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2021 Faculty of Design Teaching Award, OCADU

twenty five years creating multimedia art that challenges social norms pertaining to gender & class

fifteen years curriculum development and teaching courses in art and design for social change

twelve years producing and facilitating international programmed art residencies

facilitating collaborative art and design projects on sustainability and humans’ relationships to the natural world

six years designing and facilitating multimedia workshops to economically and geographically disadvantaged youth, homeless and refugees

ten years in graphic design, commercial photography and videography



2011 Masters of Fine Art, OCAD University, Toronto, CA

1998 Honours Bachelor of Arts – with Distinction, University of Toronto, Toronto, CA

1986 Graphic Design Diploma, Humber College of Applied Arts & Technology, Toronto, CA



2024 New Pedegogy: Political conflict and its impact on our classrooms, New College, U of T

Consultation on facilitating of critical thinking in class discussions, New College, U of T 

2023 Generative AI Community of Practice: Exploring GAI in Creative and Pedagogical Practices, OCADU 

Generative AI: Teaching Strategies workshop, Arts & Science dept., U of T

LIFT (Learn, Inspire and Flourish, Together) decolonizing the workplace, West Neighbourhood House

Fostering Students’ Reading Comprehension, New College, U of T

Classroom Power Relations & Anti-Racism, Writing & Learning Centre, OCADU

2022 Mindfulness for Inclusive Leadership webinar, OISE, U of T 

Engaging with difficult conversations webinar, New College, U of T

2020 Adapting Experiential Learning for Remote Delivery, webinar series, U of T

Teaching Art and Design Online, 6-week training certificate, OCADU

Peer Teaching Exchange, OCADU

2019 AODA Training, U of T

collaboration within arts and culture workshops, Creative Works Conference

Literary Activation – Becoming Animal workshop, Body Ecologies

2017 AODA Training, OCADU

Blender 3D software workshops, Richard Culver Animation Studio

2016 movement workshops, More Than Naked with Doris Uhlich 

2015 Faculty Professional Development workshops, OCADU

Violence De-escalation Training, OCADU

2014 The Creative Business Design Workshop, Artscape Launchpad

2013 Faculty Lunchbox pedagogical sharing workshops, OCADU

2013 to pres. contact dance workshops and EveryBodyDance, Dovercourt House

2012 Fundamentals of Dance, School of Toronto Dance Theatre

2011 Rhino 3D workshop, Jesse Colin Jackson, OCADU

2010 Pure Data, Max/MSP & Arduino workshops, InterAccess

2006 Lighting Techniques workshop, Toronto School of Art

2004 interactive digital imaging & audio workshops, InterAccess

2003 Final Cut Pro workshop, Trinity Square Video



2024 – pres. Expressive Arts Facilitator – Homes First, Bathurst-Lakeshore Shelter

facilitating expressive arts workshops and occasional gallery trips for refugees and people who are homeless, to encourage personal and cultural expression through creative storytelling

2019 – pres. Sessional Instructor – University of Toronto

developing and teaching the seminar courses “Creating Community: Art, Identity and Belonging,” “Art for Social Change,”and formerly “Visual Strategies”

2008 – pres. Sessional Instructor – OCAD University

developing & teaching multiple sections of “Think Tank; Awareness,” “Photography for Communication,” “Introduction to Photography,” “Colour in Context,” & “Experience Design.”

2012 to pres. Director – Arts Unfold

producing, programming and facilitating of three separate annual international art residencies (Luminous Bodies, Naked State and Once Upon Water) through my organization, Arts Unfold

producing collaborative design interventions on sustainability, such the development of the Vision Statement for a Healthy Toronto Waterfront with 80 citizens, distributed to all City counsellors

producing collaborative curatorial projects with artists & organizations

art consulting for interdisciplinary research projects, such as for “Raaz” bio-art project by Assistant Professor Foad Hamidi at University of Maryland, Baltimore County

2010 to pres. Freelance Educator

mentor to artists with lived experiences of mental illness, addiction and physical disabilities  Workman Arts, Mentors-In-Residence Program, 2021 and Canada Council for the Arts, Cultivate Professional Development Grant, 2019

facilitator of therapeutic art workshop, De-Stressing with Art Mosaics, Scarborough Health & Wellness Centre, 2021

mentor to students in development of entrepreneurial projects and startups at University of Toronto’s Hatchery program, 2018

facilitator of media art workshops at various elementary schools through Scarborough Arts Council’s C.A.R.E.S. mobile media program 2009-2010 and dsbCREATES program for a city-wide exhibition 2009

guest lecturer at UofT on Censorship of the Nude in Western Art for the department of History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, 2016

running photography workshops on portraiture of diverse nude bodies, and Anthotypes; photos from plant juice emulsions, 2010-2018

