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Welcome grunt’s new Program Director, Katrina Orlowski!

[Image Description: A photo of Katrina from the waist up, arms loosely crossed, standing on a path with overhanging tree branches. Katrina has pale skin with several tattoos on their arms, large glasses, a nose ring and a buzz cut. They are wearing a black sleeveless shirt, blue jeans and their nails are painted sparkly teal.]
Photo by Joey Malbon.

The board and staff of the Visible Art Society are excited to announce the appointment of Katrina Orlowski as the incoming Program Director of grunt gallery. We welcome Katrina’s diverse experience and artistic vision as they undertake this essential leadership position. Katrina has worked with grunt as Communications and Project Manager for four years and will step into their new role co-directing the organization as of October 10th, 2023.

Katrina brings a strong commitment to accessibility, community care and interdisciplinary experimentation. At grunt, they have been deeply involved in the organization’s curatorial processes, the launch of both the Mount Pleasant Community Art Screen and the Blue Cabin Floating Artist Residency, the growth of grunt’s digital programming and special partnership initiatives. Katrina’s fresh perspective on leadership, their programming insight, grant writing acumen and immersion in a variety of art communities both local and abroad is an asset to the gallery and marks a new and invigorating moment at grunt.

“The board is excited by the breadth of expertise and the expansive vision that Katrina brings to this role. Their leadership will be vital in this pivotal moment in grunt’s trajectory.” — Diyan Achjadi, outgoing Board President

Katrina is a cultural worker and artist who has spent over a decade in the artist-run communities of Vancouver and Toronto. Their work as an administrator, curator and programmer is built from a foundation in DIY creative cultures as well as critical academic inquiry. Katrina has served as the President of the Pacific Association of Artist Run Centres, as a curator at Pleasure Dome, a programmer with Images Festival and VIFF, and holds a Masters of Communication and Culture from York University. Katrina is a white, queer, disabled settler who has lived most of their life on the lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

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