afatona@faculty.ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000, Ext. 2523
Faculty: 
Faculty of Art
Website(s): 
http://www.thestateofblackness.com
Yes
Education: 

2011 PhD, University of Toronto, Ontario

Areas of focus: Culture, cultural policy formation,

cultural production, nation making, citizenship and

multiculturalisms.

Thesis title: Where Outreach Meets Outrage: Racial

Equity policy formation at the Canada Council for

the Arts (1989-1999)

Supervisor: Dr. Rinaldo Walcott

2004 Diploma Interrogating the African Diaspora

African-New World Studies

Florida International University, Miami

2001 "2003 Master of Arts, University of Toronto

Areas of Focus: Cultural Studies and Critical

Pedagogy.

Thesis: –Can Racism–: A Critical Inquiry into a

Social Justice Education Project"

Thesis supervisor: Dr. Kari Dehli

1981-85 Honours Bachelor of Arts, Trent University,

Peterborough, Ontario

Professional Affiliations: 

Present OAC Third Party Recommender, Toronto, Ont.

Sept. 2013 Think Tank Member- Diversity Issues, Artist Run

Centres and Collectives of Ontario

Aug. 2013 Think Tank Member - Diversity, Leadership and

Mentoring in Ontario's Public Art Galleries, Ontario

Association of Art Galleries.

2006-2008 Board Member "Community Arts Ontario, Toronto,

Ontario

2006-2008 Board Member "Community and Race Relations

Committee, Peterborough, Ont.

2003-2005 Member- Advisory Committee on Equity, Visual Arts

Section, Canada Council for the Arts, Ottawa, Ont.

1998-2000 Artist representative - The Canada Council Media

Arts Planning and Policy Committee, Ottawa, Ont.

1997 - 2000 Board Member - VTape, Toronto, Ontario

1995-1998 Board Member - Canadian Artists"Representation

Ontario, Toronto, Ont.

1994 Board Member - Artspeak Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.

Vancouver, B.C

Professional Experience: 

2011-2014 Assistant Professor,

Faculty of Art, Criticism and Curatorial Program

Ontario College of Art and Design University

Toronto, Ontario

2008-2011 Curator of Contemporary Art,

The Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario

2006-2008 Sessional Instructor,

Faculty of Art, Criticism and Curatorial Program

Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto, Ontario

Sessional Instructor,

Initial Teacher Education Program

Ontario Institute for Studies in Education,

University of Toronto, Ontario

2004-2006 Coordinator,

Other Canadians Database Project

Centre for Media and Culture in Education

Ontario Institute for Studies in Education,

University of Toronto, Ontario

2001–2003 Coordinator,

Ethno-cultural Audiovisual Database Project

Centre for Media and Culture in Education

Ontario Institute for Studies in Education,

University of Toronto, Ontario

2001 - 2003 Projects Coordinator,

Trent Centre for Community-Based Education

Peterborough, Ontario

1999- 2000 Project Initiator and Coordinator,

Can Racism- Artspace Gallery and

Peterborough Collegiate and Vocational

School, Peterborough, Ontario

1995 -1998 Artistic Director,

Artspace Gallery, Peterborough, Ontario

Selected Exhibitions: 

2013 -2015 Co-curator, Land Marks (touring exhibition "

Chatham, Windsor, Peterborough). The Thames Art

Gallery, Chatham, Ont. (originating gallery).

2011 Curator, Edna Paterson-Petty: African-American

Quilts. The Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa, Ont.

2011 Co-curator, Alex Wyse- Wyse Works: Exposing the

Inevitable. The Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa, Ont.

2010 Initiator and coordinator of Will Work for Food, a

community arts project involving Sandy Hill

Community Health Centre and Operation Come Home

as primary community partners. The Ottawa Art

Gallery, Ottawa,Ont.

2010 Curator, Avaaz. Sound installation by Dipna Horra.

The Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa, Ont.

2010 Curator, Intersections. Paintings by artist-programmer

Eric Sze-Lang. The Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa, Ont.

