Professor Emeritus

BA (McGill)

Vera Frenkel, an internationally recognized multidisciplinary artist, left York in 1995 to focus fully on her studio practice. Her installations, videos, drawings, photographs, performances and new media works have been presented at major museums and festivals throughout Canada and elsewhere, including MoMA, New York; documenta IX, Kassel, Germany; Centre culturel canadien, Paris; OK Centrum für Gegenwartskunst, Linz, Austria; Setagaya Museum, Tokyo; the National Gallery of Canada; the Freud Museum, London; the Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Vienna; the Muziekgebouw, Amsterdam; and the Venice Biennale.

Key projects include include Messiah Speaking; ‘…from the Transit Bar’; Body MissingThe Institute: Or What We Do for Love and and ONCE NEAR WATER; Notes from the Scaffolding Archive. Her writings have appeared in Alphabet City, artscanada, C.Magazine, Canadian Art, Descant, Dialog, Fuse, Intermédialités, n.paradoxa, Public and Vanguard, and in anthologies such as Penser l’indiscipline (Optica, 2001), Joseph Beuys: The Reader (M.I.T. Press, 2007) and Museums after Modernism (Blackwell, 2007).

Artist-in-residence venues range from the School of the Chicago Art Institute and the Slade School of Art, University College, London, to the Leverhulme Professorship, Leeds University.

Professor Frenkel’s work has earned many national and international honours, including the Bell Canada Award for Video Art, the Gershon Iskowitz Prize, the Canada Council Molson Prize in the Arts, the Toronto Arts Foundation Visual Arts Award, the 2006 Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts and the 2007 IDMAA (International Digital Media Arts Association) Award. She was inducted into the Royal Society of Canada Academies of Arts, Humanities and Sciences in 2006.

Vera Frenkel is currently preparing a solo exhibition for the Saidye Bronfman Gallery in Montreal, 2010, and a commission for the inaugural exhibition of the Ryerson University Gallery, 2011.