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).
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.