Former dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts at York University, she is a distinguished art historian, curator, essayist and teacher. Specializing in 19th and 20th century Canadian art, she has been tireless in her efforts to cast light on the often-overlooked artistic contributions of women during this period. Curator of several important touring exhibitions, she has served as an advisor to a number of Canadian arts organizations. Her administrative leadership and resolve became evident during her tenure as a director of the Canada Council for the Arts, where she deftly guided it through a period of economic restraint. University Professor in York's Faculty of Fine Arts and at the Schulich School of Business, she continues to shape our national cultural landscape.