2010 Curator, Duncan de Kergommeaux: These Are the

Marks I Make "a survey exhibition of painter Duncan de

Kergommeaux that spans 50 years of the artist's life.

The Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa, Ont., Museum London.

2009 Curator, Fibred Optics, group exhibition that explores the

multi-sensorial nature of visual narration and perception.

Frances Dorsey, Jerome Havre, Ed Pien and Michele

Provost. The Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa, Ont. and

Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond,B.C in 2011.

2006 Curator in collaboration with Deanna Bowen, Reading the

Image: Poetics of the Black Diaspora, group, national

touring exhibition "Deanna Bowen, Maud Sulter,

Christopher Cozier and Michael Fernandes- that

explores issues pertaining to diasporic movement and the

relationship of African peoples to the project of modernity.

Thames Art Gallery, Chatham, Ont. (originating gallery);

Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, Ontario; Mount Saint

Vincent University Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia;Yukon Art

Centre, Whitehorse, Yukon Territory

2001 Curator, The Attack of the Sandwich Man, solo exhibition

by Chris Cozier ( Trinidad) , video collaboration with

Richard Fung; addresses issues related to nation-

making, culture, the politics of gender and the post-

colonial Caribbean. A Space Gallery, Toronto, Ont.

Selected Publications: 

2013 Book chapter, –Arts funding, the State, and Canadian

Nation-making"in Critical Canadian Studies, eds, Lynn

Caldwell, Darryl Leroux, Carianne Leung. NS: Fernwood

Press.

2011 Interview with Duncan de Kergommeaux in catalogue

These Are the Marks I make: Duncan de Kergommeaux,

The Ottawa Art Gallery and Museum London co-

publication.

2010 Catalogue essay, Network Installations: Marie-Jos–e

Laframboise, Mus–e d–art de Joliette, The Ottawa Art

Gallery and Southern Alberta Art Gallery co-publication

2009 Catalogue essay, Fibred Optics exhibition, The Ottawa Art

Gallery, Ottawa, Ont.

2007 –Bring It Back: Thinking the Ethno-Politics of Identity Again"

with Aruna Srivastava and Rinaldo Walcott,

FUSE Magazine, Vol.30, #4

2006 Catalogue essay, Reading the Image: Poetics of the

Black Diaspora, Thames Art Gallery, Chatham, Ont.

2006 –In the Presence of Absence: Invisibility, Black Canadian

History, and Melinda Mollineaux's Pinhole Photography–,

Canadian Journal of Communication, Vol. 31, 227-238

2005 'social Justice Education through a School-Community

Partnership in Media Arts–, Orbit: OISE/UT's Magazine

for Schools, Vol. 35, No. 2

2005 –In the Presence of Absence: My response to re-

presentations of an Emancipation Day picnic–, Small Axe:

Journal of Caribbean Criticism (on-line edition),

http://www.smallaxe.net/sxspace/works.html

2002 Contributor, 13 Conversations about art and cultural race

politics, eds. Monika Kin Gagnon and Richard Fung.

Artextes Editions, Montreal.

Selected Awards: 

2013 Connections Conference Grant, Social Science and

Humanities Research Council of Canada

Culturally Diverse Curator Award, Ontario Arts Council

2012 Research Seed Grant, OCADU

2007 Travel Grant, Canada Council for the Arts, Equity

Office

2006 School of Graduate Studies Research Travel Grant,

University of Toronto

2005-2007 OISE/University of Toronto Academic Excellence

Award

2005-2007 Social Science and Humanities Research Council of

Canada (SSHRC) Doctoral Fellowship

2005-2006 OISE/University of Toronto Academic Excellence

Award

2003-2005 OISE/University of Toronto Graduate Fellowship

Award

2003 Off-the-Radar Grant, Inter-Arts, Canada Council for

the Arts

2002 OISE/University of Toronto Graduate Fellowship Award

2002 Curator Travel Grant, Canada Council New Media

Section

OCAD University
Andrea Fatona
Assistant Professor
Faculty of Art
416-977-6000, Ext. 2523
afatona@faculty.ocadu.ca

Area(s) of Expertise

Curatorial Practice, Black Studies, Contemporary Art

Overview

Education

2011 PhD, University of Toronto, Ontario

Areas of focus: Culture, cultural policy formation,

cultural production, nation making, citizenship and

multiculturalisms.

