PhD Candidate, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University (2014)
New Fundamentals, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity (2016)
M.A Sociology and Equity Studies in Education, University of Toronto (2010)
Honours B.A., University of Toronto, Visual Studies & Art History (2001)
University of British Columbia, Art History (1996)
Grants, Awards and Honours
TD Diversity Art Award, Toronto Arts Foundation- $10,000
Vanier Graduate Scholarship. (2016)- $150,000 (over 3 years)
Cultivate Grant, Canada Council for the Arts. (2016)- $7,500
Disability & Deaf Arts Projects, Ontario Arts Council. (2016)- $8,000
Visual Arts Projects Grant, Toronto Arts Council. (2015)- $3,000
Sylff Fellowship, York University. (2015)- $27,000
Access & Career Development Grant, Ontario Arts Council. (2014)- $15,000
Visual Arts Projects Grant, Ontario Arts Council. (2014)- $5,700
Steinert & Ferreiro Award, Community One Foundation. (2012)- $10,000
Canadian Institutes of Health Research Grant, CIHR. (2011)- $100,000 [Co-Principle Investigator]
Best of Toronto Award: Best Queer Activist. NOW Magazine. (2006)
Untitled Art Award: Best exhibition in an Alternative Setting. (2005)- $1,000 [for “The Living Room Project”]
Exhibition Assistance Grant, Ontario Arts Council. (2005)- $800
Arts and Culture Award, Lesbian, Gay, Bi & Trans Youth Line. Toronto, Ontario.(2004)
Academic Merit Award, Copy Well Press (Sexual Diversity Studies). (2000)
Canada Millennium Scholarship (Art History). (2000)- $1,000
Peer Reviewed Publications
Ware, S.M.. “All Power to All People? Black LGBTTI2QQ Activism, Remembrance, and Archiving in Toronto.” TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly 4, no. 2 (2017): 170-180.
Ng, Wendy, Syrus Marcus Ware, and Alyssa Greenberg. “Activating Diversity and Inclusion: A Blueprint for Museum Educators as Allies and Change Makers.” Journal of Museum Education 42, no. 2 (2017): 142-154.
Ware, S. “Confessions of a Black Trans Dad”. Sudbury, Julia. Birthing Justice: Black Women, Pregnancy and Childbirth. (Editor: Sudbury, J). Paradigm Press, 2015.
Ng, W and Ware, S. “Excellence and Equity?: A Reflection on the Diversification of Museums”. Multiculturalism in Art Museums Today, (Editors:Acuff, J. & Evans, L.) AltaMira Press, 2014. (Co-author, active role in writing, research)
Ware, S., Rusza, J. and Dias, G. “It Cannot Be Fixed, Because it is not Broken: The Prison Industrial Complex in North America”. Disability Incarcerated: Disability and Imprisonment in the US and Canada. (Editors: Ben-Moshe, Chapman and Carey), Palgrave Press, 2014 (Lead author, writing, research)
Ware, S. and Marshall, Z. “Disability and Deaf Communities”. Trans Bodies, Trans Selves. Oxford University Press, 2014 (Lead author, writing, research)
Giambrone, B., Redman, N., Scheim, A., Ware, S. “Trans Men and the Gay Men’s HIV Prevention Movement”. Trans Activism in Canada. (Editors: Irving, D., Raj, R.), 2014. (Co-author, active role in writing, research)
McIntyre, G. and Ware, S. (Editors). “Diversity in Museums”. Journal of Museum Education, Left Coast Press, Vol. 34, N. 3, January 2010. (Co-authored introduction, solicited writing, contributed to research)
Ware, S. ‘All that we touch we change: Octavia Butler’s Guide to Belonging (in a Neoliberal World) ‘. Canadian Art Magazine, Winter 2017.
Ware, S. “Magic from the madness: On black disabled activists and artists making change in 2016”. CBC Arts Online · December 28, 2016. Found online at http://www.cbc.ca/arts/ magic-from-the-madness-on- black-disabled-activists-and- artists-making-change-in-2016- 1.3911410 on April 16, 2017
Ware, S. Light Years from Now. C Magazine, Fall, 2016.
