Personal Statement

I moved from Montréal in 2012 to take up the position of Graduate Dean at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. My PhD is in Art History and Visual Culture from the University of Manchester UK and I have an MA in Museum Studies and a BA in Classical Studies and Near Eastern Archaeology from the University of Toronto. My research has been supported through funding from the American Association of University Women, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Getty Research Institute, Arts Council England, and the Canada Council. Over the years, I have also been a research fellow at the Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Institute for Studies in Canadian Art at Concordia University in Montréal and with both the Cultural Theory Institute and the Centre for Museology at the University of Manchester.

Since 1994 I have taught at McGill, Concordia, Manchester, and Deakin Universities in Canada, the UK, and Australia, respectively. Before taking up the post as Graduate Director and faculty at the Maine College of Art from 2008–2011, I held institutional appointments at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, the Design Exchange, the Textile Museum of Canada, and The Manchester Museum. As a writer and a curator, I have completed a number of projects that include the "Manchester Letherium" at Cornerhouse, "As Much as Possible in the Time and Space Allotted" at the Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery, "Voir/Noir" at the Musée d'art de Joliette, "Magnify" at the ICA at Maine College of Art, "Telepathic Drawing Session" at Articule, and "In this lack of containment lies a danger but also a power..." at Skol. Past publications include essays on artists Peter Cripps, Mike Nelson, Janet Cardiff, George Bures Miller, Lyne Lapointe, and Arnaud Maggs, with a catalogue essay on Gisele Amantea recently published by the Musée d'art de Joliette. In addition to preliminary research focused on the "aesthetics of adjacency," my on-going project, "The Compulsive Browse," focuses on the many para-academic research methods employed by artists, designers, and curators in the preparation of their diverse works.


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