June 20 – 24, 2016
Brendan Fernandes is a Canadian artist of Kenyan and Indian descent. He completed the Independent Study Program of the Whitney Museum of American Art (2007) and earned his MFA (2005) from the University of Western Ontario and his BFA (2002) from York University in Canada. He has exhibited internationally and nationally including exhibitions at the Soloman R. Guggenheim, Bergen Kunsthall, Stedelijk Museum, Sculpture Centre, Manif d’Art: The Quebec City Biennial, The Third Guanghou Triennial and the Western New York Biennial through the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Fernandes has been awarded many highly regarded residencies around the world, including the Canada Council for the Arts International Residency in Trinidad and Tobago (2006), The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Work Space (2008), Swing Space (2009) and Process Space (2014) programs. He has also received invitations to the Gyeonggi Creation Centre at the Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Korea (2009) and ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany (2011).
Fernandes was a finalist for the Sobey Art Award, Canada’s pre-eminent award for contemporary art (2010), and was on the longlist for the 2013 and 2015 awards. A national tour of his work organized by the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery continues to travel Canada into 2016, and includes exhibitions at Rodman Hall, Brock University, The Varley Art Gallery, The Southern Alberta Art Gallery and the Contemporary Art Gallery – Vancouver. He is currently a participant in “Disguise: Masks and Global African Art” organized by The Seattle Art Museum (2015) that is touring to the Fowler Museum of Cultural History, LA and will travel to the Brooklyn Museum, NY. He is a 2014 recipient of a Robert Rauschenberg Residency Fellowship. He is currently an Alice Kaplan Fellow in Humanities at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL in Performance Studies. In the fall of 2016 he will take on the position of artist in residence and faculty at Northwestern University in the Department of Art Theory and Practice.