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 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 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.
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.
After many years in the not-for-profit sector, Sheila joined the Gardiner Museum in January, 1999 as part-time Board Secretary, on the invitation of Helen Gardiner. Soon afterwards, she was asked to also take on the role of Executive Assistant, a position she still retains today. When the Museum launched their first Building Campaign, ALL FIRED UP! Sheila accepted the position of Campaign Manager. She is grateful for this second career at the Museum, which has resulted in many new friends and challenging opportunities. Some of her interests outside the Museum include choral singing, visiting her cottage in Haliburton, travelling with her artist husband, and her role as Nana to their three granddaughters.
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.