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Emma Ongman is a multidisciplinary artist and musician who makes work by collaborating with her computer. Through manipulating images, video, and sound, Ongman is interested in exploring the evolution of technology and its influence on the human experience. She embraces tech-accidents, the intersection between science and art, and the ongoing relationship between humans and their inventions.
Ongman has shown her work in Canada, the United States, France, and Greece. She holds a dual major Bachelor of Arts Honours degree with Distinction from the University of Guelph in the College of Arts and the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences. Currently, Emma is based in Montréal, Quebec or Toronto, Ontario.... depending on the time of year.
- emma.ongman [at] icloud [dot] com
- amateur radio call sign: VE2TKB

performances and purchasing art
please email if you are interested in purchasing artwork or have other hiring related inquiries (performances, workshops, photography commissions etc).

acknowledgements
Thank you to the Ontario Arts Council, the Guelph Arts Council, and the University of Guelph for their generous support.


Education​​​​​​​
2021
Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree with Distinction | Double Major in Studio Art, and Criminal Justice and Public Policy | University of Guelph

Solo Exhibitions
2021
Screen Time | Zavitz Gallery | Guelph, ON
2020

irl | The Project Space | University of Guelph | Guelph, ON 
Technology and Failure | Zavitz Gallery | Guelph, ON

Selected Group Exhibitions
2022
Billbored | Factory Media Centre | Hamilton, ON
KITCHEN | Fabricated Gallery | Toronto/Halifax | Online 
2021
Unfolding | Boarding House Gallery | RBC Emerging Artist Mentorship Program | Guelph, ON
Elements | with Artist Collective “38N” | ArtFarm | Caledon, ON
Clubhouse T.V. | Alice Street Clubhouse | Guelph, ON
Shared Space | with Artist Collective “38N” | Ashlar Gallery | Guelph, ON
Top 10 | Juried Art Show | Zavitz Gallery | Guelph, ON
Gateway | Zavitz Gallery | University of Guelph and Winthrop University Exchange Show | Rock Hill, South Carolina
Lot. 14 | Specialized Studio | Boarding House Gallery | Guelph, ON
Temporary Collection | Ed Video | Guelph, ON

2020
A Thousand Miles from Nowhere | Specialized Studio | Zavitz Gallery | Guelph, ON 
Virtual Juried Art Show | School of Fine Art and Music | University of Guelph
Show and Tell | The Graham | Brooklyn, NY
2019
Something Special and Nothing Important | Boarding House Gallery | Guelph, ON 
Juried Art Show | School of Fine Art and Music | University of Guelph
2016

Larger than Life | Latcham Art Centre | Stouffville, ON

Art Fairs/Festivals/Performances 
2022
Calling All Alien Cyborgs | LUMEN | Waterloo, ON​​​​​​​
Pseudo Band | Kazoo! Fest | Guelph, ON
Women in Space Festival | Collaboration with LCON at the Tranzac Club | Toronto, ON 
2021
Together Apart | La Station - Gare Des Mines (Paris, FR) | Long Winter Music and Arts Festival (Toronto, ON)
Spurious Anniversary | PonyHAUS | Toronto
Mimema | Platforms Project Net | Ed Video Booth | Athens, GR

Awards, Grants, and Scholarships
2022
Exhibition Assistance Grant | Ontario Arts Council 
2021
Project Grant for New Generation Artists | Ontario Arts Council 
Jane Graham Memorial Award | Guelph Arts Council
Photography Award Nominee | BMO 1st Invitational Student Art Competition
Faculty Award | Juried Art Show | School of Fine Art and Music | University of Guelph
Technicians Award | Juried Art Show | School of Fine Art and Music | University of Guelph
Top 10 Award | Juried Art Show | School of Fine Art and Music | University of Guelph 
2020
Michael Scotchmer Scholarship for Visual Arts | University of Guelph

