County of Lambton bids farewell to Senior Curator/Manager, Lisa Daniels
After twelve years of service at the Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery, the County of Lambton bids farewell to Senior Curator/Manager, Lisa Daniels.
Upon her arrival in 2007, Lisa immediately got to work with her dedicated staff and partnered with local artists, arts organizations and the broader community to revitalize the Gallery – then Gallery Lambton. By 2010 community engagement had dramatically increased and at the same time recognition for the Gallery’s innovative artistic programming spread across the province. Supported by the County of Lambton, this renewed energy provided the leverage to receive the required approvals to move forward with the new Gallery project; to secure maximum capital funding from all levels of government; and to create the momentum needed to realize the purpose-built, category A Gallery in Sarnia’s downtown core.
Over the past twelve years, Lisa developed and successfully implemented a renewed, community-driven artistic vision that integrated the Gallery’s operations with the expansive mandate – one that encompassed the local to the national, the historical to the contemporary and included every artistic medium from paint and photography, textiles and ceramics, to video installation, sound and performance art. Under Lisa’s leadership, world-class exhibitions came to Lambton County for the first time. Most notably Witness: Canadian Art of the First World War from the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa, and Masterworks from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in New Brunswick. At the same time, Lisa and her team curated exhibitions for over fifty local and regional artists in solo and group exhibitions, as well as a number of cutting edge exhibitions featuring contemporary artists from across Canada. While at the Gallery, a number of exhibition catalogues for local, regional and national artists were published in which she wrote insightful curatorial essay’s that furthered the discussion of contemporary Canadian art. She also contributed essays to exhibition catalogues published by other galleries, including an essay on Sarnia artist Lowrie Warrener for a major exhibition that toured across Canada.
Lisa’s relationship with artists, collectors, and industry professionals significantly enhanced the holdings of the permanent collection through donations of historical and contemporary art. The majority of these donations received designation from the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board as important works that contribute to our collective Canadian Cultural Heritage.
Lisa leaves behind a committed team with a strong vision for the future and a passionate group of volunteers who are well prepared to take the Gallery forward as they continue to build our community through art.
The County of Lambton and the Gallery wish Lisa all the best in her future undertakings. We thank Lisa for her commitment and dedication to the County of Lambton, the Gallery and our regional community over the past twelve years.