Founder, Executive Director, and Publisher
Sara Angel, PhD, is the Founder and Executive Director of the Art Canada Institute. For her doctoral studies she received a Trudeau Scholarship, the most prestigious award of its kind in Canada, given for innovative ideas that help solve issues of critical importance to Canadians. A recognized authority on visual culture, Dr. Angel has been a guest lecturer at Harvard University, the University of Toronto, the Royal Ontario Museum, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the National Gallery of Canada, and the Israel Museum. One of Canada's most accomplished visual arts journalists, Dr. Angel has had an extensive career in publishing, including being a commentator for CBC television’s On the Arts and editor-in-chief of Chatelaine. She writes for publications including Maclean’s, the Walrus, and the Globe and Mail to make the world of art accessible to a broad public audience.
Executive Editor and Associate Publisher
Michael Rattray holds a PhD and MA in Art History from Concordia University and a BA (Hons) from the University of Victoria. His PhD dissertation examined the globalization of contemporary art, arguing that contemporary art production in the twenty-first century is an institutionalized anarchism. He is an internationally published author, sometimes curator, and exhibiting artist with a studio-based practice. From 2015–2017, he was the Director of Operations and Art Development at the critically acclaimed Adbusters Magazine. He lives and works in Toronto.
Chief Financial Officer
Roslyn Kaman started her career at the Financial Post Data Group in Toronto as a research analyst before working in Europe as a pricing supervisor and financial analyst. She holds a British accounting designation, ACCA, as well as a BA in Mass Communications and Sociology. In addition to her work for the ACI, she has been the Chief Financial Officer and Director of Human Resources for the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre since 2003.
Canadian Online Art Book Project Commissioning Editor
Anna Hudson, PhD, is a York Research Chair at York University’s School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design. Dr. Hudson currently leads Mobilizing Inuit Cultural Heritage, a SSSHRC-supported research-creation grant aimed at recovering, facilitating, and disseminating Inuit culture, knowledge, and creativity. She is an art historian, curator, and writer who continues to research and publish in the area of her doctoral dissertation, “Art and Social Progress: the Toronto community of Painters” (1933–1950).
Web and Layout Director
Simone Wharton holds an MA in Art History from York University, a BA (Hons) in Art History from University of Toronto, and a Publishing Certificate from Ryerson University. She continues to pursue her passion for the arts as an emerging curator and through her work with the ACI. Her curatorial projects include “Piece by Piece” at Gales Gallery, York University; “Helen Lucas: Roots to the Present” at Todmorden Mills Heritage Site; and “ab NEXT: Contemporary Abstraction by Emerging Artists” at The Robert McLaughlin Gallery.
French Editorial Director
Annie Champagne is an art historian and, for over ten years, has been a lecturer at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UAQM) and the Université du Québec en Outaouais. During this time, she also acquired solid expertise as freelance copy editor, proofreader, and researcher. Notably, Annie has worked with the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec and the Montreal Museum of the Fine Arts and has been a part of the ACI team since 2017. Annie holds an MA in Art Studies and a BA in Art History from UQAM. Currently, Annie is writing her thesis on print culture, with a focus on illustrated books and prints in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century France.
Stephanie has held positions in the collections and curatorial divisions of Canada’s leading museums, including the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Aga Khan Museum, and the Gardiner Museum. Most recently, she worked at Cowley Abbott (formerly Consignor Canadian Fine Art), where she played a critical role in the auction house’s operations and client care. Over the course of her career Stephanie has developed an expertise in image research acquisition, management, and copyright. She holds an MA in Art History from York University and a BA in Art History, Visual Studies, and Material Culture from the University of Toronto, where her research examined the early twentieth-century Canadian art world.
Education Program Executive
Jocelyn Anderson has taught at the Courtauld Institute of Art, Birkbeck, and the University of East Anglia, and she has worked in the Learning Department at Tate Britain. She holds a PhD and MA in Art History from the Courtauld Institute of Art and a BA from McGill University. Her research explores art in Britain, Canada, and across the British Empire in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and she is the author of “Touring and Publicizing England’s Country Houses in the Long Eighteenth Century” (2018) and the forthcoming “William Brymner: Life & Work” (2020). Anderson currently lives and works in Toronto, where she continues to teach and pursue her own research in addition to her work with the Art Canada Institute.
Rachel Read is an experienced curriculum writer, a skill she developed after earning a BMus and BEd (Music and History) from Queen’s University, an MA in Music Education from the University of Toronto, and an ARCT in Voice Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music. Read holds additional education qualifications from the Ontario College of Teachers in the Primary and Junior Divisions and in Visual Arts, Dramatic Arts, Science and Technology, Mathematics, and Special Education. She is the Integrated Arts Coordinator and Junior School Music Teacher at Havergal College, and she regularly presents and publishes her work on cross-curricular learning through the arts.
Senior Online Art Book Editor
Rosemary Shipton, often described as one of Canada’s great editors, specializes in biography and art books. For seventeen years she was the founding academic coordinator of the Publishing Program at Ryerson University and was granted an honorary doctorate from Trinity College, University of Toronto, for her contribution to Canadian publishing.