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Art Gallery of Ontario announces Interim Governing Council

TORONTO — The Art Gallery of Ontario’s (AGO) Board of Trustees today announced its plans for an interim leadership structure that will take effect immediately following the departure of current Director and CEO Matthew Teitelbaum for his new post at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA). An Interim Governing Council (IGC) comprising three senior staff members and three members of the Board of Trustees will serve as an advisory resource for the AGO’s Leadership Team who continue to manage the institution.

The IGC includes:

  • Alicia Vandermeer, Chief Organization Officer & Corporate Secretary (Co-Chair);
  • Rocco Saverino, Chief Financial Officer & Director, Information Technology;
  • Stephanie Smith, Chief Curator;
  • Robert Harding, Vice President, AGO Board of Trustees (Co-Chair);
  • Beth Horowitz, Director, AGO Board of Trustees; and
  • Michael Hasley, Director, AGO Board of Trustees.

The IGC will oversee the development and implementation of strategies and short-term policies for the Gallery, providing counsel and advice to the Gallery’s Leadership Team on managing the institution. They will also act as a key communication link to the AGO’s Board of Trustees.

“The members of the IGC are deeply committed to the AGO, and together they possess an incredible amount of diverse expertise,” says Maxine Granovsky Gluskin, President of the AGO Board of Trustees. “I believe that the IGC will provide essential guidance and support to the AGO’s strong and dedicated team during this interim period. With this structure in place, the IGC, working closely with the existing Leadership Team, will ensure the Gallery’s forward momentum will continue.  We will all work collaboratively to ensure that the AGO is positioned for continued success.”

It was announced last week that Mr. Teitelbaum has been appointed the Ann and Graham Gund Director of the MFA. His last day at the AGO will be June 26, 2015. The AGO Board of Trustees will commence the search process for his successor immediately.

With a collection of more than 80,000 works of art, the Art Gallery of Ontario is among the most distinguished art museums in North America. From the vast body of Group of Seven and signature Canadian works to the African art gallery, from cutting-edge contemporary art to Peter Paul Rubens’ masterpiece The Massacre of The Innocents, the AGO offers an incredible art experience with each visit. In 2002 Ken Thomson’s generous gift of 2,000 remarkable works of Canadian and European art inspired Transformation AGO, an innovative architectural expansion by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry that in 2008 resulted in one of the most critically acclaimed architectural achievements in North America. Highlights include Galleria Italia, a gleaming showcase of wood and glass running the length of an entire city block, and the often-photographed spiral staircase, beckoning visitors to explore. The AGO has an active membership program, and the AGO’s Weston Family Learning Centre offers engaging art and creative programs for children, families, youth and adults.

The Art Gallery of Ontario is funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. Additional operating support is received from the City of Toronto, the Canada Council for the Arts and generous contributions from AGO members, donors and private-sector partners.


For press inquiries, please contact:

Caitlin Coull; Manager, AGO Communications
416-979-6660, ext. 364,

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