ERIN FINLEY is a Toronto-based artist whose work has been exhibited at Paul Petro (Toronto, ON); Arc Gallery (Chicago, IL); Hallwalls (Buffalo, NY); Allegheny College (Pennsylvania); Eastern New Mexico University (NM); CBGB's (NY); Miami University Gallery (Oxford, OH); Line Gallery (North Bay, ON); La Porte Peinte Centre Pour Les Arts (Burgundy, FR); Femina Potens Gallery (San Francisco, CA); Idaho State University (Pocatello, ID); Siena Art Institute (Siena, Italy); Queen's University (Kingston, ON); École Polytechnique (Paris, FR); Moonfruit (Amsterdam, The Netherlands); Elizabeth Sackler Center for Feminist Art (Brooklyn, NY) and Karat Artspace (Cologne, Germany). In 2012, she collaborated with Canadian artist Heather Saunders to produce Opera Yoko, a drawing-based performance held at Yoko Ono's alma mater, Sarah Lawrence College in New York.
Finley has received national, provincial and municipal support, including project grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council. Other institutions that have supported her work include the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Université du Québec a Montréal, and the University of Calgary, where she obtained an MFA while teaching in the University's engineering program. Finley has given talks on her practice at McGill University, University of Toronto, University of Buffalo (SUNY), University of Ottawa, Queen's University, Brock University, Ryerson University, York University, University of British Columbia, Sheridan Institute, New York University, University of Western Ontario, Ontario Tech University, Utrecht University, University of Wisconsin, the Kingston Armoury and Montreal's McCord Museum. During the pandemic, Finley has participated in several live virtual drawing events, marking a new phase of her creative practise.
In September of 2021, Erin Finley received OCAD University's "Non-Tenured Teaching Award" for teaching drawing. In 2018, she received the institution's "Inspired Teaching Award for Excellence in Teaching First-Year Students."
Finley's newest series of drawings, titled Margaret Atwood for Mayor, was developed at the Banff Centre during an artist's residency. The project is generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council.