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Sophie Lynch - Middlebrook Prize Winners. Ottawa, ON, CA

Sophie Lynch

Curator | Middlebrook Prize Winners

Ottawa, ON, CANADA

Sophie Lynch has worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, and the National Gallery of Canada.






Middlebrook Prize 2016 Middlebrook Prize 2016 [Widescreen]




Sophie Lynch is a curator, art historian and writer. She is currently working as a MuSe graduate intern at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the Editorial Department. She has experience working at the Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, the National Gallery of Canada, the Icelandic Art Center, and Canadian Art magazine, where she was the 2013 Canadian Art Foundation Editorial Resident. She is completing an MA in Art History at McGill University and holds a BA in Philosophy and History and Theory from the University of Ottawa. She has presented her research at conferences in Canada, the United States, and the Netherlands.

Industry Expertise (5)


Writing and Editing

Museums and Institutions

Fine Art

Performing Arts

Areas of Expertise (13)

Fine Art

Art History

Event Planning

Media Relations

Creative Writing

Contemporary Art


Visual Arts


Writing & Editing

Museum Education


Art Education

Accomplishments (2)

Middlebrook Prize for Young Canadian Curators (professional)


Founded in 2013, the Prize is awarded annually and aims to foster social innovation and curatorial excellence in Canada. The Middlebrook Prize encourages social connectedness and a shared sense of community. The winner is a curator under 30 and receives a space for their exhibition and a $5,000 honorarium.

Canadian Art Editorial Residency (professional)


The residency is a national $7,000 prize awarded annually to an undergraduate, graduate or other post-secondary student with an interest in developing expertise in the realm of professional art-magazine publishing.

Education (3)

McGill University: M.A., Art History 2015

University of Ottawa: B.A., Philosopy & History and Theory of Art 2012

University of Iceland (Háskóli Íslands): International Exchange, Philosophy & Art History 2011

Affiliations (8)

  • McGill University
  • Canadian Art Magazine
  • National Gallery of Canada
  • Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • University of Ottawa
  • Icelandic Art Center
  • University of Iceland

Languages (4)

  • English
  • Russian
  • French
  • German

Conferences (7)

Past Presence: Mirrored Images in Isaac Julien’s Vagabondia

University Art Association of Canada  Université du Québec à Montréal, Montréal


Pixilated Camouflage and Poor Images: Abstraction and Dematerialization in the Work of Hito Steyerl

Universities Art Association of Canada (UAAC) Conference  Halifax, NL.


Pixilated Camouflage and Poor Images: Abstraction and Dematerialization in the Work of Hito Steyerl

Sounds, Images and Data 2015 Conference at NYU  New York University, Steinhardt School, New York City


Toothpick Castles and Portable Planetariums: The Precarious Equilibrium of Sarah Sze's Triple Point

Objects & Affects: The Second Annual Wollesen Memorial Graduate Symposium  The Graduate Union of Students of Art, University of Toronto


Toothpick Castles and Portable Planetariums: The Precarious Equilibrium of Sarah Sze's Triple Point

Universities Art Association of Canada (UAAC)  Toronto, ON.


The Sound of Silence: Trauma, Narrative, and Representation in the Work of Doris Salcedo

Things to Remember: Materializing Memories in Art and Culture International Conference  Radboud University in Nijmegen, Netherlands


Is Any Body Home?: The Cartographies of Corporeality in Mona Hatoum's Corps étranger

Under My Skin: The Politics of Flesh Carleton/Ottawa Graduate Colloquium  Ottawa, ON.



  • Keynote
  • Moderator
  • Panelist
  • Workshop Leader
  • Author Appearance

Research Grants (4)

Media@McGill Travel Award

Media@McGill $350


Travel Grant Awarded for Thesis Research

McGill Arts Graduate Student Travel Award

Faculty of Arts, McGill Univeristy $1000


Travel Grant Awarded for Thesis Research

Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Master's Scholarship

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council $17,500


Research Grant Awarded for Graduate Studies at McGill University

Graduate Excellence Award

McGill University $4000


Research Grant Awarded for Graduate Studies at McGill University

Articles (11)

Peter Fischli and David Weiss: How to Work Better

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Exhibition Review: “Peter Fischli and David Weiss: How to Work Better” at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Andrew Wright: Pretty Lofty and Heavy All at Once

Canadian Art


Exhibition Review: "Andrew Wright: Pretty Lofty and Heavy All at Once" at the Ottawa Art Gallery

Mona Hatoum’s Forecast for an Uncertain Future

Canadian Art


“WAITING IS FORBIDDEN,” indicates the blue enamel plaque that hung at the entrance of Mona Hatoum’s recent exhibition at Galerie René Blouin in Montreal. Positioned high on the gallery wall, the plaque also contains the same warning in Arabic script, apposed with its literal translation in English—though Hatoum contends that the translation should have been “No stopping and no loitering.” Setting the two languages side by side in this artwork suggests the ambiguity that arises when words resist precise translation...

