Melissa Bennett is the Curator of Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of Hamilton. She received a MA in Art History and Graduate Diploma in Curatorial Studies at York University, and a BFA at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University. She has held past museum positions at Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography, Stephen Bulger Gallery, and the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography. She has taught contemporary Canadian art history at the Ontario College of Art and Design, in addition to giving regular public lectures on various topics of contemporary art and artists. Her experience as a juror includes the RBC Canadian Painting Competition, the Sobey Art Award and other national and international juries for exhibitions, scholarships and residencies. Her recent projects include are you experienced?, a large exhibition of installations by Olafur Eliasson, Do Ho Suh, Hadley+Maxwell, Dorian FitzGerald and others. Her co-curated exhibitions of works by Graeme Patterson, and Jennifer Marman and Daniel Borins, are currently on tour internationally. She has written for various publications and exhibition catalogues. She serves on the advisory committee for Hamilton Artist’s Inc. and is on the Board of Directors and Curatorial Committee for Hamilton’s Supercrawl.
Curator, Art Gallery of Hamilton