Thesis title: Where Outreach Meets Outrage: Racial

Equity policy formation at the Canada Council for

the Arts (1989-1999)

Supervisor: Dr. Rinaldo Walcott

2004 Diploma Interrogating the African Diaspora

African-New World Studies

Florida International University, Miami

2001 "2003 Master of Arts, University of Toronto

Areas of Focus: Cultural Studies and Critical

Pedagogy.

Thesis: –Can Racism–: A Critical Inquiry into a

Social Justice Education Project"

Thesis supervisor: Dr. Kari Dehli

1981-85 Honours Bachelor of Arts, Trent University,

Peterborough, Ontario

Professional Experience

2011-2014 Assistant Professor,

Faculty of Art, Criticism and Curatorial Program

Ontario College of Art and Design University

Toronto, Ontario

2008-2011 Curator of Contemporary Art,

The Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario

2006-2008 Sessional Instructor,

Faculty of Art, Criticism and Curatorial Program

Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto, Ontario

Sessional Instructor,

Initial Teacher Education Program

Ontario Institute for Studies in Education,

University of Toronto, Ontario

2004-2006 Coordinator,

Other Canadians Database Project

Centre for Media and Culture in Education

Ontario Institute for Studies in Education,

University of Toronto, Ontario

2001–2003 Coordinator,

Ethno-cultural Audiovisual Database Project

Centre for Media and Culture in Education

Ontario Institute for Studies in Education,

University of Toronto, Ontario

2001 - 2003 Projects Coordinator,

Trent Centre for Community-Based Education

Peterborough, Ontario

1999- 2000 Project Initiator and Coordinator,

Can Racism- Artspace Gallery and

Peterborough Collegiate and Vocational

School, Peterborough, Ontario

1995 -1998 Artistic Director,

Artspace Gallery, Peterborough, Ontario

Selected Exhibitions

2013 -2015 Co-curator, Land Marks (touring exhibition "

Chatham, Windsor, Peterborough). The Thames Art

Gallery, Chatham, Ont. (originating gallery).

2011 Curator, Edna Paterson-Petty: African-American

Quilts. The Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa, Ont.

2011 Co-curator, Alex Wyse- Wyse Works: Exposing the

Inevitable. The Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa, Ont.

2010 Initiator and coordinator of Will Work for Food, a

community arts project involving Sandy Hill

Community Health Centre and Operation Come Home

as primary community partners. The Ottawa Art

Gallery, Ottawa,Ont.

2010 Curator, Avaaz. Sound installation by Dipna Horra.

The Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa, Ont.

2010 Curator, Intersections. Paintings by artist-programmer

Eric Sze-Lang. The Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa, Ont.

2010 Curator, Duncan de Kergommeaux: These Are the

Marks I Make "a survey exhibition of painter Duncan de

Kergommeaux that spans 50 years of the artist's life.

The Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa, Ont., Museum London.

2009 Curator, Fibred Optics, group exhibition that explores the

multi-sensorial nature of visual narration and perception.

Frances Dorsey, Jerome Havre, Ed Pien and Michele

Provost. The Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa, Ont. and

Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond,B.C in 2011.

2006 Curator in collaboration with Deanna Bowen, Reading the

Image: Poetics of the Black Diaspora, group, national

touring exhibition "Deanna Bowen, Maud Sulter,

Christopher Cozier and Michael Fernandes- that

explores issues pertaining to diasporic movement and the

relationship of African peoples to the project of modernity.

