Career Highlights

Deputy Director & Richard and Elizabeth Mayer Chief of Education and Programming

Art Gallery of Ontario

2019 – 2020 

  • Worked as a key member of the leadership team and across all areas including collections, curatorial, digital, communications, contributing to a 3-year and a 10-year strategic plan.

  • Held specific responsibility for all the public programs, interpretation, artist residencies, education and audience engagement managing a team of 20+ full-time and 100+ part time staff, the management of a 25,000 square foot gallery school and the delivery of all experiences for schools, youth, adults, families, community and children reaching over 350,000 visitors per annum. Led departmental reorganisation with new roles, key promotions. titles and job descriptions to promote equity with the program teams. 

  • Developed core initiatives in lectures, live performance, all-age programming and schools that contributed to exhibitions development, artist’s development and operational transformation.

  • Developed an internal learning program that delivered educational offerings to staff during pandemic and was instrumental in engaging internal stakeholders in pan-institutional inclusion and diversity courses.  

  • Managed a $2.1M budget with core revenue streams. 

  • Oversaw the delivery of a 3-year $2M Canada Council Digital grant. 

  • Worked closely with the Board of Governors and Education and Community Engagement Committee.

Director and CEO 

Museum of Contemporary Art, Toronto

2018 – 2019

  • Led the charge to open the building after 3 years of closure, working with the MOCA Board, staff, architects, engineers and building crews to ensure the project stayed on budget and opened on time. 

  • Worked closely with political officials at all three levels of government to ensure the museum was instrumental within the local, national and federal development of culture and arts. 

  • Worked closely with the volunteer board, collaborating on strategic plans and outcomes - including staffing, financial, fundraising, board governance and growth, anti-harassment cultural policy and building. 

  • Managed governance committee meetings including nominations, building, marketing, and finance.

  • Developed a 3-year strategic, program, membership, exhibition and operational plan that proved successful. 

  • Developed a long-term exhibition strategy and 10-year acquisition policy. 

  • Worked with Federal Canada Conservation Institution and developers, architects and other stakeholders  to design as well as assess museum grade facilities. 

  • Worked to complete a $18M capital campaign with a fundraising committee and managed to secure over $2.5M in support from key donors and $7M from the government sector.

Dr. Robert N Mayer Director of Public Programs and Learning

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

2012 – 2018

  • Member of the senior leadership group, working to design and deliver strategic thinking and pan-institutional initiatives. 

  • Led four pan-institutional task teams that contributed to the completion of a $22M construction campaign and secured $4M towards the completion of a new learning space.

  • Worked with architects, designers, engineers, media and artists for 2 years overseeing the design and execution of this space and a new public commission at the museum. 

  • Secured endowed funding for Under-17 free admission program, a new diversity and inclusion program position, a new community engagement program, a 3 year program of social practice initiatives, a sustained schools program and partnership with Chicago School Board. 

  • Worked on the senior curatorial team to commission annual public art for the MCA plaza. 

  • Transformed the interpretive and visitor research process, and increased the audience for public and live programs by 100%. 

  • Worked with a 4 person task team to secure a 10-year museum accreditation. Collaborated on submission to present the museum’s operational data, educational role, public service role, collections overview, stewardship role, planning and the overall organisational health, and prepared staff for in person interviews. 

  • Served on the task team that researched and initiated a new pan-institutional equity, inclusion and diversity strategy and led a key programming transformation related to decolonization involving the public and board. 

  • Youth and Schools programs were nominated as finalist for the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award in 2017, which was awarded by the National Endowment of the Arts, National Endowment of the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Studies and presented by President Obama, and awarded the  American Alliance in Museum Excellence in Education Award in 2018. Won AAM label competition two years running. 

 

Director and Curator of Education and Public Programs

Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver

2008 – 2012

  • Member of the Senior Management team, shared in the overall leadership and planning of the Gallery.

  • Worked on the first feasibility study for the new Vancouver Art Gallery with the leadership team, staff, external consultants, board and government stakeholders. 

  • Implemented a three-year strategic public program and learning plan forecasting audience growth and budgets including quantitative and qualitative research. 

  • Developed new administration and production systems, restructured team, hired 6 new staff and reimagined the family, adult and live programs increasing our partnerships with local artists and community groups by 50% and increasing attendance as well as visibility by over 125%.

