Since 2014, Adam Budak has been the chief curator at the National Gallery in Prague in the Czech Republic. He was previously a curator for contemporary art at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C.; at Kunsthaus of the Universalmuseum Joanneum in Graz, Austria; and at the Municipal Gallery of Contemporary Art Bunkier Sztuki in Cracow, Poland. He has curated numerous exhibitions, including Manifesta 7 (Trentino Alto Adige), Venice Biennale (the Polish Pavilion for the Architecture Biennale and the Estonian Pavilion for the Art Biennale), two editions of the Prague Biennale, Gherdëina Biennale and Trienala Ladina, and he has worked with many distinguished artists, including John Baldessari, Louise Bourgeois, Brian Eno, Sharon Lockhart, Monika Sosnowska and Ai Weiwei.
Josée Drouin-Brisebois is the Senior Curator of Contemporary Art responsible for the collections of Canadian and international contemporary art at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa. She organized the Canadian participation in the 2013 Venice Biennale and is the Project Director for Canadian participation at the 2017 Venice Biennale. She has curated numerous exhibitions, including monographs of senior Canadian artists Arnaud Maggs (2012) and Christopher Pratt (2005), as well as thematic group exhibitions: Shine a Light: Canadian Biennial (2014); It Is What It Is: Recent Acquisitions of New Canadian Art (2010); Nomads (2009); Caught in the Act: The Viewer as Performer (2008–2009) and De-con-structions (2007).
Reid Shier is the director and curator of Presentation House Gallery in North Vancouver, which will soon transition to The Polygon Gallery in its new facility in late 2017. Shier has curated numerous exhibitions, including shows with Anne Collier, On Kawara and Annette Kelm, among others. His critical writing was most recently featured in the Phaidon Press’ anthology, Art Cities of the Future: 21st-Century Avant Gardes (2014). Shier was chief curator of the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery in Toronto (2004–2006), curator of the Contemporary Art Gallery in Vancouver (2002–2004), and director/curator of the artist-run Or Gallery in Vancouver (1996–2001).
Jenifer Papararo is the Executive Director of Plug Institute of Contemporary Art in Winnipeg. Previously a curator at the Contemporary Art Gallery (Vancouver) and the Program Director at Mercer Union (Toronto), she recently presented solo exhibitions with Angie Keefer and Fred Sandback and is currently working on Stages: Drawing the Curtain, a public art exhibition featuring commissions by nine artists. She will present solo exhibitions with Skeena Reece and Divya Mehra in 2018. Papararo is a founding member of Instant Coffee, whose work has been exhibited at the Vancouver Art Gallery; the Toronto Sculpture Garden; the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco); Subvision (Hamburg); Encuentro Internacional (Medellín); Sparwasser HQ (Berlin); the Americas Society (New York); and the second Tirana International Biennial (Albania).
Sarah Robayo Sheridan is curator at the Art Museum at the University of Toronto. Specialized in contemporary art, she teaches curatorial practice and she has worked in a variety of non-profit galleries, museums and festivals in Canada and abroad. Her recent research has focused on the early career of Les Levine, the subject of a circulating exhibition and forthcoming catalogue. She holds an MA in Curatorial Practice from the California College of the Arts.
Self-taught photographer and founder of Manif d’art-La biennale de Québec, Claude Bélanger lives and works in Québec City, where he is the artistic director and general manager of an arts organization. Co-founder of Œil de Poisson, which he managed from 1985 to 1999, as well as the arts production and distribution cooperative, MÉDUSE, he studied sociology and holds a post-graduate certificate in project management. He is also active in several artistic and cultural associations as a consultant, board member, jury member and independent curator.
Sarah Fillmore is chief curator of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. She has curated numerous group and solo exhibitions, including a Jacques Hurtubise retrospective; Lisa Lipton: STOP@forever; Skin: The Seduction of Surface; Forces of Nature; The Last Frontier, and the Sobey Art Award (2002–2015). She co-curated Chris Hanson and Hendrika Sonnenberg: The Way Things Are with David Diviney (Art Gallery of Nova Scotia); Graeme Patterson’s Secret Citadel with Melissa Bennett (Art Gallery of Hamilton); and the Mary Pratt touring retrospective with Mireille Eagan and Caroline Stone (The Rooms, Newfoundland). Recent and upcoming projects include a retrospective of painter Marion Wagschal, an exhibition of painter Emily Falencki, a show featuring printmaker Mitch Mitchell’s large-scale print installations, and a survey of Thaddeus Holownia’s photography.