Curriculum Vitae

Local Colour Pilgrimages

2016—Paint Pots, British Columbia; Conestogo, Warsaw Caves, Ontario; Dawon City, Dempster Hwy, Yukon.

2015—Londonderry, Joggins Cliffs, Nova Scotia; Tea Hill, PEI; Trois-Rivières, Quebec; Conestogo, Elora, Ontario; Prospector’s Point, Alberta, La Jolla Reservation, California.

2014—Conestogo, Agawa Bay, Pukaskwa, Wawa, Marathon, Pebble Beach, Ontario; Christopher Lake, Saskatchewan; Edmonton, Alberta; East Sooke, Victoria, British Columbia.

2013—Conestogo, Kirkfield and Lowville, Ontario; Vermillion Bluffs and Blakeburn, British Columbia; Trois-Rivières, Quebec; Chaplin Island and Sackville, New Brunswick; Lochaber, Sunnybrae, Paint Brook, and Upper Economy & , Nova Scotia; Edmonton, Alberta and the Sunset Cliffs & the La Jolla Reservation, California.

2012—Glencoe, New Brunswick; St. Malo, Laurentien Hills, Quebec; Conestogo, Hell’s Gate, Ontario; Kenderdine, Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan; Britannia Beach, Kamloops, Hat Creek, Monte Lake, Spencer Bridge, British Columbia.

Solo Projects

The Craig Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia—“Pilgrimage: Finding Canada’s Local Colours”, 2015.

Fergus Grand Theatre, Fergus, Ontario—”Seeing Local Colour”, 2011.

Minarovich Gallery, Elora, Ontario—”A Local Colour Project”, 2010. →see it

Cambridge Centre for the Arts, Cambridge, Ontario—”The 100 mile ART Project”, 2008. →see it

St. John’s Anglican Church, Elora, Ontario—”Communion of the Saints Evensong”, 2007.

Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener & Area, Kitchener, Ontario—”The craftsman’s studio”, 2007.

University of Toronto’s Art Centre, Toronto, Ontario—”Iconographer’s Workshop”, 2006.

Group Shows

Art of the Cross Event, Guelph—2016.

Leder’s Farm, Edmonton, Alberta—“What Remains”, 2015.

The People’s Gallery, Waterloo—2013.

Arnica, Kamloops, British Columbia—”Connecting the Dots”, 2012.

Open Art Venue, Mitte, Berlin—“Unterwegs”, 2011. →see it

Sideshow Gallery, New York—”Winter residency”, 2010.

Chestnut Hall Camerata—”Michaelmas: A Numinous Feast of All Angels”, 2009.

St. Michael’s College, Toronto, Ontario—”Till we have faces”, 2008.

Inter-varsity World Assembly, Hamilton, Ontario—Exhibition and reception, 2007.

Wycliffe College, Toronto, Ontario—”Refresh!”, group exhibition, 2007.

Major Public Works

Saint John’s Anglican Church, Elora, Ontario—Sts. John the Evangelist, Cecilia, and Mary Magdalene, 2012-2015.

Walmer Road Baptist Church, Toronto, Ontario—Elijah’s Refreshment, 2007.

Saint George Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church, Richmond Hill, Ontario—Christ Almighty, 2006.

Mission to Seafarers, Hamilton, Ontario—Triptych of Christ Almighty with Sts. Nicholas and Michael, 2003.

Residences, Awards, and Grants

Klondike Institute of Art & Culture, Artist in Residence, 2016.

Pukaskwa National Park, Ontario—Artist in Residence, 2014.

Interdisciplinary Centre for Culture and Creativity—Visiting Scholar, 2014.

White Rabbit, Red Clay, Nova Scotia—Artist in Residence, 2013.

Interdisciplinary Centre for Culture and Creativity—Fellowship for Community-based Intellectuals/Activists/Artists, 2012.

Cambridge Centre for the Arts, Cambridge, Ontario—Artist in Residence, 2008.

Homer Watson House & Gallery, Kitchener, Ontario—Artist in Residence, 2006-07.

Classes, Lectures and Workshops

Conrad Grebel University College, “Making an Icon”, 2017 (upcoming).

Soil Science Society of America Symposium, Minneapolis, US—”Beauty of Soils: The Nexus of Soil Science and the Arts”, 2015.

Ronning Centre, Alberta, Edmonton—“Soil and Spirit”, 2015.

Canadian Society of Soil Science, Montreal, Quebec—“Painting with Soil Pigments”, 2015.

La Sanio People, La Jolla Reservation, San Diego—”Making Pigment”, 2015.

University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon—”Creating Paint From Soil (ART 398/898.3)”, 2014.

Soil Science Society of America Annual Meeting. Tampa, Florida—”The Atlas of Canada’s Local Colours”, 2013.

