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About Us

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.


Staff List

General Information


Executive Director / Chief Curator

Barbara Fischer


Sarah Robayo Sheridan

Adjunct Curator

John G. Hampton

Adjunct Curator

Seika Boye

Program Coordinator

Rebecca Gimmi

Business Coordinator

Maureen Smith

Collections Manager

Heather Darling Pigat

Exhibitions Coordinator

Esther Simmonds-MacAdam

Communications Assistant

Marianne Rellin

Public Programming and Outreach Assistant

Jordana Green*

Public Programming and Outreach Assistant

Carina Yannacacos*

* Funded by the Government of Canada. Financé par le gouvernement du Canada. 

Advisory Board

Mimi Joh, Chair
Libby Barnicke
Jessica Bradley
Sandra Brewster
Rina Greer
Elizabeth Legge
Jacqueline Martinz
Asad Raza
Richard Sommer
Rhiannon Vogl
Carlos Yep
Arielle Zhivko

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

Annual Report

Learn more about the Art Museum’s exhibitions and programming.

2018-2019 Annual Report

2016-2017 Annual Report 

2017-2018 Annual Report 


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.