John Hampton is a Curator, Arts Administrator, and Artist of Chickasaw and mixed-European ancestry. He comes to the AGSM from Trinity Square Video, where he served as the Artistic Director, and from the Art Museum at the University of Toronto, where he held a two-year position as the Aboriginal Curator in Residence. During his three-year tenure at Trinity Square Video, the organization saw a three-fold increase in membership and attendance, significantly increased funding for programming activities, a dramatically heightened profile both locally and internationally, and it has recently completed the construction of an exciting new centre for its exhibitions and operations. Hampton has spent most of his life on the Canadian prairies. He received a BA in Visual Arts from the University of Regina, and served four years as curator at Neutral Ground Contemporary Art Forum in Regina, where he organized many initiatives, including “Please Stare,” a program of site-specific video commissions for ten digital advertising billboards across Saskatchewan. Hampton is a member of the Aboriginal Education Council at OCAD University, and a former board member for Mercer Union in Toronto, and Queer City Cinema and Holophon Sound Art Collective in Regina, SK. In the past year, he has organized projects at Collectif Jeune Cinema, Paris; the University of Silesia, Poland; the Festival du Nouveau Cinema, Montréal; Contemporary Calgary; College Art Galleries, Saskatoon; and Vidéograph, Montréal, in addition to his projects presented at Trinity Square Video and the Art Museum at the University of Toronto.
Curator of Contemporary Art
Natalia Lebedinskaia holds an MA in Art History from Concordia University, where she also received her BFA in Art History and Studio Arts. She has held curatorial and art administration internships at The Banff Centre for the Arts and Walter Phillips Gallery in Banff, Alberta. In 2009, she co-founded Studio Béluga, an exhibition and residency program in Montréal that is run as a self-pedagogical community with a board of artists, art historians and curators. Natalia has also worked independently on projects and publications for Art Mûr, FOFA Gallery, Les Ateliers Jean Brillant, and Centre des arts actuels Skol, in Montréal. She is currently a curator on LandMarks2017, and is on multiple boards and committees including Urban Shaman Gallery and Brandon Folk, Music & Art Society.
Her research interests focus on the ethics of exhibition and display, especially as they relate to negotiations of personal memory in the public sphere. Her curatorial approach aims to build communities, both ephemeral and lasting, through exhibitions and programming.
Kevin Conlin holds a B.F.A. and is a ceramic artist with 18 years experience teaching at the college level, operating a ceramics related business and as a professional ceramics artist.
Gallery Services Coordinator
Kate Hill holds a B.F.A. in Art History from Salem College. Originally from North Carolina, Kate held the titles of docent, gift shop manager, and visitor liason at the Weatherspoon Art Museum for 7 years and a rendering artist and marketing assistant at an architecture firm for 9 years. Her interests are modern and contemporary art, oil painting, community involvement, cooking, traveling, hound dogs, and trivia.
Sheri McCallum, Steph Foley, Linda Hackenschmidt, Leslie Hutchinson
Summer Students 2016
Tim Brown (Cataloguer and Curatorial Assistant, BUSU Work/Study)
Victoria Kratz (Children's Summer Program Assistant, Services Canada Summer Jobs)