Born 1983, Ontario, Canada
Lives and works in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Penelope Smart is a curator and writer. She holds an MFA in Criticism and Curatorial Practice from OCADU (2013) where she received the President’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Graduate Studies. Smart has held curatorial positions at The Art Gallery of Ontario, MULHERIN galleries (Toronto/New York) and Eastern Edge Gallery (St.John’s, NL). Her writing has appeared in Canadian Art, C Magazine, n.paradoxa and a variety of artist publications and exhibition catalogues. With a love of collaboration and mentorship, her focus is on young and mid-career artists at the beginning stages of their careers. Smart approaches exhibitions as a place of risk-taking, life and mystery.
—I believe an exhibition does not need to be a tranquil place, an entertaining one, or even a beautiful one, though it may be all of those things. A successful exhibition unmasks us—or, more accurately, transforms us.