- Board and Member Composition
- Community Role
- Producing Members
- Current Board Members
- Past Members
Doryphore Independent Curators Society is a non-profit organization founded in 1999.
Our mission is to support members’ projects and work in collaboration with other institutions and independent curators towards sustaining and presenting independent contemporary artistic and curatorial thought.
We research, produce, present and disseminate ideas, materials, events, exhibitions and publications initiated by Doryphore members that contribute nationally and internationally to the contemporary arts and investigate new models for independent curatorial process and presentation.
- To facilitate activities including research, production, presentation & dissemination of ideas, materials, events, exhibitions, publications, etc. initiated by Doryphore members that contribute nationally and internationally to the visual arts.
- To investigate new models to enable independent curatorial development and production.
Board and Member Composition
Doryphore Board of Directors are elected by existing members. New members join by invitation and acclamation by existing members
Doryphore members create and coordinate exhibitions, publications, symposia and projects for a range of partner organizations including public galleries, museums, publishers and community groups. We are committed to paying professional artist, curatorial, and staff fees for projects.
Our members have experience as gallery directors, professors, curators, researchers and writers, and serve as mentors for emerging cultural workers. Our network of independent practitioners provides greater capacity for and visibility of independent curatorial thought to reach diverse audiences and publics.
Born in Vancouver, he studied at the Vancouver School of Art; he was a curator and gallery director for over thirty-five years producing many exhibitions and publications on visual art, architecture and design. He is particularly interested in the intersection between these disciplines. He was the commissioner and co-curator of the Canadian Pavilion at the 2006 Venice Biennale of Architecture. From 1988 until 2013 he was the Director/Curator of the Charles H. Scott Gallery at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design. He is the Curator Emeritus of the University. Since leaving the University he has worked on independent writing and curating projects. In 2014 he edited the book, “The West Coast Modern House: Vancouver Residential Architecture”, published by Figure 1 Publishing. In 2019 he produced the book “Eppich House II: the Story of an Arthur Erickson Masterwork”, published by Figure 1 Publishing. Also in 2019 he contributed to “Designed for Living”, a publication featuring case studies of renovations to modernist houses in Vancouver, produced by the West Vancouver Museum.
Godfre Leung is a curator and critic based in the territory currently known as Vancouver. Recent programming includes granted to a foreign citizen (Artspeak, 2020), a book of poetry by Sun Yung Shin commissioned as part of his 2020–2021 curatorial series unstately; Pao Houa Her: Emplotment (Or Gallery, 2020); Samson Young: It’s a heaven over there (2019); and Barbara Held and Benton C Bainbridge: Pausa (KiehleGallery, 2017). From 2013 to 2015, he worked as a curatorial consultant on the Walker Art Center exhibition International Pop, which traveled to the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Dallas Museum of Art. His work has been supported by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, BC Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, and Jerome Foundation. His writing has been commissioned for publications by MoMA, the Walker, and other institutions, and has appeared in magazines such as ArtAsiaPacific and Art in America. Prior to remigrating to Vancouver, he was associate professor of art history at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota.
(image credit: painting by Justin Teodoro, 2005)
Curator, Researcher, Writer
Makiko Hara is an independent curator, lecturer, researcher, writer and “art incubator” born in Tokyo, Japan, and lives and works in Vancouver, Canada. Hara was the chief curator and temporary the deputy director at Centre A: Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, from 2007 – 2013. Since 2014 when Hara had served the guest curator for “Koganecho Bazaar-Fictive Community Asia” (Yokohama Japan), her curatorial practice has shifted for creating platforms for dialogue and exchange through numerous art forms and projects across the Pacific Ocean and beyond. In 2019, Hara co-founded a curatorial initiative “Pacific Crossings” with three other curators and directors based in British Columbia, Canada and have organized several research residency, lecture and forum with partner organizations globally in Tokyo, Manila, Hong Kong among the others. Hara is working on an ongoing, long-term research project “Kitchen Talks: Women Aging and Art Making” examning the transformation of women artists’ art practices as they age with wisdom. This research has led her several recent projects including: “Being My Mother”, her own performance at Through The Trap Door, curated by Paul Wong, Vancouver, 2014, and curated two female artists “Before the 37 Trillion Pieces Get to Sleep” Performance by Tari Ito, LIVE International Performance Art Biennale, Vancouver, 2019, and “Unlikeness” exhibition by Elizabeth MacKenize, Teck Gallery, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, 2020.
