Carolyn Holmes

Executive Director, Nanaimo Art Gallery, Nanaimo BC

CAROLYN HOLMES has been working in art galleries for more than twenty-five years. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Queen’s University in studio arts and a Masters of Museum Studies from the University of Toronto. After contracts with the Art Gallery of Ontario and the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Holmes moved to Prince George, BC to create an education program at the Prince George Art Gallery. During her tenure in Prince George at the now Two Rivers Gallery, she has developed an educational department and team that has been recognize nationally. Under her direction Two Rivers Gallery has created a substantial outreach program, a Maker space, corporate team building opportunities, a vibrant studio program and a number of large annual public events. Holmes sat on the executive of the Canadian Art Gallery Educators Group for more than fifteen years, holding the roles of Junior Chair, Senior Chair and Past Chair. Holmes assumed the role of Managing Director of Two Rivers Gallery in December 2015, and the role of Executive Director, Nanaimo Art Gallery in July 2020.