Ryan Legassicke 

Solo Exhibitions

2015          Shadows (Wall Disease), Beit Zatoun House, Toronto, ON

2014          Shadows (Wall Disease), Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space, New York City, NY

2014          Shadows (Wall Disease), The Sculpture Center, Cleveland, OH (cat.)

2013          No Trespassing / Space Available & related works, 487 ½ Concord Ave, Toronto, ON

2012          States of Security/Security States, Eastern State Penitentiary Historical Site, Philadelphia, PA

2010          No Trespassing / Space Available, Art & Music Library Gallery, University of Rochester, NY

2009          No Trespassing / Space Available, 1716 Main St., Buffalo, NY

2007          Overgrown, curated by Shaun Moore & Julie Nicholson, MADE, Toronto, ON

2007          Whitby Junction Deja-vu, curated by Gil McElroy, Station Gallery, Whitby, ON

2006          Night Walk, INabstracto (storefront installation), Toronto, ON

2002          A Faculty of Wonder, Marion Nicoll Gallery, Calgary, AB 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2015          Toronto Art Installers Art Show, curated by Blair Claxton, Charlotte Hale Gallery, TO

2013          Borderline, curated by Megan Press, Living Arts Centre, Mississauga, ON

2012          Dire-Rama, curated by Earl Miller, Out of Site, Nuit Blanche, Toronto, ON

2012          Made: Directions and Intersections in Current Canadian Design, curated by Julie Nicholson & Shaun Moore at The Visual Arts Centre of Clarington, Clarington, ON (cat.)

2012          Radiant Dark, curated by MADE, MADE off-site, Toronto, ON

2011          Urban Space, curated by Robert Blackson, Temple University Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2011          Making Sense, curated by Dale Barret, John B. Arid Gallery, Toronto, ON

2011          Looking Back at the Future: 50 Years of Art at the TOAE, curated by Jennifer Rudder, First Canadian Place Gallery, Toronto, ON

2010          Takt Kunstprojektraum, Berlin, Germany

2008          Feasting Eyes, Artists Take on Food, curated by Gerald Mead, Kenan Center, Lockport, NY

2007          Whisper and Clang, curated by Melanie Egan, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, ON

2007          It’s a Beauty, curated by Dale Barret, Pearson International Airport, Toronto, ON

2006          Everyday Living & Other Helpful Hints, LOOP, Toronto

2005          Come Up to My Room, curated by Pamila Matharu & Christina Zeidler, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto

2005          Alley Jaunt, curated by Paul McClure, Jennifer Bulthuis & Lise Beaudry, Toronto, ON

2005          Riverlands, Gallery 96, Stratford, ON (catalogue)

2004          Junction Arts Festival, (storefront installation), Toronto, ON (juried)

2004          Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto, (2002, 2001, 2000)

2003          Piano Works, curated by Gil McElroy, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, ON

2000/01     Looking Forward, curated by Paul Greenhalgh, destinations included Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery, Owen Sound, ON, McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton, ON (cat.) 


2016 –        PhD     ComCult                York University / Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario

2007-09     MFA    Studio Practice       State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York

2000-02     BFA     Glass / Sculpture   Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary, Alberta

1997-00     dip.      Furniture Design    Sheridan College, Oakville, Ontario 

Selected Awards, Scholarships, Grants

2016                      Doctoral Scholarship, York University, Toronto, ON

2014, ’06               Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant

2013                      Canada Council for the Arts Project Grant

2013, ‘11               Toronto Arts Council Emerging Artist Grant

2012, ’10, ’07         Ontario Arts Council Emerging Artists Grant

2009                      Canada Council for the Arts Research / Creation Grant

2008, ‘07               Deans Fellowship / Tuition Scholarship / Teaching Assistantship, SUNY at Buffalo, NY

2007                      Chalmers Professional Development Grant, Ontario Arts Council

2004                      Shelia Hugh Mackay Foundation Inc. Grant

2002                      Pilchuck Glass School tuition Scholarship

2002, 01                Tyman and Victor Brosz Memorial Scholarship (ACAD)

2001                       Best of Show, Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition (judges: Jessica Bradley, John Armstrong, Barbara Astman)

2001                       Best Sculpture, Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition (judge: Carl Tacon)

2001                       Illingworth Kerr Travel Scholarship, Alberta College of Art & Design

2000                      Betty Kantor Award, Sheridan College (SOCAD)


2017, 16    Tutorial Leader, Intro to Communication Studies, Prof David Skinner, York University

2010          Instructor, Skateboard Deck Design, Living Arts Centre, Mississauga, Ontario

2008, 09    Lecturer, Public Space, State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo

