Rob MacInnis . Artist Bio

Rob MacInnis studied Directing at New York Film Academy before receiving a BFA with a Photography Major from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2005.  He has received a President’s Scholarship from the Rhode Island School of Design where he recently graduated with a Masters in Fine Art.

He was selected for Magenta Publishing’s Emerging Photographers 2006, 2007 & 2009 publication, NSCAD’s Off The Wall show, ACT’s SNAP!08 auction for AIDS research, The Casey House “Art With Heart” auction and a featured exhibition in the Contact Photography Festival 2007, 2008 & 2009. 

His work has been featured on Fashion TV and has been the subject of a Bravo Documentary Series called “Snapshot”.  His prints can be found in both private and public collections both domestic and international, such as the Canadian Association of University Teachers, The Nimoy Family Foundation, Citibank, and the Museum of Fine Art, Houston. 

He has been published in Enroute Magazine, Eye Weekly, The Globe & Mail and The New York Times, and is shown internationally at Art Basel Switzerland, Scope New York, PhotoLA and the Toronto International Art Fair by Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects in Toronto. 

He has received grants from The Canada Council for the Arts and Arts New Brunswick, and a Presidential Scholarship from the Rhode Island School of Design.  He has received Public Art commissions from The Edmonton Arts Council and the City of Medicine Hat. 

 

 

Education

 

2011-2013 Master of Fine Arts in Photography

Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Providence, Rhode Island, USA

2001-2005 Bachelor of Fine Arts (Major: Photography)

Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD), Halifax, Nova Scotia

1998Diploma in Directing

New York Film Academy, New York City

 

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

 

2015

The Dog and Pony Show. Solo Exhibition, Center for the Arts, January 27 - February 24, 2015, University of Texas, Corpus Christi, Texas.

 

2011

The Farm Family Project. Solo Exhibition, Red Wall Gallery, November 18 – December 17th 2011, at the School of the Photographic Arts, Ottawa, Ontario

 

2010

Prince Edward Island. Permanent installation. Animal Services Building, Edmonton, Alberta (Commissioned by the Edmonton Arts Council)

Prince Edward Island. Solo exhibition, Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects, Toronto, Ontario

 

2008

Our Name In Lights. Solo exhibition, Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects, Toronto, Ontario

Faux Show. Solo exhibition, Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects, Toronto, Ontario

 

2007

The Farm Family Project. Solo exhibition, Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects, Toronto, Ontario

Farm Families. Solo exhibition, Heritage Farm Museum, Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia (In conjunction with Argyle Fine Art, Halifax, Nova Scotia)

Farm Family Project, Solo exhibition, Harbourfront Centre Photo Passage, Toronto, Ontario

 

 

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

 

2014              

10:10 Selected Photographers from Ten Leading American Academies. Rishon LeZion, Israel.

Proximity to Animals. OCAD University Gallery, Toronto, Canada.

Critters. Honolulu Museum of Art. Hawaii, USA.

 

2013

Rhode Island School of Design 2013 MFA Graduate Show. ClampArt, Chelsea, New York City.

Nature Talks Back. Beard & Weil Galleris, Wheaton College, Norton, Massachusetts.

 

2012

Return to Rattlesnake Mountain. Summer Exhibition. Wassaic Project, Wassaic, New York

Reka. Permanent public art installation. 2nd Street Park Medicine Hat, Alberta (Commissioned by the City of Medicine Hat)

Flux Capacity, Sol Koffler Gallery, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island.

Come Here, I Need You, Gelman Gallery, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island.

Atlantica Colectivas, FOTONOVIEMBRE 2011. XI Bienal Internacional de Fotografia de Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain.


2011

RISD Photo Triennial, October 6-20, 2011, Woods-Gerry Gallery, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island.

Canadian Art Gallery Hop, September 21, 2011, Toronto, Ontario

 

2010

Singular.  Group Exhibition in Festival X Ottawa Photography Festival.

Beyond Imaginings.  Public Group Exhibition.  Curated by Patrick Macaulay.  Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Ontario.