College of Arts Student Union Award | University of Guelph
Directors Award | Juried Art Show | School of Fine Art and Music | University of Guelph
Printmaking Award | Juried Art Show | School of Fine Art and Music | University of Guelph
Juried Winner | CSA "Art in the Bullring" | University of Guelph | Guelph, ON
2019
Photography Award | Juried Art Show | School of Fine Art and Music | University of Guelph
Juried Winner | CSA "Art in the Bullring" | University of Guelph | Guelph, ON 
2017
Excellence in Applied Research | University of Guelph
2016-2021
Dean’s Honour List | University of Guelph 
2016-2017
Entrance Scholarship | University of Guelph

Residencies
2022
Roundtable Residency | Roundtable | Toronto, ON
Amateur Radio Operator Certificate | Basic Qualification with Honours | Radio Amateurs of Canada
2021
Equipment Residency | Ed Video Media Arts Centre | Guelph, ON
Guelph Emerging Artist Mentorship Program | Mentee under Lisa Conway (LCON) 
2020
Digital Residency | University of Guelph
Co-Create | Collaborative Residency for Creatives | Otherwise Studios and Bumaroo | Guelph, ON

Juries
2022
Media Art Juror | Juried Art Show | Ed Video Representative | Guelph, ON

Curatorial Projects
2022
Platforms Project | Ed Video Booth | Athens, GR
2021
Zavitz Gallery | 2020-2021 | University of Guelph | Guelph, ON

Professional Experience
Present
Media Art Installer | Art Gallery of Guelph | 2021 - Present | Guelph, ON 
2022
Equipment Residency Coordinator | Ed Video Media Arts Centre | 2021-2022 | Guelph, ON
Studio Assistant to Shannon Garden-Smith | Toronto, ON
2021
Studio Assistant to Suzy Lake | 2020-2021 | Toronto, ON
Co-Editor | Kaleidoscope Magazine | 2020-2021 | University of Guelph
53rd Juried Art Show Coordinator | 2020-2021 | University of Guelph
Juried Art Show Representative | Fine Arts Network | 2020-2021| University of Guelph
Studio Art Representative | Student Services Fees Committee | School of Fine Art and Music | 2020-2021 | University of Guelph
360° Photographer for Virtual Exhibitions | Art Gallery of Guelph | 2020-2021 | Guelph, ON
2020
Undergraduate Research Assistant to Susan Dobson | University of Guelph
Artist Member | Guelph Arts Council
Magazine Layout Designer | Kaleidoscope Magazine | University of Guelph
Photographer and Installation Assistant | Juried Art Show Silent Auction | University of Guelph
Chairperson | Fine Arts Network | University of Guelph
2019
Studio Monitor | Photography Department | University of Guelph 
Studio Art Social Media Manager | University of Guelph 
Secretary | Fine Arts Network | University of Guelph
Sales Assistant | Print Show and Sale | University of Guelph 
Latcham Art Centre | Volunteer | Stouffville, ON

Publications
2022
2021
Emma Ongman | Guelph Emerging Artist Mentorship Project | Guelph Arts Council
GAC Jane Graham Memorial Award Recipients | Guelph Arts Council
Platforms Project Net | Athens Up Radio | Athens, Greece
The Interviewing Artist Series | Kaleidoscope Magazine and the Juried Art Show
Arts Issue | The Ontarion | Guelph, ON
Interview, Experiential Learning | Co-operative Education & Career Services | University of Guelph
2020
Turning My Bedroom into a Camera Obscura | Research Notes: I Keep My Worries in My Teeth by Anna Cox | Necessary Fiction
Corrupted Wood Grain #1 | Kaleidoscope, Issue 15 | Magazine February Featured Artist | Otherwise Studios
2019
Corrupted Image Series | Kaleidoscope, Issue 14 | Magazine

Teaching
2020
How to Make Cyanotypes | Bumaroo Festival | Guelph, ON
How to Make a Camera Obscura | Photography Department | University of Guelph

Selected Writing
2020
Suzy Lake: Innovative Professor and One of Canada's Most Important Photographers | Her Story: Women Trailblazers of Guelph and Wellington County | Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory
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