The Advisory Council includes the Institute’s founding donors and distinguished members of the Canadian art history community. Staff members of the Council include the Institute Director and Research Chair, the Deputy Director, and the Chair of the Department of Art History.
Gail Merilees Jarislowsky received her BA from the University of British Columbia. She is also an alumna of Concordia University, where she completed a Master's degree in English in 1991. Mrs. Jarislowsky has taught at both the elementary and secondary levels as well as in special education. She has worked in the field of public relations and occupied the position of Director for Virgin Records (Canada) Inc. during the early 1980s. Gail Jarislowsky is an active member of the Montreal community and is highly committed to volunteer work with a variety of organizations. Mrs. Jarislowsky is the past Chairman of The Montreal General Hospital Foundation.
Stephen A. Jarislowsky is a scholar, investment analyst and counsellor, and avid art collector. Born in Berlin, Germany, Mr. Jarislowsky attended schools in the Netherlands, France and the United States, and served with the US Army in post-war Japan before returning to complete a B.Sc. at Cornell, an MA at the University of Chicago and an MBA at Harvard University. In 1955 Mr. Jarislowsky established Jarislowsky, Fraser & Company in Montreal and directed the growth of the company to become one of the largest and most successful investment management firms in Canada. As a prominent leader in the field of Canadian investment counselling and analysis, his recent publication The Investment Zoo: Taming the Bulls and the Bears(Transcontinental, 2005) has received great acclaim for its incisive integration of history, culture, politics and finance.
Mr. Jarislowsky has sat on numerous corporate boards of directors including SNC-Lavalin, Canfor, Southam, Swiss Bank Corp., Velan, Abitibi and Goodfellow, participated in educational, cultural and charitable activities of many kinds, and endowed eleven S.A. Jarislowsky Chairs at various universities in different fields. He also frequently contributes commentaries to television and radio, as well as in magazines and newspapers. Mr. Jarislowsky is a recipient of the Order of Canada, a Chevalier de l' Ordre National du Québec, Honorary LL.D. from Queen's and the University of Alberta, the Université de Montréal, McMaster University, Concordia University, Assumption University as well as from the Université Laval. The Institute for Studies in Canadian Art at Concordia was established in 1998 through the generous financial support of Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky.
External Advisory Committee Members
Mark Cheetham’s research centres on the imbrications of artwriting and art making in the modern and contemporary periods. He has written books and articles on abstract art, the reception of Immanuel Kant’s thinking in the visual arts and the discipline of art history, on art historical methodology, and on recent Canadian and international art. The historiography and methodology of art history and the field of Visual Culture Studies is an ongoing research interest, as is contemporary art in Canada and abroad, from both curatorial and academic perspectives. Much of his current work is on ecoart and GeoAesthetics.
Cheetham is the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, a Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute Fellowship, a University of Toronto Connaught Research Fellowship and Chancellor Jackman Research Fellowship in the Humanities, several Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada research grants, the Edward G. Pleva Award for Excellence in Teaching (University of Western Ontario, 1998), and the Northrop Frye Award for teaching (University of Toronto, 2006). In 2006, Cheetham received the Art Journal Award from the College Art Association of America for “Matting the Monochrome: Malevich, Klein, & Now,” and in 2008, the Curatorial Writing Award from the Ontario Association of Art Galleries, for “The Transformative Abstraction of Robert Houle,” in Robert Houle: Troubling Abstraction. Exh. Cat. McMaster University Art Gallery, Robert McLaughlin Gallery (Oshawa), 2007. His co-curated exhibition Jack Chambers: The Light From the Darkness/Silver Paintings and Film Work was awarded “Exhibition of the Year” (a juried prize) by the Ontario Assoc. of Art Galleries, 2011.
Cheetham is the principal investigator on a 3-year SSHRC Partnership Development Grant titled CACHET (Canadian Art Commons for History of Art Education and Training). ArtCan.ca is our recently launched website.
Catharine Mastin is Director of the Art Gallery of Windsor and Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Windsor. Prior to joining the Gallery in December 2010 she was Senior Curator of Art at the Glenbow Museum (Calgary) from 1995-2006 and Curator of Canadian Art at the Art Gallery of Windsor (Ontario) from 1989-1995. She received her PhD in history from the University of Alberta (Edmonton) in 2012, her MA in art and architectural history from York University (Toronto) in 1988 and her BA Honours in studio and art history from York University in 1986. In June 2006 she received her Certificate in Management from the University of Calgary on human behavior and project management in organizations.
Mastin is an award winning professional in several fields having held several major academic fellowships including a Doctoral Fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (2008-2010). The University of Alberta also awarded her prestigious doctoral awards including the Dissertation Fellowship (2010-2011), the Eleanor Luxton Fellowship (2010), the President’s Doctoral Prize of Distinction (2008-2010) and the Recruitment Fellowship (2006-2008). Her excellence in writing has earned her peer recognition with two Curatorial Writing Awards in 1993 and 1995 from the Ontario Association of Art Galleries and her book The Group of Seven in Western Canada remained on the Canadian best-seller list through the summer of 2002, moving to a second edition in 2007. Mastin was also a two-time Nominee for Canada’s prestigious Top 40 under 40 Award for outstanding professionals in public and private sectors.
Mastin is a widely published curator and educator who has taught Museum Studies and Exhibition Theory and Practice at the University of Alberta (2007, 2008), and Canadian Art at York University (1988-1989). She has worked as a public programmer at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg, ON (1985-1988), and the Art Gallery of Ontario (1986). Among her key exhibition projects include, her role as co-founder and co-curator of the Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art (1996). Her significant publications accompanying major exhibitions include The Group of Seven in Western Canada (2002) and ‘The Talented Intruder’: Wyndham Lewis in Canada, 1939-1945 (1992); for both publications she was also general editor. Her recent work on gender and women’s art practices was included in the recent book Mary Pratt (2013).
In her role as Director of the Art Gallery of Windsor, Mastin has led the organization through a significant restructuring and brought financial stability to realize three consecutive balanced budgets following a challenging decade of organizational struggle. Her redevelopment of the operating model stabilized the Gallery’s funding, secured a 49-year gratis lease agreement with the municipality, developed a new fundraising plan, and returned the Gallery’s exhibition program to its deserved place in national provincial, regional and international circles. In 2013 and 2014 her leadership realized five peer-nominated awards for the AGW from the Ontario Association of Art Galleries including “Key Partnership” with the City of Windsor (2014), alongside exhibition, writing and design awards. She is a peer-nominated member of both the Association of Art Museum Directors (USA) and the Canadian Art Museum Directors Organization and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Ontario Association of Art Galleries.