Heather Saunders is the Director of the Ingalls Library at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Previous positions include part-time art history instructor (Nipissing U.), Manager of Digital Resources and Information Services (Nipissing U.), Manager of Reference and Information Services (Nipissing U.), and Art Librarian (Purchase College, SUNY). She has exhibited throughout Canada and the US, and she is the author of Artist in Transit, a 125,000-word blog.
To contact: artistintransit at live dot ca. To follow on Twitter: www.twitter.com/ArtistInTransit
History of Art Masters, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON
Library and Information Studies Masters, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON
Art and Art History Bachelor of Arts (Honours with High Distinction), University of Toronto and Sheridan College, Mississauga and Oakville, ON
RECENT EMPLOYMENT HISTORY
Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH, Director of Ingalls Library
Nipissing University, North Bay, ON, Manager, Digital Resources and Information Services (Aug. 2016 onwards); Reference and Information Services, Harris Learning Library (to Aug. 2016)
Purchase College, State University of New York, Purchase, NY, Art Librarian (Faculty, Tenure Track)
Nipissing University, North Bay, ON, Part-time instructor, Dept. of Fine and Performing Arts
2012 (4 months)
Queen’s University, Interim Administrative Coordinator, Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston, ON
University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Image Researcher and Cataloguer, Fine Art Dept.
GRANTS, HONOURS, AND AWARDS
Purchase College, State University of New York, Faculty Support Award (exhibition assistance)
New York State/ United University Professions, Professional Development Award (travel/ conference presentations)
National Gallery of Canada Library & Archives, Ottawa, ON, TD Bank Financial Group Internship
Visual Resources Association, Davis Art Images International Travel Award (conference attendance)
Art Libraries Society of North America Ontario Chapter Travel Grant (conference presentation)
Sheridan College, Art and Art History program, Clear Thinking Studio Award
Juried and/or academic presentations of work:
A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, Currents (with Cassandra), juried by Barabara Zucker
White Water Gallery, North Bay, ON, En Masse: 40 Years of Flux
White Water Gallery, North Bay, ON, The Future of Human(ity) (with Alex Landon Richardson), organized by Nipissing University
Whitdel Arts, Detroit, MI, CROTCH: Contested Territory
Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, Small Works
A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (with Erin Finley), Who’s Afraid of Feminism? (online exhibition and catalogue), curated by Catherine Morris
WKP Kennedy Gallery, North Bay, ON, 40 Below, juried by Tanya Lukin-Linklater
Koehnline Museum of Art, Oakton Community College, Des Plaines, IL, Gendering Desire: Liberation, Power, and Pleasure
Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts, Toronto, ON (with Erin Finley), The Sex Offensive: Emancipating Gender
Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay, ON, The North Now, juried by David Garneau, Carol Podedworny, and Andrea Terry
33 Contemporary Gallery, Chicago, IL, Copy.right? The Art of Appropriation, curated by Sergio Gomez and Jennifer Moore
Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts, Toronto, ON, 13, curated by Robin Hesse and Katie Micak
Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY, Opera Yoko, live drawing collaboration with Erin Finley, Annual Women’s History Conference (Women, the Arts and Activism), 2-3 Mar.
Grunwald Gallery of Art, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, Kinsey Institute Juried Art Show, juried by Louise Lippincott, Betsy Stirratt, and Catherine Johnson-Roehr
Eyelevel Gallery, Halifax, NS, Reshelving Initiative
Brooklyn Artists Gym, Brooklyn, NY, Voyeur: See and Be Seen
Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Twitter/Art + Social Media, juried by Lili Vierira de Carvalho, Kris Krug, Maria Lantin, and Hank Bull, curated by Lili Vierira de Carvalho
Red Head Gallery, Toronto, ON, Insomnia
A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, Furthermore: 8th Biennial of Women Artists, juried by Lilly Wei
Grosvenor Gallery, State University of New York, Cobleskill, NY, National Small Works Exhibition, juried by Gary Bower
Future Tenant Gallery (affiliated with Carnegie Mellon University), Pittsburgh, PA, I-am-a-Heather, curated by Heather Mallak
First Canadian Place Gallery, Toronto, ON, Best of 2007 (Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition award recipients)
Art Gallery of Mississauga, Mississauga, ON, AAHLUMINEX (selected Art and Art History alumni), juried by Robert Freeman
Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto, ON - Honourable Mention, Sculpture, award juried by Tom Dean
Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant, Brantford, ON, Juried Art Exhibition, juried by Catherine Elliot-Shaw and Martin Pearce; curated by Kathryn Hogg - Honourable Mention
Timmins Museum and National Exhibition Centre, Timmins, ON, Inaugural Boreal North Sculpture Association Exhibition, juried by Peter Sloan and Amy Switzer - Award of Merit
Cambridge Galleries, Cambridge, ON, Fibreworks, juried by Jennifer Angus, Ingrid Bachman, and Betty Ann Jordan
Art Gallery of Peel, Brampton, ON, 26th Annual Juried Exhibition, juried by John Armstrong and Brian Meehan - Jurors’ Award
Gallery 1313, Toronto, ON, Titillate
Gallery 1313, Toronto, ON, When I Was Just a Little Girl: Que Sera, Sera?
