Amy Friend

Associate Professor, Visual Arts Studio

BFA honours and BEd York University, MFA University of Windsor
Office: MW330
905 688 5550 x4656

Amy Friend holds a BFA honours Degree and BEd from York University and an MFA from the University of Windsor. She has received grants from Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council. Amy is also a recipient of the Clarke Thompson Award for Sessional Teaching at Brock University.

Select exhibitions include: Paris Photo (France), Stardust, Civic Museum of Pallazzo de Penna, (Italy) (Denbora/Tiempo/Time – Gexto Photography Festival (Spain), Heaven on Earth at the DongGang Museum of Photography (South Korea), Strange Cities, Onassis Cultural Center in Athens, Greece, Assorted Boxes of Ordinary Life at Rodman Hall (Canada) and Chronologues at Museum London (Canada).

Her work has been featured in select publications such as: California Sunday Magazine (USA), Archeology of Photography – Lux (Poland), Musee Magazine (USA), Virginia Quarterly Review (University of Virginia), Supernatural (&Magazine, Israel), Creative Block, (Chronicle Books), Magenta Flash Forward Emerging Photography Competition (Canada). In 2017 Friend released a monograph, Stardust published by L’Artiere, Italy.

Friend is preparing for five international exhibitions at Aperture Gallery (USA), Qlick Gallery (Amsterdam), Museum of Art (South Korea), incamera galerie (France), and The Odesa Photography Festival (Ukraine).

  • 2008 – Master of Fine Arts Degree (M.F.A.), Magna Cum Laude,
    University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada
  • 2006 – Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours Degree (B.F.A.),Magna Cum Laude,
    York University, Toronto, Ontario Canada
  • 2006 – Bachelor of Education Degree, (B.Ed), Magna Cum Laude

Contemporary Art; Studio Practices; Photography; Experimental Photography, Photo History; Art and Society; Interdisciplinary Arts; Curatorial Studies; Site-Specific Art; Art and Education, Community and the Arts


  • Capsule Gallery, Houston, TX, June 2017
  • Space, Layfayette City Center Gallery, Boston, MA, USA


  • Museo Municipal, Memory Lab of Happiness, Ourense, Spain
  • Mosteiro de Tibães, Encontros Da Imagem, Braga, Portugal
  • Mirror with a Memory, Peter Miller Fine Art Contemporary Photography Gallery, Providence, RI, USA,
  • Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre Gallery, Toronto, ON
  • Vintage Photo Festival, Bydgoszcz, Poland
  • The Story of Things, SB Contemporary, Windsor, Ontario
  • Heaven on Earth, Donggang Museum of Photography, South Korea
  • GETXOPhoto Festival, Denbora/Time, Bilboa, Spain
  • FotoFestiwal Lodz, Poland
  • Chronologues, Museum London, ON
  • Niagara Artist Centre, What about Rodman Hall? St. Catharines, ON
  • Rodman Hall, Assorted Boxes of Ordinary Life, curated by Marcie Bronson, St. Catharines, ON
  • Center for Arts & Art History, Black, White & Read, Lewis-Clark State College, Lewiston, ID, USA
  • Pictura Gallery, Bloomington, IN, USA


  • Guatephoto Festival, Seeing Connections, Antigua, Guatemala
  • Medium Festival of Photography, Low Gallery, Size Matters, San Diego, USA
  • Foley Gallery, The Curator, New York, NY
  • Metamatic:taf, Athens Photography Festival, ReFrame Memory: Frames and Framing, Athens, Greece
  • Galerie Rivière Faiveley, IDENTITÉ(S), Paris, France
  • 555 Gallery, Under Astral Skies, Boston, MA, USA
  • Onassis Cultural Center, Strange Cities, Athens, Greece
  • University of Tennessee, Concourse Gallery, Knoxville, TN


  • Stephen Romano Gallery, Cornu Copiae, Brooklyn, New York
  • Andrews Gallery, Breaking Ground: Contemporary Photography, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia
  • Wellington B. Gray Gallery, Image Constructed: Constructed Image, East Carolina University Greenville, NC
  • Photoville, Reframe: An Exploration of Memory and Nostalgia, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • David Weinberg Photography, This May have Happened, Filter Photo Festival, Chicago, IL
  • Castell Photography Gallery, Merge, Asheville, NC
  • Griffith Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA
  • Candela Gallery, Unbound, Richmond, VA
  • Santandar Photography Festival, Spain
  • How One Thing Leads to Another, Critical Mass, curated by Jessica Johnston of the George Eastman House, Corden Potts Gallery, San Francisco, CA & Houston Center for Photography, TX


  • Galerie Rivière Faiveley, Paris, France
  • Traces, Lake Country Art Gallery, BC
  • Into the Void, Toronto Image Works, Toronto, ON


