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Mandate & History

The Art Museum is comprised of the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery (Hart House) and the University of Toronto Art Centre (University College). Located just a few steps apart, the two galleries were federated in 2014 and began operating under a new visual identity as the Art Museum at the University of Toronto, one of the largest gallery spaces for visual art exhibitions and programming in Toronto.

Building on the two galleries’ distinguished histories, the Art Museum organizes and presents an intensive year-round program of exhibitions and events that foster — at a local, regional, and international level — innovative research, interdisciplinary scholarship, and knowledge of art and its histories befitting Canada’s leading university and the country’s largest city.

The Art Museum’s programs are distinguished by:

  • fostering emerging artists and curators through mentorship, experiential learning opportunities, and in collaboration with academic programs and studies across disciplines;
  • developing histories and knowledge of contemporary art and artists at a local and international level;
  • supporting original and experimental curatorial statements and positions;
  • and featuring interdisciplinary projects on critical subjects or thematic concerns relevant in contemporary culture.

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Staff List

General Information

416-978-1838
artmuseum@utoronto.ca

Executive Director / Chief Curator

Barbara Fischer
barbara.fischer@utoronto.ca
416-978-2453

Curator

Sarah Robayo Sheridan
s.robayosheridan@utoronto.ca
416-978-2453

Adjunct Curator

John G. Hampton
director@agsm.ca
204-727-1273

Programme Coordinator

Rebecca Gimmi
rebecca.gimmi@utoronto.ca
416-978-8463

Business & Programs Coordinator

Maureen Smith
maureen.smith@utoronto.ca
416-946-7089

Collections Manager

Heather Darling Pigat
heather.pigat@utoronto.ca
416-946-7090

Curator-in-Residence 2016-2017

Yan Wu
msyan.wu@mail.utoronto.ca
416-978-8017

Exhibitions Coordinator

Marsya Maharani
marsya.maharani@utoronto.ca
416-946-3029

Curatorial Assistant*

Brittany Brooks
b.brooks@utoronto.ca
416-978-5488

Curatorial Assistant*

Nina Bakan
nina.bakan@utoronto.ca
416-978-3540

Gallery Attendant

Chiara Cavaliere
chiara.cavaliere@utoronto.ca
416-946-8687


*Funding for this position has been made possible in part through a contribution from the from the Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations program, Department of Canadian Heritage. The Canadian Museums Association administers the museum component of the YCW program on behalf of the Department of Canadian Heritage.

Advisory Board

Mimi Joh, Chair
Jeanine Barnicke
Liora Belford
Pamela Edmonds
Elizabeth Legge
Donald I. McCaw
Marwan Osseiran
Richard Sommer
Gail Todgham
Mary Wells
Chloe Yue Yin

Ex Officio Members

Donald C. Ainslie

Principal, University College, University of Toronto

Barbara Fischer

Executive Director/Chief Curator, University of Toronto Art Centre

John F. Monahan

Warden, Hart House, University of Toronto

Sandy Welsh

Vice- Provost Students & First -Entry Divisions, University of Toronto

Opportunities

As a university-based institution and steward of nationally significant art collections we are deeply engaged in mentorship, education, training, and experiential learning opportunities for students, emerging professionals and volunteers.

For Artists

Exhibition Proposals

The Art Museum accepts artists’ submissions in the form of printed material and digital images for research purposes only. Materials will not be returned.

OAC Exhibition Assistance Program

The Art Museum is a sanctioned Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant Recommender Organization for Region 3.


The program provides grants of $500 to $1,500 to assist individual artists with costs related to presenting their work for an exhibition.

Due July 15 and November 15 or the next business day if on a weekend. Applications are reviewed after each due date as a group. Responses sent within 6 weeks of the deadlines.

Applications and guidelines are available through the Ontario Arts Council.

Media Room

For more information, images, or to join the Art Museum’s media list, please contact Brittany Brooks.


For Art Museum media releases, click here.

Venue Rental

Centrally located in the core of downtown Toronto in the picturesque heart of the historic University of Toronto St. George campus the Art Museum is a vital cultural destination. Bring your event to where the city and the university meet to encounter, think, learn, and talk about art.

Gracious gallery spaces are the platform for award- winning exhibitions of contemporary art as well as the jewel-like permanent Malcove Collection gallery.


Here’s just some of what we can offer:

Academic and Student Group Events:  conferences, lectures, workshops, post-lecture receptions

Corporate Events:  networking events, press conferences, workshops

Social Events:  receptions, seated dining

For more venue rental information.