BiographyI am an associate professor at Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver; based in Critical Studies and teaching across the faculties of Culture + Community, Visual Arts, and Design. My areas of expertise include environmental ethics, public art and social practice, curatorial practice and urban renewal. My research focus is on the sustainable impacts of public art on community; including environmental, social, economic and cultural concerns. Current projects include collaborative research to transform brownfield sites and neglected green-ways into native pollinator pastures using public art as the cultural driver.
From September 2010 to July 2014, I was Dean of Graduate Studies at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, responsible for the vision, strategic development, growth and leadership of the Graduate Studies program, coordination, planning and management of graduate curriculum development, recruitment and enrolment.
From September 2005 – August 2010 I was director of graduate studies, department of Media and Cultural Studies, co-director of the Master Of Arts program in Arts Policy & Management and co-director of the Centre For Media, Cultural And Creative Practice at Birkbeck, University of London, where I restructured the Arts Management curriculum into practice-based pathways and redesigned all graduate courses, developed international outreach and interdisciplinary programs with other universities worldwide and founded and co-directed a research centre supporting the collaborative and interdisciplinary research of scholars from across the college and international fellows.
From 2001 to 2004, I was a lecturer at Dartington College of Arts, Totnes and Chelsea College of Art & Design, University of the Arts, London.
From 1993 to 2004, I was a curator of independent exhibitions & public programs, in charge of developing new exhibition program concepts, managing research, design, and installation of exhibitions; exhibition and museum education evaluation; implementation of education projects, public programs, strategic planning and special events on behalf of institutions such as: Association of Art Historians, Falkirk Cultural Center, Richmond Art Center, Hearst Museum of Anthropology (UC Berkeley), Hearst Art Gallery (St. Mary's College), Mills College Art Gallery, Sonoma State Art Gallery, Women's Caucus for the Arts, Nonprofit Gallery Association, Inverness Research & Associates, Marine World Africa USA, California Academy of Sciences, and Berkeley Ecology Center.
From 1987 to 1991, I was coordinator of exhibitions and public programs at California College of Arts & Crafts, Oakland, CA and gallery director at Academy of Art College, San Francisco, CA.
Throughout, I have also been a practicing artist focusing on installation art, photography and painting as well as a frequent writer, speaker and panelist in the area of public art and social practice.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
My areas of expertise include environmental ethics, public art and social practice, curatorial practice and urban renewal. My research focus is on the sustainable impacts of public art on community; including environmental, social, economic and cultural concerns.
Beekeeping, urban chicken husbandry, and seed saving as a radical action.