Thames Art Gallery, Chatham, Ont. (originating gallery);

Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, Ontario; Mount Saint

Vincent University Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia;Yukon Art

Centre, Whitehorse, Yukon Territory

2001 Curator, The Attack of the Sandwich Man, solo exhibition

by Chris Cozier ( Trinidad) , video collaboration with

Richard Fung; addresses issues related to nation-

making, culture, the politics of gender and the post-

colonial Caribbean. A Space Gallery, Toronto, Ont.

Awards \ Grants

2013 Connections Conference Grant, Social Science and

Humanities Research Council of Canada

Culturally Diverse Curator Award, Ontario Arts Council

2012 Research Seed Grant, OCADU

2007 Travel Grant, Canada Council for the Arts, Equity

Office

2006 School of Graduate Studies Research Travel Grant,

University of Toronto

2005-2007 OISE/University of Toronto Academic Excellence

Award

2005-2007 Social Science and Humanities Research Council of

Canada (SSHRC) Doctoral Fellowship

2005-2006 OISE/University of Toronto Academic Excellence

Award

2003-2005 OISE/University of Toronto Graduate Fellowship

Award

2003 Off-the-Radar Grant, Inter-Arts, Canada Council for

the Arts

2002 OISE/University of Toronto Graduate Fellowship Award

2002 Curator Travel Grant, Canada Council New Media

Section

Selected Publications

2013 Book chapter, –Arts funding, the State, and Canadian

Nation-making"in Critical Canadian Studies, eds, Lynn

Caldwell, Darryl Leroux, Carianne Leung. NS: Fernwood

Press.

2011 Interview with Duncan de Kergommeaux in catalogue

These Are the Marks I make: Duncan de Kergommeaux,

The Ottawa Art Gallery and Museum London co-

publication.

2010 Catalogue essay, Network Installations: Marie-Jos–e

Laframboise, Mus–e d–art de Joliette, The Ottawa Art

Gallery and Southern Alberta Art Gallery co-publication

2009 Catalogue essay, Fibred Optics exhibition, The Ottawa Art

Gallery, Ottawa, Ont.

2007 –Bring It Back: Thinking the Ethno-Politics of Identity Again"

with Aruna Srivastava and Rinaldo Walcott,

FUSE Magazine, Vol.30, #4

2006 Catalogue essay, Reading the Image: Poetics of the

Black Diaspora, Thames Art Gallery, Chatham, Ont.

2006 –In the Presence of Absence: Invisibility, Black Canadian

History, and Melinda Mollineaux's Pinhole Photography–,

Canadian Journal of Communication, Vol. 31, 227-238

2005 'social Justice Education through a School-Community

Partnership in Media Arts–, Orbit: OISE/UT's Magazine

for Schools, Vol. 35, No. 2

2005 –In the Presence of Absence: My response to re-

presentations of an Emancipation Day picnic–, Small Axe:

Journal of Caribbean Criticism (on-line edition),

http://www.smallaxe.net/sxspace/works.html

2002 Contributor, 13 Conversations about art and cultural race

politics, eds. Monika Kin Gagnon and Richard Fung.

Artextes Editions, Montreal.

Professional Affiliations / Boards / Juries

Present OAC Third Party Recommender, Toronto, Ont.

Sept. 2013 Think Tank Member- Diversity Issues, Artist Run

Centres and Collectives of Ontario

Aug. 2013 Think Tank Member - Diversity, Leadership and

Mentoring in Ontario's Public Art Galleries, Ontario

Association of Art Galleries.

2006-2008 Board Member "Community Arts Ontario, Toronto,

Ontario

2006-2008 Board Member "Community and Race Relations

Committee, Peterborough, Ont.

2003-2005 Member- Advisory Committee on Equity, Visual Arts

Section, Canada Council for the Arts, Ottawa, Ont.

1998-2000 Artist representative - The Canada Council Media

Arts Planning and Policy Committee, Ottawa, Ont.

1997 - 2000 Board Member - VTape, Toronto, Ontario

1995-1998 Board Member - Canadian Artists"Representation

Ontario, Toronto, Ont.

1994 Board Member - Artspeak Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.

Vancouver, B.C