Veronika Szkudlarek is an artist making abstract paintings and animations hybridizing digital and analogue mark making. 

Szkudlarek's experimental art practice considers the impact of XR, an umbrella term encompassing augmented, virtual, and mixed reality technologies, on contemporary Animation and Painting by exploring relationships between physical materiality and digital simulations. Painted textures - their imperfections, clumps and marks - function as an entropic disruption in a coded digital realm. Szkudlarek sees XR technology as a potential to dismantle and reframe long standing cultural and gender stereotyping in the Fine Arts.  Her abstract experimentation in virtual environments acts as a site of intervention, using gesture and performative mark making to subvert the intent of the technology. 

Szkudlarek's exhibitions includes Queens Museum in NYC, Centre for Contemporary Practices in Kansas City and Galeria Skwer in Warsaw. The New York Times art-critic Ken Johnson included her in the 2010 Brooklyn Symposium. In 2008 Gary Michael Dault, art critic for The Globe and Mail wrote that “artist Veronika Szkudlarek has already chalked up enough experiences to fuel a dozen careers in painting”.

She is an Assistant Professor in the Drawing & Painting department as well as in the Digital Painting & Expanded Animation department at the Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCADU) in Toronto, Canada.

She is also a Visiting Adjunct Professor as an Associate Graduate Faculty member in the Master of Science in Computer Science at The University of Ontario Institute of Technology.

She is the recipient of the Outstanding Merit Award from Pratt Institute, OCADU Faculty of Art Teaching Award, several E-Campus Ontario grants, the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), the 2019 Seed Grant and has been shortlisted for the BLG Equity award. 

Veronika Szkudlarek has appeared on many television interviews including Global TV's This Morning Live. She has moderated numerous public panels on contemporary art including Honey Ramka Gallery in New York City. Her work has been recognized internationally, invited to speak at Columbia University, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD), Queen Museum including cities like New York, Kigali, Jerusalem, Kansas City, Warsaw, Cairo, Oman and Montreal.

EDUCATION

2010 MFA with Distinction & Honors, Painting, Pratt Institute, New York, NY, USA

2006 BFA with Honors, Studio Arts, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

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SELECTED EXHIBITIONS 

2020.    The Drawing Stall, Virtual, Drawings Made by Living Drawers

2020     Cro55ings, Virtual,  curated by John Monteith & Johanna K   Becker

2018     Sustainable Futures, Chinatown Soup Gallery, New York, NY

2018     Open Engagement 2018 – Sustainability, Queens Museum, New York, New York

2017     Circular Ecology, Civic Art Lab, East Village, NYC

2017     The Model's Origin: Beyond the Core, Kansas City Centre for Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri, USA

2016     PROJECT 31, OCAD University, Toronto Ontario

2014     Painted hybrids/malowane hybrydy, Galeria Fabryka Skwer, Warsaw, Poland

2014     Internet as Medium, Steuben Gallery, New York, NY, USA

2013     The Story of the Creative, See | Exhibition Space, New York, NY, USA

2012     Lion mouse, Gallery 1313, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

2011     B.O.S., Bushwick 56 Bogart, Brooklyn, NY, USA

2011     Global Art Project, Broadway Gallery, New York, USA

2011     Vegabundas Sketchbook, Container, Tel Aviv, Israel

2010     I said I had an Internal Clock, then we Missed the Bus, Steuben Gallery, Brooklyn, NY,     USA

2010     The Consulate General:  Two In-Line-Out, Art Square Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Curated by Kika Misztela

2009     Skin Deep, Kips Gallery Chelsea, New York, NY, USA

2009     Remains to be Seen, Lennox Contemporary Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, curated  by Rhonda Corvese

2009     Remains, Cohen/Lasry House, Clark University, Boston, Ma, USA

2009     Politics & Media, Rubelle and Norman Schafler Gallery, New York, NY, USA

2008     Une Chêvre Pour Charlotte, Galerie Quartier Libre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

2008     A Goat for Charlotte, Gallery 1313, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

2007     Art Matters, Sharon Ramsey Gallery, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

2006     Against Nature, Galerie Quartier Libre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

2006     Ms.America, VAV Gallery, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

2006     Lost Horizon, Art Mur, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

PRESS 

Sutton, Benjamin, Hyperallergic, https://hyperallergic.com/442104/open-engagement-returns-to-the-queens-museum-for-artist-led-conference-on-sustainability/, New York, October 9, 2018,

 

Kultural TVP, television interview, “Kultura Warszawa", Warsaw, Poland, April 27 2014.

