Message from the Director


Welcome to The Power Plant! Learn more about The Power Plant from Director Gaëtane Verna, as she speaks about why we're Canada’s leading public art gallery devoted exclusively to contemporary visual art.

 

About the Director

 
Gaëtane Verna has been the Director of The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery since 2012. Previously, she was Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Musée d’art de Joliette (2006–12). From 1998 to 2006, she was the curator of the Foreman Art Gallery at Bishop’s University, Sherbrooke, while also teaching in the Art History department of both Bishop’s University and the Université du Québec à Montréal. Gaëtane Verna holds an International Diploma in Heritage Administration and Conservation from the Institut National du Patrimoine in Paris, France, and received a DEA and a Master’s degree in Art History from the Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne. Verna has years of experience in arts administration, curating, publishing catalogues, and organizing and presenting exhibitions by emerging, mid-career, and established Canadian and international artists, including: Terry Adkins, John Akomfrah, Vasco Araújo, Fiona Banner, Miriam Cahn, Ydessa Hendeles, Alfredo Jaar, Luis Jacob, Kimsooja, Yam Lau, Oswaldo Maciá, Mario Pfeifer, Javier Tellez, Denyse Thomasos, Bill Viola, YOUNG HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES, and Franz Erhard Walther, to name just a few. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Canada Council for the Arts and is the President of the Board of Directors of the Toronto Arts Council. In 2017 she was appointed Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of Arts and Letters) by the French Government to spotlight and recognize her significant contribution to furthering the arts in France and throughout the world.