Micky's Artist's Statement:
My work explores our place in the world and our relationship in its broadest sense.
WE CAN NO LONGER HAVE EVERYTHING THAT WE WANT… BUT WE CAN BE MORE THAN WE EVER IMAGINED.
This is part of an on-going attempt to re-kindle the spirit of the Earth as a community and to celebrate it. Working in solitude as an artist does, I have a sense of our universal interconnectedness.
Micky Renders’ career as an artist/educator/activist spans over 25 years. Renders’ work has been exhibited extensively across Ontario has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Artspace in Peterborough, and the Art Gallery of Peterborough. Finding Joy, a 50-foot long installation of 24 paintings is part of the permanent collection at the Peterborough Regional Health Centre. Outsiders2012 (with Kim Renders) was featured on the cover of NOW Magazine and one of the most popular juried events at Nuit Blanche, 2012.
Much of the focus of Renders’ art practice is community-based work to promote social justice. She has won several prestigious awards including the Prime Minister’s Regional Award for Teaching Excellence, Drawing the Line Provincial Award and the YMCA Peace Award. Renders is a former director and a co-founder of the Spark Photo Festival, a month-long regional photography festival in its 8th year. She has curated several major group shows including Still ReFrame for ReFrame International Film Festival (for 5 years) and Lovers in a Dangerous Time for the AIDS2006 International Conference in Toronto.
Renders has recently completed her Masters in Adult Education on socially engaged art-making using creative practice-based research. Her thesis, A Portrait of Transformative Learning(a four painting suite), is part of the permanent collection at St. Francis Xavier University in the McDonald Library.
Micky has retired after 28 years of teaching art in the public school system. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at Queen's University, working with Inuit Artists to animate the issues of Waste in Canada’s Arctic.
2018 Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence - Certificate of Achievement
2017 Draw the Line Provincial Leadership Award for Sexual Violence Prevention
2012 Community Betterment Civic Award, City of Peterborough.
2011 YMCA Peace Medal.
2011 Nominated for Ontario Art Education Association Art Educator of the Year Award
2004 Provincial Excellence in Education Award (Ontario Teacher's Federation)
Micky is grateful for the grants and support she has received for her work over the years.