Bio  April Hickox is a Canadian lens-based artist, teacher and independent curator who lives on the Toronto Islands. Over the course of 37 years, April has mined the distinctions between personal and public sites through film, video, photography and installation. Her work with objects and the still life is rooted in narrative histories that individuals accumulate through-out their lives and the ability of inanimate objects to shape memory.  This  work continues in both photographic and video works with Provenance Unknown and Observation, and atributied  a series of photographs and video works that explore still lifes.

April is also known-as a landscape photographer who explores notions of the wild and what we know wilderness to be. Over the years she has continued to document over-lapping layers of human and natural histories, to demonstrate how, with our help, nature is reinvented. She has produced numerous landscape series in Carolinian forest areas including Hancock Woodlands, Point Pelee and the Toronto Island where she has been engaged with an extensive series or work titled Invasive Species. An active community leader, she is the Founding Director of Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography, and a founding member of Tenth Muse Studio, and Artscape Toronto. For the past seven years she has been a member of the curatorial board of Art With Heart, Casey House. Currently April is an Associate Professor of Photography at the Ontario College of Art and Design University in Toronto.

Notable recent exhibitions include Harbourfront Centre, Winnipeg Art Gallery, MacLaren ArtCentre, Oakville Galleries, Tom Thompson Memorial Art Gallery and the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography. Most recently her video work was shown at the Surrey Art Gallery in Surrey, BC. A survey solo exhibition of her photographs was curated by Crystal Mowry for the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery. Her work was recently included in the Art Gallery of Hamilton’s exhibition In Her Own Words curated by Tobi Bruce and featuring the work of several Canadian women artists.


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2023  Avion Nuit Blanche two part video loop.

2023 Observance, TD Bank Video Wall Queen and Bay Street, Toronto, Ontario

2017  Plein Air, on-site images of park visitors on park buildings, Toronto Island, Ontario

2017  Index, Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery,Kitchener, Ontario, curated by Crystal Morey

2016  Provenance Unknown, Cancelled Paintings, KatzmanContemporary, Toronto, Ontario

2014  Invasive Species, KatzmanContemporary, Toronto, Ontario

2012  Park Workers, on-site images on parkbuildings, Toronto Island, Ontario

2012  Vantage, Main Space, Katzman KamenGallery, Toronto, Ontario

2010  Compost, Project Room, Leo KamenGallery, Toronto, Ontario

2009  Gather, five backlit billboards,Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Ontario

2008  Ritual, Leo Kamen Gallery, Toronto,Ontario

2006  Drift, Leo Kamen Gallery, Toronto,Ontario

2003  Landscape and Memory, Main Space,Leo Kamen Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

Landscape and Memory: Point Pelee, Art Gallery of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario

2002  Porcelain, Crystal, Glass, Main Space,Leo Kamen Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

2001  Glance, Project Room, Leo Kamen Gallery,Toronto, Ontario

2000  Within Dialogue, installation, LeoKamen Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

Within Dialogue, site-specificinstallation, St. Norbert Cultural Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba

