. 11 No. 1, p. 78-81
2010 Art and Cold Cash: A Book published by YYZ Publishing (co-published by The University of Western Ontario and University of Guelph).
2007 Visible Language 42.1: “After The Grave,” with David Armstrong (RISD, Rhode Island, 2008).
Recent and Upcoming Courses
2009-10 VAS 9541A Studio Seminar
2009-10 VAS 3300 (½) Advanced Printmaking
2010-11 VAS 3300(½)Advanced Printmaking
2010-11 VAS 9554F Paper Politics: Printed Matter, Political Engagement and Avant-garde Practices
2011-12 VAS 1025 Advanced Studio Foundations
2011-12 VAS 3300(½) Advanced Printmaking
2011-12 VAS 9500A Art Theory and Criticism in Western Culture (MA and MFA first year theory course)
MFA Supervisions in Progress
Chief Supervisor: Kyla Brown, “Untitled M.F.A., to be conferred Summer 2013.
Co Advisor: Anthea Black, “Untitled,” M.F.A. to be conferred Summer 2012.(with Kim Solga)
PhD Supervisions in Progress
Chief Supervisor: Jason Hallows, “Demonstration: Monstrous Operations in Sculptural Productions and Display” PhD Dissertation, completed September 2011; conferred Spring 2012.(completed)
Chief Supervisor: Andy Patton, “Untitled,” PhD Dissertation, to be conferred 2013.
Chief Supervisor: Franklyn George, "Stories and Iyalogues", M.F.A., conferred Fall 1997.
Chief Supervisor: Kim Simon, "Otherwise than Seeing", M.F.A., conferred Fall 1997.
Chief Supervisor: David Grenier, “Homo Sweet Homo: A Play of Spaces” M.F.A., conferred Fall 1998.
Chief Supervisor: David Armstrong, “The Printer’s Devil”, M.F.A., conferred Fall 2000.
Chief Supervisor: Paola Poletto, “Moonscapes and Menus”, M.F.A., conferred Fall 2000.
Chief Supervisor: Adriana Kuiper, “Semi-Detached”, M.F.A., conferred Fall 2001.
Chief Supervisor: Lisa Fedorak, “Tainted Strokes”, M.F.A., conferred Fall 2004.
Chief Supervisor: Anna Madelska, “Cosmopoeisis: World-Making”, M.F.A., conferred Fall 2005.
Chief Supervisor: Elizabeth Phillips, “Becoming Adaptation”, M.F.A., conferred Fall 2005.
Chief Supervisor: Katherine Immonen, “Soft Cover”, M.F.A., conferred Fall 2006.
Chief Supervisor: Todd Tremeer, “Painting History, History Painting”, M.F.A., conferred Summer 2007.
Chief Supervisor: Chak Man Lei, “Dark Earth,” M.F.A., conferred Summer 2008.
Chief Supervisor: Brian Longfield, “The Montage of Gestures,” M.F.A., conferred Summer 2008.
Chief Supervisor: Jennifer Wanner, “Ecosimulacra,” M.F.A., conferred Summer 2009.
Chief Supervisor: Soheila Kolahdouz-Esfahani, “Trans (across, over, beyond),” M.F.A. conferred Summer 2010.
Chief Supervisor: Gautam Garoo “Between Is and Was,” M.F.A., conferred Summer 2011.
Chief Supervisor: Matthew Teigen, “The Look of Math,” M.F.A., conferred Summer 2011.
Co-Advisor: Paul Dreossi, “Blood, Sweat and Gears,” M.F.A., conferred Fall 2002.
Co-Advisor: Joscelyn Gardner, “White Skin, Black Kin,” M.F.A., conferred Fall 2003.
Co-Advisor: Ayako Kurokawa, “Past Memories, Present Feeling”, M.F.A., conferred Fall 2006.
Co-Advisor: Daniel Wong, “Letters to a Young Poet”, M.F.A., conferred Spring 2006.
Co-Advisor: Stephen Lavigne, “The Space Between Systems”, M.F.A., conferred Summer 2007.