Images welcomes Jaclyn Quaresma as Programming Director!

March 1, 2022

Images Festival is pleased to announce Jaclyn Quaresma as its new Programming Director! Jaclyn is a curator whose work considers the tension between the survival of the environment as we know it and our survival in the mediated environments we create for ourselves, both culturally and ecologically. Central to her curatorial praxis is an interest in non-dominant, anti-oppressive, multigenerational structures of gathering, learning, and sharing.


“On behalf of Images Festival’s Board, we are delighted to welcome Jaclyn Quaresma as our Programming Director,” says Vanessa Godden, Co-Chair of Images Festival’s Board of Directors. “The Board is grateful to have such a passionate, thoughtful, and caring Programming Director join our team. Jaclyn brings a demonstrated record of resourceful and collaborative practice that seeds networks to build a sustainable and accessible consensus-based artistic vision.” 


Prior to joining Images, Jaclyn held the position of Executive Director and Curator at Durham Art Gallery where she initiated the Rural Reading Riot Press and the accompanying Festival. She was recently the Curator in Residence at the University of Guelph's Ontario Agricultural College (2019-2021). Jaclyn is a graduate of the Masters of Visual Studies: Curatorial Program at the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, University of Toronto. She has worked with the Fabulous Festival of Fringe Film, Art Museum at the University of Toronto, Doris McCarthy Gallery at University of Toronto Scarborough, Peter MacKendrick Gallery, 47, ScotiaBank Nuit Blanche, Blackwood Gallery and Justina M. Barnicke Gallery. Jaclyn was once the co-director of the exhibition space 47 in Parkdale, Tkaron:to. 


“Jaclyn’s expertise in the field has been a guiding light for us at the start of a new year in preparation for the 2022 festival and beyond,” Godden continues. “Our team is excited to support Jaclyn in the development of her meaningful and engaging programs for our community that contribute to critical perspectives beyond conventional presentation methodologies. We are confident that her leadership at Images will contribute to its growth through the focus of accountability and care to our staff, artists, and community.” 


Please feel free to contact Jaclyn and say hello! You can reach her at or on Instagram at @jaclyn.001.