2020 Judges

Meet the Judges who selected the award winners at the 2020 fair!

Francisco Alvarez, Executive and Artistic Director, OCAD U Galleries

Best of 3D Works Award

Francisco Alvarez has been Executive and Artistic Director of Galleries at OCAD University since September 2016. In this role, he serves as Director of Onsite Gallery and seven other galleries across the campus. He brings over 30 years' experience in programming and administration as curator, exhibition and public events producer, marketer and fundraiser at organizations including Heritage Toronto, Mr. Pink Art Consultant, the Royal Ontario Museum, and the Ontario Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

Neil Brochu, Supervisor, Collections & Outreach for City of Toronto, Museums & Heritage Services

Mayor's Purchase Award

Neil Brochu is the curator of the City of Toronto Art Collection, which is displayed in public buildings across the city.  The collection began in the 1850s and has since grown to include over 3000 art works. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Art from the University of Guelph and a Masters of Museum Studies from the University of Toronto. A keen student of local history, material culture and fine art, Neil has worked with the City's art and artifact collections since 2004. He has steered numerous curatorial projects at the City's history museums; most recently Toronto through the Eyes of Women Artists – an exhibition at the Market Gallery exploring depictions of Toronto by women artists drawn from the City's collection.

Glodeane Brown, Culture Fancier

Best of Photography & Digital Media Award

Glodeane Brown is an arts management professional and an arts and culture blogger. She is the Founder and Editor of Culture Fancier, the arts and culture blog she started in 2016 with the aim to educate, entertain, and inspire people. She is currently working as the Programming and Operations Coordinator at CAFKA - Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener and Area, an organization that presents a biennial exhibition of contemporary art in the public spaces of Waterloo Region.

Nancy Jacobi, The Japanese Paper Place

Best of Paper Award

Nancy Jacobi is the President of The Japanese Paper Place in Toronto, a company she founded 40 years ago to encourage creativity through the special qualities of washi. In that quest she has collaborated with many arts organizations like The Ontario Society of Artists, The Japan Foundation, Visual Arts Centre of Clarington, Propeller Gallery, OCAD, and York University to present exhibitions, workshops and special events like the World Washi Summit in 2008 which involved hundreds of artists and 40 venues.The collection of the Japanese Paper Place includes works on washi by prominent Canadian artists, many of whom have taken and still take part in the TOAF. 

Justine Kohleal, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery

Best of Student Award
Artscape Emerging Artist Award
The Power Plant Emerging Artist Award

Justine Kohleal is a Toronto-based curator and art critic. Prior to her appointment at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, she worked as an independent curator and arts writer in Edmonton, Alberta. Select past curatorial projects include [INTERFACE] (Fringe Gallery); No Job More Dangerous (dc3 Art Projects); Intellectual Play (dc3 Art Projects); Sounding the Alarm: The Poetics of Connection (Art Gallery of Ontario); and Thomas J Price: Ordinary Men (The Power Plant). She acted as a curatorial assistant to Gerald McMaster and Denise Birkhofer at the Ryerson Image Centre for The Faraway Nearby: Photographs of Canada from The New York Times Photo Archive and to writer and curator Kari Cwynar for Duane Linklater’s installation Monsters for Beauty, Permanence and Individuality (Evergreen Brickworks). She has interned with The Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Luce Foundation Centre and with Public Programs at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Kohleal holds a curatorial M.F.A from OCAD University and a B.A. from the University of Alberta with a focus in Art, Design, and Visual Culture.

Danielle Krysa, The Jealous Curator

Best of Painting Award
Honourable Mention - Painting 
Best of 2D Works Award
Honourable Mention - 2D Works

Danielle Krysa has a BFA in Visual Arts, and a post-grad in graphic design. She is the writer/curator behind the contemporary art site, The Jealous Curator (est.2009), and has curated art shows from Washington DC to Los Angeles, San Francisco to Toronto. Danielle is also an artist herself, and creates mixed media collages combining found images, paint, and as much humor as she can pack into each title. In 2011 she was approached to write her first book, and since then Danielle has published five titles: “Creative Block”, “Collage”, “Your Inner Critic Is A Big Jerk”, “A Big Important Art Book – Now with Women”, and most recently, “A Big Important Artist – A Womanual”. Danielle has had the great pleasure of speaking at TEDx, PIXAR, Creative Mornings, and was interviewed for several video segments on oprah.com.

Judith Tinkl, www.tinklsgallery.com

Best of Craft & Design Award
Ceramic Excellence Award
Best of Jewellery Award

I have had a very varied career since graduating from OCA in 1964. I have worked in many administrative capacities in the art and craft worlds, teaching workshops, mounting exhibitions, working as a volunteer and eventually becoming president of the Ontario Crafts Council and Surfacing, a textile organization. I worked on the Contemporary Gallery Committee in the early days of the Textile Museum, helped organize exhibitions and conferences for Surfacing. I raised two sons, exhibited my work, taught at OCA, OCAD and OCADU (all the same place of course) as well as being an Assistant Dean there. Since retirement from teaching I have shown my work in many exhibitions, run a casual gallery at my home which is a location known for my husband’s concrete sculptures and I have continued to explore as many new directions as possible in my art. 

Dori Tunstall, Dean of Design Faculty, OCAD U

Catherine Bratty Award for Best of Art Fair
Most Innovative Use of Material Award

Dr. Dori Tunstall is Dean of the Faculty of Design at the Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD University) in Toronto, Canada. An academic leader in decolonization and Indigenization of design curriculum and practice, Dr. Tunstall is also the first black dean of a design faculty anywhere. She holds a Ph.D. and MA in Anthropology from Stanford University and a BA in Anthropology from Bryn Mawr College. Dr. Tunstall aims to prepare the next generation of designers with an understanding of the cultural implications of design, and the role of designer as cultural influencers.


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