WKP Kennedy Gallery, North Bay, ON, Please Touch
EXHIBITIONS – ASSISTANCE PROVIDED
Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto, ON installation assistant for A Spider’s Logic by Kai Chan
White Water Gallery and WKP Kennedy Gallery, North Bay, ON, project manager for A Retrospective of Artists in North Bay and Surrounding Areas, an online exhibition hosted by Virtual Museum of Canada/ Canadian Heritage
Camera Frontera (multi-venue photography festival), North Bay, ON, juror and member of steering committee
White Water Gallery, North Bay, ON, coordinator for 20 exhibitions in one year as Director
Saunders, Heather and Ryan W. Taylor. “The Art and Environment of Embedded Librarianship,” College & Undergraduate Libraries, 2014 21.2: 145-154.
Book review: Whatever is Contained Must be Released: My Jewish Orthodox Girlhood, my Life as a Feminist Artist by Helène Aylon. MP: An Online Feminist Journal 3.6.
Chatalbash, Rachel, Celia Hartmann, Denis Lessard, and Mario Raminez, eds. Artists’ Records in the Archives: 11-12 Oct., 2011, New York Public Library and the Fashion Institute of Technology. New York: Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York, Inc.
Saunders, H., ed. A Vital Force: The Canadian Group of Painters. Kingston and Oshawa: Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen’s University and the Robert McLaughlin Gallery.
Book review: Foucault on Painting by Catherine M. Soussloff, ARLIS NA Reviews (forthcoming).
Book review: A Generous Vision: The Creative Life of Elaine de Kooning by Cathy Curtis, ARLIS NA Reviews, March.
Book review: Women Artists in Paris, 1850-1900 by Laurence Madeline, ARLIS NA Reviews, January.
Essay: “The Ecstasy (and Agony) of Painting in a Male-Dominated Art World: Eleanor Mackey,” Edges of Abstraction, North Bay Regional Curatorial Collective.
Catalogue essay: “Fight or Flight: The Return of the Sublime in the Drawings of Amanda Burk,” Stories of Contentment and Other Fables, Thunder Bay Art Gallery.
Book review: Feminist Avant-Garde: Art from the 1970s/The SAMMLUNG VERBUND Collection by Gabriele Schor, ARLIS NA Reviews, April.
Book review: The Rise and Fall of the Fine Art Print in Eighteenth-Century France by W. McAllister Johnson ARLIS NA Reviews, January.
Book series review: Art Canada Institute Online Art Books, ARLIS NA Multimedia & Technology Reviews, August.
Book review: Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs by Sally Mann, Magenta Magazine Spring, 7.1.
Exhibition review: The Summit Meetings by Raphaëlle de Groot, Art Gallery of Windsor, Magenta Magazine Winter, 6.3.
Exhibition review: Behind Closed Doors: Body of Evidence by Natascha Niederstrass, Gallery 101, Ottawa, ON, Magenta Magazine Summer/Fall, 6.2.
Exhibition text: “Harvesting Environmental Justice: Environmental Bookworks by Lise Melhorn-Boe” for It’s Fine, It’s Fine, Everything’s Fine, Kingston School of Art, Kingston, ON.
Book review: International Contemporary Art, Show Time: The 50 Most Influential Exhibitions of Contemporary Art by Jens Hoffman, C Magazine 123: 67-68.
Book review: Provenance: An Alternate History of Art edited by Gail Feigenbaum and Inge Reist, ARLIS NA Reviews, May/ June.
Book review: Push Comes to Shove: New Images of Aggressive Women by Maud Lavin, ARLIS NA Reviews, May/ June.