1999  Untitled, site-specificinstallation, Portland and Richmond Streets, Toronto, Ontario

1998  Tracings, Prime Gallery, Toronto,Ontario

FilmScreenings and interactive works

2023 Observance, TD Bank Video Wall Queen and Bay Street, Toronto, Ontario

2017  Interactive stories of Families,National Film Board, Co-Producer with Justine Pimlott, Evie Ruddy

2017  Primary, Blue, Red, Yellow, Spectrum,four-channel video, Surrey Art Gallery, British Columbia

2016  Variations (White) Queen Spacific,Toronto, Ontario

2016  Variations (Grey) Measured Time,Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Ontario

2012  The Queen’s Garden, HarbourfrontCentre, Toronto, Ontario

2010  When the Mind Hears, Waterlines FilmFestival, Struts Gallery, Sackville, New Brunswick 

2009  Consonance, Frame to Frame, ImagesFestival, Toronto, Ontario

2001  When the Mind Hears, PacificCinematheque, Vancouver, BC

2000  When the Mind Hears Our Voices, Loop Collective, Toronto

1996  When the Mind Hears, Ann ArborFilm Festival, Michigan, US

Cinematheque Ontario, Atribute to Marian McMahon

1995  When the Mind Hears, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario

Toronto International Film Festival, Film Makers Workshop, Helsinki, Finland

Winnipeg Film Group, Winnipeg,Manitoba

Group Exhibitions

2023   Attributed Summer Institute OCADU University

Housing Histories City of Toronto Archives

So to Speak, Tom Thompson Art Gallery, Owen Sound, Ontario

2021 Tether, Thames Art Gallery Chatham, Ontario

 Facing It, Tom Thompson Art Gallery,

 A Wave in Words Curated by Crystal Mowry

2020  Rogue Wave, site work, TorontoIsland, Ontario

2020  Portraits from the permanent collection, curated by Emily McKibbonand Noor Alé, MacLaren Gallery, Barrie

2020  CapitalOne Bank, curated by Carol-Ann Ryan, Capital One, Toronto, Ontario

2018  Roque Wave, site work, TorontoIsland, Ontario

2018  In Her Words, Art Gallery ofHamilton, Hamilton, Ontario

2018  Water Works, Art Gallery ofHamilton, Hamilton, Ontario

2017  150 Stories, Officeof the Lieutenant Governors of Ontario, Landscape andmemory, Point Pelee, Ontario

2016  The Road Trip Maclaren Art Centre,Barrie, Ontario

2015  Beyond the Pines: HomerWatson and the Contemporary Canadian Landscape,  Art Gallery ofMississauga, Ontario

2015  A Print Salon, Birch Contemporary,Toronto, Ontario

2014  10 x 10, Portrait Project, TheGladstone, Toronto, Ontario 

2014  A Noble Line, curated by MarnieFlemming, Oakville Galleries, Ontario

2013  Park Workers, part of SocialJustice Week, Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario

2010  Hanitise, Art Mur, curated by Eve DeGarie-Lamanque, Montreal, Quebec

2009  Looking Forward LookingBack, Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography, Toronto, Ontario

2007  Framed: The Art of the Portrait, curatedby Sara Kelman, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton

2006  Addressing Oakville, curated byShannon Anderson, Gairloch Gardens, Oakville, Ontario

2005  Shorelines, curated by James Patten,MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario

2004  Get a little closer, Oakville Galleries,Oakville, Ontario

Evoking Place, CMCP touringexhibiting, Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, Ontario

2003  The Reality of Fantasy, Art Gallery ofHamilton, Hamilton, Ontario

Revealing the Subject,curated by Shannon Anderson, Oakville Galleries, Oakville, Ontario

2002  Evoking Place, McMaster Museum of Art,Hamilton, Ontario

2001  Crows: an ace art inc. bookwork, ace artinc., Winnipeg, Manitoba

The Photographic Narrative, Art Rental Service, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario

Evoking Place,Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, Ottawa, Ontario

Surprise!, anniversaryexhibition, Archive Inc. Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

Parting Ways, AreaGallery, Toronto, Ontario

The Very Image, HarbourfrontCentre, Toronto, Ontario

2000  Landscape Photography, Tom Thomson ArtGallery, Owen Sound, Ontario

Our Voices, RyersonGallery, Toronto, Ontario

Contaminated Symptoms,Oakville Galleries, Oakville, Ontario

The Infinite Within: Islands of Enchantment, Alliance Française, Toronto, Ontario

Roque Wave, sitework, Toronto Island, Ontario

Recent Photography,excerpts from Within Dialogue, ArtRental Service, Art Gallery of Ontario

1999  Women in Photography, OakvilleGalleries, Oakville, Ontario

The Photography Lesson,York Quay Gallery, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Ontario

