Michelle Kasprzak's views on contemporary art curating

Opportunity: Videographe call for submissions

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Tuesday, November 10. 2009 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities
Call for Submissions

Vidéographe: 2010-2011 Programming

Deadline: Monday January 11, 2010 – 17h

Vidéographe invites Canadian and Quebec artists, curators, art centres and galleries to submit proposals for video art programs and media arts exhibitions.

Since its founding in 1998, the programming sector of Vidéographe has been devoted to promoting and exhibiting video art in its various forms and through its relationships with other artistic disciplines. Six activities per year are organized in different venues and in partnership with other cultural organizations.

Projects selected by a committee of peers will be presented in Vidéographe's annual programming. Proposals that provoke thought on the language of video and its modes of representation, encourage debate, and promote exchanges between different media arts practices are encouraged.

Note that Vidéographe pays fees to curators and to artists for screenings and exhibitions.

You can obtain the detailed description of this call by contacting Katherine Jerkovic at espace -at-, or by calling 1 514 866 4720.
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Job: Director/Chief Curator, McIntosh Gallery

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Tuesday, August 18. 2009 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

The University of Western Ontario invites applications for the position of Director/Chief Curator, McIntosh Gallery. The McIntosh is a public gallery, located at the centre of The University of Western Ontario campus in London, Ontario, Canada, and serves the University and the broader arts community, linking regional, national, and international academic and public constituencies.

The Gallery is supported through The University of Western Ontario, with additional funding provided by the Government of Ontario through the Ontario Arts Council and by the Canada Council for the Arts. The permanent collection includes over 3300 works in various media, dating primarily from the early 19th Century to the present. The collections mandate focuses on regional and national Canadian art. The McIntosh Gallery is a vital component of the University's teaching and research activity in the visual arts and media, providing a resource for scholarship and practice in art history, contemporary arts, and museology.

The Director/Chief Curator of the McIntosh Gallery reports directly to the Provost and Vice-President (Academic) of The University of Western Ontario and exercises executive authority on behalf of the McIntosh Gallery Committee of the University's Board of Governors. Leading a staff comprised of a Curator, a Registrar & Installations Officer, Administrative Assistant and a strong group of work-study students and volunteers, the Director/Chief Curator is responsible for the artistic vision, leadership and management of the Gallery, including the setting of operational priorities, budget management, coordination of staff and volunteer activities, and promotion of the Gallery in its academic and public role as a cultural resource within the University and in the broader community. The Director/Chief Curator is also responsible for overseeing the development of the collections, planning exhibitions on the campus and in the community, and creating effective strategies for generating resources in support of Gallery activities and acquisitions.

The appointment, to be effective January 1, 2010, is for a period of five years, renewable. This challenging position demands superb interpersonal and communication skills and sound judgment to provide strategic leadership for the evolving role of the McIntosh Gallery in both its academic and public dimensions. A substantial background in visual arts and arts administration is essential, as is familiarity with the contemporary local, national and international contexts within which the Gallery operates. The successful candidate should hold a Masters degree or higher in Art History or Curatorial Studies – or equivalent experience – and possess a record of accomplishment documented through a strong publication and exhibition history. This position also requires deep familiarity with the theoretical, historical and intellectual contexts of contemporary art practices and a demonstrated ability to work effectively in an environment of research and scholarship.

The Selection Committee expects to begin its review of candidates in September. To receive consideration, applications or nominations should be received prior to September 10, 2009. The University of Western Ontario is committed to employment equity and welcomes applications from all qualified women and men, including visible minorities, aboriginal people and persons with disabilities.

Applications including an up-to-date curriculum vitae and a Statement of Curatorial Vision and Proposed Direction for the McIntosh Gallery (no more than 500 words) should be submitted in confidence to:

Chair, McIntosh Gallery Selection Committee, Office of the Provost & Vice-President (Academic), Room 119A, Natural Sciences Centre, London, ON N6A 5B7, Canada, or electronically to: vpacademic -at-
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Opportunity: Research Fellowships, National Galleries of Canada

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Sunday, February 8. 2009 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities
The Research Fellowships Program of the National Gallery of Canada encourages and supports advanced research. The fellowships emphasize the use and investigation of the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, including those of the Gallery’s Library and Archives. 2009/2010 competitive fellowships are offered in the field of Canadian Art (including the Indigenous Art of Canada); European and Modern Art; and Art Conservation.

Applications are welcomed from art historians, curators, critics, independent researchers, conservators, conservation scientists and other professionals in the visual arts, museology and related disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, who have a graduate degree or equivalent publication history. The fellowships are open to international competition.

Fellowships are tenable only at the National Gallery of Canada. The term of full-time residency must fall within the period 1 September 2009 to 31 August 2010. Awards can be up to $5,000 a month, including expenses and stipend, to a maximum of $30,000.

The National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives houses the most extensive collection of visual arts literature in Canada (250,000 books and periodicals), and constitutes the national research collection in the field. Materials on Canadian art are collected comprehensively. Holdings are international in scope, with notable strengths in the history of western European and North American art and the history of photography.

Deadline: 30 April 2009.

For application procedures, please consult the website or contact:

Jonathan Franklin
Chief, Library, Archives and Research Fellowships Program
National Gallery of Canada
P.O. Box 427, Station A
Ottawa, Ontario
K1N 9N4

telephone (613) 990-0590
fax (613) 990-6190
fellowships -at-
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Job: Curator, Kamloops Art Gallery

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Thursday, January 15. 2009 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities
The Kamloops Art Gallery is seeking an experienced curator to fill the permanent position of Curator.