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Olivia Boudreau: Oscillations of the Visible

Canadian Art


Olivia Boudreau’s videos and performances—gracefully composed works of long duration—are a welcome interlude amid the accelerating temporality of our image-saturated age. For her first major solo exhibition, “Oscillations of the Visible,” the artist invited viewers to contemplate works that inspire reflections on the experience of time and the act of perception...

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Eve Sussman: Russian Translations

Canadian Art


The exhibition “whiteonwhite” explored the results of an expedition through Russia and Central Asia by Eve Sussman and her collaborative group Rufus Corporation to assemble material for a series of interrelated works about the human desire to transcend time and space...

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Soft Turns: The Tree of Life

Canadian Art


While a life’s narrative is often described in terms of dramatic high points and low points, the more ubiquitous and familiar realities of our day-to-day lives can be the most difficult aspects of experience to understand. This much is suggested by “Movement Never Lies,” an exhibition by Toronto-based collective Soft Turns at O’Born Contemporary...

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Cory Arcangel: The Meme Master

Canadian Art


In his first major Canadian exhibition at DHC/ART in Montreal, American artist Cory Arcangel explores technology’s relationship to culture and its rapid obsolescence by repurposing and masterfully modifying what could be interpreted as contemporary incarnations of Marcel Duchamp’s readymades: YouTube clips, video games, music videos, films, computer data etc. As the Dada artist of the digital age—indeed, many of his works were Internet memes before they were shown in galleries—Arcangel messes around with the internal workings of systems, and his slight modifications to video games and other software both celebrate and critique technology and the open-source culture of the web...

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Royal Art Lodge Reunited Worth a Look

Canadian Art


In 2008, Winnipeg’s Royal Art Lodge disbanded following more than a decade of collective art production. Now, the exhibition “After the Royal Art Lodge” at Toronto’s Division Gallery serves as a reunion of sorts, showing mainly post-split works by five of RAL’s six founding members: Marcel Dzama (now based in New York), Jon Pylypchuk (now based in Los Angeles), Adrian Williams (now based in Berlin), and Neil Farber and Michael Dumontier (who continue to be based in Winnipeg, and who collaborate on drawings, paintings and other projects).

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Jeremy Everett Captivates with Crystal-Book Sculptures

Canadian Art


The opening of Olga Korper Gallery’s summer exhibitions took place just a few days after Toronto set a rainfall record, with photos popping up online of flooded train cars, subway stations and highways. Even though the sky was (thankfully) clear on the night of the reception, nature’s force was still on hand in the work of Toronto-trained American artist Jeremy Everett. Everett is known for working with a variety of natural and land-art processes. He created the pieces that are on view at Korper by submerging books, newspapers and other printed matter in chemicals and allowing crystal clusters to grow on their once-readable pages. (The chemicals also loosened the ink from those pages, so that the ink itself was redistributed into many of the crystals.)

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Rebecca Belmore’s Haunting Art an Ottawa Highlight

Canadian Art


Rebecca Belmore has created some of Canada’s most haunting artworks on the subject of colonial violence and its living legacy. Her current exhibition at the Carleton University Art Gallery, “What Is Said and What Is Done,” underlines her accomplishments in this respect.

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Stockpile Sinks Claws into Art & Commerce

Canadian Art


This past month in Toronto, a massive cage piled with hundreds of pre-loved objects stood in the middle of Brookfield Place’s Santiago Calatrava–designed atrium. It was part of an interactive performance installation called Stockpile, an oversized version of the claw-machine games sometimes found in video arcades, movie theatres or shopping malls. The title amusingly made reference to the stock-market variations that are usually in the minds of people passing through this financial-district space—and the work certainly came with its own ups and downs.

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