Ellyn Walker

Ellyn Walker is a curator who brings diverse experience working in and with artist-run centres, public galleries and museums, community organizations, and universities across the lands now known as Canada. Her award-winning curatorial projects demonstrate a continued commitment to thinking interdisciplinarily, and have been presented at such institutions as the Blackwood, Art Gallery of Mississauga, Thames Art Gallery, Gardiner Museum, and YYZ Artists Outlet. Most recently, she curated the public art project Shadowboxing with her ongoing collaborator Abdi Osman in downtown Toronto, presented by Trinity Square Video and the ArQuives. Her writing has been widely published in art anthologies such as Desire Change: Contemporary Feminist Art in Canada (McGill-Queens & MAWA), Sonny Assu: A Selective History (Heritage House), Craft on Demand: The New Politics of the Handmade (Bloomsbury), and in Making (Eco)Logical: Locating Canadian Arts in the Environmental Humanities (Wilfred Laurier); as well as in academic journals (Public, Journal of Curatorial Studies, RACAR), art magazines (Fuse, C Magazine, Prefix Photo), museum catalogues (Art Museum at University of Toronto, Surrey Art Gallery) and online. She has studied at OCAD University, the University of Toronto, and McGill University, and holds a PhD in Cultural Studies from Queen’s University, where her research focused on decolonizing curatorial methodologies. Extending her doctoral research, Walker is currently developing a co-edited anthology on contemporary critical and experimental curatorial practices in Canada with Michelle Jacques. She is currently Acting Director/Curator of the Blackwood at the University of Toronto Mississauga, where she is also an Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, in the Department of Visual Studies.