PAT (PATRICK) MACAULAY [he/him]
Patrick(Pat) Macaulay, originally from Vancouver, became the Executive Director of Open Studio in December 2017. Pat holds an MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. He has experience working in large and small museums, galleries and art centres in Canada and the United States. As a curator and arts administrator, Pat has developed specialized knowledge of contemporary art, craft, design and architecture. He has worked on numerous exhibitions, large-scale public projects and festivals.
Pat previously worked as the Director of Visual Arts at Harbourfront Centre. During his 26-year tenure, he curated hundreds of exhibitions, designed and created new exhibition presentation spaces and revitalized the retail shop operations. He also developed new partnerships with local, national and international arts organizations and associations. He was chosen as a curator in Nuit Blanche 2013, encompassing ten large-scale installations along University Avenue.
Pat brings incredible energy to his role as Executive Director of Open Studio. He is a firm believer in the Toronto Arts community. He hopes to capitalize on the power of location while creating an international profile for Open Studio and its artist members.
LAURA BYDLOWSKA [she/her]
PROGRAMMING & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER
Laura Bydlowska was born in Warsaw, Poland, and currently resides in Toronto. She obtained a Master’s in Museum Studies from the University of Toronto and a BA (Hons., specializing in Studio Art and Art History) from the University of Guelph. Laura became Open Studio’s Programming and Communications Manager in 2021, after serving as the Programming and Office Manager (2018), Office Manager (2014), and Administrative Assistant (2011). In her role, she is also responsible for Open Studio’s social media and website. Her art practice revolves around etching and pyrography [wood burning], and focuses on abstract geological compositions. In her spare time, Laura enjoys spinning records, video games, and spending time with her partner and cats.
PUDY TONG [he/him]
STUDIO & EDUCATION MANAGER
Pudy Tong’s memories of his immigrant Canadian childhood are punctuated by the images of large stacks of Chinese newspapers landing on his family’s doorstep every two weeks, air-freighted in from Hong Kong to a small rural town in British Columbia. His print-based art practice draws on elements from journalism as the subject through which our experience of contemporary, media-saturated society is refracted, reinterpreted and reimagined. He received his BFA from the University of British Columbia Okanagan and an MFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking and exploring the city’s various enclaves of regional cuisine.
REBECCA TRAVIS [she/her]
CURATOR & COLLECTIONS MANAGER
Rebecca Travis is a writer, editor, and curator, originally from the UK and based in Toronto since 2014. She was Managing Editor of London-based online contemporary art magazine this is tomorrow between 2014 and 2016. She has also contributed to Apollo Magazine, The White Review, Canadian Art, C Magazine, Momus, Prefix Photo, Aesthetica Magazine, and many more publications.
Rebecca has a degree in Fine Art from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne and has worked in public and commercial galleries since 2010. Through her gallery work, writing and curatorial practices, Rebecca is passionate about generating conversations around contemporary art, focusing on the vibrancy of the Canadian art scene and bringing an international perspective.
ASSISTANTS & WORK EXCHANGE
SALLY AYRE [she/her]
ARTIST MEMBER, WORK EXCHANGE
Sally Ayre is a graduate of OCAD (1990) and has exhibited both nationally and internationally. She works in print and photo-based media and is also an educator specializing in historical photo processes, for which she has received several grants and awards. You can find out more about her practice here.
KHADIJAH MORLEY [she/her]
2021-22 OCADU CAREER LAUNCHER RECIPIENT: THE SCOTIABANK STUDIO & EDUCATION ASSISTANT
Khadijah Morley is a Tkaronto (Toronto) based artist with a BFA in Drawing and Painting, and a minor in Printmaking at OCAD University. Through etching and relief printing, Khadijah explores the complexities of Black womanhood through an autobiographical lens. She often uses self-portraiture to deconstruct the fallacy of a Black monolithic experience. She hopes that her subject matter serves to expand discourse surrounding Black subjectivity. Khadijah’s work invokes notions of hooks’ oppositional gaze and Du Bois’ double consciousness.
The Career Launcher recruited placement is made possible by a partnership with OCAD University’s RBC Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers and is generously funded by Scotiabank.