John Kissick

Trained as a painter and a writer, John Kissick attended Queen’s University at Kingston, Cornell University and the Harvard Graduate School of Education Institutes for Higher Education.  He taught at Penn University’s School of Visual Art for thirteen years (where he was a Full Professor) and was Dean of the Faculty of Art at the Ontario College of Art & Design from 2000 to 2003. 

Kissick’s exhibition record includes numerous solo exhibitions in Canada and abroad and his works has been included in a number of important survey exhibitions.  In 2005, he was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy for the Arts. 

A mid-career survey of Kissick’s work entitled “John Kissick: A Nervous Decade” curated by Crystal Mowry is currently touring Canada through 2012 and is accompanied with a catalogue including essays by Ronald Nasgaard, Liz Wylie and Jason Lahr. Kissick is also an author of numerous catalogue essays and articles for periodicals.  He is the author of “Art: Context and Criticism”, 1992/6 and was editor of the Penn State Journal of Contemporary Criticism from 1990-1995.

John Kissick is the Director of the School of Fine Art and Music at the University of Guelph, Ontario since July, 2003.