Tuesday April 24th – Melissa Bennett, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of Hamilton.

We are delighted to have as our guest speaker: Melissa Bennett who is the Curator of Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of Hamilton.

Of particular interest to Latow members will be that:

She recently mounted an Ed Burtynsky solo exhibition at the Art Gallery of Hamilton, and is now preparing a slate of local artist exhibitions there.

She was also the Curator for the AGH major exhibit of Yuri Dojc works. Yuri has been a guest speaker twice over the last 2 years and has fascinated Latow members with his works and experiences.

Melissa will address topics such as:

So what is fine art photography?

What are some of the best resources to explore for fine art photography in Canada and around the world ?

For members who are blossoming photo artists, is building of a body of work a key?

What might the future of photographic art be like?

Melissa received a MA in Art History and Graduate Diploma in Curatorial Studies at York University, and a BFA in Photography at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University. She previously held the position of Exhibition Coordinator at Gallery 44, in addition to positions at Stephen Bulger Gallery, and the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography.

She has taught contemporary Canadian art history at the Ontario College of Art and Design, in addition to giving regular public lectures on various topics of contemporary art and artists. Her experience as a juror includes the RBC Canadian Painting Competition, the Sobey Art Award and other national and international juries for exhibitions, scholarships and residencies. Her recent projects include are you experienced?, a large exhibition of installations by Olafur Eliasson, Do Ho Suh, Hadley+Maxwell, Dorian FitzGerald and others. Her co-curated exhibitions of works by Graeme Patterson, and Jennifer Marman and Daniel Borins, are currently on tour internationally. She has written for various publications and exhibition catalogues. She serves on the advisory committee for Hamilton Artist’s Inc. and is on the Board of Directors and Curatorial Committee for Hamilton’s Supercrawl.