Prominent cultural leader Doina Popescu appointed Director, Ryerson Photography Gallery and Research Centre

    Inaugural Director will open new facility that places Ryerson University
    amongst top international centres for photography and related media

    TORONTO, Oct. 6 /CNW/ - Alan Shepard, Provost and Vice President
Academic, Ryerson University today announced that prominent cultural leader
Doina Popescu has been named the inaugural Director of the Ryerson Photography
Gallery and Research Centre effective October 27, 2008.
    The new facility, which will house the world-renowned Black Star
Historical Black & White Photography Collection, is currently under
construction and scheduled to open in 2010. It will become a national centre,
and will place Ryerson amongst the top international centres, for the study,
teaching, research and exhibit of photography and other media.
    Popescu is Deputy Director of the Goethe-Institut Toronto, the highest
position a Canadian can achieve within the international organization. For
more than ten years she managed the Goethe-Institut Gallery and Kinowelt Hall,
where she curated important exhibitions and installations involving renowned
Canadian and international artists, architects and thinkers.
    During her 25-year tenure with the Goethe-Institut, Popescu expanded and
developed collaborative arts programming between Germany and Canada in a wide
variety of genres including visual arts, film, video, and new media. She
developed inter- and multidisciplinary programming, symposia and festivals and
expanded the scope and depth of the Goethe-Institut's collaboration with
Canadian and European artists, scholars and arts organizations, including
partnerships with the Contact Festival of Photography, Luminato, Nuit Blanche,
the Canadian Embassy in Berlin, and the European Union Film Festival.
    "Following a vigorous international search, I am delighted to welcome Ms.
Popescu to the Ryerson team," said Shepard. "She is a dynamic leader whose
tremendous experience and strong connections with the local, national and
international cultural communities will ensure that the Ryerson Photography
Gallery and Research Centre claims a prominent place amongst leading
institutions of its kind in the world."
    Popescu will oversee the academic, administrative, exhibit and outreach
functions for the new facility. She will also be a cultural ambassador for
Ryerson University, responsible for creating an international profile for the
Gallery and Research Centre, and assuming a visible and active role in the
cultural life of Ryerson and the city.
    "It is a great honour and a thrill to be joining Ryerson's first-class
team at a time when the University is in the midst of an exciting and
visionary expansion," said Popescu. "My aim is to help the new Ryerson
Photography Gallery and Research Centre become a vibrant contributor to the
rich cultural fabric of Toronto, as well as a sought-after partner for
groundbreaking research, innovative exhibitions, and interdisciplinary
collaborations within an ever more tightly-knit international community."
    Popescu was born in Montreal, studied in Europe and Canada and holds a
B.A. and M.A. in German Language and Literature. She is actively involved in
Canadian and international arts festivals, juries and selection committees.
She co-founded and co-organized the Fourth International Experimental Film
Congress 1989 and is currently a steering committee member of the Fifth
International Experimental Film Congress, being held in Toronto in 2010.
    The Ryerson Photography Gallery and Research Centre is part of an
expansion and redesign of the School of Image Arts building at 122 Bond
Street, in the heart of the Ryerson campus. The focal point of the renovated
ground floor is the new public gallery, which will house and display the
University's world-renowned Black Star Historical Black & White Photography
Collection, as well as the many collections in the School's Mira Godard Study
    In addition to public galleries for exhibitions and programs, the
facility will provide outstanding new study, teaching and academic space for
students and faculty in both undergraduate and graduate programs, and will be
a significant step forward in Ryerson's growth as a centre for scholarship,
graduate studies and research and creative activity.
    For more information on the Ryerson Photography Gallery and Research
Centre go to

    Ryerson University is Canada's leader in career-focused education,
offering close to 90 PhD, master's, and undergraduate programs in the Faculty
of Arts; the Faculty of Communication & Design; the Faculty of Community
Services; the Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Science; and the Ted
Rogers School of Management. Ryerson University has graduate and undergraduate
enrolment of 25,000 students. With more than 64,000 registrations annually,
The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education is Canada's leading
provider of university-based adult education.

For further information:

For further information: Heather Kearney, Public Affairs, Ryerson
University, (416) 979-5000 x.4282,

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