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Introducing Sally Wolchyn-Raab as Artistic Director

Sally Wolchyn-Raab is an interdisciplinary artist, critical writer, and governance nerd interested in feminist and decolonial approaches to science, body, and space. She was raised in the ancestral Lenapehoking territory in Manayunk (Philadelphia) and holds Jewish-American, and settler heritage. Sally received a BFA in drawing from ACAD in 2010 and moved to K'jipuktuk/Halifax in 2015. In her time here she has been involved with regional Artist-run centres, currently sitting on the Editorial Committee of Visual Arts Nova Scotia and is the President of Atlantis: Association of Artist-Run Centres from the Atlantis. As an artist/writer, her work has been published and exhibited in Canada and the United States including Nocturne Art At Night (a collaboration with her best friend, Sage Wheeler) HOAX Magazine (San Francisco), Visual Arts News (Atlantic Canada), LUMA quarterly (Southern Alberta), Woman Made Gallery (Chicago), Nuit Blanche Edmonton, and the 2012 Calgary Biennial. She will be leaving the Operations Director position at Centre for Art Tapes to begin this new chapter at Eyelevel and eagerly looks forward to working with the community to build responsive, inclusive, and dynamic programming. Sally’s background and rich skillset compliments Eyelevel’s strong commitment to its experimental origins and is aligned with its history and desire to reorient its focus towards supporting underrepresented positions in contemporary visual art practice. Sally’s interest in and dedication to feminist and decolonial politics complement the artist-run centre’s goal of centering critical, reflexive engagement in our program and structure.

Eyelevel has been at home in its new space on Cornwallis street since November 2017. Over the course of outgoing Artistic Director Julia McMillan’s term, she oversaw Eyelevel’s continued commitment to siteless programming while maintaining a dynamic cultural community-oriented gallery space with a permanent printed matter and members’ store. Under Julia’s diligent stewardship, Eyelevel has expanded its programming and engaged with creative and collaborative presentation approaches, and explored inclusive programming that centred underrepresented communities as a means of fostering connections and conversations. The Board is grateful for Julia’s vision, creativity, leadership, and professionalism. Julia’s term is defined by numerous rich programming collaborations with other institutional partners, including Christi Belcourt’s community action as part of #callresponse with St. Mary’s University Art Gallery, Carrie Allison’s Beaded Earth with the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History, the Smalltalks speakers series with the Anna Leonowens Gallery, and Karin Cope’s Poetry as Social Practice class and other community partners. Eyelevel’s program under Julia’s stewardship has been thoughtful and playful, engaging the local community with sensitive events such as The Secret Garden Poetry Reading evening, and a city-wide iteration of Eyelevel’s Reshelving Initiative. The Board wishes Julia all the best as she continues her own personal artistic and curatorial practice. We are excited to celebrate her success in the future!

The Board welcomes Sally’s contributions to the artist-run centre’s vision and programming. We look forward to building on the foundation of Eyelevel’s 45 year history as we continue to explore new opportunities for partnership and engagement, working towards institutional decolonization, and foster community ties and audience growth. Please join us in welcoming Sally to Eyelevel!