McGill Visual Arts Collection
vacollection.library [at]

McGill University Library, ROAAr 
3459 McTavish Street 
Montreal, Quebec, H3A 0C9


Gwendolyn Owens
gwendolyn.owens [at]
514 398 7166

Prior to joining the McGill Visual Arts Collection in 2013, Gwendolyn Owens has held curatorial positions at Cornell University, Williams College, the University of Maryland, and the Canadian Centre for Architecture. As an expert on collection management, she has worked with many institutions, particularly universities, to help them develop and uphold professional standards. Her scholarly publications include articles, exhibition catalogues, and books on a wide range of subjects in American and Canadian art and design: from mid-nineteenth century American landscape painters to kitchen wallpaper in Canada, to Georgia O’Keeffe and artist/architect Gordon Matta-Clark.

Assistant Curator

Michelle Macleod
michelle.macleod [at]
514 398 1859

As Assistant Curator of the Visual Arts Collection, Michelle Macleod’s role includes collection research, curatorial projects, and communications. Before joining the VAC team, Michelle was an editorial assistant at the Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Institute for Studies in Canadian Art. Michelle is currently a PhD Candidate of the Interuniversity Doctoral Program in Art History at Concordia University. Her doctoral research examines the dissemination of early Canadian photography in nineteenth-century illustrated periodicals. She holds a MA in Photographic Preservation & Collections Management from Ryerson University, and a BFA in Art History from Concordia University.

Collections Manager/Registrar

Hannah Deskin
hannah.deskin [at]
514 398 2845

One of Hannah Deskin’s primary responsibilities is running the Visual Arts Collection’s database, which documents the history of each object in the collection from acquisition to conservation treatments and loan activity. In addition, she also manages our onsite storage facilities, assists with internships, and facilitates artwork installations. Hannah obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Art History in 2019 from McGill, where her focus was on public art and cultural policy, with a special focus on Indigenous art and resurgence. Hannah began her professional career at the VAC as an intern in 2016, where she helped implement the collection’s museum database system. In 2019, Hannah held the temporary position of Grants, Outreach, and Special Projects Administrator for the library’s rare units. In this role, she was primary grant writer and administrator for the SSHRC funded “Play On!” program and is an editor and contributor to the Library’s publication AMAZE: A McGill A-Z Experience.

Records Assistant

Pamela Coombes
pamela.coombes [at]
514 398 2845

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