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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.
Nicole Gerber, Operations & Membership Coordinator
ext 306, e: nicole@
Nicole Gerber joined the Kelowna Art Gallery in Summer 2018 as their Membership & Operations Coordinator.
Originally from small town Ontario, Nicole received her B.A. from University of Guelph in English and Art History, after which she decided to explore her own art studio practice and moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia to attend Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. After working in Halifax, Toronto, and Kelowna, Nicole completed her Masters of Arts in English Literature from Dalhousie University.
Having previously worked in the wine industry here in the Okanagan, Nicole has a breadth of experience in marketing, administration, and membership coordination and is excited to bring her love of community engagement to Kelowna Art Gallery members and guests alike.
Julie Martin, Acting Registrar
ext 302, e: julie@
Julie Martin moved to Kelowna in 2018 to join KAG team as their Registrar. She began her career at the Cape Breton University Art Gallery where she worked for several years. Her gallery experience lead to opportunities in local museums, archives, theatre companies, and Cape Breton’s contemporary art-at-night festival: Lumière.
In 2015, Julie moved to Ottawa to pursue further studies, and was employed by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Canada Council Art Bank. There, she worked across several departments as a Researcher, Content Specialist, and Curatorial Assistant. Julie holds a B.A. in Honours History from Cape Breton University and an Advanced Diploma in Applied Museum Studies from Algonquin College. Hailing from the east coast, Julie is excited to spend time in the west, exploring, learning, and serving the local arts community.
Nataley Nagy, Executive Director
ext 304, e: nataley@
Nataley Nagy has over 33 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, Nataley was a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Museums Association, and President of the Board of the Ontario Association of Art Galleries. She on the Board of the British Columbia Museums Association, and the Board of Tourism Kelowna and is a member of Canadian Art Museum Directors’ Association (CAMDO).
Kyle L. Poirier, Graphic Designer
ext 308, e: kyle@
Kyle L. Poirier has been the graphic designer at the Kelowna Art Gallery since 1999. He is responsible for handling the image needs of the Gallery. He has designed numerous exhibition catalogues as well as newsletters, advertisements, vinyl and signage, and also maintains the gallery’s website. Kyle was the recipient of the award for Graphic Arts at the 8th annual Okanagan Arts Awards in March 2015. Kyle enjoys films, travelling, cycling and time with his wife and two children. He is also an aspiring painter with a soft spot for acrylics.
Dylan Ranney, Preparator
ext 311, e: dylan@
Laura Jane Ritchie, Curator
ext 303, e: laurajane@
Laura Jane Ritchie holds a BA in Art History from Mount Allison University and an MA in the same from Western University. She has worked in collections and exhibitions management and visual arts administration for and with such Canadian art organizations as the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, the New Brunswick Crafts Council, the New Brunswick Arts Board, Museum London, the Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery and the Commonwealth Association of Museums. Formerly the Head of Exhibitions and Collections Management at the Art Gallery of Alberta, Laura’s curatorial projects focused on showcasing permanent collection treasures. She is a fellow of the Getty Leadership Institute’s NextGen, Executive Education for the Next Generation of Museum Leaders.
Laura Wyllie, Education & Public Programming Coordinator
ext 307, e: laura@
Laura Wyllie received a BA in Art History and English from UBC Okanagan in 2012. She then moved to Ottawa and completed an MA in Art History at Carleton University, which included a practicum with the Public, Educational and Community Programming Department at the Ottawa Art Gallery. Laura joined the Kelowna Art Gallery in 2015 as one of the Art Adventures Supervisors, planning art camps and offsite events. She is now responsible for all of the Kelowna Art Gallery’s education and public programs. Laura is currently completing a MEd with a focus on Art Education at UBC Okanagan.
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