Micky Renders - Visual Artist and Art Educator

micky renders CV

2019 – present. Ph.D. candidate School of Environmental Studies, Queen’s University (Art and Wastes in Pannituuq, Nunavut)
2018 Masters of Adult Education, St.FX University (Transformative Learning using Art)
1994 B.Ed. York University: Visual Art, Integrated Arts, Technical Design, Senior Science and Special Education.
1986 – 2008 20 plus post-secondary visual art courses (Ontario College of Art and Design, Trent University, University of Toronto, Queen’s University, Ryerson University)
1978 B.Sc. University of Guelph (Biology/Ecology)

2023 Art of Research: Partnerships for Inclusivity Prize Winner
2023 Nominated for the Senior Women Academic Administrators of Canada (SWAAC) Graduate Student Award of Merit and Student Award in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
2020-2023 Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship. Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
2022 Indigenous-Community-Based-Research-Summer Fellowship
2020 Queen’s University Project and Portfolio Ph.D. 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 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)

2019-20 Waste Flows: Environmental Studies of Waste (Tutorial Assistant for Dr. M. Hird) Queen’s University,
2018-20 Research Assistant for Dr. Myra Hird, School of Environmental Studies, Queens University for SSHRC Canada’s Northern’ Wastes’ Future: Colonial Legacies, Contemporary Development, and Future Opportunities, .
1994-2019 Visual Art and Photography (Secondary School Teacher) Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board

2021 Environmental Racism is Garbage International Research Creation and Art Symposium Lead-Organizer (with Dr. Myra Hird, Hillary Predko, Indigenous curator Dr. Lori Beavis) Keynotes Economist and Indigenous activist Winona LeDuke and Sobeys Art Award Winner (2021) Laakuluuk Willamson-Bathory (Inuit performance artist, storyteller )
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
2018 Every Picture Tells a Story and PACE@PCVS Youth Group, SPARK Photo Festival
2017 I Witness (A Community response challenging the deniability of rape culture). Sexual Assault the Road Show
2017 If You Really Knew Me, You’d Know… PACE@PCVS Student Exhibition SPARK Photo Festival
2016 The Four Direction Banners for PCVS Library (Teachings from the Midewiwin Lodge)
2015 Wearable Art Show mentor (Amber Worr and Liz Elliot - featured artists) Love Letter Dress
2015 Rescue Me PACE@PCVS and Peterborough Cold Storage (PCS) exteriors, Peterborough Humane Society,
2014 Rewinding the Galaxy Co-Curated with E. Lehman and B. Sutherland, Art Gallery of Peterborough
2014 Recycled Photographs (What images do you discard?) PACE@PCVS, Peterborough GreenUp
2013 Look: OUT Thomas A. Stewart SS. at (PCS), No Frills exteriors and (GITA), SPARK Photo Festival
2010,11,12 Curator of Still ReFrame Art Exhibition (9 venues) – for ReFrame International Film Festival
2011 The Happiness Project Peterborough and Ontario Public Health Conference, Sudbury
2010 Body: Image Youth Photography Exhibition. Art Gallery of Peterborough
2009 Co-Organized Changing Our Word – Ways of Storytelling Global Education Film Festival for Youth.
2009 Peace Tent for Darfur, Blue Sky Event, and ReFrame Film Festival
2007 Voice of Youth Mural Artist Mentor for the Youth Emergency Shelter (YES)
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 Lover’s in a Dangerous Time AIDS 2006 Artspace, Peterborough.
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 (collaborative production) Theatrical Tour
2004 Kites: Floating on the Air We Breathe Air Quality Summit, Peterborough
2004 Kids for Kids/Art for Aids: AIDS in partnership with the Nelson Mandel Children’s Fund. KPR Education Centre.
2003-6 Produced quarterly issues of Take A Stand a youth ‘zine’ about social justice
2000 Endangered Species Members Show Artspace

