Arnold McBay Print Biography
 
Biography
 

Born St. Catharines, Ontario.  August 6, 1960

Studies at Carleton University, Ottawa.  1982
B.A. hon. Brock University.  1988
B.ed. University of Western Ontario.  1990
M.A. studies in Contemporary Literature and the Arts, Brock University.  2009

Arnold McBay is a mixed-media artist working in drawing, sculpture and installation. He teaches studio courses at Brock University and has led art workshops in public art galleries and high schools across Ontario.  Much of his work has focused on an exploration of senescent concerns, memory and aesthetics.

In 1995, he was the subject of a major exhibition at the London Regional Art Gallery (titled “Passage”) and has since been represented by Thielsen Gallery of London, Ontario.  Recently he has exhibited with sculptor Jane Adeney at the WKP Kennedy Gallery in North Bay, Ontario (2005) and ceramicist Susan Wintrop at the Burlington Art Centre (2009) and The Niagara Pumphouse Visual Art Centre in Niagara-on-the-Lake (2010).  His work is also featured in a  solo exhibition at the St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre (2011). Other recent activities include a month long studio residency at the Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris, France the summer of 2007.  

He has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants, most recently a purchase award for best in show at the annual City of St. Catharines Juried Exhibition.  Recently his works have been taken into the Permanent Collections of the Grimsby Public Art Gallery, the City of St. Catharines, the Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery in Owen Sound, and the St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre. 

 
Artist Statement
 

My work is an examination of the senses and a consideration of the ephemeral nature of human experience.  The result is a body of work reflecting on the nature of perception and consciousness, an ontological inquiry of sorts.  I feel my role as an artist is to dream (in Borges’ notion of writing as nothing more than a guided dream) on the borderline between my own personal experience and the ephemeral nature of our conscious and the world at large.

February, 2011

 
Solo Exhibitions
 
2000

2000 “Recent Mixed-media Works” THIELSEN GALLERY, London, ON
“You are here” GARDEN PARK GALLERY, St. Catharines, ON.

1999 1999 “Lost & Found Recent Works” NIAGARA ARTIST’S COMPANY,
St. Catharines, ON.
“Recent Work” PUMPHOUSE GALLERY, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
1998 1998 “Drawings and Mixed – Media Works” G & K GALLERIES,
St. Catharines, ON
1996 1996 “Recent Work” G & K GALLERIES, St. Catharines, ON
1995 1995 “Passage” LONDON REGINAL ART AND HISTORICAL MUSEUMS,
London, ON. (Catalogue)
“Geri Binks & Arnold McBay” THIELSEN GALLERY, London, ON
1994 1994 “The Culture of Violence” SWORDS INTO PLOWSHARES PEACE
CENTER AND GALLERY, Detroit, MI.
“Nature Morte” THE LIBRARY & GALLERY , Cambridge, ON
1993 1993 “Variations Recent Work” AUBERGE DU PETITE PRINCE, London, ON
1992 1992 “Asylum” ART ALIVE, ST. THOMAS PUBLIC LIBRARY, St. Thomas,ON
1991 1991 “Works on Paper” THE GALLERY, Brock Center For The Arts, Brock University , St. Catharines, ON
 
