Joyce Zemans is an internationally recognized scholar who has made profound contributions in the fields of Canadian art history, cultural policy, and arts administration.
She is Senior Scholar and University Professor Emerita at York University and Director of the MBA Program in Arts and Media Administration at York’s Schulich School of Business. Her research focuses on cultural policy, curatorial practice, and 20th-century Canadian art with a particular interest in the development of abstraction in Canada and the work of Canadian women artists.
She is a former director of the Canada Council for the Arts and former dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts at York. She currently serves as a member of the advisory committees of the Toronto Arts Council and Foundation, the University of Toronto Art Centre, Theatre Museum Canada, and the Jarislowsky Institute for Studies in Canadian Art at Concordia University, among others.
A Member of the Order of Canada, she is the recipient of numerous awards and honours, including the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals. She holds honorary degrees from the University of Waterloo, the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and Concordia University, and she is an Honorary Fellow of the Ontario College of Art and Design.
She is married to Professor Frederick Zemans, a fellow UC Alumni of Influence recipient.