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 is an artist/educator/activist. She has recently completed her Masters in Adult Education. A Portrait of Transformative Learning is a suite of paintings, now on display at St. Francis Xavier University in the McDonald Library, completed in her practice-based research. She exhibits her work across Ontario and her studio work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at ARTSPACE artist-run centre in Peterborough, and the Art Gallery of Peterborough in 2011. Finding Joy, a 50-foot long installation of 26 paintings is part of the permanent collection at the Peterborough Regional Health Centre.
Much of the focus of Micky's art practice is to promote social justice and inclusion. She often engages a broader community in her projects. Micky is a former director and a co-founder of the SPARK PHOTO FESTIVAL. OUTSIDERS2012 (with Kim Renders) was one of the most popular interactive open call events selected for Nuit Blanche in Toronto 2012 which was featured on the cover of NOW Magazine. She has curated several major group shows including Still ReFrame for ReFrame International Film Festival and Lovers in a Dangerous Time for the AIDS2006 International Conference in Toronto.
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 Award, City of Peterborough.
2011 YMCA Peace Medal.
2012 Civic award for Cultural Betterment
Micky currently teaches visual art at an adult alternative high school and was nominated for the Ontario Art Education Association Art Educator of the Year Award in 2012.
Micky is grateful for the grants and support she has received for her work over the years.