Robert Achtemichuk

What I see becomes a sort of visual illumination, like a match struck unexpectedly in the dark, a gift, lighting my path into wonder -Virginia Woolf


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2018                        selfie, Open Sesame, Kitchener, ON

2015                        Outskirts, Gallery Stratford, Stratford ON

2015                        In Homer Watson’s Foot Steps, Homer Watson House & Gallery, Kitchener, ON

2014                        Outskirts, Idea/Exchange – Cambridge/Preston, Ontario

2013            latitude 43.4519 longitude -80.5005, Agnes Jamieson Gallery, Minden ON

2012            latitude 43.4519 longitude -80.5005, Glenhyrst Art Gallery, Brantford ON

2011            latitude 43.4519 longitude -80.5005, Homer Watson House & Gallery, Kitchener, ON

Selected Group Exhibitions

2022                        Hold Fast, Station Gallery, Whitby, ON

2018                        The Cantelon Trail, Eva Brook Donly Museum and Norfork Arts Centre

2017                        Tri-City Stopgap, Kitchener ON

2016                        Our Mutual Friend: A Conversation with the Collection, Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery

2016                        Willows and Watersheds: The Grand River Landscape, Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant, Brantford, ON

2016                        Drawing 2016, John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, ON

2014                        Tri-City Stopgap, Kitchener Ontario

2013                        Group Show, Renann Issacs Contemporary Gallery, Guelph, Ontario

2013                        TOAE 51st BEST OF, FCP Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

2012                        Group Show, Renann Isaacs Contemporary Gallery, Guelph, Ontario

2012                        BOX12, Cambridge, ON

2012                        Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition

2010                        Canadian Landscape, Agnes Jamieson Gallery, Minden, Ontario

2009                        School of Art, MKG127, Toronto, Ontario

2003                        AG Biennial, Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery, Kitchener, Ontario


2021                        Region of Waterloo Arts Fund

2021                        Nominated for Sobey Art Award

2021                        Pat the Dog micro grant

2018                        Ontario Arts Council, Visual Artists Creation Projects

2017                        Ontario Arts Council, Exhibition Assistance

2016                        Region of Waterloo Arts Fund

2015                        Machteld Faas Xander Visual Arts Award, KW Arts Awards

2015                        Ontario Arts Council, Exhibition Assistance

2014                        Region of Waterloo Arts Fund

2013                        Ontario Arts Council, Mid Career

2012                        Award of Excellence, Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition

Public Collections                                   

University of Manitoba                       

Canada Council Art Bank                       

Albertine Library, Brussels, Belgium           

National Library, Paris, France           

Escuela San Carlos, Mexico City           

Government of Manitoba                       

Owen’s Art Gallery, Mt. Allison University

Winnipeg Art Gallery

Open Studio

Art Museum University of Toronto

Selected Private Collections

Ernst & Young

Gulf Canada Ltd

Imperial Oil Ltd

Molson Companies Ltd

Richardson and Sons Ltd

Cavelti Capital Ltd

Shell Oil Ltd

Toronto Dominion Bank

Manufacture Hanover Trust

Central Capital Corporation


Barbara Aggerholm, Kitchener artist channels his inner Homer Watson, The Record, November 21, 2014

Barbara Aggerholm, Seeing wonder in the backyard, Grand magazine, July/August 2014

Robert Reid, Outskirts penetrates heart of urban neighbourhood, The Record, January 23, 2014

Robert Reid, Homer Watson Gallery Welcomes Autumn, The Record, September 19, 2011

latitude 43.4519 longitude -80.5005, 2011, Homer Watson Gallery, texts with Liz Wylie & Gary Michael Dault

Bryne McLaughlin, School of Art: Dog Day Lesson Plan, Canadian Art website, August 2009

Gary Michael Dault, Gallery Going – School of Art, Globe and Mail, August 8, 2009

Seven Veils and other Tales, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, 1993, texts by Robert Stacey and Geraldine Davis

Biennale Du Dessin and L’Estampe et Du Papier Du Quebec, Alma, Quebec, 1989

Robert Enright, “Galleries”, Winnipeg Free Press, August, 1981

Ron Shuebrook, “Winnipeg, Form and Performance: Six Artists”, Arts magazine, May/June, 1979

Form and Performance, Winnipeg Art Gallery, November, 1979

Artists Prints and Multiples, Winnipeg Art Gallery, September, 1977


Computer Animation, Sheridan College of Applied Arts and Technology

Completed Masters courses in Lithography at the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City

Apprenticeship in Etching, Atelier 19, Paris, France, with Master Printer, Paul Franck

Bachelor of Fine Arts (honours), University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Professional Activities

2020-present            Seniors Painting – Aging, Self-Worth, Identity

2014-2016            Steering Committee – ReBoot/Arts Together artist initiative

2013                        Arts Awards Waterloo Region – Juror

2013-2018            Watercolour woodcut workshops (moku hanga)

2012                        Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition

2012-present            Urban landscape painting workshops

2011            Peer Assessment – National Access and Distribution Centers for Contemporary Art – Canada Council for the Arts

2010-11            Belonging and Empowering Pilot Program Advisor – Mentoring new Canadian artists

2008                        Peer Assessment ASO’s Ontario Arts Council

2006-2010            Member, Arts Advisory Committee on Culture, City of Waterloo

2004-2010            Director, Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery           

2001-2003            Business Manager, Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery

2000-2002            Coordinator, Waterloo Regional Arts Council

1999-2001            Board of Directors, Artist Run Centres and Collectives of Ontario

1999                      Planning Facilitator – St Michael’s Printshop, Saint John’s, Nfld

                        Canada Council for the Arts – Travel Grant

1998-2003            Public Art Working Group, City of Kitchener

1998                        Toronto Representative to Canadian Conference of Artist-Run Centres organized by the Regroupment Centres Artistique Autogere de Quebec

                        Delegate for Artist-Run Centres/Canada Council of the Arts discussions

                        Canada Council for the Arts – Assessment for Emerging Artists Grant

1995                        Artist-In-Residence, Inter/Access, Toronto

Great Canadian Printmaking Competition, Ernst & Young, 3rd prize

1993                        Canada Council – Peer Assessment for Artist-Run Centre Grants

1990                        Ontario Arts Council – Peer Assessment

1988-2000            Director, Open Studio

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