Solo and Significant Exhibitions
2020 Diesel Dilemmas: Energy in Pangnirtung, entangled material flows, and the legacy of settler-colonial relations in Nunavut (with Hillary Predko) Research-Creation Project, Energy in and Out of Place Conference, University of Alberta.
2019 Renders/Barron First Fridays Open Studio 393 Water 3rd Floor Unit 5
2018 A Portrait of Transformative Learning. Master of Adult Education. StFX University, Antigonish, NS.
2014 Impermanence SPARK Photo Festival
2013 Renders/Renouf Proximity Gallery Stoney Lake
2013 The Outsider Project (with Kim Renders) Artspace and Still ReFrame Film Festival
2013 Finding Joy Installation. Permanent installation at the Peterborough Regional Health Centre.
2012 Outsiders2012 (with Kim Renders/Seeing Red Collective) Juried selection, Nuit Blanche Toronto
2011 Finding Joy Solo Exhibition - Art Gallery of Peterborough
2011 Painting with Light – Exploring Impermanence. 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
1997 – 2009 Kawartha Autumn Studio Tour
2008 Metro Toronto Art Expo Metro Toronto Convention Centre
2006 Kashabog: Landscapes Cossar’s Art Center, Peterborough
2006 Paintings: Marylyn Cherry, Rowena Dykins and Micky Renders Peterborough Arts Umbrella
2003 and 2004 Paintings by Micky Renders at the Wild Oat, Ottawa.
2002 Landscapes Renders/Barron Cossar’s Art Center, Peterborough
2000 Foundations of Peterborough Gallery in the Square
2000 An Exhibition of Prints and Paintings (with Peter Barron) Cossar’s Art Center
1996 Toronto Indoor Art Show, Toronto Skywalk, Toronto
Group Exhibitions
2022 Bailey House 34th Annual Gala & Auction, Brooklyn, NY
2021 Art and Waste(s) in Pangnirtung, NU with Oleepika Nashalik, David Kilabuk and Talia Metuq Environmental Racism is Garbage International Research Creation and Art Symposium.
2017 OSSTF District 14 Teachers Art Exhibition, Peterborough
2013-2016 Micky Renders and Anne Renouf Proximity Art Gallery, Stoney Lake
2012 Triennial Exhibition Art Gallery of Peterborough
2011,12 Group Show - Gallery in the Attic (GITA), Peterborough
2010, 2011 Group Exhibition - Gallery in the House, Peterborough
2011 The Plastic Show. Blue Tomato Gallery, Peterborough
2010 Art for All Toronto Ex, Toronto
2008 The Doll Show #1: Poppet Artspace, Peterborough
2008 Love Songs to Dinosaurs Peterborough Arts Umbrella
2006 African Connections Peterborough Arts Umbrella
2006 Furniture, Fissures and Fancies Artemis Collective, Twohey’s Furniture
2006 Lover’s in a Dangerous Time AIDS 2006 Exhibition, Artspace
2006 Viral Culture AIDS International Conference, Toronto
2003, 2004 Women’s Work. Women Supporting Victims of HIV/Aids Market Hall, Peterborough
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, Market Hall
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

2023 CIREQ Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Student Symposium on Climate Change (Concordia University, Montreal).
2023 Generative STS - Creating Terrestrial Connections Through Art & Alternative Senses, STS (York University).
2023 Queen’s Northern Research Symposium 2023, Kingston.
2021 Acts of Remembering: Settler Colonial Waste in Canada’s Arctic (with Hird, M., Predko, H.) Re-opening the Bin: international conference on waste, economy, culture. University of Gothenburg, Sweden
2020 Diesel Dilemmas: Energy in Pangnirtung, entangled material flows, and the legacy of settler-colonial relations in Nunavut. (with H. Predko) In Energy In/Out of Place, University of Alberta