  • Developed a new interpretative process with the curatorial team to provide greater access for audiences.

 

Curator, Public Programs

Tate Britain, London

2001 – 2008

  • Managed, delivered and grew the adult programming working closely with communications, digital and curatorial, and increasing audiences by 30% and net profits by 20%.

  • Led the creative and programmatic reimagining of ‘Late at Tate’ working closely with a small task team successfully diverse and increased attendance by 150%. 

  • Secured long-term sponsorship, support and partnerships with the BBC, Channel 4, London School of Economics, Chelsea College of Art and Design, University of the Arts, and the Institute of Ideas. 

  • Worked closely with higher educators in leading universities and colleges to deliver programs on diverse topics exploring race, identity, and the decolonization of the museum. 

  • Recruited and supervised freelance staff and managed the AV department.

  • Contributed to the Interpretation and Education strategy and policy for Tate Gallery and collaborated on key interpretive projects. . 

  • Lectured on all levels as appropriate. 

 

Director of Talks

Institute of Contemporary Arts, London

1995 – 2001

  • Member of the senior management team working on the overall creative and financial strategy of the institution. Curated all talks programs and oversaw the education program. Developed and maintained long-term corporate partnerships and worked in collaboration with external arts and creative institutions and agencies.

 

Consultancy Projects

Tate National, London

2007-2008

  • Developed a feasibility study for Tate Mobile a proposed national nomadic temporary museum. My work included running focus groups with key stakeholders, overseeing a landscape audit, drafting a design brief, writing a request for proposal, shortlisting and invited architects, outlining artistic strategies, the partnership vision, commissioning programs, and developing a business plan. The candidates-in-response included Shigeri Ban, BIG, David Adjaye and Will Alsop Architects and de Rijke Marsh Morgan Architects (dRMM). Collaborated with Caroline Collier of Tate National and Clare Dogherty, currently Artistic Director of the National Theatre Wales and Coventry City of Culture. 

 

Tate Media, London

2006 – 2008

  • Assisted in the development of the cultural and practical strategies for Tate’s online presence working for Tate Media. Commissioned and produced a series of short films highlighting the collections and involving established and renowned commentators. 

 

BBC, London  

2004 – 2005

  • Produced a series of live events and radio programs and collaborated on a number of artist commissions across the UK with the Public Arts Advisory Group working under the  BBC Creative Director Alan Yentob to mark new BBC national initiatives.

 

Liverpool Biennale and Liverpool City Council, Liverpool  

2001 – 2002

  • Strategic Review on Art and Artists Retention with a focus on recent graduates in Liverpool.

 

Cap Gemini, London & Geneva

2001 – 2002

  • Cultural and Creative Strategy development for Life Science Group at CapGemini. 

 

Education

  • • Getty Leadership Institute, (GLA) Claremont Graduate University, USA, 2016. 

  • • MA in the Social History of Art, University of Leeds, UK, 1990 – 1992.

  • • Bachelor of Arts Hons. Fine Art, York University, Canada, 1985 – 1989.

Addendum

Curated Exhibitions, Talks, Conferences and Performances (Selected)

  • Shape of the Museum, ongoing (AGO) 2020 - present 

  • Downtime, Toronto International Festival of Authors and IIan McEwan, Catherine Hernandez, Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller, Ken Lum, (AGO) 2020

  • Think Tank: Conversations about Museums with Lonnie Bunch, Madeleine Grynsztejn, Stefan Kelmar, Anne Goldstein, Anne Pasternak and Thelma Golden, ((MCA Chicago) 2018

  • Dialogue: The question of Diversity and Museums with Shirin Neshat, Kamel.W. Bell, Junot Diaz and Bill T Jones, (MCA Chicago) 2015  

  • Museum Education with Jackie Terrassa, Angelique Power and Amina Dickerson, (MCA Chicago) 2017

  • How to Create Space(s) and Engagement in Museum with Chaédria LaBouvier, Anna Cutler, Sandra Jackson-Dumont, Deborah Cullinan, Local Projects, Laura Racowich and Jennifer Scott, (MCA Chicago) 2015

  • Out There: a conference about museums and communities with Ernesto Pujal, Faheem Maheed, Tom Finkalpearl, Rob Lowe, Sally Tallant, (MCA Chicago) 2014

