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Board of Directors

The Board of Directors can be reached by email at bod@yyzartistsoutlet.org.

 

Ellyn Walker (Chair)

Ellyn Walker is a writer and curator based in the area today known as Toronto. Her work engages with the politics of representation, intersectionality and social justice work in the arts. Her writing has been widely published by McGill-University Press, Inuit Art Quarterly, Prefix Magazine, BlackFlash Magazine, Journal of Curatorial Studies, Public Journal, amongst others. Her projects have been presented by the Art Gallery of Mississauga, Prefic ICA, Queen’s Art & Media Lab, and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Ellyn is currently a PhD candidate in the Cultural Studies program at Queen’s University.

María Alejandrina Coates
Maria Alejandrina Coates is a Uruguayan-born, Toronto-based curator and writer whose interests include art practices grounded in feminist, social, and collaborative frameworks. Coates received a bachelors degree from the University of British Columbia; and a Masters degree in Art History and Curatorial Studies from York University.

Lucy Lu
Lucy Lu is an arts project manager. Before moving to Toronto in 2016, she was based Shanghai, Beijing and Tokyo. She has extensive professional experience in cultural diplomacy and arts project management, including over five years at British Council China. She holds degrees from Peking University (BA Archaeology), the University of Cambridge (MPhil Archaeological Heritage and Museums), and the University of Tokyo (MA Interdisciplinary Information Studies).

Natalie MacNamara

Natalie MacNamara is the owner and operator of NAMARA, a creative agency focused on the capture and presentation of visual narrative. She is an artists’ representative and experience producer who works with brands to create and present compelling stories and unique visual encounters.

She harnesses the disciplines, principles and strategies used in museums and galleries in order to help her clients connect with audiences emotionally and philosophically. Her reverence for image-makers, who tell true stories underpins her commitment to sharing authentic narratives.  

Natalie holds a BFA in Image Arts / Photography from Ryerson University. She has operated NAMARA since 2015, on the heels of nearly a decade as the director of a commercial art gallery, O’Born Contemporary.

Amanda White

Amanda White is a Toronto­-based artist who’s current research interests include: cultural imaginations of nature, interdisciplinary and collaborative art practice, art and the environment, posthumanities, issues in agriculture and food, and urban ecologies. She is a PhD candidate in the Cultural Studies program at Queen’s, holds an MFA from the University of Windsor and a BFA from OCADU. Her work has been supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, SSHRC, the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council among others. She has exhibited in galleries such as the Harbourfront Centre, The Walter Phillips Gallery, PlugIn ICA, Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre, as well as independently producing many independent public interventions and engagements. Recent publications include; feature articles in esse- Art and Opinions, Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture, chapters for edited collections; Perma/Culture: Imagining Alternatives in an age of Crisis, and Why Look at Plants? (forthcoming)

Abdi Osman

Abdi Osman is a Toronto-based Somali-Canadian multidisciplinary artist whose work focuses on questions of black masculinity as it intersects with Muslim and queer identities. Osman’s video and photography work has been shown in Canada and internationally in both group and solo exhibitions. Osman holds an MFA in Documentary Media from Ryerson University, and a B.A. in African Studies from the University of Toronto. Previous work has been supported by grants from the Ontario Arts Council. His photographs are also housed in private collections and the Art Bank of the Canada Council for the Arts. Among numerous exhibitions, a selection of works was exhibited in the yearlong group show DiaporaArt: Strategy and Seduction by Canadian Artists from Culturally Diverse Communities at Rideau Hall, Ottawa. Osman was an artist-in-residence at the McColl Centre for Visual Arts in Charlotte North Carolina in 2010. In 2012, he was a fellow at The Interdisciplinary Center for Culture and Creativity (ICCC) at the University of Saskatchewan. Most recently, Osman gave invited artist talks at the University of Rochester, New York (2014) and the University of Toronto (2016), and held an artist fellowship at the Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies at the University of Bayreuth, Germany in 2015. Upcoming exhibitions include FAVT, Goethe-Institut Johannesburg, South Africa, August 24-October 19, 2017; Photopolis, Halifax, Canada, October 1-31, 2017. Upcoming exhibitions include i believe in living at Untitled Art Society (Calgary) and contact landing(s) at the Thames Art Gallery (Chatham-Kent), both 2018.

Cynthia Roberts

Cynthia Roberts is an art lover and traveller. She is also an internationally trained architect and exhibit developer who’s an active supporter of arts and culture in Toronto as a content (co)creator, volunteer and participant in city events.

As an Interpretive Planner and Design Manager at an international exhibition design firm, she has the privilege to work alongside museums and cultural institutions in developing exhibits for diverse audiences. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Universidad Iberoamericana (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) and a Master of Museum Studies from the University of Toronto.