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. Currently, this direction in her work continues in both photographic and video works with Provenance Unknown and Observation, a series of photographs and video works that explore the studio still life.

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, CaseyHouse. 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.

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-Seger, 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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RESUME Condensed version 2020


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Solo Exhibitions 

 2017    PleinAir, on-site images of park visitors on park buildings, Toronto Island,Ontario, 2017-present   

               Index,Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery, Kitchener, Ontario, curated by Crystal Morey 2016   

              ProvenanceUnknown, Cancelled Paintings, Katzman Contemporary, Toronto, Ontario2014    

              Invasive Species, Katzman Contemporary, Toronto, Ontario

2012    Park Workers, on-site images on park buildings, Toronto Island, Ontario,2012–2013

2012    Vantage,Main Space, Katzman Kamen Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

2010    Compost,Project Room, Leo Kamen Gallery, 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    Landscapeand 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    WithinDialogue, installation, Leo Kamen Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

               WithinDialogue, site-specificinstallation, St. Norbert Cultural Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba

1999    Untitled,site-specific installation, Portland and Richmond Streets, Toronto, Ontario

1998    Tracings,Prime Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

Film Screenings and interactiveworks

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

2017    Primary,Blue, Red, Yellow, Spectrum, four-chanel video, Surrey Art Gallery, BritishColumbia

2016    Variations(White) Queen Spacific, Toronto, Ontario

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

2012    TheQueen’s Garden, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Ontario

2010    WhenThe Mind Hears, Waterlines Film Festival, Struts Gallery, Sackville, NewBrunswick 

2009    Consonance,Frame to Frame, Images Festival, Toronto, Ontario

2001    Whenthe Mind Hears, Pacific Cinematheque, Vancouver, BC

2000    Whenthe Mind Hears Our Voices, LoopCollective, Toronto

1996    Whenthe Mind Hears, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Michigan, USA

              CinemathequeOntario, A tribute to Marian McMahon

1995    Whenthe Mind Hears, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario

               TorontoInternational Film Festival, Film Makers Workshop, Helsinki, Finland

                WinnipegFilm Group, Winnipeg, Manitoba


2020    RoqueWave, site work, Toronto Island, Ontario

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

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

2018    RoqueWave, site work, Toronto Island, Ontario

2018    In HerWords, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton, Ontario

2018    WaterWorks, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton, Ontario

2017    150Stories, Office of the Lieutenant Governors of Ontario, PointPelee, Ontario

2016    The Road Trip Malaren Art Centre,Barrie, Ontario

2015    Beyond the Pines: Homer Watson and theContemporary Canadian Landscape,  ArtGallery of Mississauga, Ontario

2015    A PrintSalon, Birch Contemporary, Toronto, Ontario

2014    10 x 10,Portrait Project, The Gladstone, Toronto, Ontario 

2014    ANoble Line, curated by Marnie Flemming, Oakville Galleries, Ontario

2013    ParkWorkers, part of Social Justice Week, Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario

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

2009    LookingForward Looking Back, Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography,Toronto, Ontario

                Mongrel Love, Leo Kamen Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

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

2006    AddressingOakville, curated by Shannon Anderson, Gairloch Gardens, Oakville, Ontario

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

2004    Get alittle closer, Oakville Galleries, Oakville, Ontario

                Evoking Place, CMCP touring exhibiting, Robert McLaughlin Gallery,Oshawa, Ontario

2003    TheReality of Fantasy, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton, Ontario

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

2002    EvokingPlace, McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton, Ontario

2001    Crows:an aceart inc. bookwork, aceart inc., Winnipeg, Manitoba

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

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

              Surprise!, anniversary exhibition, Archive Inc. Gallery, Toronto,Ontario

             Parting Ways, Area Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

           The Very Image, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Ontario

2000    LandscapePhotography, Tom Thomson Art Gallery, Owen Sound, Ontario

               Our Voices, Ryerson Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

               Contaminated  Symptoms, Oakville Galleries,Oakville, Ontario

               The Infinite Within: Islands ofEnchantment, Alliance Française, Toronto, Ontario

               Roque Wave, site work, Toronto Island, Ontario

               Recent Photography, excerpts from WithinDialogue, Art Rental Service, Art Gallery of Ontario

1999    Womenin Photography, Oakville Galleries, Oakville, Ontario

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

              Oh Baby!, Cambridge Galleries, Cambridge, Ontario

              A Public Room, Extension Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

1998    Tracings,Prime Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

               Song, installation, Portland and Richmond Streets, Toronto,Ontario

1997    Blink,street level photographic installation, Portland and Adelaide Streets, Toronto,Ontario

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

1996    Excerpts Photography Narrative,Centre d’exposition L’Imagier, Aylmer, Quebec

1995    Dissonance and Voice, installation andoutdoor site work, curated by Richard Rhodes, Oakville Galleries, Oakville,Ontario

Public Art Projects

CAMH Public artprojects, Toronto, Ontario, Installed September 2020

Humber RiverHospital, Installation, Toronto, Ontario, June 2017

Osler Project, ShortListed,Toronto, Ontario, March 2017

Cornell Building, ShortListed, Markham, Ontario, 2013

Public Art JuryMember, Various Sites for Public Art Management, Toronto, Ontario

Public collections

Agnes Etherington Art Centre, 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, Toronto Board of Education, Toronto-Dominion Bank,and the Winnipeg Art Gallery, Humber River Hospital, Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre, Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital. 

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