Amy Friend

Associate Professor, Studio Art
Visual Arts Department Chair

BFA honours and BEd York University, MFA University of Windsor
Office: MW331
905 688 5550 x4656

Amy Friend has exhibited in a generous roster of national and international exhibitions. Select exhibitions include: Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize Exhibition (UK), Gexto Photofestival (Spain), DongGang Photography Museum (Korea), Mosteiro de Tibães at the Encontros Da Imagem, (Portugal), Onassis Cultural Center (Greece), Recits Festival, Abbaye da Silvacane, (France), Museum London (Canada), Rodman Hall Art Centre, (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), Wired (USA), and Photography and Culture (Routledge). In 2017, Friend published the now sold-out monograph, Stardust, with L’Artiere Publishing, Italy. In 2018 at her work was featured at ParisPhoto with incamera Galerie and was selected for the Elles X exhibition, showcasing the work of 100 women photographers, from the beginning of photography to today. Friend recently exhibited at Bildhalle (Switzerland) and is included in the award-winning publication, Keeper of the Hearth: Picturing Roland Barthes’ Unseen Photograph, (Schilt Publishing, edited by Odette England).

She has received grants from Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council. She is currently working on a project for exhibition at the Orestadi Foundation, Sicily.

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

  • “Wild Things: Disrupting the Photographic Archive in the Time of the Pandemic” (Catalogue), Buffalo, USA, 2020, pp. 23 – 24
  • “Paris Photo” (Catalogue), Grand Palais, Paris, France, 2018, pp.182-183
  • Friend, Amy, “Stardust” (Artist’s Monograph), ed. Gianluca Gamberini, L’Artiere Publishing, Bologna, Italy, 2017
  • 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.


  • 2020 Reinventing Representation, Conference Speaker, Society for Photographic Education, Houston, TX, USA
  • 2019The Accumulation and Metamorphosis of Informal Archives in Creative Practice and Research, (Session Chair), University Art Association Conference, Quebec City, Canada
  • 2019Working with Archives: An Artist’s Perspective, Lecture for ITAL/ISAC 2Q90: Digital Archives: Construction, Scholarship and Functionality (Professor Carmela Collella), Brock University, St. Catharines, ON, Canada
  • 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


  • Viewing Room – Contemporary Women Photographers, Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta, GA, USA


  • Taylor Wessing Portrait Exhibition, National Portrait Gallery, London, England
  • Lost Somewhere Between the Earth and My Home, Alghero Photography Exhibition, Alghero, Sardinia, Italy
  • Standpoint, Odessa Museum of Western and Eastern Art, Odessa, Ukraine


  • Elles X Paris Photo, sponsored by the French Ministry of Culture, Paris, France


  • 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
  • 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
  • 2020 – Humanities Research Institute Grant, Brock University, Creative Research Project, The Touch of Land: A Creative Response to Migration and Place
  • 2020 – Canada Summer Games Grant, Office of Research Services
  • 2020 – Teaching and Learning Innovation Grant, Center for Pedagogical Innovation, Brock University
  • 2019 – Canada Council for the Arts, Arts Abroad Grant
  • 2019 – Match of Minds Program Grant, Office of Research Services, Brock University
  • 2018 – Canada Council for the Arts, Explore and Create: Research and Creation
  • 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