Book review: Rethinking the Contemporary Art School: The Artist, the PhD, and the Academy by Brad Buckley and John Conomos, ARLIS NA Reviews, June/ July.
“Coping With and Preventing Environmental Loss through Art: A Tale of Two Cities,” Women & Environments International, University of Toronto 72/73: 40-41.
Selected posts for the Cleveland Museum of Art:
Programming overview: “CMA’s Ingalls Library and Museum Archives Joins International Effort to Write Women into Art History,” CMA Thinker, 16 Mar. 2018.
Employee profile: “Introducing Beth Owens, Research and Scholarly Communications Librarian,” Ingalls Library Blog, 23 Feb. 2018.
Film review: “A Librarian’s Response to Frederick Wiseman’s Ex Libris,” Ingalls Library Blog, 19 Oct. 2017.
Book review: “Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng,” Ingalls Library Blog, 29 Sept. 2017.
Employee profile: “Celebrating the Career of Chris Edmonson,” Ingalls Library Blog, 31 July 2017.
Book signing overview: “Queering Identity: Crafting Identity and Community @ MOCA Cleveland,” Ingalls Library Blog, 19 June 2017.
Guest blog posts for Paradigm Shift (paradigmshiftnyc.om):
*Programming overview: 28 Feb. 2015. Getting out of the Groove: The Feminist Art Project at the Museum of Arts and Design, NY.
*Exhibition review: Feed by Martynka Wawrzyniak, Envoy Enterprises, New York, NY, “The Consumptive Gaze,” 31 Oct. 2014.
*Book review: Box Girl by Lillibet Snellings, 15 Sept. 2014.
*Exhibition review: Chicago in L.A.: Judy Chicago’s Early Work, 1963-74, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY, “Judy Chicago at the Brooklyn Museum and Environs,” 23 Apr. 2014.
*Performance review: Between the Door and the Street by Suzanne Lacy et al., Brooklyn, NY, “Feminists en masse in Prospect Heights,” 21 Nov. 2013.
*Book review: Pussy Riot! A Punk Prayer for Freedom published by The Feminist Press at the City University of New York, 13 Oct. 2013.
*Book review: Gendered: Art and Feminist Theory by Tal Dekel, 15 July 2013.
*Exhibition review: Ana Mendieta - Late Works 1981-85, Galerie Lelong, New York, NY, 23 May 2013.
Artist in Transit
ACADEMIC PANELS AND PRESENTATIONS
ARLIS/NA New England Chapter, “Scholarly Communication in Arts Librarianship” (webinar panelist), 14 Nov.
Annual Northeast Modern Language Association Convention, Hartford, CT, “Regressive Conservative: Margaret Sutherland’s Nude Portrait of Prime Minister Stephen Harper” (panelist and chair), 17-20 Mar.
Ontario Library Association (OLA) Super Conference (Library Lab: The Idea Incubator), Toronto, ON, “Rainbow Bridges: Ryerson’s Community Building with the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives,” (convenor, by invitation from Paula Cardozo, University of Lethbridge), 27-30 Jan.
OCAD University, Social Media and Creative Research (panelist, by invitation from organizer, Art Libraries Society of North America Ontario chapter), 17 Oct.
South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference (Cultures, Contexts, Images, Texts: Making Meaning in Print, Digital, and Networked Worlds), Atlanta, GA, “The Blog as an Extended Artist Statement” (panelist), 8-10 Nov.
Columbia University Libraries Symposium (New Models of Academic Collaboration), New York, NY, “The Art and Environment of Embedded Librarianship” with Ryan W. Taylor, SUNY Purchase, 16 Mar.
University of Toronto at Mississauga, Out of Joint: Voices on Mentoring, in conjunction with Viva Voce exhibition at Blackwood Gallery (panelist, by invitation from Jill Caskey), 21 Oct.
Biennial Conference on Image and Imagery (Silence and the Silenced) Brock University, St. Catharines, ON “Hush Baby Girl: The Silencing of Females in Visual and Popular Culture Manifested in Art,” 28-29 Oct.
The Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York Symposium (Artists’ Records in the Archives) New York Public Library and the Fashion Institute of Technology, “Archiving Social Media Content by Artists,” 11-12 Oct.
Mid-Atlantic Women’s Studies Association Conference, Montgomery College, Takoma Park, MD, “Feminist Self-Publishing from an Artist’s Perspective,” 11 June.
