John G. Hampton Joins Canada’s MacKenzie Art Gallery as Director of Programs

The MacKenzie Art Gallery in Regina, Saskatchewan, a Canadian province that borders the United States to the south, has hired artist and educator John G. Hampton as its inaugural director of programs. The newly created position will oversee all of the gallery’s curatorial and educational initiatives. Hampton, who currently serves as executive director of the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba and adjunct curator at the Art Museum at the University of Toronto, will take up the post on October 1.

“As an artist, as well as an administrator, John is very attuned to the changing role of art museums in the twenty-first century, from the content we present to the approaches we take in engaging and educating audiences,” Anthony Kiendl, the MacKenzie Art Gallery’s executive director and CEO, said in a statement. “Moreover, we are thrilled that he will be able to build upon deep community connections that come from his time growing up, studying and previously working in Regina.”

Hampton, who is of Chickasaw and mixed-European ancestry, was raised in Regina, where he served as curator of the Neutral Ground gallery’s Contemporary Art Forum from 2010 to 2013. He is also an executive member of the board for the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective; a former board member at Mercer Union, Queer City Cinema, and Holophon Audio Arts; and a researcher, whose interests include Indigenous epistemologies, critical race theory, and gender and sexuality.

“The MAG has one of the strongest histories of working with Indigenous artists, curators, and communities out of any non-Indigenous public gallery in the world,” Hampton said. “I’m excited to contribute to that legacy and think through how our institutions need to evolve and change in dialogue with the people they are meant to serve. This land has an incredibly rich and deep art history and I’m excited to animate that history in relation to the many communities and cultures that call this place home, including the vibrant and diverse South Asian, Black, Euro-Canadian, and queer communities.”