Stuart KeelerSenior Curator, Director - TD Bank Art and Corporate Heritage Collections at TD BankSpeaker
With a wealth of international curatorial experience aligned with a strong background in community engagement, Keeler joined TD from a period of cultural leadership working at the City of Mississauga, in the Museums as Managing Director and Curator, and as Executive Director and Curator at the Art Gallery of Mississauga, with extensive curatorial and collections management experience. Educated and trained to work in museums and galleries, his career has prominently explored the role of the artist, interculturalism, diaspora issues and art in the public sphere and everyday life.
Keeler and his team are responsible for curating, acquiring and preserving the bank's extensive collection of contemporary and Inuit art, which numbers nearly 6,000 pieces across Canada and includes works from such renowned names as Jean Paul Riopelle, Jack Bush, Douglas Coupland, Ed Pien and Group of Seven luminaries Lawren Harris and A.Y. Jackson.
TD's commitment to supporting the amplification of new, under-represented and diverse voices in arts and culture, through the bank's new corporate citizenship platform The Ready Commitment, is the driving force behind the collection for which Keeler and his colleagues serve as caretakers.
When they are looking to add new pieces to the collection, Keeler said that contemporary pieces chosen to be acquired and displayed throughout various TD buildings and branches across North America must reflect each region and its diverse cultural landscape, while using a variety of mediums, such as photography, paintings, print, and sculpture.