Shauna Jean Doherty
new media art curator and critic based in Toronto, Canada
Shauna Jean Doherty is a new media art curator and critic engaged with the intersections of art and emerging technologies. Recently she has published texts on topics that include post-internet art practices, art and artificial intelligence, and the role of blockchain in the digital art market.
Currently she is a Program Coordinator (Special Projects), cross appointed in the Faculty and Curriculum Development Centre and the Writing and Learning Centre at OCAD University. Previously she served as the Programming Coordinator at InterAccess, an artist-run centre dedicated to electronic art in Toronto, Ontario where she facilitated six exhibitions a year in addition to numerous public talks, performances, and screenings.
From 2015-2017 she served as Distribution and Outreach Manager for Video Out, the distribution department at VIVO Media Arts Centre, in Vancouver, British Columbia and sat on the board of the Canadian Coalition of Independent Media Arts Distributors.
Doherty graduated from OCAD University with an MFA in Art Criticism and Curatorial Practice and completed her Bachelor of Arts Degree (Hons), double majoring in Book and Media Studies and Semiotic Theory and Communications at the University of Toronto. She has curated exhibitions, video screenings, and events since 2009 in a variety of commercial, public, and artist-run spaces which include, Vtape (Toronto), EMMEDIA (Calgary), The Centre For Art Tapes (Halifax), The Art Gallery of Ontario, The Museum of Vancouver, VIVO Media Arts Centre, and FIELD Contemporary (Vancouver). Her exhibitions have been included in programming for the Images Festival (Toronto) and Capture Photography Festival (Vancouver).
She has written arts reviews and feature articles for esse art + opinions, C Magazine, Canadian Art Magazine, The Journal of Curatorial Studies, BlackFlash Magazine, Magenta Magazine, and Peripheral Review and exhibition essays for InterAccess, Hamilton Artists Inc., Xpace Cultural Centre, and Ryerson Artspace.
In February 2017 she served as a panelist on video art distribution at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. In 2016 she was selected to participate in the Oberhausen Seminar, a week-long intensive on moving image art at Oberhausen International Film Festival and volunteered for the Vancouver Art Book Fair and in September 2018 acted as a Canadian representative at Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria.
In the summer of 2013 she served as assistant curator at Hashtag Gallery in Toronto and interned at the Art Gallery of Ontario for the First Thursdays Program. Following her internship she held the role of programming assistant for First Thursdays at the AGO and served as programming assistant at Hamilton Artists Inc. She has also interned at Georgia Scherman Projects in Toronto.
Her written work has been translated into Russian and French.
The Canada Council for the Arts has funded her professional development activities in Germany, France, and The Netherlands.