Ware, S. “Pay It No Mind: Black Queer Youth and Toronto’s LGBTTI2QQ archives”. Time Sensitive. (Editors, Chase Joynt, Allyson Mitchell) Feminist Art Gallery, Toronto. (forthcoming)
Ware, S. “What Exactly Are You Doing in There?: Sheila Cavanagh’s Queering Bathrooms: Gender, Sexuality and the Hygienic Imagination”. FUSE Magazine, Artons Cultural Affairs Society and Publishing Inc., Vol. 34 No.1, winter, 2011
Ware, S. “Going Boldly Where Few Men Have Gone Before: One Trans Man’s Experience of a Fertility Clinic and Insemination”, Who’s Your Daddy, (Editor: Epstein, R.), Sumach Press, Toronto, 2009
Yu, B., Ware, S., Redman, N. (Editors). Blinking Cursor: An Anthology of Work by Trans Workers. Mayworks Festival of Working People in the Arts, Toronto, 2008. ( Co-edited anthology, contributed to research)
Giambrone, B and Gay, Bi, Queer Trans Men’s HIV Prevention Working Group. Primed: The Back Pocket Guide for Trans Men and the Men Who Dig Them, Gay Men’s Sexual Health Alliance for the AIDS Bureau of Ontario, Toronto, 2007 (Ware, S., contributor and advisory committee member)
Ware, S. Youth Safety Kit, METRAC. (Drawing) (2006)
Ware, S. Assessing the HIV/AIDS Service Needs of Trans People in Toronto. AIDS Committee of Toronto, Toronto, 2004
Ware, S “Hep C & the Joint”, PASAN, Toronto, 2003
Ware, S. “My Lust for Salad”, Action Speaks Louder, OPIRG Toronto, Toronto, Volume 27, Spring 2002.
Selected Conferences & Presentations
Ware, S. (2018) The Contexts of Coalition. Chicago, Illinois. Keynote Lecture: Art, Activism and the movement for black lives.
Ware, S. (2017) Creative Time Summit. Toronto, Ontario. Keynote Presenter: Art in the time of black lives mattering.
Ware, S. (2017) International Conference on Penal Abolition. Keynote Speaker: Black radical traditions and the abolitionist movement(s).
Ware, S. (2015) Anti-Oppression & Activism (Keynote). Beyond the Classroom Conference. Sudbury, ON.
Ware, S. (2014) GenderFest Winnipeg, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Keynote Speaker
Ware, S. and Redman, N. (2012). National Community Radio Conference, Queen’s University, Kingston. Keynote Speaker: Community Radio and Social Movements
Speaker Series & Guest Lecturer Sessions
Ware, S. (2015) Marvellous Grounds (Co-presenter) Intersections Speaker Series, Department of Geography and Planning, University of Toronto
Ware, S. (2015) Art & Activism. (Guest lecturer) Art & Design Education Community Leadership (Bachelor level, 4th year) Prof Pam Patterson, Ontario College of Art & Design, Toronto.
Ware, S. (2015) Disability Justice. (Guest lecturer) Race, Racism and Environmental Justice (BES level 3/4 course), Prof Jin Haritaworn, York University, Toronto.
Ware, S. (2015) Disability Justice (Guest lecturer). Special Topics in Women’s Studies (Bachelor level, 2nd year)Prof Omisoore Dryden, Laurentian University- Thorneloe, Sudbury
Ware, S. (2014) Art & Activism. (Guest lecturer). Intro to Women’s Studies (Bachelor level), Prof Omisoore Dryden, Laurentian University- Thorneloe, Sudbury
Ware, S. (2014) UGLY: Youth Art in Estonia. (Guest lecturer) Art & Design Education Community Leadership (Bachelor level, 4th year)Prof Pam Patterson, Ontario College of Art & Design, Toronto.
Ware, S. (2014) It Cannot Be Fixed Because it Isn’t Broken. (Guest lecturer) Public Policy and Disability (Bachelor & Graduate), Prof. Rachel Gorman, York University, Toronto.
Ware, S. (2014) Disability Justice and Critical Race Theory. (Guest lecturer) Instructor Beth Sweeney, Durham College, Oshawa.
Ware, S. (2012) Art & Activism. (Guest lecturer). Instructor Brook Thorndycraft, George Brown College, Toronto
Ware, S. (2005). Prisoners’ Justice in Canada, (Guest lecturer) Prof. Julia Chinyere Sudbury Oparah, University of Toronto
Ware, S. (2017) Art and Activism. Leiden, The Netherlands, Highlighted talk: On Crisis: The Movement for Black Lives and Artistic Practice.
Ware, S. (2017) Whose Museum is it Anyways. Dussledorf, Germany, Presenter: “Activism within the museum.”
Ware, S. (2015) Queering Art Education, Berlin, Germany, Presenter: “How to Queer Art Education.”
