photo(1)Caitlin Sutherland (b. 1983) is an independent curator and art critic based in Hamilton, ON. Currently, she is Programming Director of Hamilton Artists Inc. Her academic background is in curatorial practice, criticism, and museum studies from both the Ontario College of Art and Design and the University of Toronto. Sutherland has worked independently as well as with a number of contemporary arts organizations within the greater Toronto-Hamilton area for over a decade, including, the Art Gallery of Hamilton, the Workers Arts and Heritage Centre, the University of Toronto Art Centre, Xpace Cultural Centre and the Art Gallery of Burlington. In addition to exhibition texts, to date, she has written for Canadian Art, Beautiful/Decay, Hamilton Arts and Letters and contributes regularly to the online contemporary art publication, Daily Serving.

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Hamilton Artists Inc.; Hamilton, ON.

Programming Director
2015- Present

Programming Coordinator
2013- Present

Development and implementation of strategic programming objectives in partnership with staff, board and select committee structures. Management of all existing and forthcoming exhibition programming including revising and updating contracts and schedules, coordinating shipping and travel, securing city permits, equipment needs and rentals, in addition to scheduling and hands-on installation of all exhibitions. Developed stringent guidelines and coordinated production and design of all didactic material including editing, copy editing, development and design of all publications and marketing material (Adobe Creative Suite, Mailchimp, WordPress).  Guided development of content creation and helped insert consistent critical voice. Coordination of all press relations including development of press releases, Akimbo ads, development of consistent press packages and communication with press leading to positive, well informed reviews of exhibitions. Lead role in advising and administering multiple committees and juries including programming committee, annual selections committee and the Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance jury. Preparation of Canada Council project grants, reports and sponsorship packages for upcoming exhibitions.

Programming Assistant

Preparation of Canada Council project grants for upcoming exhibitions. Management of multiple calls for submissions and outgoing press releases regarding gallery projects and exhibitions. Assistance to Administrative Director and Programming Director where needed. Liaised with artists regarding exhibition preparation and installations. Initiated consistent interview program with exhibiting artists. Initiated “Love Your Artist-Run Centre” campaign, to help cultivate an understanding of the unique role of artist-run centres within the cultural landscape and Hamilton community. Designed and organized storage facilities for installation and AV equipment as well as organization’s thirty-six years of archives. Ongoing maintenance and content development for website and social media outlets to generate increased marketing presence. Development, design and branding for projects, exhibitions and promotional materials using Adobe Creative Suite, WordPress, and Mailchimp. Managed and delegated tasks to volunteers, while creating a warm and approachable atmosphere within the gallery.

University of Toronto Art Centre; Toronto, ON.
Curatorial Assistant

Short-term contract providing logistical, administrative, research and creative support with regards to programming activities, reporting to the Director. Development and design of didactic support material. Ongoing research and preparation of cultural property designation documents and justifications for incoming acquisitions. Liaised with artists and students regarding exhibition preparation and installations.

Hamilton Artists Inc.; Hamilton, ON.
Interim Administrative Director                                                                                                             

Successfully managed finances for organization, including, management of accounts, payroll, operating budgets, remittance and reports (grants, lotteries, CADAC). Effectively managed, delegated tasks and provided support to interns, staff and volunteers where needed, particularly surrounding upcoming exhibitions, press releases, and guidance in the successful pursuance of grants. Personally liaised with granting officers and organizations to effectively research, compose, and follow up on grants. Initiated membership development, community outreach and fundraising campaigns within public and private sectors by creating and designing support materials with demonstrated marketing prowess. Organized and coordinated events, workshops, and exhibition openings for membership, community, and organizational partners.

Workers Arts and Heritage Centre; Hamilton, ON
Programming Assistant                                                                                                                                

Created and planned double anniversary celebration on a strict budget in addition to overseeing collection, scripting tours, creating exhibits and designing educational programming and activities. Responsibilities also included delegating tasks and supervising seasonal staff.

Executive Assistant                                                                                                                                         

Assisted Interim Executive Director where needed with general office duties and fundraising. Took a leading role in promoting current exhibitions. Created detailed membership database of current, past and unsolicited organizational donors in addition to setting up reciprocal agreements with other organizations for the benefit of the membership.

Collections Coordinator                                                                                                                                    

Devised and implemented new storage system that maximized existing space on a strict budget while creating safe and effective means of managing and accessing collection. Amended collections management and development policy, created deaccessioning and disposal policy, and amended all collections forms for organization in accordance with best practices. Accessioned and photographed artifacts, performed minor conservation duties, processed incoming loans, and curated and researched exhibitions from the permanent collection. Composed a written assessment and descriptive summary of collection for internal purposes and successful grant proposals.

Art Gallery of Hamilton; Hamilton, ON
Visitor Services                                                                                                                                                   

Assistant to Visitor services coordinator. Created warm and approachable atmosphere in front of house activities while processing admissions and carrying out general receptionist tasks. Provided statistical analysis of revenue and visitors to the gallery for marketing manager.


Multiple short term contracts installing upcoming exhibitions and site specific installations both traveling and from the permanent collection in a professional manner.


Grant Position researching target markets for upcoming exhibitions and programming related to membership development and outreach.

Interim Educator                                                                                                                                              

Coordinated and led school tours, scheduled docents, and initiated curriculum for 2006-2007 school year including relevant marketing materials for school groups.