Bestiary.  Show and Fundraiser.  Curated by Sally Morgan Lehman, Liz Parks, and Sally Zunino.  Maxon Mills, Wassaic, NY

 

2009

Farm.  Group exhibition at the Stonover Farm Gallery, Lenox, The Berkshires, Massachusettes

Pastoral Portraits.  Group exhibition with Geoff Fitzgerald for the 2009 Contact Photography Festival, Airspace Gallery, Pearson International Airport, Toronto, Ontario.  Curated by Lee Petrie

 

2008

Collection hOlleben.  Group exhibition, Jan von Holleben Studio, Berlin, Germany

Photorama. Group fundraiser for Gallery TPW, Toronto, Ontario

Art With Heart. Group fundraiser for Casey House Hospice, Toronto, Ontario

SNAP!08. Group exhibition and media launch, Edward Day Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

 

2007

Flash Forward 2007: Emerging Photographers from Canada, the U.K. & the U.S. Group exhibition and book launch, Kathleen Cullen Fine Art, Chelsea, New York

NSCAD Emerging Artists. Group exhibition, Argyle Fine Art, Halifax, Nova Scotia

 

2006

Flash Forward 2006: Emerging Photographers from Canada, The U.K. & the U.S. Group exhibition and book launch, Lennox Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

 

 

Art Fairs

 

 

VoltaNY 2010

Art Basel Miami 2007, 2008, 2009

Next Art Fair Chicago 2009

Photo LA 2008

Scope New York 2008

Scope Basel Switzerland 2008

Scope Hamptons 2008

Toronto International Art Fair 2007 2008, 2010, 2011

 

 

 

Awards

 

2012                     

Student Award, Society of Photographic Educators

San Francisco, California, USA

 

2011                  

President’s Scholarship, Rhode Island School of Design

Providence, Rhode Island, USA

 

2009                      

Honorable Mention, Magenta Foundation, "Flash Forward

Toronto, Canada

 

2008                       

Third Place, Hp Prize for Photography

Contact Photography Festival, Toronto, Ontario

 

2007                       

Selected Winner, Magenta Foundation, "Flash Forward”

Toronto, Canada

 

2006                       

Honorable Mention, Magenta Foundation, "Flash Forward"

Toronto, Canada

 

 

 

Grants

 

Production grant 2010. Canada Council for the Arts

Creation grant 2010. ARTSNB

Creation grant 2008. ARTSNB

Creation grant 2007. ARTSNB

Arts by Invitation grant.  ARTSNB

 

 

Collections

 

Smithsonian Museum of American History

Museum of Fine Art, Houston Texas

Nimoy Family Foundation

University College Art Collection, University of Toronto

Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art

Edmonton Arts Council, Edmonton Alberta

Citibank

Canadian Association of University Teachers

Centro de Fotografia Isla de Tenerife           

City of Medicine Hat, Medicine Hat, Alberta

 

 

Publication Record

 

2011 A Day At A Farm: Huffington Post, Los Angeles, USA

View Magazine, Berlin, Germany

2010 Behind the Scenes: Looking Fabulous in Fur: New York Times (Newspaper).  New York, NY

2009 Reform Cool: House&Home (Magazine). Toronto, Ontario

2008 Rob MacInnis: Snapshot (Television Show). Featured Artist in half-hour episode of Bravo documentary series.

Allah Mode: Toronto Life (Magazine). Toronto, Ontario

2007 Flash Forward 2007: Emerging Photographers from Canada, the U.K. & the U.S. (Book). Magenta Publishing: Toronto, Ontario

Eye Candy: Eye Weekly (Magazine).  Toronto, Ontario

The Unreal World : Enroute (Magazine).  Montreal, Quebec

Featured Exhibitions: Contact (Magazine). Toronto, Ontario

Halifax Fresh Faces: The Gazette (Newspaper). Halifax, Nova Scotia

2006 Flash Forward 2006: Emerging Photographers from Canada, The U.K. & the U.S. (Book). Magenta Foundation: Toronto, Ontario

 

 

 

Bibliography

 

Kristen Joy Watts, “Behind the Scenes: Looking Fabulous in Fur”,” New York Times ‘Lens’ Photoblog, January 1, 2010.

David Balzer, “Rob MacInnis “Farm Family Project”,” Eye Weekly, no. 219 (2007).

Arjun Basu, “The Unreal World”, Enroute Magazine, (May 2007)

Laura Trethewey, “Halifax’s Fresh Faces”, Gazette, Issue 139-27, (April 5, 2007).

Philis McGregor, Interview, CBC Radio, Halifax, Nova Scotia, October 2, 2007

Jay MacNeil, Interview, CTV, Halifax, Nova Scotia, October 2, 2007

Adrienne Reid, “In Fashion”, Fashion TV, Toronto, Ontario, October 15, 2007

Bob Barrett, “Snapshot”, Bravo Television, Toronto, Ontario, November 27, 2008