Founder, Executive Director, and Publisher
Sara Angel, PhD, received a Trudeau Doctoral Scholarship, the most prestigious award of its kind in Canada, given “for innovative ideas that will help solve issues of critical importance to Canadians.” Angel started her career working with Bruce Mau before becoming a commissioning editor at the London-based art publisher Phaidon Press. She has had an extensive career in journalism including being editor-in-chief of Chatelaine, a commentator for CBC television’s On the Arts, an editor for Saturday Night, and a columnist for The National Post. Angel writes for publications including Maclean’s, Canadian Art, The Walrus, and the Globe and Mail to make the world of art accessible to a broad audience. She is an adjunct professor at York University and Western University.
Jocelyn Anderson has taught at the Courtauld Institute of Art, Birkbeck, and the University of East Anglia, and she has worked in the Learning Department at Tate Britain. She holds a PhD and MA in Art History from the Courtauld Institute of Art and a BA from McGill University. Her research explores art in Britain, Canada, and across the British Empire in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and she is the author of Touring and Publicizing England’s Country Houses in the Long Eighteenth Century (2018) and William Brymner: Life & Work (2020).
Canadian Online Art Book Project Commissioning Editor
Anna Hudson, PhD / FRSC, is the Graduate Program Director of Art History and Visual Culture in the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design at York University. She is a York Research Chair and the Principal Investigator of Mobilizing Inuit Cultural Heritage, a SSSHRC-supported research-creation grant aimed at recovering, facilitating, and disseminating Inuit culture, knowledge, and creativity. Hudson is an art historian and curator specializing in Canadian and Circumpolar Indigenous art and performance, and continues to research and publish in the area of her doctoral dissertation, Art and Social Progress: the Toronto community of Painters (1933–1950).
Senior Operations Executive
Stephanie Burdzy has held positions in the collections and curatorial divisions of Canada’s leading museums, including the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Aga Khan Museum, and the Gardiner Museum. She previously worked at Cowley Abbott (formerly Consignor Canadian Fine Art), where she played a critical role in the auction house’s operations and client care. Over the course of her career Burdzy has developed an expertise in image research acquisition, management, and intellectual property. She holds an MA in Art History from York University and a BA in Art History, Visual Studies, and Material Culture from the University of Toronto, where her research examined the role of craft in the early twentieth-century Canadian art world.
Senior Web and Layout Executive
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 was the former copyeditor for Inuit Art Quarterly (2016-19). She has done freelance editorial, design, and curatorial assistant work for CONTACT Photography, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, York University, and YWCA Canada. Her writing has been published by The Robert McLaughlin Gallery and C Magazine. She has also co-curated the following exhibitions: Piece by Piece, Gales Gallery, York University; Helen Lucas: Roots to the Present, Todmorden Mills Heritage Site; and ab NEXT: Contemporary Abstraction by Emerging Artists (with Linda Jansma), The Robert McLaughlin Gallery.
French Editorial Director
Art historian and lecturer at UQAM and UQO, Annie Champagne has been teaching for more than ten years. An energetic communicator and occasional speaker, she has also acquired through the years a wealth of experience in linguistic revision; she collaborates with RACAR: Canadian Art Review, as French copyeditor. As both a researcher and a writer, she has contributed to various projects at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, among others. Champagne holds an MA in Art Studies and a BA in Art History from UQAM, specializing in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century European painting and printmaking.
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. She holds an MA in history from Australian National University and, having won a Commonwealth Scholarship, studied for her doctorate at University of Toronto. Many of the books she edited have won major US and Canadian literary awards. In 2007 she was granted an honorary doctorate from Trinity College, University of Toronto, for her contribution to Canadian publishing.
Editorial and Programming Associate
Tara Ng is an art historian and curator who most recently served as Associate Curator at the Art Gallery of Hamilton, where she curated the exhibition Norval Morrisseau (2018-19). She is guest curator of the upcoming exhibition Chun Hua Catherine Dong: I Have Been There (2021) at the Art Gallery of Hamilton. Apart from her curatorial work, Ng has worked in development positions at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and Egale Canada Human Rights Trust. Her writing is featured in the exhibition publication Norval Morrisseau: Toward Another World (2019), AGH Magazine, and Global Engagements in Contemporary Canadian Art (2013). Ng holds an MA from Concordia University and a BA and BHSc from McMaster University.
Editorial and Education Associate
Emma Doubt is an art historian and college educator based in Montreal, QC. She has a PhD in Art History from the University of Sussex (UK), completed with a three-year doctoral award from the Arts & Humanities Research Council, as well as an MA in Art History and a joint-BA in Literature and Art History from McGill University. Her research specialization focuses on issues of race, gender, and transculturation in 19th-century art and visual culture, and she has presented her work internationally in the UK, USA, and Canada. Alongside her work with the Art Canada Institute, Doubt teaches a wide range of courses in art and design history at the college level, and is especially interested in strategies for diversifying and decolonizing pedagogical and curricular approaches in art history.
Rachel Read is an experienced arts teacher and curriculum writer, skills she developed after earning a BMus and BEd (Music and History) from Queen’s University, an MA in Music Education from the University of Toronto, and an ARCT in Voice Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music. Read holds additional education qualifications from the Ontario College of Teachers in the Primary and Junior Divisions and in Visual Arts, Dramatic Arts, Science and Technology, Mathematics, Special Education and First Nations, Métis and Inuit Peoples: Understanding Traditional Teachings, Histories, Current Issues and Cultures. She is currently the Integrated Arts Teacher at Havergal College, and she regularly presents and publishes her work on cross-curricular learning through the arts.
Editorial and Design Assistant
Barbara Campbell has over twenty years experience in the fields of educational outreach and illustrated non-fiction book publishing, including as a coordinator for the Royal Ontario Museum’s Outreach Services, as managing editor at Canadian publisher Firefly Books, and as managing editor at DK Canada. Over the course of her career at DK, she helped bring a host of Canadian bestsellers to market, including Birds of Canada and Canadian Gardener’s Guide. She holds a BFA from York University and a copy editing certificate from Ryerson University.
Amy Hoffman, CPA, CA, is a Certified Professional Accountant who joined the Art Canada Institute with experience in both the non-profit and public sectors. As an assistant audit manager with the Toronto Private Audit Group at Deloitte, Hoffman worked with a portfolio of up to thirty clients annually before serving as the Financial Reporting and Budgeting Manager for Michael Garron Hospital. In her current part-time position as the Manager of Finance at the Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto, she is involved in all aspects of accounting, from managing payroll to bookkeeping, and reporting to the finance committee.