Edifide Educators Convention, Ancaster, Ontario—”Making Local Colour”, 2013.

CTABC Teachers’ Convention , Langley, British Columbia—”Art as Worldview”, 2013.

Brantford Lapidary and Mineral Society, Brantford, Ontario—”Local Colours: Pigment and Art”, 2013.

Kitchener-Waterloo Gem and Mineral Club, Waterloo, Ontario—”Local Colours: Pigment and Art”, 2013.

Science Explorers Club, La Jolla, San Diego—”Hand-prints”, 2013.

The Kitchener-Waterloo Society of Artists, Kitchener, Ontario—”Pigments: Places, Processes, and Paint”, 2012.

Old Kamloops Cultural Centre, Kamloops, British Columbia—”Crayons And Ice Cream Children’s Workshop”, 2012.

Emma Lake Kenderdine Campus, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon—”Creating Paint From Soil: Applications And Observations In Boreal Ecosystems” (ART 398/898.3), 2012.

Button Factory, Waterloo, Ontario—”Artspeak”, 2012.

Cambridge Centre for the Arts, Cambridge, Ontario—”Local-colour”, 2011.

Open Art Venue, Mitte, Berlin—”Making Paint from your local environment”, 2011. →see it

Canadian Science Writers’ Association, Ottawa, Ontario—”the 100-mile Pigment Project”, 2010.

Conrad Grebel College, Waterloo, Ontario—”An Introduction to Icons”, 2010.

Tyndale University College & Seminary, Toronto, Ontario—”Icons: Art and Religion”, 2009.

Waterloo Button Factory, Waterloo, Ontario—”Introduction to Paint”, 2008.

CIS Visual Conference, Toronto, Ontario—”Creating Paint: Recreating History”, 2008.

The Colour Jar, Durham, Ontario—”Creating Local Colour”, 2008.

Cambridge Centre for the Arts, Cambridge, Ontario—”Paint & Pigment”, 2008.

Varley Art Gallery, Toronto, Ontario—”The Sacred Image of the Icon: A World of Belief Symposium”, 2008.

Fresh Expressions, Waterloo, Ontario—”Creating an Icon”, 2007.

Redeemer University College, Ancaster, Ontario—”The Making of an Icon (History Class)”, 2006.

Redeemer University College, Ancaster, Ontario—”The Challenge of Icons (Senior Art Class)”, 2006.

University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario—”The Challenge of Icons”, 2006.

University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario—”Iconography: Venerating the Divine through Matter”, 2006.

In the News

Global News, “Artist Symeon van Donkelaar”, September 1 2015 (TV). →watch it

The Chronicle-Journal, “Soil has role in art”, July 10,2014 (print).

Agknowledge, “Dirt and Paint”, December 2012 (print). →read it

The Star Phoenix, “Grad students use natural, local pigments to create art”, June 11th, 2012 (print). →read it

Arts Connection, “Visual Artist Christopher van Donkelaar”, October 6, 2011 (radio). →hear it

YES! Mag, “Panning for Pigments”, Elizabeth Howell, May/June 2009 (print). →read it

Nurturing Faith, “Encouraging faith through beauty”, Dan Beerens, April 20, 2009 (web). →read it

Cambridge Centre for the Arts Presents, “Christopher van Donkelaar”, 2009 (print).

Canadian Geographic, “Local Colour”, Alison Garwood-Jones, April 2009 (print). →read it

CBC News, “Scientific research: What’s wrong with this picture?”, Stephen Strauss, December 1, 2008 (web). →read it

RCI – Radio Canada International, “Arte en 100 millas a la  Redonda”, Ginella Díaz, December 2008 (radio). →hear it

The Cambridge Times, “Artist in Residence delivers a 100-mile artistic diet”, October, 2008 (print). →read it

Faith Journal, “The 100 mile ART Project”, July 15, 2008 (radio). →hear it

The KW Record, “100 mile ART Pallet”, Amy Fuller, June 21, 2008 (print). →read it

Grand River Living, “Artist: Christopher van Donkelaar”, 2007 (print).

The KW Record, “Holy Art”, Saturday, May 27, 2006, pg. 8 (print).

Images, “Artist Steeped in History and Faith”, Spring, 2006, pg. 25 (print).

Bibliography of Articles

Taproot Magazine, “Painting with Local Colour”, December 2013 (print).

Dialogue, “A Wonder-filled and Imaginative Education”, 2009 (print).


Transart Institute, Donau Universität Krems, Krems, Austria—Masters of Fine Arts, 2011.

St. Theodore’s House Greek Monestary, Galion, Ohio—Apprenticeship in iconography, 1996-2002.

Redeemer University College, Ancaster, Ontario—Bachelor of Arts, 1998.