Still from Batallion

Still from Batallion

VICKIE VAINIONPÄÄ  |  +1 (438) 929-8069

b. Toronto, 1992



2015    University of Waterloo, BA (Hons) Studio Specialization


Selected Awards/Grants (selected)

2016    Ontario Society of Artists- 1st Place in Emerging Artists Exhibition    

2016    The Artist Project- Untapped Emerging Artist Booth Award

2015    BMO 1st! Art Student Invitational Competition Nomination

2015    Liz Edwards Memorial Award – University of Waterloo

2015    Society of Fine Artists - named ‘Most dedicated to her practice’

2013    Osuuspankki – Eero’s Memorial Fund Scholarship 

2012    Excellence Award in Fine Arts – Sculpture, University of Waterloo 

2012    New Era Introducing Finalist

2011    Summer Company Ontario – Startup Grant

2011    President’s Scholarship – University of Waterloo

2011    Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) – Provincial Innovation Champion



2017    (Upcoming) Festival Chromatic – Studio L’éloi, Montréal, QC.

2017  Installation Zone - The Artist Project, Toronto, ON

2017  Spectacular Celebrations - Papermill Gallery, Scarborough, ON. Juried by Scarborough Arts

2017  VAM 39th Annual Juried Exhibition - AGM, Mississauga, ON. Jurors: Michael Vickers, Sally McKay, Todd Tremeer

2016   Emerging Juried Exhibition – Ontario Society of Artists, Etobicoke, ON. Curators: Paria Shahverdi & Clare Ross. Jurors: Eileen Menzel, Peter Large, Gunilla Josephson

2016    OPEN16 – Front Art Space, New York, NY. Curator: Dionisio Cortes Ortega

2015    ARTCOP21 – Bridge Centre for Architecture, Cambridge, ON. Curator: Nicole Langlois

2015    Big Ideas – Paula White Diamond, Waterloo, ON. Curator: Paula White Diamond

2015    Fresh Paint, New Construction (11th edition) – Art Mûr, Montreal, QC. Curators: Réal Olivier Lanthier & François St-Jaques 

2015    YES! – UWAG, Waterloo, ON. Curator: Ivan Jurakic

2015    Generation NOW! 2.0 – Rain tree lounge, Waterloo, ON. Organized by: Marijana Vorkapic

2015    PEEK – The Artery, University of Waterloo, ON. Curator: Zana Kozomora

2014    Perceptium (solo) – Jane Bond, Waterloo, ON. Exhibition Organizer: Lindsay Schmalz

2014    It Starts Here Art Fair – Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, Waterloo, ON. Curator: Valeria Rigler

2014    Tractum – The Artery, University of Waterloo, ON. Curator: Réka Szepesvari

2014    Tricity StopGap Pop-up exhibition Warehouse, Waterloo, ON

2014    0.25– The Artery, University of Waterloo, ON. Curator: Sara Deeming

2014    SOFA Showcase – Misty Mountain Café, Kitchener, ON. Organized by: Becky Caissie

2013    Brush with Art – Faculty of Art’s Undergraduate office, University of Waterloo, ON



2016    Ragdale Foundation, Artist residency, IL, USA



2017    (Upcoming) Art Gems, Emerging Artist Section, Toronto, ON



Professional Experience

2015    Co-Director and Curator at Unit 31B, Waterloo, Ontario

            Artist-run center focused on supporting and showcasing emerging artists and youth

2015    Studio Assistant to Bruce Taylor - Ceramics, University of Waterloo 

2014    Studio Assistant to Lindsay Montgomery – Clay Studies, University of Waterloo

2014    Performance Volunteer, Shasti O'Leary-Soudant’s HALFLIFE – Nuit Blanche, Toronto 



Publications and Web Documents

  • BIG ART BOOK, Published by Scarborough Arts, January 2017

  • OPEN 16 (Exhibition catalogue) Published by Front Art Space, March 2016.

  • Artist Portfolio Magazine, Issue No. 24, The International Art Edition

  • Synergy Magazine, Issue No.6 “Dreams and Fantasies”, July 2015

  • Peinture Fraiche et Nouvelle Construction - 11e édition (Catalogue) Published by Art Mûr, July 18, 2015

  • YES! Exhibition (Catalogue) Published by the University of Waterloo Art Gallery:

  • Melissa Johns, “Tri-City stopgap: By artists, for artists,” Imprint, October 30, 2014, P16



  • University of Waterloo - Centre for Mental Health Research