Curriculum Vitae


Educational Background

Ph.D. Graduate Programme in Women’s Studies, York University, 1998-2006

M.A. Graduate Programme in Women’s Studies, York University, 1996-1998

B.A. Honours Double major in Women’s Studies and English, York University, 1988-1995


Canada Council for the Arts International Residencies Program in Visual Arts,

New York, September 2009-March 2010

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Artist in Residence, March 2007

Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, AB

“Big Rock Candy Mountain” Residency, April-June 2003


a. Selected Solo Exhibitions

(2013) Lesbian Feminist Haunted House, Art Gallery of York University, Toronto, ON

2011 Christmas Scares Me, Niagara Artist Center, St. Catherines, ON

2010 One Girl’s Journey To the Well of Forbidden Knowledge, the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON

Ladies Sasquatch, McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton, ON (catalogue)

Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, MB; Lethbridge Art Gallery, Lethbridge, AB

My Sticker Candy Pussy Lover, A1C Gallery, St. John’s NL

2008 Brain Child, Union Gallery, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON; La Centrale Gallerie Powerhouse,

Montreal, QC; AKA Gallery, Saskatoon, SK; Cambridge Galleries, Cambridge ON

2007 Finger Of Craft, The Khyber Institute of Contemporary Art, Halifax, NS

Hungry Purse: The Vagina Dentata In Late Capitalism, Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto, ON

Lady Sasquatch, University of Buffalo Art Gallery, SUNY, Buffalo, NY

Serious Fur, Stride Gallery, Calgary, AB

2006 Tawny and Silverback, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto, ON

b. Selected Collaborative Exhibitions

(2012) WE WON’T COMPETE with Deirdre Logue, Tate Modern, London, UK and Access, Vancouver BC

2009 Martha Colburn/Allyson Mitchell, Saw Gallery, Ottawa, ON

2006 Defend the Sugar Bush with Andrew Harwood, Levine Gallery, Culver City, CA

2005 Lady Sasquatch with Andrew Harwood and Miuki Madelaire, Chelsea Galleria Annex, Miami, FL

Feels Like a Natural Woman with Whitney Lee, Webster University, St Louis, MO

2003 Halfway Across Canada with Christina Zeidler, Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff AB

2002 Deliverance From Disaster with Lex Vaughn, Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto, ON

Flea Market Freak Out with Lex Vaughn, Katherine Mulherin Art Projects, Toronto, ON

2000 Lucky Charms with Lex Vaughn, Katherine Mulherin Art Projects, Toronto, ON

c. Selected Group Exhibitions

(2012) Discontinued Colours, Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen’s University, Kingston ON

From My Heart, Oakville Galleries, Oakville ON, Curator: Matthew Hyland

2011 Fierce, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, ON

Readykulous: The Hurtful Healer, Invisible Imports, New York, NY

2010 Stories of a Life Being Lived, SF Camerawork, Sanfrancisco, CA (catalogue)

DIY: A Revolution in Handicraft, Pittsburgh Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA

The Visible Vagina, David Nolan Gallery & Francis M. Nauman Fine Art, LLC, New York, NY (catalogue)

Fierce: Women’s Hot-Blooded Video/Film, McMaster Musum of Art, Hamilton, ON (catalogue)

2009 War At A Distance, Gallery TPW, Toronto ON

2008 Close To You: Contemporary Textiles, Intimacy & Popular Culture, Textile Museum, Toronto, ON;

Selected Group Exhibitions continued:

2008 Dalhousie Art Gallery, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS

2007 Craft Up, YYZ Artists’ Outlet, Toronto, ON

Raised in Craftivity, Greenlease Gallery, Rockport University, Kansas City, MO

Eat the Food, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto, ON

Faux Naturel, Foreman Art Gallery, Bishop’s University, Lennoxville, QC; The Warehouse

