HOW TO: open a gallery

As a gallery director, I plan to discuss and describe my experiences finding, establishing a role in, and contributing to the art world from the stages of post-secondary to mid-career. My goal is to impart both instructions and cautionary pathways to achieving success on different levels in the world of galleries, museums, and public institutions reflected in my personal experiences, and those I have mentored under.

About the Speaker:
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Spencer Robertson

James Hewitt is a visual artist and curator of art in Toronto. He received an education at OCAD University majoring in Criticism And Curatorial Practice. James has been exhibiting art for twenty-two years. His artistic disciplines include collage, lens-based art, and most recently drawing. James has held art and curatorial internships at Play Records, Primary Colors Presents, Not Your Father's Contemporary, The Gladstone Hotel, Project Gallery, 8-11, and Carrier Gallery. He is currently the director of The Run Gallery. His works have been published in Pound Magazine, Spontaneous Combustion, Assembly Journal, and UVB-76 Music.

About the Moderator: 
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Leone McComas is a Toronto based, Canadian-Nigerian Visual Artist and Designer. Since graduating from OCADU, Leone has exhibited in solo and group shows across Toronto, as well as internationally in Italy and South Korea. In 2018 she co-produced curatorial project “INSPACE” and curated “VISION”; a collaborative installation show and panel discussion creating space for Black Artists outside of oppressive narratives and for conversations about art world navigation. Leone is a recipient of the OIEOS 2010 Scholarship, OAC 2018 Visual Arts Project Grant; participated in OCADUs 36th Florence residency, and the AKIN Collective x MOCA Toronto residency in 2018/19.

"HOW TO ... " series explore things that intrigue creatives' mind and imagination.  

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