Visual Arts Enthusiast, Collector and Art Ambassador
“Congratulations to Art Toronto as they celebrate 20 Years! What a milestone!
I have participated in 19 out of 20 editions of the Fair and have witnessed its growth into a first class, sophisticated international Fair. It is an important cultural event in our city and truly my favourite weekend of the year. Starting with the greatest party in the city, Opening Night, a major benefit for the AGO, followed by amazing programming, lectures, VIP tours and the reconnecting with artists, gallerists and out of town visitors. Many friendships have grown out of the Fair.
What a wonderful opportunity to see contemporary and modern art from all over the world and witness the strong cultural partnerships with Art Toronto.
With my fond remembrance of Linel Ribenchuk, founder of Art Toronto, and the many wild golf cart rides we shared during set-up.”
Cathy Bisset Parkes is a visual arts enthusiast, collector, and energetic ambassador to the visual arts community at large. She has served on numerous committees at the AGO over the past 18 years. Currently she sits on the Curators Circle Committee where she continues to make strong philanthropic contributions to the museum. Cathy has been on, chaired and co-chaired the Art Toronto Opening Night committee for years.
In addition to her roles at the AGO, Cathy is a long-term member of Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts (TFVA), an independent non-profit group giving financial support to the visual arts community in the GTA. She is presently with the Project Support group. Cathy has been Past President, Board Chair, and is a current Patron of a USA based Art Alliance.
Presently, Cathy is a proud Board member of the inaugural Toronto Biennial of Art (TBA) opening September 2019. Also, Cathy will be joining the newly formed Advisory Council for Art Toronto.