Laurie Dalton, Acadia University Art Gallery Director & Curator, appointed to Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board

Dr. Laurie Dalton, Acadia University Art Gallery’s director & curator and adjunct professor in Acadia University’s department of history and classics, is one of seven members chosen to sit on the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board, and the only one from Atlantic Canada. 

The Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board is an independent, quasi-judicial decision-making body that reports to Parliament through the Minister of Canadian Heritage. Established in 1977, the Review Board determines whether cultural property is of outstanding significance and national importance under the terms of the Cultural Property Export and Import Act. It is also responsible for determining the fair market value of objects donated to Canadian institutions, including libraries, archives and museums. In addition, the Board reviews appeals of applications denied for permits to export cultural property.

"As artists, specialists, collectors and teachers in the field of the arts in Canada, the new members bring extensive knowledge and valuable expertise that will be extremely helpful to the work of the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board," says the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage.

"Heritage and culture are vital parts of Canadian society, and I am pleased to become a member of CCPERB and work to support and champion culture across heritage institutions in Canada," says Dalton. "I think it is important for us to give back to our communities, and this will allow me to do that while preserving our country’s history.”

Dalton brings over 15 years of multi-faceted museum and gallery experience, which includes a successful track record in curating, public programming, collections stewardship, and fiscal planning. This has been further supplemented by over a decade of academic research and teaching in art history, museums and cultural studies.

She holds a Master of Arts in art history from Queen’s University and a PhD in Canadian studies from Carleton University. Dalton’s research is cross-disciplinary with a focus on Canadian visual culture, museums, and display within transnational frameworks. She is a champion of cross-disciplinary initiatives, and the central role that the arts can play in this process.

Active in promoting the importance of the arts through service to the community, Dalton is currently President of the Atlantic Provinces Art Gallery Association.  In addition, she currently sits on the Art in Public Spaces committee for the town of Wolfville, is a board member for the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award, and is a council member of the Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council, which is a group that works to provide advice and leadership to Nova Scotia government through the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage.

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