Mills helping to engage through gallery

Dr. Josephine Mills is the director/curator of the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery and an associate professor in the Department of Art.

She has worked as a curator and public programmer in art galleries and artist-run centres in Saskatoon and Vancouver. Mills has a PhD in Communication Studies from Concordia University and is a graduate of the Museum Leadership Institute at the Getty Center.

Her research interests focus on broader issues related to collecting for art galleries and for artists as well as on the relationship between art and notions of public in Canada. Mills is the president of the Canadian Art Museum Directors' Organization/Organisation des Directeurs des Musées d'Art du Canada and a past president of the University and College Art Gallery Association of Canada.

The U of L Art Gallery is one of the most comprehensive galleries in the country. The gallery plays a central role for research, learning and community engagement at the University. At the same time, the art gallery is a key component of the University's public face and reaches audiences from Lethbridge, within Alberta and across the country. By making art works and the activities of the art gallery highly visible on campus, we foster understanding about the visual arts for the full range of students at the University. We also attract members of the public to campus thereby giving them access to contemporary and historical exhibitions, to professional visual arts programming and to research produced at, and disseminated by, the art gallery and the University.