i’m a visual artist with a photo & installation based practice.


Morgan Sears-Williams is a white settler of Irish, English and German descent working in Tkaronto on the lands of the the Anishanaabe, the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Haudensosaunee, and the Huron-Wendat.

Morgan is an interdisciplinary artist and holds a BFA in Photography from OCAD University. She is interested in experimenting with image making, installation, publications, and mixed media works as a tool for self-exploration, and defining and re-inventing perceptions of your self. Her practice often explores larger themes of feminist queer histories, collective memory and questioning institutional archiving practices. Recently she has been conducting interventions with analog technologies, such as rotary telephones, and altering perceptions of their usage and stories they hold. She has exhibited her works in Toronto, Kingston and internationally and was the recipient of the Pandora Y. H. Ho Memorial Award and the Artscape Youngplace Career Launcher in 2017.

She is also the Art curator of The Rude Collective, a queer arts collective amplifying voices of marginalized queer folks in Toronto. 



Instagram: @morgan__elena





Morgan Sears-Williams

BFA Photography, OCAD U, Toronto, Canada.


Professional Experience

April 2018 - Present  Member Services and Program Outreach Co-ordinator, Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre

April 2018 - Present  Programming Committee, Toronto Media Arts Centre

January 2018 - April 2018  Instagram Manager, OCAD U Photography Department

January 2017 - April 2018  Content Writer for #ArtCrush Series, OCAD U Photography Blog

July 2017 - March 2018  Distribution Assistant, Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre

September 2016 - Present  Art Co-ordinator, The RUDE Collective

Solo exhibitions

SOFT: transformative queer love and care at Artscape Youngplace as part of the Career Launcher Artist Residency award, 2nd floor hallway galleries, November 2nd 2017- November 24th 2017.

Group exhibitions

2019 Work In Progress, Gallery 44, Toronto

2017 OFF Festival, European Month of Photography Exhibitions, Bratislava, Slovakia.

2017  Career Launcher, Artscape Youngplace in collaboration with OCAD University, Toronto

2017  Femme4Femme, Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Toronto

2017  Turmoil, Osaka University of the Arts, Osaka, Japan

2017  Bed of Roses, Contact Photography Festival, Fleishman Gallery, Toronto

2017  Graduate Exhibition, OCAD University, Toronto

2017  Gender and the Lens, Ada Slaight Gallery, Toronto

2016   Fake Geek Girls Like Us, Annex Art Center, Toronto

2016   I Want to be Proud: Cheryl Pope in collaboration with OCAD Students, OCAD Great Hall, Toronto

2016   Girls Girls Girls: A Feminist Art Show, Northern Contemporary, Toronto

2015   Seen, Ryerson Artspace, Toronto

2015   Fake Geek Girls Like Us, Annex Art Center, Toronto

2014   Third Times The Charm, Annex Art Center, Toronto

2012   Modern Fumes, Modern Fuel Art Gallery, Kingston 


2019 $5 b4 midnight, art/iculation Magazine, Queer and Now

2019 SOFT, PhotoEd Fall Issue #56 “The Power of Documentary Photography “

2019  PhotoEd Spring Issue #55, Spring 2019.

2019  Abandoning, Tiny Spoon Experimental Literary Magazine Issue #1, April 2019.

2019  the sound of sun on my skin, Acta Victoriana, 143.1

Curatorial and Programming

2018  Eyeblink: Hashtag SolidarityRUDE Collective with Xpace Cultural Center, Pleasure Dome and Gardiner Museum. 

2017  First Thursday, RUDE Collective programming with the AGO. Interactive art, DJ, performance and video works shown on September 7, 2017


2018 Gallery 44 Production Membership, Toronto

2017   Career Launcher Residency with Artscape Youngplace, Toronto

2016   Artscape Gibraltar Point, Toronto Islands, Toronto

2015   Art Camp Residency, Ryerson Artspace, Toronto

Interviews and Articles

2017  SOFT: transformative queer love and care, She Does The City, Toronto

2016   Our Queer Art, ourqueerart.com/morgansearswilliams

2016   The Buzz Magazine, http://thebuzzmag.ca/

Awards and Mentions

2017  Residency and Solo exhibition award as part of Career Launcher with Artscape Youngplace, Toronto

2017  Honorary Mention for Integrated Media awards, OCAD University, Toronto

2017  Pandora Y. H. Ho Memorial Award, OCAD University, Toronto

2017  Honorary Mention for the 2016-2017 Diversity and Equity Excellence Awards for Students at OCAD University


2017 - 2018  Friday #ArtCrush, Interview Series of OCAD University Photography Students, http://blog.ocad.ca/wordpress/photo/tag/friday-art-crush/

2017  Review of Manuela Morales piece 'After Darkness,' Xpace Cultural Center, Toronto

Workshops & Artist Talks

2018 Artist Talk, Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario

2018  Lavender Menace: Panel Discussion, Toronto Media Arts Centre, Toronto, Ontario

2018  Elements of Photographic Composition, Polson Park Public School, Kingston, Ontario

2017   Alternative Queer and DIY Archives, Cedarbrae Library with OKAY Collective, Toronto, Ontario

2017  Artist Talk, OCAD University, Toronto, Ontario

2017  On Allyship and Showing up, Etobicoke School of the Arts, Toronto, Ontario

2016   Camera Basics, Art Camp Residency, OCAD University, Toronto, Ontario

Community Art Projects

2016  Sexual Assault: The Road Show, part of the 'Preventing Sexual and Gender Based Violence on Campus' workshop by the Diversity, Equity and Sustainability Initiatives at OCAD U. 

Committees and Groups

2018  Toronto Media Arts Centre Programming Committee, CFMDC Representative, Toronto, Ontario

2016 - Present  The RUDE Collective, Art Co-ordinator, Toronto

2016 Curriculum Innovation Committee, Student Representative, OCAD U

2016 Photography Program Curriculum Innovation Committee, Student Representative, OCAD U

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