2008          Teaching Assistant for Prof Gary Nickard, Intro to Visual Theory, SUNY @ Buffalo

2007          Lecturer, Basic Sculpture, State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY

2004, 05    Instructor, Kiln Cast Glass, Sheridan College, Oakville, ON

2003          Teaching Assistant for David Nash, North Lands Creative Glass, Lybster, Scotland, UK

Talks / Visiting Artist / Residencies

2012          Visiting Artist, State University of New York at Buffalo, Visual Studies Dept., Buffalo, NY

2012           Visiting Artist, Sheridan College Glass Studio, Oakville, Ontario

2011          Presenter, TEDx Bermuda (Separation Wall Global Park: A Proposal)

2011          Presenter, Homework: Infrastructures and Collaboration in Social Practice, presented by Broken City Lab, Art Gallery of Windsor, Ontario

2011           Artist in Residence, Spaulding Court, Detroit, Michigan

2010          Artist in Residence, Takt Kunstprojektraum, Berlin, Germany

2007          Artist talk, Pecha Kucha, Soundlab, Buffalo, New York

2006          Guest Speaker, Alberta College of Art & Design, Calgary, Alberta

2001          Summer Artists in Residence, Harbourfront Center, Toronto, Ontario 

Professional Activities

2016          Fabricator for Janet Macpherson: A Canadian Bestiary, Gardiner Museum, Toronto

2014          Fabricator for Ron Thom & the Allied Arts, Gardiner Museum, Toronto, ON

2013          Fabricator for Climate is Culture, ROM, Toronto, ON

2013          External Advisor, Living Arts Centre Artists in Residence Program, Mississauga, ON

2013          Curator, The Last Glass Show (the next glass show), commissioned by The Glass Art Association of Canada, Ontario Crafts Council Gallery, Toronto, ON

2009/14     Installation Technician, Harbourfront Center, Toronto, Ontario

2009          Project Director, Beam Camp, Strafford, New Hampshire

2008          Project Assistant for Ingrid Calame, Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

2008          Assistant to British artist David Nash, Bleanau Ffestiniog, Wales & Lewes, England

2001          Summer Artists in Residence, Harbourfront Center, Toronto, Ontario 


Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Selected Bibliography

2015          Gil McElroy, “Ryan Legassicke: Wall Disease,”, June 24.

2015          Allison Fonder, “Jonald Dudd Exhibition Challenges the Definition of Design,”, May22.2015

2015          Douglas Max Utter, Window to Sculpture Emerging Artists Series, Sculpture Center, Cleveland, 14-152014

2015          “Making and breaking barriers around the globe,” East Villager, New York, Oct.16, 3.

2015            Ann Albano, “Breaking Boundaries at The Sculpture Center,” CAN Journal, Cleveland, Summer, 42.

2013          David Paterson, “City Strife: LAC unveils exhibition of urban grit,” Mississauga News, April 28.2012

2011          Nelda Rodger, ed. “Natural Selection,” AZURE, Toronto, May, 54-55.2011

2009          Sirkka Huish, “Speakers Touch a Variety of Topics at TEDx Bermuda,” The Royal Gazette Online, Bermuda, Nov. 30.2009

2009          Colin Dabkowski, “Theme Shift,” The Buffalo News, Buffalo, April 17-24.

2008          Lucy Yau, “Feasting Eyes,” ARTVOICE, Buffalo, Sept. 11-17, 16-17.

2008          Dory Carr-Harris. “Made in Toronto,” Toronto Life, Toronto, February, 42-51.

2007          “The View From Here,” This Week Whitby, Whitby, March 16, 2007, 22.

2005          Lauren Hall. “An Essay” Riverlands. Stratford: Gallery 96.

2005          Kristi Cameron. “Up in the Old Hotel,” METROPOLIS, New York City, May, 70-72.

2005          Nelda Rodger, ed. “Rooms With a View,” AZURE, Toronto, May, 87.

2004          Ryan Legassicke. Still Life / Motion Life. (flip book) Toronto: self published.

2004         Rachel Gotlieb. “Ryan Legassicke & Tanya Lyons” Studio, Toronto, Summer, 4-6.

2003          Gil McElroy. Piano Works. Oshawa: Robert McLaughlin Gallery.

2001          John Kelsey & Rick Mastelli, eds. Studio Two: Traditions in Contemporary Furniture. Free Union, Virginia: The Furniture Society, 118.

2000          Ingrid Bachmann. “The Object Talks Back.” Looking Forward. Ed. Susan Warner Keene, Toronto: OCC, 45-50.



Back to Top