Ware, S., Ng, W., Sweeney, E. (2015) Canadian Museum Association, Banff, Alberta, Panel Presenter: “Diverse Staff = Diverse Public”
Ware, S. (2011) L’Arche Ontario Regional Gathering: Arts Panel, University of Toronto, Ontario, Panel Presenter: “Youth Audiences in the Gallery”
Ware, S. (2011) SHIFT Symposium: Dialogues of Migration in Contemporary Art, Saskatchewan, Panel Presenter: “Youth Audiences in the Gallery”
Ware, S. (2011) Ontario Association of Art Galleries iMuseum Conference, Ontario Panel Presenter: “Youth Audiences in the Gallery”
Ware, S. (2006) Art as Resistance panel discussion; part of ARCfest 2006, Lennox Contemporary Gallery, Moderator
Ware, S. (2006) Arts Network for Children and Youth National AGM. Ottawa, Ontario. Presenter
Ware, S. (2005) Community Arts and Youth Programming, Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto. Guest Presenter.
Ware, S. (2017) Convergence. Winnipeg, Manitoba. Presenter: Art and activism in the time of black resistance and Indigenous resurgence.
Ware, S. (2015) Abolition Now! Abolishing Carceral Racisms, Gender Violence, and the PIC (Plenary, Moderator). Critical Ethnic Studies Association Conference. York University, Toronto, ON.
Ware, S. (2015) Birthing Black Justice. Critical Ethnic Studies Association Conference. York University, Toronto, ON.
Ware, S. (2015) Diverse Staff = Diverse Public. Canadian Museum Studies Association Conference. Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. Banff, AB.
Ware, S. (2015) Decriminalizing Trans Genres (Moderator). Decolonizing and Decriminalizing Trans Genres. University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, MB.
Ware, S. (2015) Black Trans Activism in Toronto. Decolonizing and Decriminalizing Trans Genres. University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, MB.
Ware, S. (2015) Anti-Oppression & Activism (Keynote). Beyond the Classroom Conference. Sudbury, ON.
Ware, S. (2015) Art & Social Change. Beyond the Classroom Conference. Sudbury, ON.
Ware, S. (2014) When the Rainbow Ain’t Enough: Intersectionality and HIV Prevention for diverse Trans MSM Communities. Canadian Association for HIV Research (CAHR) Conference, Memorial University, St John’s, Newfoundland.
Ware, S. (2014) The State Of Blackness Conference, Toronto, Ontario, Panel Presenter: Work Review
Ware, S. (2014) Red Light, Green Light: Intersectionality in Movement Building. Working Towards Disability Justice, York University, Toronto.
Ware, S. (2014) Black Trans History and Public Space, Queering Urban Justice Symposium, York University, Faculty of Environmental Studies, Toronto.
Ware, S. (2011) Art, Activism and Education, Contemporary Curating & Education, Zurich University of the Arts, Zurich, Switzerland.
Ware, S. (2010) Building Diversity in Museums, American Association of Museums Conference, Los Angeles.
Ejiogu, N. And Ware, S. (2008) How Disability Studies Stays White and What Kind of White it Stays, Society for Disability Studies Conference, City University of New York, New York City.
Ware, S. and King, T. (2006) We Pay, You Study. Why Marx, Why Now?, Sociology & Equity Studies in Education, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Toronto.
Selected Exhibition Record
Selected Group Exhibitions
Deconstructing Comfort, Open Space, Victoria. Curator: Michelle Jacques, 2017
Every Now Then: Reframing Nationhood, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. Curators: Andrew Hunter and Anique Jordan, 2017
Black Voices, Black Words, Rhubarb Festival, Buddies in Badtimes Theatre, Toronto, Curator: Luke Reece, 2017
The Images in Our Heads, Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa. Curated by Vanessa Dion Fletcher and Lindsay Fisher. September 10, 2016 – January 08, 2017
Centre for Incidental Activisms #3. Art Gallery of York University, Toronto. Curator: Emelie Chhangur & Suzanne Carte. Installation & Residency, 2016
Complex Social Change. Doris McCarthy Gallery. Curator: Josie Mills. Installation & Performance, 2016.
EXVEE (XV). Artscape Gibraltar Point, Toronto. Drawing and digital prints, 2015.
Border Cultures: Part 3 (security, surveillance). Art Gallery of Windsor, Ontario. Curator: Srimoyee Mitra. Drawing, 2014.
Intergenerational LGBT Artist Residency. Artscape Gibraltar Point, Toronto. Curator: Tobaron Waxman. Drawing and performance, 2014.