The Curator assumes the lead role in research, selection, planning, organizing and evaluation of exhibitions and related public programs and publications, as well as the permanent collection, and oversees the activities of the Program Team, administers budgets and supervises staff.

The successful candidate possesses a degree in art history or a related field with an extensive understanding of contemporary art and art history; at least five years gallery experience; excellent written and verbal communication skills; excellent organizational and computer skills (specifically Microsoft programs); and excellent supervisory skills.

Salary: $50,000

Employee status: Permanent full-time position

For a detailed job description please go to

Application deadline: Friday, February 20, 2009

Please e-mail, mail, or deliver applications to:
Beverley Clayton, Acting Director
Kamloops Art Gallery
101-465 Victoria Street
Kamloops, BC V2C 2A9
or bclayton -at-

Faxed applications will not be accepted.

The Kamloops Art Gallery is an equal opportunity employer and thanks all applicants for their interest in the Gallery. Only those short-listed will be contacted.
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Pick 'N Mix - July 2008

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Thursday, July 3. 2008 • Category: Pick 'N Mix
Welcome to the July edition of Pick 'N Mix, my monthly annotated list of things that caught my eye over the course of the previous month. Check it out:

- A new Conversations e-book has been released! Download it now.

This edition of Conversations is with Karen Gaskill, the Director and Curator of Interval, and a Researcher at the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (FACT) in Liverpool. She is also currently completing her practice-based PhD in Digital Media and Social Practice at the Digital Research Unit, The University of Huddersfield. The interview with Karen covered topics ranging from getting outside of the white cube to the expanding role of the audience.

- I recently discovered a blog called "Sideshows", written by Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy. Recently Ms Chong Cuy has been publishing some really interesting interviews with young curators in China and Hong Kong. Recent examples include an interview with Kate Fowle, International Curator at the Ullens Centre in Beijing, wherein the notion of what "international" practice is today is discussed, and the second interview in the series is with Zoe Butt, Director of International Programs at Long March Project in Beijing, China. Well worth a read!

- Ms Chong Cuy, author of Sideshows, asked Kate Fowle to elaborate a bit more on the meaning of her title of "International Curator". Similarly, in this article we find founding film curator of University of California San Diego's ArtPower!, Rebecca Webb, discussing the difficulty of a title like "Film Curator". "A lot of people – when I'm here, anyway – say, 'Oh, do you work in a library or something?'" Ms Webb says. As curators, we all know titles have power and meaning, and this is usually why it is important professionally to seek appropriate credit for the work you have done. These specialist titles that were created for Ms Fowle and Ms Webb are meant to indicate an area of expertise, however, it is clear that it remains confusing for some people (sometimes because they don't understand what curators do in the first place, other times because the notion behind the specialism is so new?). Nomenclature is no small thing. I'll simply wonder aloud here: what can be done to indicate specialisation without inducing confusion?

- CultureGrrl (among other outlets) reported on the "leave" taken by Curator and Deputy Director David Franklin of the National Galleries of Canada. For me, this news story raised several ethical questions. Among all of the very obvious questions around the obligations of the gallery to its employees and to its public, the next issue that arose for me was of Mr Franklin's privacy. Curator at the National Galleries of Canada is a prominent position, to be sure, but did Mr Franklin ever imagine that his decision to take extended leave (or to effectively leave his post) would be fodder for the national and international press? I'm not sure that he did. Whatever his reasons, he isn't appealing to the press to make a case against his employer -- yet -- so perhaps he should be left alone, and we should presume his colleagues are capable of continuing his work, until we hear a statement from Mr Franklin himself. Or do any readers here think otherwise?
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Opportunity: Visual Arts Curatorial Program

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Sunday, April 20. 2008 • Category: Announcements
Visual Arts Curatorial Program: Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada
Program dates: August 04, 2008 - March 27, 2009
Application deadline: April 30, 2008
Note: Program dates exclude December 13, 2008, to January 4, 2009.

This work study program with The Banff Centre’s Walter Phillips Gallery is designed for emerging curators. This is a hands-on opportunity that allows the participant to work on projects with direct mentorship and support in a multitude of areas focusing on the participants learning objectives. Learning opportunities may be formal sessions, workshops, or informal opportunities arising out of daily situations. The work portion of the experience will primarily focus on activities that complement the participant’s learning objectives as the work relates to the real and ongoing activities of the Walter Phillips Gallery. For further information, please visit the Banff Centre for the Arts' website.
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New award for Canadian curators

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Tuesday, May 8. 2007 • Category: News
The first of its kind in Canada, The Hnatyshyn Foundation Award for Curatorial Excellence in Contemporary Visual Art will recognize the work of a mid-career curator who has made a significant contribution to the advancement of the contemporary visual arts.

"Curators are an absolutely vital link between the artist and the public," said Gerda Hnatyshyn, C.C, President and Chair of the Hnatyshyn Foundation Board. "Their work is very demanding and it often gets overlooked because the attention is, quite rightfully, on the artists. We want to recognize the important role curators play in fostering and promoting Canadian art and in introducing Canadians to the best contemporary art from abroad."

Candidates for the award will be nominated by a jury of prominent arts professionals chosen by the Foundation for their knowledge of the visual arts across Canada. Independent curators, as well as those working within an institutional context, will be eligible for the award.

The new prize follows on the heels of the $25,000 Hnatyshyn Foundation Visual Arts Award, created last year to honour the work of an outstanding mid-career visual artist. The inaugural prize was presented to Vancouver artist Stan Douglas earlier this year. The recipients of both visual arts awards for 2007 will be announced in November.
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