2018 Artistic Review Committee

Adrian Forrow is an award winning multidisciplinary Artist and Illustrator with work that spans the globe. Adrian’s work has been published in The New Yorker, The Walrus, Harvard Business Review, MIT Technology Review, Bloomberg Businessweek and The Globe and Mail. He collaborates on project big and small, tactile, and strategic. Adrian graduated from OCAD University where he won the Merit Award for his outstanding achievements in the Illustration Program. In 2016, Adrian won Illustrator of the year at the National Magazine awards for an illustration that was published in The Walrus Magazine.

When Adrian is not busy in his studio he is an instructor at OCAD U where he teaches conceptual narrative and media studio classes to 1st and 2nd year students. He believes in nurturing, training and building up the next generation of artists, here in Toronto. Adrian is amused by the ordinary and finds inspiration in the minute details of the natural world.

 

Benjamin Freedman is a photographic artist and the Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival’s Artistic Project Coordinator. Freedman completed his BFA in photographic studies at Ryerson University after studying Cinema, Video and Communications at Dawson College in Montreal. He self-published his first photography book in 2015, and has exhibited extensively across the GTA, most recently at 8eleven Gallery, Art Gallery of Mississauga, and Division Gallery. Freedman has been recognized by the Magenta Foundation and American Photography Magazine and has shared his work internationally, most recently at the Aperture Foundation in New York City.

 

Chloë Catán is an arts administrator with over ten years’ experience in managing public art commissions, including installations at Millennium Park in Chicago, the Vancouver Sculpture Biennale, Hermann Park in Houston and Michigan State University. She has collaborated on exhibitions and publications with Museo Tamayo in Mexico City, The Getty Conservation Institute in Los Angeles and MoMA, New York. Chloë is currently the Acting Curator of Public Art for the City of Mississauga, where she is responsible for the implementation of the Public Art Program through art projects and programs related to municipal development initiatives.

 

Devan Patel is a Canadian contemporary art dealer and consultant. He is the Director, and an owner of Project Gallery and Studios, which has two locations in the east end of Toronto and focuses on local emerging talent. Patel has also worked for established art galleries like Division Gallery and Arsenal Contemporary, as well as Struck Contemporary. He is on the advisory committee for East End Arts, is the Coordinator of /Edition art book and editions fair, as well as a private art consultant through his business Art Works Consulting. Patel has also been a juror for Arts Gems Auction at Berkley Church, Timeraiser event at the Power Plant Gallery, and Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward Photography Prize.

 

Michael Kim is a Toronto-based artist working in photography and video. His current work focuses on the human impact on the environment, which comprises of photomontages, HD Video, and a photographic book. He completed his B.F.A., and began his career as a commercial photographer working with advertising agencies and corporations. His photography has appeared on the cover of Applied Arts magazine and billboards, bus shelters and magazines across Canada and in the United States. Since completing his M.F.A., he is now working on a number of independent projects, as well as participating in Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, Toronto Urban Film Festival, and the Annecy International Animated Film Festival.

 

Joshua Heuman has been an art centre/museum educator and curator since 2000. Before joining the staff at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery as Curator of Education & Public Programs in January 2016, previous positions included Participatory Program Specialist, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (Texas); Curator of Education (and interim Curator of Exhibitions), Salt Lake Art Center in Utah (now Utah Museum of Contemporary Art); Curator of Education, Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Utah State University (Logan, Utah); and, Visitor & Volunteer Services Coordinator, Joslyn Art Museum (Omaha, Nebraska). Josh has organized hundreds of education and public programs; organized dozens of exhibitions; juried art exhibitions and competitions; published interviews with artists, essays and reviews; presented papers at conferences; and, lectured and served on panels at museums and universities.

Born and raised in Toronto, Josh earned a BA in Visual Art (Art History) and an MA in Art History, at York University. From 2006-2012, Josh served on the Editorial Review Board of Art Education, the journal of the National Art Education Association. In January 2014, he was selected for the Jekyll Island Management Institute, an eight-day intensive for cultural leaders, sponsored annually by the Southeastern Museums Conference.

 

Emily May Rose is a Toronto-based artist and owner of Northern Contemporary, an illustration-focused art gallery in Toronto. Her work incorporates a recurring cast of characters, typography, and tessellated imagery. She explores urban themes and her own personal experiences living the city, generally placing animals like raccoons into the scenarios in a humourous way to make light of their situation. While she primarily paints murals, her work appears in many formats, including editorial illustration, gallery shows, apparel designs, and installations.

 

Rebecca Carbin holds a Masters in Curating Contemporary Art from Goldsmith’s College, University of London, UK. While working as an independent curator and art consultant in London she worked with a variety of clients and agencies including Artangel, Public Art Development Trust, British Broadcasting Corporation, the Corporation of London, West Ham United Football Club and the Saatchi Gallery. As Public Art Officer for the City of Toronto, Rebecca grew the City’s percent for art program and opened up commissioning opportunities to artists working in a variety of media and at all stages in their careers.  Rebecca Carbin was the Public Art Program Manager for Waterfront Toronto where she was responsible for all aspects of planning and commissioning art within the public realm of the designated Waterfront area. Rebecca is also Founder of I Heart Your Work Art Futures, an artwork production concept that brings a kick-starter approach to contemporary art patronage. She currently runs her own consultancy,ART + PUBLIC UnLtd.