  • David Bowie Talks with Todd Haynes, St Vincent, Sandy Powell, Neil Gaimon and Bryan Ferry, (MCA Chicago) 2014  

  • An Autobiography of Our Collection (exhibition co-curated Ian M Thom) and designed by Bricault Design  (VAG) September 2011 to April 2012  

  • Vancouver Sustain conference with Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Newton and Helen Mayer Harrison, Arthur Kroker, Anya Gallaccio, and Alexander Rose,  (VAG) 2010

  • Making Space: A Conference on Art, Culture and Publics with Tania Bruguera, Tamsin Dillon, Annabel Vaughan, Michael Maltzan and Karen E. Till, (VAG) 2010  

  • Revolutionaries: a conference to coincide with WACK! Exhibition, with Griselda Pollock, Lorna Simpson, Faith Ringold, Mary Kelly, Bracha, Connie Butler, Bracha Lichtenberg Ettinger, Abigail Solomon-Godeau, Lorraine O’Grady, Judy Chicago amongst others, (VAG) 2008 

  • Late at Tate art, film, performance, music, and talks and new works by Mark Wallinger, Faisal Abdu Allah, Roland Mouret, Mary Quant, Bridget Riley, Yinka Shonibare, Martin Creed, Simon Starling, Fiona Banner, Michael Bracewell, The Arctic Monkeys, The Westminster Police Choir, (Tate Britain) 2003 – 2009

  • Open Congress: Creativity and the Public Domain in collaboration with Chelsea School of Art and Design and Neil Cummings, (Tate Britain) 2009

  • Yoko Ono: A Night of Performance with Michael Archer (Tate Britain), 2009

  • Contested Territories with William Gibson, Barbara Kruger, Thierry du Duve, Vanessa Beecroft, and Gary Hume, (Tate Britain) 2007-2009

  • The 21st Century Museum’ with Hou Hanru, Thelma Golden, Bart de Bart, Charles Esche, Molly Nesbitt, Irit Rogoff, Jane and Louise Wilson, Martin Creed, Jeremy Deller and Dan Graham, 2007

  • The Difference Between Humans & Walls, and The Division performance  with Nina Beier and Marie Lund, 2007 

  • Globalisation and Terrorism co-curated with DJ Demos and funded by Arts and Humanities Research Council, 2006

  • The Public Sphere talks series including Okwui Onwezor, Lucy Orta, Nicholas Bourrieu and Martha Rosler, 2004

  • Innovation and Creativity research project with Tate Collections and the London School of Economics, 2004 

  • Museums, Cities, Gentrification and Art  a series of art commissions, radio and live UK programs, (BBC) 2004-2005

  • Art on the Weekend talks with Jake and Dinos Chapman, Sarah Lucas, Martin Creed, Sue Webster and Tim Noble, (ICA) 1997-2002

  • Big Talk and Exhibitions: Architecture: Rem Koolhaus, Bjorn Ingels, Zaha Hadid and Future Systems, (ICA) 2001

  • Arts Cinema conference, Atom Egoyan, Guy Maddin, Mike Leigh and Anthony Minghella, (ICA) 2001

  • Image of the Word festival with Kyle Kooper, JG Ballard and Salmon Rushdie, (ICA) 2000

  • The Political in Art with Marlene Dumas, Thelma Golden, Kodwo Eshun and Steve McQueen and (ICA) 1999

  • Architecture and Futures with David Adjaye, Alice Rawsthorn, Hussein Chalayan, Marc Newson, (ICA) 1999

  • Inhabiting Technologies  in collaboration with Goldsmith College including Akira Asada, Karin Knorr Cetina, Rem Koolhaas, Daniel Libeskind and Geert Lovink, (ICA) 1999

  • Intellectual Property Rights and Museums demonstrating a new landscape of issues, (ICA)  1997

  • Latin American Here and Now a week-long festival exploring art and Latin America, (ICA) 1996

  • Beyond the Artist with Francesco Bonami, Okwui Enwezor, Frances Morris and Matthew Higgs, (ICA) 1996 

Publications (Selected) 

  • Learning, Space and Inclusions in the Generative Museum, Anna Cutler (ed) in Tate Learning, forthcoming 

  • The Museum as a new site of practice and production, collected essays, Site Santa Fe publication, forthcoming

