Marla Wasser is an independent museum curator and art consultant heading Pursuits Inc., founded in 2007. With three decades of collecting experience, Marla is passionate about it's rewards and sensitive to its complexities. Compelled by art’s unique ability to impact the many layers of today’s culture, Marla believes that art’s crossovers with technology, fashion, design, and politics create a stage of opportunity and conversation.
As an art specialist, Marla’s expertise is wide-ranging, with projects from pop to contemporary and new media art. Pursuits Inc. combines Marla’s business savvy with her intellectual perspective. She has written on the business of collecting as well as on topics in art history, and has curated three museum exhibitions in Canada. In early 2015, Marla explored new media art for the second iteration of the award-winning museum exhibition ‘RAM: Rethinking Art and Machine’ at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. Curating is the foundation of Marla’s consulting practice, and it is her long standing relationships with top international galleries and Foundations that create unique opportunities within all of her projects.
Marla is also an Arts Contributor at the Canadian publication the 'Bay St Bull', reaching one of the most influential, diverse and powerful market segments in Canada. She shares perspectives and in depth analysis of contemporary art, events and trends.
Dedicated to both the local and international art communities, Marla has supported the Art Gallery of Ontario’s smART Women and the National Gallery of Canada. She has also held positions with the Canadian Art Foundation Art Advisory Committee and the North American Acquisitions Committee for the Tate Museum in London.
Whether working with public institutions or private clients, Marla is committed to connecting others with art.
Sarah Zippel received her BA in Classics, Renaissance Studies and Art History from the University of Toronto and her MA Art Business from the Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London, UK. Fascinated by the development of domestic and emerging art markets, she has researched and written on the local Toronto gallery network as well as the global primary art market. Having worked in museums, commercial art galleries, art advisory and consulting, she has in-depth knowledge of exhibition development and collections management.
Heather White received her BA in Contemporary Studies (University of King’s College, Halifax) and her MA in Philosophy and Art (State University of New York, Stony Brook/Manhattan). She has curated, written and edited for an array of arts institutions and publications, has worked as an educator in the Visual Studies Department at the University of Toronto (Mississauga), and joined the Pursuits team in 2013. She is currently completing training at the Toronto Institute of Relational Psychotherapy, and works in private therapy practice in the city. She remains connected – emotionally and intellectually – to the contemporary art world, and continues to work with Pursuits Inc. (in an advisory capacity) specific to writing and editing projects.