Micky Renders - Visual Artist and Art Educator







2018     Masters of Adult Education, StFX University (Transformative Learning using Art)

1994     Bachelor of Education York University: Visual Art Specialist, Integrated Arts Specialist, 

            Technical Design, and Special Education.

1986- present    20 plus post-secondary Visual Art courses (Ontario College of Art and Design, Trent

University, University of Toronto, Queen’s University, Ryerson University, George Brown College, Fleming College, Seneca College, and professional workshops).                  

1978     BSc University of Guelph



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.

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 Ontario Secondary School Teacher’s Federation (OSSTF)



2012-2019 Teaching Visual Art at Peterborough Alternative and Continuing Education (PACE) (KPR)

1994-2012 Teaching Visual Art and Photography, Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board (KPR)




Solo Exhibitions

2018 A Portrait of Transformative Learning. A suite of four Paintings for Masters of Adult Education. McDonald Library StFX, Antigonish, NS.
2014 Impermanence SPARK Photo Festival

2013 Renders/Renouf Proximity Gallery Stoney Lake August
2013 The Outsider Project (with Kim Renders) Artspace/Still ReFrame

2013 Finding Joy Installation an exploration of colour as a force for healing. The 24 paintings were purchased for permanent installation at the Peterborough Regional Health Centre.

2012 Outsiders2012 (with Kim Renders/Seeing Red) Nuit Blanche Toronto

2011 Finding Joy Solo Exhibition - Art Gallery of Peterborough

2011 Painting with Light Solo Photography Exhibition - Artspace Peterborough

2010 A Year of Magical Thinking (Set) Theatre Kingston

2010 The Artist Project Exhibition Place Toronto,

99, 01, 03, 08, 09 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto City Hall July.

1997 – 2009 Kawartha Autumn Studio Tour October

2008 Metro Toronto Art Expo Metro Toronto Convention Centre

2006 Kashabog: Landscapes Cossar’s Art Center, Peterborough

2006 Viral Culture AIDS International Conference, August

2006 Paintings: Marylyn Cherry, Rowena Dykins and Micky Renders Peterborough Arts Umbrella

2000 Foundations of Peterborough Gallery in the Square

2003 and 2004 Paintings by Micky Renders at the Wild Oat, Ottawa.

2002 Landscapes Renders/Barron Cossar’s Art Center, Peterborough

2000 An Exhibition of Prints and Paintings (with Peter Barron) Cossar’s Art Center

1996 Toronto Indoor Art Show, Toronto Skywalk, Toronto

Group Exhibitions:

2017 OSSTF District 14 Teachers ART Exhibition

2013-2016 Proximity Art Gallery, Summers, Stoney Lake

2012 Triennial Exhibition Art Gallery of Peterborough

2011,12 Gallery In the Attic (GITA)

2010, 2011 Group Exhibition, Gallery in the House

2011 The Plastic Show. Blue Tomato Gallery

2010 Art for All Toronto Ex, Toronto

2008 The Doll Show #1: Poppet Artspace, Peterborough 

2008 Love Songs to Dinosaurs Peterborough Arts Umbrella

2006 Africa Connections Peterborough Arts Umbrella

2006 Furniture, Fissures and Fancies Artemis Collective, Twohey’s Furniture

2006 Lover’s in a Dangerous Time AIDS 2006 Exhibition at Artspace

2003, 2004 Women’s Work. Women Supporting Victims of HIV/Aids

2003 A Tapestry for Peace, Artists for Peace. Market Hall, Peterborough

2002 Found Art, Gallery in the Square, Peterborough

2002 Fuego, Gallery in the Square. Green Fuse Collective, Peterborough

2001,02 Akin Miniature Show, Peterborough

2001 Hands On!  First Night Peterborough

2000 Endangered Species. Artspace, Peterborough

2000 Mystic Funk. Sacbe Art Gallery, Peterborough

1998 OSSTF Peterborough Art Teacher’s Group Show Toronto, Ontario

96- 02, 2010 Healing and the Arts, Peterborough Civic Hospital

1996 International Women’s Day Exhibition, Niagara Falls Art Gallery




2018 Introduction to Mindfulness Workshop Series for Educators, Peterborough Public Health

2016-18 OSSTF Mindfulness in Education Workshops throughout Southern Ontario

2016 Introduction to Mindfulness: Trent Faculty of Education Students Consolidation Week

2016,17 Mindful Parenting Course, Single Parents Program, PACE@PCVS and CIS Bowmanville

2015,16 Introduction to Mindfulness: Elementary Teacher’s Federation

2014 Teaching Visual Art – Tips and tricks! Faculty of Education Trent/Queens Program

2013 Outsiders Workshop, Artspace, Peterborough

2004,5, 10,11 Anti-homophobia/Transphobia Workshops for Teaching Staff

2007 Representation and Distortion, A workshop about body image. Art Gallery of Peterborough.

2006 Global Education OSSTF Professional Workshop (With C. Douglas, A. Bigg)

2005 Silkscreen HIV/Aids Poster Making Workshop, for the youth in the Nova Scotia- Sierra Leone program in West Africa

2004 Organized an Inclusion Leadership workshop with Judith Snow, Thomas A Stewart SS

2004 Global Awareness Workshop OSSTF PA Workshop (with P. Mullins)

2004 Using the Arts in Social Skill Development. Stars and Beyond Conference, Toronto

2001 Character Education using Superhero Comics Kawartha Pine Ridge Art Educator’s Council




2018 Best in High School Photography and PACE Annual Photography Exhibition

2017 I Witness A Community response challenging the deniability of rape culture, Peterborough (part of Sexual Assault the Road Show, Ontario)

