My practice includes photography, drawing, sculpture, writing and creative collaboration. Whether DIY or institutional-based, I'm interested in multi-voiced narratives. I am the independent co-producer of art/lit projects including OOL (Office of Life), an imprint I started in 2019. I'm also Director of Engagement & Learning at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto where I oversee opportunities to connect people with art. I am currently pursuing practice-based doctoral research at The Creative School, Toronto Metropolitan University, aiming to make a new museum experience map focused on visitors, artists and staff. It includes a blog where I write about what I am learning and thinking about for a transformational museum experience. It is ordered by panoramic images of the reflecting pool at Mel Lastman Square in North York, a series I took over 10 months during COVID lock down and titled Glitch in 2022. It moves through additional images I've been taking of the AGO's Walker Court, where I consider the symbolic resonances of a seasonal and cyclical water cycle and the metaphor of the pool with site-specificity and my own position stitching the narrative. I imagine this stuff will formally take a couple years to create.


2017 John Hobday Award in Visual Arts Management, Canada Council for the Arts


2021 - Present, pursuing Doctor of Philosophy in Media and Design Innovation, The Creative School, Toronto Metropolitan University 

2017 International Leadership Program in Visual Arts Management, New York University,       Deusto University, Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain

2000 Master of Fine Arts, Western University, London, Canada

1993 Bachelor of Fine Arts, York University, Toronto, Canada


Rabbit // Pause, site-specific project with Samantha Sannella, Clark Centre for the Arts, Toronto, 2024, supported by Toronto Metropolitan University. Accompanied by bookwork, Rabbit // Pause.

Sounds of Wonder, in Knowledge Otherwise, curated by Natalie Loveless and Geoffrey Rockwell, FAB Gallery, University of Alberta, Edmonton, 2023, supported by the Institution of Knowledge colab - research-creation + social justice collaborators, University of Alberta. Accompanied by score, Sound of Wonder

Entanglements (Tea, Maybe): Ivetta Sunyoung Kang, Paul Hong, Jake Kennedy, Paola Poletto, artist-curator, Korean Cultural Centre, Ottawa, 2022, supported by Embassy of Korea, Ontario Arts Council, Okanagan College, Toronto Metropolitan University. Accompanied by bookwork, Mr. Cho Stayed for Tea | Entanglements (Tea, Maybe)

DQA (Double Quadruple Axel - Unentitled), 8 digital photos as part of the virtual 10th anniversary exhibition with North York Arts, October 2021
StudioPeePee (2012-17 and 2020), a durational photo installation, bookwork published in signed limited edition of 25, 2020

ego-portrait, installation, Community Gallery, Wychwood Barns, Toronto, 2019

Ghosts of Monsters, photo installation, Lower Gallery at Toronto Centre for the Arts, supported by North York Arts, Ontario Arts Council, and presented as part of Contact Photography Festival and Doors Open Toronto, May 2018. Accompanied by bookwork, PARKHOME

We are Coloured, in Imago Mundi, curated by Francesca Valente, Palazzo Loredan, Venezia, Aug - Oct, 2017 and Offsite Gallery - OCADU University, Toronto, Oct-Nov, 2018.

Gas Up! photo series with Liis Toliao in Suburbed, curated by Patrick Macaulay, Harbourfront Centre, Sept - Dec, 2014

Directions for Usefulness photo installation in Survoyeurism: Reconsidering Surveillance, curated by Nives Hajdin, The Open Gallery - OCADU, April, 2014

Oh Dear, Public Art that unhinges North York's sense of modesty, artist/curator, a multi-site-specific exhibition in North York, Jul - Aug, 2013, supported by Ontario Arts Council, North York Arts

Lady Cleaner photo installation in Tel-talk, artist/curator, co-produced with Yvonne Koscielak, Liis Toliao, with exhibition at Telephone Booth Gallery (Sharlene Rankin - Director) and book, Sept 2011 - Jul 2012, writing supported by Ontario Arts Council

Boredom Fighters! Graphic Poems, artist/curator, co-edited with Jake Kennedy, Tightrope Books, Toronto-Detroit, 2008

California Dreaming in Waypoint, curated by Patrick Macaulay, York Quay Galleries, Harbourfront Centre, Jul-Sept, 2005

Kiss Machine, artist/curator/co-founder, published twice yearly featuring 300 + artists and writers, and performance series 2000 - 2005, supported by Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council and Canada Magazine Fund:

Babies and Robots (ed. Pohl-Weary/Poletto, design Matt Blackett, cover Mark Connery) March 2004

What and Why (ed. Pohl-Weary/Poletto, design Matt Blackett, cover Julie Voyce) September 2003 - performance launch "Secrets Room" at Canzine - Gladstone Hotel, Toronto

Girls and Guns (ed. Pohl-Weary/Poletto, design Rita Goslevskis) April 2003 – performance lay Shirwin Tjia, Sally McKay with Jean McKay, launch YYZ Artists’ Outlet, Toronto

