High-profile curators fired in National Gallery of Canada purge
The National Gallery of Canada’s curator of Indigenous art, Greg A. Hill, and its chief curator, Kitty Scott, were among four high-ranking gallery staff dismissed Friday afternoon in a purge that shocked the Canadian arts community.
The gallery’s interim director and CEO, Angela Cassie, announced the dismissals in an internal memo Friday afternoon, saying they were part of a restructuring “made to better align the Gallery’s leadership team with the organization’s new strategic plan.”
Hill, who was named Audain Chair and Senior Curator of Indigenous Art 2007 as part of a $2-million endowment from Vancouver philanthropist Michael Audain, said he’s still trying to understand why he was sacked.
“It doesn’t make sense for me,” said Hill, who has worked at the gallery for 22 years.
“For me to be declared surplus in a department that’s been chronically understaffed, holding a position that’s unique as it’s the only position that’s endowed within the entire gallery, it’s hard to make sense of that,” he said.