Artist’s Talk and Video Screening

Jillian McDonald’s

A Prairie Horror

Introduced and Moderated by Cliff Eyland


Wednesday October 31, 2012

Noon – 2:00 pm



Jillian McDonald’s recent works focus on American horror films. Unlike contemporary horror film directors, she avoids extreme gore and violence in favour of stripped down narrative and archetypes.


A Prairie Horror was shot while in residence at the School of Art, University of Manitoba. A little house on the prairie is overrun with zombies. Shot in rural Manitoba and featuring a cast of local actors, the narrative is minimal and the focus is the chase, the ambush and the fears. A Prairie Horror will be screened alongside McDonald’s Incident at the Pool (2011), Field of the Dead and Undead (2011), and RedRum (2010), followed by a discussion and Q & A.


Jillian McDonald is a Canadian video, performance, and new media artist who divides her time between New York and Canada. She is currently in residence at the Glenfiddich Distillery in Dufftown, Scotland shooting a new video, Valley of the Deer.


Recent solo shows and projects have appeared at Moti Hasson Gallery in New York, Lilith Performance Studio in Sweden, Rosenthal Gallery in San Francisco, vertexList Gallery and ArtMoving Projects in Brooklyn, The Arizona State University Art Museum in Tempe, Hallwalls in Buffalo, La Sala Naranja in Spain, and YYZ Gallery in Toronto. Group exhibitions and festivals include The Edith Russ Haus for Media Art in Oldenburg, Germany, Montehermoso in Spain, WHARF in Caen, France, Nuit Blanche Toronto, The Edith Russ Haus for Media Art in Germany, Manifestation d’Art Internationale de Quebec, The Sundance Online Film Festival in Utah, The Cleveland International Performance Art Festival, The Whitney Museum’s Artport, and La Biennale de Montreal.


McDonald has received grants from The New York Foundation for the Arts, the Canada Council for the Arts, Turbulence, New York State Council on the Arts, The Experimental Television Center, the Verizon Foundation, and Pace University. She has attended many residencies including The Headlands Center for the Arts in California, The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace Program, La Chambre Blanche in Quebec, The Western Front in Vancouver, and The Banff Centre for the Arts.


McDonald’s work has been reviewed in The New York Times, The Globe and Mail, Art Papers, and Border Crossings, among others. She is featured in books including Stalking by Bran Nicol, Better Off Dead by Sarah Lauro, and Art and the Subway by Tracy Fitzpatrick.