Lilly Koltun, PhD

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INNOVATOR IN CANADIAN CULTURE

Reputation for:
Inspirational leadership in new gallery and cultural collection initiatives
Internationally recognized expertise in Canadian photography
Passion, intelligence, vision, creativity

SELECTED ACHIEVEMENTS

Established Portrait Gallery of Canada with enduring national recognition, by bringing art to people in the streets, expanding collections, and through new partnerships, media and the internet

Completed Gatineau Preservation Centre ($108M) with Public Works and Government Services Canada on schedule and on budget; obtained base budget increase from Treasury Board during Program Review downsizing

Inspired renewal of Preservation Branch following a major re-organization, including morale, policy and work methods; pioneered implementation of digital technologies

Established and directed Canadian Museum of Caricature and Canadian Postal Archives

Negotiated sensitive major acquisitions (Yousuf Karsh $3.5M; Canada Post philately $50M; $1M+ Canadian philately in danger of auction through Christies’, N.Y.); piloted team exhibition research and edited first history of Canadian amateur photography

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

2001 – 2010:

1996 – 2001:

1995 – 1996:

1993 – 1995: doctoral studies

1986 – 1993:

OTHER PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

EDUCATION

BFA summa cum laude (2014) Visual Art, University of Ottawa, Canada
PhD (1997) Art History, University of St. Andrews, Scotland
MA (1974) Art History, Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, England
Honours BA (1973) Major in Art History, University of Toronto, Canada (Third year at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität in Freiburg-im-Breisgau, Germany)

Languages:  English, French, German (reading, partial conversation)

AWARDS

Commemorative Medal of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, 2002
for “significant contribution to Canada”

Curatorial Writing Award (short essay) 2011, Ontario Association of Art Galleries

As a prime team leader/participant:

Academic:

Volunteering leader: