Gregory Burke to establish new gallery nationally and internationally
SASKATOON, Feb. 8, 2013 /CNW/ - The Board of Trustees of the Mendel Art
Gallery, and the future Remai Art Gallery of Saskatchewan, is pleased
to announce the appointment of Gregory Burke as Executive Director and
Chief Executive Officer. Acclaimed as a gallery director, curator and
writer over his 27-year career, Burke is respected for leading programs
that have significantly elevated both the profile and visitation rates
of the institutions for which he has worked.
"I look forward to working with the gallery's staff, trustees, and the
wider community of Saskatoon to build on the proud legacy of the Mendel
and the vision of the new Remai Art Gallery of Saskatchewan," said
Burke. "By presenting an array of artistic positions and voices, and a
program that engages diverse audiences, I believe that the new Remai
can become a globally-renowned Canadian leader in the presentation and
interpretation of art."
A native of New Zealand, Burke is a former Director of the
Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, the country's largest contemporary art
museum, and former Assistant Director/Chief Curator at the Wellington
City Art Gallery.
In 2005, Burke was drawn to Canada to serve as Director of The Power
Plant, a renowned contemporary art museum in Toronto. Burke stepped
away from the role in 2011 to pursue opportunities as an international
museum consultant, writer, and independent curator. Drawing on his
experience as Curator for New Zealand's inaugural pavilion at the
Venice Biennale in 2001, Commissioner for New Zealand's pavilion at the
Venice Biennale in 2005, and as a curator for the Site Santa Fe
International Biennial in 2008, Burke is currently co-curating the 2013
Montreal Biennale, L'avenir (looking forward).
"Although I have enjoyed working independently, the opportunity to help
realize the vision of the Remai was simply too attractive to pass up,"
said Burke. "It is a rare chance to be able to work with visionary
donors, a go-ahead city, an ambitious and committed Board, and a great
architect to establish a major institution from the ground up. This is
an important moment for the new gallery and Canadian art. I am thrilled
to be part of it."
Over the course of his career, Burke has curated more than 90
exhibitions, published more than 100 texts, and worked with artists
throughout the world. He is an active member and contributor within the
International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art and the
International Committee for Museums and Collections of Modern Art; and
is a past member of the Contemporary Curatorial and Acquisitions
Committee of the Art Gallery of Ontario, Canadian Art Museum Directors
Organization, and US Contemporary Art Museum Directors Association,
among others. He also serves on the international advisory boards of Art & Australia and the academic journal, Reading Room.
"Gregory is an institution builder," said Jason Aebig, President and
Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Mendel Art Gallery and the future
Remai Art Gallery of Saskatchewan. "His rare combination of insight,
experience and understanding will help position the gallery locally,
nationally and internationally. Gregory's strong connections and
credibility in the sector will help Saskatoon take its place among
Canada's most culturally important and creative cities."
Image with caption: "Gregory Burke is the new Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Mendel Art Gallery and the future Remai Art Gallery of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon. Burke is a noted gallery director, curator, and writer. His appointment is effective April 15. (CNW Group/Saskatoon Gallery and Conservatory Corporation (Mendel Art Gallery))". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130208_C3593_PHOTO_EN_23373.jpg
SOURCE: Saskatoon Gallery and Conservatory Corporation (Mendel Art Gallery)
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President & Chair, Board of Trustees
Remai Art Gallery of Saskatchewan
Executive Director & CEO
Remai Art Gallery of Saskatchewan