Founder, Executive Director, and Publisher
Sara Angel received her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, where she wrote her dissertation on the restitution cases of the Montreal art dealer Max Stern’s Nazi-looted art. Angel is the Founder and Executive Director of the Art Canada Institute, the leading initiative in promoting Canadian art and making it accessible to twenty-first century audiences through its publishing program, art education, and art fellowships. An adjunct professor at both York University and Western University, Angel teaches courses on art crime and art restitution. She is a frequent contributor to publications including The Globe and Mail, ArtNews, and Maclean’s. She has been a guest lecturer at Harvard University, the University of Toronto, Ryerson University, the Royal Ontario Museum, and the Israel Museum. Angel lives in Toronto with her husband and three teenage children.
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).
French Editorial Director
Annie Champagne is a Quebec-based art historian who specializes in editing, translating, and revising art-related writings. With a Master’s degree in Art Studies and a Bachelor’s degree in Art History from the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), Annie devoted herself to university teaching for more than a decade before joining the ACI team in 2019. A lecturer in the Department of Art History at UQAM and at the École multidisciplinaire de l’image at UQO, she has also contributed to various education, research and writing projects in museums (MBAM, MNBAQ) and her writings can be read in RACAR, Canadian Art Review, Lumen and Études littéraires.
Digital Marketing & Website Manager
Nathan Kelly is a Toronto-based web developer and digital marketer. After working for a decade in the city’s performing arts sector with organizations like Soulpepper Theatre Company and Canadian Stage, he completed an intensive coding bootcamp at Juno College of Technology and worked as a developer for a marketing agency before joining ACI. A passionate supporter of culture with an avid interest in using digital tools to enhance arts organizations, Nathan studied English Literature and holds a BA Honours from the University of Guelph and an MA from York University.
Senior Design and Production Associate
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.
Design and Marketing Associate
Shane Krepakevich is a designer and artist based in Toronto. He previously worked as Branding & Graphic Design Lead for Lambert & Fils and taught sculpture & artist multiples at the University of Guelph and the University of Toronto Scarborough. His art and design work have been presented in Canada, the United States, and Italy, with a practice based in the embodiment of transformation within static forms. Krepakevich operates an independent design studio, Mercury Bureau that designs limited-edition objects and holds an MFA from the University of Guelph and an Honours BSc. in Geology from the University of Alberta.
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.
Head of Education
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.
Senior Editorial Associate
Monique Johnson has held curatorial positions at the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Royal Ontario Museum, and the University of Michigan Museum of Art. She has taught at the University of Toronto Mississauga and at York University, where she earned a Junior Faculty Teaching Award in recognition of contributions to excellence in teaching in the Department of Visual Art and Art History. Johnson holds a PhD in Art History from the University of Michigan and an MA and HBA from the University of Toronto. Prior to earning her doctorate, she was Manager of Appraisals and Programs at the Art Dealers Association of Canada and an Editorial Resident and Interim Assistant Managing Editor at Canadian Art. Her writing has appeared in History of Photography, ROM Magazine, UMMA Magazine, and in the AGO’s 2019 exhibition catalogue Impressionism in the Age of Industry.
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.