Nancy G. Campbell
Dr. Nancy G. Campbell has been an independent curator and writer on contemporary and Inuit art since 1993. Dr. Campbell is currently a guest curator at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. She was curator at the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre (now the Art Gallery of Guelph), University of Guelph; director of the Doris McCarthy Gallery, University of Toronto Scarborough; adjunct curator at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto; and curator of special projects at the Art Gallery of Ontario. From 2014 to 2015 she served as the editor of the Inuit Art Quarterly.
Her interest in Inuit art dates back to her childhood in Winnipeg, visiting the Winnipeg Art Gallery, which houses the world’s largest collection of Inuit art. In 1994 she had the opportunity to travel to Baker Lake (Qamani’tuaq) for the opening of the first major survey of Baker Lake drawings, organized by the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre. This exhibition captured Campbell’s imagination, and she began to include Inuit art in her curatorial practice. Her current research focuses on contemporary Inuit drawing.
She has produced numerous exhibitions, most recently a three-part series of exhibitions at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, University of Toronto, that connected Inuit art with the Canadian contemporary mainstream: Noise Ghost: Shary Boyle and Shuvinai Ashoona (2009), Scream: Ed Pien and Samonie Toonoo (2010), and Blue Cloud: Jack Bush and Ohotaq Mikkigak (2012), as well as the landmark Annie Pootoogook at The Power Plant in 2006.
Campbell holds a master of arts from the University of British Columbia in arts education and a doctorate from York University in art history. Her dissertation analyzed the drawings of third-generation Inuit artists Annie Pootoogook and Shuvinai Ashoona.