Hara is the direction advisor of International Exchange Centre at Akita University of Art (2017-2020), and currently in charge of their participation to the October School since 2018. During the COVID 19 Pandemic in 2020, Hara opened “My Kitchen Anthropology Museum” in her own apartment kitchen and appointed as CEO and Executive Director of the museum.
Joni Low is an independent curator and critic living with gratitude on unceded xʷməθkwəy̓əm, Skwxwú7mesh, Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh territories. Her research explores interconnection, intercultural conversations, public space, sensory experience and their attendant shifts in contemporary life. She has presented exhibitions across Canada, including at Galerie de L’UQAM (Montréal), Confederation Centre Art Gallery (Charlottetown), Burnaby Art Gallery, VIVO Media Arts Centre and Or Gallery (Vancouver). Recent curatorial projects include What Are Our Supports? (publication forthcoming, 2021), Afterlives: Germaine Koh and Aron Louis Cohen, Charles Campbell’s Actor Boy: Travels in Birdsong, Hank Bull: Connexion (national tour), and the symposium Underground in the Aether. A Vancouver correspondent for ESPACE art actuel and editorial board member of The Capilano Review, her essays and criticism are published in catalogues and in periodicals including Canadian Art, C Magazine, Ctrl+P, Vie des Arts and Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art. She brings over 15 years’ curatorial, museum and writing experience with the Smithsonian Museum of American History, Long March Space Beijing, Vancouver Art Gallery, City of Vancouver’s Public Art Program, Richmond Art Gallery, and Centre A.
Sydney is a researcher, artist and PhD candidate in the Cultural Studies programme at Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada. Through his writing and artistic research, he is interested in critically examining the media of contemporary logistics and extractivism in Canada. His critical writing has appeared in journals including Synoptique and Scapegoat. Originally from Tiohtià:ke/Montréal, he is now based unceded territories of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaʔ (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations.
Marisa C. Sánchez, Ph.D.
Art Historian, Curator
Marisa is an art historian and curator specializing in modern and contemporary art. Her teaching and research interests include methodologies of art history, feminist art histories, the intersection of visual art and Samuel Beckett’s writings, exhibition histories, and curatorial practice. Her interdisciplinary approach engages the history of art and counter-narratives, which offer inclusive perspectives that broadens the scope and understanding of the study of artists and their work.
In 2019, Sánchez received her Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia. She is currently preparing a book proposal on her dissertation, The Beckett Effect: The Work of Stan Douglas, Paul Chan, and Tania Bruguera. Prior to her doctoral studies, Sánchez was Associate Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art, at the Seattle Art Museum.
Lisa has worked in curatorial roles in public art galleries in Western Canada since 1999, including Senior Curator at Contemporary Calgary (2014-16) and Chief Curator at the Mendel Art Gallery in Saskatoon (2012-14). She was Curator of Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria from 1999 to 2009. She holds MFAs in Creative Writing (UBC), Art (University of Saskatchewan) and Curatorial Work & Art Writing, PhD from Goldsmiths College, University of London. Lisa has served on contemporary art juries across Canada and internationally, including the Alvin Balkind Curator’s Prize (The Doris and Jack Shadbolt Foundation); Canada Council for the Arts; Saskatchewan Arts Board; Royal Bank of Canada Canadian Painting Competition; the Hnatyshyn Foundation Visual Arts Awards; the Sobey Art Award; British Columbia Arts Council; Prix Pierre-Prince-de-Monaco jury; and as a guest of the British Arts Council outreach program.
Recent curatorial projects focus on issues of care and hospitality through curatorial work and art writing, and include, Person/ne on Arendtian forms of care, citizenship and her doctoral work, which addresses vulnerability in the public sphere through exhibitions, a short story collection of ficto-critical writing and the examination of Canadian writers and artist Emily Carr and Lisa Robertson, and American writer Chris Kraus.
