Meet PAMA’s Innovative New Curators
BRAMPTON, ON. (May. 22, 2015) - The Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA) is pleased to introduce its new curatorial leaders, internationally known art curator Thomas Smart and distinguished museum curator Annemarie Hagan. PAMA invites media and the public to meet our new curators and talk local arts and culture on May 23 and July 12.
Thomas Smart joins PAMA as Supervisor and Curator, Art Gallery and Education Services. Tom is a distinguished arts leader who has curated exhibitions and built art collections for many of North America’s most prestigious art galleries and museums including the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, the Frick in Pittsburgh, and the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, where he was Executive Director from 2006 -2010. Curator, guest lecturer and consultant to art galleries and museums, Tom is especially noted for his award-winning books on Canadian artists, including painters Christopher Pratt, Jack Chambers, Alex Colville and graphic novelist George Walker.
He has curated dynamic exhibitions drawn from international museums and galleries, including the Albertina (Vienna), the Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery (Glasgow), the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (Rotterdam), the National Gallery of Wales (Cardiff), the Royal Museum of Fine Arts (Copenhagen), Musee Amiens (Picardie), the Morgan Library, and the Detroit Institute of Arts, among many others.
"My work is driven by the desire to make art accessible to everyone,” says Smart. "Part of that involves curating exhibitions that speak to a variety of diverse life experiences so that every person sees a bit of themselves in our gallery. Another important element is featuring contemporary art in a way that is understandable so that anyone can enjoy the creative works of our era and region.”
Meet Tom Smart on Sunday July 12 from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Tour PAMA’s gallery with Tom and get tips on interpreting art. Talk to Tom about the current collection, upcoming exhibits and contemporary works being created in Peel today
Annemarie Hagan joins PAMA as Supervisor and Curator, Museum Services. Hagan has been the recipient of numerous awards over her distinguished career, which includes serving as the City of Mississauga’s Manager, Museums and Traditions for more than 16 years. She was the founding curator of Benares Historic House, a prestigious estate rumored to be the inspiration for the famed Whiteoaks of Jalna novels. Hagan also led the effort to preserve the historic Port Credit Log Cabin, working with the volunteers of Friends of the Museums of Mississauga to spare it from demolition and move it to the Bradley Museum.
"I am excited to build on PAMA’s success connecting people to their personal histories,” says Hagan. I strive to work with the community to curate exhibits and develop programs that reflect the great diversity we have here in Peel, not only in terms of cultural diversity, but also in terms of the unique life experiences that define our personal stories.”
Meet Annemarie Hagan on Saturday May 23 and Sunday July 12 from 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. to explore PAMA’s rich artifact collection in the company of a local history expert. Discover the intriguing stories behind artifacts and get a ‘behind-the-scenes’ peak at PAMA’s Museum Collection Storage to see what staff are working on for future exhibits. Tour concludes with coffee and tea and a chance to chat with PAMA staff.
PAMA is a place to explore and learn about Peel Region’s culture and heritage, as well as use conversation, questions and stories to help make new and fascinating connections to the surrounding community. Throughout the year, PAMA offers a variety of workshops and programs for all ages, families and adults. With so many different programs to choose from, PAMA has something for everyone. Operated by the Region of Peel, PAMA is located at 9 Wellington St. E. in Brampton. Visit pama.peelregion.ca to learn more.