Photo and Media Art Instructor – Toronto School of Art, 2002-2011

Instructor for Video, Digital Photography & Darkroom Photography courses

2003 to 2007 Photo and Media Art Instructor – Ontario Arts Council, Artists In Education program

awarded four separate annual Ontario Arts Council grants to teach photography and digital compositing at remote elementary schools across the province, including: Wasaho First Nations School in Fort Severn and Northern Lights Secondary School in Moosonee

2002 to 2004 Manager of Design and Administration – IndEco Strategic Consulting

design and administrative support to a team of environment and energy consultants

1998 to 2003 Executive Assistant – CNC Global

high-level administration and organization of projects for VP Corporate Affairs, CFO and CEO

1996 to 1998 Administrative Assistant – News Canada Marketing

project communication with dozens of national sales reps, and initiated collaboration with IT to digitize and automate sales reports

1990 to 1996 Freelance Photography, Videography & Design

directing and videography for a one-hour AIDS Committee of Toronto documentary on HIV & AIDS; co-photography and co-editing for St. Stephen’s Community House educational novela on AIDS; directing & videography for Working Women Community Centre’s documentary on breast screening; assistant photography for Ryerson, Schulich School of Business group photo sessions; graphic design for Abrigo Community Centre’s annual report

1988 to 1990 Production Artist – H&S Reliance

layout of photography for Sears catalogue

1986 to 1988 Graphic Artist – Our Neighbourhood Publishing

design and layout of advertisements

1984 to 1986 Graphic Artist – Deco Labels

design and layout of stickers and labels



2021 Faculty of Design Teaching Award, OCADU

2018, 2009, 2020 Canada Council for the Arts, Travel Grant

2019 – 2004 Ontario Arts Council, Exhibition Assistance Grant (awarded most years)

2016, 2003, 2000 Ontario Arts Council, Visual Artists Project Grant

2013, 2008 Ontario Arts Council, Media Arts Project Grant

2006, 2003 Ontario Arts Council, Artists in Education Project Grant

2006, 2004, 2002 Toronto Arts Council, Visual Arts Grant

2005 Canada Council for the Arts, Visual Arts Project Grant

1998 Department of Fine Art, Forth Year Excellence Award, U of T 



2012 to pres. Luminous Bodies, Artscape Gibraltar Point, Toronto, CA 

2017 to pres. Once Upon Water, Artscape Gibraltar Point, Toronto, CA (*first run in Pico, Azores, PT) 

2016 to 2019 Naked State, Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park, East Gwillimbury, CA



2021-2022 CoviDREAMS  80-page zine & events (with Sanja Dejanovic & Mika Lior), virtual spaces, CA

2019 The Nude, from Both Sides of the Lens artist panel, Artists Network Gallery, Toronto, CA

2017 Zanele Muholi artist talk, OCADU, CA

2019 NAKED STATE mini-fest (with Alessandor Earnest, Los Angeles) Chez BonBon, Toronto, CA

2007 Fleeting Face exhibition, A Space, Toronto, CA

2003 Sem Saudade / Without Regret exhibition, Gallery 1313, Toronto, CA



2023 Weaving by Moonlight, collaboration with Moon Palmar, Perpetual Movements, Metro Hall, Toronto, (touring to Montreal and Halifax), CA 

2020 Helping: The Clothing Workshop (performance art), The School of Fashion Graduate Studies, Ryerson University, Toronto, CA

2019 The Laundry Series (windows photo exhibition), A Space Gallery, Toronto, CA 

2018 Daily Bread (photography with plant juice emulsions), Workers Arts and Heritage Centre, Hamilton, CA

The Laundry Series (two person multimedia exhibition with Laurel Terlesky), Arnica Artist-Run Centre, Kamloops, CA

Helping: The Clothing Workshop (participatory performance art), Thomspon Rivers University, Kamloops, CA

2017 Wearing Black (performance art), International Azores Fringe Festival, Pico, Azores, PT

2016 Helping: The Clothing Workshop (participatory performance art), Luminous Bodies art residency, Artscape Gibraltar Point, Toronto, CA 

