Founder, Executive Director, and Publisher
Sara Angel, PhD, is the Founder and Executive Director of the Art Canada Institute. For her doctoral studies she received a Trudeau Scholarship, the most prestigious award of its kind in Canada, given for innovative ideas that help solve issues of critical importance to Canadians. A recognized authority on visual culture, Angel has been a guest lecturer at Harvard University, the University of Toronto, the Royal Ontario Museum, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the National Gallery of Canada, and the Israel Museum. One of Canada's most accomplished visual arts journalists, Angel has had an extensive career in publishing, including being a commentator for CBC television’s On the Arts and editor-in-chief of Chatelaine. She writes for publications including Maclean’s, The Walrus, and The Globe and Mail to make the world of art accessible to a broad public audience.
Director of Operations
Lenore holds a BFA from Queen’s University and an MA in Arts Administration from Columbia University. She has worked in the museum sector for 20 years. Her experience includes program planning and execution, exhibition research and development, governance and board management, strategic planning, volunteer engagement, and the planning and management of museum expansion projects. Lenore has held positions at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, the Smithsonian Institution, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Art Gallery of Ontario where her roles included Corporate Secretary and Manager of Special Projects, a position which saw her involvement in numerous initiatives, including the creation of the Weston Family Learning Centre.
Chief Financial Officer
Roslyn Kaman started her career at the Financial Post Data Group in Toronto as a research analyst before working in Europe as a pricing supervisor and financial analyst. She holds a British accounting designation, ACCA, as well as a BA in Mass Communications and Sociology. In addition to her work for the ACI, she has been the Chief Financial Officer and Director of Human Resources for the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre since 2003.
Canadian Online Art Book Project Commissioning Editor
Dr. Anna Hudson is a York Research Chair at York University’s School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design. Dr. Hudson currently leads Mobilizing Inuit Cultural Heritage, a SSSHRC-supported research-creation grant aimed at recovering, facilitating, and disseminating Inuit culture, knowledge, and creativity. She is an art historian, curator, and writer who continues to research and publish in the area of her doctoral dissertation, Art and Social Progress: the Toronto community of Painters (1933–1950).
Michael holds a PhD and MA in Art History from Concordia University and a BA (Hons) from the University of Victoria. His PhD dissertation examined the globalization of contemporary art, arguing that contemporary art production in the 21st century is an institutionalized anarchism. He is an internationally published author, sometimes curator, and exhibiting artist with a studio-based practice. From 2015–2017, he was the Director of Operations and Art Development at the critically acclaimed Adbusters Magazine. He lives and works in Toronto.
Web and Layout Director
Simone Wharton holds an MA in Art History from York University, a BA (Hons) in Art History from University of Toronto, and a Publishing Certificate from Ryerson University. She continues to pursue her passion for the arts as an emerging curator and through her work with the ACI. Her curatorial projects include “Piece by Piece” at Gales Gallery, York University; “Helen Lucas: Roots to the Present” at Todmorden Mills Heritage Site; and “ab NEXT: Contemporary Abstraction by Emerging Artists” at The Robert McLaughlin Gallery.
Senior Online Art Book Editor
Rosemary Shipton, often described as one of Canada’s great editors, specializes in biography and art books. For seventeen years she was the founding academic coordinator of the Publishing Program at Ryerson University and was granted an honorary doctorate from Trinity College, University of Toronto, for her contribution to Canadian publishing.
Senior Image Research Associate
Stephanie Burdzy holds an Honours BA in Art History, Visual Studies, and Material Culture from the University of Toronto and an MA in Art History and Curatorial Studies from York University. She brings to the Art Canada Institute her experience in the commercial art sector, as well as an expertise in the collections management and curatorial divisions of a number of Canadian institutions, including the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Aga Khan Museum, and the Gardiner Museum.
Communications and Editorial Associate
Emily Lawrence holds an Honours BA in Art History and Media Studies from the University of Toronto. She has previously worked in communications roles with the University of Toronto Art Centre and Trinity Art Show, and as a researcher for Pursuits Inc. Art Advisory. Emily is also a contributing writer for artoronto.ca, and is furthering her passion for contemporary Canadian art history at OCAD University where she is pursuing an MA.
Executive Editor at Large
Kendra Ward has been an editor for more than a decade, working for publishing houses, universities, nonprofit organizations, and private clients. Previously she has worked in-house at McClelland & Stewart, an imprint of Penguin Random House Canada. Her projects included award-winning fiction and complex, illustrated nonfiction books. She holds a degree in English Literature from the University of British Columbia.