Curator, Writer, Art Consultant, Public Art Planner
Karen is an independent curator, writer, editor and art consultant who lives in Vancouver, Canada. She is currently a Public Art Planner for the City of Vancouver. Independent exhibitions include Allyson Clay: Imaginary Standard Distance (2002, Walter Phillips Gallery and touring); Variations on the Picturesque (2005, with Karen Love, Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery) and Sara Angelucci: Of Landscape and Light (2007, Richmond Art Gallery), among others. She was formerly Director of Western Front (1986-1993); Director/Curator of the Burnaby Art Gallery (1993-1996); and Adjunct Curator, Presentation House Gallery (1997-2000). She received a Banff Centre Curatorial Fellowship in 2000 and a National Gallery Research Fellowship in 2004. Her writing has been published in Ciel Variable, Afterimage, Prefix, Blackflash, Parachute, High Performance, Video Guide and various exhibition catalogues. She is a founding member of Doryphore Independent Curators.
Artist, Educator, Curator
David MacWilliam is an artist and curator living in Vancouver. He has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions over the past forty years in cities such as Paris, Barcelona, Toronto, Vancouver, and Winnipeg. He received a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and an MA in Visual Arts from University of the Arts London. In 2017, he co-curated Entangled: Two Views on Contemporary Canadian Painting with Bruce Grenville for the Vancouver Art Gallery. In 2018, he curated Robin Peck: Crania at Or Gallery, Vancouver, and he co-curated Garry Neill Kennedy’s Remembering Names with Jonathan Middleton at CSA Space. In 2020, he curated Now Bulletin: Artworks, Letters and Printed Matter from the Garry Neill Kennedy Collection for Griffin Art Projects, North Vancouver. MacWilliam is a Professor Emeritus in the Audain Faculty of Art at Emily Carr University of Art + Design where he taught from 1988 to 2017.
Based in Vancouver, unceded Coast Salish territories. A Filipino-Canadian woman, feminist, and community organizer, as well as a worker in the not-for-profit sector. A fundraiser at the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University and an arts administrator/grant writer for artists and arts organizations.
As the Senior Associate Director, Advancement at SFU, Christina works closely with the faculty members and the dean to build support for the Faculty of Health Sciences and engage our community of alumni and donors. She joined the faculty in January 2019.
Christina has 17 years of fundraising experience from her time working with health-related, arts and culture and post secondary organizations such as the BC Cancer Foundation, Alzheimer Society of BC, BCIT and UBC. She brings a passion for progressive and health equity issues, and was recognized in 2011 by the City of Vancouver as one of twelve “Remarkable Women, Community Builders” for her volunteer leadership with the Philippine Women Centre of BC.
Before joining the Faculty of Health Sciences, Christina was part of the development and alumni engagement team at the Allard School of Law, UBC, supporting the Dean and Assistant Dean in the management of key major gift portfolios including a $2M gift for innovation. She organized regional development trips and maintained key relationships with experiential learning programs such as the Indigenous Community Legal Clinic, and assisted in the creation of numerous awards including a $200K award for indigenous students. She is particularly adept at navigating complexity within a university environment to ensure the highest levels of stewardship among donors, faculty and colleagues.
Christina is currently working on completing her EMBA at the SFU Beedie School of Business.
Current Board Members
Lisa Baldissera, Curator, Director of Griffin Art Projects, 2019 – present
Karen Henry, Founding Member, Curator, Writer, Art Consultant, Public Art Planner, 1999 – present
David MacWilliam, Artist, Educator, Curator, 2018 – present
Christina Panis, 2020 – present
Brice Canyon (MacNeil), Founding Member, Curator, Writer, 1999 – 2005
Sharla Sava, Ph.D., Founding Member, Curator, Writer, 1999 – 2006
Annette Hurtig, Founding Member, Curator, 1999 – 2012
Greg Bellerby, Curator, Writer, 2004 – 2006 and 2014 – 2018
Karen Love, Curator, Writer, 2004 – 2015
Cindy Richmond, Writer, Editor, Arts Consultant, 2006 – 2013
Barbara Cole, Artist, Curator, Educator, Public Art Consultant, 2006 – 2016
John Thompson, 2009 – 2013
Yaana Dancer, Artist, Writer, 2009 – 2015
Allison Collins, Curator, Writer, Researcher, 2014 – 2016
Robin Simpson, Curator, Writer, 2016 – 2018
Tatiana Mellema, Curator, Public Art Planner, 2018 – 2019