Scholarship Program 2015 - 16 Jury

Adelina Vlas

Adelina Vlas is the associate curator of contemporary art at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Previously, she has worked at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the National Gallery of Canada where she concentrated on permanent collection displays and special exhibitions. Over the last decade, she has organized exhibitions with younger-generation artists including Carlos Amorales, Mohamed Bourouissa, Martha Colburn, Manon de Boer, Tim Hyde, Joshua Mosley and Fiona Tan. While at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Vlas curated the critically acclaimed exhibition Michael Snow: Photo-Centric. She has a master’s degree in Art History and a curatorial diploma in Visual Culture from York University, as well as a master of arts in Curating Contemporary Art from the Royal College of Art in London.

Dave Jordano

Dave Jordano was born in Detroit in 1948 and currently lives and works in Chicago, IL. He received a BFA in photography from the College for Creative Studies in 1974, and has worked as a successful commercial photographer since 1977. Jordano returned to fine art photography in 2001, when he began the series Chicago Bridge Project. In 2010, responding to the negative press coverage of his hometown of Detroit, Jordano begun a photographic series bearing “witness to what has survived and those who are left to cope with it.” Titled Detroit- Unbroken Down, the series will be the subject of a Powerhouse Books publication due in the fall of 2015. Jordano's photographs are held in several public, private and corporate collections including the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, MA, the Museum of Fine Art, Houston, Houston, TX, and the Detroit Institute of Arts.

cheyanne turions

cheyanne turions is an independent curator and writer who holds a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from the University of British Columbia, and a master’s degree in Visual Studies from the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto. From the farmlands of Treaty 8, she is of settler and Indigenous ancestry. Her work approaches the space of exhibition as alive—the gallery is a space of dialogue where the propositions of artists come into contact with publics, questioning ways of seeing and being in relation. Recent curatorial projects include How a Living Day is Made at the Doris McCarthy Gallery with works by Aisha Sasha John, Rachelle Sawatsky and Walter Scott; and The Fraud that Goes Under the Name of Love at Simon Fraser University’s Audain Gallery, co-curated with Amy Kazymercyk, with works by Hannah Black, Skeena Reece, Mika Rottenberg and others. She sits on the Board of Directors for Kunstverein Toronto, the Editorial Advisory Committee for C Magazine and the Education and Community Engagement Committee at the Art Gallery of Ontario. She is the director of No Reading After the Internet (Toronto). Currently, turions is the Director of Education and Public Programs at the Vancouver Art Gallery.