Shelagh Keeley lives and works in Toronto after living twenty-two years in New York City and Paris. Keeley’s recent projects have been presented by MoMA Library and Archives, New York (2015); Vancouver Art Gallery (2015); The Power Plant, Toronto (2014); Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art, Toronto (2015) and Ryerson Image Center, Toronto (2013). Keeley has also been part of a large number of international group shows including: The Unfinished Conversation: Encoding/Decoding at The Power Plant, Toronto (2015) and Museu Coleccao Berardo, Lisbon, Portugal (2016); In Order to Join – The Political in a Historical Moment at Museum Abteiberg Mönchengladbach, Germany (2013) and Goethe Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai, India (2015). In 2013 Keeley created a collaborative book project with refugee children entitled Desire to Join and published by Museum Abteiberg Mönchengladbach, Germany (2013). Her work is included in public collections including MoMA, New York; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Les Musées de la Ville de Paris; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; and the Vancouver Art Gallery. 


Oakville, Ontario


1977 Honours BFA York University, Toronto, Ontario

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2015 At the Table, commissioned project / performance with Lin Snelling, April 30, 2015 MoMA Library / Archives. NYC

2015 artist book launch : notes on obsolescence, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto, Canada

2015 Rereading Lucretius / improvisation with Lin Snelling, Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada

2015 Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art, Toronto, Canada

2014 research residency and performance with choreographer Lin Snelling, MoMA Library and Archives, NYC

2014 Notes on Obsolescence, a commissioned site-specific wall drawing installation, The Power Plant, Toronto

2013 a collaborative book project: DESIRE TO JOIN created with refugee children published by Museum Abteiberg, Germany

2011 Performing Book, drawing installation/collaboration, Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton

2011 Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina, Canada

2011 Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Charlottetown, Canada

2010 McMaster University Museum of Art, Hamilton, Canada

2010 Artist in residence, Western Front, Vancouver

2010 Site-specific wall drawing, het Ottenhuis, Diepenheim, The Netherlands

2010 Drawing Centre Kunstvereniging Diepenheim, The Netherlands

2010 The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, Canada

2009 Performing Book, drawing installation/collaboration, Dance House, Limassol, Cyprus

2008 RAM Foundation, Rotterdam, Netherlands

2007 Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto

2006 Performing Book, drawing installation/collaboration with Lin Snelling, Usine C, Montreal

2006 Ram Foundation, Rotterdam, Netherlands

2005 Galerie Annette de Keyser, Antwerp, Belgium

2005 Jindal steel factory, permanent site-specific installation, Mumbai, India

2004 Nature Morte Gallery, New Delhi, India

2001 Owens Art Gallery, Mount Allison University, New Brunswick

2001 Museum Library, Brooklyn Museum, New York

1999 Nexus Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta

1998 Crestet Centre d'Art, Vaison La Romaine, France

1998 Art Book, Amsterdam, Netherlands

1998 Printed Matter, New York, New York

1997 Galerie Annette de Keyser, Antwerp, Belgium

1996 Centre d'Arts Plastique de Saint-Fons, on-site installation, Lyon, France

1995 Indianapolis Museum of Art, on-site installation, Indianapolis

1995 RAM Galerie, Rotterdam, Netherlands

1995 1997 Galerie Aline Vidal, Paris, France

1994 Centre d'Art Herblay, France

1994 John Gibson Gallery, New York 

1993 James Corcoran Gallery, Los Angeles

1993 Exit Art, New York

1992 The Contemporary Museum, on-site installation, Honolulu

1991 Nexus Contemporary Art Center, on-site installation, Atlanta

1991 Granary Books, New York

1991 De Fabriek, Eindhoven

1990 Art Metropole, Toronto

1990 Mattress Factory, on-site installation, Pittsburgh 

1989 49th Parallel, on-site installation New York 

1989 SF Camerawork, San Francisco

1989/1988 Sagacho Exhibit Space, on-site installation, Tokyo, Japan

1989 101 Studio d'Arte Contemporanea, Florence, Italy

1989 Centro Culturale Canadese, Rome, Italy

1989 Franklin Furnace, New York

1989/1987 Tomoko Ligouri Gallery, New York

1986 Presentation House Gallery, on-site installation, Vancouver

1986 Gallery White Art, Tokyo, Japan


Selected Group Exhibitions

2019  Pulled in Brooklyn, IPCNY International Print Center Gallery, New York, New York.

2017  The Unfinished Conversation: Encoding /Decoding, Stamps Gallery,University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

2017  installation at the IFA Gallery, A World in the City: Zoological and Botanical Gardens, Stuttgart, Germany