Water Portals (dance & media art collaboration with Alan Majer and Brandy Leary), Contemporary Art Works on Queen Street West, Toronto, CA

2015 Laced Cobblestone (performative street drawing), International Azores Fringe Festival, Pico, Azores, PT

2011 Her Pleasure, Her Desire; Remix (interactive installation), Fleishman Gallery, Toronto, CA

Her Pleasure, Her Desire; Remix (interactive installation), ISTA Sexuality & Consciousness Conference, Toronto, CA

2010 Consuming Her (audio-video touchscreen), Gender Bodies & Technology Conference, Roanoke, Virginia, US

2009 Consuming Her (audio-video touchscreen), International Pure Data Convention, SESC Paulista, Sao Paulo, BR

Consuming Her (audio-video touchscreen), WARC, Toronto, CA

2008 Show and Tell your Gender (performative street intervention), Toronto, CA

2007 Kodak Catholicism (interactive blog-gallery), Toronto, CA

Adoration (interactive audio-video installation), Trinity Square Video, Toronto, CA

2006 Adoration (interactive audio-video installation), Alternator, Kelowna, CA

2004 Maria & the Bullfighter (animated photos & movement-film installation), Galerie Sans Nom, Moncton, CA

Glowing Madonna (participatory interactive video installation), Vidéographe, Montreal, CA

Maria & Portrait of a Young Bullfighter (animated photos & movement-film installation), Articule, Montreal, CA

Maria (participatory animated photos), Galerie SAW Gallery, Ottawa, CA



2024 In-Sect, community artworks from various communities throughout Lisbon, Prisma Estúdio, PT

2023 Food for Art, Remote Gallery, Toronto, CA 

2022 coviDreams (collaborative participatory performances), Artscape Gibraltar Point, Toronto Island, CA 

2020 The Clothing Workshop (performance artwork), Distance Dances, Lisgar Park, Artscape, CA 

Sound Collage: A LUNA Fête Celebration of Light & Music (performance art integrated into Derek Bruekner’s Social Improvisations Project), The New Orleans Jazz Museum, New Orleans, US

Sensual Swarm, Student BODY: A Burlesque Class Showcase, Revival, Toronto, CA

2019 From the Depths of Her Abyss (movement video), Quinzena de Dança de Almada; International Dance Festival, PT

No Object (performance), NAKED STATE mini-fest (with Sidi Chen & David Frankovich), Chez BonBon, Toronto, CA

2018 From the Depths of Her Abyss (movement for live video and drawings), Lake Studios, Berlin, DE

Representing Feminisms (performative floor drawing), Lamont Gallery at Philips Exeter Academy, Exeter, US

BIRTH_to animate (video art),, Vienna, AT

2017 Space Within (video sculpture & photography), Walnut Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto, CA

MindSet (photography fused with poetry), Artscape Youngplace, Toronto, CA

Daily Bread (anthotypes), CONTACT Photography Festival, OCADU, Toronto, CA

2016 Femmes Video Art Festival (video art), Los Angeles Contemporary Art (LACE), Los Angeles, US

International Azores Arts Festival (anthotypes), Madalena City Hall, Pico, Azores, PT

2015 Purging (performance art), PROCESS, Artscape Youngplace, Toronto, CA

Island Projects (digital photographs), Artscape Gibraltar Point, Toronto, CA

Life in Motion (photography fused with poetry), Arcadia Gallery, Toronto, CA

Glaciology (dancer for durational work, by Brandy Leary), Work of Winds, Nuit Blanche, Toronto, CA

2014 Not Safe for Work (photography fused with poetry), Studio 180, Toronto, CA

Vagina 2.0 (video art), Vagina Museum, Vienna, AT

Feminist Art Conference (photography fused with poetry), Beaver Hall, Toronto, CA

2013 POINTS Focal (performative video art), Church of Santa Margherita, Sciacca, IT

The Sex Show (digital photography), Gallery 1313, Toronto, CA

2012 After Dinner Party (video art), Corridor Gallery, Seattle, US

2011 Autoerotic Meditations (video art), Portuguese-Brazilian Festival, New York, US

2006 Iconoclasmic (participatory animated photos), Longwood Gallery, Bronx, US

Museum Nogueira da Silva (participatory animated photos), University of Minho, Braga, PT

