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is a Chicago-based Canadian painter who also creates sewn and carved objects.  His work deals with intersections of power, labour, and humour, usually through depictions of figures and the spaces they occupy.  He has exhibited in Chicago, New York, Sweden, Iceland, Kuwait, France, and Canada and his work is represented in the collections of Todd Oldham, the Agnes Etherington Art Centre and the Doris McCarthy Gallery at the University of Toronto.  He holds the position of Associate Professor, adj. at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Jason Dunda

Solo Exhibitions

2019    “A twelve step program for iconoclasm,” FLXST Contemporary, Chicago

2018    “A Hall of Unflattering Portraits,” MacLaren Art Center, Barrie, Ontario (catalog)

2016    “Bystander recalls various incidents with malignant enthusiasm,” Northeastern Illinois University Fine Arts Gallery

2014    “The ceiling caves in on Jason Dunda’s Head,” Slow, Chicago

2011    “Boîte-en-valise,” Clutch Gallery, Chicago

2009    “No substantial advantage to mankind,” Kasia Kay Art Projects, Chicago

2008    “Sensible,” Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects, Toronto


Group Exhibitions (selected)

2021    “Dream,” Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago

              “In Dialogue,” Temple Contemporary, Philadelphia PA

              “The Happening,” FLXST, Chicago

2020    “Reaching for the Horizon,” Antenna, New Orleans

              “Go For Baroque,” Spring/Break Art Fair, New York (two-person)

2019    “Highly Illogical,” Langer/Dickie, Chicago (two-person)

              “New Editions: Into the FLXST,” FLXST Contemporary, Chicago

2018    “Orange,” Slow, Chicago

              “Contributing Factors: Selections from Sovfoto,” MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario (curator)

              “Shared Neuroses,” boundary, Chicago (two-person)

2017    “Vote for convict no. 9653,” Dock 6 Collective, Chicago

2016    “We’re separate together now,” Slow, Chicago

2015    “We,” Slow, Chicago (curator)

              “The Hall of Minor Letdowns,” Daly 208 Projects, Chestertown MD

              “Bring Out Your Dead,” Slow, Chicago

2014    “Burn It Down,” Heaven, Chicago

              “Isolated Fictions,” Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago

              “Everything Paper,” University of Nebraska at Omaha Art Gallery

              “Don’t Trust the Floor,” Slow, Chicago

              “Eating Cultures,” SOMArts, San Francisco

2013    “Your Implications Have Implications,” Slow, Chicago

              “August,” SÍM Gallery, Reykjavík, Iceland

2012    “Euphemize,” Slow, Chicago

              “Punishment and Protest,” Azimuth Projects, Chicago

              “Selections from the 7th International Drawing Annual,” Manifest, Cincinnati OH

              “Gang of Nine,” Research House for Asian Art, Chicago

              “B.A.D,” Beverly Arts Center, Chicago

2011    “Archival Impulse,” Gallery 400, Chicago

              “Head,” Slow, Chicago

              “Five Funerals,” The Charnel House, Chicago (co-curator)

              “Lock the Doors,” Slow, Chicago

              “Sexier,” Zhou B. Art Center, Chicago

              “Myself: A Survey of Contemporary Self-Portraiture,” Sheppard Gallery, University of Nevada, Reno

2010    “Art on Paper,” Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro NC

              “Unreal,” York Quay Galleries, Toronto

              “Environments,” Cain Schulte Gallery, San Francisco

              “Pink Paint,” Riverside Art Center, Riverside, IL

              “Isolated Fictions,” AS220, Providence RI; Fluxspace, Philadelphia; Green Lantern, Chicago

2009    “Paul Who?” Slow, Chicago

              “Artists Run Chicago,” Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago


1999 to 2001  Master of Fine Arts, Painting and Drawing, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

1991 to 1995  Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts, York University, Toronto


Grants and Awards

2015    Professional Development grant, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

2013    International Residencies Program grant, Canada Council for the Arts

            Faculty Enrichment Grant, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

2012    Community Arts Assistance Program grant, City of Chicago

            Faculty Enrichment Grant, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

2011    Propeller Fund grant


Residencies and Fellowships

2022    Haystack Mountain School of Craft, Deer Isle, Maine

2021    The Center Program, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago

2016    Roger Brown House, New Buffalo, Michigan

2014    La Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris

2013    SÍM Residency, Reykjavik, Iceland

2012    Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, New York

              Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, Florida

              visiting artist, Illinois State University at Bloomington-Normal


Collections (selected)

Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston, Ontario

Andreas Brüning, Düsseldorf

Curt Conklin, Chicago

John Corbett, Chicago

Doris McCarthy Gallery, University of Toronto

Suzanne Martineau, Chicago

Annie Morse, Chicago

Todd Oldham, New York

Shannon Stratton, New York


Presentations and Lectures

2021    Tyler School of Art at Temple University, Philadelphia PA

              Illinois State University, Bloomington-Normal IL

2016    Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago

2015    Georgian College, Barrie ON

2013    Alliance of Icelandic Artists, Reykjavík

2012    Sunday Dinner, Chicago

2011    Panelist, Sheppard Gallery, University of Nevada, Reno



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