Gallery, Syracuse University, NY

2006 fray, Textile Museum of Canada and The Koffler Gallery, Toronto, ON

Super String, Stride Gallery, Calgary, AB

2005 Extra/Ordinary, The Cube at Beco, Kansas City, MO

Beyond/In Western New York, Squeaky Wheel/Albright Knox Museum, Buffalo, NY

Stitch or Swallow, Here Gallery, Bristol, UK

d. Selected Performances

Goddess By The Balls Art Gallery of York University, Toronto ON, March 31, 2010

Gertrude and Susan Dixon Place, New York, NY February 02, 2010

Blood and Swath (with FASTWURMS) Ridykeulous, Leo Koening Gallery, November 20, 2009

Lazer Vag Magic Art’s Birthday, Video Pool, Winnipeg MB, January 15, 2009

Lazer Vag Magic Performance Party, Montreal QC, November 13, 2008

Deep Lez Pot Luck, San Francisco CA, June 18, 2008

Gaycation, Portland OR, June 12, 2008

FemFest, Halifax, NS, November 24, 2007

Out on Screen, Vancouver, BC, 18 August 2007.

Pink Pant Period Chub Rub, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, ON, 24 February 2006.

Big Judy Mayworks Cabaret, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Toronto, ON, 07 May 2004. Feminist Studies Symposium, York University, Toronto, ON, 23 April 2004.

Well Well Well Fem Cab, Theatre Passe Muraille, Toronto, ON, 23 March 2003.

Double Double Baby Got Back Programme, Anthology Film Archives, NY, NY, 23 Nov 2002.

e. Media Arts (selected film and video)

Afghanimation, 5 min, 35mm animation, 2008, A. Mitchell

Dyke Pussy, 1 min, video, 2008. A. Mitchell

Foodie, 15 min, 35mm animation, 2008, A. Mitchell and F. Smyth

Unca Trans, 4 min, Super 8/video, 2007, A. Mitchell and C. Zeidler.

Melty Kitty, 3 min, Super 8, 2006, A. Mitchell.

If Anyone Should Happen To Get In My Way, 5 min, 16mm, 2003, A. Mitchell & C. Zeidler.

Glitter, 1 min, 16mm, 2003, A. Mitchell & C. Zeidler.

Precious Little Tiny Love, 3 min, Super 8/video, 2003, A. Mitchell.

Pink-Eyed Pet, 3 min, Super8/Video, 2002, A. Mitchell & A. Vaughn.

My Life in 5 Minutes, 7 min, computer animation, 2000, A. Mitchell,

Candy Kisses, 2.5 min, 16mm, 1999, A. Mitchell.

Cupcake, 2.5 min, Super 8/video, 1998, A. Mitchell.

Don’t Bug Me, 1 min, 16mm, 1997, A. Mitchell.


Retrospectives: Soggettiva Cultural Festival, Bologna Italy, November 03, 2010

Dublin Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, Dublin Ireland, August 01, 2009

British Film Institute, London England, April 05, 2009

Video Pool, Winnipeg MB, January 15, 2009

Groupe Intervention Video, Montreal QC, November 14, 2008

Frameline, San Francisco CA, June 26 2008

Khyber Institute of Contemporary Arts/ AFCOOP, Halifax, NS, November 2007.

Vancouver Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, Vancouver, BC, 17 August 2007.

Retrospectives continued:

Sugar and Splice Feminist Film, Festival, Winnipeg, MB, 27 May 2006.

Pleasure Dome, Toronto, ON, 24 October 2003.

Gallery Screenings: Gallery TPW, A1C, A Space, Spin Gallery, ED Video, Andy Warhol Museum


Agnes Etherington Art Gallery, Kingston, Ontario

National Library and Archives, Ottawa, Ontario

Trent University, Peterborough Ontario

Carleton University, Ottawa Ontario

Queen’s University, Kingston Ontario

McMaster University, Hamilton Ontario

BIBLIOGRAPHY (selected writings)

Black, Anthea. 2007. Serious Furvert. Fast Forward Weekly, 01 November.

Carter Flinn, Sue. 2007. Allyson Mitchell: Monster Force. The Coast, 15 (26).

Cvetkovitch, Ann. 2011. Allyson Mitchell. Journal for Lesbian and Gay Studies, 17 (4).

