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Ester Pugliese



S E L E C T E D   S O L O   &   T W O - P E R S O N   E X H I B I T I O N S

2008hush, AWOL Gallery, Toronto

2001bonds/boundaries/barriers: resonance, Eleanor Winter’s Gallery, York University, Toronto

(collaboration with Owen Gillham & Eleanor Woodger)

thresh`hold, AWOL Gallery, Toronto

2000bonds/boundaries/barriers, Arthur Haberman Gallery, York University, Toronto

1999press play…, IDA Gallery, York University, Toronto (collaboration with Mariangela Piccione)

in fable, Samuel J. Zacks Gallery, York University, Toronto

S E L E C T E D   G R O U P   E X H I B I T I O N S

‘03-‘09Square Foot, AWOL Gallery, Toronto

2007flock, Junction Arts Festival, Toronto

2006Salon Style Studio Sale, AWOL Gallery, Toronto

’05-‘06Christmas Show & Sale, C1 Art Space, Toronto

2005Woman and her Destiny, Latitude 44 Gallery, Toronto

2003Outdoor Exhibition and Sale, Distillery District, Toronto

42nd Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto

Identità, Joseph D. Carrier Gallery, Columbus Centre, Toronto

2002Form, Circa Gallery, Toronto

Identità, Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant, Brantford, Ontario

Art for Art's Sake Outdoor Exhibition and Sale, Distillery District, Toronto

41st Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto

2001Junction Arts Festival, Toronto

40th Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto

an exercise in resonance & futility, Khrome, Toronto

4th Year Open House: Reverberate, York University, Toronto

Click Play, Eleanor Winters Gallery, York University, Toronto

Unknown, Eleanor Winters Gallery, York University, Toronto

Sight & Sound Installation, York University, Toronto

2000A Family Affair, Bending Spoons Gallery, Toronto

Degree Exhibition: bonds/boundaries/barriers, Bretton Hall College, Wakefield, England

1998Canal: body corridor, Junction Arts Festival, Toronto (collaboration with Mariangela Piccione)

1997Femme: Level Two, Junction Arts Festival, Toronto

nightmares for everyone, Fine Arts Building, York University, Toronto

1996Recent Works By Sixteen Young Artists, Vesuvio Pizzeria & Spaghetti House, Toronto

OAC Exhibit, Diploma Exhibition, Etobicoke School of the Arts, Toronto


Policheni, Mariella. “La ricerca dell'Identità perduta in mostra alla Carrier Gallery”, Corriere Canadese, Jan. 29, 2003.

Burns, Garry. “Passion and vitality marks of exhibit by Italian artists”, Brantford Expositor, Dec. 14, 2002, p. D3.

Yates, Elizabeth. “Now that’s Italian: Identità”, Brantford Expositor, Nov. 14, 2002, p. D3.

Paxton, Maureen. "Thresh`hold: An Interactive Light and Sound Installation", Artery, Autumn 2001, p. 5.


2004Board of Governors Achievement Award, Humber College

Academic Award of Excellence, Humber College

2001Continuing Student Scholarship, York University

1999Canadian Italian Business & Professional Association Scholarship, BCI Bank of Italy

Susan Mann Award for Academic Exchange, York International

Tuition Scholarship for Academic Exchange, York International

1996Vicki Greenberg Art Award, Etobicoke School of the Arts

OAC Visual Art Scholarship Award, Etobicoke Board of Education

1994Photography Achievement Award, Etobicoke School of the Arts


2004Postgraduate Certificate, Arts Administration/Cultural Management, Humber College

2001B.F.A., Specialized Honours, Visual Arts (Studio), York University

Exchange program: Bretton Hall College of the University of Leeds, England, 1999-2000

1998Experimental Processes in Photography, Ontario College of Art and Design

1996O.A.C., O.S.S.D., Visual Arts Major, Etobicoke School of the Arts


Marketing & Communications Manager, Arts for Children and Youth| www.afcy.ca

November 2008 – ongoing [part-time]

Grant writing; communications; marketing; public relations, volunteer management

Administrative Director, Loop Gallery| www.loopgallery.ca

March 2007 – ongoing [part-time]

Programming and membership; marketing and promotions; public relations, financial management

Researcher & Auction Assistant Coordinator, Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art | www.ccca.ca

September 2004 – April 2006, January 2007 – March 2007

Administration for Canadian Art Database project [Photoshop, Excel]; communications; event assistance; marketing and promotions; public relations; volunteer management

Administrative Assistant, Noel Harding Studio | www.noelharding.ca

May 2006 – March 2007

Administrative support for major public sculpture projects; coordination of an international symposium; grant writing; competition applications; press materials [Photoshop & InDesign]; public relations; reception.

Coordinator, Untitled Art Awards | www.theartawards.ca

September 2004 – April 2006

Coordinating awards ceremony gala: critical path; sponsorship and fundraising campaign; marketing and promotions; public relations; communications; balloting; jury coordination and facilitation; nominee/presenter scripts and guidelines; show-flow and agenda planning; volunteer management; logistics; pre-gala nominee party; post-gala winners’ exhibition

Co-Founder, Bending Spoons Gallery at Vesuvio Pizzeria & Spaghetti House

November 2000 – ongoing [occasional]

Recruiting artists; reviewing submissions; curating and coordinating exhibitions and openings; marketing

Assistant Coordinator, The Junction Arts Festival | www.junctionartsfest.com

February – October 2001, 1998 & 1997

Marketing materials; advertising; juried exhibition management; securing venues; art placement; installation

S E L E C T E D   V O L U N T A R Y   W O R K

Curator, fact / fiction, Apr – May 2006

Organizing group photography exhibition for Contact 2006

Visual Arts Committee Chair, Junction Arts Festival, Feb 2004 – Oct 2005

Directing the visual arts component; spearheading the curated exhibition component

Secretary, Founding Board Member, Junction Forum for Art & Culture, Dec 2003 – Oct 2005

Communications; public relations; grant writing, planning / policy development; administration

Administrative Assistant, Steam Whistle Art Awards, Jan 2004 – Feb 2004

Sponsor and nominee communication; sponsor stewardship; post-mortem

Volunteer Program Coordinator, Toronto Arts Council Foundation, Oct – Dec 2003

Developing volunteer management program

Selection Committee, York International, York University, March 2001

Interviewing exchange candidates for suitability and artistic competency

Intern, YYZ Artists' Outlet, Feb – Jul 1999

Submissions; membership [Filemaker Pro]; promotion, installation, reception; administration

Email: pugliese.ester@gmail.com