Dr. Alice Ming Wai Jim is Professor of Contemporary Art in the Department of Art History at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. She is Concordia University Research Chair in Ethnocultural Art Histories (2017-2022) and founding co-editor-in-chief, with Alexandra Chang, of the international scholarly journal Asian DiasporicVisual Cultures and the Americas (ADVA), published by Brill (Leiden,NL) in association with the Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Institute for Studies in Canadian Art (Concordia University) and the Asian/Pacific/American Institute (New York University). As an art historian, curator and cultural organizer, her research and teaching are in the fields of contemporary art,media art, ethnocultural and global art histories, international art exhibitions, and critical curatorial studies, with an interest in contemporary Asian art and global Asian diasporic art from a transnational perspective. Focusing primarily on contemporary Asian Canadian and African Canadian artists, she has curated exhibitions of over fifty artists of color and Indigenous artists and organized major scholarly events within academic settings and for the broader arts community in Canada and internationally. She has also been involved in a leadership capacity in several formal partnerships involving international networking and community building initiatives, with a strong commitment to research and social justice. She has presented at numerous national and international conferences and her publications appear widely in peer-reviewed journals, book anthologies, and exhibition catalogues. Research publications include contributions to Narratives Unfolding: National Art Histories in an Unfinished World (2017); Third Text; Desire/Change:Contemporary Feminist Art in Canada (2017); Mass Effect: Art and the Internet in the 21st Century (2015), and Negotiations in a Vacant Lot:Studying the Visual in Canada (2014). In 2017, she curated DIY Haunt: Yen-Chao Lin (Oboro, Montreal) and Animate: Diyan Achjadi and Alisi Telengut at Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa. Jim co-edited, with Marie Fraser, the fall 2018 issue of RACAR on the theme of “Critical Curating.”
Jim is the 2015 recipient of the Centre de documentation d'Artexte Award for Research in Contemporary Art. She received the Faculty of Fine Arts Distinguished Teaching Award in 2014 and the Christopher Jackson Teaching Award from the Department of Art History in 2016.She has been a member of UAAC (Universities Art Association of Canada)since 1994; and CAA (College Art Association) since 1999; a representative member and panel committee chair of the CAA Affiliated Society, the Diasporic Asian Art Network (DAAN), since 2009; a research associate of Centre for Transnational Cultural Analysis (CTCA), Carleton University, Ottawa, since 2009; and a research member of the NYU Global Asia/Pacific Art Exchange (GAX) since 2014.
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