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2013 Curatorial Panel
  • Charo Neville
  • Jesse McKee
  • Melissa Bennett
  • Marie Claude Landry
  • Mireille Eagan


Charo Neville - West Coast and Yukon
Charo Neville is currently Curator at the Kamloops Art Gallery. Neville graduated with a Master of Art History degree in Critical Curatorial Studies from the University of British Columbia in 2006. Since graduating, Neville has held positions at the Vancouver Art Gallery as Curatorial Assistant from 2006-2008; Catriona Jeffries Gallery (Vancouver, BC) as Associate Director from 2008-2010 and at Artspeak (Vancouver, BC) as Interim Curator/Director in 2011. Neville also served as a member of the Board of Directors at the Western Front (Vancouver, BC) from 2006-2010. She has curated a number of independent projects including a solo exhibition of artworks by Ron Tran, Even Though We Are Not Together (Bestway Studios, Vancouver, BC, 2009); a public art project by Osvaldo Yero called Passages (Access Gallery, Vancouver, BC,  2010); and co-curated Vancouver Art in the Sixties: Ruins in Process, an online research archive and educational resource that explores the diverse artistic practices of Vancouver art in the 1960s and early 1970s (www.vancouverartinthesixties.com). Neville’s curatorial work and writing has focused on socio-political and activist based art practices.

Jesse McKee - Prairies and the North
Jesse McKee is the Curator of Walter Phillips Gallery at The Banff Centre. Since joining the gallery in late 2011, he has produced exhibitions with Mark Leckey, Brian Jungen and Duane Linklater and performances and events with Karl Holmqvist and Mai Abu ElDahab, among many others. Previously he was the Exhibitions Curator at Western Front, Vancouver where he produced exhibitions and commissions with Eli Bornowsky, Sophie Bélair Clément, Lars Laumann, Goldin+Senneby, Neïl Beloufa, and Lee Kit. In 2011 he curated Well Formed Data, Gallery 101, Ottawa, which included work by Susan Hiller, Patricia Esquivias, Falke Pisano, Guillaume Désanges and Ursula Biemann. He was a participant and presenter in the events programme Fiction, Rhetoric and Facts, Tranzit.ro, Iaşi, 2012. Forthcoming exhibitions include Bottles Under the Influence, Tamara Henderson and Julia Feyrer, Walter Phillips Gallery, and he is part of the curatorial team developing The Floating Admiral, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, both 2013.

Melissa Bennett - Ontario
Melissa Bennett is Curator of Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of Hamilton. She received an MA in Art History and Graduate Diploma in Curatorial Studies at York University and a BFA in Photography and Art History at NSCAD University. She has held past positions at the Ontario College of Art and Design, Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography, Stephen Bulger Gallery, and the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography. She has acted as juror and reviewer on many occasions including CONTACT Toronto Photography Festival. She serves on the Board of Directors for Hamilton's Supercrawl.

Marie Claude Landry - Quebec
Marie-Claude Landry is Curator of Contemporary Art at the Musée de Joliette. She has worked for several Montreal museums and various self-run artist centres in Quebec. Her recent exhibition projects include Milutin Gubash’s Les faux-semblants and Marie-Josée Laframboise’s Les ensembles réticulaires/Network Installations. She coordinated several exhibitions, namely Les formes du temps at the Biennale Trafic’ART. Marie-Claude has sat on boards and various selection committees, and has participated in several publications. In 2009, she received her MA in Art History at the Université du Québec à Montréal.

Mireille Eagan - Atlantic
Mireille Eagan is a curator and art historian based in the Atlantic Provinces. As Curator of Canadian Art at The Rooms in St. John’s, NL, Eagan developed the Elbow Room Residency Program, which promotes and mentors emerging artists in NL. She is also co-curator of the nationally touring retrospective Mary Pratt. From 2008-2010, Eagan was curator at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery in Charlottetown, PEI. Eagan has worked with a variety of Atlantic arts organizations over the past decade, including the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Gallery Connexion and Struts Artist-Run Centre. She was the arts columnist for The Daily Gleaner in Fredericton, NB, and has published extensively in catalogues, national magazines and periodicals. Eagan is one of the founding members of Charlottetown’s artist-run collective This Town Is Small, Inc. Upcoming projects include co-curation of the Terra Nova Art Foundation’s collateral project at the 55th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia. Titled About Turn: Newfoundland in Venice, Will Gill and Peter Wilkins, the exhibition will be on display from June to November, 2013 at Galleria Ca’ Rezzonico, Dorsoduro. Eagan has a Masters in Art History from Concordia University.