In accordance with the announcement by the provincial government, the Gardiner Museum has closed temporarily. The health and safety of our visitors, staff, and the wider community remains our top priority. We'll continue to provide you with engaging digital content to keep us connected while the galleries are closed.
During our temporary closure, we're posting exhibitions and selections from our collection online. Discover Inuit ceramics, Chinese and Japanese porcelain, pottery from the Ancient Americas, and more!
On Thursday April 29 at 1 pm, join us for a free online lecture with Professor Alison McQueen, who will discuss the significant contributions of women working at Sèvres in the first century of its history. The presentation will feature works from leading international porcelain collections and bring attention to the often-overlooked roles of women retouching glaze, laying down prints, and burnishing. Register now!
Every object in our permanent collection can be accessed through our eMuseum portal. Learn about individual collecting areas, like Italian Maiolica or Modern and Contemporary Ceramics, or search the full collection by keyword. You'll be amazed by what you discover!
With the Museum closed temporarily, we need your support to continue to offer innovative and engaging exhibitions, programs, and community projects online, as well as plan for the future. Please consider making a donation to help us build community with clay.
Miranda Disney joined the Gardiner Museum as Chief Development Officer in 2021. Prior to joining the Museum, she held development roles with the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television and Toronto’s International Festival of Authors. Miranda holds an MA in English Literature from the University of Toronto and a BA (Hons.) in English Language & Literature from Queen’s University.
Nahed Mansour holds an MFA in Open Media from Concordia University and a BA joint Honours in Semiotics and Visual Studies from the University of Toronto. She currently serves as the Gardiner’s Curator of Programs and Education, leading the Museum’s public programming and Community Arts Space. She previously held the positions of Constituent Curator – Communities and Engagement at the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto; Artistic Director at the South Asian Visual Art Centre (SAVAC); and Director at Mayworks Festival Toronto. The majority of her curatorial and programming work supports visual, media, and community-based artists from historically disenfranchised communities whose work responds to contemporary social, political, economic, and environmental issues.
In addition to her work in arts administration, Nahed is also an independent curator and artist who has shown her work at the Aga Khan Museum, Blackwood Gallery, Articule, Vtape, Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival, International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, and Medrar Cairo Film Festival, among others. Her multi-disciplinary research-based arts practice draws from archival images and found footage to investigate notions of race and power in popular culture. She has served on numerous boards and juries in the visual arts sector and was selected to participate in Toronto Arts Council Leaders’ Lab 2020 cohort.
Sequoia Miller is a historian, curator, and studio potter. He is the Chief Curator at the Gardiner Museum. Sequoia holds a PhD in the History of Art from Yale University; an MA from the Bard Graduate Center for Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture; and a BA in Russian from Brandeis University. Recent curatorial projects include RAW and Ai Weiwei: Unbroken at the Gardiner, and The Ceramic Presence in Modern Art at the Yale University Art Gallery. Before re-entering academia, Sequoia was a full-time studio potter based in the Pacific Northwest.
Kelvin Browne joined the Gardiner Museum as Executive Director and CEO in 2013. Prior to this, he held several different positions at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), including Managing Director of the Institute of Contemporary Culture and Vice President of Marketing and Major Exhibitions. Kelvin is also well-known as a magazine and newspaper columnist on design, and authored the book Bold Visions (2007) about the architecture of the ROM.
Kelvin was born in Penticton, B.C., and graduated from St. John’s-Ravenscourt School in Winnipeg. He holds a Masters in Architecture from the University of Toronto.
Rachel Weiner joined the Gardiner Museum in 2015 as Communications and Volunteer Coordinator before taking on the role of Senior Manager, Marketing in 2017. Prior to the Gardiner, she worked in the Education and Marketing departments at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg (2012 – 2015). Rachel holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with an Honours Specialization in History from the University of Western Ontario (2007), an MA in Art History (2010) from the University of Toronto, and a B.Ed (2012) from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto.
Bo Wang-Frape is a financial specialist with experience in both the not-for-profit and for-profit sectors. Prior to joining the Gardiner Museum, she held senior leadership roles focusing on business planning, financial and operational management, and change management, primarily in education and healthcare organizations. Bo holds B. Com (Hons.) and MBA degrees from Laurentian University, as well as CPA and CGA designations.
Karine Tsoumis is a specialist of the Italian Renaissance with a focus on sixteenth-century Venetian art, maiolica, and the material culture of the domestic space. She received her Masters’ Degree in Art History from McGill University (2005), and her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto (2013). Karine joined the Gardiner Museum in 2012 as the curator of the historical collection. Since joining the Gardiner, she has led research on the permanent collections; been involved in the reinstallation of some of the Museum’s galleries; and curated two major exhibitions, Animal Stories: Friends, Foes, Fables and Fantasy (2013), and Janet Macpherson: A Canadian Bestiary (2017).She has also curated a range of thematic exhibitions including The Art of the Everyday: Faience in Seventeenth-and Eighteenth-Century France (2013), The Joy of Collecting (2014), Powder and Patches: Porcelain for the Boudoir in Eighteenth-Century Europe (2016), and A Brilliant Invention: Majolica from the Rosalie Wise Sharp Collection (2017). Karine was co-editor and contributor to 30 Objects, 30 Insights (2014), a book of essays celebrating the Gardiner Museum’s collection. Her current research focuses on Renaissance maiolica considered in the context of trade and luxury objects in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, with a focus on the Venetian Republic. She is currently a Fellow at the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies at Victoria University at the University of Toronto.
Meredith Chilton is an internationally renowned 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. She subsequently 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. Meredith was the principal contributor to Daily Pleasures: French Ceramics from the MaryLou Boone Collection (Los Angeles County Museum of Art: 2012).
Meredith returned to the Gardiner as its Chief Curator from 2015 to 2017, leading the curatorial team and a major renovation and reinstallation of the European porcelain galleries.
Meredith has curated over twenty exhibitions, published approximately fifty articles and books, and has made four films with the CBC. 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.
In 2017, Meredith was appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada in recognition of her exceptional contribution to the ceramics world. The honour is awarded to celebrate outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to Canada.
Meredith was named Curator Emerita at the Gardiner Museum following her retirement at the end of 2017.
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