Micky Renders - Visual Artist and Art Educator

micky renders CV


2019     PhD candidate in Environmental Studies, Queen’s University (2023)

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



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)



1994-2019 Teaching Visual Art and Photography, Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board (KPR)



2021 Art and Waste(s) in Pangnirtung, NU with David Kilabuk, Oleepika Nashalik and Talia Metuq Environmental Racism is Garbage International Research Creation and Art Symposium.

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 Storyand KPR Best in High School SPARK Photo Festival PACE@PCVS

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

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

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 taken from the Midewiwin Lodge)

2015 Wearable Art Show mentor with Amber Worr 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, Peterborough 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) – for ReFrame International Film Festival

2011 The Happiness Project Thomas A Stewart SS., Peterborough and Public Health Conference in Sudbury 

2010 Body: Image 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, 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. Traveling 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 Artspace.

2006 Curator 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 presentation/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 Equity and Diversity calendars and several school murals for KPR School Board Office

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

2000 Endangered Species (curated and exhibited) 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) 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. Masters of Adult Education. McDonald Library StFX University, Antigonish, NS.
2014 Impermanence SPARK Photo Festival

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

2013 Finding Joy Installation an exploration of colour as a force for healing. Permanent installation Peterborough Regional Health Centre.

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

2011 Finding Joy Solo Exhibition - Art Gallery of Peterborough

2011 Painting with Light 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

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:

2021 Art and Waste(s) in Pangnirtung, NU with David Kilabuk, Oleepika Nashalik and Talia Metuq Environmental Racism is Garbage International Research Creation and Art Symposium.

2017 OSSTF District 14 Teachers ART Exhibition, Peterborough

2013-2016 Represented by 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

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 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 at Artspace

2006 Viral Culture AIDS International Conference,

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



2021 Acts of Remembering: Settler Colonial Waste in Canada’s Arctic (co-written by Dr. Hird, Hilary Predko) presented at Re-opening the Bin: international conference on waste, economy, culture and University of Gothenburg, Sweden

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 HIV/Aids Poster Making Workshop, Nova Scotia- Sierra Leone Health Education Program W. Africa

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

2004 Global Awareness Workshop OSSTF Professional 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




Co-established the Memory/Truth/Justice Settler Activist group commemorating missing and murdered Indigenous children and women and advocating for the implementation of the 94 Calls for Action (TRC) and the 234 Calls for Justice (MMIWG). We hold weekly vigils/ educate/hold other events (ongoing since June 2021).

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 Laakuluuk Willamson-Bathory (Sobeys Art Award 2021, Inuit performance artist, storyteller and writer); 13 International Research-Creation Exhibits

2011 - 2015 Co-founder and board member SPARK Photo Festival Peterborough (still running)

2004 - 13 ReFrame Film Festival Volunteer 

2011 – A 1500 km art-making road trip to Wemindji, QC to establish a small bursary to honour MMIW.

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: 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, (MED)

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, 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




(In Print) Diesel Dilemmas: Energy in Pangnirtung, entangled material flows, and the legacy of settler-colonial relations in Nunavut (with Hillary Predko) University of West Virginia Press ; Petrocultures and Mystery Spot Book imprints

2021 The Incommensurability of Decolonizing Critical Posthumanism (co-written by Dr. Hird, Hilary Predko) Palgrave Handbook of Critical Posthumanism (October 2021)

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