Rhéal Olivier Lanthier and François St-Jacques are a duo of independent curators as well as co-directors and co-founders of Art Mûr gallery and Éditions Art Mûr Publications. Lanthier served as president of AGAC (the Association of Contemporary Art Galleries) for five years between 2008 and 2013. Through their function as directors of Art Mûr, Lanthier and St-Jacques have carried numerous major exhibition projects that were warmly applauded by critics, including Art Fiction (1996), Memento Mori (2011 with 18 artists from Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, France and Germany), Mens-Moi / Please Lie to Me (2011 with 20 artists from Canada, the United States, France, Mexico and China) and Mapping the territory / A Stake in the Ground – Demonstration of Contemporary Aboriginal Art (2012 with 25 native artists from Canada and the United States). More recently, they independently curated Qui suis-je: L’identité autochtone au 21ième siècle at the Maison des Jésuites in Québec City (2013).
Exhibitions and Communications Coordinator
Béatrice Larochelle is a master’s candidate in museology at UQAM and UDeM. She holds a certificate in museology and art diffusion from UQAM and a bachelor’s degree in art history from Université Laval. Her research focuses on the exhibition of ephemeral and ecological artistic practices. More generally, she is interested in practices that deal with the beautiful, the sensitive and the poetic, while having an eye marked by social and environmental issues.
Béatrice is currently the exhibition and communications coordinator for the Art Mûr gallery. She worked as assistant coordinator the 6th Contemporary Native Art Biennial: Land Back. Béatrice has been involved in the organization of various contemporary art exhibitions such as ce qui du monde se prélève permet à l’œil de s’ouvrir (2020) and Jeux de pouvoir : montrer, imposer, manœuvrer (2019). She is currently co-editor and editor for the magazine Ex_situ.
Michael Patten is a contemporary visual artist based in Montreal and a member of the Zagime Anishinabek First Nation in Saskatchewan. He holds a B.F.A. in painting and a B.F.A. in drawing with a minor in art history from the University of Regina and he has participated in solo and group exhibitions internationally and nationally in museums, artist run centers, commercial spaces, and university galleries. In 2017, he was one of the Laureates for the Hnatyshyn Foundation‘s REVEAL- Indigenous Art Awards. And he is presently the Director of the Contemporary Native Art Biennial in Montreal – a nonprofit organization with a mandate to recognize and support contemporary Indigenous art and artists.