2022 Nominators

To ensure that the Scotiabank Photography Award is a Canada-wide peer driven search, nominators have been selected from a national sweep of experts in the fields of contemporary art, inclusive of art gallery directors, curators, practicing artists, professors, writers and critics.

They each nominate one candidate. The nominees will be adjudicated by three jurors with Edward Burtynsky as jury chair.

Natasha Chaykowski

Natasha Chaykowski is a writer and curator based in Lethbridge, Alberta, on Treaty 7 Territory. She was Director of The Bows from 2016–2021; before that, she worked as the Curatorial Research Practicum at the Banff Centre. She completed a Master’s in Art History at York University, and has held residencies at the Art Gallery of Ontario and Canadian Art.

Georgiana Uhlyarik

For nearly two decades, Georgiana Uhlyarik has focused her curatorial practice and writing on the work of 20th century women artists in Canada and the Americas. Working collaboratively, in relation, and developing partnerships, locally, nationally and globally has been a core principle. Her numerous projects have featured the work of Suzy Lake, Rita Letendre, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Kenojuak Ashevak, among many others, with institutional partners in Germany, the UK, the USA and Brazil.

Since 2017, Uhlyarik is Fredrik S. Eaton Curator, Canadian Art, and co-lead of the Indigenous + Canadian Art Department at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada. Her co-edited publication Moving the Museum: Indigenous & Canadian Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario, will be released by Goose Lane Editions in spring 2022. She serves as adjunct faculty at University of Toronto and York University, and as Research Associate, Modern Literature & Culture, Ryerson University. Originally from Romania, she lives in Toronto with her twin sons.

Pan Wendt

Pan Wendt has been Curator of the Confederation Centre Art Gallery since 2010. He received his M.A. at Williams College and M.Phil. at Yale University, specializing in post-World War II art history. Previously a freelance curator and critic, he has written for journals such as C Magazine, Fillip, and Arts Atlantic, as well as numerous catalogue and critical essays. Exhibitions include James Lee Byars: Letters from the World’s Most Famous Unknown Artist (Mass MoCA); Colleen Wolstenholme: A Divided Room (Confederation Centre Art Gallery); Funkaesthetics (Justina M. Barnicke Gallery); Free Parking, Quotation, Hank Bull: Connexion, and Predicaments: Brian Burke (Confederation Centre Art Gallery). Among other projects, he is currently organizing an Erica Rutherford retrospective. He has served on numerous national juries, teaches art history at the University of Prince Edward Island, and is co-founder of the annual art festival Art in the Open. 

Nisk Imbeault

Nisk Imbeault holds a bachelor's degree in visual arts from the Université de Moncton (1996). She also studied history and philosophy, then art studies at the Université du Québec à Montréal. From 2001 to 2011, she was the director of Galerie Sans Nom, an artist-run centre. Since 2010, she has been the Director-Curator of the Galerie d'art Louise-et-Reuben-Cohen at the Université de Moncton. She has organized exhibitions with artists from Acadie and elsewhere and has contributed to the realization of public art projects such as Images rémanentes, jè-st', performance and intervention art festival, and two editions of the Symposium d'art/nature: Moncton. She has been actively involved in various boards and committees supporting artistic practice in her community, including as a member of the board of artsnb and as president of AGAVF, the Association des groupes en arts visuels francophones.

November Paynter

November Paynter is artistic director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto. She was previously a founding associate director of research and programs at SALT, Istanbul and Ankara (2010–16); curator, Platform Garanti, Istanbul (2003–07); and assistant curator, 9th International Istanbul Biennial (2004–05). Her independent curatorial work includes projects for Tate Modern, London; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; and the Asia Pacific Triennial, Brisbane. Paynter has written for a range of art periodicals and publications and most recently was an editor of Greater Toronto Art 2021 (MOCA Toronto), The Constituent Museum (Valiz), VOTI Union of the Imaginary (Konig), and These are the tools of the present (Sternberg Press).

Tak Pham

Tak Pham is a contemporary art curator and writer. He graduated from OCAD University with an M.F.A in Criticism and Curatorial Practice. Pham has curated exhibitions for the MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina (2019-present); Varley Art Gallery, Markham (2020); Myseum Festival, Toronto (2018); Nuit Blanche Toronto, Toronto (2017); Images Festival, Toronto (2018); Pari Nadimi Gallery, Toronto (2017); Xpace Cultural Centre, Toronto (2017); and Y+ Contemporary, Scarborough (2016) among others. His critical writings and reviews have appeared in Canadian Art, ESPACE art actuel, esse arts + opinions, GalleriesWest, Studio Magazine, and Hyperallergic. Pham currently works as Associate Curator at the MacKenzie Art Gallery in Regina, Saskatchewan, Treaty 4 territory, the original lands of the Cree, Ojibwe, Saulteaux, Dakota, Nakota, Lakota, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation.

