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Kathleen Munn Life & Work by Georgiana Uhlyarik
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Georgiana Uhlyarik

Munn’s ink drawings of the Passion have intrigued me since I first saw them as a graduate student. I became fascinated by her work and her life: What made her turn to spiritual subjects? What made her give up colour and paint for ink and paper, while her contemporaries were bushwhacking in the Canadian wild? Why did she stop making art at the height of her creativity? Munn will always be a mystery—and this makes her all the more irresistible.
Georgiana Uhlyarik


Georgiana Uhlyarik is Associate Curator of Canadian Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. Her recent curatorial projects include The Passion of Kathleen MunnBetty Goodwin: Work Notes; and Michael Snow: Objects of Vision. She co-curated the reinstallation of the Canadian collection for the reopening of the AGO in 2008. Uhlyarik is currently developing an exhibition on the pan-American landscape tradition from 1830 to 1930, with the Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, Brazil, and the Terra Foundation for American Art, as well as a career-spanning exhibition of the work of Suzy Lake.
          Uhlyarik participated in an international research network exploring feminism and curating, funded by the Leverhulme Trust International Networks and led by Professor Lara Perry, University of Brighton (2010–12). She serves on the Board of the Association of Art Museum Curators. Uhlyarik received her Honours BA from the University of Toronto and her MA in Art History from York University in 1998, where she is now Adjunct Faculty. Originally from Romania, she lives in Toronto with her twin sons.