Curatorial + Writing

Danuta Sierhuis is an arts and heritage professional that has worked on exhibitions, collections management, and web projects in galleries and archives, including the National Gallery of Canada, the City of Ottawa Archives, Studio Sixty Six, Carleton University Art Gallery, and Carleton University's Archives and Research Collections. She is currently based in Katarokwi/Kingston, ON.



2016 Post-Graduate Certificate, Interactive Media Management, Algonquin College, Ottawa, ON

2014 Master of Arts, Art History, specialization in Digital Humanities, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON

2013-2015 Professional development courses (online), Node Center for Curatorial Studies, Berlin, Germany

2012 Bachelor of Humanities, minor in Art History and minor in History, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON


Research Interests

Canadian art history, nineteenth and twentieth century sculpture, women artists, contemporary craft and fine art, fibre and textile arts, special collections archives, and digital humanities. 


Professional Experience 

2018-Present Digital Development Coordinator, Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON

2016-2018 Curatorial Assistant, Canadian Art, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ON

2016 Assistant Coordinator, Database and Administration, Audio-Visual Resource Centre, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON 

2016 Project Manager and Web Designer, Algonquin College, Ottawa, ON 

2016 Web Services Quality Assurance Agent, Meteorological Service of Canada, Environment and Climate Change Canada, Gatineau, QC

2015 TD Intern in Archives Practice, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ON 

2015 Archives Assistant, City of Ottawa Archives, Ottawa, ON

2015-2016 Gallery Assistant, Studio Sixty Six, Ottawa, ON

2014-2015 Archives Technician, Archives and Research Collections, MacOdrum Library, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON 

2014 Digital History Graduate Student, Canada and Science and Technology Museum, Ottawa, ON 

2013-2014 Exhibition Curator, Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa, ON 

2013 Aboriginal Archival Coordinator, Willow Bunch Museum and Historical Society, Willow Bunch, SK

2012-2015 Teaching Assistant, School for Studies in Art and Culture, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON

2012 Archives Intern, Archives and Research Collections, MacOdrum Library, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON 



2017 RBC Canadian Painting Competition: Michael Freeman Badour, Amanda Boulos, Teto Elsiddique, David Kaarsemaker, Cindy Ji Hye Kim, Wei Li Veronika Pausova, Laura Payne, Laura Rokas-Bérubé, Kizi Spielmann Rose, M.E. Sparks, Angela Teng, Joani Tremblay,Tristan Unrau, Ambera Wellmann (co-curated with Rhiannon Vogl), National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ON [view a virtual tour of the exhibition here]

2017 Canadian and Indigenous Art: From Time Immemorial to 1967 (assisted curators Katerina Atanassova, René Villeneuve, and Adam Welch in the Canadian Art department), National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ON

2017-2018 Canadian and Indigenous Art: 1968 to Present (assisted curator Adam Welch in the Canadian Art department), National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ON

2014 Formline Modern: The MacDonald Collection: Chuuchkamalthnii (formerly Ron Hamilton), Joe David, Robert Davidson, Freda Diesing, Beau Dick, Charles Greul, Mark Henderson, Henry Hunt, Richard Hunt, Ozistalis (Chief Henry Speck), Bill Reid, Art Thompson, and Roy Henry Vickers (with students in Dr. Ruth Phillips' graduate seminar Printmaking in Modern Northwest Coast Aboriginal Art), Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa, ON

2014 bpNichol: We Are Words and Our Meanings Change, Archives and Research Collections, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON (Online Exhibition)

2014 Cataloguing Salon Criticism, 1773-1886: Selections from the W. McAllister Johnson Collection, Archives and Research Collections, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON. (Online Exhibition)

2014 AR Route: The 1960s Augmented Reality Inflight Magazine (with students in Dr. Shawn Graham’s graduate seminar Digital History), Carleton University, Ottawa, ON. (Online Exhibition)

2014 The 3rd Carleton Community Art Exhibition, Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa, ON 

2013 The Louis Legaré, Métis and First Nations exhibit, Willow Bunch Museum and Heritage Society, Willow Bunch, SK


Selected Writing/Publications 

"Exhibition: We’ll all become stories at the Ottawa Art Gallery—until 09.16.18," Apt613, May 8, 2018

“Exhibition: Beneath the Tame at Gallery 101,” Apt613, November 17, 2017 

“Exhibition: Laura Taler’s The soft and the pliable will defeat the hard and the strong at Gallery 101,” Apt613, March 10, 2017 

