Emma Ongman is a queer multidisciplinary artist and musician who often makes work by collaborating with her computer. Through manipulating video and sound, Ongman is interested in the evolution of technology and its influence on the human experience. She embraces tech-accidents, the interconnection between science and art, as well as the ongoing relationship between humans and their inventions.
Ongman has shown her work in Canada, the United States, France, and Greece. She holds an Honours BA degree in Studio Art with Distinction from the School of Fine Art and Music at the University of Guelph. 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).

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

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

Solo Exhibitions
Screen Time | Zavitz Gallery | Guelph, ON

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

Selected Group Exhibitions
Billbored | Factory Media Centre | Hamilton, ON
KITCHEN | Fabricated Gallery | Toronto/Halifax | Online 
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

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
Something Special and Nothing Important | Boarding House Gallery | Guelph, ON 
Juried Art Show | School of Fine Art and Music | University of Guelph

Larger than Life | Latcham Art Centre | Stouffville, ON

Art Fairs/Festivals/Performances 
Pseudo Band | Kazoo! Fest | Guelph, ON
Women in Space Festival | Collaboration with LCON at the Tranzac Club | Toronto, ON 
Are We Human, or Are We Skater? | Megan Arnold MFA Critique | Guelph, ON
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
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 
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
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 
Excellence in Applied Research | University of Guelph
Dean’s Honour List | University of Guelph 
Entrance Scholarship | University of Guelph

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

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

Curatorial Projects
(Upcoming) Platforms Project | Ed Video Booth | Athens, GR 
(Upcoming) Improvisation Festival | Ed Video | Guelph, ON
Zavitz Gallery | 2020-2021 | University of Guelph | Guelph, ON

Professional Experience
Equipment Residency Coordinator | Ed Video Media Arts Centre | 2021-Present | Guelph, ON
Media Art Installer | Art Gallery of Guelph | 2021-Present | Guelph, ON 
Studio Assistant to Shannon Garden-Smith | Toronto, ON
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
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
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

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
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
Corrupted Image Series | Kaleidoscope, Issue 14 | Magazine

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

Selected Writing
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