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Art is Not Free

April 17, 07:00pm - 09:00pm

SAAG presents a special discussion with Sandra Fraser

What currency does art maintain in the present moment and what do expect through our engagement with it? Sandra Fraser has earned a reputation as an inquisitive and committed curator. In her critically engaged projects and writing, she considers the conditions of cultural production, advocating for the role that museums, artists and audiences play in the collaborative formation of meaning and community. She believes that the art gallery, as a public institution, has a responsibility to be relevant to both its community and a broad network of peers—actively engaged in thinking about itself and its geography, contextualized within larger global concerns. 


Sandra Fraser is Curator (Collections) at Remai Modern in Saskatoon. Previous roles include Acting Chief Curator and Associate Curator at the Mendel Art Gallery, Curator at the MacLaren Art Centre, Instructor in Art History and Gallery Studies at Georgian College, and Program Officer at the Ontario Association of Art Galleries. Recent exhibitions include echoes featuring Rebecca Belmore, Lori Blondeau, Raymond Boisjoly and Duane Linklater; the Mendel’s 50th anniversary exhibition; a nationally touring retrospective of David Thauberger; and THE SKY IS THE LIMIT, an innovative performing/drawing project in the sky with six contemporary artists and one stunt pilot. Fraser has a Masters in Art History from York University, a certificate of Museum Management and Curatorship from Sir Sandford Fleming College, and a BA specializing in Art History from the University of Toronto. She sits on the Professional Development Committee of the Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC), and is board chair of AKA artist run gallery, where she is leading a strategic governance review.

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