Arts for Social and Environmental Justice Symposium, Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto, ON, “Art and the Environment @ Purchase: Lessons Learned from Interdisciplinary Collaboration,” with Ryan W. Taylor, SUNY Purchase, 13-15 May.
Art Libraries Society of North America Conference, Boston, MA, “Blogging as an Artist/Librarian Hybrid,” 23-26 Apr.
International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI. “Redefining Medieval Patronage: Female Circulation of Books of Hours,” 7-10 May.
Art Libraries Society of North America Conference (Transcontinental Perspectives), Banff, AB, “Internet Art: In Search of a Best Practice that Balances Archivists’ Conflicting Responsibilities,” 5-9 May.
InTown Club, Cleveland, OH, “Female Firsts: Celebrating American Trailblazers in the Art World” (forthcoming)
Textile Art Alliance of the Cleveland Museum of Art, Artist Talk
Cleveland Museum of Art, “Female Firsts: Celebrating American Trailblazers in the Art World” (guest speaker, by invitation from Womens Council), Jan. 9
Nipissing University, Directed Studio Research and Professional Practice class (instructor Alex Landon Richardson), North Bay, ON, “DIY Archiving,” 18 Dec.
White Water Gallery, North Bay, ON, Salon des féministes, Art + Politics, “Regressive Conservative: Margaret Sutherland’s Nude Portrait of Prime Minister Stephen Harper,” with Integrity in Politics choir, 3 Oct.
Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art, Winnipeg, MB, “Archiving for Artists,” 6 May.
Nipissing University, Directed Studio Research and Professional Practice class (instructor Amanda Burk), North Bay, ON, “Anticipating the Archive: Preparing your Personal Papers as an Artist,” 7 Feb.
Art Gallery of Mississauga, “Social Media: The Basics,” Mississauga, ON, 25 June.
Sheridan College, Oakville, ON, Guest Artist Series (Art and Art History program), 23 Feb.
Purchase College, State University of New York, Artist Talk, Queer Media Convergence class (instructor Shaka McGlotten), 3 Dec.
Art Against the Academy, FAVA2236, Fall 2016
Art and Culture in Modern and Contemporary Canada, FAVA2277, Winter 2016
Modern Art and Social Movements, cross-listed with Gender Equality and Social Justice, FAVA2237, Fall 2015
Modern Art and Design History II (20th C.), cross-listed with Gender Equality and Social Justice, FAVA2237, Winter 2014, Winter 2015
Modern Art and Design History I (19th C.), cross-listed with Gender Equality and Social Justice, FAVA2236, Fall 2014
Library instruction sessions for students at graduate and undergraduate level, 2012-2017
Purchase College, State University of New York:
Art and the Environment, co-taught with Ryan W. Taylor, ENV 2260, Winter 2010
Library instruction sessions for gallery curators and docents, as well as students in arts management (undergraduate level), studio art (undergraduate and graduate level), and art history (undergraduate and graduate level), and College Writing freshman course; 2018-10
International Language School of Canada:
ESL Instructor for teens and adults, 2001-02
2017 - present
Manuscript Referee, Art Documentation, Art Libraries Society of North America, Oak Creek, WI
Editor (Interim), Currents newsletter (summer issue), Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON
Associate Editor (Contract), annual volumes of Libraries Canada and Governments Canada, Grey House Publishing Canada, Toronto, ON
Indexer and bibliographer, Posner, Helaine, and Nancy Princenthal, eds. The Deconstructive Impulse: Women Artists Reconfigure the Signs of Power. Purchase, NY and Munich: DelMonico Books·Prestel.
Manuscript Referee, Art Documentation, Art Libraries Society of North America, Oak Creek, WI
Research Assistant, MacDonald, C. S. A Dictionary of Canadian Artists. Vol. 9. Newlands, Anne and Judith Parker, eds. Ottawa: National Gallery of Canada.
