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Jan Allen (born 1952) is a Canadian curator, writer, visual artist, and assistant professor in the Department of Art History and Art Conservation, and the Cultural Studies Program, at Queen's University, in Kingston, Ontario.[1] As Chief Curator and Curator of Contemporary Art, at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre in Kingston, Allen has overseen numerous exhibitions, publications and programs since 1992. She became Acting Director at the Agnes Etherington in 2012 and was appointed Director in 2014.[2] Since she became director, the Agnes Etherington Art Centre has won several awards,[3] and has nearly doubled its funding from the Canada Council for the Arts.[4]

Allen's curatorial focus includes contemporary art with a concentration in Canadian art and her research interests include new media, electronic media art, socially and politically engaged art, the exhibitionary complex, and arts policy.[5] Projects include Museopathy (2001),[6][7] Better Worlds: Activist and Utopian Projects by Artists (2002),[8][9][10] and Machine Life (2004).[1][11][12] In 2002, Allen accepted the 2002 Exhibition of the Year award from the Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG), as the Coordinating Curator of Museopathy, described as "an innovative, multi-site exhibition of regional, national and international artists' installations".[13] In 2009, she received an OAAG award for curatorial writing, for “Working Culture” in Condé and Beveridge: Class Works NSCAD Press, 2008; and an educator award for professional development for Exposures, Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston, 2008 (with Katrina Enros and Pat Sullivan).[14]

She joined the Board of the Ontario Association of Art Galleries in 2012.[15][16] She serves on and has chaired the Arts Advisory Committee of the City of Kingston, its Visual Arts Working Group, and the Advocacy Committee of the Kingston Arts Council.[17][18][19][20][21] Allen has also served on the Canada Council for the Arts Standing Peer Advisory Committee on International Exhibitions, and the Advisory Committee of the School of Image Arts, Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario.[22]

Education[edit | edit source]

Allen has a Bachelor of Arts in History, a Bachelor of Fine Arts, and a Master of Arts in Art History, all from Queen's University.[citation needed]

Select Curatorial Work[edit | edit source]

  • Geoffrey James: Inside Kingston Penitentiary, 2014.[23][24][25]
  • Annie Pootoogook: Kinngait Compositions, 2011.[26][27]
  • Sorting Daemons: Art, Surveillance Regimes and Social Control, 2010.[28][29][30][31]
  • Carole Condé and Karl Beveridge: Working Culture, 2008.[9][32][33][34]
  • Joyce Wieland: Twilit Record of Romantic Love, 1993.[35][36]

Select Critical Writing[edit | edit source]

Allen has contributed essays and reviews to publications such as Prefix Photo,[37] C Magazine,[38] Artext, and Poliester.

  • "David Askevold: Once Upon a Time in the East," Prefix Photo, Issue 26, Autumn-Winter 2012.[37]
  • "Marlene Creates: Interrogative Movement," Prefix Photo, Issue 19, Spring-Summer 2009.[37]
  • "Self-destroying Postcard Worlds: The Synthetic Landscapes of Isabelle Hayeur," Prefix Photo, Issue 19, Autumn-Winter 2005.[37]
  • "Letting Go: the fall in contemporary art," C Magazine, Issue 58, May-August 1998.[38]
  • "Reinventing the Mega Show: Europe's first Manifesta," C Magazine, Issue 52, February-April 1997.[39]

Visual Art Practice[edit | edit source]

  • Speculative Science, Carleton University Art Gallery, 1999. In the accompanying exhibition catalogue, Sandra Dyck examines how Allen's sculptural works evoke relationships between biological, psychological and technological aspects of identity. Other subjects discussed include Allen's work in relation to themes of biotechnology, hybridity, and cybernetics.[40]
  • Between 1992 and 1998, Allen exhibited several works at Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre, located in Kingston, including the installations Oblivion Station (1996) and Trophy (1994).[41]

Poetry[edit | edit source]

