Barbara Fischer is the Executive Director/Chief Curator of the Art Museum at the University of Toronto, where she also holds the position of Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, and Director the Master of Visual Studies Curatorial Studies in the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design. Previously, she has held curatorial positions at the Walter Phillips Gallery, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, as well as the directorship of the Blackwood Gallery. Her curatorial work focuses on contemporary art and its histories, encompassing the internationally acclaimed circulating exhibition, General Idea Editions 1967–1995, and the multi-partnered survey of conceptual art in Canada (Traffic: Conceptual Art in Canada 1965–1980), which toured nationally and internationally from 2010 to 2013. She has curated and/or produced solo exhibitions of the work of Rebecca Belmore, James Carl, Wendy Coburn, Melanie Gilligan, Igloolik Isuma Productions, Bouchra Khalili, Kelly Mark, Kent Monkman, Kevin Schmidt, and Ron Terada, among many others. She curated Mark Lewis for the Canada Pavilion at the 53rd Venice Biennale and was the recipient of the 2008 Hnatyshyn Award for Curatorial Excellence in Contemporary Art.