Douglas Coupland is a Canadian novelist, visual artist, and designer. Since his 1991 novel, Generation X, Coupland has published fourteen novels and short story collections as well as several works of nonfiction including a 2010 biography of Marshall McLuhan. He has written and performed for England’s Royal Shakespeare Company and in 2008 created a 13-episode TV series based on his 2006 novel,  jPod. A 1984 art school graduate, Coupland’s visual work in the 1990s was the creation of the Internet aesthetic in conjunction with Wired magazine as well as his own website and blogs. In 2000 he resumed the making of physical works. In recent years his work has been central to numerous international solo and group shows. Coupland is a contributor to the New York Times, e-flux, DISonline, Artsy, Vice online and has a fortnightly column with the FT Weekend Magazine in London. Since 2015 he has been artist in residence at the Google Cultural Institute in Paris.


gaËtane verna

Gaëtane Verna is the director of The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery in Toronto. She was formally Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Musée d'art de Joliette in Lanaudière Quebec from 2006 to 2012. From 1998 to 2006, she was the curator of the Forman Art Gallery of Bishop’s University in Sherbooke Quebec, while also teaching in the Art History department of both Bishop’s University and the Université du Québec à Montréal. In her more than sixteen-year career, she has curated, presented, and organized exhibitions by emerging, mid-career, and established Canadian and international artists such as Terry Adkins, John Akomfrah, Vasco Araújo, Alfredo Jaar, Luis Jacob, Shelagh Keeley, Kimsooja, Yam Lau, Micah Lexier, Oswaldo Maciá, Pedro Cabrita Reis, Pedro Reyes, Javier Tellez, Denyse Thomasos, YOUNG HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES, and Zineb Sedira, among many others. Committed to building bridges between visual art and the public in a multi-disciplinary context, Verna is interested in a variety of artistic practices. She serves on the board of The Hnatyshyn Foundation (Ottawa) and the Toronto Arts Council, as well as being part of the Toronto Nuit Blanche advisory committee, and acting as the co-chair of the Toronto Arts Council’s Visual/Media Arts Committee.


michael prokopow

Dr. Michael J. Prokopow is a cultural historian and curator, and the Associate Dean of OCAD University. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1996. His areas of expertise include material culture, aesthetics, and design history. Between 2004 and 2008, he was curator of the Design Exchange, Canada's only museum of 20th century industrial design. In 2012, he was co-curator of “Museum for the End of the World” The Monumental Project, Scotia Bank Nuit Blanche, in Toronto. In addition, in 2011 he curated an exhibition on the work of architect and theorist George Baird at the Daniels Faculty of Landscape, Architecture and Design, and he was co-curator of the Leona Drive Project, a site specific installation in Willowdale, Ontario.


kelvin browne

Kelvin Browne joined the Gardiner Museum as Executive Director and CEO in 2013. Prior to this he held several positions at the Royal Ontario Museum including Managing Director of the Institute of Contemporary Culture and Vice President of Marketing and Major Exhibitions. Browne is well-known as a magazine and newspaper columnist on design, and wrote the book Bold Visions about the architecture of the ROM.

He has a Masters in Architecture from the University of Toronto.


meredith chilton

The Gardiner Museum's Chief Curator, Meredith Chilton, is an independent specialist in early European porcelain, dining and social culture of the eighteenth century. Educated at the University of East Anglia and Manchester University, she first joined the Gardiner Museum in 1983. Chilton has curated over 20 exhibitions, published approximately 50 articles and five books, and has made four films with the CBC. Her 2001 publication, Harlequin Unmasked: The Commedia dell’Arte and Porcelain Sculpture was awarded three international awards for research and theatre history.



Competition Advisors

Jane Perdue, Public Art Coordinator, City Planning, City of Toronto
Karen Mills, Founder of Public Art Management