Portrait Gallery of Canada appoints new Executive Director and previews new exhibition

OTTAWA (ON), April 27, 2022 /CNW/ – The Board of Directors of the Portrait Gallery of Canada (PGC) is pleased to announce that it has appointed Robert Stevenformer President and CEO of the Art Gallery of Burlingtonas the new Chief Executive Officer, effective May 2, 2022. Robert Steven will succeed Jeanne Charette who led the PGC during its first year of operation.

Robert Steven, Executive Director, Portrait Gallery of Canada (Photo credit: Nick Lachance) (CNW Group/Portrait Gallery of Canada)

Robert Steven is passionate about societal issues and brings an excellent appreciation of the richness and diversity of the peoples who live there Canada,” mentioned Lawson HunterChairman of the Board, Portrait Gallery of Canada. “The Board has been impressed with his demonstrated ability to rally community support for cultural projects from scratch; his understanding of current museum issues and practices; and his leadership experience. We look forward to working with him as we move forward with our vision to establish a physical presence in the Nation’s Capital. »

Attached to the Board of Directors, Robert Steven will play a highly visible role, representing and enhancing the positive reputation of PGC with government officials, funding agencies, donors and the public. Steven will also be responsible for developing the PGC’s strategic and operational vision and plans; build on PGC’s dynamic online exhibition and public programs; manage human resources and volunteers; manage financial resources; and advancing and monitoring the progress and success of CGP initiatives.

“I am thrilled and honored by this opportunity to join the exceptionally distinguished group of visionary leaders whose tireless work to build this important institution has taken the organization so far in such a short time,” said the new executive director. Robert Steven.
“To be part of the growth and development of such an ambitious new museum, dedicated to the individuals and identities found in this place we now call Canada, at this important time when opportunities for mutual understanding, Reconciliation and systemic change are both bigger and more urgent than ever – nothing less than a dream come true. This is the opportunity of a lifetime for anyone who believes in the impact that the experience of museums and works of art can have on the lives of individuals and communities,” added Steven.

“On behalf of the Portrait Gallery of from Canada board of directors, I would like to thank Jeanne Charettewho came out of retirement to take on the role of interim director while we built our online presence,” said Lawson Hunter. “The PGC has benefited from Joanne’s leadership experience at the Canadian Museum of Nature and the National Gallery of Canadaand we are grateful to him for his work ethic and commitment to our young not-for-profit society. »

The new PGC exhibition will launch online this fall
The portrait gallery of Canada is delighted to announce that Anne Thomasformer curator of the photography collection of the National Gallery of Canadais the guest curator of the PGC’s fall exhibition Max Dean: Portrait of the artist as an artist. This online exhibition will feature a series of still and moving images by a Canadian artist Max Dean, 2014 winner of the Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts. To see from September 8, 2022 for March 8, 2023 to portraitcanada.ca. FREE ENTRANCE. Details to follow soon.

On Robert Steven
Robert Steven is a dedicated, forward-thinking and accomplished leader of arts and heritage institutions. He brings years of executive-level experience, including six years as President and CEO of the Art Gallery of Burlington in Ontario and seven years as Executive Director and Curator of the Art Gallery of Great Prairie in alberta. Robert Steven holds a Bachelor of Arts, Honors in Fine Arts, University of Waterlooand a Masters in Museum Studies from the University of Toronto. He also successfully completed the Museum Leadership Institute program at the Getty Leadership Institute at Los Angelesa crash course for museum executives that addresses current trends and challenges in the museum field, leadership, strategy, organizational culture and change management. Robert Steven was named one of from Alberta 50 Most Influential People of 2013 by Alberta Venture Magazine. He was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 and served in the Government of from Alberta Premier’s Council on Arts and Culture in 2009. In addition, he is currently Vice-President of Galeries Ontario/Ontario Galleries (formerly the Ontario Association of Art Galleries).

About the portrait gallery of Canada
The portrait gallery of Canada is a registered charity that relies on private sector donations to operate and thrive. Its leaders envision a future where the PGC partners with the federal government to ensure an inspiring physical space in the National Capital Region. As it works towards this ambitious goal, the PGC will continue to host online exhibitions of portraits of people, everywhere. Canada and from all walks of life, to humanize the stories of from Canada past and present, and spark conversations about from Canada future.

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