Winner of the 2022 Middlebrook Prize for the project Homecoming
An emerging curator, researcher, and beadwork artist, Erin Szikora, born in Guelph and based in Toronto holds a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Visual Studies from University of Toronto and a Master of Arts in Contemporary Art, Design, and New Media Art Histories from OCAD University. . She currently works as Assistant Curator – Indigenous Projects at The Robert McLaughlin Gallery where she is co-curating the Oshawa iteration of the project Mamanaw Pekiskwewina | Mother Tongues: Dish With One Spoon Territory with Missy LeBlanc,
Mitra Fakhrashrafi & Vince Rozario
Joint winners of the 2021 Middlebrook Prize for the project Collective Offering
With a background in street art, Mitra Fakhrashrafi is a mixed media artist and curator interested in placemaking, anti-surveillance, and border abolition. She is a co-founder of Way Past Kennedy Road, a curatorial collective that supports artists living at the margins to produce, exhibit, and profit from their storytelling practices…
Vince Rozario is an independent critic, curator, writer, arts administrator, and community organizer based in Tkarón:to/Toronto. Born in Bangladesh, raised in Dubai, and eventually settling in Canada, they attempt to map out trajectories of modernism, queerness, and decolonial futures across transnational axes with a specific emphasis on South Asian diasporas…
Winner of the 2020 Middlebrook Prize for the project Grounding
Maya Wilson-Sanchez is a curator and writer based in Toronto. She holds a BA in Visual and Critical Studies from OCAD University, where she co-founded the Journal of Visual and Critical Studies and co-directed the OCAD U Student Press, and an MA in Art History from the University of Toronto. She has published essays, reviews, and exhibition texts in multiple venues …
Winner of the 2019 Middlebrook Prize for the project Tina Guyani | Deer Road
Missy LeBlanc is an emerging curator and writer whose curatorial practice is centered around care and kinship. With each exhibition, LeBlanc uses her position of responsibility as a curator to center the voices and works of marginalized artists while maintaining a strong relationship with them.
tina guyani | deer road
As an emerging curator and writer from Regina/Treaty 4 Territory, Saskatchewan. Lauren’s exhibition, epistemologies of the moon, is a group exhibition featuring work by six emerging and mid-career Canadian artists and one transnational contemporary feminist art collective. These are Canadian and Indigenous artists predominantly from Ontario, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan, whose practices are indebted to ideas around intersectionality and the politics, aesthetics, and ethics of feminism today.
epistemologies of the moon
My curiosities are not your curios examines what it means to collect objects through the work of artists for whom collecting is a creative practice. Nurming-Por has selected contemporary artists from across North America whose “collections” address the politics of display, exploring how these systems can also be used to present alternative narratives.
Blood Sweat Tears tackles urgent, enduring questions of labour and the body. They ask: how can we re-think notions of work and productivity, and how bodies move and interact with space and materials?