Group Exhibitions
 
2004 Group Drawing Show, Thielsen Gallery, London, On
2000 2000 NIAGARA ARTISTS COMPANY, St. Catharines, ON
1995 “Juried Exhibition” GLENHYRST ART GALLERY OF BRANT, ON
1994 “Urban Realities” SWORDS INTO PLOWSHARES PEACE CENTER & GALLERY, Detroit, MI.
1993 1993 “Imaging Alternatives War or Peace” SWORDS INTO PLOWSHARES
PEACE CENTER & GALLERY, Detroit, MI.
“Annual Western Ontario Exhibition” LONDON REGIONAL ART
& HISTORICAL MUSEUMS, London, ON.
“Creative Elgin: Juried Exhibition” THE ART GALLERY ST. THOMAS –
ELGIN, St. Thomas, ON.
“Look 1993” GALLERY LAMBTON, Sarnia, ON
1992 1992 “Juried Exhibition” TOM THOMSON MEMORIAL ART GALLERY,
Owen Sound, ON.
“Francis Caprani, Arnold McBay, Gerald Pedros” AUBERGE DU PETITE PRINCE, London, ON.
“Erin Cara Irish-Canadian Exchange Art Exhibition” WORLD TRADE CENTER Montreal, PQ
CENTRE OF CONTEMPORY ART – ST. THOMAS, St. Thomas, ON.
“Look” GALLERY LAMBTON, Sarnia, ON
1991 1991 “Transforming Visions ‘91” SWORDS INTO PLOWSHARES PEACE CENTER
& GALLERY, Detroit, MI.
“Juried Exhibition” THE LIBRARY AND GALLERY ,Cambridge, ON
“Elgin Points of View:Arnold McBay, Candy McManiman, Walter Redinger”
THE ART GALLERY ST. THOMAS- ELGIN St. Thomas, ON
“Vehicles: Ed. Zelenak, Gerald Pedros, Walter Redinger, Arnold McBay,
Harry Wilkinson” Exhibit/Event held at studio of Gerald Pedros & Arnold
McBay, St. Thomas, ON
“Annual Juried Exhibit” LYNWOOD ARTS CENTRE, Simcoe, ON.
“Artforms” KITCHENER-WATERLOO ART GALLERY, Kitchener, ON.
“Annual Western Ontarioo Exhibition” LONDON REGIONAL ART GALLERY, London, ON.
1990 “Look 1990” SARNIA PUBLIC LIBRARY & ART GALLERY, Sarnia, ON
1989 ‘Transforming visions ’89” SWORDS INTO PLOWSHARES PEACE CENTER & GALLERY, Detroit, MI
1988 “Brock University Alumni Exhibit” RODMAN HALL ARTS CENTER, THE GALLERY, Brock Center for the Arts, Brock University, St. Catharines, ON
1987 “Juried Student Art Exhibit” THE GALLERY, Brock Center for the Arts, Brock University, St. Catharines, ON
 
Awards
 
1993 1993 Juror’s Choice Award (First Prize)
“Juried Exhibition” GLENHYRST ART GALLERY OF BRENT.
Honourable Mention
“Annual Juried Exhibition” THE ART GALLERY ST. THOMAS-ELGIN
1992 First Prize. Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery Award.
“Juried Exhibition” TOM THOMSON MEMORIAL ART GALLERY
“Juror’s Award”
“Juried Exhibition” GLENHYRST ART GALLERY OF BRENT
1991 Best in Show
“Juried Exhibition” THE LIBRARY & GALLERY.
Second Prize/ The Victor Schumacher Award.
“Transforming Visions ‘91” SWORDS INTO PLOWSHARES PEACE CENTER & GALLERY
1989 1989 Purchase Award.
“Transforming Visions ‘89” SWORDS INTO PLOWSHARES PEACE CENTER & GALLERY
1987 M.E. and L.E. Miller Prize for excellence over 3 years of study in the Fine Arts,
BROCK UNIVERSITY.
Honourable Mention.
“Juried Student Art Exhibition” THE GALLERY, Brock University
 
Collections
 
Art Gallery St. Thomas-Elgin, St. Thomas, ON.
Brock University Permanent Art Collection, St. Catharines, ON.
Swords into Plowshares Peace Center and Gallery, Detriot, MI.
Private Collections in British Columbia, New Brunswick, Ontario, Quebec and The United States
 
Publications
 
Columnist for the Niagara Arts Journal, 1988-1990, Artspress, St. Catharines, ON.
 
Grants
 
Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant: 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1999.
 
Education
 
Ba. Honours (First Class Standing), Visual Art, Brock University
B.ed. University of Western Ontario
 
Represented by Thielsen Gallery, London, ON.