Melanie O’Brian is Associate Director/Curator at the Belkin, and from 1 January 2022 to 30 June 2023, is the gallery’s Acting Director/Curator. Prior to joining the Belkin, O’Brian was Director/Curator of Simon Fraser University Art Galleries, including Audain, Teck and SFU Gallery from 2012 to 2020. She was formerly Curator at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery in Toronto, Director/Curator at Artspeak in Vancouver and Assistant Curator at the Vancouver Art Gallery. O’Brian currently teaches curatorial studies in the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory at UBC and has taught at Emily Carr University and Simon Fraser University. O’Brian received her MA in Art History from the University of Chicago. She has organized exhibitions locally and internationally, edited numerous publications and written extensively for journals, catalogue and magazines.