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Nina Levitt

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Graduate Program in Visual Arts, Visual Art & Art History

Nina Levitt

Associate Professor


BAA (Ryerson), MFA (Illinois - Chicago)


An artist working in photography, installation and video, Nina Levitt’s practice examines the representation of women in popular culture and often involves the recovery and manipulation of existing images. Her work has been recognized with dozens of grants including a SSHRC Research Creation Grant, and has been widely published and reviewed, including feature articles in Parachute #100 and Canadian Art. Her exhibitions include Nuit Blanche (2006), Otherworldly in Melbourne and Manchester (2007), The Uncanny: Experiments in Cyborg Culture(Vancouver Art Gallery; Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon; Edmonton Art Gallery, 2002) and a commission for the 100th anniversary of Women’s College Hospital, Toronto (2011), Fan the Flames: Queer Positions in Photography at the Art Gallery of Ontario (2014) and in/future at the Cinesphere, Ontario Place in 2016.

Professor Levitt’s recent research and artworks, focusing on the representation of female spies during WWII, comprise the trilogy of exhibitions Little Breeze (Galerie Oboro, Montreal and Doris McCarthy Gallery, UT Scarborough, 2004), Thin Air (Koffler Gallery, Toronto, 2008) and Relay (Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, 2008). She is currently writing a novel based on her research on British women during WWII and starting several new projects including research on American photographer Alice Austen (1866-1952).

From 1984 to 1991, Professor Levitt worked as program coordinator of the Toronto Photographers Workshop, an artist-run photography gallery she helped found. She taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the School of Image Arts, Ryerson University, before joining the faculty in York University’s Visual Arts Department in 2004.