Clockwise, Top-Left to Bottom-Left: Elle Flanders, Alyssa Bistonath, Hiba Abdallah, Roberta Best, Nedda Baba, Dana Prieto, Heather Keating, Magdalyn Asimakis, Rachel Boyle, Solana Cain.
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors perform a critical role of guiding, governing, and broadening the gallery’s operations. Gallery TPW’s Board is primarily composed of artists and curators as well as professionals providing expertise in finance, human resources, and communications. Over the past 40+ years, TPW has been fortunate to count some of Toronto’s most prominent artists and curators as members.
The Board meets approximately every month and hosts the Annual General Meeting.
Elle Flanders (President)
Elle Flanders is an award-winning filmmaker and artist based in Toronto. Together with her partner, architect Tamira Sawatzky, they comprise Public Studio. The Long Now, a monograph edited by Emelie Chhangur and Philip Monk, was recently published about their work. Elle has served on numerous boards over the past 25 years.
Alyssa Bistonath (Vice-President) is a lens-based practitioner whose work focuses on themes of memory and belonging. As the daughter of Guyanese immigrants, Alyssa endeavours to look at modes of representation by investigating nostalgia, exploring evidence, and interrupting the archive.
Roberta Best (Treasurer) is a commercial real estate professional with TD Bank, a fervent fan of the arts, and the current treasurer at TPW.
Hiba Abdallah is an artist and organizer. Deeply rooted in a socially engaged ethos, her work examines locality, civic resilience and political structures as tools for fostering collective agency. Hiba has created work across media – from public interventions to community projects, gallery exhibitions, and publications.
Heather Keating is an art enthusiast and a committed supporter of the alternative and contemporary art scene in Toronto. She also happens to be a lawyer, which is sometimes useful.
Rachel Boyle (Secretary) is an independent art consultant based in Toronto. Most recently she was the curatorial director of the New York–based Pace Gallery. Rachel, who has contributed to and edited numerous fine-arts publications, has more than 20 years of experience working with artists and cultural institutions worldwide.
Magdalyn Asimakis (Programming Committee Co-Chair) is a curator and writer based in Toronto. She is the co-founder of the roving project space and curatorial collective ma ma.
Nedda Baba is a Toronto-based artist whose practice vacillates between images, found objects, performances, and interactive installations. Nedda has exhibited and performed in various spaces across the GTHA, including the Art Gallery of Hamilton and the Toronto Biennial of Art. She currently works as a digital imaging specialist at Toronto Image Works.
Dana Prieto is an Argentine artist and educator based in Toronto whose site-responsive practice manifests in sculpture, installation, performance, writing, and collaborations. Dana’s work deftly examines our intimate and collective entanglements with colonial institutions and power structures by exposing how we relate, think, make, and consume in the Anthropocene. Her work has been presented in national and international galleries, public spaces, and informal cultural venues.
Solana Cain (Programming Committee Co-Chair) is a news photo editor at The Globe and Mail, Canada's national newspaper. She is passionate about ensuring diversity and inclusion behind the lens in news coverage. Solana has worked as a photo editor for Getty Images, HELLO! Canada and Maclean's. Solana is a member of Diversify Photo, The Authority Collective, Women Photograph and a mentor in the newly launched BIPOC photojournalism mentorship program, Room Up Front. Solana occasionally works as a freelance photojournalist and is committed to her own photojournalism practice of documenting authentic and empowering images of Black women and girls. Solana was selected as one of the first artists in residence at Nia Centre for the Arts in Toronto. She graduated from Ryerson University School of Journalism and the photojournalism program at Loyalist College.
The TPW's Advisory Committee is composed of senior artists, curators and leaders in the arts who together form a brain trust for the gallery. While they do not hold formal responsibilities, advisory committee members support both Board members as well as staff and artists associated with TPW on issues and opportunities. The committee meets as needed.
Gaëtane Varna, Director, Power Plant Art Gallery
Mimi Joh-Carnella, Art Historian, Writer, Professor OCAD University, Chair, Partners In Art
Kathleen Pirrie Adams, Curator, Writer, Assistant Professor, Photography & Film, Ryerson University
Kenneth Montague, Collector, Philanthropist, Wedge Curatorial Projects
Robyn McCallum, Senior Manager and Curator, Scotiabank (Art Collection)
Shane Smith, Director of Programming, Hot Docs
Sophie Hackett, Curator of Photography, Art Gallery of Ontario; Former Board Chair of the Gallery TPW
Will Kwan, Artist, Director and Associate Chair of Studio Art, University of Toronto Scarborough
Dr. Gaëlle Morel, Exhibitions Curator, Ryerson Image Centre