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.
Gaëtane Verna is an art historian and arts administrator. Since 2012, she has been the Director of The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto, and was Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Musée d’art de Joliette from 2006 to 2012. Prior to her appointment at Joliette, Verna served as Curator of the Foreman Art Gallery at Bishop’s University (1999–2006), Sherbrooke, while also teaching in the Art History department of both Bishop’s University and the Université du Québec à Montréal. Since 1998, Verna has curated and organized exhibitions by emerging, mid-career, and established Canadian and international artists, including Terry Adkins, John Akomfrah, Vasco Araújo, Miriam Cahn, Alfredo Jaar, Luis Jacob, Kimsooja, Yam Lau, Oswaldo Maciá, Mario Pfeifer, Javier Tellez, Denyse Thomasos, Bill Viola, YOUNG HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES, Zineb Sedira, and Franz Erhard Walther. Verna has edited and contributed essays to numerous books and catalogues. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Canada Council for the Arts ,TV5 Québec Canada and the Sobey Art Foundation. Verna is one of the initiators of the Black Curators Forum, she is a member of the advisory committee of the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Arts of Global African and the Diaspora as well as being a member of the Advisory Board of The Institute for the Study of Canadian Slavery at NSACAD University. Verna is a member of the Canadian Art Museum Directors Organization (CAMDO), the International Association of Art Critics, AICA Canada, and the International Committee for Museums (CIMAM). 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.