Or Gallery Welcomes Jenn Jackson as Director/Curator



Or Gallery is pleased to announce the appointment of Jenn Jackson to the position of Director/Curator.

As a curator, writer, and researcher, Jackson is known for taking an inquisitive and wide-ranging approach that embraces collective methodologies with a focus on community and geographic contexts, as well as inclusionary and participatory organizational models.

Jackson has held a range of roles at post-secondary institutions, galleries and museums and in public art commissioning, connecting relationships and impacts between regional, national and international scales. She has published texts on contemporary art in catalogues, books and journals and is co-editor of Haunt, a non-profit that produces texts, editions, events, performances and exhibitions. Jackson has curated exhibitions and programs at Libby Leshgold Gallery, SFU Galleries, Burrard Arts Foundation, Polygon Gallery, and 221A in Vancouver, as well as at Portland State University and documenta 14 in Athens and Kassel, Germany. In 2021-2022, along with Phanuel Antwi, Jeneen Frei Njootli, Christian Vistan, and Grant Arnold, she was co-curator of the Vancouver Art Gallery’s civic survey exhibition Vancouver Special: Disorientations and Echo.

The Board of Directors is delighted to welcome Jenn Jackson to the role of Director/Curator at Or Gallery. Jackson’s appointment follows a year-long search process involving the Board of Directors and Or Gallery staff in extensive community consultation as well as reflection of the organizations mission and values. We are excited to continue this important work with Jackson at this pivotal moment in the organization’s history as we prepare to celebrate 40 years of supporting contemporary art practices through experimental projects and exhibitions. The Board of Directors also takes this moment to sincerely thank Denise Ryner the outgoing Director/Curator who steered the organization from 2017 to 2022. Welcome aboard, Jenn!

Jackson is honoured to join the Or Gallery team and board in supporting the work of creativity and connection alongside the many communities that the gallery serves.


Photo: Kimberly Ronning