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. Currently, he is Director of the School for Advanced Studies in the Arts & Humanities at Western. Mahon’s artwork has been exhibited widely: in Canada at The Art Gallery of Hamilton, the Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Museum London, The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto; internationally in exhibitions in China, France, Norway, and Switzerland; and in numerous print biennales since the early 1990’s. 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, with a second iteration, The Living River Project, at the Art Gallery of Windsor in 2019. Other recent Canadian solo exhibitions have included McMaster Museum of Art (2013); Wilfred Laurier University (2013); and Gallery 1C03, University of Winnipeg (2014).

Current and forthcoming solo and group exhibitions include: “Patrick Mahon: Messagers’ Forum,” Thames Art Gallery Chatham, On (2020-21); “Written on the Earth,” McIntosh Gallery, London, ON, curated by Helen Gregory, (forthcoming group exhibition, 2021); and “GardenShip and State,” Museum London, London, ON, co-curated by Patrick Mahon and Jeff Thomas, (forthcoming group exhibition, 2021, and ongoing community projects, beginning 2020). Patrick’s work is included in the exhibition, “In Place: Reflections from Manitoba,” Winnipeg Art Gallery, curated by Riva Symko (2020-2021).

Among his curatorial projects are the exhibitions, “Lines Painted in Early Spring: Ferguson, Reeves, Ruschiensky, Savard,” (2003-04, Southern Alberta Art Gallery and circulating); “Gu Xiong and Xu Bing: Here is what I mean,” (2004, Museum London and Doris McCarthy Gallery, Toronto); “Hinterlands: Fastwurms, Glabush, Thornycroft, Urban,” (2008-09, McIntosh Gallery, Western, and Harbourfront Centre, Toronto); and “Barroco Nova,” (2012, Museum London, McIntosh Gallery, and ArtLab, Western).


2018 Distinguished University Professor, Western University

2018 Fellow, Royal Society of Canada, Academy of Arts and Humanities

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)

2005-2007 Faculty Scholar, Representing Faculty of Arts and Humanities, (1 of 3 Representatives; includes Research Award).


Patrick Mahon & Stuart Reid, “Various Tributaries,” to accompany The Living River Project, (Art Gallery
of Windsor,Windsor, ON, 2019)


Patrick Mahon “Kim Neudorf – DNA Artspace”, Review (Border Crossings Magazine,Winter
2017,Issue 144)

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


2017 in The Vaccine Picture, Timothy Caulfield with Brennan, Caulfield, Mahon etc. (Penguin
Random House,Toronto, 2017)

2016 Towers, Shipwrecks, and Neo-Baroque Allegories in Neo-Baroques: From Latin
America to the Hollywoood Blockbuster, (Brill: Ndalianis, Krieger, Moser, eds.,2016)


2021 Written on the Earth: Claus, Mahon, Moffat, Ong, Siivonen, Trueman, An interdisciplinary art
project; Western Engineering/Northern Tornadoes Project, collaborators. Exhibition: McIntosh
Gallery, Western – Helen Gregory,Curator. (Catalogue forthcoming)

2019-20 Speculative Energy Futures: Prototypes for Possible Worlds – Beer, Baier, Caulfield,
Esfahani, Fisher, Igharas, Makokis, Moore, Simpson, etc. Co- curated by Natalie Loveless &
Sheena Wilson, FAB Gallery, U of AB, Department of Art & Design, (Brochure)

2018-19 The Living River Project: Art, Water and Possible Worlds – Mahon + Bou, Miner,
Garoo, Rodney, Smallboy,Ouellette, Bariteau, Esfahani, Chitty, Willet, Coates,
Gardner. Co-Curated with Stuart Reid, Art Gallery of Windsor (Online Catalogue)

2017 <Immune Nations> - The Vaccine Project – Curated by Natalie Loveless (Caulfied,
Fischer,Humphrey, Viader-Knowles with Hoffman, Hou et al) – Galerie KiT, Trondheim
Academy of Fine Arts,Trondheim, Norway; UNAIDS Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland.
(catalogue + journal) International

2016 Mountains and Rivers Without End - Gautam Garoo, Patrick Mahon, Gu Xiong,
Esteban Ayala (Hidalgo), Jenny Jaramillo, Ulises Unda – Municipal Museum Modern
Art, Cuenca, Equador; CAC, Quito,Ecuador; ArtLab Gallery, Western University, London,
ON (catalogue) International


2019 C3+ Engineering Building: Wind Tunnel Garden Sculpture – Kelly Jazvac, Patrick
Mahon, Tegan Moore. Permanent Outdoor Installation (Installed Spring 2019)


2019-21 GardenShip of State: Art, Environment, and the Future of the Global Commons. Patrick Mahon, PI. A multi-year research project that will yield an exhibition at Museum London (Jan. 2021), and a publication. Co-Curator: Jeff Thomas (exhibition: Museum London, Sept. 2021)

2018-21 Speculative Energy Futures: Natalie Loveless & Sheena Wison, PIs. A multi-year,
interdisciplinary art project. The University of Alberta, and other sites, including The Banff
Centre (June 2019).


