Queen’s University has appointed Alicia Boutilier as Interim Director of Agnes Etherington Art Centre from 1 January through 30 April 2020.
Alicia Boutilier, who joined the gallery team in 2008, is Chief Curator/Curator of Canadian Historical Art at the Agnes, an Adjunct Professor in the Departments of Film and Media and Art History and Art Conservation, and an affiliate of the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Cultural Studies. She has produced many exhibitions and publications for art museums across Canada on Canadian historical art and visual culture, with an emphasis on women artists, artistic groups, regional scenes, collecting histories, and the intersections of art and craft. Among her recent noteworthy projects are Stepping Out: Clothes for a Gallery Goer (2019); Road Trip: Across Canada with Alan C. Collier (2017); Art Scenes Kingston: 1840s/1940s/ 1970s (2016); and the nationally touring The Artist Herself: Self-Portraits by Canadian Historical Women Artists (2015).
The appointment of Alicia Boutilier ensures leadership, continuity, and support through the transition following the retirement of former Director Jan Allen; the search for her successor is underway.
Agnes is a research-intensive art museum and an active social hub and learning resource that also serves as a public gallery for the community in the Kingston area and beyond.