The Owens Art Gallery is pleased to announce that Rachel Thornton will take on the the newly created role of Curator of Digital Engagement at the gallery. The position is fully funded by the Canada Council for the Arts under its new “Artistic Catalysts” program of support for public galleries and museums.
Thornton will curate the Owens’ program of digital engagement and interactivity, towards a complete reconsideration of the use and sharing of the museum’s recourses. This includes the information that is produced, collected and used, and the contributions of users themselves. The goal is to share resources and prioritize visitor experience and visitor contributions in innovative, inclusive and informed ways.
Originally from Carp, ON, Thornton received a Bachelor of Fines Arts degree at Mount Allison University in 2015 and is currently pursuing an MA Fine Arts with the Open College of the Arts. She has experience working at the Owens as the 2015/2016 Intern and has assisted with the gallery’s educational programs.