Crip Your World: An Intergalactic Queer/POC Sick and Disabled Extravaganza. Palmerston Library, Mayworks Festival of Working People in the Arts. Curator: PDA: PerformanceDisabilityArt. Performance, 2014.
We Can’t Compete at the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, Lethbridge, Alberta. Curator: Allyson Mitchell and Deirdre Logue; and Josie Mills. Activist Love Letters performance, and installation, 2014.
That’s So Gay: Say it to My Face. Gladstone Hotel, Toronto. Curator: Elisha Lim. Painting & Performance Art, 2013.
Certain Days: Freedom for Political Prisoners Calendar. Wide release. Canada. Reproduction, 2012.
Poster/Virus. AIDS Action Now. Launched at Art Gallery of Ontario; wide distribution. Poster Design, 2012.
An Audience of Enablers Cannot Fail. Power Plant, Art Gallery of York University and the Feminist Art Gallery, Toronto. Curators: Jon Davies, Emelie Chhangur, Allyson Mitchell. Performance, 2012.
Artists of the Gallery. The Hangman Gallery. Curator: Lisa Morton. Toronto. Painting, 2007.
I Represent… ASPACE Gallery. Toronto. Curator: Natalie Wood. Painting and mixed media, 2006.
Ten, Trane Studio. Curators: SEEN Collective. Painting, 2005.
Visual Art for Change, ARCfest: Art for Real Change Festival, Curators: Josh Bloch and Elikhai Shaffir. Painting and mixed media, 2004.
Vaseline in His Back Pocket. The AGYU Performance Bus. Art Gallery of York University, Curator: Emelie Chhangur. Toronto. (Performance) (2012)
Tandem. The Trane Studio. Curator: Frank Francis. Toronto. (Painting) (2007)
Too Sexy for Our Bodies, Come As You Are. Solo Show. (Painting and mixed media) (2005)
The Cycle. The National Arts Centre, Ottawa, Ontario. Featuring Barak Ade Soleil, Yousef Kodura, Jess Watkins, Prince Amposah, Paul Peters and more. (2015-2017).
Black Mystic. Art Gallery of Ontario. Toronto, Ontario. Featuring: Rodney Diverlus, Barak Adé Soleil, Junglepussy and more. (2017)
That’s So Gay: Uprising. Gladstone Hotel. Toronto, Ontario. Featuring Kara Springer, Melisse Watson, Lindsay Fisher, Melanie Monoceros and more. (2017)
That’s So Gay: Come Together. Gladstone Hotel. Toronto, Ontario. Featuring work by: Paddy Leung, Evan Ifekoya, Lia La Novia, Kara Sievewright, Humboldt Magnusson, and more (2016).
That’s So Gay: Fall to Pieces. Gladstone Hotel. Toronto, Ontario. Featuring work by: Calder Harben, Andrew Zealley, 2Fik, Shira Spector, Micha Cárdenas and more. (2015).
That’s So Gay: On The Edge. Gladstone Hotel. Toronto, Ontario. Featuring work by: Mary Tremonte, Hazel Meyer, Elizabeth Sweeney, Rebeka Tabobondung, Daryl James Bucar and more (2014).
Re:Purpose. Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, Ontario. Featuring work by: Stephen Fakiyesi, Maria Hupfield, Lisa Bufano and more. (2014).
