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Artist CV

NELSON OSBORNE FRENCH
1217-255 Richmond Street East, Toronto, ON, M5A 4T7
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CURRENT

Sole Proprietor, S.A.L.T. WORKS Design, Graphics and Photography, since 1995
Visual Communications Manager, ENVISION, The Hough Group, since 1996

EDUCATION

Ontario College of Art & Design/Visual Arts Ontario Business Institute for Artists Certificate Program, 2000

Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, Hons. University of Toronto, 1995
(Undergraduate design thesis focused on the creative renewal of public space as a metaphor for cultural memory)

• Lieutenant Governor’s Silver Medal for Landscape Architecture, 1995
• Canadian Society of Landscape Architects Silver Medal, 1995
• American Society of Landscape Architects Award of Honor, 1995
• Moriyama & Teshima Award of Excellence, 1994
• Landscape Architecture Endowment Scholarship, 1993
• Ontario Association of Landscape Architects Student Design Competition Winner, 1993
• Alumni Award of Excellence in Design and Required Courses, 1992

COMPETITIONS/GRANTS

Mayor’s Annual Purchase Award, Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, 2000
Quest Grant Recipient, 2000, Canada Council for the Arts
Exhibition Assistance Group, 2000, Ontario Arts Council, for 'Vestiges' Show at Usine C, Montreal, Spring, 2001
Exhibition Assistance Group, 2000, Ontario Arts Council, for 'Anonymous City', Visual Arts Ontario, Toronto, Fall, 1999
Downsview Park, Toronto, 1999, in association with Hough Woodland Naylor Dance Leinster and A.J. Diamond & Schmitt
Garden City Market & Square, St. Catharines Ontario, in association with Hough Woodland Naylor Dance Leinster
Court House Square Park, Toronto, 1996, in association with duToit, Allsopp, Hillier
Ottawa Urban Gateways Competition, 1996, in association with Scott Sorli and Flavio Trevisan
Mississauga Living Arts Centre, 1995, in association with P.M.A. Landscape Architects

MEDIA/PUBLICATIONS/PAPERS

The Design of Photography -live radio panel discussion with Judith Tatar and Robert Burley, CKLN 88.1, March 2, 2000
Succession -The Bachelor of Landscape Architecture Program at the University of Toronto, Puhm, Alissa, ed., University of Toronto Press, 1999
Public Space in Private Times –A Re-evaluation of the Public Realm at the Close of the Twentieth Century, thesis, University of Toronto, 1995
The Commodification of Culture & Postmodern Sensibilities, undergraduate paper, University of Toronto, 1995
The Early Renaissance Tuscan Villa Garden and the Measure of Space, undergraduate paper, University of Toronto Press, 1994

LECTURES

Human Traces on the Urban Landscape, Beaches Photo Club, September 2001. Toronto
Black and White Photography, Queen City Camera Club, January, 2002, Toronto

SOLO SHOWS

• Aboutface, Arta Gallery, Distillery District, Toronto, June 2004
• Red Fish Blue Fish, BDV, Spring/Summer 2003
• Red Fish Blue Fish, Scaramouche November 2002 to January 2003
• Home & Style Studio Tour and Sale – September 2002
• Red Fish Blue Fish, Wett Bar – September 2002
• Scaramouche, Toronto, Fall 2001 - Fall 2002
• Scaramouche, Toronto, Summer, 2001
• Fashion Photography, Lovesexxy, Toronto, March/April 2001
• Lakes Bar & Grill, Toronto, February/March 2001
• Scaramouche, Toronto, Summer, 2000
• TO GO Cafe, Toronto, March/April 2000
• Anonymous City, Vizio Eyewear & Photogallery, Toronto, March/April 2000
• Zucca Trattoria, Toronto, February/March 2000
• Lakes Bar & Grill, Toronto, Fall/Winter 1999
• Visual Arts Ontario, Toronto, Anonymous City, October, 1999
• Scaramouche, Restaurant, Toronto, Fall, 1999
• Contact ‘99, The Cinema of Public Space, The Toronto Reference Library, Toronto, May, 1999
• Coach House Studio Show and Sale, November, 1998
• Pepino’s on The Beach, Toronto, Fall, 1997
• Coach House Studio Show and Sale, November, 1997
• Autumn Salon, Dundas, Ontario, October, 1996
• The Grosvenor Room, Metro-Central Y.M.C.A, November, Toronto, 1996
• Here and Now Gallery, Toronto, Summer, 1993

GROUP SHOWS

• Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition 2008
• ‘Crude Landscapes’ International AIDS Conference, Toronto, 2006
• The Bank Open Studio, December 2002 to January 2003
• Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, 1996 – 2002 (Awarded Mayor's City of Toronto Purchase, 2000)
• Summer Open House, for Marci J. Kroft Art Consulting, June, 2002
• Home & Hospitality, for Marci J. Kroft Art Consulting, November, 2001
• Contact, May 2001, Possibilities duo show/installation with David Trevor
• Contact, May 2001, Circa Gallery, Exxxposed, Group Show
• Vestiges II -Human Traces on the Urban Landscape, Usine C, Montreal, Quebec, May/June 2001
• Praxis Gallery, Group Photography Show, February, 2000
• Contact 2000, Map / Script / Metier, Wagner-Rosenbaum Gallery, May, 2000
• Praxis Gallery, Group Photography Show, February, 2000
• Contact ‘99, Vestiges -Human Traces on the Urban Landscape, Wagner-Rosenbaum Gallery, May, 1999
• Contact ‘98, The Four by Five Show, The Photo Gallery at Colourgenics, Toronto, May, 1998
• Selected Thesis Projects, Faculty of Architecture, Landscape & Design, Summer, 1995
• Selected Study Abroad Portfolios, Faculty of Architecture, Landscape & Design, Winter/Spring, 1995

REVIEWS / ARTICLES

The Globe & Mail, Gallery Going, Gary Michael Dault, October 2, 1999 (For Anonymous City, Visual Arts Ontario, Toronto, October, 1999)
The Globe & Mail, Gallery Going, Gary Michael Dault, May 2, 1999 (For Map/Script/Metier, Contact 2000, May, Toronto, 2000)
The National Post, Architects Who Shoot, Shinan Govani, May 6, 2000 (For Map/Script/Metier, Contact 2000, May, Toronto, 2000)
Azure, Tales of the City, Pamela Young, May/June, 2001 (For VestigesII, Usine ‘C’, May, Montreal, 2001)

AFFILIATIONS/VOLUNTEERISM

Visual Arts Ontario, Member, Board of Directors
Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research
SNAP! Photographic Auction for the AIDS Committee of Toronto, Co-Chair since 2005, Curatorial Team Member 2004, 2003