  • (Dés)Assemblages, Chip Chop Galerie, Mois De La Photo Paris (OFF), Paris, France
  • Change of Pace, Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography, MI, U.S.A


  • Conjure the Ghost, The Other Gallery, Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, AB
  • Here nor There, SB Contemporary, Windsor, ON
  • Still Time, ACWR Gallery, Windsor, ON *


  • Firmament, Ross Creek Centre for the Arts, Ross Creek, NS
  • Biannual Juried Exhibition, Grimsby Public Art Gallery, Grimsby, ON
  • Psychic Space, Amy Friend & Katie Pretti, Loose Cannon Gallery, Hamilton, ON
  • Certainty, IX Gallery, two-person exhibition, Toronto, ON
  • Transpierce, Sean O’Sullivan Gallery, St. Catharines, ON
  • 2017 – “Where photos are born”, Artist Talk, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, TX
  • 2017 – “Finding Photographs”, Brock Talks, St. Catharines Public Library, ON
  • 2017 – “Where the land meets the sea”, Artists’ Talk, OCADU, Toronto, ON
  • 2016 – Vintage Photo Festival, Bydgoszcz, Poland
  • 2016 – Artists’ and Curator Interview, Getxo Photography Festival, Getxo, Spain
  • 2016 – Artist’s Talk, DongGang Museum of Photography, South Korea
  • 2016 – Ryerson Converge Lecture Series, “Toronto, ON
  • 2016 – “Assorted Boxes of Ordinary Life”, Hot talks, Rodman Hall, St. Catharines, ON
  • 2014 – Featured Speaker, Society for Photographic Education, NC, USA
  • 2014 – Integrating the Arts Conference, Workshop Presenter, Brock University, ON
  • 2013 – “On Joy Walker’s Exhibition, Fade to Black”, Rodman Hall, St. Catharines, ON
  • 2013 – Artists’ talk, East Carolina University, NC, USA
  • 2013 – In the Works, Public Lecture, NAC, St. Catharines, ON
  • 2012 – “Made in America Talk and Tour”, Art Gallery of Windsor, Windsor, ON
  • 2010 – Artists’ Presentation with Raphael Goldchain, York University, Toronto, ON
  • 2009 – Artist’s Talk, Burlington Arts Center, Burlington, ON
  • 2017 – HRI Research Grant, Brock University
  • 2016 – Ontario Arts Council, Exhibition Assistance Grant
  • 2015 – Regan Peacock-Fung Memorial Art Fund
  • 2015 – Clarke Thompson Award for Excellence in Sessional Teaching
  • 2014 – Ontario Arts Council, Emerging Artist Grant
  • 2015 – Ontario Arts Council, Exhibition Assistance Grant
  • 2014 – Ontario Arts Council, Exhibition Assistance Grant
  • 2013 – Ontario Arts Council, Exhibition Assistance Grant
  • 2012 – Ontario Arts Council, Emerging Artist Grant
  • 2012 – Windsor Endowment for the Arts, Emerging Artist Grant, Visual Arts
  • 2012 – Ontario Arts Council, Exhibition Assistance Grant
  • 2011 – Ontario Arts Council, Exhibition Assistance Grant
  • 2010 – Ontario Arts Council, Emerging Artist Grant
  • 2008 – Canada Council for the Arts, Travel Grant
  • 2006/07 – Ontario Graduate Scholarship, University of Windsor
  • 2007 – Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Masters Recipient, University of Windsor
  • 2005 – Dean’s Award for Excellence, York University
  • 2005 – Nalini and Tim Stewart Photography Award, York University
  • 2004 – Michael Plexman Award for creative innovation, York University
  • 2003 – Millennium Excellence Award, Awards Secretariat Canada for community involvement, creative pursuits and academic achievement
  • Ferreira, Angela, ed. Happiness, a place in the sun, exhibition catalogue, Encontros Da Imagem Exhibition. Braga, Portugal, 2016. pp.122-123.
  • Aspuru, Jokin, ed. Denbora/Tiempo/Time, exhibition catalogue, Getxophoto Festival, Getxo, Spain. 2016. pp.41-49.
  • Bat City Review. Issue 12. University of Texas at Austin, 2016. pp.64-65, 166-67.
  • Matthews, Katherine Oktober, ed. “Mixing it up,” Gup Magazine. Issue 48. Netherlands, 2016, Print. pp.18-31.
  • Friend, Amy. Dare alla Luce Monograph, Photolucida Publishing. 2015.
  • Mooallem, Jon. “Death, redesigned,” California Sunday Magazine, April, 2015.

Interview based on the exhibition, Assorted Boxes of Ordinary Life at Rodman Hall.

Gazzola, Bart. “Assorted Boxes of Ordinary Life.” CFBU Niagara Voices and Views. St. Catharines, ON, February 24, 2016.

Pollack, Kira. Time Picks the Top Magazine Covers of 2015. December 8, 2015.