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Gardiner Museum

Senior Staff

Senior Staff


Kelvin Browne joined the Gardiner Museum as Executive Director and CEO in 2013. Prior to this he held several positions at the Royal Ontario Museum including Managing Director of the Institute of Contemporary Culture and Vice President of Marketing and Major Exhibitions. Kelvin is well- known as a magazine and newspaper columnist on design, and wrote the book Bold Visions about the architecture of the ROM. He has a Masters in Architecture from the University of Toronto. He was born in Penticton, B.C. and graduated from St. John’s-Ravenscourt School in Winnipeg before attending university.


MEREDITH CHILTON, chief curator

Meredith is an independent specialist in early European porcelain, dining and social culture of the eighteenth century, as well as theatre history. Educated at the University of East Anglia and Manchester University, she first joined the Gardiner Museum in 1983. As Acting Director and Curator, she worked with the team responsible for opening the museum. Subsequently, she became the museum's curator, a role she retained for over twenty years.

In 2004 Meredith left the Gardiner Museum to produce a major three-volume monograph for the Melinda and Paul Sullivan Foundation: Fired by Passion, Vienna Baroque Porcelain of Claudius Innocentius Du Paquier. The English edition was launched with an exhibition she co-curated at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York in 2009; the German edition at the Liechtenstein Palace Museum in Vienna. Meredith was the principal contributor to Daily Pleasures: French Ceramics from the MaryLou Boone Collection (Los Angeles County Museum of Art: 2012). She is currently working on the English edition of a catalogue for the Kiscell Museum in Budapest.

Meredith has curated over 20 exhibitions, published approximately 50 articles and books, and has made four films with the CBC. In 1990, one of her articles was republished in Best Canadian Essays, and again in Prose Models for Undergraduates. Her 2001 publication, Harlequin Unmasked: The Commedia dell’Arte and Porcelain Sculpture was awarded three international awards for research and theatre history. Meredith teaches and lectures extensively in North America and Europe. She has sat on a variety of Boards, and is the honorary member of three ceramics institutions. In 2005 she was honoured by the Gardiner Museum Volunteers, who named the Meredith Chilton Commedia dell’Arte Gallery in perpetuity at the Gardiner Museum.

After a ten year absence, Meredith has rejoined the Gardiner Museum team as Acting Chief Curator.


Siobhan Boyd, Senior manager, Education/adjunct curator

Siobhan Boyd graduated from York University with an MA in Anthropology  and a  MSc in  archaeology from UCL, University of London, England. Her research interests, which benefit the Gardiner,  include cultures from the Ancient Americas, and Ontario prehistory. As a practicing archaeologists, she works most summers in Ecuador where she excavates Inca and pre Inca fortresses.   At the Gardiner, which she joined in 2002, she is responsible for the education department, including school programs, clay classes and other adult programming.


Rachel Gotlieb,  Adjunct Curator

Rachel Gotlieb served as the founding Curator of the Design Exchange between 1990–2002, and co-wrote Design in Canada (Knopf Canada, 2001). She has curated and co-curated several important exhibitions, including: Pop: Design from the Space Age (Design Exchange 1994); Thor Hansen: Crafting a Canadian Style (Textile Museum of Canada, 2005), On the Table: 100 Years of Functional Ceramics; (Gardiner Museum, 2007), and Beaver Tales: Canadian Art and Design (University of Toronto Art Centre, 2008). She has taught design history at Ryerson University School of Fashion, OCAD and Sheridan College. She created and implemented the Studio North and Prototype exhibits for Canadian artisans at the Toronto Interior Design Show, as well as conceived and directed its Conversations in Design annual symposium.  

She currently serves on OCADU’s On Site Gallery Advisory Board and on the Professional Advisory Committee for Art and Art History Sheridan/University of Toronto, Mississauga. She has also served on the board of the Ontario Crafts Council (2006-8), and City of Toronto Public Art Commission (1994-7).

Rachel received her M.A.in Design History at the Royal College of Art & the Victoria & Albert Museum, where her thesis topic investigated “The Aesthetic Criteria and Vocabulary of British Studio Potters and Art Manufacturers 1914-1930.” She also completed a Sotheby’s short course in European Decorative Arts. She is a PhD candidate in Art History at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.


