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Careers in the Arts: Justine Kohleal, Assistant Curator of Exhibitions

Have you been wanting to meet with established museum professionals to hear how they got where they are and what do they actually do? Do you have questions you want answered? This series of four programs, co-presented with Alpha Arts at the University of Toronto, is an opportunity to learn from four staff members who work at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Canada's leading public gallery devoted exclusively to contemporary visual art. Each program will begin with the professional speaking approximately 15 minutes about their education and duties. Then, an open 'question period' will last approximately 45 minutes! These programs are sure to open your eyes and minds to a possible career in the arts.

Justine Kohleal is a Toronto-based curator and art critic. Prior to her appointment at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery she worked as an independent curator and arts writer in Edmonton, Alberta. At The Power Plant, she has curated a number of projects including Beth Stewart: Length, Breadth, Thickness and—Duration and Thomas J Price: Ordinary Men, and has been assistant curator of exhibitions featuring Shuvinai Ashoona, Ellen Gallagher, Vincent Meessen and Naufus Ramirez-Figueroa. Select past curatorial projects include [INTERFACE] (Fringe Gallery); No Job More Dangerous (dc3 Art Projects); Intellectual Play (dc3 Art Projects); and Sounding the Alarm: The Poetics of Connection (Art Gallery of Ontario). Kohleal was curatorial assistant to Gerald McMaster and Denise Birkhofer for The Faraway Nearby: Photographs of Canada from The New York Times Photo Archive (Ryerson Image Centre) and to writer/curator Kari Cwynar for Duane Linklater’s installation Monsters for Beauty, Permanence and Individuality (Evergreen Brickworks). She interned with The Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Luce Foundation Centre and with Public Programs at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Kohleal holds a curatorial MFA from OCAD University and a BA from the University of Alberta with a focus in Art, Design, and Visual Culture. 

Alpha Arts connects professionals with current students who are in the Arts Program at University of Toronto. Alpha Arts is committed to helping Humanities and Social Science students, from academic choices, community activities, to background improvement and career planning, connecting students from different levels in the humanities and social sciences to exchange experiences with each other.