Séamus Kealy is an artist and award-winning and international museum & gallery director and curator. He is currently Executive Director of Oakville Galleries in Canada. From 2014 to 2023 he was Director of the Salzburger Kunstverein in Austria. From 2008 to 2013, he was Director of The Model, Sligo, Ireland, which he led through a major redevelopment. From 2005 to 2008, he was Curator at the Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto, Canada. He has lectured at universities world-wide including as Visiting Lecturer for the Higher Institute for Visual Arts in Ghent, Belgium. He has held artist and curatorial residencies in Canada, Chile, Ireland, Austria, and France. Awards and acknowledgements include the „Top Exhibition in Austria” in 2014 (Punctum), „Number Four (of Top Ten) Exhibition in Austria” in 2016, (The People’s Cinema); both by Profil Magazin, the Curatorial Writing Award in 2007 by the Ontario Association of Art Galleries, “Number Five (of Top Ten) Exhibitions of 2007 (Canada),” (Unterspiel), by Canadian Art Magazine, as well as finalist for the Lexmark Pan-European Painting Prize (2004), and finalist for the RBC National Painting Award in Canada (2002). In 2018 he was International Juror for Canada’s Sobey Art Award. He studied Fine Arts (BFA), including photography under Jeff Wall, and later Art History: Curatorial Studies (MA) at the University of British Columbia.