Clara Congdon is an emerging artist based in Montreal. She makes tactile drawings and artists' books exploring gender, media consumption and representation, and personal archives. Clara holds a BFA from NSCAD University, where she received the Margó Marshall Award for Textiles. She is the creator of YOU BETCHA IRIS, a new quarterly zine about local drag performers. Her artist's book ​Want to buy some illusions?​ is currently featured in ​Art of the Book 2018​, a travelling exhibition of work by members of the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild. Clara has exhibited across Canada and in the United States. 

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CP 52545 BP Castelnau

Montreal, QC H2R 3C5



b. Ottawa, Ontario


2013   BFA, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University, Halifax NS


2018   Asma A. Khan & Clara Congdon, Monastiraki, Montreal QC

2013   Volume 1, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax NS


2020   Art of the Book 2018, Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador, St. John's NL (Upcoming)

2020   Art of the Book 2018, Mary E. Black Gallery, Halifax NS (Upcoming)

2020   Art of the Book 2018, Harriet Irving Library, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton NB (Upcoming)

2020   Art of the Book 2018, Craft Ontario, Toronto ON (Upcoming)

2019 - 2020   Art of the Book 2018, McGill University Library, Montreal QC (Upcoming)

2019   Réminiscences, Le Livart, Montreal QC

2019   All Stitched Up, Collins Memorial Library, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma WA

2019   Art of the Book 2018, CCFM Art Gallery, Centre culturel franco-manitobain, Winnipeg MB

2019   Art of the Book 2018, Creation Cube, George Bothwell Branch, Regina Public Library, Regina SK

2019   Art of the Book 2018, Fine Arts Building Gallery, University of Alberta, Edmonton AB

2018   Art of the Book 2018, University of the Fraser Valley Library, Abbotsford BC

2018   Art of the Book 2018, Audain Gallery, University of Victoria, Victoria BC

2017   Underpinnings: Celebrating 130 Years of NSCAD, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax NS

2017   Who Are You?, The Red Head Gallery, Toronto ON

2017   Beyond, Espace POP, Montreal QC

2017   Handy Books, University of Iowa Center for the Book, Iowa City IA

2013   NSCAD Graduation Exhibition, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax NS

2012   Major Change, Seeds Gallery, Halifax NS


2019   What the Pop! : Plateau, WIP Gallery, Montreal QC

2018   Expozine, Église Saint-Arsène, Montreal QC

2018   Volume 1 MTL: Art and the Book, Société des arts technologiques (SAT), Montreal QC

2018   Artch: Art contemporain émergent, Dorchester Square, Montreal QC

2018   What the Pop! : Mile Ex, Eastern Bloc, Montreal QC

2018   CBBAG Book Arts Show and Sale, Glebe Community Centre, Ottawa ON

2018   Emerging Artists Showcase, Business Skills for Creative Souls Artist Conference, St Jax, Montreal QC

2017   Le Shindig Edition 3 Zine Launch, Psychic City, Montreal QC


2019   Parle-moi d'amour, Centre Wellington, Verdun QC

2012   Starfish Student Art Awards Gala, Port Loggia Gallery, Halifax NS


2019   The Sketchbook Project Vol. 14, Brooklyn Art Library, Brooklyn NY

2018   Carrie Allison's Shubenacadie River Beading Project, Treaty Space Gallery, Halifax NS

2017   Sesquicentennial Quilt, Canadian Craft Biennial, Art Gallery of Burlington, Burlington ON

2013   Halifax NS Down Syndrome Society's Team Possibles, 23rd Wearable Art Show, Spatz Theatre, Halifax NS

2012   Halifax NS Down Syndrome Society's Team Possibles, 22nd Wearable Art Show, Halifax Forum, Halifax NS


2015   Nuclear Sky: The Experiment, Title 66 Productions, Théâtre Rouge du Conservatoire, Montreal QC


2019   YOU BETCHA IRIS 2 : Lizzy Strange, Clara Congdon (Upcoming)

2019   All Stitched Up Exhibition Catalog, University of Puget Sound

2019   Emotional Magazine Issue #2

2019   YOU BETCHA IRIS 1 : Anaconda LaSabrosa, Clara Congdon

2019   Folio: Clara Congdon, Broken Pencil Magazine Issue #82

2018   L'oubli No. 3, Clara Congdon

2018   L'oubli No. 2, Clara Congdon

2018   Art of the Book 2018 Exhibition Catalogue, Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild

2018   L'oubli No. 1, Clara Congdon

2017   Le Shindig Edition 3: Holy Fêtes, Le Shindig Collective

2017   Canadian Craft Biennial: Community Projects, Art Gallery of Burlington

2013   2013 Graduation Catalogue, NSCAD University


2013   Volume 1, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax NS


2016 - 2017   Studio Coordinator, SSENSE, Montreal QC

2015 - 2016   Set Coordinator, SSENSE, Montreal QC

2014   Production & Design Intern, Denis Gagnon, Montreal QC

2013   Costume Stitcher, Two Planks and a Passion Theatre Company, Canning NS

2013   Set Construction Assistant, Mocean Dance, Halifax NS

2011 - 2012   Gallery Assistant, Seeds Gallery, Halifax NS


2019   Artist Portrait: Clara Congdon, Aok Palad,, Aug. 2019

2019   Artists Illuminated: Clara Congdon, Lital Khaikin, ELAN Quebec, 12 Feb. 2019

2018   La relève en art contemporain, Evelyne Charuest, Gravel le matin, ICI Radio-Canada, 28 Sept. 2018

2017   Handy Books, Julia Leonard, Book Arts | arts du livre Canada, Vol. 8, No. 2

2013   Canvas by NSCAD, The Chronicle Herald, 10 Aug. 2013

2012   Major Change, Marilyn Smulders, NSCAD University News, 9 Mar. 2012


2019 - 2020   Young Volunteers Project Grant, Emploi Quebec

2018   Production Grant, Artch with CJE Montréal Centre-Ville, Foundation of Greater Montreal and the Bronfman Foundation

2013   Margó Marshall Award for Textiles, NSCAD University

2013   Wearable Art Show Scholarship, NSCAD University

2012   MacAdam Trust Scholarship, NSCAD University


ARCMTL, Montreal QC

Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ), Montreal QC

Brooklyn Art Library, Brooklyn NY

Scott Library, York University, North York ON


English Language Arts Network (ELAN) Quebec, Montreal QC (Current Member)

Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild (CBBAG), Toronto ON (Current Member)