The Church Street Mural Project. Public Art Project across 12 sites in the Church Wellesley Village BIA, Toronto, Ontario. Featuring work by: John Kuna, Alexa Hatanaka, Red Dress Productions, Lily Butterland, Meera Sethi and more. (2013)
The Fire This Time: A Look Back at the Block. Glad Day Bookshop. Toronto, Ontario.Featuring work by: Christopher Cushman, JORIAL, Kamille Grant and Courtnay MacFarlane. (2012)
(Proud) City. Pride Toronto Festival, Toronto School of Art. Toronto, Ontario. Featuring work by Elisha Lim, Eugenio Salas, Kara Seivewright, Eshan Rafi, Peter Kingstone, Francesca Nocera and Natalie Wood. (2011)
Working it Out! Trans People Are Workers Too!, Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Toronto, Ontario. Featuring work by Ryli Skelton, Tristan R. Whistan, Luwam Yoseph, Dagny Thompson, and Chris Ablett. (2008)
The End of the Party Party, Scotia Bank Nuit Blanche, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario. Featuring Will Munroe, Christina Zeidler, and Celina Carroll. (2007)
Transformation City: AGO Community Art Project 2007. Art Gallery of Ontario. Toronto. Featuring artwork by Sandra Brewster, Stephen Fakiyesi and Michael Caines. (2007)
Resistance as Art, part of ARCfest 2006, SPIN Gallery, Toronto. Featuring work by Natalie Wood, Chuck Kuderick, Chris Ablett, Denniston Ewan, and others. (2006)
Art as Resistance, part of ARCfest 2006 , Lennox Contemporary Gallery, Toronto, Featuring work by Terri Donovan, JORIAL, Peter Collins, and others. (2006)
Art as Resistance, Resistance as Art, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Featuring work by Natalie Wood, Daryl James Bucar & JORIAL. (2006)
Transformation City: AGO Community Art Project 2006. Art Gallery of Ontario. Toronto. Featuring artwork by: Catherine Campbell, Day Milman, Jef McLarnon, and Camille Turner. (2006)
Transformation City: AGO Community Art Project 2005. Art Gallery of Ontario. Toronto. Featuring artwork by: William Ho, Daryl James Bucar, Natalie Wood, Maria Hupfield, and Wil Kucey. (2004)
Selected Employment History
Faculty: Facilitator and Designer, Lougheed Leadership Institute, The Banff Centre, March, 2016-Present
Program Coordinator: AGO Youth Programs, Art Gallery of Ontario. October 2004-Present
Co-curator/Music & Arts Programmer, Blockorama Stage, Pride Toronto. June 2004-Present (Volunteer position)
Co-Principle Investigator, CIHR: “Trans MSM and HIV Prevention in Ontario”. University of Windsor & University of Waterloo, Gay Men’s Sexual Health Alliance. September 2011-2016
Research Assistant, York University. Supervisor: Dr. Jin Haritaworn. September 2014-2016
Artist in Residence (Transcend), Central Toronto Youth Services. September-April 2016
Artist in Residence (Transcend), Central Toronto Youth Services. January-June 2014
Artist in Residence (Transcend), Central Toronto Youth Services. January-June 2013
Artist in Residence, SOY (Super Trans Powers). February-March 2013
Artist in Residence, SOY (TransArt). February-March 2012
Artist in Residence, Central Toronto Youth Services (Amplify). May 2013
Chicago Maroon, 2018: here
Toronto Life, The Fringe Fest, a Kiefer Sutherland concert and eight other things to do this week, June 2016.
Huffington Post, What Does Black Activism Look Like Today In Canada?, February 2016.
Broken Pencil Magazine, Syrus Marcus Ware in conversation with Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha November, 2015.
Macleans Magazine, The Thrill: Trans people in pop culture, and calming riots with dance, May, 2015.
WarScapes,#NowYouSeeUs: Black Lives Matter and the Politics of Basquiat March, 2015.
SITE Specific, Syrus Marcus Ware on: Intersectionality, story-telling, and disability arts movements, January 2014.
The Pedagogical Impulse, Doing Horizontal Work in Vertical Structures , 2014.
Xtra Magazine, Queer, Disabled and Desirable , September, 2013.
Now Magazine, That’s So Gay, Toronto, Ontario, June 2013.
Everyday Abolition, Everyday Abolition | Abolition Everyday Interview with Syrus Marcus Ware February 2013.
Xtra Magazine, Totally Amazing Community Treasure, October 2012.
This Magazine, This45: Gerald Hannon on trans rights activist Syrus Marcus Ware, May 2011.
Xtra Magazine, Black, Queer and Proud, Cover image and newspaper article, Toronto, Ontario, February 14, 2008
Rinaldo Walcott, Blackness and Sexualities, Somewhere Out There: The New Black Queer Theory, Article, 2007
Now Magazine, Best of Toronto: 200 Reasons Our City Rocks (Best Queer Activist), Review, 2006
Sally McKay, The Globe and Mail, The Not So Comfy Couch, Newspaper Article, Toronto, Ontario, April 4, 2005
Resistance Productions, The Making of Skins, Documentary Film, Toronto, Ontario, Feb-July 2004
Nik Redman, Interview, Hear it Out!, CKLN Radio, Toronto, Ontario, June 23, 2004
Murphy Browne, Interview, Radio Active Feminism, CKLN Radio, Toronto, Ontario, May 10, 2004
Ken Thompson, “Notes on the 2nd National Hepatitis C Conference, Canada’s Hepatitis C News Bulletin, May, 2004, 3-4.
Nik Redman, Interview, AfroTransit, CKLN Radio, Toronto, Ontario, April 23, 2004
Ash Yoon, Interview, Word of Mouth, CKLN Radio, Toronto, Ontario, February 11, 2004