2008 Curatorial Panel
Gemey Kelly, Owens Art Gallery Sackville, NB
Gemey Kelly has over twenty-five years experience as an Art Gallery Curator and Director. During this time she has curated numerous exhibitions and published research on contemporary and historical art and artists of Atlantic Canada. She has curated nationally touring exhibitions on the work of Alex Colville, Rockwell Kent, and Arthur Lismer, and has published research on New Brunswick artist Jack Humphrey and on women artists such as Ethel Ogden associated with the Ladies’ College at Mount Allison University. In 2003 she was awarded a Research Fellowship at the National Gallery of Canada. She has served on numerous juries for the Canada Council for the Arts, including the jury to select Canada’s representative at the Venice Biennale in 2003. She is currently the Director/Curator of the Owens Art Gallery and Adjunct Professor of Fine Arts at Mount Allison University where she teaches Canadian art history.
Nathalie de Blois, Musée National des beaux-arts du Québec Quebec City QC
Nathalie de Blois has curated several exhibitions since 1997 which have travelled throughout Quebec and Europe. Her academic work includes in-depth research into the work of various artists who contributed to the emergence of modernity in Quebec in the 1950s. This research has resulted in the exhibitions Mémoire objective, mémoire collective, Photographies de Maurice Perron and Denis Juneau. Ponctuations for the Musée du Québec (today the Musée national des beaux-arts de Québec). Since 2001, her activities and research have focused more on contemporary practices. She has worked closely with the Centre d’art et de diffusion CLARK in Montreal (Citizen Clark, Paris, 2002 and Best Before . . ., Eindhoven, 2003). She has curated the Montreal component of the 11th Pancevo Visual Arts Biennial in 2004 (Serbia and Montenegro), TRAFIC Inter/nationale d’art actuel in Abitibi-Témiscaminque in 2005 (in collaboration with Mathieu Beauséjour) and L’Écho des limbes at the Leonard and Bina Ellen Gallery of Concordia University in Montreal in 2005. She is presently curator of contemporary art at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, where in 2006 she organized the exhibition Michel de Broin: Machinations. Her writings have appeared in numerous exhibition catalogues and specialized journals.
David Moos, Art Gallery of Ontario Toronto ON
David Moos is Curator of Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, where he recently organized the exhibitions The Shape of Colour: Excursions in Colour Field Art, 1950-2005 and Wallworks: Contemporary Artists and Place. Previously, he was curator at the Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama, where he organized the traveling exhibitions Jonathan Lasker: Selective Identity, William Wegman: Fashion Photographs, and Radcliffe Bailey: The Magic City as well as numerous exhibitions in the Museum's Perspectives series, including those with Willie Cole, Jessica Diamond, Lonnie Holley, Luis Jimenez, Beatriz Milhazes and Lawrence Weiner. He holds a doctorate in art history from Columbia University and is a contributing editor to Art Papers and Art US.
Prairies and the North:
Anthony Kiendl, Plug-In ICA Winnipeg MB
Anthony Kiendl is Director of Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art in Winnipeg, and in 2007, was Leverhulme Visiting Research Fellow in Visual Culture, School of Arts at Middlesex University, London, UK. He has taught art and architecture at the University of Regina and University of Manitoba. Kiendl was the Director of Visual Arts, Walter Phillips Gallery and the Banff International Curatorial Institute at the Banff Centre from 2002 until 2006.
He was Curator of the Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina Public Library, from 1997 to 2002. His numerous exhibitions include Little Worlds (1998), an exploration of diminutive environments by artists; Fluffy (1999) a research project on the aesthetics and meaning of cuteness; Space Camp 2000: Uncertainty, Speculative Fictions and Art (2000), a inter-disciplinary project on speculative fictions and alterity; Godzilla vs. Skateboarders: Skateboarding as a Critique of Social Spaces (2001). In 2006, Kiendl edited and produced the catalogue Lida Abdul, for the official representation of Afghanistan at the Venice Biennale.
In 2004 Kiendl was principal applicant and recipient of a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council grant for research and creation in fine arts. This project, entitled Informal Architectures, has taken the form of a series of exhibition projects, publications, symposia and seminars on spatial culture over four years. The publication Informal Architectures will be published by Black Dog Publishing (London), Plug in ICA and The Banff Centre in spring 2008.
Kiendl has lectured and lead seminars at universities and galleries internationally (including Tate Modern, Tate Britain, and Christie’s) and his writing on art has been published in Parachute, FUSE, Flash Art, Canadian Art and numerous catalogue essays.
Scott Watson, Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery, UBC Vancouver BC
Scott Watson is Director/Curator of the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery (1989- ) and Professor in the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory (2003- ). He is Director and Graduate Advisor for the Critical Curatorial Studies program, which he helped initiate in September 2002, and serves on numerous University committees, including the President’s Advisory Committee on University Art and the Ad-hoc Committee on Lesbian and Gay Issues. He also sits on numerous external boards and committees, including the Vancouver Institute for the Visual Arts and the West Coast Line Magazine. Recent distinctions include invitation to the UBC Chancellor’s Circle, and the UBC Dorothy Sommerset Award for Performance Development in the Visual and Performing Arts, both awarded in March 2005.
Professor Watson has published extensively in the areas of contemporary Canadian and international art. His 1990 monograph on Jack Shadbolt earned the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize (B.C. Book Prize) in 1991. Recent writing includes “Race, wilderness, territory and the origins of the Modern Canadian landscape” and “Disfigured Nature” (in Beyond Wilderness, Montreal: McGill University Press, 2007); “Transmission difficulties: Vancouver painting in the 1960s” (in Paint, Vancouver: Vancouver Art Gallery, 2006); and “The Lost City: Vancouver Painting in the 1950s” (in A Modern Life: Art and Design in British Columbia 1945-1960, Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, 2004). Recent and upcoming curated exhibitions include Exponential Future (2008); Intertidal: Vancouver art & artists (2005/06) at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Antwerp; Stan Douglas : Inconsolable Memories (2005/06); Rebecca Belmore : Fountain (2005) for the Venice Biennale Canadian Pavilion; and Thrown : Influences and Intentions of West Coast Ceramics (2004), from which emerged the current publication project on British Columbia’s studio pottery movement. He is presently researching Concrete Poetry for an upcoming publication and exhibition.
Professor Watson’s research focus is contemporary art and issues, art theory and criticism, 20th century art history, curatorial and exhibition studies.
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