VISUAL ARTS LEADERSHIP AWARD
Retired director & curator of Thames Art Gallery, educator, and mentor
Nominated by Susan Gold Smith and Sigi Torinus. *Susan was the first recipient of the WEA Visual Arts Leadership Award in 2010.
Carl Lavoy is a visual artist from Windsor but he devoted his career to the Thames Art Gallery in Chatham where he served as director, curator, educator, and mentor until his retirement in 2016.
According to Susan, Carl was a proactive curator. He would visit Windsor’s artists’ studios and exhibition spaces. He produced decades of exhibitions and supported artists beyond the exhibitions, with catalogues, travelling exhibitions, artist’s workshops, performances, residencies, and speaking engagements. He would support artistic development by creating public recognition and making connections for the work in and outside the region.
She says that while taking on the work of emerging talent, Carl continued to follow the work of mid-career and senior artists. He has given opportunities to her colleagues, writers, curators, and students and has been an inspiration to her career and the careers of others in Windsor.
Photo credit: Anna Millerman