Visual Arts / Media Arts Committee
Jason Ryle, Co-Chair, is the Artistic Director of the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, the world’s largest showcase of film, video, audio and digital media created by Indigenous artists from Canada and around the world. Prior to his appointment as artistic director in 2016, Jason served as the festival’s Executive Director since 2010 and a variety of other roles for the organization since 2002. Jason has served on the board of directors for Vtape and Toronto Council Fire and is an emerging producer.
Gaëtane Verna, Co-Chair is the Director of The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto, Canada’s leading public gallery devoted exclusively to contemporary visual art since 2012. Before taking up the post at The Power Plant, she was Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Musée d'art de Joliette in Lanaudière, Quebec during six years. Prior to this appointment, from 1998 to 2006, she was the curator of the Foreman Art Gallery at Bishop’s University, while also teaching in the Art History department of both Bishop’s University and the Université du Québec à Montréal. Gaëtane Verna holds an International Diploma in Heritage Administration and Conservation from the Institut National du Patrimoine in Paris, France; received a DEA and a Master’s degree in Art History from the Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne; and prior to that a Bachelor in Commerce from Concordia University. She has years of experience in arts administration, curating, publishing catalogues and organizing and presenting exhibitions by emerging, mid-career and established Canadian and international artists such as: Kader Attia, Vasco Araújo, Yto Barada, Ydessa Hendeles, Alfredo Jaar, Luis Jacob, Kimsooja, Kapwani Kiwanga, François Lacasse, Yam Lau, Oswaldo Maciá, Ed Pien, Penelope Stewart, Gabor Szilasi, Javier Tellez, Denyse Thomasos, Bill Viola, and YOUNG HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES, and Franz Erhard Walther no name just a few. In January 2018 Verna was presented with the insignia as a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of Arts and Letters) by the Cultural Service of the Embassy of France in Canada to recognize her significant contribution to furthering the arts in France and throughout the world.
Noa Bronstein is a curator and writer based in Toronto. She has contributed to such publications as PREFIX Photo, Canadian Art, Border Crossings, The Journal of Curatorial Studies and C Magazine. Recent curatorial projects include When Form Becomes Attitude at Contemporary Calgary and Memories of the Future at Gibson House Museum. Noa has held several roles in the arts, including acting as the Director of Public Programs and Acting Curator at the Design Exchange, Head of Exhibitions and Cultural Promotions at The Gladstone Hotel and Executive Director of Gallery 44 Centre for the Arts. She is currently the Senior Curator and Manager of Mississauga Museums and the Small Arms Centre for the Arts.
Sally Lee has served as Executive Director of artists’ rights organization CARFAC Ontario since 2015. Previous to that, she held management and leadership positions at TIFF, Soulpepper Theatre Company, and the Reel Asian International Film Festival. Other groups she has worked with as a staff or board/committee member include the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT), the Images Festival, Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre (CFMDC), the Pan Am Path, Samara Canada, BorderLines Magazine and the Women’s Press. She currently sits on the board of Wavelength Music, the Advocacy Network of the Toronto Arts Foundation, and the Advisory Board of Reel Asian. She is also a 2016-17 TAC Cultural Leaders Lab Fellow. She has participated in the production of several independent films and music videos, both behind and in front of the camera. As a musician, she played in Toronto bands Chicken Milk, Venus Cures All, and The Magnetars, and also the Seoul-based band Third Line Butterfly. She currently plays bass and sings in the Toronto band Long Branch.
Oliver Husain is a filmmaker and artist based in Toronto. His experimental short films and videos have been shown at numerous international film festivals, including Festival de Cannes; Toronto International Film Festival; London Film Festival; Experimenta India; Mar del Plata International Film Festival and Mumbai International Film Festival. In 2003, Husain's video Q was awarded with the National Award from the Government of Germany. In 2008, he was a featured filmmaker at the Flaherty Film Seminar in Colgate, New York. His film Item Number won the award for Best German Film at the Oberhausen Short Film Festival in 2012. Husain's installations and expanded cinema performances have been exhibited at many galleries, including the Art Gallery of York University, Toronto; Galeri Nasional, Jakarta; Greene Naftali Gallery, New York City; ICA Philadelphia; Frankfurter Kunstverein and Fridericianum, Kassel. His work is represented by Gallery Susan Hobbs, Toronto and Clages, Cologne.