2016 Jurors

Meet our Jurors!

We are excited to introduce to you the jurors for the 2016 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition.

Yael Brotman 
Artist, Lecturer, University of Toronto Scarborough, & President of CARFAC Ontario

Yael Brotman received her BA (Honours) from the University of Manitoba and her B.Ed and Master of Visual Studies from the University of Toronto. Her artwork is rooted in drawing and printmaking and has expanded into constructions and installations that repurpose her etchings. She examines our urge to build and the poetics of our structures.

Her exhibition history includes the Biennale internationale d’estampe contemporaine de Trois-Rivières, Trois-Rivières; Harcourt House, Edmonton; Atelier Circulaire, Montreal; Art Gallery of Mississauga, Mississauga; McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton; Eastern Edge Gallery, St. John’s; ODD Gallery, Dawson City, Yukon. Internationally, exhibition locations include: the International Print Centre New York; Central Booking Gallery, Lower East Side, New York; Zweigstelle Berlin, Berlin, Germany; Monash University, Melbourne, Australia; Shanxi University, Taiyuan, China; Edinburgh Printmakers, Edinburgh, UK.

Previously she sat on the boards of the Print and Drawing Council of Canada, Open Studio and Visual Arts Ontario. She also is on the faculty of the Studio program in the Department of Arts, Culture and Media at the University of Toronto Scarborough.

Andrea Carson Barker 
Founder & Publisher, View on Canadian Art

Andrea Carson Barker is an expert in contemporary art and architecture. From 2005 - 2015 she founded and published one of Canada’s most widely read culture blogs, View on Canadian Art (VoCA). She was co-founder and founding curator of the daily online art auction Artbomb, and is a former art critic whose writing appeared in many international and national publications. Currently, Andrea is host of art web TV show, Artland for Akimbo TV.

Andrea sits on the City of Toronto Public Art Commission. She is a former board member of Mercer Union artist-run centre, ArtsScene (Business for the Arts) and the Toronto Design Offsite Festival. She promotes art, architecture & design on Instagram & Twitter

Steve Cober
Co-Founder & Creative Director, Narwhal Projects

Steve Cober is a graduate of Sheridan College's Media Arts program. He has worked creatively within the graphic design, video game and advertising industries. In 2003, he co-founded Magic Pony, a creative hybrid of studio, shop and gallery in downtown Toronto. With a mission to inspire other creative-minded individuals to engage with art that exists all around us, Magic Pony made great design accessible through a pioneering combination of retail shop, exhibition space, book publishing, and educational programming. Through Magic Pony Steve have designed and published 8 books focussed on Canadian artists and teaching Creative Entrepreneurship to emerging artists & designers at OCADU since 2006.

Janna Hiemstra
Curator & Director of Programs, Craft Ontario 

Janna has been with Craft Ontario since 2007, and in 2009 graduated with a degree in Criticism and Curatorial Practice from OCAD University. She has held the position of Curator and Director of Programming since 2014. With a background in philosophy and cultural theory, as well as two years of working as a ceramic studio assistant, she helps guide Craft Ontario’s programming to engage with contemporary craft practice by strengthening a critical approach to exhibitions and conference planning. Balancing member professional development needs with public engagement, she currently has the lead role in administrating the Craft Ontario Gallery, in addition to coordinating the annual Craft Awards program, lecture and conference planning, producing web and print design, as well as working with the Craft Ontario Volunteer Committee and managing student intern positions. She is actively involved in all aspects of the organization, and contributes administrative support for special national and international projects. She particularly enjoys working with members, exploring the diversity of craft practice, and contributing to contemporary craft discourse through articles and exhibition essays. Janna taught craft history courses for Sheridan College's Craft & Design Program 2011 - 2013, and currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Canadian Society of Decorative Arts.

William Huffman
Marketing Manager, Dorset Fine Arts

William Huffman is an arts administrator, curator, educator and writer with a history of extensive involvement on both local and international cultural fronts. He was Executive Director with Inuit Art Foundation, Coordinator of the Audience and Market Development Office at Canada Council for the Arts, Associate Director with Toronto Arts Council and Toronto Arts Foundation and has held other leadership positions at Blackwood Gallery, Arts Toronto, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, A Space Gallery, Canadian Art Foundation and Art Gallery of Sudbury. Huffman is currently Marketing Manager at Dorset Fine Arts a division of West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative and is an occasional instructor with University of Toronto, Toronto School of Art and Visual Arts Mississauga. He is a past Board member of Mercer Union Centre for Contemporary Art, Ontario Cultural Human Resources Council, Canadian Artists Representation / Le Front des Artistes Canadiens, Alliance Française de Toronto and Parkdale Liberty Economic Development Corporation. He serves as a member of the Curriculum Advisory Committee for Art & Art History, a joint program between Sheridan College and University of Toronto and in 1998, Huffman created the program’s annual William Huffman Award for Excellence in Studio Practice. His recent curatorial initiatives include several international traveling exhibitions.

Miranda Mckee
Image Curator, Format

Miranda McKee is a Toronto based curator with a longstanding passion for arts and culture. After graduating from University of Toronto, Miranda relocated to the United Arab Emirates in order to further examine and contribute to the emerging arts sector. Miranda worked in the Government of Abu Dhabi's Cultural Department and then curated exhibitions for Gulf Photo Plus, a photography organization in Dubai's up-and-coming arts development, Alserkal Avenue. After six years in the UAE, Miranda returned to Canada in 2015 and currently works as an Image Curator for Format.com, an online portfolio platform used by artists, designers, photographers and illustrators in 190 countries.

Jeremy Vandermeij
Executive Director, Toronto Design Offsite Festival 

Jeremy is currently the Executive Director of the Toronto Design Offsite Festival and a freelance marketing consultant. Previously, he was Director of Marketing and Sponsorship at IIDEXCanada and Creative and Marketing Director at the Gladstone Hotel where he was managing the brand, creating events and exhibitions, driving demand, building social and brand capital, and expanding the cultural content of the institution.

He has worked as a designer for 10 years in marketing, communications, architecture, education and interior design and has been art-making since he was old enough to negotiate tools. His experience includes Co-founder of the Toronto Design Offsite Festival, Curator of Come Up To My Room, Instructor at Ryerson University, and Designer at Roundabout Studio Inc, ALSOP Architects and the Design Exchange.