Olia Mishchenko

Olia Mishchenko was born in Kiev, Ukraine and moved to Canada in 1997. She studied architecture and art history at the University of Toronto prior to becoming a practicing artist. Mishchenko’s artistic practice is predominantly drawings-based and concerned with built environments. She is also an active member of the Terrarea collective that is engaged in site-specific installations. Mishchenko lives and works in Toronto, where she teaches in the Environmental Design Programme at OCADU, and at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Solo Exhibitions and Projects
2015
  • New Work, Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto
2014
  • Olia Mishchenko, Oakville Galleries, Oakville, ON
2013
  • New Work, Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto
  • Ravine World, Installation; Rodman Hall Art Centre, St Catharine's, Ontario, January 25 - September 8, 2013.
2012
  • New Work, Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto
2011
  • New Work, Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto
  • remote university, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
2009
2008
  • New World, Koffler Gallery, Toronto
  • New Work, Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto
  • backyards, Convenience Gallery, Toronto
  • Canada Council for the Arts Project (self-directed residency), Kiev, Ukraine
2007
  • artist residency, Koffler Gallery, Toronto
  • artist residency, Stiftung Kunstlerdorf Schoppingen, Schoppingen, Germany
2006
  • New Drawings, Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto
  • artist project, Public Magazine, Public Issues Collective, York University, Toronto
  • artist residency, CASA El Centro de las Artes de San Augustin, under direction of Francisco Toledo, Oaxaca, Mexico
2005
  • new drawings, Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto
  • artist project, C International Contemporary Art magazine, Toronto
  • new drawings and printed matter, Paul Petro Multiples + Small Works, Toronto
2004
  • 2005 of the Top 3000, Mercer Union, Toronto (brochure)
2003
  • YYZine Artist Project, YYZ Artist Outlet, Toronto (brochure)
Group Exhibitions
2014
  • Contemporary Drawings from the National Gallery of Canada, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon
  • CIA 2, Centre for Incidental Activisms, Art Gallery of York University, Toronto
  • New Lines, organized by the National Art Gallery of Canada, Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton
2012
2010
  • 11:11, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
  • Residency at Don Blanche, Reddiksville, ON
  • Home Decorating, Double Double Land, Toronto
2009
  • Ship of Fools, curated by Swintak, HMK, Hoorn, Netherlands
  • Who-New-Blah-Blah, 6 Nassau Recording Studio, Toronto
  • Strip Mining for Creative Cities, Toronto Free Gallery, Toronto
  • Terrarea Window, Gallery 1313, Toronto
  • Dinner in Terrarea, Toronto Terrarea Club and Home Ec., Jamie's Area, Toronto
  • Food Geology in Ontario, July 22, dinner installation and curated film programme, OddFellows restaurant, Toronto
  • Foreign Legionnaires, Edward Day Gallery, Toronto
  • Terrarea and CN Tower Liquidation, collaboration, Paul Petro Special Project Space
2008
  • i maintain my innocence: drawings, VMAC Gallery, Toronto
  • Alluvial Plain, Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto
  • North South East West, Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto
  • On Representation, Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto
  • Section Label Project, Monkey's Paw, Toronto
  • Skye, or Miranda or Verandah: Variations on Plenty, The Scream Literary Festival, Toronto
2007
  • Member Show, Mercer Union, Toronto
  • Paved Paradise, shipping container at Cherry Beach, Luminato Festival, Toronto
2006
  • J+L show, Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta
  • Member Show, Mercer Union, Toronto
  • Making Room, The Wallace Studios, Toronto
  • drawing/painting/sculpture/text, Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto
  • Mercer Living, Shaw/Givins Public School, Toronto
2005
  • Inaugural Exhibition, Diaz Contemporary, Toronto
  • Burning down the Igloo, ABEL Neue Kunft, Berlin, Germany
  • Maisonneuve: Eclectic Curiosity, SAT, Montreal
2004
  • Constructive Folly, Doris McCarthy Gallery,
    University of Toronto at Scarborough
2003
  • Psychotopes, YYZ Artists Outlet, Toronto
  • Hart House Juried Student Show, J.M. Barnicke Gallery, University of Toronto
Reviews and Publications
  • Ravine World, published by Rodhman Hall Art Centre, Brock University, St. Catharines, ON.
  • Foreign Legionnaires: Collective Agreements, Canadian Art Magazine online, August 2009
  • Art Collectives at Work, Gary Michael Dault, The Globe and Mail, August 2009
  • Strip searching: Show probes development’s underbelly, Leah Sandals, NOW magazine, January 29-February 5, 2009, VOL 28 NO 22
  • What the “doozers” build, Gary Michael Dault, The Globe and Mail, March 19, 2005, R11
  • Eye Candy, David Balzer, Eye Weekly, March 10, 2005
  • Rewind: Constructive Folly, Camilla Singh, Canadian Art Magazine, Spring 2005
  • J+L Illustrated #2, Craig Taylor, Leanne Shapton and Jason Fulford (eds.), 2004
  • January zine of the month, Marc Ngui, Broken Pencil Magazine, Toronto, Jan 2004
  • Odes to a city under siege, Sarah Milroy, The Globe and Mail, R7, Sept 11, 2003
  • Mirror mirrored on the wall, Gary Michael Dault, The Globe and Mail, R9, Sept 6, 2003
Selected Collections
  • National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
  • Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
  • Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen's Universty, Kingston, ON
  • Doris McCarthy Gallery, University of Toronto, Scarborough
  • St.Michael’s Hospital, Toronto
  • MaRS Institute, University of Toronto
  • Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, Toronto
  • TD Canada Trust, Toronto
Grants
2008
  • Project Grant, Canada Council for the Arts
  • Emerging Artist Grant, Ontario Arts Council
2007
  • Travel Grant, Canada Council for the Arts
  • Level 1 grant to visual artists, Toronto Arts Council
2004-05
  • Exhibition Assistance Grant, Ontario Arts Council
Education
  • 1998-2004 University of Toronto, Major in Fine Art history and Specialist in Architectural Studies
  • 1997-98 Central Technical School, Toronto
  • 1986-97 Kiev School 211 and Kiev University Humanitarian Liceum, Kiev, Ukraine