Dr. Gerald McMaster has over 30 years of international work and expertise in contemporary art, critical theory, museology and Indigenous aesthetics. His early interests concerned the lack of representation of Indigenous artists in art museums, and raising concern to how culturally sensitive objects were displayed and represented in ethnology museums. His experience as an artist and curator include conducting research, collecting art, and producing exhibitions. His projects have created awareness and a throughout understanding of transnational Indigenous visual culture and curatorial practices. Throughout his career, he has become a prominent leader in representing Canada at a number of prestigious international events. Currently, McMaster is collaborating on three international projects in the contents of Europe, Australia, and South America.
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Robyn McCallum is the Art Curator at TD Bank Group. In this role, Robyn oversees the activities of the TD Art department including the bank's corporate art collection and public Inuit Art Gallery in Toronto, as well as all visual arts sponsorships undertaken by TD. Robyn recently completed her graduate degree (MDes) at OCAD University in Strategic Foresight and Innovation, through which she produced a Major Research Project exploring the state of the fine arts and culture sector in Canada, highlighting strategies to increase resiliency amongst stakeholder arts organizations. Her work with the INVC Research Centre has focused on the artists and art production from Kinngait Studios in Cape Dorset, Nunavut.
Valentyna Onisko is a Toronto-based artist, independent curator and art critic, and a BFA graduate in Interdisciplinary Art from NSCAD University. Onisko is completing her Master of Fine Arts in Criticism and Curatorial Practice at OCAD University, where her MFA thesis exhibition, There is Bread and Salt Between Us investigated ideas of subjecthood, identity, and cultural and historical entanglements through gestures of hospitality. Onisko collaborates with Nina Vincent Lannes on the research project Arctic Amazonia, led by Dr. Gerald McMaster, to explore commonalities and intersections of historical and contemporary art production in the two regions.
Tak Pham is an architectural historian, and a curator based in Toronto. Pham holds a BA Hons. in History and Theory of Architecture from Carleton University, and a MFA in Criticism and Curatorial Practice from OCAD University. He has curated exhibitions and public programming at OCADU’s galleries, Montgomery’s Inn, Art Toronto 2015, Y+ Contemporary, Riverdale Gallery and Xpace Cultural Centre. Pham has contributed writings to Espace Art Actuel, 8eleven gallery, and Xpace Cultural Centre. Pham is currently responsible for database and research of the Indigenous Views of the Other: North West Coast project at the INVC Research Centre.
Nina Vincent is a PhD candidate in the Sociology and Anthropology program at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). She holds a Masters in Anthropology and a Bachelor degree in Social Sciences from UFRJ. Her research interest focuses on Indigenous visual material culture, museology and curatorial practice. In 2015, Garamond Publishing published her book “Paris, Maori: the museum and its others - native curatorship at the Quai Branly” Vincent is co-researching the Arctic Amazonia project, led by Dr. Gerald McMaster, exploring intersections of historical and contemporary art production and cultural perceptions of climate change in the two regions.
Erica Manetta is an Italian art historian and promising curator currently based in Toronto. After majoring in art history and museum studies in Italy, she received an MFA in Criticism and Curatorial Practice at OCAD University. Since then she has devoted her academic research on design museography, exploring ways of increasing public comprehension of art and design through curation, and on the didactic role of this practice. At the INVC Research Centre, she is contributing research towards the understanding of artist, poet, and educator, Sarain Stump, through the investigation of many aspects of his life and work. This exhibition will open at the Mackenzie Art Gallery in Regina, sometime in 2018.
Peter’s background includes business management, executive education-programming, from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, Executive Programs. He holds a BFA degree (Hons) from York University, a Master’s Degree in Design - Strategic Foresight Innovation from OCAD University, and several executive education certificates from: the MIT Sloan School Entrepreneurship Program, the Wharton School of Business, the INSEAD School of Business Social Entrepreneurship Program, and the Rotman School of Management, Executive Programs, Integrative Thinking Program. His research focus includes integrative and design thinking, entrepreneurship, social innovation, social finance and Microfinance. Peter was RA for the Cree Code Talker research project and symposium in 2016 at the INVC Research Centre, and he continues to work with the INVC RC on strategic planning projects, workshops and upcoming conference in 2017. Peter has also written several blog posts at SocialFinance.ca, the Toronto International Microfinance Summit, and was a lead organizing committee member for the INTERSECTION: Entrepreneurship & Indigenous Arts Conference at OCAD University. Currently, Peter is co-founder of a social enterprise, and a freelance instructor at Sheridan College, OCAD University, and McMaster University.
Rhéanne Chartrand (MMSt, Hons. BA) is a Métis curator and creative producer based in Toronto, Ontario. She has spent the past six years creating interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary exhibitions, showcases, and festivals for organizations such as Harbourfront Centre, OCAD University, the Art Gallery of Mississauga, the Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance, the Aboriginal Pavilion at the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games, Kaha:wi Dance Theatre, and the National Museum of the American Indian (Washington, DC). Currently, Chartrand serves as the Curator of Indigenous Art at McMaster Museum of Art located in Hamilton, Ontario.
In the summer of 2016, Rhéanne Chartrand was invited by Dr. Gerald McMaster to conduct research in relation to the development of the course, Issues in Indigenous Curation. As an emerging curator, Chartrand embraced the opportunity to reexamine the Indigenous art historical record to gain a fuller sense of the emergence and development of Indigenous curatorship, and the key themes, issues, and shifts that emerged out of, or in response to, its articulation.
Justine Kohleal (MFA Candidate OCAD University, Toronto) is an independent curator and art critic based in Edmonton, Alberta and Toronto, Ontario. Kohleal takes interests in the intersection of space, boredom, and the body/senses within the arts and curatorial practice. In her studies in the MFA program in Criticism and Curatorial Practice, Kohleal utilizes feminist, Marxist, and phenomenological methodologies to explore the relationships between the senses and institutional spaces. As a Research Assistant at the INVC Research Centre, Kohleal contributes to the database of Indigenous artwork from point of contact, and explores notions of disrupting institutional space through online platforms.
Madeleine Heaven is an aboriginal multidisciplinary artist. She holds a BFA in Drawing and Painting from Ontario College of Art & Design University where she experimented and expanded her practice to various forms of media and technologies. Under the direction of Dr. Gerald McMaster, Heaven currently works on Indigenous Views of the Other project. She is responsible for digitizing and cataloging indigenous works, and building network opportunities with institutions throughout Canada, the United States, and Europe.