Born and raised in Trinidad, Natalie Wood, is a multi-media visual artist, a curator, educator and social innovation specialist. She obtained her studio training at Ontario College of Art and Design and went on to complete an MA in Art Education from the University of Toronto in 2000. A tenured College Professor in the Community Services Division at George Brown College, she is currently a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Environmental Studies and Urban Change at York University. A passionate advocate/consultant/speaker for social innovation, she is well known for founding the Social Innovation Hub, an incubator that supports the creative change making capacities of college students.
Wood's work cohabits the areas of popular culture, education and historical research and has been presented nationally and internationally in solo and group exhibitions. These include Zsa Zsa (2003), OCADU Art Gallery (2015) Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art (2007, curated by Scott McLeod), Nuit Blanche (2007, curated by Michelle Jacques), A Space (2009), Art Gallery of Peterborough (2012, curated by Pam Edmonds and Carla Garnet), Artist Project Toronto (2010), and video festivals (the New York Mix Film and Video Festival, Inside Out, Images Festival, Pleasure Dome and Mpenzi Film and Video festival where she won the Audience Choice Award in 2006). Wood has been awarded residencies at the Spadina Museum House and at the Caribbean Contemporary Art Centre 7 in Trinidad (2006). Her work has also been included in several publications such as Any other way: How Toronto got Queer (2017), Marvellous Grounds; Queer of Colour Histories of Toronto (2018); Theorizing Empowerment: Canadian perspectives on Black feminist thought (2007).
Over the years, she has served on numerous art council juries and has also been the recipient of numerous awards from the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. In 2006, she received the New Pioneers Award for contribution to the Arts in Toronto and was nominated for the K. M Hunter Interdisciplinary Arts Award for her web-based project Kinlinks which is online for viewing at www.kinlinks.net.
Upcoming exhibitions include the Aird Gallery in conjunction with the CONTACT Photography Festival (2020), Charles St Video (2020), A Space (2021) and Paul Petro Contemporary Art (2021).