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. During her free 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, CONTRACT & WORK EXCHANGE
SALLY AYRE [she/her]
ARTIST MEMBER, OFFICE ASSISTANT, WORK EXCHANGE
Sally Ayre is a lens-based artist working in print and historical photographic processes. Walking is one of her passions, an activity she enjoys, where her thoughts can flow at liberty in many directions and from where many of her art projects have been sparked and fostered. A graduate of OCAD (1990), Ayre has exhibited nationally and internationally. She is an educator specializing in Historical Photo Processes and has received several grants and awards, including the 2012/13 Open Studio’s Nick Novak Fellowship. You can find out more about her practice here.
SUNNY ELSOM [she/her]
ARTIST MEMBER, OFFICE ASSISTANT, WORK EXCHANGE
Sunny Elsom is a printmaker and illustrator with a BFA in print media from Concordia University. Sunny’s work explores the frailty of the human condition, often focusing on themes of illness, loneliness and grief. Her work is expressed through the combination of the familiar world with the surreal, often utilizing depictions of narratives centred around bizarre characters in unusual natural environments.
LAURA GRIER [she/they]
VIRTUAL RESIDENCY ARTISTIC COORDINATOR, CONTRACT
Laura Grier is a Délı̨nę First Nations artist and printmaker, born in Somba ké (Yellowknife). Responding to lived experiences of being an urban displaced Dene woman through Print, Grier’s work is also inspired by the dynamism of Indigenous art practices and uses printmaking as a tool for resistance, refusal, and inherent Bets’ı̨nę́.
ERICA JOCHIM [she/her]
2021-22 OCADU CAREER LAUNCHER RECIPIENT: ARCHIVE & COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT
Erica Jochim is a Mississauga-based artist with a BFA in Drawing and Painting from OCAD U. As an artist of mixed Caribbean and European descent, her work expresses in-between spaces and multifaceted viewpoints. Her paintings combine historical, contemporary, and personal influences. Inspired by the dramatic lighting and colour palette of Renaissance and Baroque paintings, she combines historical and contemporary compositions to comment on intersectional issues. She seeks to highlight the importance of looking at the world through a critical lens.
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.
ANGELA PIERE SEGOVIA [she/her]
Angela Piere Segovia holds a Master of Arts from Ryerson University in Photography Preservation and Collections Management. Angela obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Design and Architectural History, Theory, and Criticism from the University of Toronto along with a minor in Classical Civilizations Studies.
Angela has written for the Ryerson Image Centre’s Red All Over: World War II Press Photographs From the SovFoto Archive exhibition contributing “The Architectures of War: War photography in panoramas, as ruins, and during battle”. Angela has completed a residency at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design. As their first Archives Intern, she had assessed, catalogued, and prepared the school’s digital photography collection for future systematization of collecting and increasing accessibility. Angela’s Master’s research focused on the construction of architectural knowledge and its dependence on the visual material of architectural ideas. Photography became a medium in which architecture could be documented, made reproducible, and that allowed architecture and its ideas to be translated into comprehensible knowledge.
MEGAN SUE-CHUE-LAM [she/her]
VIRTUAL RESIDENCY FACILITATOR, CONTRACT
Megan Sue-Chue-Lam is an educator of Chinese descent, born and raised in Tkaronto. She recently completed her Master’s of Museum Studies at the University of Toronto, during which she co-founded Museum Professionals of Colour, which strives to connect emerging and experienced racialized museum professionals with each other.
Megan is passionate about sharing knowledge and being a lifelong learner. Her current focus is learning about how to center BIPOC and other minoritized perspectives in the arts and culture sector through community engagement and relationship-building.