Freeman, Elizabeth, 2010 "Deep Lez, or, the Theory of Temporal Drag," Chapter 2 of Time Binds: Queer Temporalities, Queer Histories”(Duke University Press).

Hladki, Janice. 2008. “Nothing Big. Nothing Small”: Allyson Mitchell’s Video Autobiography. Ariel: A Review of English Literature 39 (1-2).

Hikel, Sabine. 2007. The Bitch List: Allyson Mitchell. Bitch Magazine 36 (Summer).

Johnston, Josee & Judith Taylor. 2008. Feminist Consumerism and Fat Activists. Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, 33 (4).

Krishtalka, Sholem. 2008. The Woman’s Realm. Stride Gallery Catalogue Essay.

Luhmann, Susanne. 2007. Interview with the Artist. Atlantis: A Women’s Studies Journal 31 (2).

McKay, Sally. 2004. Fun Fur Feminism. Canadian Art Magazine 21(2).

Milroy, Sarah. 2005. Lady Sasquatch Revenge. The Globe and Mail, 23 September.

Osborne, Catherine. 2003. Artistry Beyond Cool. The National Post, 03 November.

Quinton, Sarah. 2007. Close To You: Contemporary Textiles, Intimacy and Popular Culture. Catalogue Essay.

Reckitt, Helena. 2006. My Fuzzy Valentine: Allyson Mitchell. C Magazine 89 (Spring).

Temple, Kevin. 2005. Sexing the Sasquatch. Now Magazine, 15 September

Underwood, Nora. 2000. Body Envy. MacLean’s Magazine 14 August.

Vaughan, RM. 2005. That’s Ms Sasquatch To You. The National Post, 16 September.

Public Lectures

Art Institute of Chicago, International Studio and Curatorial Program, Brooklyn, NY, Art Gallery of Peterborough, Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge AB, The Power Plant, Toronto ON, Dalhousie Art Gallery, Halifax NS, The Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto, ON, Toronto Alternative Art Fair International, Toronto, ON, Youth Theatre Group, Sudbury, ON, St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, Toronto, ON. Sketch Centre for Marginalized Youth and the Arts, Toronto, ON

Artist Talks

School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Parson’s School of Art and Design, New York NY, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary, AB, University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, AB, Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary, AB, State University of New York, Buffalo, NY, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto, ON, Sheridan College, Oakville, ON, University of Syracuse, Syracuse, NY, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, York University, Toronto, ON, Concordia University, Montreal, QC, Waterloo University, Waterloo, ON, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Trent University, Peterborough, ON, Laurentian University, Sudbury, ON, Carleton University, Seneca College, Toronto, ON


2011 Artist Production Grant, Toronto Arts Council

2009 Artist Production Grant, Ontario Arts Council

2007 Artist Production Grant, Toronto Arts Council

2006 Artist Production Grant, Canada Council for the Arts

2005 Artist Film and Video Grant, Toronto Arts Council, with Fiona Smyth

2005 Artist Film and Video Grant, Ontario Arts Council, with Fiona Smyth

2004 Chalmers Fellowship Award, with Fiona Smyth

1998 Film Production Grant, The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto

1997 Cultural Production Grant, The Lesbian And Gay Community Appeal of Toronto


2011 Aids Action Now, Poster Project.

2009 NY Art Book Fair, Canadian Heritage and Canada Council for the Arts

2008 Regeneration: CFMDC’s 40 anniversary project; Pride Toronto


FAG Feminist Art Gallery with Deirdre Logue since 2010

Community consultation April 24, 2010

Artist Brag event August 12, 2010

Elisha Lim Exhibition April 09-May 28, 2011 (with artist talks in the gallery May 01, 15, 29)

Alison SM Kobayashi Exhibition June 30- July 27, 2011 (with film screening July 27)

Queer Feminist Performance Symposium July 31, 2011

Community Action Center Exhibition September 24-October 29, 2011 (film screening co-production with PleasureDome September 22, 2011 and artist talk in the gallery September 23, 2011)