Christine Shaw

Christine Shaw

Christine Shaw

Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Curatorial Studies and Contemporary Art
Director/Curator of the Blackwood Gallery

CCT 3134A, UTM


2007 PhD, Social and Political Thought, York University
1999 MFA, Visual Arts, Western University
1996 BFA, Visual Arts, University of Regina


Professor Shaw teaches undergraduate curatorial studies courses in the Art & Art History Program. She joined the faculty in 2013, having previously taught in the Visual Culture & Communication (VCC) Specialist program and CCIT at UTM; at OCAD University in the Visual Culture program; at York University in Fine Arts Cultural Studies; and at the University of Regina in the Department of Art History. 

Professor Shaw serves as the Director/Curator of the Blackwood Gallery where she has curated numerous exhibitions, projects, and events. She was selected as curator for the 2015 edition of Toronto’s Nuit Blanche presenting the project The Work of Wind featuring 13 major commissions.

Professor Shaw’s practice is committed to curatorial experimentation, collective cognition, applied philosophical inquiry, and social resilience. She has been active in collectively run autonomous education and curatorial projects, including the Toronto School of Creativity & Inquiry (2005-2010), and, currently, Letters & Handshakes.

Courses Taught

FAH451: Curatorial Practice
FAH310: Introduction to Curatorial Practice
VST410: Internship in the Arts and Visual Studies
VCC 490 Special Topics: Interact or Die! Visual Culture and the Participatory Imperative
VCC 411 Real Space to Cyberspace
VCC 308 Activism in Visual and Media Culture
VCC 207 Urban Sites and Sounds
CCT 220 Semiotics and Communication Theory
CCT 210 Signs, Referents and Meaning

Select Curatorial Projects

Carlos Amorales: Black Cloud, exhibition for The Power Plant’s Fleck Clerestory Commission Program, 2015–2016.

Carlos Amorales: Film Trilogy, film screening for The Power Plant presented at TIFF Bell Lightbox, 2015.

The Work of Wind, city-sponsored exhibition for Nuit Blanche (Exhibition C), Toronto. Featuring 13 commissions by Carlos Amorales, Marguerite Humeau, Tim Knowles, Brandy Leary/Anandam Dancetheatre, Los Carpinteros, Mary Mattingly, Christof Migone, Heather and Ivan Morison, Tomas Saraceno, Jon Sasaki, Charles Stankievech, Kika Thorne, Robert Wysocki, 2015

Weather, dance performance presented by Blackwood Gallery across University of Toronto Mississauga campus, featuring Anandam Dancetheatre, 2015.

Painted Leaves, the 2015 Bernie Miller Lightbox Commission by Sarah Anne Johnson, Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto Mississauga.

The pen moves across the earth; it no longer knows what will happen and the hand that holds it has disappeared, exhibition for Blackwood Gallery. Featuring Ismaïl Bahri, Pascal Grandmaison, Sarah Anne Johnson, Tim Knowles, Jennifer Rose Sciarrino, Kara Uzelman, Robert Wysocki, 2015.

Migrant Choir, project presented by the Blackwood Gallery at the 2015 Venice Biennale. Featuring Public Studio, Adrian Blackwell and members of Cittadini Del Mondo. 

The Figure in the Carpet, exhibition for Blackwood Gallery. Featuring Sameer Farooq and Mirjam Linschooten, 2015.

FALSEWORK, exhibition for Blackwood Gallery. Featuring Adrian Blackwell, Allora & Calzadilla, Cyprien Gaillard, Mary Mattingly, Laurel Ptak, 2014.

Furnishing Positions, commissioned project for Blackwood Gallery. Featuring Adrian Blackwell, Abbas Akhavan, Eric Cazdyn, Greig de Peuter, Kanishka Goonewardena, Karen Houle, Dylan Miner, Mary Lou Lobsinger, Paige Sarlin, Scott Sorli, Charles Stankievech, Kika Thorne, cheyanne turions, 2014.

Wages for Facebook, the 2014 Bernie Miller Lightbox Commission and university-wide campaign, Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto Mississauga.  

Intelligence is Knowledge with a Shelf Life, workshop featuring Charles Stankievech. Co-presentation of Blackwood Gallery, Gallery TPW and Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, 2014.

Precarious: Carole Condé and Karl Beveridge, exhibition for Robert Langen Art Gallery, Laurier University. Co-curator with Letters & Handshakes, 2014.

The Ecology of an Art Scene, symposium co-presented by Canadian Art Foundation and Consulate General of France in Toronto. The Power Plant and Toronto City Hall Council Chambers, 2013.

Air | Land | Sea, event featuring Charles Stankievech, Kara Uzelman, and Cate Rimmer. Canadian Art Foundation at Vancity Theatre, Vancouver, 2013.

1mile2, exhibition featuring Bik Van Der Pol, Pedro Reyes, Mary Mattingly, Adrian Blackwell, Atelier D’Architecture Autogérée, Dawn Matheson, SYN- atelier d’exploration urbaine, DodoLab, Lucia Babina & Marjetica Potrc. 
Musagetes, Guelph, ON, 2011,

Big Ideas in Art & Culture Lecture Series, featuring Heather and Ivan Morison, Reece Terris, Mary Mattingly, Bik Van Der Pol, Pedro Reyes.
Co-curator with Gordon Hatt
for CAFKA/Musagetes, Guelph and Kitchener, ON, 2010-2011.

Two Conversations on Love and Politics in Contemporary Art Practices featuring Abbas Akhavan, Luis Jacob, Adam Bobbette, Allyson Mitchell, Christof Migone, Helena Reckitt, Alessandra Renzi & Laura Kane, Kika Thorne, Mike Hoolboom, Michelle Jacques, Christie Pearson, and Etienne Turpin. Co-curator with Adrian Blackwell for Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Hart House, University of Toronto, 2010.

Is Everybody Comfortable? A Conversation on Art and the Ethics of Discomfort featuring Gail Allen, Daniel Baird, Darren O’Donnell, and Isabel Pauwels. Blackwood Gallery, 2008.

Public Acts 1-29 a transnational exhibition featuring Joanne Bristol, Colette Urban, Paul Couillard, Cathy Busby, John Greyson, Diane Borsato, Stefan & Jason St. Laurent, Hadley+Maxwell, Richard Day, John Noestheden, Rogue Performance Series, Syn- atelier d’exploration urbaine, ungrammatical multitude, Collectif Taupe, John Marriott, Adrian Blackwell, Toronto School of Creativity & Inquiry, Traci Foster, David Merritt, Kirsten Forkert, Rob Kovitz, Darren O’Donnell, Ministry of Walking, Eduardo Aquino & Karen Shanski, Tangy Duff, Mark Prier, Norma, Day Milman, Kika Thorne, and One Night Only. Multiple sites along the  Trans-Canada Highway from Victoria BC to St. John’s NFLD, 2006.

Here be Dragons: Cartography of Globalization, an exhibition featuring Bureau d’Etudes, Brian Holmes,, Polaris Institute, Adrian Blackwell, Kika Thorne, Michael Bartosik, Richard Day, Co-curator with Toronto School of Creativity & Inquiry
Toronto Free Gallery, 2005.

Décor Project: Potential Performances a project with Hadley+Maxwell. Published in Public 29: Localities, Toronto, 2003.