- Christian Bernard Singer
Artist, curator, teacher, and art dealer, Christian Bernard Singer was born in 1962 in Paris and raised in New York City where he began as a company dancer with Laura Foreman’s Composers and Choreographers Theater. He is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design and received his MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. He has taught sculpture at the Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCADU) and the Toronto School of Art. As well, Singer has managed grant application programs for both The Canada Council for the Arts and the Ministry of Culture and Communications (Ontario), was Director of the 2005 Contemporary Art Forum – Kitchener and Area (CAFKA), Curator and Associate Director of Lehmann Leskiw Fine Art, and has served as juror and board member to several arts organizations. He co-founded, and was director and curator of Rouge Contemporary Art Projects which featured the first-ever Canadian survey exhibition of Judy Chicago works. Since 2009, he has been the Curator/Artistic Director of the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, a public museum in Waterloo, Ontario where he has championed contemporary artists who push the conceptual and material boundaries of ceramics and glass.
New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University
2001 – 2003
Ontario College of Art and Design University
AOCAD, Fine Art – Sculpture
1997 – 2000
Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery
2009 – Dec, 2015 Waterloo, Ontario
Direct the artist vision of the museum as follows:
– Conceive, develop and organize 10 to 15 original exhibitions annually (including exhibition theses and themes);
– Research artists, conduct studio visits, and select works for exhibitions;
– Develop holistic marketing materials for all artistic-related programming;
– Write funding and sponsorship requests for exhibitions and related programming;
– Write artistic direction and other writing for operational funding applications;
– Design exhibitions and create didactic materials, video interviews, etc.;
– Write texts for exhibition catalogues and oversee all aspects of catalogue production;
– Research, develop, interpret, document and maintain the Permanent Collection;
Also responsible for running the Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics and the RBC Award for Glass. These prestigious national awards allow practicing early career ceramic and glass artists to undertake a period of independent research, or other activities that advance their artistic and professional practice at a key moment in their careers. Award winners receive $10,000 and a second prize of $1,000 is also granted. The Selection Committee is comprised of highly respected contemporary glass and ceramic artists (both sculptural and functional) and other arts professionals (for more info: http://www.theclayandglass.ca/events/awards/). I directly and indirectly promote the awards and Calls for Applications, invite the juries (and consult during deliberations), invite the featured speaker and administrate all other related aspects of the awards.
2006 – 2012 Toronto
2006-07: Bronze Casting
2008-11: Foundation Studies (Form & Structure)
2011-12: Foundation Studies (Colour)
Rouge Contemporary Art Projects
2007 – 2009 Toronto
Built the Gallery’s roster of artists and priced works; curated exhibitions, wrote exhibition texts and artist bios; represented such artists Jack Butler, Sheryl Dudley, Alfred Engerer, Daniel Hanequand, Gertrude Kearns, Jean-Christian Knaff, Francis Muscat, Julie Oakes, Tina Poplawski, Tyler Rock and others; and presented “Judy Chicago: A Survey of Major Works” (curated by Virginia Eichhorn), the first-ever Canadian survey exhibition for Chicago covering 40 years of the artist’s career with over 100 works (including studies from her most-known work, “The Dinner Party”).
Curator / Associate Director
Lehmann Leskiw Fine Art
2006 – 2008 Toronto
Managed the day-to-day operations of the gallery during the owners prolonged absences; organized and installed exhibitions; wrote exhibition and catalogue texts; exhibitions marketing and publicity; worked with artists, collectors, arts consultants to sell represented works; and curated a special project by Tina Poplawski at the gallery for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2008.
CAFKA.05 – Contemporary Art Forum | Kitchener and Area
2004 – 2005 Kitchener, Ontario
Developed, implemented, and presented an art festival of 21 national and international artist projects installed in and around City Hall in Kitchener CAFKA.05 with Board of Directors and volunteers; Managed budgets and wrote grants, raising over $175 K in public funds and $25 K in sponsorships; Wrote and prepared press/media releases, packages, and visual documentation and managed media relations campaign – soliciting reviews, features, and critical discourse; Headed a small staff and over 50 highly committed volunteers.
- Artistic and organizational direction
- forward-thinking programming
- critical writing
- grant writing
- artists’ support and mentoring
- university-level teaching
- Arts Administration, Contemporary Art, Curating, Fundraising, galleries, Grant Writing, museum collections, museums, public speaking, visual arts
- English (Fluent), French (Fluent)