2017  Persistence, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

2017  4th Biennial exhibition The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. October 2017 – March 2018

2017  Govenor General Awards in Visual and Media Arts  Exhibition 2017, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Canada

2017  When Form Becomes Attitude, Contemporary Calgary, Alberta, Canada

2016 The Unfinished Conversation: Encoding / Decoded. John Akomfrah, Steve McQueen, Terry Adkins, Shelagh Keeley,

          Sven Augustijen, Zineb Sedira. Museu Colecao Berardo, Lisboa, Portugal

2015 Anything but Homeless /Drawings from the NOG Collection, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam,The Netherlands

2015 a collaborator in the EXILE project installation by Dora Garcia at The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada

2015 The Book Undone: 30 Years of Granary Books, Columbia University Rare Books & Manuscript Library, NYC

2015 Talking Back: New Acquisitions, Art, Design & Architecture Museum, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA

2015 Poetics of Space, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.

2015 Border Cultures: Part Three /security, surveillance. Yto Barrada,Harun Farocki,Trevor Paglen, Shelagh Keeley, Hito Steyerl

        Rebecca Belmore, and others. Art Gallery of Windsor, Canada

2015 The Unfinished Conversation: Encoding / Decoding, The Power Plant,Toronto, Canada

2015 Symposium: Expanding the Conversation / Encoding / Decoding the Cultural Present, The Power Plant, Toronto

2015 Discussion with Shelagh Keeley and Kaiwan Mehta moderated by Ranjit Hoskote,Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan, Mumbai

2015 In Order to Join / The Political in a Historical Moment. Adrian Piper, Sheela Gowda, Mona Hatoum, Shelagh Keeley, Rosemarie

        Trockel Astrid Klein, Helen Chadwick and others. Max Mueller Bhavan & Prince of Wales Museum, Mumbai, India  

2013 Sarai Reader 09:The Exhibition, curated by Raqs Media Collective, Devi Art Foundation, Gurgaon, India

2013 In Order to Join / the Political in a Historical Moment, Museum Abteiberg, Monchengladbach, Germany

2013 Here and There: Photography and Video Works on Immigration. Ryerson Image Centre, Toronto

2012 Korenbeurs Schiedam, Schiedam,The Netherlands

2012 Nuit Blanche, Fonds municipal d’art contemporain, Hotel de Ville, Paris, France

2012 Artist book collection, Sagacho Archives, Tokyo, Japan

2011 Fellow Travellers, DMG, University of Toronto, Toronto

2010 AIGA Design Center NYC, 50 Books/50 Covers, best international book design 2009

2010 Art School Dismissed, Shaw Street Public School, Toronto

2010 Visceral Bodies, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.

2009 Site-specific installation, Caoyang Village Public Art Project curated by Jonathan Watkins, Shanghai, China

2009 Everything Changes curated by Jonathan Watkins, Moganshan Lu, Shanghai, China

2008 Hysteria and the Body, National Gallery of Canada, travelling exhibition

2007 Intrusions au Petit Palais, Fonds municipal d’art contemporain, Petit Palais, Musee des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris, France

2006 Permanent Collection, MOCCA, Toronto

2005 Material Devotion, Jaipur Literature Festival, on-site installation, Jaipur, India

2003 For the Record – Drawing Contemporary Life, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver

2002 The 25th Anniversary Selections Exhibition, The Drawing Center, NY

2000 Face à L'autre, FRAC Haute-Normandie, Rouen, France

2000 The End: An Independent Vision of Contemporary Culture, Exit Art, NY

2000 Sight / Insight: Visual Commentaries on the Physical World. The New York Public Library, NY

2000 End Papers,Drawings 1890 -1900 and 1990-2000. Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY

1999 Drawings, Annette de Keyser Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium

1998 Raw Ideas, Large Scale Drawings, John Gibson Gallery, NY

1998 Jeux de Genres, Les Musees de la Ville de Paris, L'Espace Electra, Paris, France

1998 Interiors, Galerie Aline Vidal, Paris, France

1998 Five Years Together, Galerie Annette de Keyser, Antwerp, Belgium

1998 Books by Artists, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto

1998 Process, Documentation and Fragments from the Mattress Factory's Archives, Pittsburgh

1997 The Pleasure of Reading, John Gibson Gallery, NY

1997 Mother Nature, John Gibson Gallery, NY

1996 Vital Signs, Part III, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto

1996 Voyeurs Delight, Franklin Furnace, NY

1996 Odd Bodies, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa

1993 Return of the Cadavre Exquis, The Drawing Center, NY

1993 Nineties, John Gibson Gallery, NY

1993 Chambres d'Hotel, on-site installation, Quebec City

1992–1994 Drawn in the nineties, Independent Curators International (ICI), travelling exhibition, NY

