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Peggy Gale [biography]

Peggy Gale is an independent curator and writer specializing in media-related and time-based works by contemporary artists. After studying art history in Italy and graduation from the University of Toronto, she worked at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Canada Council for the Arts, A Space, and Art Metropole, before turning fully to freelance projects in the early 1980s.

International exhibitions with which she has been involved include Canadian representation at the São Paulo Biennale (1977) and Biennale de Paris (1982), as well as OKanada (Berlin, 1982), the first Biennale of the Moving Image at Centro de Arte Reina Sofia (Madrid, 1990), and Northern Lights at the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo, 1991. For TV Ontario in 1994, she was curator and on-screen host for the ten-program series Video Art Vidéo, and in 1998 she presented Igloolik Video: A Clear Light at Le Fresnoy (Tourcoing, France), revised as Icelight with Su Ditta for the Oakville Galleries (2000). As visual arts curator for La Biennale de Montréal 2000, she organized the exhibition Tout le temps/Every Time in Montreal; most recently, she was curator for three online exhibitions and principal writer for Video Art in Canada, a website launched in February 2006 as part of the Virtual Museum of Canada. In 2000, she was honoured with the Toronto Arts Award for Visual Art, followed by the Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts, 2006.

Peggy Gale has published extensively since the mid-seventies in magazines, journals, and museum publications.   She has edited three books in Art Metropole's By Artists series, as well as Video re/View: The (best) Source for Critical Writings on Canadian Artists' Video (with Lisa Steele) in 1996. Her most recent texts include "Touching on Donigan Cumming" for Lying Quiet (Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto) and Artists Talk 1969-1977 (The Press of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax), both from 2004.   She is currently preparing a major essay for a two-volume monograph on Eric Cameron, to be published by the University of Calgary Press.