Elissa Cristall Gallery, Contemporary Art, Vancouver, BC Canada



In her art practice, Jessie McNeil addresses themes of place, collective and personal memory, language, landscape and value with an emphasis on cultural history and identity. McNeil’s current figurative collage work, representing Vancouver neighbourhoods and recent artists’ residencies in Tartu, Estonia, Barcelona and Paris, is made with the eye of a street photographer while fulfilling her need to cut, paste, smudge and assemble.

Jessie McNeil graduated with a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art and Design in 2013, and she received a Fine Art Diploma from Langara College, Vancouver, BC in 2008. She has won numerous awards and grants, most recently the William and Meredith Saunderson Prize For Emerging Artist, Saltspring National Arts Prize in 2015. She has exhibited in curated and juried exhibitions in Canada and abroad. Jessie McNeil currently lives and works in Vancouver, BC.




2013 – Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree, Emily Carr University of Art & Design, Vancouver, BC.
2008 – Fine Arts Diploma, Langara College, Vancouver, BC.

2019 – Artist in Residence, TækkerAIR Aarhus, Aarhus Center for Visual Art, Aarhus, Denmark.
2014 – Artist in Residence, Trükimuuseum (The Estonian Printing Museum), Tartu, Estonia.


2019  Barrister’s Lounge, Vancouver Law Courts, Vancouver, BC.
2017  Burnaby Art Gallery (offsite), The Errand and Epiphany, Curated by Bob MacIntyre, Burnaby, BC.
2016  Elissa Cristall Gallery, Travellers, Curated by Darius Stein, Vancouver, BC.
Deer Lake Gallery, Urban Subjects: collage portraits of place, Burnaby, BC.
2015  Tartu University Library, Outsider Inside, Tartu, Estonia.
Estonian Literary Museum, Outsider Inside, Tartu, Estonia.
Rannarahva Muuseum (Museum of Coastal Folk), Outsider Inside, Curated by Kadi Kalme, Viimsi, Estonia.
Vancouver Art Gallery’s Art Rental & Sales Showroom, Featured Artist Exhibition, Vancouver, BC.
VEMU (Museum of Estonians Abroad), Outsider Inside, Curated by Piret Noorhani, Toronto, ON.
2014  RUNDUM Mobile Artist-run space, Shoecase #3, Wish you were here! II, Vancouver, BC.
Aparaaditehases/ The Widget Factory, in cooperation with the Estonian Printing Museum, Kodu Quilt, Tartu, Estonia.
GAM Gallery, Wish You Were Here!, Curated by Tarah Hogue and Julia Kreutz, Vancouver, BC.
2013  Project Space, Reading people, Vancouver, BC. (in tandem with Vancouver’s Heart of the City Festival).
2010  Artrescue Studios, The Annual Eastside Culture Crawl, Vancouver, BC.


2018  Pendulum Gallery, The Opposite of Entropy, Curated by Chris Keatley, Vancouver, BC.
(Two-person, with Aimée H. Brown) South Main Gallery, Vancouver, BC.
2016  Museo della Citta’e del Territorio, Sottobraccio (Arm in Arm), Corato, Italy.
Elissa Cristall Gallery, Endless Summer, Vancouver, BC.
2015  Elissa Cristall Gallery, Winter Exhibition, Vancouver, BC.
Mahon Hall, SSNAP (Salt Spring National Arts Prize) Finalists Exhibition, Ganges, BC.
Interurban Gallery, DTES Small Arts Grant’s Group Show, Vancouver, BC.
Langara College, Fine Arts Alumni Exhibition, Vancouver, BC.
2014  Elissa Cristall Gallery, Winter Exhibition, Vancouver, BC.
Amelia Douglas Gallery, Under the Same Roof, New Westminster, BC. (Two-person, with Ewan McNeil)
Vancouver Art Gallery, Art Rental & Sales Showroom, artworks on paper, Vancouver BC.
Elissa Cristall Gallery, Surround, Curated by Lesley Finlayson, Vancouver, BC.
2013  Vancouver Art Gallery Annex, Vancouver Art/Book Fair, Vancouver, BC.
Leigh Square Community Arts Village, Transitory/Transit Story, Port Coquitlam, BC.
Emily Carr University, The Show, Vancouver, BC.
Maybe a Vole, Monsieur London pop-up exhibition, London, England.
The Concourse Gallery, LIBRO The Liberation of the Book, Vancouver BC.
2012  Granville Island/ Emily Carr University, The Yellow Crane Festival of Art &
Design, Vancouver, BC.
2007  Langara College, Fine Arts Graduation Show, Vancouver, BC.


2019  Canada Council for the Arts grant, Residencies component of the Arts Abroad Program
Vancouver Foundation DTES Small Arts Grant
2015  The Salt Spring National Arts Prize, Juror’s Choice Award
The Hnatyshyn Foundation William and Meredith Saunderson Prize For Emerging Artists recipient, nominated by Daina Augaitis
2014  Vancouver Foundation DTES Small Arts Grant
Travel Sponsorship from VEMU (Museum of Estonians Abroad) & Estonian Studies Centre, Toronto, Ontario
2013  Vancouver Foundation DTES Small Arts Grant
Emily Carr University Nominee for BMO Art First! Award, Canada
2011  Henry Boyer de la Giroday Memorial Scholarship, Emily Carr University, Vancouver, BC.
Linda Fritzler Memorial Scholarship, Emily Carr University, Vancouver BC.
2007  The Drawing Studio Award, Langara College, Vancouver BC.