2019 Selection Committee
Marie-Eve Beaupré, Curator, Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal
Marie-Eve Beaupré is the curator of the collection at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. Since 2016, she has curated Pictures for an Exhibition, an evolving cycle of exhibitions based on works from the collection. From 2014 to 2016, she held the position of Curator of Contemporary Quebec and Canadian Art (from 1945 to the present) at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA). Over the past fifteen years, she has been Curator of Contemporary Art at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec and a member of the jury for the Sobey Art Award (2014), published over 45 texts on art and worked on several publication projects. She worked as a project manager for the Galerie de l’UQAM from 2004 to 2012 and has conducted inventories of the studios of Guido Molinari, Edmund Alleyn and Betty Goodwin, among others.
cheyanne turions, Curator, SFU Galleries
cheyanne turions is a curator, cultural worker and writer currently based in Vancouver. She holds a master’s degree in Visual Studies from the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto. Her work positions exhibitions and criticism as social gestures, where she responds to artistic practices by linking aesthetics and politics through discourse. Recent projects include Medicine for a Nightmare (they called, we responded), a solo exhibition of the work of Nep Sidhu at Mercer Union and I continue to shape at the Art Museum at the University of Toronto, which featured works by Maria Thereza Alves, Justine Chambers, Nicholas Galanin, Mickalene Thomas, Joseph Tisiga and Charlene Vickers, among others. Recent writing projects include Picking up a Long Line, an essay on the work of Rebecca Belmore that was published in Afterall Journal, and “the cuts.,” an essay written in collaboration with Sadia Shirazi and published by the Vera List Center. Since 2008, she has been the director of No Reading After the Internet, a salon series concerned with understanding the act of reading aloud as its own media form (with Amy Kazymerchyk and Alex Muir). She is a founding member of EMILIA–AMALIA, an exploratory working group that employs practices of citation, annotation, and autobiography as modes of activating feminist praxis (with Cecilia Berkovic, Annie MacDonell, Gabrielle Moser and Leila Timmins). Currently, turions is the Curator at SFU Galleries and sits on the Board of Directors at 221A. She has previously held positions at Art Metropole, the Art Museum at the University of Toronto, SBC galerie d’art contemporain, Trinity Square Video and the Vancouver Art Gallery.
Sarah Robayo Sheridan, Curator, Art Museum at the University of Toronto
Sarah Robayo Sheridan is curator at the Art Museum at the University of Toronto, where she has also occasionally lectured in curatorial studies. Specialized in the presentation and dissemination of contemporary art, she has worked in a variety of non-profit galleries, museums and festivals in Canada and abroad. She holds an MA in Curatorial Practice from the California College of the Arts (2008) and her past awards include the Young Curators Invitational, Ricard Foundation, Paris (2009). From 2008-2013 she served as Director of Exhibitions and Publications at Mercer Union in Toronto. She has also been active as an independent curator of such projects as Scotiabank Nuit Blanche and has published her writing in magazines and artists’ monographs. In 2017, she served as a jury member and curator of the 2017 Sobey Art Award. Her book Les Levine: Transmedia, published on the occasion of the Oakville Galleries exhibition of same title, will be released this year.
Adriana Kuiper, Artist and Associate Professor, Mount Allison University
Adriana Kuiper is an artist and educator based in Sackville, New Brunswick. Kuiper is an Associate Professor in the Fine Arts Department at Mount Allison University where she teaches sculpture and drawing. Her recent work includes modified, hidden architectural structures meant to suggest safety from extreme forces, natural and otherwise. Her work investigates provisionally built structures found in the local landscape, and she often reworks instructions for “Do-It-Yourself” shelters and small buildings. Outdoor public installations of her work have been shown recently during Songlines in the Magdalen Islands, at OkQuoi?! Sackville, Nocturne, Halifax, Art in the Open, Charlottetown, Nuit Blanche, Toronto, and at Dalhousie University in Halifax. Kuiper’s work has been shown across Canada in cities such as Lethbridge, Saskatoon, Kitchener, Oakville, Vancouver and Calgary, and has been exhibited internationally in Oslo, Norway. Kuiper has served on a number of national and provincial juries and has been a board member at artist run centres in London, Halifax, and at Struts Gallery in Sackville.