Linel Rebenchuk, founder of Art Toronto, announced Saturday that he will be stepping down from his position as vice president and executive director of Canada’s largest modern and contemporary art fair. The change is effective December 31.
Susannah Rosenstock, currently show director of Art Toronto, will assume all show management responsibilities.
Rebenchuk founded and produced the Vancouver International Art Exhibition in 1997. In 2000, he moved the event to Toronto and rebranded it as the Toronto International Art Fair, which later became Art Toronto. In January 2008, the event was acquired by MMPI, and in 2012, it was acquired by event production company Informa.
“Art Toronto has been a labour of love for me,” said Rebenchuk in a release. “From the first fair in 1997 in Vancouver, to the celebration of the 15th anniversary of Art Toronto this October, I have had the privilege of watching this fair grow into one of the most important visual art events in Canada.”