Jennifer Rudder

About Jennifer Rudder

Jennifer Rudder has been engaged in the visual arts in Toronto and Canada in a variety of roles for thirty years. Following five years as Director/Curator at Gallery Stratford, she graduated from the Masters of Visual Studies: Curatorial Studies program at the University of Toronto in 2010. Her graduate exhibition, NATURAL HISTORY, showed at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery at the University of Toronto and toured to Gallery Stratford in 2010. In the late 1990s Rudder served as contributing editor for the art publications MIX and Canadian Art, and has published reviews and articles in Fuse, Lola, Canadian Art, C Magazine, and Prefix Photo. As an independent, Rudder has curated numerous exhibitions including: Crime and Punishment (1999), Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston, which toured to Gallery 44, Toronto, and the Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon. In March 2014, her exhibition Glam North: Doris McCarthy and her New Contemporaries opened at the Doris McCarthy Gallery, Scarborough. The curated exhibition Genuine Concrete, recent works by Toronto painter Sheila Ayearst, took place at 26, Toronto in 2014. In September 2015, “Sheila Ayearst: The Trans-Canada Highway and the Landscape of Ruin,” was published in parallax, the art history publication of Leeds University.

Inherent in her most critical curatorial work is the examination of the historical misapplication of scientific theories and technologies that result in harmful effects on segments of society. She is concerned with the ways in which western thought has categorized difference, delineating us and them, human and non-human, culture and nature.

Jennifer Rudder is a practicing independent curator as well as Assistant Professor in the undergraduate and graduate programs of Criticism and Curatorial Practice at Ontario College of Art and Design University, Toronto.