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Published on July 6, 2020

Mary-Dailey Desmarais appointed Director of the Curatorial Division at the MMFA

Mary Dailey Desmarais. Photo Stéphanie Badini

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mary-Dailey Desmarais as Director of the Curatorial Division. Reporting to Director General and Chief Curator Nathalie Bondil, Mary-Dailey will lead the curatorial team as well as the departments of Exhibition Administration, Archives, Conservation, Exhibitions Production and Publishing while remaining Curator of International Modern and Contemporary Art. This new key position was created to support the teams as they develop the Museum’s numerous projects, which have grown exponentially in recent years.

"The members of the Board of Trustees and I are delighted with the appointment of Mary-Dailey Desmarais as Director of the Curatorial Division at the MMFA. Through a rigorous local and international hiring process, we unanimously approved her candidacy following the consensus recommendations of the human resources committee. I’m convinced that Mary-Dailey will successfully fulfill this new role and that the Museum's teams will benefit from her humanism, experience and great professionalism,” said Michel de la Chenelière, Chair of the MMFA Board of Trustees.

*"Following the creation of an Education Division in 2012, we have a new Curatorial Division in 2020. The MMFA has undergone remarkable growth. This position supports the curatorial team and allows me to focus on our expansion, strategic vision, outreach, and the Museum’s artistic programming. I offer my full support to Mary-Dailey to ensure that the MMFA continues to grow," *said Nathalie Bondil, Director General and Chief Curator of the MMFA.

“I am humbled, honoured, and excited to be taking on this new role at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, an extraordinary institution with exceptional teams. I look forward to working more closely with the Museum’s leaders in support of the vision of our Director General and Chief Curator, Nathalie Bondil,” said Mary-Dailey Desmarais, Director of the Curatorial Division.

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