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Queen's University

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Adjunct Assistant Professor
Director, Agnes Etherington Art Centre
(613)533 6000 x77052

Research Interests

Arts administration, advocacy and creative leadership. Contemporary visual art and culture with a concentration in Canadian art. Within this, research areas include electronic media art, politically and socially engaged art, critical and curatorial practices, the exhibitionary complex and arts policy. I am currently developing an exhibition of Geoffrey James photographs of the final months of operation of Kingston Penitentiary (1835‒2013). 


Jan Allen is Director of the Agnes Etherington Art Centre and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art and in Cultural Studies at Queen's University. She holds a BA in History, a BFA, and an MA in Art History, all from Queen's. She joined the Agnes staff in 1992, and since that time has organized over 150 exhibitions, garnering numerous awards, and has published widely. Notable curatorial projects include Better Worlds, an exhibition of activist and utopian projects by artists (2002); Machine Life, interactive and robotic works under the influence of the methods and aesthetics of electronic art pioneer Norman White (2004); Working Culture: Carole Condé and Karl Beveridge (2007-2010); Sorting Daemons: Art, Surveillance Regimes and Social Control (2010) and Annie Pootoogook: Kinngait Compositions (2011). Allen has been active as an advocate for the arts community. She serves on the Arts Advisory Committee of the City of Kingston and its Public Art Working Group, along with the Advocacy Committee of the Kingston Arts Council, the Board of the Ontario Association of Art Galleries and the Advisory Committee of the School of Image Arts at Ryerson University, Toronto. Her critical writing has been published in Prefix Photo, C Magazine, Artext, and Poliester

Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.2000