O.pl - Partner in Culture "Veronika Szkudlarek with Hybrids in Warsaw", Warsaw, Poland, April 22, 2014.

TVpolonia, television interview “Qadrans Qltury”, TVP Warszawa, Warsaw, Poland, May 3 2014.

Peter Howell, The Toronto Star “Szkudlarek’s Lion Mouse a Must-See-Fall-Art-Event", Toronto, Canada, September 6, 2012.  

Anna Piszczkiewicz, Interview, OMNI Television “Culture TO”, Toronto, Canada, November 17, 2012.

Michael Rush, 2010 Symposium selected by Ken Johnson, Public Reviews, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York, USA, April 6, 2010.

Paddy Johnson, 2010 Symposium selected by Ken Johnson, Public Reviews, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York, USA, April 13, 2010.

Matthew Higgs, 2010 Symposium selected by Ken Johnson, Public Reviews, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York, USA, April 20, 2010.

Andrea Scott, 2010 Symposium chosen by Ken Johnson, Public Reviews of Work by Selected Artist, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York, USA, April 27,  2010.

Kika Misztela, Catalogue: “Consulate General of Poland, Art Polonica, In-Line-Out”, Toronto, Canada, September 28, 2010.

Sioban Lombardi, “Art and Thinking- A Discussion of Art & Contemporary Culture”, Tuesday, August 4  2009. 

Gary Michael Dault, “Veronika Szkudlarek at Gallery 1313”, The Globe and Mail, TJuly 19. 2008.

Malgorzata P. Bonikowska, Gazeta Gazeta “Chce malujac pomagac”,Toronto, Ontario, Canada July 17. 2008.

Debra Arbec, Interview, CTV News “My Montreal”, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, February 4, 2008.

Tracy Vernon, Global Television “This Morning Live”, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, February 19, 2008.

Tracey Lindeman, interview, The Mirror “Art-News”, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, February 12, 2008.

Susan Semenak, “Montreal Artist - Rwanda to Galerie Quartier Libre” The Gazette, Montreal, February 3, 2008.

AWARDS / DISTINCTIONS

2021    $89, 325 Ecampus Ontario Grant 

2021    $39,228 Ecampus Ontario Grant

2021     Canadian Foundation for                                                 Innovation - CFI JELF Grant 

2020     This Is Research, Campaign to raise the                        profile of research performed by creative                      professionals,  scholars, and  strategic                          thinkers, Toronto, Canada

2019    $3000 Seed Grant, OCAD University                              Research Grant 

2020     This Is Research, Campaign to raise the                        profile of research performed by creative                      professionals,   scholars, and strategic                          thinkers, Toronto, Canada

2019     Ontario Trillium Foundation - Seed Grant

2019     Artist in Residence, Muscat Oman

2018     OCAD University, Shortlisted BLG Equity                      Faculty Award, Toronto, Canada

2018     OCAD University, Shortlisted for

             Inspired Teaching Award – Excellence

             in Teaching First Year Students,

             Toronto, Canada

2017     OCAD University Faculty of Art

             Teaching Award, Toronto, Canada

2013     International Residency Program to

             Künstlerhaus Bethanien Finalist,

             Canada  Council for the Arts

2011     OneONE Award / Pratt,  Phong Bui,                        The Brooklyn Rail, New York, NY, USA

2010     2010 Symposium Award, Selected by                      Ken Johnson, The New York Times,    

             New York, USA

2010     Pratt Institute, Outstanding                                        Merit Award, New York, USA

2007     Finalist for Annual 2007 Art Matters 

             Festival, Galerie Quartier Libre,

             Montréal, Quebec, Canada

2006     Finalist for Annual 2006 Art Matters

             Festival – Gallery Art Mur, Montréal,

             Quebec, Canada.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Ontario College of Art and Design University,  Toronto, Canada

2019 - Present

Assistant Professor

Intermediate Painting

Capstone Thesis 1

Capstone Thesis 2

Pixel Pusher

 

