Micky's Artist's Statement:
My work explores our place in the world and our relationship to it - in its broadest sense.
Working in solitude as an artist does, I have a sense of our universal interconnectedness.
WE CAN NO LONGER HAVE EVERYTHING THAT WE WANT… BUT WE CAN BE MORE THAN WE EVER IMAGINED.
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 art to promote social justice. She has won several prestigious awards including the Joseph Bomardier Doctoral Scholarship, the Prime Minister of Canada’s Regional Award for Teaching Excellence, Drawing the Line Provincial Award and the YMCA Peace Award, to name a few.
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 and Lovers in a Dangerous Time for the AIDS2006 International Conference in Toronto.
Renders receved her Masters in Adult Education (2018) where she studied socially engaged art-making using creative practice-based research. Her thesis, A Portrait of Transformative Learning(a four painting suite) was exhibited at St. Francis Xavier University in the McDonald Library in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.
Micky has retired from teaching art in the public school system. She is currently pursuing a Research - Creation Ph.D. at Queen's University, working with Inuit Artists to animate the issues of Waste in Canada’s Arctic.
Micky is very grateful for the grants and support she has received for her work over the years.
AWARDS AND HONOURS:
2020-2023 Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship - Doctoral
2020 Queen’s University Project and Portfolio PhD Award
2020 Northern Scientific Training Program Award
2018 Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence - Certificate of Achievement, Government of Canada
2017 Draw the Line Provincial Leadership Award for Sexual Violence Prevention, White Ribbon Campaign
2013 Dr. S.G.B. Robinson Travelling Grant. Ontario Secondary School Teacher’s Federation (OSSTF)
2012 Community Betterment Civic Award, City of Peterborough.
2012 Nominated in for Ontario Society of Education Through Art- Art Educator of the Year 2012 Award.
2011 YMCA Peace Medallion.
2004 Provincial Excellence in Education Award (OSSTF)