Curatorial Intern                                                                                                                                              

Contemporary art curatorial intern. Research for incoming acquisitions and writing justifications for each. Researched upcoming exhibitions. Curated exhibition, Peter Horvath: Inventory of Being from permanent collection.

Registration Intern                                                                                                                                          

Assisted registrar with collections management and cataloguing. Responsible for condition reporting and database entry. Safe handling and storage procedures for artwork. Translated catalogue texts (French to English).


Infinite Daydreams: Reflections on the Sublime Imaginary; Burlington Art Centre, Burlington. June 14- August 22, 2014. Featuring the Work of Max Streicher and select youth participants.

Perpetuum Mobile: This Text is a Sculpture | Sona Safaei-Sooreh; Gallery4 (Hamilton Public Library), Hamilton. December 5, 2013 – January 31, 2014

Student Perspectives: Global Aesthetics; Talking Walls, Hart House, Toronto. July 11- August 16, 2013

A New Workers Songbook: A Project by Dodolab with Tor Lukasik-Foss and Caitlin Sutherland; Workers Arts and Heritage Centre, Hamilton. September 10-December 17, 2010.

Collecting Artifice: Exploring Circumstance within the Permanent Collection; Learning Zone, Toronto. November 10-16, 2009

Hidden Treasures: Select Work from the Permanent Collection; Workers Arts and Heritage Centre, Hamilton. May 8- July 8, 2009

2009 Retro Show; OCAD University, Toronto. April 15-28, 2009

2008 Retro Show; OCAD University, Toronto. April 15-21, 2008

CDOT Design Pioneers Exhibition; OCAD University, Toronto. March 21-April 11, 2008

2007 Student Retrospective; OCAD University. April 17-23, 2008

Transient Spectra; Transit Space, Toronto. March 5-16, 2008

OCA(D) UnPacked: Creative Complexities in the Permanent Collection; OCAD U Professional Gallery, Toronto. March 14-24, 2007

Peter Horvath: Inventory of Being; Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton. August 26, 2006- February 18, 2007

MYOCAD 06 Uncancelled; XPACE Cultural Center, Toronto. April; 19-29, 2006

Art Room and Auction, Anime North; Convention Center, Toronto. 2004-2006


Exhibition Essay for Andrew McPhail’s Crybaby at Untitled Art Society, Calgary AB. Forthcoming

Graeme Patterson: Secret Citadel at the Art Gallery of Hamilton.” Daily Serving. 19 December 2013. (

Irene Loughlin: The Artist Offers [Her] Hand.” Hamilton Arts and Letters. 4 December 2013. (

Not Just In It For The Shits And Giggles: Séripop at YYZ” Daily Serving. 24 October 2013. (

Ruinophilia: Luke Painter’s Rebound at Le Gallery” Daily Serving. 19 Septmeber 2013.

No Dull Affairs at Onsite OCAD.” Daily Serving. 29 August 2013.

“Postscript: An Ambitious Take on Conceptual Art and Writing at the Power Plant.” Daily Serving. 31 July 2013. (

Artificial Two-Step: Elizabeth Zvonar’s Banal Baroque” Daily Serving. 11 June 2013. (

“I Am Not There and I Am Not Here” Beautiful/Decay. 2 October 2012. (

“I Am Not There and I Am Not Here” Daily Serving. 25 September 2012. ( )

TH&B 2: Post-Industrial Strength.” Canadian Art. 7 June 2012. ( )

Cavalcade: Becoming, Belonging and the Return of the Gaze.Volume II. Toronto: Xpace Cultural Centre. (2011) Print.

“Peter Horvath: Inventory of Being.” Insights 8.1 Hamilton: Art Gallery of Hamilton. (2006) Print.


Canadian Art. “Caitlin Sutherland Appointed at Hamilton Artists Inc.” Canadian Art Online. 16 May 2014.

Hunter, Andrew. “Foundation Builders.” Now Look Here! Tor Lukasik-Foss. Hamilton Magazine Winter 2014: 36-41. Print.
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Kenny, Amy. “Library: Beyond the book” The Hamilton Spectator (28 Dec. 2013) Print.

Vegh, Stephanie. “Hamilton: The New Workers Songbook at the Workers Arts & Heritage Centre…” Akimblog. 18 Oct. 2010. (

Mahoney, Jeff. “A Song in Their Hearts for the Worker.” The Hamilton Spectator (16 Sept. 2010) Print. (Web:–a-song-in-their-hearts-for-the-worker)

Taylor, Ric. “Caitlin Sutherland.” View Magazine 14.2 (10 Jan. 2008) 14. Print. (Web:

Keczan-Ebos, Mary. “CHAC Members at the Art Gallery of Hamilton.” Canadian Hungarian Artists’ Collective 3.5 (2006): 4. Print.


Master of Museum Studies (MMSt)                                           University of Toronto, Toronto ON, 2011-2013

Bachelor of Fine Arts: Criticism and Curatorial Practices                          OCAD University, Toronto ON, 2010

Thesis: Presence and Absence: Locating Graphic Design History in Canada


OCAD University Student Union
Criticism and Curatorial Practices Board Representative                                                          


Liaised with students, faculty and administration resulting in being elected by peers two years in a row. Organized program specific forums and events, including initiating and implementing annual cross-disciplinary student retrospective. Coordinated with a committee of professional and student members, developed job description and interviewed prospective candidates for Xpace Cultural Centre’s incoming executive director.