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The Power Plant Appoints New Curator

TORONTO, January 28, 2004 -- Wayne Baerwaldt, Director of The Power Plant at Harbourfront Centre, today announced the appointment of Reid Shier as Curator of The Power Plant. Shier will collaboratively lead The Power Plant's curatorial department; which combines internally conceived exhibitions with Canadian and international guest curators.

Commenting on the appointment, Wayne Baerwaldt stated, "Reid Shier's curatorial and artistic success has made him a leading proponent of Vancouver's contemporary art scene. His experience will greatly enhance The Power Plant's continuing curatorial initiatives - which strive to showcase the best Canadian contemporary artists from across the country."

Reid Shier has been Curator of Vancouver’s Contemporary Art Gallery and was Director/Curator of the Or Gallery between 1996 and 2001. He has curated over 60 exhibitions since 1996, including the group show Hammertown, and recent solo projects with Dan Graham, Ron Terada, Luanne Martineau and Nestor Kruger. He is an accomplished practicing artist and critical writer whose writing has appeared in Neue Review, Flash Art, Canadian Art, Artext, Fuse Magazine and The National Post - as well as in numerous exhibition catalogues.

He edited the publication Stan Douglas; Every Building on 100 West Hastings Street, which won the 2003 Vancouver Book Award. He has co-edited, with William Wood, issue #28 of the journal Public; Satan Oscillate my Metallic Sonatas, and was a founding co-editor of the magazine Boo (1994-98). His work as a practicing artist has been featured at fifteen exhibitions in Canada and abroad; including recent showings in New York and London, UK.

Reid Shier will assume his new appointment as Curator of The Power Plant on March 28, 2004. The Power Plant is a non-collecting gallery devoted to the exhibition and interpretation of contemporary visual art. An integral part of Harbourfront Centre, The Power Plant is Canada's leading non-collecting contemporary art gallery.

The Power Plant is located at 231 Queens Quay West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Open Tuesday to Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. and Wednesday until 8 p.m. Admission is $4 ($2 students and seniors), children and members free. Admission is free on Wednesdays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, the public can call 416-973-4949 or visit www.thepowerplant.org.

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Media Contact: Shane Gerard, 416-973-4655, shaneg@harbourfront.on.ca
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