“Exhibition: Ruth Steinberg’s Pas de Deux/Tango, Apt613, February 18, 2017 

“What to Include on Your Artist Website,” Studio Sixty Six blog, May 14, 2016 

“How to Start an Art Collection,” Studio Sixty Six blog, April 30, 2016 

“Finding Aids and Stories in the Archives of the National Gallery of Canada,” ARLIS/NA MOQDOC, Volume 25, no. 1, Fall 2015 

“Exhibition Review: Meredith Snider’s Still Life: Bouquet at Central Art Garage,” Studio Sixty Six blog, October 2, 2015 

“Exhibition Preview: Lilly Koltun’s DistractionStudio Sixty Six blog, July 24, 2015 

Exhibition Review: Aganetha Dyck’s Honeybee Alterations & Artistic Co-Creation” in Render: The Carleton Graduate Journal of Art and Culture, March 2014 


Public Speaking 

2018 Speaker, "Tour of the Canadian and Indigenous Galleries at the National Gallery of Canada," Canadian Art Gallery Educators Annual Symposium, Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa, ON. 

2016 Panelist. “The Role of the Contemporary Gallery,” School for the Photographic Arts: Ottawa, Ottawa, ON

2016 Moderator. "“Public Talk - Surrealism, Narrative and Conflict - Art in Diaspora” with Lital Khaikin and Johnny Alam,” Studio Sixty Six, Ottawa, ON. 

2014 Moderator. “New Technologies and Social Change” panel, The Power of the Arts Forum, Michaelle Jean Foundation & Carleton University, Ottawa, ON

2014 Workshop Facilitator. “Social Media for Academics and Aspiring Museum Professionals,” Art History Graduate Students’ Society and Carleton University Art Gallery, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON

2014 Presenter. “Challenging Tradition: Historical Representation in the Digital Age and the Lost Ottawa Facebook page” at the New Frontiers Graduate Student History Conference at York University, Toronto, ON.

2013 Presenter. "Social Media, Museums & Visitor Engagement." Sociology Graduate Student Conference. "“The Social Engineering of Mobile Phones, New Media, and Internet-Mediated Communication” Carleton University, Ottawa, ON.

2013 Presenter. “Imperial Aspirations and Propaganda: The Papal Medals of the Della Rovere Popes” First Year Art History Graduate Student Conference, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON. 

2013 Presenter. “Decoration and Articulation: Canterbury Cathedral and the Cult of Saint Thomas Becket” Art History Graduate Student Society's 1st Annual Graduate Student Conference. “Decadence/Decay.” Carleton University, Ottawa, ON.

2012 Presenter. “Matthias Grunewald’s Isenheim Altarpiece & Augustinian Time," 1st Annual Millefeuille Undergraduate Art History Conference. University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON. 



2017 "Gatineau artists vie for top prize at national painting competition," CBC News.

2017 "Emerging Artists Take Centre Stage: National Gallery Hosts 19th Annual RBC Painting Competition," Anna Kovler, National Gallery of Canada Magazine. 

2017 "Exhibition: RBC Canadian Painting Competition," Rose Ekins, Apt613. 

2017 "The new Canadian and Indigenous Galleries open June 15th at the National Gallery of Canada," Newswire (press release).

2016 "CUAG Hosts Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon," Meaghan Richens, The Charlatan.  

2016 "CUAG Accepting Campus Artwork Submissions," Martina Babiakova, The Charlatan. 

2014 "First Digital Humanities Grads," Carleton University. 

2014 "CUAG opens third Community Exhibition," Patrick Butler, The Charlatan.

2013 "On explore le musée de Willow Bunch," Radio-Canada


Professional Service 

2019 Executive Member, Board of Directors, Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre, Kingston, ON

2018 Juror, Figureworks 2018, Ottawa, ON

2016 Event Coordinator, Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon, Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa, ON

2015-2016 Student Representative, Interactive Media Management Program Steering Committee and Student Council, Algonquin College, Ottawa, ON

2014-2016 Volunteer Docent, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ON

2014 Volunteer Art Interpreter, Canadian War Museum, Ottawa, ON 

2014 Editor-at-Large, Digital Humanities Now

2014 Graduate Student Representative, Digital Humanities Steering Committee, Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Culture, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON  

2013-2014 Volunteer Interpreter, Canadian Museum of History, Gatineau, QC

2013-2014 Volunteer Programming Assistant, Bytown Museum, Ottawa, ON

2013-2014 Conference Committee Co-Chair and Treasurer, Art History Graduate Students' Society, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON 

2012-2013 Conference Committee, Art History Graduate Students' Society, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON


Professional Associations

Digital Art History Society 

Museum Computer Network

Ontario Museums Association 

Ontario Association of Art Galleries 

Archives Association of Ontario