Marla Hlady

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Associate Professor, Program Director
Telephone number
Building AA 336
Studio Art


Marla Hlady work moves across and in-between sculpture, site, performance, kinetics, sound art and music performance. Hlady is interested in how media variously function, systematically and culturally, and how these functions can be critically and productively re-imagined. She’s shown widely in solo and group shows including SFX Seoul 2019, Manif D’Art 6 (Quebec City's biennale), Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center (Buffalo, NY), Oakville Galleries (Canada), YYZ Artist’s Outlet (Canada), Klink and Bank (Reykjavik, Iceland), New General Catalog (Brooklyn), Apexart Gallery (New York), Museo di San Domenico (Imola, Italy), The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery (Canada), Nunnery Gallery (London, England).  She has mounted site works in such places as the fjords of Norway, a defunct grain silo (Meaford, Canada), a tour bus (Ottawa, Canada). Hlady also collaborates. Recent collaborations include artist Christof Migone, musician Eric Chenaux, choreographer-dancer Shannon Cooney, the cross-disciplinary collective thirtyminutes.


M.F.A., York University Faculty of Graduate Studies, Toronto, Canada
B.F. A. (Honours), University of Victoria Faculty of Fine Arts, Victoria, B.C., Canada

Teaching Interests

Contemporary art practice; Sound Art; Sculpture; Sited art and art in the public realm; Drawing and expanded drawing practice; Land-based Learning

Research Interests

Sound art and music; Place, space, site, intervention; Gender and labour; Materiality; Failure

Awards and Grants

Canada Council for the Arts (Research-Creation)

Ontario Arts Council (Visual Arts Project)

Glenfiddich Artist Residency Award (with Christof Migone)

Avatar Residency, Quebec City, Canada

Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center Residency, Buffalo, NY

Five Thousand Generation of Birds Residency, Fitjar Islands, Norway


Hlady, M. Playing Piano. Squint Press, 2020. Vinyl LP with digital download. 

Hlady, M. & Chenaux, E. fluff. AVATAR, 2019. Vinyl LP with digital download.



Swan Song. Solo exhibition.

Swan Song. Solo exhibition.
March 20 – July 4.
Christie Contemporary (Toronto, Canada)
Image caption: Installation view Swan Song, Christie Contemporary Gallery
Image credit: Adam Swika

Women Hack. Group exhibition.

Women Hack. Group exhibition.
November 9 – December 9, 2018.
SFX Seoul Sound Festival at the Alternative Gallery Loop (Seoul, South Korea)
Image caption: detail Spincycle 2
Image credit: Marla Hlady

Spincycle. Solo Exhibition.

Spincycle. Solo Exhibition.
February 19 – 26, 2017.
Avatar (Quebec City, Canada)
Link to video:
Image caption: detail of Spincycle as part of Le Mois Multi, Quebec City, Canada
Image credit: Marion Gotti

Soundfull: A Wall Speaks, A Door Shakes, A Floor Trembles. Interactive sited sound work.

Soundfull: A Wall Speaks, A Door Shakes, A Floor Trembles. Interactive sited sound work with Recounting Huronia research group.
October 16-18, 2014.
Huronia Regional Centre (Orillia, Canada),
Image cation: detail of sound installation Soundfull for the research group Recounting Huronia (Huronia Regional Centre, Orillia, Canada)
Image credit: Marla Hlady

Rooms and Walls. Solo exhibitions.

Rooms and Walls. Solo exhibitions.
September 24 – November 6, 2011 and January 13 – February 14, 2012.
Oakville Galleries and Hallwalls
Exhibitions Publication
Image caption: Installation view, Rooms (First Floor Cubed), Oakville Galleries, Toronto
Image credit: Toni Hafkenscheid