2021 Acts of Remembering: Settler Colonial Waste in Canada’s Arctic (with Dr. Hird, H. Predko) Re-opening the Bin: international conference on waste, economy, culture. University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
2020 Diesel Dilemmas: Energy in Pangnirtung, entangled material flows, and the legacy of settler-colonial relations in Nunavut. (with H. Predko) In Energy In/Out of Place, University of Alberta.
2018 Introduction to Mindfulness Series for Educators (with S. Benn) Peterborough Public Health.
2016-18 Presented Mindfulness in Education Workshops throughout Southern Ontario (OSSTF)
2016 Introduction to Mindfulness: Trent University Faculty of Education Students Consolidation Week
2016,17 Mindful Parenting Course, Single Parents Program, PACE@PCVS and CIS Bowmanville.
2015,16 Introduction to Mindfulness (with S. Benn) Elementary Teacher’s Federation, Elmhurst.
2014 Teaching Visual Art Primer for Elementary Teachers. Faculty of Education Trent/Queens Program
2013 Outsiders Workshop, Artspace, Peterborough.
2004,5, 10,11 Anti-homophobia/Transphobia Workshops for Thomas A Stewart SS 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), Port Hope
2005 HIV/Aids Poster Making Workshop, Nova Scotia- Sierra Leone Health Education Program, Freetown, West Africa
2004 Inclusion Leadership workshop with Judith Snow, Thomas A Stewart SS
2004 Global Awareness Workshop OSSTF Professional Workshop (with P. Mullins), Peterborough.
2004 Using the Arts in Social Skill Development. Stars and Beyond Provincial Conference, Toronto.
2001 Character Education using Superhero Comics Kawartha Pine Ridge Art Educator’s Council


Renders, M., and Predko, H. (in print) Diesel Dilemmas: Energy in Pangnirtung, entangled material flows, and the legacy of settler-colonial relations in Nunavut. In Energy In/Out of Place, University of West Virginia Press; Petrocultures and Mystery Spot Book imprints.


Hird, M.J., Predko, H., Renders, M. (2022). The Incommensurability of Decolonizing Critical Posthumanism. In: Herbrechter, S., Callus, I., Rossini, M., Grech, M., de Bruin-Molé, M., John Müller, C. (eds) Palgrave Handbook of Critical Posthumanism. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-42681-1_35-1


Nashalik, O., Kilabuk, D., Metuq. T. and Renders, M. (2021) Art and Waste(s) in Pangnirtung, NU. In: Environmental Racism is Garbage International Research Creation and Art Symposium. https://environmentalracismisgarbage.ca ).


Renders. M., and Benn. S (2016). Cultivating Peace Within Ourselves. Feature article in Ontario Secondary Teacher’s Education Forum.


Renders, M. Character Education Using Superhero Comics (2001) Kawartha Pine Ridge Curriculum Unit, Peterborough


2023 Provost's Advisory Committee for the Promotion of the Arts - Brockington Visitorship Grant
2023 The Chancellor Dunning Trust Visitorship Public Lecture (Madeleine Qumautuq)
2023 George Taylor Richardson Memorial Fund
2023 Principal’s Student Initiatives Fund, Queen’s University.
2018 Community Connected Experiential Learning Grant: Ontario Ministry of Education (MEd)
2017-18 Ontario Arts Council Community Engagement Grant (with Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre)
2012, 2014, 2017-18 SPEAK UP Grant (MEd), Youth Emergency Shelter (YES)
2016-17 Teacher Learning and Leadership Grant (Ontario Ministry of Ed)
2015 United Way Youth Mentorship Grant
2011,12 Canadian Teacher’s Federation (CTF)
2012 Defenders of Human Rights Grant (CTF).
96, 2010, 2011, 2012 Ontario Art Council Exhibition Assistance Grant
2008 OSSTF Equity and Diversity Project Grant
2008 - 12 Peterborough County Health Unit Grants
2007 Laidlaw Foundation, United Way, City of Peterborough, KPRDSB grants (to support the Mural for YES)
2000-03, 2012 OSSTF Excellence in Education Grant
2005 Artist Residency Pouch Cove, Newfoundland
2005 Henninger & Pilkington Trust Travel Grant
1999 KPR Poverty Intervention Grant for Photovoice Photography Project


2022 (ongoing) Group Leader Mindfulness Practice Engaged Buddhist Community, Toronto
2021 Co-established the Memory/Truth/Justice Settler Activist group commemorating missing and murdered Indigenous children and women and the implementation of the 94 Calls for Action (TRC) and the 234 Calls for Justice (MMIWG).
2011 - 2015 Co-founder and board member SPARK Photo Festival Peterborough (still running)
2004 - 13 ReFrame Film Festival Volunteer. Curator of Still ReFrame, a parallel socially engaged art exhibition.
2011 - A 1500 km art-making road trip to Wemindji, QC, to honour MMIWG and establish a small bursary in Jenny Stewart’s name.
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

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