Lauren Gould, MA, senior manager, Development and Programs 

Lauren Gould has worked in a variety of roles within the arts and higher education sectors.  She began her career in Montreal working for both Concordia University and Centennial Academy and College managing a variety of fundraising, event, and engagement programs.  In 2005 Gould moved to Liverpool, U.K. to work in the cultural sector. During her time there she managed the education department at the Lady Lever Art Gallery, part of National Museums Liverpool, successfully increasing its participation by 44% and leading on the development of a learning centre for the gallery. From 2010-2013, Gould was at the administrative helm of The School of Toronto Dance Theatre as General Manager.  She is delighted to be the Audience Development Manager for the Gardiner Museum.  Gould completed her B.A. at Concordia University specializing in Creative Writing, Art History, and Studio Art and, whilst in Liverpool, completed her M.A. in Cultural Leadership at Liverpool John Moores University.


Katy Liu, Controller/cao

A graduate of York University, Katy Liu joined the Gardiner in 2000 as its Controller, and is responsible for recording and reporting of all financial activities; the Museum’s investment portfolio, human resources and facility management.  Prior to joining the Gardiner, Liu was the Finance Manager for the Canadian Opera Company for eleven years.  A dedicated volunteer outside of work,  Liu is also actively involved with the Chinese Communities in the GTA:  Chair of the Toronto Chinese Community and Culture Centre; Executive committee member of the Town of Richmond Hill Mayor’s Celebration of Chinese New Year; she also serves as Artistic Director for the Orient Dance Company (Toronto).   Liu has received 3 Ontario Volunteer Awards from the Ontario Government for 5, 10 and 15 years of service.  Notably in 2012, Liu received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.


michael orlando, senior MANAGER, Commercial and Visitor services

Michael Orlando has been involved in several positions in both the arts and culture and private sector. Spending 2009-2014 working in advertising and account management, he served as both a territory manager and lead when acquiring new publications. Michael is pleased to rejoin the arts sector full-time. Away from the Gardiner, Michael is the Founding Co-Artistic Director of the Theatre Lab, a Toronto-based company that was established in 2008. He has worked extensively with both Canadian and international theatre and performance companies as a playwright, actor, director, dramaturge and producer. Michael is also a partner at Collective Studio, a rental space and community-hub located in the Bloordale neighbourhood of Toronto. Michael is thrilled to be here at the Gardiner, helping to grow and develop all the commercial aspects of the Museum. He is a graduate of the Humber Theatre Conservatory and lives with his wife near Trinity-Bellwoods Park in Downtown Toronto.


Karine Tsoumis, MA, Ph.D, Curator

Karine Tsoumis is a specialist in 16th-century Venetian art and culture, with a particular interest for material culture, the domestic space, and family history. She received her Masters’ Degree in Art History from McGill University, Montreal, and her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto with a dissertation entitled Bernardino Licinio: Portraiture, Kinship and Community in Renaissance Venice. As a curator at the Gardiner Museum, she works on temporary exhibitions and leads research on the permanent collection with a focus on Italian Renaissance maiolica.


SOPHIE VAYRO, BOARD SECRETARY and ASSISTANT to the executive director

Sophie Vayro brings over ten years of experience in arts and cultural administration to her role as Board Secretary and Executive Assistant. Prior to joining the Gardiner, Vayro ran her own arts and non-profit administration business in Toronto working with a variety of music, theatre and dance companies. Outside the Museum, she continues to work with the Gryphon Trio and the ARC Ensemble (Artists of the Royal Conservatory). After completing a degree in History at Simon Fraser University and a certificate in Sport and Event Marketing Management at George Brown College, Vayro went on to work in development, both at Tapestry New Opera and the development consultancy, Hennessy & Associates, where she assisted in securing private sector support for a client base of small to medium sized cultural, environmental and social service non-profit organizations. She has two young daughters and is an avid recreational soccer player.


JAE YANG, senior Manager, marketing

With a strong background in graphic design, project management, and digital marketing, Jae Yang has worked in various creative roles in the private and non-profit sectors, including publishing, finance, real estate, e-commerce, and the arts. A graduate of the Graphic Design program at George Brown College, he also completed a Marketing Communications certificate at the University of Toronto.
Previous to the Gardiner Museum, Jae helped rebrand The School of Toronto Dance Theatre and revamp its marketing and outreach plans. Jae was also a key member at the Internet Marketing Division of Canon Canada, marketing its online store, specializing in email and digital communications. Most recently, Jae was also critical in the development of The Toronto Star Touch app, having worked in all aspects of the iPad version of Canada’s largest daily paper, from templating, guidelines, and establishing visual storytelling techniques, as one of the team’s first designers.

In addition to his marketing, communications, and design roles, Jae is also an occasional freelance photographer, designer, and marketing consultant. Born in Seoul, South Korea, Jae has lived in different parts of the world – most notably spending his childhood in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Jae is fully fluent in Korean and Spanish.

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