Ann Thomas

Ann Thomas was Senior Curator of Photographs and Interim Chief Curator at the National Gallery of Canada, retiring in March 2021. She is currently working as an independent expert on the history of photography and curator of photographs.

Over her career of more than forty years she has lectured, participated on panels and juries, done portfolio reviews, organized numerous exhibitions and installations and is the author of several catalogues and publications Among the major publications she has authored are Beauty of Another Order: Photography in Science (1997) Lisette Model (1990), No Man’s Land: The Photographs of Lynne Cohen (2001) and more recently The Extended Moment: Fifty Years of Collecting Photographs at the National Gallery of Canada (2018).

Ryan Rice

Ryan Rice, Kanien’kehá:ka of Kahnawake, is a curator, Associate Professor and the Associate Dean in the Faculty of Arts and Science at OCAD University. His institutional and independent curatorial career spans 30 years in community, museums, artist run centres and galleries. He received a Master of Arts in Curatorial Studies from Bard College, New York; graduated from Concordia University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and received an Associate of Fine Arts from the Institute of American Indian Arts. Rice’s writing on contemporary Onkwehón:we art has been published in numerous periodicals and exhibition catalogues, and he has lectured widely. He is currently working on three solo exhibitions for 2022 including Jordan Bennett: Souvenir for Onsite Gallery and Pageant: Natalie King for Centre.  In 2021, Rice was appointed Curator, Indigenous Art at Onsite Gallery and is developing two public art projects as the Indigenous Public Art Curator with Waterfront Toronto.

Mona Filip

Mona Filip is a contemporary art curator and writer based in Toronto. Originally from Bucharest, Romania where she began her artistic education, Filip received her BFA from the Corcoran School of Art, Washington DC, and her MFA from SUNY at Buffalo. As the Director/Curator of the Koffler Gallery, Toronto, she led the institution’s contemporary art program for 15 years, developing close to 40 original projects, supporting the production of new works, and introducing national and international artists to the GTA for the first time. From 2009 to 2013, she developed the Koffler Gallery Off-Site exhibition program – a series of site-specific projects presented across the city. Working with artists that mine the contemporary urban environment, its memory and multilayered histories to fuel dialogue on social issues, the Off-Site program explored the city as material and subject to be constantly created by and transformed through the interaction of art and audiences. In 2013, Filip launched a new venue for the Koffler Gallery at Artscape Youngplace in the repurposed Shaw Street Public School, with a curatorial program that fostered new artwork production and invited a cross-cultural dialogue around issues of identity, migration and place, promoting ideas of social justice and equity. She has served on many granting and public art juries, as well as on the Board of Directors of Mercer Union, Toronto.

Helga Pakasaar

Helga Pakasaar is a contemporary art curator based in Vancouver. She is Audain Chief Curator at the Polygon Gallery (formerly Presentation House Gallery) in North Vancouver, Canada where, since 2003, she has produced exhibitions, public art commissions and publications with a focus on contemporary photographic and media art, and their histories. Previously she was curator at the Art Gallery of Windsor and the Walter Phillips Gallery in Banff and has worked as an independent curator, most recently for the  Griffin Art Projects inaugural exhibitions. She was the recipient of the Audain Award for Curatorial  excellence and was shortlisted for the Walter Hopps curatorial award. At the Polygon Gallery, she has curated solo exhibitions of photographic and media art on Larry Clark, Stan Douglas, Lee Friedlander, Susan Hiller, Kelly Lycan, Anna Oppermann, Judy Radul, Wael Shawky, Batia Suter, Miroslav Tichy, Tris Vonna-Michell, Hannah Rickards, Marianne Wex, Kohei Yoshiyuki and Elizabeth Zvonar, among others.

Her writing has been published widely, and she has produced monographs and artist books. Her decades-long engagement with the histories of photography has involved primary research into archives, little-known practitioners and vernacular photography resulting in exhibitions that include: The Just Past, NEWS! BC Almanac, C.1983, The Early Works of Glenn Lewis, and Nanitch: Early Photography in British Columbia.

Daisy Desrosiers

Daisy Desrosiers is the Director and Chief Curator of Gund Gallery at Kenyon College. She was previously the inaugural Director of artist programs at the Lunder Institute for American Art at the Colby College Museum of Art. She was one of the cocurators of the first MOCA Toronto Triennale, GTA21 (2021) as well as being a contributor to the NEW MUSEUM Triennale (2021) catalog as well as As we Rise  Aperture, 2021). In May 2020, she was the guest critic for the Brooklyn Rail, where she invited artists and curators to reflect on translation and mistranslation as a creative process. In 2018, she was the inaugural Nicholas Fox Weber Curatorial Fellow with the Glucksman Museum in Cork, Ireland. Interdisciplinary art historian, her recent research is concerned with the role of commodities in contemporary practices such as the usage of sugar. She is currently working on a publication with the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa) on the work of the artist, Tau Lewis to be published in 2022.