Gentes e Gestos no Carnavale Terçeirense / People & Gestures in Terçeira’s Carnaval (photos), Terçeira, PT

Active Layers (participatory animated photos), Video Loop, Winnipeg, CA

2005 To Be Continued… (participatory animated photos), aceartinc., Winnipeg, CA

Active Layers (participatory animated photos), McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton, CA 

New Toronto Works (participatory performative video installation), Pleasure Dome, Toronto, CA

2004 Center of Attention; The Importance of Persona in the Work and Practice of Toronto Artists (participatory animated photos), 376 Dufferin Street, Toronto, CA

2003 Details (Contact Toronto Photography Festival) (participatory animated photos), Gallery 1313, Toronto, CA

On the Cusp… (participatory animated photos), A Space, Toronto, CA

2002 Liquid Bodies: An Evening of Experimental Cinema, Movement & Performance (movement on film, in installation), Moving Pictures Festival of Dance on Film and Video,  Rivoli, Toronto, CA

Proof 9 (movement on film, in installation),  Gallery 44, Toronto, CA

Sem Saudade: Contemporary Art By Canadians Of Portuguese Heritage (participatory animated photos), Cambridge Galleries, Cambridge CA



2023 Producing Art Residencies (guest lecture), Maine College of Art & Design, Portland, US

Vez e Voz / Voice & Choice (artist talk), Department of Spanish & Portuguese, University of Toronto, Toronto, CA

2022 Interdisciplinary Studio Practice (guest talk), University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada

2020 Depths of Her Abyss (screening), Line Bridge Body: Performance Across the Arts Symposium, Toronto, CA

2019 No Object: Finding Comfort in Your Body (performance art workshop), Sexual Education Centre, University of Toronto, Toronto, CA

Photos with Plant Juices (workshop), ArtMEETS, East End Arts, Toronto, CA

2018 Voyeurs, Spectators or Pleasure Seekers? (artist talk), ArtSci Salon, The Fields Institute, Toronto, CA 

Coffee and Conversation (long table panel discussion), Workers Arts and Heritage Centre, Hamilton, CA 

Exploring Anthotypes with Teresa Ascencao (workshop), Workers Arts and Heritage Centre, Hamilton, CA 

Her Pleasure, Her Desire; Remix (presentation), Race Sex Power Conference, Roosevelt University, Chicago, US

Representing Feminisms (panel discussion), Lamont Gallery at Philips Exeter Academy, Exeter, US

2016 Censorship of the Nude in Western Art (guest lecturer), University of Toronto, History and Philosophy of Science and Technology Department, Toronto, CA

Westside Studio Talks and Photography (artist talk), OCAD University, Faculty of Design, Toronto, CA

Wind Rose Coloquio, (presenter), University of Toronto, Spanish and Portuguese Department, Toronto, CA

2015 Arse Elektronica (performative webcam presentation), Center for Sex and Culture, San Francisco, US

Creative Conversation Series (artist talk), Colectivo Toronto in partnership with aluCine Media Arts Festival, Toronto, CA

Selfies Feminism Race (panelist), Activate T.O. Speaker Series, Toronto, CA

2014 Feminist Art Conference (panelist), OCADU, Toronto, CA

2011 Her Pleasure, Her Desire; Remix (workshop), CHI Feminist Interaction Design, ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Vancouver, CA

2010 Consuming Her (artist talk), InterAccess Gallery, Toronto, CA 

2009 Consuming Her (artist talk), WARC Gallery, Toronto, CA 

2007 Adoration (artist talk), Trinity Square Video, Toronto, CA

2006 Glowing Madonna (artist talk), Alternator, Kelowna, CA

2004 Maria & Portrait of a Young Bullfighter (artist talk), Articule, Montreal, CA

2002 Arts, Education and Portuguese-Canadians (panel discussion), May 26 2002, Cambridge Galleries, Cambridge, CA



2024 Marujo, Manuela, and Alma Letra, eds.: The Voice and Choice of Portuguese Immigrant Women: Mobilities and Interculturalities, 2024. University of Toronto. Toronto, 2024.