  • Across the Board: How we can create a Generative Museum, in Collected Essays, Site SantaFe publication, 2015

  • What are you Looking at? Moi? In Occupational Hazard: Recent Writings on British Contemporary Art, Julian Stallabrass, Naomi Siderfin and Duncan McCorquodale, Black Dog Publishing, 2012

  • Living in the Moment: The Work of Anish Kapoor, Modern, Conde Nast Publication, 2011 

  • In Conversation with Anish Kapoor, in Tate Magazine, Conde Nast Publication, 2007

  • Are you Still Looking? Sarah Lucas and History, Parragon Press, 2006  

  • Weeds work by Michael Landy, Tate arts and culture, Conde Nast publication, 2003 

  • Less Apparent an essay in BEAT, Anya Gallaccio catalogue: with contributions from Simon Schama and Mary Horlock, Tate publication, 2002

  • Ain’t Resting on your Laurels, Margaret Harrison catalogue with contributions from Lucy Lippard, Miranda McCuntic and Juliet Steyn, Manchester University Press, 2001

 

Participant in Public Lectures and Discussions (Selected)

  • Artists: a Creative Charge to Reshape our Cities with Cara Courage and Gibran Villalobros, for IDS21, Resiliency Conference: Sustainability and Designing for the Future, Toronto, 2021

  • Interviews of Daniel Kehlmann, Madhur Anand, Samantha Harvey and Maria Tumarkin for Toronto International Festival of Authors, 2021

  • Shape of the Museum, Anna Cutler, Tate Head of Learning, and Wendy Woon, The Edward John Noble Foundation Deputy Director of Education, AGO Toronto, 2020 

  • Museums and its Publics, Stephan Jost, Josh Basseches, Gaetane Verna and Barbara Fischer, Toronto, 2019  

  • #MeToo&the Arts with Sara Diamond, OCADU, and Sara Angel, Executive Director, Art Canada Institute, Toronto, 2018

  • Speaking to Canadian Heritage Committee on Museums, Houses of Parliament, Federal Government Ottawa, 2018

  • Museums and Museum Education: A Radical Practice? With Jorge Rojas, Irina Zadov and Faheem Majeed, MCA Art Institute of Chicago, 2017

  • History, Race, and Collections interview with Lonnie Bunch, Secretary of the Smithsonian, MCA Chicago, 2017 

  • Leadership in Museum Education. Education Forum, SITE Santa Fe, 2017

  • Learning and Collections aren’t what you think, Museums and their Publics conference, Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Portugal, 2016

  • Education in the Contemporary Museum discussion with Jason Yoon, Queens Museum, Pablo Helguera Museum of Modern Art, New York and Joanne Lefrak. Site Santa Fe, UNTITLED ART Fair at Basel Art Fair Miami Beach, 2016

  • Leadership in Museum Education, Education Retreat, SITE Santa Fe, 2015 

 

Advisory Roles (Selected)

  • LEAN Advisor Group, consultancy and advice across Canada during COVID, 2020 

  • Member of the Large Cultural Institution Committee, Toronto Arts Council, 2019 – present 

  • DigiArts Working Group, city-wide advisory, Digital Canada Council Commission, 2018 – present

  • Committee on Public Art and Audience, Terra Foundation of American Arts, Chicago, 2015 – 2016

  • Graduate Advisory Group, on Curatorial Studies Program, School of Art Institute Chicago, 2016

  • University of Illinois, Chicago Museums and their Future, Chicago, 2015

  • Advance Advisory Group on the Future of Museum Education, in collaboration with 17 organizations including Site SantaFe, MOMA, New York, Guggenheim, New York, Tate, London, 2014 to present

  • The Future of Museum Education and Leadership, Bank Street College of Education advisory group, 2015

  • Public Art Working Group, Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, City of Chicago, 2015

  • Advisory Group, Masters program on Museum Education, School of Art Institute, Chicago, 2014

  • Advisory Role to Director, organizational and program. development Walker Art Gallery, Minneapolis, 2013

  • The Western Front, Board of Directors, Vancouver, British. Columbia, 2011-2012

  • Mining Modern Museum Education, Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2010

  • Public Art and Audience program, Tate Britain, London, 2001 – 2002

  • Cultural and Creative Strategy development for Life Science Group, Cap Gemini, London & Geneva, 2001 – 2002