Shantel Miller’s figurative paintings create visual language to transcend the lived and imagined experiences of her inner world. While exploring constructs of race, gender, and religion, she pulls from personal narrative as a departure point for understanding broader social realities. Her collage-like approach to image making suggests relationships of tension and intimacy between signifiers that influence perception and identity. What arises is uncommon imagery sometimes depicted with isolated moments of photorealism and bold colors to evoke emotional tonality within subject matter. Since receiving a BFA from OCADU in 2013, Shantel has exhibited in group shows and art fairs across North America and has placed work in numerous private collections. She is the recipient of the 2021 Dedalus Foundation MFA Painting and Sculpture Fellowship, the Elizabeth Greenshields Grant and the Esther B. and Albert S. Kahn Career Entry Award. Shantel currently lives and works in Boston, MA as the Boston Ujima Project Artist Fellow for 2022-2024.



2019-21   MFA Painting, Boston University 

2009-13 BFA, Drawing & Painting, Ontario College of Art and Design (OCADU) 


2021    Homeplace, Commonwealth Gallery, Boston, MA 

2016   The Side Profile Series, Xpace Cultural Centre, Toronto, ON 


2022  In My Skin, Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina, SK

             Art Souterrain, Montreal, QB

             Future Fair, Chelsea, NYC

2021   Cake Show, The Pit, Palm Springs, LA

             New Talent, Alpha Gallery, Boston, MA

             Straight Lick-Black Art Sessions, Manhattan, NY

             IYKYK, Pianocraft Gallery, Boston, MA

             MFA Painting Thesis Exhibition, Stone Gallery, Boston, MA

             Cuttyhunk Small Works Show - Kilburn Mill, New Bedford, MA

2020  As the snail takes the shape of its shell, the plumb, Toronto, ON 

             MFA Graduate Exhibit, Commonwealth Gallery, Boston, MA 

             AREA CODE Art Fair, Online Art Exhibition

2019   Xpace Annual Fundraiser, Xpace Cultural Centre, Toronto, ON

             From The Ground Up – Nia Centre for the Arts, Toronto, ON 

2018   NADA Art Fair, Half Gallery, Miami, FL 

             Art Aqua Miami, Uncommon Beauty Gallery, Miami, FL 

             Cuttyhunk Island Artist Residency Exhibition, The Avalon, Cuttyhunk Island, MA 

             Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series, Sandbox Studios, Toronto, ON  

             BIGonBLOOR Festival, Toronto, ON

             Xpace Cultural Centre Annual Fundraiser 

2017   Living Mosaic, Riverdale Art Gallery, Toronto, ON 

             Skin Glowing in the Moonlight, Latitude 53, Edmonton, AB 

2016   Margins of Eras 2016, Super Wonder Gallery, Toronto, ON 

             Pixelation, Artscape Youngplace, Toronto, ON 

             BIGonBLOOR Festival, Toronto, ON 

             Pixelation, OCAD University, Toronto, ON 

2015   Mistletoe Magic, John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, ON 

             ARTSIDEOUT, Scarborough, ON 

             30 Under 30, John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, ON 

             We’re Home, Cedar Ridge Creative Centre, Scarborough, ON 

             UTSC Annual Juried Show, Scarborough, ON 

             Momentum & Tension, Gallery 1265, Scarborough, ON

2014  Splendour, The Black Cat Gallery, Toronto, ON 

             Emerging Artist Summer Exhibition, Gallery 1313, Toronto, ON 

2014   SOUL, Western University, London, ON 

2013   OCAD University 98th Annual Graduate Exhibition, OCADU, Toronto, ON


2019   The Dis/Appearing Black Body, Art Gallery of Ontario 

2017   Race, Politics, and Art: An Evening with The Artists, Latitude 53 

2016   The Side Profile Series: A Conversation with The Artist, Xpace Cultural Centre


2021   Converging Liberations Residency, MASS MoCa, North Adams, MA 

2018   Nia Centre Residency Program, Toronto, ON 

             CuttyHunk Island Artist Residency, Elizabeth Island, MA


2021   Boston University MFA Thesis Catalog

             Minerva, A Women of Burgundy Publication

2020  Face Value, House and Home Magazine 

2018   Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series, Toronto Life 

              Edmonton Journal 

2017   Skin Glowing in the Moonlight, Latitude 53 

             VUE Magazine 

             Status Quo 

2016   Xpace Cultural Centre 2016 Exhibitions Catalogue 

             It’s Still Privileged Art, Exhibition Catalogue at 401 Richmond 

2013   OCAD University 98th Annual Graduate Exhibition Catalogue 


2021   The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation

              Esther B. and Albert S. Kahn Career Entry Fund

              Dedalus Fellowship MFA Painting and Sculpture Award

2016   CUE Project Grant 

2015   ARTSIDEOUT Project Grant

              UTSC Annual Juried Show, Deserres Prize for Drawing & Painting – 1stPlace

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