2023 Maurato, Sergio: Wanderlust, Focus Portuguese, OMNI TV, Toronto, CA

2022 Raaz: A Transdisciplinary Exploration at the Intersection of Bioart, HCI, and Community-Engagement (co-Author), Frontiers Open Access Publisher and Science Platform, Switzerland

2020 Maurato, Sergio: Economic Challenge of Artists Living in Toronto, Focus Portuguese, OMNI TV, Toronto, CA

2018 Vicente, João (full page feature) “Once Upon Water, Sol Português, October 12 2019, Toronto, CA

Ogden, Cristina (feature) “Exhibit: Teresa Ascencao features the Portuguese-Canadian experience,” Portuguese American Journal, Aug 12 2018, Cambridge, US

Leal, Joana (interview) CamõesTV, OMNItv, July 15 2018, Toronto, CA

Mourato, Sergio (feature) “Daily Bread by Teresa Ascencao”, OMNI, Focus Portuguese, May 10 2018, Toronto, CA

D’Amico, Elizabeth (review) “Representing Feminisms at Lamont Gallery,” Women’s Caucus for Art, Feb 2018, pg. 45-53, New Hampshire, US

2017 Costa, Terry (interview), “A Conversation with Teresa Ascencao by Our Local Author”, Gerador Magazine, May 26 2017, PT 

2016 Fernandes, Gilberto (interview), RTPi (Radio and Television of Portugal International), Hora dos Portugueses/Hour of the Portuguese (Díario/Dialy), Apr 7 2016 ( and various international broadcasts), Lisbon, PT

2015 Wooley, Dawn (feature) Self as Subject issue, Multiple eXposure Project Zine, Apr 2015, pg. 45-53, Brighton, GB

Vicente, João (feature) “Luminous Bodies”, OMNI, Point of Encounter, Jul 8 2015, Toronto, CA 

2014 Loren, Arielle (feature) Vulvas and Vaginas issue, Corset Magazine, Fall 2014, New York, US

2013 LaRiviere, Serafin (review), “Graphic Sex; Annual Sex Exhibition Explores the Most Basic of Human Compulsions”, Xtra, Feb 01 2013, Toronto, CA

2010 Silva, Patricia, (feature) “Euphoric Femme, Teresa Ascencao”, Velvet Park, June 2010, New York, CA

Pressick, John (interview) “Euphoric Femme”, CIUT Radio, Sex City, Apr 17 2010, Toronto, CA 

2008 Aranda-Alvarado, Rocío, (feature) “Quiet Moments/Dramatic Skies: The Work of Teresa Ascencao”,e-misférica, Performance and Politics in the Americas, April 2008, New York, US

Alarcón, Adriana (interview) “The Artist/Art Educator: Challenges and Rewards”, Dispatch, Special Edition, CARFAC, February 2008, Toronto, CA

2007 Allen, Tori (feature) “Adoration”, CBC Radio, Big City Small World, Jan 27 2007, Toronto, CA

Fung, Amy (feature) Art and Sexuality issue, Locus Suspectus, Winter 2007, Edmonton, CA

2005 Roberts, Lorne (review) “Image Everything for Video Artists”, Winnipeg Free Press, Sep 15 2005, D5, Winnipeg, CA

2004 Mavrikakis, Nicolas (review) “Mystère de la Foi”, Voir, Nov 4 2004, pg. 56, Montreal, CA

Desjardins, Eloi (interview) “Top 5! [de la semaine]”, CHOQ FM, Oct 30 2004, Montreal, CA

2003 Walker, Susan (review) “Dollar-store Doll Lampoons Religion”, Toronto Star, May 24 2003, H8, Toronto, CA

Kazamia, Nicolas, Citytv, SexTV (feature segment), May 3 & 4 2003, Toronto, CA

Balzer, David (review) “Holy Moley”, Eye Weekly, Mar 20 2003, pg. 39, Toronto, CA

2002 Faria, Daniel (review) “Shotgun Reviews”, Lola, Fall 2002,  pg.82, Toronto, CA

Vicente, João (feature segment) “Sem Saudade”, CFMT Lamire & RTP, June 22-29 2002, Toronto, CA



2022 to pres. Windward Coop Board of Directors & Green Committee

2020 to pres. Free-Cycle Toronto communities 

2010 to pres. A Space Gallery (and Board Member 2010 to 2014) 

2008 to pres. CARFAC / Canadian Artists’ Representation 

2013 to pres. Acting Coordinator & Founder, Citizens for a Healthy Toronto Waterfront

2006 to pres. The Ontario Art Education Association

2016 to 2020 Res Artis

2013 to 2016 Bathurst Quay Neighbourhood Association, Vice Chair

2003 to 2006 Art Columnist, Sol Portugûes newspaper