In an effort to reduce spam, only the first part of staff emails have been listed, which can be followed by @kelownaartgallery.com
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Joshua Desnoyers, Marketing and Events Coordinator
ext 305, e: josh@
Joshua Desnoyers joined the Kelowna Art Gallery as Marketing and Events Coordinator in 2012. He spearheads the public relations, advertising and social media efforts, assists with the development of sponsorship opportunities, and coordinates gallery openings, events, and facility rentals.
Prior to moving to Kelowna, Joshua was the Tourism Marketing Specialist at the Vancouver Art Gallery, and also worked with a team that was awarded the Tourism BC “Marketing Campaign of the Year” while at the Van Dop Arts & Cultural Guide to BC. Most recently, he managed sales and marketing efforts at Backroad Mapbooks, a best-selling Canadian outdoor recreation series. He served as hospitality and events manager at Hillside Estate Winery on the Naramata Bench, and has a background in the media sector, which served him well during his time with Sun FM in the South Okanagan.
Growing up in Penticton instilled in him a love for the unique Okanagan culture and landscape, which he now enjoys sharing with his son, Kaden.
Clea Haugo, Registrar
ext 302, e: clea@
Clea Haugo has newly relocated to Kelowna from Montreal, Quebec. Clea holds a BFA with a joint major in Studio Art and Art History from Concordia University, Montreal. In 2008 she completed an Advanced Honours Diploma in Applied Museum Studies from Algonquin College, Ottawa. In 2012 she became an accredited Canadian Personal Property Appraiser (CPPA) focusing on Fine and Decorative Arts.
In the past she has been co-founder of an arts collective, and has had varied professional experience in cultural institutions in Canada and the United States. She was most recently a Cataloguer at a major Fine Art and Furniture auction house in Montreal. She is also a practicing mixed media artist fascinated by urban decay and industrial history, and has exhibited her work in galleries in Quebec and Ontario. In 2007 she was a participating artist featured in the Nuit Blanche festival of art and culture in Montreal.
Toby Lawrence, Curator
ext 303, e: toby@
Prior to joining the Kelowna Art Gallery, Toby Lawrence held curatorial and programming positions with the Vancouver Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, and Nanaimo Art Gallery. Her curatorial work draws feminist methodologies to continuously rethink the relationships within gallery spaces and establish deeper connections across communities, through art. She has curated numerous exhibitions of contemporary and historical artists and practices, including Kika Thorne’s Multiplicity of the Singularity, Carlos Colín’s Definciones (Definitions), Conversations with Lucie Rie, along with multi-site, collaborative, and co-curated projects, such as Speaking Outside and In Another Place, And Here. Toby holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours in History of Art from the University of Victoria, a MA in Art History from the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory at the University of British Columbia, and is currently working on a PhD in the Faculty of Creative & Critical Studies at the University of British Columbia Okanagan. She has maintained an active community role serving on the City of Victoria Art in Public Places Committee, the Slide Room Gallery Board of Directors, and on selection committees for various exhibitions, awards, and public art competitions. She contributes frequently to artist catalogues and art publications, and continues to be involved in independent and collaborative projects and research aimed at increasing dialogue, access, and opportunity beyond existing demographics and models. Toby has recently been dividing her time between Kelowna and Gabriola Island, in the traditional territories of the Syilx and Snuneymuxw peoples.
Hanss Lujan, Membership Coordinator
ext 306, e: hanss@
Nataley Nagy, Executive Director
ext 304, e: nataley@
Nataley Nagy has over 23 years experience in the visual arts sector. She is an alumnus of the Getty Leadership Institute (2007) and the Banff Arts Administration Training Program (1984). Before moving to Kelowna to take on the position of Executive Director of the Kelowna Art Gallery, Nagy was the Executive Director of the Textile Museum of Canada (2002-2009) where she oversaw the digitization of the Museum’s Permanent Collection of over 12,000 artifacts. She managed a wide variety of complex art projects in her roles as Director of Gallery SAW Gallery/SAW Video (1984-1988), Arts Officer at the Ontario Arts Council (1988-93), and as Executive Director of the Art Gallery of Windsor (1993-2001). During her tenure at the Art Gallery of Windsor, Nataley oversaw the capital campaign and building project that relocated the AGW first into a six-year interim location in a regional shopping centre and then, into a new purpose-built $27million facility. She received an Honorary Doctorate for her contributions to arts and culture from the University of Windsor. In addition to her Board duties at the Canadian Museums Association, Nataley is a member of the Board of the Ontario Association of Art Galleries and a member of Canadian Art Museum Directors’ Association (CAMDO).
Kyle L. Poirier, Graphic Designer
ext 308, e: kyle@
Kyle L. Poirier is the graphic designer at the Kelowna Art Gallery, in Kelowna, B.C. He is responsible for handling the image needs of the Gallery. Kyle has a BFA and a diploma in visual communications from UBC Okanagan, and has been with the KAG since 1999. He has designed numerous exhibition catalogues as well as newsletters, advertisements and related material. Kyle also designed and maintains the gallery’s website. In his spare time, Kyle enjoys films, traveling and time with his wife and two children. He is also an aspiring painter with a soft spot for acrylics. Kyle was the recipient of the award for Graphic Arts at the 8th annual Okanagan Arts Awards in March 2015.
Dylan Ranney, Preparator
ext 311, e: dylan@
Laura Wyllie, Public Programming Coordinator
ext 307, e: laura@
Laura Wyllie joined the Kelowna Art Gallery in 2015 as one of the Art Adventures Supervisors, planning preschool camps and offsite events. She is now the Public Programming Coordinator and is responsible for the Gallery’s School Tour Program, the Connect program, adult tours, and other community educational programming.
Wyllie received a BA in Art History and English from UBC Okanagan Campus in 2012. Since then she has completed an MA in Art History at Carleton University in Ottawa and has now moved back to Kelowna to pursue a second MA with the Education Faculty at UBC Okanagan. While attending Carleton University she completed a practicum with the Public, Educational, and Community Programming Department at the Ottawa Art Gallery. At OAG she assisted with planning youth and family programs, educational tours and workshops, and special events for the city. Wyllie’s academic research during her MA at Carleton focused on digital humanities and photography. Her final MA paper explored the relationship between nostalgia, film adaptations, social media and the postmodern condition.
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