Dr. Curtis Collins graduated with a PhD from McGill University’s Department of Art History and Communications Studies in 2002. Over the past twenty years, Collins has also served as a curator and director for public art galleries across Canada, including the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in New Brunswick, the Art Gallery of the South Okanagan in British Columbia, the Art Gallery of Algoma in Ontario and the Dunlop Art Gallery in Saskatchewan. Among those universities that Dr. Collins has been engaged as a sessional lecturer are: McGill University, University of Lethbridge, Trent University and the First Nations University of Canada. His reviews and broadcasts include: Galleries West, The Midnight News, DAG Volumes No. 1 and Prairie Postmodern. Collins’ recent curatorial efforts include: Terrance Houle: OKI!, Turner Prize*: Golden Jubilee and Trevor Gould: Darwin’s Nose. In January of 2013, Dr. Collins was appointed as the new Chair and Program Director of the Yukon School of Visual Arts. His current academic research The Octopus Bag Aesthetic: Past to the Present was awarded a Yukon College Research grant in 2015 and is scheduled for an exhibition-publication at the Yukon Arts Centre in 2019.
Director & Program Chair