Scholarship Program 2016 - 17 Jury
Sandra Brewster is a Canadian multi-disciplinary artist based in Toronto. Her work has been exhibited nationally and abroad, engaging many themes that grapple with notions of identity, representation and memory. Recent exhibitions include UnIFixed Homelands, Aljira Contemporary Art Centre in New Jersey; New Found Lands, Eastern Edge Gallery in St. John's, Newfoundland; blur, Franklin Gallery in Chicago; Performing Blackness I Performing Whiteness, Allegheny Art Galleries in Meadville, Pennsylvania; and Mohammeds, Alice Yard in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. Sandra is a recent Masters of Visual Studies graduate from University of Toronto. Upon completion she received a graduate award in recognition of the work that led to her thesis presentation A Trace | Evidence of time past. Her most recent solo exhibition It's a Blur, Georgia Scherman Projects, received the Gattuso Prize for outstanding featured exhibition in CONTACT Photography Festival 2017.
Julie Crooks, Assistant Curator, Photography at the AGO, received her PhD in the Department of History of Art and Archaeology at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, where her research focused on historical photography in Sierra Leone, West Africa and the diaspora. She has curated and co-curated a number of exhibitions in Toronto since 2006, including No Justice, No Peace: From Ferguson to Toronto in February 2017, co-curated with Reese de Guzman (co-organized by the Ryerson Image Centre and BAND). She’s also the co-curator for the Royal Ontario Museum's Of Africa project, where she was a Rebanks Postdoctoral Fellow from 2014 to 2016.
Sophie Hackett is the Curator, Photography, at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) and adjunct faculty in Ryerson University’s master’s program in Film and Photography Preservation and Collections Management. She continues to write for art magazines, international journals and artist monographs, including “Queer Looking: Joan E. Biren’s Slide Shows” in Aperture (spring 2015) and “Encounters in the Museum: The Experience of Photographic Objects” in the edited volume The “Public” Life of Photographs (Ryerson Image Centre and MIT Press, 2016). Hackett’s curatorial projects during her tenure at the AGO include Barbara Kruger: Untitled (It) (2010); Songs of the Future: Canadian Industrial Photographs, 1858 to Today (2011); Max Dean: Album, A Public Project (2012); What It Means To be Seen: Photography and Queer Visibility and Fan the Flames: Queer Positions in Photography (2014); Introducing Suzy Lake (2014); and Outsiders: American Photography and Film, 1950s–1980s (2016). In 2017, she was a Fellow with the Center for Curatorial Leadership. She is the lead juror for the 2017 Aimia | AGO Photography Prize, a role she also held in 2014, 2010 and 2012.