Patrick Mahon


Patrick Mahon, Full Professor (Visual Arts Studio)
Director of the School for Advanced Studies in the Arts and Humanities
M.F.A., University of British Columbia, 1991
B.F.A., University of Manitoba School of Arts, 1983
Education Certificate, (Art Major), University of Manitoba, 1979


Patrick Mahon is an artist, a writer/curator, and a Professor of Visual Arts at Western University, in London, ON, Canada. His artwork has been exhibited in Canada at Museum London, The Hamilton Art Gallery, the Southern Alberta Art Gallery, and at The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto; and internationally in recent exhibitions in China, France and Ecuador; and at numerous print biennales since the early 1990s. Patrick’s collaborative project, Immersion Emergencies and Possible Worlds, resulted in a ten-artist group exhibition, The Source: Rethinking Water through Contemporary Art, presented at Rodman Hall, Brock University, Canada, in 2014. Other recent Canadian solo exhibitions include McMaster Museum of Art (2013); Wilfred Laurier University (2013); Gallery 1C03, University of Winnipeg (2014), and Katzman Contemporary (2015). He has been in residence at the International Studio and Curatorial Program (New York); Frans Masereel Centrum (Belgium); La Maison Patrimoniale Barthète (France); and at the Banff Centre (Canada). His work is included in public, corporate, and private collections in Canada and internationally.


2015      Mayor of London ON’s Annual Honorees List: “Arts”

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).


2015      Ontario Arts Council Exhibitions Assistance

2014      Faculty Research Development Fund, “The Nonsuch and the Garden: Casting the Replica Ship…”

2011      Ontario Arts Council Exhibitions Assistance

2011-14 SSHRC Research/Creation Grant, “Immersion Emergencies and Possible Worlds”, with Gu Xiong and S.Esfahani

2009-10 Canada Council for the Arts, Publications Assistance (with A&CC/YYZ Publishing)

2007      Ontario Arts Council Exhibitions Assistance

2006      Canada Council Travel Grant

2005      Department of Foreign Affairs, Exhibition Support for “Shifting Spaces”

2004-07 SSHRC Research/Creation Grant, “Art and Cold Cash”, with R. Arngna’naaq; J. Butler; S. Butler; W. NoahSelected Publications

Portfolios Published

2010      Baker Lake House 2, Prefix Photo Magazine 21: Border Cultures, Vol. 11 No. 1, p. 78-81

Edited Books/Journals

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).

Curatorial Projects

2011      Barroco Nova, curated by Patrick Mahon and Susan Edelstein, Artlab; McIntosh Gallery; Museum London (International Group Exhibition with catalogue; see -

2008-09 Hinterlands: Fastwurms; Glabush, Thorneycroft, Urban, The McIntosh Gallery, London, ON; York Quay Gallery, Harborfront, Toronto, ON (brochure).

"Still, the Wind: What are Artists Doing about the Weather?” Feature Article (Border Crossings Magazine, Winter 2016,Issue 137) p. 54-61

“Parker Branch –DNA Artspace”, Review for Canadian Art Online arrangements/ 

“Brendan Fernandes: They – Rodman Hall Art Centre”, Review for Canadian Art Online rodman-hall

“Greg Curnoe” at Michael Gibson Gallery, London ON, Review (Border Crossings Magazine, Summer 2014,Issue 130) p. 101-102

“Art & Cold Cash: Money, Aesthetics and Double Difference”, Feature Article for Fuse Magazine (Fuse, Winter, 2012) p. 12 - 19

Solo Exhibitions

2015      Nonsuch Garden, Katzman Contemporary, Toronto, Ontario

2014      Lifeboats, SNAP Gallery, Edmonton, AB

2014      Submersible (Hogarth), Malaspina Printmakers Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2014      Water Memory Table, Gallery 1C03, University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, MB, curated by Jennifer Dickson (co-publication; Robert Enright interview)

2013      Voyager: Albrecht Durer, William Hogarth, and Patrick Mahon with Stowaways- Artist Curated Project, McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton, ON (co-publication; Ihor Holubizky essay)

2013      Water & Tower Allegory, Robert Langen Gallery, Wilfred Laurier University, Waterloo, ON, curated by Suzanne Luke (co-publication; Anne Brydon essay)

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 – (Brochure) - International

PhD Supervision

Chief Supervisor:

Michael Farnan, - Completed Fourth Year, to be conferred 2016

Ulises Unda – Completed Second Year, to be conferred 2018

Andy Patton, “A Painter’s Brush…..,” PhD Dissertation, conferred 2013, Winner, Governor General’s Gold Medal

Jason Hallows, “Demonstration: Monstrous Operations in Sculptural Productions and Display” PhD Dissertation, completed September 2011; conferred Spring 2012

Masters Supervision

Chief Supervisor:    

Jennifer Wanner, “Ecosimulacra,” M.F.A., to be conferred Summer 2009.

Soheila Kolahdouz-Esfahani, “Trans (across, over, beyond),” M.F.A. conferred Summer 2010.

Gautam Garoo, “Between Is and Was,” M.F.A., conferred Summer 2011.

Matthew Teigen, “The Look of Math,” M.F.A., conferred Summer 2011.

Kyla Brown, “Following the Turn,” M.F.A., conferred Summer 2013.

Gabriella Solti, “Sysiphus is Happy,” M.F.A., conferred Summer 2014.

Niloufar Salimi, M.F.A., “I am not I, almost never,” Summer 2015.

Juanita Lee Garcia, M.F.A., to be conferred Summer 2016.

Charles Franklin Harris, M.F.A., to be conferred Summer 2017.

Recent Courses


VAS 3300(½) Advanced Printmaking

VAS/VAH 9500a Research Methods for Master’s Students (MA/MFA) (Half year Sabbatical)


VAS/VAH 9500a Research Methods for Master’s Students (MA/MFA)

VAS/VAH 9600a Research Methods for PhD Students

AH3391G School for Advanced Studies in Arts and Humanities: Water Now!