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The Collector's Gallery - Fine Canadian Art

Neil McClelland
Neil McClelland is a Canadian artist originally from Quebec and currently located in Victoria, British Columbia. He received his MFA from the University of Victoria in 2014 and is a 2016 Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation grantee. He has exhibited in artist-run, public, and commercial galleries across Canada and teaches at Vancouver Island School of Art and sessionally at the University of Victoria.In his paintings, McClelland frequently engages with art historical conventions and traditions, intentionally disrupting their boundaries as he seeks to understand their meaning in an increasingly mediated and troubled world. His current work focuses on exploring utopian and dystopian visions and problems inherent in notions of human perfectibility.


2014 Master of Fine Arts, Visual Arts, University of Victoria, BC



2017 Everything is Being Perfected. Deluge Contemporary Art, Victoria, BC

2015 Apperception. Vernon Public Art Gallery, Vernon, BC (catalogue & artist talk)

2015 Bathers. Xchanges Gallery, Victoria, BC (artist talk)

2012 Variations on Five Photographs. Kaasa Gallery, Edmonton, AB

2012 Family Stories. EPCOR Centre for the Performing Arts Window Galleries, Calgary, AB

2010 If You Can’t Stop, Smile As You Go By. Harcourt House Artist Run Centre, Edmonton, AB (artist-in-residence show & artist talk)


2015 Realities Follies. Open Space Arts Society, Victoria, BC (catalogue & discussion panel)

2015 New Perceptions. Winchester Galleries Modern, Victoria, BC

2015 Faculty Exhibition. Slide Room Gallery, Victoria, BC

2014 Feral. Pop-up show, Victoria, BC (catalogue)

2014 Microwave. Fifty-Fifty Arts Collective, Victoria, BC

2014 Vues de la ville.Beaux-arts des Amériques, Montreal, PQ

2012 Conversations. Common Sense Gallery, Edmonton, AB

2011 Ten to the Power of 10. The Jackson Power Gallery, Edmonton, AB

2011 Energize. Visual Arts Alberta Gallery, Edmonton, AB

2009 Arts at the Assembly. Professional Arts Coalition of Edmonton, AB

2009 Double Take. Art Gallery of St. Albert, St. Albert, AB

2008 Trio. Double Take. The Fringe Gallery, Edmonton, AB

Annually, group shows at Wallack Galleries, Ottawa, ON and The Collectors’ Gallery, Calgary, AB

Master of Fine Arts, Visual Art (University of Victoria
2012 -
Part-time cultural studies courses Master of Arts Integrated Studies (Athabasca University, 2006- )
Painting/Drawing/Sculpture/Printmaking (University of Alberta, 1999-2000)
Studied privately with artists in Montreal, Ottawa, and Edmonton (1993-2000)
Art History (University of Alberta and Athabasca University, 1999-2000)
Painting/Drawing/Mixed Media (Saidye Bronfman Centre, Montreal, 1995-96)
Bachelor of Education (University of Toronto, received 1991)
B.A. Honours Music (University of Ottawa, received 1988)

Art-related Positions

Artist in Residence, Harcourt House Arts Centre, Edmonton, AB (2009-2010)
Art instructor: private instruction and contract work (e.g., NorQuest College, AGA)
Delta Art, retail, materials specialist, art advisor, art demos (Edmonton, AB, 2007- )
Art Gallery of Alberta, art educator (Edmonton, AB, 2008-2009)
Central Elementary School, art teacher (Lac La Biche, AB, 1997-2000)