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The Haunted Scanner

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanners are high-tech medical instruments that use nuclear physics to aid in medical diagnosis and neuroscientific research. MRI scanners manipulate the tissues of subjects’ brains at the subatomic level to reveal anatomical structures or, as in the case of FMRI (Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging), they map activity taking place in selected regions of the brain.

The Haunted Scanner, however, is made of chipboard, wood scraps, and consumer electronics. It’s weather-beaten and forlorn, and yet, it still seems to function, in a way. It can’t quite scan your brain, but maybe it can offer glimpses into some kind of murky inner world. Who built this weird machine, and why? It’s like a vestige of a strange society whose meaning has been lost. Perhaps it had a scientific function, a medical function, a spiritual function, or perhaps it was constructed just for fun. Other odd objects exist in the same strange parallel universe. Are they fetishistic relics of past technologies, venerated by the last remnants of a dying culture? Are they powerful talismans, whimsical toys, or simply nostalgic souvenirs of times gone by?

Technical support and creative consultation by Rob Cruickshank.

Many thanks to Abdullah Al-Gailani, Sarah Duncan, Mikayla Salomons, Dr. Michael Noseworthy and Jordi Alfaro for research support in the early stages of this project.

Financial support generously provided by Turkstra Lumber, the Arts Research Board at McMaster, and the Ontario Arts Council.




Opening Reception: Thursday, January 26th, 5:30 – 8:30 PM

Artist Talk: Wednesday, March 15th, 12:30 – 1:20 PM

Artists: Sally McKay and Von Bark

January 17, 2023 – May 19, 2023

Link to Exhibitions Archive for a complete list of past exhibitions


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SUMMA 2024: Yearbook

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

Lisa Myers: Finding what Grows

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

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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
University Ave, McMaster University
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario L8S 4L6


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