Cynthia Foo

B.A. Economics (UBC)
B.A. Transfer Student (UVic)
M.A. (York University)


Areas of research:

  • Contemporary Art
  • Photography and Performance
  • Specialization in race and globalization


How have your History in Art studies helped you since you graduated?
Tremendously: the faculty support I received and thorough grounding in art history enabled me to successfully apply to, then obtain an MA (Art History) degree and subsequently pursue a PhD (Visual and Cultural Studies) degree. I taught art history courses at York University (Toronto) and at Parsons (New York), and even while ultimately deciding to shift to the non-profit sector and work as a fundraiser, I still use my industry connections and training to enrich my fundraising work.

Brief Biography
Cynthia Foo currently serves as Grants Manager for Environmental Defence, the leading national organization working to inspire change in government, business and individuals for a better environment for all Canadians. Cynthia received her Bachelors in Economics from the University of British Columbia, honours coursework in the History in Art program at the University of Victoria, and completed her Masters in Art History from York University. She has also completed several years of graduate work at the doctoral level in visual and cultural studies from the University of Rochester, which led her to work as a sessional instructor at York University (Toronto), and a two-year teaching stint as part-time faculty at Parsons, the New School of Design (New York).

She has been published in AfterImage (2011), In/Visible Culture (2009), FUSE magazine (2007, 2004), and Revue d'art Canadienne/Canadian Art Review (2006). She has presented papers and posters in Canada and the UK, was an invited guest lecturer at York University, Toronto (2007), and an invited guest speaker at Valentine Willie art gallery, Malaysia (2007). Cynthia has worked in a variety of cultural institutions, ranging from the National Archives of Canada to artist-run galleries, and has served on a number of committees, including as Chair of the Board of Directors at A Space Gallery (Toronto, 2008), and on a number of committees at Gallery 44: Centre for Contemporary Photography. A number of her exhibition catalogue essays have been published by Toronto-based artist-run galleries (2007, 2004, 2003).

In her free time, Cynthia enjoys keeping active with her dog Chauncey, and teaches in the summers on Lake Ontario as a kayak and stand-up paddleboard instructor.


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