Jillian McDonald is a Canadian artist working in video and performance. She has lived in New York since 1996 and is currently an Associate Professor of Fine Arts at Pace University.
Recent solo shows and projects include Hallwalls in Buffalo, Moti Hasson Gallery and Jack the Pelican Presents in New York, Third Avenue Gallery in Vancouver, The San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery and Rosenthal Gallery in San Francisco, ThreeWalls in Chicago, 1708 Gallery in Richmond, vertexList Gallery and ArtMoving Projects in Brooklyn, La Sala Narañja in Valencia, and TPW and YYZ Galleries in Toronto. Group exhibitions and festivals featuring her work include The Edith Russ Haus for Media Art in Oldenburg, The Krannert Museum in Illinois, MMOCA in Wisconsin, The Whitney Museum's Artport, Year Zero One in Toronto, Manifestation d'Art Internationale de Québec, 404 International Festival of Electronic Art in Argentina, The Sundance Online Film Festival in Utah, International Biennial of Art in Mérida, Venezuela, La Biennale de Montréal, ISEA 2004 in Estonia, and the Centre d’Art Contemporain de Basse-Normandie in France.
McDonald has received grants from The New York Foundation for the Arts, The Canada Council for the Arts, Soil New Media, Turbulence, The Gunk Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, The Experimental Television Center, Thirdplace.org, and Pace University. She lectures regularly in North America and Europe about her work and has attended numerous residencies including Lilith Performance Studio in Sweden; The Headlands Center for the Arts in California; The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace Program and Harvestworks in New York; La Chambre Blanche in Québec; The Arizona State University Art Museum in Tempe; and The Western Front in Vancouver. In 2012 she is in residence at Glenfiddich in Scotland.
McDonald's work has been reviewed in The New York Times, Border Crossings, Flash Art, Art Papers, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, among others. She is featured in several books including Better Off Dead edited by Sarah Juliet Lauro, Stalking by Bran Nicol and Art and the Subway by Tracy Fitzpatrick.