Welcome to Our Newest Team Members!

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Critical Distance is thrilled to announce the appointment of three new team members​ Emily Peltier​, ​Rowan Lynch, ​and​ ​Alessia Dowhaniuk-Oliva​. Emily will be taking the role of Curatorial Programs Coordinator, Rowan as Gallery Assistant focusing on Curatorial Programs and Design, and Alessia joins us as Curatorial Intern. Emily, Rowan, and Alessia bring a wealth of knowledge and experiences to their individual roles and we are excited to work with them on our upcoming programs and on exciting new initiatives. Thanks to OCAD University’s Career Launchers Program for making this possible.


Emily Peltier​ is an independent curator and advocate for the wellbeing of 2SLGBTQ+ people and communities. She has curated exhibitions for Nuit Blanche Independent projects, The CLGA, Nuit Rose, and Pride Toronto. She is currently the curator and programmer of Glory Hole Gallery, a 2SLGBTQ+ miniature gallery located on Church Street in Toronto, Ontario.

Rowan Lynch​ is a curator and artist ​from Hamilton, ON, currently based in Toronto​. They are the recipient of OCAD University’s 2018 medal in Criticism and Curatorial Studies, and
have ​produced independent curatorial projects within OCADU galleries, the Hamilton Audio Visual Node (HAVN), and Xpace Cultural Centre.​ They are interested in people, light, and combinations of pictorial and linguistic information.

Alessia Dowhaniuk-Oliva​ ​is a writer, curator and photo-based artist completing her BFA in criticism and curatorial practice at OCAD University. She is into poetry, community, knowledge-sharing and her dog Lola.

Stay tuned for links to full profiles and updates on their respective projects coming soon!

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