2020 Hiding in Plain Sight, Curated by Ron Benner, Embassy Cultural House Online, (catalogue)

2020 In Place: Reflections from Manitoba, Curated by Riva Symko, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, MB

2020 Realisms, Curated by Andrew Kear, Museum London, London, ON.

2018 Through the Memory Atlas: 40 Years of Collecting, Curated by J. Budney, S. Edelstein
et al, Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops, B.C.

2017 150 Years of Artmaking in London, Curated by B. Meehan and C. Getty, Museum
London, ON

2016 À la recherche (in search of practice-based research), Curated by Barbara Balfour,
Open Studio Gallery,Toronto, ON


2018-19 Line & Verse – A Taiwan/Canada Project involving Artists & Poets, Organized and
curated by Carlina Chen,Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library, University of Toronto,
Toronto, ON; Chiayi Culture Meeting Place, Chiayi County, Taiwan.

2017 International Print Exhibition – Japan-Canada, 2016, Curated by Liz Ingram and April
Dean, Kyoto Museum of Art, Japan; U of AB Museums (Enterprise Square), Edmonton,
AB; Art Gallery of Regina, Regina,Sask.


2020 Realisms, Curated by Andrew Kear, Museum London, London, ON.

2020-23 SSHRC Insight Grant, “GardenShip & State: Art and the Environment as a Commons”, with Jeff Thomas, Co-Curator Sean Caulfied, Joan Greer.

2019 Faculty Research Development Fund, “GardenShip of State: Art, Environment and the Future of…”

2016 SSHRC Connections Grant, “Mountains and Rivers Without End,” with A. Villar and U. Unda

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)

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


PhD Supervision

Chief Supervisor:

Ulises Unda, - “Collaborative Listening and Cultural Difference in Contemporary Art,” PhD Dissertation, completed Aug. 2019, conferred Fall 2019

Rehab Nazzal, “Representation of Settler Colonial Violence in Palestine.” PhD Dissertation,completed June 2018; to be conferred Fall 2018

Ulises Unda – Completed Second Year, to be conferred 2018

Michael Farnan, - “Representing Wilderness: Culture, Community, Artistic Practice.” PhD Dissertation, completed September 2016; conferred Spring 2017

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

(In Progress)

Ashley Snook – First Year (acting as Mentor), to be conferred 2022

Michelle Wilson – Completed Second Year, to be conferred 2022

PhD Committee Member
Committee Member:

Aryen Hoekstra (Christine Sprengler, Supervisor) expected completion 2022

Christina Battle (Christof Migone, Supervisor) - completed 2020

Jessica Cappuccitti (Sarah Bassnett, Supervisor) - completed 2019

Colin Dorward (Sky Glabush, Supervisor) - completed 2020

Ido Govrin (David Merritt, Supervisor) – completed 2019

Janice Gurney (David Merritt, Supervisor) - completed 2012

Jennifer Orpana (Sarah Bassnett, Supervisor) - completed 2015

Masters Supervision

Chief Supervisor:    

George Kubresli, M.F.A., “The Hell of a Boiling Red,” conferred Summer 2020

Sharmistha Kar, M.F.A., “Next to a River: Embroidery as…”, conferred Summer 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Sharmistha Kar, M.F.A., “Next to a River: Embroidery as…”, conferred Summer 2018

Joscelyn Gardner, “White Skin, Black Kin,” M.F.A., conferred Fall 2003.

Daniel Wong, “Letters to a Young Poet”, M.F.A., conferred Spring 2006.

Anthea Black, “Of All Possible Worlds: Mapping Queer Craft and Collaboration,” M.F.A. conferred Summer 2012.(with Kim Solga, Dep’t of English)

Recent Courses


VAS 3300(½) Advanced Printmaking (Written on the Earth – Tornado Project with Engineering Researchand Invited Artists ($10,000 grant awarded)

AH1020bSchool for Advanced Studies in Arts and Humanities, First Year Core Course


VAS 2274a ArtNow!

AH1020b School for Advanced Studies in Arts and Humanities, First Year Core Course


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

VAS 9500Y Internship

VAS 3300(½) Advanced Printmaking


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!


VAS 3300(½) Advanced Printmaking

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