1992 Mostra da X Gravura, Museu da Gravura Cidad de Curitiba, Curitiba, Brazil

1992 Natural Science, John Gibson Gallery, NY

1992 La Fabbrica di Seta, on-site installation, Arezzo, Italy

1992 From the Intimacy of the Page, The Power Plant, Toronto

1991 Encounters with Diversity, P.S.1 Museum, NY

1991 Milanopoesia, Spazio Ansaldo, Milan, Italy

1991 Physical Relief, Hunter College Art Gallery, NY

1991 Contemporary Works from the Permanent Collection, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa

1991 Helen Chadwick and Shelagh Keeley, Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff, Canada

1989 If You Lived Here:The City in Art, Theory and Social Activism, a project by Martha Rosler, DIA Art Foundation, NY

1989 Perugia Video and Film Festival, Perugia, Italy

1988 Flaneur, collaboration with Goro Namerikawa (Sankai Juku), Sagacho Exhibition Space, Tokyo, Japan

1987 1st International Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey 

1987 Infermental 6, Berlin Film Festival, Berlin, Germany

1987 Immigrants and Refugees/Heroes or Villains, Exit Art, NY

1987 Selections 36, The Drawing Center, NY

1986 Dream Island/Nature Morta, Miyagi Museum, Sendai, Japan

1986 Selections, curated by Valerie Smith, Artist's Space, NY


Selected Awards

2017  Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts, the Canada Council for the Arts, Ottawa, Canada

2017   invited residency / work fellowship  Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany

2014 Canada Council Long Term Grant

2013 Visiting Artist, Kunstakademie / Dusseldorf Art Academy, Dusseldorf, Germany

2011 Distinguished Visitors Grant, University of Alberta, Edmonton

2009 AIGA50 Books/50 Covers. Best international book design. NYC

2012 Ontario Arts Council

2009 / 2011 Toronto Arts Council

2002 Artist in Residence, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS

2006 / 2011 The Canada Council

2000 Pollock Krasner Foundation

1995 Nexus Press Olympic Book Residency, Atlanta (representing North America)

1989 Edward Albee Fellowship

1989 Japan/Canada Award


Selected Public Collections

Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto

Agnes b collection, Paris, France

Art, Design & Architecture Museum, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA

AIGA Design Archives, Denver Art Museum, Colorado

Artotheque, Centre d'Arts Plastiques, Lyons, France

Bibliotheques Nationale de France, Paris, France

The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY

Columbia University, Butler Library, Rare Books and Manuscripts Collection, NY

Department de Seine Saint-Denis, France

Department of External Affairs, Ottawa

Edward Albee Foundation, NY

The Frances Dittmer Collection, NY

Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Paris

Frac Haute-Normandie, Rouen, France

The Getty Museum, Santa Monica, CA

Hart House, University of Toronto, Toronto

Harvard Art Museum, Boston, Mass.

Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, Hawaii

The Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

Ikko Tanaka Collection, Tokyo, Japan

Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana

Issey Miyake Collection, Tokyo, Japan

Jindal SW Steel Foundation art collection, Mumbai, India

Les Musés de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France

The Library of Congress, Washington, DC

The Museum of Modern Art, NYC

The Museum of Modern Art Library, NYC

Musée d'Art Contemporain, Montreal

Musee des beaux-arts de Montreal, Montreal

National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa

New York Public Library, Spencer Collection, NYC

NOG collection SNS REAAL Fund, Netherlands

The Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh

Peabody Essex Museum, Phillips Library, Salem, MA

Princeton University Library, Princeton, NJ

Progressive Insurance Peter B. Lewis Collection, Cleveland, Ohio

Refco Corporation, Chicago

Ryerson Image Centre, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada

Sagacho Archives,Tokyo, Japan

San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, Scotland

Smithsonian Libraries Artist’s Books Collection, Washington D.C.

Stadtisches Museum Abteiberg, Monchengladbach, Germany

Stanford University, The Green Library, Department of Special Collections, CA

Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

Stedelijk Museum, Schiedam, The Netherlands

Sydney Lewis Collection, Virginia

University Art Museum, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA

University of New Mexico, Santa Fe, NM

University of Toronto, Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library and The Donovan Collection, St. Michael's College

Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven, Netherlands

Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC

Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

The Wedge Collection / Dr. Kenneth Montague, Toronto, Canada

Yale University Art Gallery, CT

Yale University, Beinecke Rare Books & Manuscript Library, CT