Co-editor with Matthew Ryan Smith. Annual Art Journal, Department of Fine Art, University of Toronto (inaugural issue)
Editorial Board Member, Library Student Journal, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
Publisher, FUSE magazine, Arton’s Publishing, Toronto, ON
Assistant Editor, Contact (peer-reviewed), TESL (Teachers of English as a Second Language) Ontario, Toronto, ON
Arts and Entertainment Editor, The Medium (University of Toronto newspaper), Mississauga, ON
PROFESSIONAL SERVICE (ELECTED/ APPOINTED POSITIONS)
Member, Travel Award Selection Committee, Art Libraries Society of North America Ohio Valley chapter
Board Member, White Water Gallery, North Bay, ON
Treasurer and Membership Coordinator, Ontario Chapter, Art Libraries Society of North America
Member, Gerd Muesham Award Selection Committee, Art Libraries Society of North America
Chair, Archives Committee, Ontario Chapter, Art Libraries Society of North America
DEPARTMENTAL/ UNIVERSITY SERVICE
Librarian representative, Special Joint Committee, Nipissing University Faculty Association
Chaired hiring committee for contract Librarian
Member of hiring committee for Manager, Archives and Access Services
Member of Fine and Performing Arts marketing committee and strategic planning committee
Alternate Team Leader, Archives Disaster Recovery Plan, Harris Learning Library
Ambassador, Ontario College and University Library Association
Hiring committee, Assistant Professor, Art History and Visual Studies (Long-term appointment)
Co-curated Sneak Peek BFA exhibition, The Westlake Gallery, North Bay, ON with Alex Landon Richardson
Participate in mid-year and end-of-year Bachelor of Fine Art critiques
Contract Academic Staff Bargaining Unit representative (elected)
Served on hiring committee for Manager of Archives and Special Collections
Participated in Institutional Quality Assurance Process (IQAP) for Gender Equality and Social Justice
Served on hiring committee for multiple support staff positions and on one external Appointment and Promotion Committee
Participated in Institutional Quality Assurance Process (IQAP) for Anthropology
Purchase College, State University of New York:
Served on hiring committee for Reference and Instruction Librarian (faculty tenure track)
Co-organized library workshops for faculty union
Library liaison for Campus Life committee and Meserve-Kunhardt Foundation (on-campus photography archive)
Chaired hiring committee for Visual Resources Associate
Served on hiring committee for Visiting Assistant Professor of Arts Management
Served on two faculty review committees
Sat on Arts Management Board of Study
Interim coordintor for Visual Resources Collection, including management of three graduate students
Co-organizer, Art+Feminism Wikipedia edit-a-thon (with Rebecca Kasperavicius), White Water Gallery, North Bay, ON
Member, gallery advisory committee, WKP Kennedy Gallery, North Bay, ON
Art Gallery of Mississauga, organized community reading room
Sheridan College, Oakville, ON, technology tutor, Elderly Technology Assistance Program
North Bay Literacy Council, North Bay, ON, tutor
St. Christopher House, Toronto, ON, ESL tutor
Frontier College, Toronto, ON, ESL tutor
Community Living Mississauga, Mississauga, ON, Assisted student with learning disabilities develop writing skills
BIBLIOGRAPHY/ MEDIA COVERAGE
2016. “Trailblazing Women Artists: A Talk by a Trailblazing Woman Artist,” Jottings, The Womens Council of the Cleveland Museum of Art, January.
Robinson, Christopher. Interview re. The Future of Human(ity) at White Water Gallery, Cogeco TV, July.
Smith, Matthew Ryan. “The Birds and the Bees: Heather Saunders’s Freaky Friday series.” Text accompanying work in progress at College Art Association ARTexchange, organized by Sharon Butler and Timothy Nolan, College Art Association conference, New York.
Boyum, Sarah. “Juried Art Show Displays Work with Sex Themes.” Indiana Daily Student, Indiana University, 20 May.
Inwood, Hillary, and Ryan W. Taylor. “Creative Approaches to Environmental Learning: Two Perspectives on Teaching Environmental Art Education.” International Electronic Journal of Environmental Education 2.1 (2012): 65-75 (refereed).
Régimbal, Christopher. “Bleaching Out All the Kevins,” essay for Titillate, Gallery 1313.
Feminist Task Force, American Library Association. “Feminist Librarians on the Web.”
Visual Arts Ontario. Profile, Agenda, Winter.
Landry, Mike. Interview, Things of Desire, 1.12.
Burns, Garry. “Juried Exhibition for All Tastes,” Brantford Expositor 18 Nov.
University of Toronto and Sheridan College Art and Art History website. 10 Graduates. Defunct.
Cove-Shannon, Miranda. “Expect the Unexpected,” Echo Weekly 20-26 Jan.
Kallis, Laurie. “UTM Alumni Explore Women and Wonderland,” The Medium (University of Toronto newspaper), 24 Jan.
Fraser, Oona. Radio interview, CKMS 100.3, University of Waterloo.
French (reading ability)
German (reading ability)