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OCAD professor appointed to AGO Board of Trustees

(Toronto—June 30, 2009) Barbara Astman, Professor in the Faculty of Art at the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD), has been appointed to the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) Board of Trustees. She will serve a one-year renewable term.

“Professor Astman’s appointment to the AGO’s Board is a testament to her success as an artist, teacher and champion of public art ,” said Sarah McKinnon, Vice-President, Academic. “OCAD and the AGO have always shared a special relationship, as collaborators, as neighbours and as cornerstones of art education in Ontario. I have no doubt that Professor Astman’s service to the AGO will strengthen this historic bond.”

Astman’s nomination was based on both her personal practice and her work as a professor at OCAD. Her areas of expertise include contemporary photography, digital imaging, and installation-based art. Her work can be found in museum, corporate, and private collections in Canada, the United States and Europe and in public spaces, such as the Canadian Embassy in Berlin.

About the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD)
The Ontario College of Art & Design (www.ocad.ca) is Canada’s “university of the imagination.” OCAD is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. The university is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinarity, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD community members will be uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.

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Sarah Mulholland, Media & Communications Officer, OCAD
416.977.6000 Ext. 327 (mobile Ext. 1327)

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