Allen's poetry has been published in journals and anthologies and includes a cyber-punk inspired collection Personal Peripherals (2006).[42]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Curators in Context". Ontario Association of Art Galleries. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  2. "Jan Allen Named Acting Director of Agnes Etherington Art Centre – Canadian Art". Canadian Art. December 11, 2012. Retrieved 2018-03-31.
  3. "Award Winning Agnes". The Gazette. Queen's University. 18 November 2016. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  4. Pearce, Nick (January 12, 2018). "Agnes funding increases Canada Counsel for the Arts recognizes gallery". The Gazette. Queen's University. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  5. "Art History Faculty Art History & Art Conservation". Queen's University. Retrieved 2018-03-10.
  6. Milroy, Sarah (July 28, 2001). "Please mess with the museum". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  7. Terry, Andrea (2015-06-01). Family Ties: Living History in Canadian House Museums. Kingston, Ontario: McGill-Queen's University Press. pp. 169–170. ISBN 0773545611. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  8. Gérin, Annie (2009). Public art in Canada : critical perspectives. Toronto: Univ. of Toronto Press. p. 242. ISBN 978-0802095688. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Bruce Barber, ed., Condé and Beveridge: Class Works . (Review)" (PDF). RACAR. XXXV (1): 92–93. 2010. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  10. "Better Worlds". Art Papers Magazine. 26 (1–6): 58. 2002. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  11. "Machine Life Collection,2004. Collection Number: 8213 Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections". Cornell University Library. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  12. "Machine Life & David Rokeby". Le Fondation Daniel Langlois. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  13. "Awards 2002". Ontario Association of Art Galleries. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  14. "2009 OAAG AWARDS / REMISE DES PRIX AOGA". Akimbo. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  15. "Jan Allen". Ontario Association of Art Galleries. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  16. "About OAAG: Board of Directors". Ontario Association of Art Galleries. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  17. Schliesmann, Paul (March 13, 2010). "Portraits of history". Kingston Whig-Standard. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  18. Denise, Heather (2017-07-12). "City Announces the Inaugural Mayor's Arts Awards". Kingston Herald. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  19. Glover, Megan (July 14, 2017). "Mayor's Arts Awards to be handed out in the fall". The Whig. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  20. Amos, Susan (2017). "City Launches Inaugural Mayor's Arts Awards". 98.9 The Drive. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  21. "City Of Kingston Arts Advisory Committee Meeting N umber 01- 201 7". City Of Kingston. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  22. "School of Image Arts Advisory Council" (PDF). Ryerson University. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  23. Smith, Sarah (2017). "Kingston's Culture Gems: The Agnes Etherington Art Centre". Visit Kingston. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  24. Singhal, Sheila (January 26, 2015). "Geoffrey James: Inside Kingston Penitentiary". National Gallery of Canada. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  25. "Inside Kingston Penitentiary (1835–2013): Geoffrey James | Agnes Etherington Art Centre". agnes.queensu.ca. Retrieved 2018-03-19.
  26. Lua error in Module:Citation/CS1/Identifiers at line 47: attempt to index field 'wikibase' (a nil value).
  27. Sly, Mathieu (October 28, 2011). "Deceptively simple Annie Pootoogook's exhibit, Kinngait Compositions, shows her view of an Inuit village". The Journal. Queen's University. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  28. Lua error in Module:Citation/CS1/Identifiers at line 47: attempt to index field 'wikibase' (a nil value).
  29. "Sorting Daemons Exhibition Program" (PDF). Jordan Crandall. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  30. "SORTING DAEMONS ART, SURVEILLANCE REGIMES AND SOCIAL CONTROL" (PDF). NEWS FROM THE ART GALLERY OF MISSISSAUGA. 2011.
  31. "Sorting Daemons: Art, Surveillance Regimes and Social Control". Social Justice & The Arts. Retrieved March 5, 2011.
  32. "Carole Conde & Karl Beveridge at Agnes Etherington Art Centre". Art & Education. March 4, 2008. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  33. Lua error in Module:Citation/CS1/Identifiers at line 47: attempt to index field 'wikibase' (a nil value).
  34. Cronin, J. Keri; Robertson, Kirsty (2010). Imagining resistance : visual culture & activism in Canada. Waterloo, Ont.: Wilfrid Laurier University Press. ISBN 9781554582570. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  35. Nowell, Iris (2001). Joyce Wieland: A Life in Art. ECW Press. p. 478. ISBN 9781550286953.
  36. Allen, Jan. "Joyce Wieland: Twilit Record of Romantic Love". The Canadian Art Database. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  37. 37.0 37.1 37.2 37.3 "About Prefix Photo Magazine". Prefix. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  38. 38.0 38.1 "C Magazine / Issue 58". C Magazine. 1998. Retrieved 2018-03-10.
  39. "C Magazine / Issue 52". C Magazine. 1997. Retrieved 2018-03-10.
  40. Lua error in Module:Citation/CS1/Identifiers at line 47: attempt to index field 'wikibase' (a nil value).
  41. "Programming: 1990-1999 | Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre". www.modernfuel.org. Retrieved 2018-04-01.
  42. "Kingston WritersFest - Jan Allen". Kingston WritersFest. 2011. Retrieved 3 April 2018.


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