A triptych photograph. In the middle panel a Black perosn is shown with their eyes wearing jeans and holding a small goat. The background and adjacent two panels show a rolling green hill landscape and blue sky. A triptych photograph. In the middle panel a Black perosn is shown with their eyes wearing jeans and holding a small goat. The background and adjacent two panels show a rolling green hill landscape and blue sky.

nichola feldman-kiss \ Scapegoat

nichola feldman-kiss is an artist researching corporeality, identity, and autobiography. Their process-rich practice is a relational exploration of body and embodiment, witness and traumatic memory, statelessness and belonging, empathy and collectivity. feldman-kiss’ hybrid media installations – pristine as laboratory craft – critique the colonial paradigm (the violent ingestion of land, resources, peoples and cultures), and ask us to reconsider difficult questions about what it means to be conscious social bodies in the contemporary moment. The exhibition, which includes photography, audio, video, digital and performance interventions, lays bare the entanglements of the globalized order that insist rights onto some, while withholding the same entitlements from others. Scapegoat is a provocation and an elegy, attending to generational traumas through dignity and defiance.

nichola feldman-kiss is a first-generation Canadian artist of the Caribbean, African, European and Jewish diaspora. The artist’s art and technology innovations and institutional interventions have been hosted by the National Research Council of Canada, the Ottawa Hospital Eye Institute, the Department of National Defense, and the United Nations, among others and have been presented nationally and internationally. feldman-kiss holds an MFA from California Institute of the Arts and currently lives and works in Toronto.

Gratitude to Vinesh and to Brian, Dashawn, Devente, Sydné, Joshua, Kais, Suragha, Kevon, Tarik, Waseem, Huntha, Ra, Ali, Shawn, Vidhu, Fady.

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Image: nichola feldman-kiss, [detail] An initial aversion to the plight of the sufferer (Scapegoat) Sydné. 18 Duratransparency chromogenic digital prints, plastics, backlight, electronics, sapele frames. 32” x 48” x 3.5” each, 2015 – 2019. Courtesy of the Artist.

The museum and the artist acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Council.

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Curated by: Pamela Edmonds and Mona Filip

February 09, 2022 – March 18, 2022

Link to Exhibitions Archive for a complete list of past exhibitions


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SUMMA 2024: Yearbook

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Detail of Rajni Perera, Storm, 2020.

Rajni Perera: Futures

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A collaged and layered photograph of the Grand River floats in the centre of a black background, along with the words: Arenhátyen tsi ní:tsi teyottenyonhátye’ kwató:ken tsi nī:tsi yonkwa’nikonhrayén:ta’s Image courtesy of Courtney Skye. The list of artists is displayed along the bottom: Dakota Brant, Denny Doolittle, Elizabeth Doxtater, Kaya Hill, Rick Hill, Arnold Jacobs, Ken Maracle, Shelley Niro, Protect The Tract Artist Collective, Steve Smith, Greg Staats, Kristen E. Summers, Jeff Thomas

We Remain Certain
Arenhátyen tsi ní:tsi teyottenyonhátye’ kwató:ken tsi nī:tsi yonkwa’nikonhrayén:ta’s

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Two artworks suspended in a grey background; Nicholas Baier's Octobre, and Shelley Niro's Nature's Wild Children.


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Artist Mike MacDonald in Gage Park, photo captured by Dianne Bos.

Lisa Myers: Finding what Grows

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The SUMMA 2023 logo is an overlapping triple diamond design, featuring shapes coloured in gradient from red to yellow, purple to pink, and green to blue. The logo is suspended in the centre of a background consisting of a pink and blue swirling gradient.

SUMMA 2023 – Where We Intersect: Identities, Environments, Activisms

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Screen grab of the virtual artwork refuge (SIREN), by nichola feldman-kiss & Matheuszik with SPATIAL-ESK. The image shows an underwater landscape with an iceberg, floating scales, and a far away architectural structure surrounded by floating stools.

nichola feldman-kiss / refuge (SIREN)

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A black, cone shaped piece of earthen material floating against a black background

Chris Myhr: Salients

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To promote and stimulate learning, interest and continued enjoyment about the visual arts, the Museum will organize an annual programme of temporary exhibitions for presentation year round.

Exhibition proposals/submissions are accepted on an on-going basis.

The Director/Curator will select and establish the annual exhibition programme in collaboration with the curatorial team. An exhibition schedule will be presented by the Director/Curator to the Advisory Board of the Museum once each year


Proposals are accepted from artists and curators.


10-20 digital images, project description, and CV.

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Carol Podedworny, Director and Curator
McMaster Museum of Art
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The McMaster Museum of Art is a third party recommender for Ontario Arts Council (OAC) Exhibition Assistance Grants.

The 2023-24 Exhibition Assistance Program opens on June 7, 2023, and closes on January 16, 2024. Our deadlines for the programming year are:

  • September 7, 2023, 1 p.m. ET
  • December 7, 2023, 1 p.m. ET


Please follow the guidelines established by the Ontario Arts Council, apply directly through their website, and submit the following with your applications:

Brief artist statement
Confirmation letter from the gallery/museum/venue
Digital images of work