2020 Curators

Our panel reviewed almost 800 applications to bring a new curated mix of fresh and seasoned emerging, established, and student artists and makers to the 59th edition of TOAF.

Elicser Elliott 

Elicser Elliott is a Toronto based aerosol artist whose creations adorn the cultural landscape here and abroad. As an integral part of downtown Toronto’s street art community for over a decade, he has been recognized for his artistry and praised by both street and fine art collectors all over the world. His work has been featured in a multitude of publications, hung in prestigious galleries like the Art Gallery of Ontario, and for a number of years he had his own installation in the Royal Ontario Museum.


Nithikul Nimkulrat

Nithikul Nimkulrat is a Thai textile artist, designer, researcher, and educator having worked in Europe for 18 years before relocation to Toronto in December 2018. Prior to her current appointment as Associate Professor in Material Art and Design at OCAD University, Nithikul worked at Estonian Academy of Arts (Estonia, 2013–2018), Loughborough University (UK, 2011–2013), and Aalto University (Finland, 2004–2010), where she earned a doctorate in 2009. In her work, Nithikul interweaves creative and research practices. Her research interest is rooted in her textile practice, lying across conceptual issues in art and design, especially the role of creative practice in academic research and the immateriality of physical materials in creative processes. Having situated her work at the intersection of art and design and at that of the academic and art worlds, her creative artifacts have received awards and have been exhibited internationally, while her research has been published in peer-reviewed publications and presented in international conferences. Her forthcoming exhibition includes (Wo)man and Environments, a retrospective exhibition featuring her paper sculptures, at CO Space, Craft Ontario, in August 2020.


Lee Petrie

Lee Petrie is the Exhibitions Director at the Gladstone Hotel, where she is responsible for programming exhibitions and installations for the hotel’s galleries and public spaces. Prior to joining the Gladstone team in October 2018, she was the Exhibitions and Residency Coordinator at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga, and was a curator at Toronto Pearson International Airport for 9 years. She was a member of the Board of Directors at Open Studio for four years, and is currently a member of the Toronto Public Art Commission. Her interests lie in curating exhibitions in non-traditional spaces, and in creating opportunities for emerging artists. Lee holds Masters degrees in Art History and Museum Studies.


Rui Pimenta

Rui Pimenta practiced as a visual artist from 2000-2014, exhibiting his work extensively in Canada and internationally. Since then, he has shifted his focus towards curatorial roles and projects. He served as co-director and curator for Median Contemporary (2008-10), a pop-up gallery whose mandate was the presentation of new media, and installation based projects. 

He has curated projects for the Toronto Artists Project, the Toronto Outdoor Exhibition and Eastern Front Gallery. Rui founded Art Spin in 2009, an independent arts organization now entering its 11th season of producing and curating site-specific, multidisciplinary programming in unique/alternative spaces. He has served on various Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Council juries, currently sits on The Bentway Advisory Committee in Toronto, and is a member of the City of Toronto’s Public Art Strategy Advisory Committee for the Year of Public Art 2021 project. His curatorial aspirations are largely motivated by the enthusiastic pursuit of new and engaging ways to present art in public space. He studied at the Toronto School of Art and graduated with honours in Philosophy and the Humanities.

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