Astrid Ho has been Open Studio’s Print Sales and Archive Manager since 2004, preceded by her role as Print Room Assistant from 2002. She is also an Open Studio member and artist working in printmaking and painting, and has shown in Canada and abroad. She graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design with an Associate diploma, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from OCAD University; and completed the OCAD study-abroad program in Florence, Italy.
In her position as Print Sales Manager and Archivist, Astrid has organized and curated various on- and off-site group exhibitions, including Open Studio’s booth at the Interior Design Show (2007-2012), the Airspace Gallery (2007) and the Malton Airport Gallery (2012), both at Toronto Pearson International Airport, and the booth at Art Toronto (2011-2013). Astrid has consulted on and facilitated sales of original prints from the Open Studio Print Sales Gallery to various government, corporate, public and private collections, interior designers and art consultants including the Bank of Montreal, the Canada Council Art Bank, Ernst and Young, Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Fuller Landau, the Greater Toronto Airport Authority, the National Bank of Canada, and TD Financial.
As an artist, Astrid has a hands-on knowledge of contemporary original fine art prints. Working primarily in printmaking and painting, her artistic pursuits and achievements include being an active Open Studio member; participating in a printmaking residency at the Vermont Studio Center; co-founding Propeller Centre for the Arts; teaching at the McMichael Collection, Harbourfront Centre, Latcham Gallery and Open Studio; and receiving a project grant from the Ontario Arts Council’s Career and Professional Development Program (2009). Since 1997, Astrid has exhibited nationally and internationally, including Toronto venues such as AWOL Gallery, Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre, the Gladstone Hotel, Open Studio George Gilmour Members’ Gallery, as well as Galeria Juan Pardo Heeren (Peru), the Olive Branch Press (Ithaca, NY), and Wilfred Grenfell College Art Gallery (NL). Photo by David Drascic, 2014.