John Wood and Paul Harrison, installation view from ‘I DIDN’T KNOW I DIDN’T KNOW IT’, Contemporary Art Gallery, February 12 – April 24, 2016. Photography by SITE Photography

CAG announces the departure of Curator Kimberly Phillips

The Contemporary Art Gallery (CAG) announces the departure of Kimberly Phillips, who has held the position of Curator at CAG since 2017, serving as Interim Director from September 2019 to March 2020. Kimberly has been appointed Director of SFU Galleries and will take up the position this August.

Over her three-year tenure at CAG, Kimberly curated more than 25 projects, including solo exhibitions with artists such as Madiha Aijaz, Deanna Bowen, Aslan Gaisumov, Julian Yi-Zhong Hou, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Ingrid Koenig, Lyse Lemieux, Rolande Souliere, and Olivia Whetung. At the same time, she extended the organization’s commitment to new scholarship, overseeing major book projects for artists including Brent Wadden (2018), Jeneen Frei Njootli (2018), Derya Akay (2019), Sreshta Rit Premnath (2020) and Althea Thauberger (forthcoming). Committed to meeting publics where they are (which isn’t always in the gallery), she also oversaw the development of numerous community partnerships, worked closely with CAG’s Learning team to grow dynamic programming directions, and kindled meaningful new dialogues with international arts colleagues, most recently in Pakistan and Mexico. 

“I have always understood CAG to be a special organization carrying important responsibilities, and it has been an honour to serve our communities as Curator alongside my fiercely committed, thoughtful colleagues. I am proud of what we have accomplished together and excited for the work that’s yet to come. I look forward to very meaningful collaborations with CAG from my new vantage point at SFU.”

The Contemporary Art Gallery extends its deepest thanks to Kimberly for her invaluable contributions to the growth of the organization over the past three years, and wishes her every success in this next chapter of her career.