Oh Baby!,Cambridge Galleries, Cambridge, Ontario

A Public Room, ExtensionGallery, Toronto, Ontario

1998  Tracings, Prime Gallery, Toronto,Ontario

Song, installation, Portland and RichmondStreets, Toronto, Ontario

1997  Blink, street level photographicinstallation, Portland and Adelaide Streets, Toronto, Ontario

Utopia/Dystopia,billboard project, Floating Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba

1996  Excerpts Photography Narrative, Centred’exposition L’Imagier, Aylmer, Quebec

PublicArt Projects

2020  VantagePoint Passing, Site work, Toronto Islands 

2020  CAMHPublic art projects, Toronto, Ontario, Installed 

2017  HumberRiver Hospital, Installation, Toronto, Ontario, 

2017  OslerProject, Short Listed, Toronto, Ontario, March 

2013  CornellBuilding, Short Listed, Markham, Ontario

2009  Gather, five backlit billboards, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto,Ontario 2009

1995  Dissonance and Voice, installation and site work, curated by RichardRhodes, Oakville Galleries, Oakville, Ontario

Public Art Jury Member, Various Sites for Public Art Management, Toronto, Ontario

Public collections  Connor, Clark & Lunn Financial Group Ltd, Urban Properties 401 Richmond Street,  Annandale Artist Residency, Agnes Etherington ArtCentre, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Art Gallery of Peterborough, Bennett Jones,British Airways, Burnaby Art Gallery, Canada Council Art Bank, Canadian Government, Department of External Affairs, The National Gallery of Canada,Capital One, Central Guarantee Trust, City of Toronto, Ministry of Social Services, Clarkson Gordon, CN Hotels, Fidelity Investments, Glenhyrst Art Gallery, Government of Ontario, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, MacLaren Art Centre, Maclean Hunter, Navigator LTD, Norcen Energy, Oakville Galleries,Price Waterhouse Inc., Royal Bank of Canada, Royal Trust, Scotiabank, Ryerson University, Tom Thomson Art Gallery, Owen Sound, Toronto Board of Education, Toronto-Dominion Bank, and the Winnipeg Art Gallery, Humber River Hospital, Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre, Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital. 

The Toronto Islands have a rich cultural history beginning withthe indigenous peoples, for whom the Island had spiritual and huntingimportance.  I would like to acknowledgethat this work was created on the traditional territories of the Mississaugasof the Credit, the Anishinaabe, the Chippewa, and the Haudenosaunee. I wouldlike to thank the Huron-Wendat for sharing these Islands, known as Mnisiing,where I live and work. 

The artist wishes to thank the following for their support of the production of her work:

Ibrahim Abusitta, Stephen Andrews, Jeannie Baxter, Melissa Bennett, Tobi Bruce, Philip Chatterton, Janet Cornfield, Kathleen Doody, Carolyn Bell Farrell, Marnie Fleming, John Greyson, Merle Harley, Alexa Hickox, Toni Hickox, Warren Hoselton, Gaye Jackson, Joanna Kidd, Jennifer Long, Emily McKibbon, Shirley Madill, Karen McKinnell, Ben Mills, Karen Mills, Luisa Milan, Aaron Moore, Hugh Marin, Crystal Mowry, Raffy Ochoa, Justine Pimlott, Nicholas Pye, Christina Rampton, Stephen Ranger, Raymond Salaber, Leonard Schlichting, Karl Seger, the Shevlin family, Jon Spencer,  Penelope Stewart, Yang Woo-Taek, David Tamblyn, Judith Tinkl, Viktor Tinkl, Seti Zakeri, Margie Zeidler, and Kate Zeidler.

For their vision, leadership and supporting of a vulnerable artist community thanks go to Urban Space-401 Richmond Street where I have shared a studio for over fifteen years. Thanks also to the Artscape Gibraltar Point, Toronto Islands, where I have a shared a shooting studio. Thank you to OCAD University, where I continue to be inspired by my colleagues and students. Finally thank you to the Toronto Island community for helping me shape my vision. 

April Hickox    

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