2015 - 2019 

Teaching Intensive Stream 

Capstone Thesis 1

Capstone Thesis 2

Drawing & Painting – Intermediate Painting

Drawing & Painting – Painting Studio

Drawing & Painting – Painting 1

Drawing & Painting – Painting 2

Digital Painting Expanded Animation –

Pixel Pusher

Digital Painting Expanded Animation –

Collaborative Expanded Animation 1

Digital Painting Expanded Animation

Collaborative Expanded Animation 2

Digital Painting Expanded Animation –

Painting and Digital Imaging 1

Digital Painting Expanded Animation –

Painting and Digital Imaging 2

Drawing & Painting - Independent Study

2013-2015 

Adjunct Professor

Digital Painting Expanded Animation –

Painting and Digital Imaging 1

Digital Painting Expanded Animation –

Painting and Digital Imaging 2

Drawing & Painting – Painting Studio

Drawing & Painting – Intro to Painting 1

Drawing & Painting – Intro to Painting 2

  

University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Oshawa, Canada

 

2019- Present

Visiting Adjunct Professor

Associate Graduate Faculty member

Master of Science (MSc) in Computer Science

Co-Supervise Thesis

 

LECTURES

2020.    NSCAD - Nova Scotia College of Art                and Design. Artist Talk

 

2019     VRTO - Virtual & Augmented Reality                Conference & Expo. Partnership with                OCADU and Ontario Tech. 

 

2019     Traditional Painting in

             Nontraditional Time,  American

             British Academy, Muscat, Oman.  

2018     Open Engagement - Sustainability,

             Queens Museum "Hybrid Painting,

             Drawing & Animation: Pushing

             Traditional Practice Forward with

             Technology" by Veronika Szkudlarek,

             New York, NY

2018     Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media

             & Design Lecture for Graduate 

             Student Thesis Seminar Class, OCAD

             U, Toronto, Canada 

2017     Sustainability Conference - Columbia

             University, CivicArtLab “Hybrid

             Painting As Metaphor Incorporating

             Digital Technology In A Traditional

             Practice” by Veronika Szkudlarek (Fine

             artist & educator, OCAD Toronto), 

             New York, NY, USA

2017     Civic Art Lab, “Hybrid Painting As

             Metaphor: Incorporating Digital

             Technology In A Traditional Practice”

             by Veronika Szkudlarek, New York, NY

2017     FATE’s 16th Biennial, 

             "Redefining the Basics:  Introducing

             3D Modeling and Animation Software

             into Traditional Painting Course."  

             Panel topic: Hands-on Making and 

             Beyond: Balancing Tactile and Digital.

             Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City,

             Missouri, USA

2015     “Contemporary Digital Practices”

             Mercedez Benz Financial Services 

             Headquarters Lecture and Workshop,

             Toronto, Canada

2015     Panel Moderator, “Control

             Panel/Machine Aesthetics" with artists

             James Clark, Linda Francis, Micah

             Ganske, Ben Garthus, and Tom

             Moody”, Honey Ramka Gallery,

             New York, NY, USA

2014     “Vagabond Aesthetics”, Dare2Create,

             Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts

             Council, Toronto, Canada

2013     “Painting in the Age of Digital

             Reproduction”, Fine Art Department,

             Leaside, Toronto, Canada

2010     Artist in Residence, 2009/2010

             Conference, Nobel Peace Prize to

             Rwanda’s Righteous, Rwanda Kigali

2009     “Reframing Painting”, Fine Art

             Department, Canadian International

             School of Egypt, Cairo, Egypt

2009     Artist is Residence with Professor Frank

             Chalk from Concordia University, MRH,

             Berlin, Germany

2009     “Metamodern ”, 1st Annual IHR

             Conference, Clark University, Boston,

             USA

2009     “Remains to Be Seen Exhibition -

             Atom Egoyan”, Lennox Contemporary

             Gallery, Toronto,Canada

2009     “From Mural to Gallery”, Galerie

             Quartier Libre, Montreal, Quebec,

             Canada

2008     Artist Talk, Design & Interdisciplinary

             Art Department, Don Mills Collegiate

             Institute, Toronto, Canada

2008     Artist Talk “Painting Abstraction -

             Residency in Kigali Rwanda”, Miss 

             Edgar & Miss Cramps Alumni,

             Montreal, Quebec, Canada

2007     Artist in Residence, Mother Theresa of

             Missions of Charity, Kigali, Rwanda

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

 

Greenspace NYC/ CivicArtLab

FATE member – Foundations in Art: Theory and Education

President of the Pratt Artist League, New York, NY, USA

College Art Association (CAA), New York, NY, USA

 

COLLECTIONS

MIGS Institute, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

ARCHIVES