Astrid Alexandra Keim
kart Founder, Curator/ ARTIST/ WRITER
Alexandra Keim is a visual arts curator, consultant for cultural start ups and contemporary art collectors, and writer and has been an advocate for the dialogue between contemporary art, science and technology for over two decades. Ms. Keim most notably created CAMAC, a multi disciplinary art centre in the village of Marnay-sur-Seine, France. Overseeing its creation from bricks and mortar to ensuring its legacy from 1997 to 2006, the Centre d’Art Marnay Art Centre has seen over 300 artists partake in various residencies, exhibitions and community projects.
Ms. Keim has served as jury member for the Canada Arts Council (Ottawa), advisor to the Unesco-Aschberg Arts Council (Paris) and most recently as Board Member of Plug-In Institute (Winnipeg) and Urban Shaman (Winnipeg). Her understanding of visual arts and arts management has seen her in leadership roles within various reputable museums and art galleries like the Confederation Art Centre in Charlottetown, PEI, the Esker Foundation, Calgary, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Winnipeg, and most recently as Director of la Maison des artistes francophones in Saint Boniface, Manitoba. Ms. Keim graduated with Honours from the Alberta College of Art, Calgary, Alberta, and received her Masters degree from Chelsea College of Art (MFA), UK. Keim is fluent in English, Spanish and French.
Host, À la kart PODCASTS
Host of our kART podcast series, À la kART, Ms. Gillies plays a fundamental and prominent part in the Winnipeg contemporary art scene. In 1972, she and Douglas Sigurdson co-founded Plug In Inc. (now ICA) and together acted as co-directors until 1980. Throughout the 1980s, Suzanne worked with artist collective General Idea as their studio assistant, and later went on to become Director of the Niagara Artist Centre in St. Catharines, Ontario. Suzanne later returned to Winnipeg in the 1990's to work for the School of Art at the University of Manitoba, among other accomplishments such as founding both the Institute of Contemporary Art and Design Inc. and "Yolanda", an artist run newspaper, and also creating two cable access TV shows focused on the discussion of contemporary art. She was recently a guest speaker at the Winnipeg Effect: Should I Stay or Should I Go Symposium and had an exhibition, EVERYTHING MUST GO! - at Lantern Fine Art Gallery in Winnipeg.