David Diviney, MFA ’98, has been named the new Curator of Programs for the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia’s Western Branch in Yarmouth.
David began his studies at Tyler School of Art of Temple University (Philadelphia) graduating with a BFA with honors, Summa Cum Laude and Presidential Scholar, in 1995. In 1998 he received an MFA from NSCAD. While here, he completed course work at the Icelandic College of Arts and Crafts (Reykjavík).
David has held the positions of Director, Eye Level Gallery (Halifax) and Assistant Curator, Southern Alberta Art Gallery (Lethbridge). Recent independent curatorial initiatives include several projects aimed at linking Canadian artists with collaborators in other northern cultures, including Immigrant Song: Contemporary Canadian Art, Gallerí Kling&Bang (Reykjavík) and Sundogs: Contemporary Art from Iceland, Truck Gallery (Calgary), in association with Nuna (now) (Winnipeg). He is also the co-curator of the 2009 Windsor Biennial, Art Gallery of Windsor.
Beyond his gallery experience, David has taught at Alberta College of Art and Design, University of Lethbridge, Thompson Rivers University (Kamloops) and Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, a joint program with University of Toronto, Mississauga. He has written texts for publication by a number of institutions and periodicals including Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery, Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery, Mercer Union and Canadian Art.
Beyond his curatorial work, David maintains an active artistic practice. He has shown his work in various contexts throughout North America and Europe, including recent exhibitions at Ottawa Art Gallery, Edmonton Art Gallery, Walter Phillips Gallery, Real Art Ways (Hartford), and Galerie Wildwechsel (Frankfurt). In 2008 his work was included in the exhibition Pictured: Image &Object in Canadian Sculpture, curated by Ray Cronin, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.