Associate Professor of Practice
Department of the Arts


Brief Biography

Duncan MacDonald is a Canadian contemporary artist whose artworks have been exhibited in numerous venues and festivals throughout the world such as Paris Nuit Blanche, PM Gallery, Cambridge Galleries, Mercer Union, Gale Gates, Paved Art, Museu Joinville, Oakville Galleries, Museu de Arte Contemporanea do Ceara, Anna Leonowens, Grimsby Art Gallery, and many others.

MacDonald studied at York University and NSCAD University, focusing on interdisciplinary studio practice and sound. He has received distinctions, awards and grants such as a Danish international visiting artist residency, the Canada Council Paris Studio, a Canada Council Research and Production Grant to research found video and audio from various archives throughout Canada, numerous grants from the OAC, a pre-commercialization grant from FEDDEV, several indirect Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council grants to help fund artistic research, a residency at the Royal College of Art in London, England, and the Established Artist Award for Niagara, to name a few.

Currently, he is working on a large-scale research project with Professor Brenda Segone entitled MASR: Research in Modern and Contemporary Art. The project aims to map Egyptian modern and contemporary art through the curation of an exhibition series (with associated artist talks and workshops), the publication of a series of exhibition catalogs, and the creation of a web repository.

This year, MacDonald is collaborating with Professor Kurt Campbell from the University of Cape Town as part of a HUSSLab Global South Co-Teaching Fund, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The collaboration aims to draw attention to the opportunities and restrictions technology affords citizens in artistic expression.  

MacDonald teaches visual arts in the Department of the Arts.