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Canadian Art Appoints Indigenous Editor-at-Large, and Staff Writer

Canadian Art is pleased to announced the appointment of two new staff members: Lindsay Nixon is our new Indigenous editor-at-large, and Merray Gerges is our new staff writer.

Lindsay Nixon is a nehiyaw-saulteaux-Métis curator, writer, community organizer, and MA candidate in Concordia University’s art history department. They are the co-founder of the Indigenous Arts Council, and the editor of IAC’s Indigenous literary arts, art and art criticism journal, mâmawi­-âcimowak. Nixon’s work has appeared in Malahat Review, Room, GUTS, Briarpatch and other publications. Lindsay currently resides in Tio’tia:ke/Mooniyaang, unceded Haudenosaunee and Anishinabe territories (Montreal, QC); blogs at aabitagiizhig.com; and tweets @notvanishing.

In the course of their work as Indigenous editor-at-Large at Canadian Art, Nixon will be leading Canadian Art’s Indigenous art and culture content initiatives. Nixon will write regularly for the magazine and website, commission and support reporting and criticism by emerging Indigenous writers, and represent the publication at various events. They will shape and commission the Summer 2017 issue of Canadian Art.

Nixon was selected by an advisory committee consisting of Richard Hill, Candice Hopkins, Heather Igloliorte and Ryan Rice, in consultation with Canadian Art’s editor-in-chief and co-publisher David Balzer.

“We are thrilled with the selection of critical emerging voice, Lindsay Nixon, for this groundbreaking position,” says Igloliorte on behalf of the committee. “We look forward to the opportunity to work with and mentor Lindsay in this new role as both writer and editor-at-large.”

The Indigenous editor-at-Large position was made possible through the generous support of TD Bank Group.

“For more than 50 years, TD has collected Indigenous artwork and supported programs that facilitate and recognize the ongoing, significant contributions of Indigenous visual culture both within Canada and abroad,” says Robyn McCallum, art curator at TD. “We are thrilled to support such an integral initiative through the Canadian Art Foundation.”

Merray Gerges was Canadian Art’s 2016 editorial resident. She recently moved to Toronto from Halifax, where she studied journalism at King’s College and completed her undergraduate degree in art history at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University. She is the co-founder and co-editor of CRIT, a free biannual newsprint publication curating contemporary criticism since 2012. She went to the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis in May 2015 to attend Superscript, a conference deliberating over the futures of art criticism in a digital age, as a Hyperallergic mentee, and was the inaugural Emerging Critical Writer-in-Residence at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in fall 2015. Her work has appeared in or on the Walker Art Center blog, Visual Arts News, C Magazine, and Canadian Art.

As the new staff writer at Canadian Art, Gerges will be an active voice on the editorial team, contributing regularly to online and print, and representing the publication at various events.

Founded in 1984, and supported by a charitable foundation, Canadian Art is Canada’s most widely read art magazine. Its print edition is released quarterly, while its website is updated every weekday.

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