1998 2018- Best of High School Art Exhibition, Kawartha Artist’s Gallery

2017 If You Really Knew Me You’d Know… PACE@PCVS Student Exhibition SPARK Photo Festival

2016 The Four Direction Banners for PCVS Library (Informed by the teachings from the

spiritual leader in the Midewiwin Lodge, Eddie Benton Binai and others)

2015 Wearable Art Show mentor for several students and one featured artist (Love Letter Dress)

2015 Rescue Me PACE@PCVS and Peterborough Cold Storage (PCS) exteriors, SPARK Photo Festival

2014 Rewinding the Galaxy Co-Curated with E. Lehman (Research), and B. Sutherland (Installation)

Art Gallery of Peterborough and ReFrame International Film Festival

2014 Recycled Photographs (What images do you discard?) PACE@PCVS Student Exhibition, P GreenUp

2013 Look: OUT Thomas A. Stewart SS. at (PCS), No Frills exteriors and (GITA), SPARK Photo Festival  

2010,11,12 Still ReFrame Art Exhibition (9 venues) –part of ReFrame International Film Festival

2011 The Happiness Project Peterborough Thomas A Stewart SS. and Sudbury 

2010 Body: Image Art Gallery of Peterborough

2009 Co-Organized Changing Our Word – Ways of Storytelling a Global Education Film

Festival for Youth.

2009 Peace Tent for Darfur, Blue Sky Event, ReFrame Film Festival

2007 Voice of Youth Mural Artist Mentor

2008 Juxtapose: Converge. A Display of Photographic Triptychs Market Hall

2007 Culture Jam: Subvertising. Youth Collage Collective. Travelling World Community Film Festival

2006 Exposure: AIDS (with Cyd Hosker and Ann Hobday) Art Gallery of Peterborough

2006 Viral Culture AIDS2006 International AIDS Conference, Toronto

2006 Curator Lover’s in a Dangerous Time AIDS 2006 Exhibition at Artspace.

2006 Furniture, Fissures and Fancies (ArtEms Collective) Twohey’s Furniture Store

2006 African Impressions, Peterborough Arts Umbrella

2005-6 Reflections on a Trip to Sierra Leone, West Africa (Theatrical work/Tour)

2004 Kites: Floating on the Air We Breathe Air Quality Summit

2004 Kids for Kids/Art for Aids: Collage Project. Artist International Direct Support in partnership

with the Nelson Mandel Children’s Fund. KPR Education Centre.

2000-2008 Student Art for KPR Board Equity and Diversity calendars and several school murals on

diversity and inclusion (KPRDSB).

2003-6  Produced quarterly issues of Take A Stand a youth ‘zine’ about social justice

2000 Endangered Species (curated and exhibited) Members Show Artspace




2017-19 Zoong’de: Strong Heart, a multidisciplinary community project and ad hoc Indigenous/Settler artist collective devoted to the impact of missing and murdered Indigenous women, the resilience of sexual violence survivors, and the relationship between land, water, body and violence. supported by the Ontario Arts Council.

2011 - 2015 Co-founder and board member SPARK Photo Festival Peterborough

2004 - 13 ReFrame Film Festival Volunteer curator of Still ReFrame a juried art exhibition running parallel to the film festival featuring artists who create politically engaged work.

2011 – Went on a 1500 km art-making road trip to Wemindji, QC, a Cree community in northern Quebec on James Bay. Established a small bursary to honour Jennifer Leigh Stewart who was murdered in 2010.

2008-09 Peterborough Regional Health Centre Art and Healing Committee

2005-2012 Founding member of ARTeMS and seeingred artist collectives.

99-02 Board Member Artspace - artist run center, Programming Committee




2018 Community Connected Experiential Learning Grant: Cross-Cultural Connections

2017-2018 Ontario Arts Council Community Engagement Grant (with Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre)

2017,18 SPEAK UP Grant If You Really Knew Me You’d Know…

2016 Canadian Teacher’s Federation Grant (Skateboard Project for the Youth Emergency Shelter)

2016-17 Teacher Learning and Leadership Grant- Mindfulness in Education- In the Present Moment

2015 United Way Youth Mentorship Grant - Rainbow Alliance PACE @PCVS

2013 Dr. S.G.B. Robinson Travelling Grant

2012 Canadian Teacher’s Federation Draw… Dance… Sing …it out (with Brian Nichols)

2012, 2014 SPEAK UP Grant Ontario Ministry of Education

2012 Canadian Teacher’s Federation Defenders of Human Rights Grant. Inclusion is for Everyone

2011 Canadian Teacher’s Federation Imagination Grant (Photography)

96, 2010, 2011, 2012 OAC Exhibition Assistance Grants

2008 OSSTF Equity and Diversity Project Grant (Refuge Tent of Hope)

2008-12 Peterborough County Health Unit Grant for Health Education Projects

2007 Laidlaw Foundation, United Way, City of Peterborough, KPRDSB for Voices of Youth Mural for Youth Emergency Shelter

2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2012 OSSTF Excellence in Education Grant

2006 RBC Grant for Cultural Education

2005 Artist Residency Pouch Cove Newfoundland August

2005 Henninger & Pilkington Trust Travel Grant (for African Silk Screen Workshop)

2000-2005 Excellence in Education Grants

1999 KPR Poverty Intervention Grant for PhotoVoice Photography Project




Art Education Association of Ontario

Artspace Artist-Run Centre 89-Present,

Art Gallery of Peterborough 89- present,

Canadian Artist Representation (CARFAC) 93-present,

Electric City Culture Council, Peterborough 2013- present.

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