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New Two Rivers Gallery executive director brings illustrious career to Prince George

Sara Knelman has taught and worked internationally
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Sara Knelman brings an extensive background to Prince George. (via Contributed)

The Two Rivers Art Gallery in Prince George has brought in some extreme talent in its hire of its new executive director. 

It was announced today (Sept. 30) that Sarah Knelman has been appointed to take over the position, which was previously held by Carolyn Holmes before she departed in May to take an executive director position at the Nanaimo Art Gallery on Vancouver Island. 

“The Two Rivers Gallery Board and staff are thrilled to have Sara join our team," Board President Cori Ramsay says in a release. 

"She brings with her a great deal of experience and perspective that will continue to strengthen the Two Rivers Gallery’s mission to deliver programming and exhibitions that encourage lifelong learning through the arts, provide opportunities for diverse experiences through participation and exhibition, and create an environment for vigorous artistic and cultural expression. We cannot wait for our community to meet Sara and we look forward to welcoming her to our team on October fifth."

Knelman's resume is quite impressive, bringing experience from all over Canada and internationally. 

Her highlights include: 

  • Director of Corkin Gallery in Toronto since 2018
  • Talks Programmer at the Photographers' Gallery in London, UK
  • Curator of Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of Hamilton 
  • Has taught at...
    • The Courtauld Institute of Art in London, UK
    • The Sotheby's Institute of Art in London, UK
    • Ryerson Univerisity
    • University of Toronto

“It’s my great privilege to lead the Two Rivers Gallery," Knelman adds. 

"I look forward to working with the passionate staff at TRG to continue to develop the gallery’s innovative programmes. There are many exciting adventures ahead, and I hope the communities we serve will join us as we engage the important ideas of our time through contemporary art, and offer a platform for diverse voices, perspectives and creative expression."

Her writing about contemporary art has also been featured in many books, exhibition catalogues and magazines such as Aperture, Frieze, Prefix Photo and Canadian Art. 

Her educational background includes a PhD and MA from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, UK as well as a BA from McGill University.