Adjunct Professor

1985: MA Art History, Concordia University
1974: BFA Honours Concordia University

Work E-mail: diana_nemiroff@carleton.ca


Diana Nemiroff has garnered an international reputation in the contemporary art world. Currently the Director of Carleton University’s Art Gallery, she was a senior curator at the National Gallery of Canada from 1990 to 2005 and held assistant and associate curator positions with the Gallery since 1983, dealing mainly with contemporary and 20th-century art.  She has organized many successful exhibitions including her favourite, "Crossings", a highly acclaimed 1998 exhibition of works in various media that examined the situation of people migrating from one country to another. The exhibition "Land , Spirit, Power: First Nations at the National Gallery of Canada", which she organized with Charlotte Townsend-Gault and Robert Houle, broke new ground in the recognition of First Nations artists in Canada, and won the Janet Braide Memorial Award for its contributions to Canadian art history. 

Nemiroff has been an Adjunct Professor with the School for Studies in Art and Culture at Carleton University since 2000 and is also an Adjunct professor in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Ottawa. She holds an M.A. in art history from Concordia University where she was awarded the 1974 Alfred E. Pinsky Medal for the highest-ranking graduating student in the Faculty of Fine Arts. Her research interests include contemporary Canadian art, First Nations art, 20th century feminist art, and the history of museums and alternative venues for exhibitions. She was also President of the Board of Directors of Optica (1980-82), an artist-run gallery in Montreal. Nemiroff is a well known lecturer on the university and museum circuit and has published extensively, having begun her career as a freelance art critic.


2005: Association of Art Museum Curators, NY 
Award for the best article on a work in a museum’s permanent collection

1993: Janet Braide Memorial Award for Art History for the catalogue of the exhibition Land, Spirit, Power: First Nations at the National Gallery of Canada

1982: Canada Council B Grant (for critics and curators)

Paradis insaisissables. Le Prix du millénaire
Essay - Land, Spirit, Power 
National Gallery of Canada 
Jana Sterbak: 
States of Being 

Fields of Interest

  • Contemporary Canadian art
  • First Nations art
  • 20th century feminist art
  • The history of museums and alternative venues for exhibitions
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