2021 Selection Committee
Anne-Marie St-Jean Aubre, Curator of Contemporary Art, Musée d’art de Joliette
Anne-Marie St-Jean Aubre has been the Curator of Contemporary Art of the Musée d’art de Joliette since 2017. Before joining the Museum’s team she worked at the Darling Foundry, the SBC Contemporary Art Gallery and the photography magazine Ciel Variable, in addition to developing projects as an independent curator. At the Musée d’art de Joliette she has curated exhibitions with Kapwani Kiwanga (2018-2019), Shannon Bool (2018-2020), Jin-me Yoon (2019-2021), Leisure (2019), Monique Régimbald-Zeiber (2020-2021) and Chloë Lum and Yannick Desranleau (2020). St-Jean Aubre has published articles in several Quebec magazines, including ESSE, ESPACE, INTER and JEU. Her interests focus on the themes of identity and cultural issues explored by contemporary artistic practices and recent essays have featured Shannon Bool (“A Question of Viewpoints and Perspectives”, 2019, in the catalog Bombshell ), Monique Régimbald-Zeiber (“la commissaire”, 2020, in the catalog Les ouvrages et les heures… et les restes) and Sophie Jodoin (Room(s) to move: je, tu, elle, 2021). She studied Visual Arts and French Literature at the University of Ottawa before completing a Master’s degree in Art History at the Université du Québec à Montréal.
Melanie Colosimo, Director/Curator, Anna Leonowens Gallery Systems, NSCAD University
Melanie Colosimo is the Director/Curator of the Anna Leonowens Gallery Systems at NSCAD University where she facilitates over 200 exhibitions and events annually by NSCAD visiting artists and graduating students. She has organized exhibitions and projects by artists such as Robert Frank, Shuvinai Ashoona, Melanie Authier, Carol Condé & Karl Beveridge, Dara Birnbaum, Patrick Cruz, and Meryl McMaster amongst others. In 2016 she was responsible for developing and piloting the Art Bar+Projects: NSCAD’s venue for performance art, events and happenings. Other notable projects include the bi-annual indoor/outdoor exhibition //RESPONSIVE: International Light Art Projects Halifax and the newly revived NSCAD Lithography Workshop: Contemporary Editions. Colosimo is also a visual artist whose work has been exhibited in galleries internationally and across Canada at including AKA Gallery (SK) the Art Gallery of Windsor (ON), Grenfell Art Gallery (NL) and the Guangdong Museum of Art, (Guangzhou) and the He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen. She was long listed for the Sobey Art Award in 2017 and 2020.
Francisco-Fernando Granados, Artist and Educator
Francisco-Fernando Granados is a Toronto-based artist whose multidisciplinary critical practice spans performance, installation, drawing, writing, digital media, public art, and community-based projects. He has presented work in galleries, museums, theatres, artist-run centres and non-traditional sites since 2005. Recent projects include ‘contact study: rehearsals in minor abstraction’ commissioned by Artcite Inc. in Windsor as part of the HOTSPOT series of livestream performances, ‘duet’, a two-person exhibition with Canadian modernist painter Jack Bush in collaboration with the Art Gallery of Peterborough and The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, and a publication/mail art project with Centre des arts actuels Skol in Montreal titled ‘co-respond-dance Version II’. He has received grants from the Toronto and Ontario Arts Councils, a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Governor General’s Silver Medal for academic achievement upon graduating from Emily Carr University in 2010. He completed a Master of Visual Studies at the University of Toronto in 2012 and has taught studio practice and critical theory at the University of Toronto Scarborough and as Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Art at OCAD University.