Prince George (Lheidli T’enneh), BC – After four and a half years as Executive Director and more than 20 years working at Two Rivers Gallery, Carolyn Holmes is moving on from her role to take on the position of Executive Director at Nanaimo Art Gallery.
Carolyn has been working in art galleries for more than twenty-five years. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Queen’s University in studio arts and a Masters of Museum Studies from the University of Toronto. After graduating, Holmes completed contracts in a number of art galleries across Ontario, including the Art Gallery of Ontario and the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. Holmes then moved to Prince George to build an educational program at the Prince George Art Gallery, on the traditional territory of the Lheidli T’enneh. During her tenure in Prince George at the now Two Rivers Gallery, she developed an educational department and built a team that has been recognized nationally. Under her direction, Two Rivers Gallery has created a substantial outreach program, a maker space, MakerLab Youth Immersion for vulnerable youth, a vibrant studio program and a number of large annual public events. The Gallery also saw the implementation of admission by donation, as well as complimentary admission for anyone who identifies as Indigenous.
Holmes assumed the role of Executive Director of Two Rivers Gallery in December 2015. With the strategic goals to reach and expand creative influence in the community, engage audiences through deep participation and inspire by embracing new opportunities, Two Rivers Gallery has placed itself as one of the leading cultural organizations in BC. Under her leadership the Gallery is building strong relationships and collaborating with other organizations to effect change in the north.
Holmes currently sits on the BC Museums Association Council, as Secretary, on the BCMA Education and Professional Development Committee, the BC Heritage Emergency Response Network and the Board of the Prince George Public Library. She was also a long-standing board member of the Canadian Art Gallery Educators group, CAGE. Holmes is a member of the Canadian Art Museum Directors Organization, the Canadian Museums Association and the Cultural Services Advisory Council for the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George.
“Two Rivers Gallery has been such an important part of my life for more than two decades. I am so proud of all the work I have accomplished at the Gallery and have enjoyed growing with the organization. The Gallery will always hold a special place in my heart and I look forward to watching it thrive under the direction of the amazing team guiding its progress. I am excited to embrace a new opportunity with Nanaimo Art Gallery and thank the entire community for all of your support over the years,” says Holmes.
“Carolyn’s dedication over the last twenty-five years has resulted in the growth of a community that strives to reach, enhance, engage and inspire us all. Her vision over the last four and a half years as Executive Director has elevated art and culture across the region, delivering programming and exhibitions that have helped us all by encouraging lifelong learning through the arts, providing opportunities for diverse experiences through participation and exhibition, and creating an environment for vigorous and artistic and cultural expression. Carolyn leaves the Gallery in a very strong position for future growth and we sincerely thank her for her contribution and leadership during her time as Executive Director” says Cori Ramsay, Board President.
The Board plans to launch a national talent search and is excited for the opportunity to recruit an innovative and enthusiastic individual to take on this important role.