Executive Director and Chief Curator
Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Musée d'art de Joliette since April 2016, Jean-François Bélisle is known for his sharp artistic vision, unwavering charisma, political activism and philanthropic innovation. He has made the MAJ more accessible than ever to the marginalized, migrant and First Nation communities, establishing a real dialogue with them and actualizing the principle of inclusiveness. Dedicated to the advancement of financial recognition for museum institutions on a provincial and national level, he sits on numerous boards and committees for local and regional development, including the boards of Tourisme Lanaudière, the Canadian Art Museum Directors' Organization (CAMDO), the Greater Joliette Chamber of Commerce, and the annual Parlez-moi d'amour event organized by Les Impatients, as well as the City of Joliette's Cultural Revival and Branding committees. Jean-François Bélisle holds a B.A. and an M.A. in art history from Concordia University [Montreal, Canada]. His Master's thesis focused on the international reception of the exhibitions shown in the Canadian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale between 1986 and 2005.