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____ Wednesday April 29, 2015 ____



Mary Misner to retire as Gallery Director, Idea Exchange

Cambridge – After over twenty-seven years as Gallery Director of Cambridge Galleries, now Idea Exchange, Mary Misner will retire in September 2015. Idea Exchange is a pillar of arts and culture throughout the city of Cambridge; Misner has been responsible for significant transformation in the gallery, overseeing numerous successes during her time as director.

“It has been such a privilege to work in this community,” says Mary Misner, Gallery Director at Idea Exchange. “Our public library system has provided the structure for gallery exhibitions and programs to reach out to all corners of the city and beyond; providing great public access to exciting developments in visual art and design. Together with highly talented staff and dedicated volunteers, I am very proud of what we have accomplished over the years. We are in a good place to move forward.”

Misner lead the gallery through many changes, one of which being the major expansion of the Queen’s Square gallery location in 1992. The renovation saw the gallery space move from the second floor to the main level providing a clear identity for the gallery and its programming. Whilst under Misners’ direction, Cambridge Galleries’ represented Canada in the Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2008, a major coup for the organization. Misner has been responsible for the gallery’s’ unique contemporary textile collection and its development, and has also been responsible for carrying out the overall vision and management of three locations in Cambridge; Queen’s Square, Preston, and Design at Riverside. Recently celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Design at Riverside Gallery is the result of a unique and valued partnership with the University Of Waterloo School Of Architecture.

Prior to joining Cambridge Galleries, Misner was the director of the Grimsby Public Art Gallery. Misner is a past president of the Ontario Association of Art Galleries; Visual Arts Ontario, and has also served on many arts juries and advisory panels for the Ontario Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the federal Museums Assistance Program. Misner is the past chair Alliance for a Grand Community, an association of 9 arts and culture organizations in the Region of Waterloo that works together to strengthen the impact of the arts, culture and heritage sectors in the region. Widely known and appreciated for her contribution to arts and culture in Waterloo Region, Misner was publicly recognized with a YWCA Woman of Distinction Award.

“Her impact on not only Idea Exchange but our community will be felt for years to come. Mary will be greatly missed in our organization and we wish her all the best on her new adventure.” notes Helen Kelly, CEO of Idea Exchange.

The position of Gallery Director has been posted and applications are now being accepted.

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