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Sara Angel

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Ph.D. Art History
University of Toronto

    Sara Angel is a PhD student at the University of Toronto in the Department of Art. She is one of Canada's leading visual arts journalists, and she writes frequently on contemporary visual culture for publications including Maclean's, Canadian Art, and The Walrus to make the world of art accessible to a broad audience. Her academic writing has appeared in the Journal for Canadian Art History and Leonardo, the Journal of the International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology. Angel is the founding executive director and publisher of the Art Canada Institute, a research organization based at Massey College, dedicated to the education and promotion of Canadian art history. A recognized authority on visual culture, Angel has been a guest lecturer at Harvard University, the University of Toronto, Ryerson University, the Royal Ontario Museum, and the Art Gallery of Ontario.

    Sara Angel has a had an extensive career in arts journalism and publishing, including being a commentator for CBC television's On the Arts, an editor for Saturday Night, and a columnist for The National Post. In 2006 she was named editor-in-chief of Chatelaine. She is the director of Angel Editions and Otherwise Editions, both companies she founded after working with the renowned graphic designer Bruce Mau. Books commissioned by Sara Angel and created under her editorial and art direction, including The Museum Called Canada, Canada's House: Rideau Hall and the Invention of a Canadian Home, and Fights of Our Lives: Elections, Leadership and the Making of Canada have been recognized as pioneering works on Canadian history that combine excellence in prose and visual presentation. In 2011, Fights of Our Lives was named one of the best Canadian political books of the last 25 years by Samara, in association with the Writers' Trust of Canada. 
    An active volunteer, Sara devotes a portion of her day to doing work for non-for profit organizations. She sits on the board of directors of both Pen Canada and Dancing With Parkinson's. She is also a SickKids Leader for the Hospital for Sick Children and a fundraiser for The Stop Community Centre.