Cars and Religion (ed. Pohl-Weary/Poletto, design Luigi Ferrara & Avery Hunsberger) August 2002 – performance launch with Novel Amusements and Global Pop Conspiracy, Toronto

Hospitals and Aliens (ed. Pohl-Weary/Poletto, design Ferrara & Hunsberger), performances by Louise May (Winnipeg), Poletto, February 2002 – launch at I.V Lounge, Toronto

Sex and Condiments (ed. Pohl-Weary/Poletto, design Beehive Design), performance by Human Faux Pas (Vancouver) July 2001 – launch at Lee’s Palace, Toronto

Banana Bread in Geostash, with Jon Sasaki, curated by Michelle Kasprzak and Michael Alstad,, October/November 2004, supported by YYZ, Toronto

Girls and Guns, artist/curator, Forest City Gallery, London and performance/launch at YYZ Artist Outlet, Toronto, Apr 2003; Dorrotyea Galleria, Budapest, Aug, 2004; Tirana, Albania, Sept 2004; Novisad Media Festival, Serbia & Montenegro, Oct, 2004, Supported by Canadian Consulate in Budapest

Her Eyes and Hair Repeat, graphic poem in Superheroes, witches, mutants and freaks: Girls Who Bite Back, Sumach Press, anthology ed. Emily Pohl-Weary, 2004

Breathe, photo and audio work in Art Tunes, curated by Toni Latour, 2003, available at V-Tape, Toronto

Was That Forest, photo magnet multiple of 50, 2003, available through Art Metropole, Toronto

Inflatable Museum, artist/curator, on-line project, 2001 – 2004

Language Hotel, site-specific durational installation, St. Norbert Cultural Center, Winnipeg, Dec 2000

Forest, (with Thompson/Wlasenko/Dansereau) Pekao Gallery, Toronto, Oct/Nov 2000

Rockit Girl: The CD Project, (with Cipriano/Osborne), exhibition and CD, She Said Boom, Toronto, Ontario, September, 2000, preceded by Rockit Girl month-long performance/residency and exhibition, Galleries@Galleria, London, Ontario, Jun 2000

Quanto Capish, video installation with Toni Latour, Gallery 396, London, Ontario, Jan 2000

Art Forum Berlin and Art International New York, Artcore Gallery, 1998 - 1999  


My Office Photograph, Education & Programming Division, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, December, 2023

Sound of Wonder, part of Institution of Knowledge, curated by Natalie Loveless and Geoffrey Rockwell, University of Alberta, Edmonton, May, 2023

Entanglements (Tea, Maybe): Ivetta Sunyoung Kang, Paul Hong, Jake Kennedy, Paola Poletto, moderated by Alice Ming Wai Jim, Korean Cultural Centre, Ottawa, September, 2022

Art Now: Art in the Public Realm - artist talk (series coordinated by Christof Migone), Western University, London, Feb 2016

How Residencies Create Socially Responsible Museums: Nancy Maryboy, Darren O'Donnell, Eric Siegel, coordinator and moderator of panel presentation at American Alliance of Museums conference, April 2015

Oh Dear: Public Art that Unhinges North York's Sense of Modesty, panel presentation for Land | Slide: Possible Futures (curated by Janine Marchessault), Markham Museums, October 2013

Fashion no-no (Berzowska, Dorkenwald and Spitzer, Imai, Yeung, Ling, Thompson) curatorial statement and talk for bi-annual craft/art exhibition, Queen's Quay Gallery - Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, January - March, 2009

Design Director's Talk and Roundtable, North American Conference for Design Museums coordinated by Vitra Museum, Design Miami, December 2007

Canada Goes Wild: Contemporary Canadian Design, presentations at Canadian Embassy, Tokyo and Canadian Pavilion, Expo, Nagoya, April 2005

Pistols, Vacancies and Drifting Snow, presentation at Hot Flashes Symposium on the work of Sheila Butler, University of Western Ontario, February, 2005

Girls and Guns, curator/artist statement in panel discussion, August 2004, Dorrotyea Galleria, Budapest

Multiplicity: Do It Yourself Publishing and Artist Multiples, panel discussion, May 2004, Drake Hotel supported by Gallery TPW, Toronto


Rabbit // Pause, exhibition and bookwork by Samantha Sannella and Paola Poletto, OOL Toronto, January, 2024

Response to exhibition Negotiating Borders, SAW Gallery and Korean Cultural Centre, Ottawa, 2023/24

Sound of Wonder, score by Paola Poletto and David Gauntlett, OOL Toronto, April, 2023

Inner Selfie: the glitch of the missing skull, curatorial essay for Inner Selfie online experience and in person maker space at AGO with Hanif Janmohamed, Maria Lantin, Melissa Smith, February 2023 

Mr. Cho Stayed for Tea | Entanglements (Tea, Maybe): Ivetta Sunyoung Kang, Paul Hong, Jake Kennedy, Paola Poletto, curatorial essay, OOL, Toronto, September, 2022

PARKHOME, bookwork by Paola Poletto with Brendan George Ko, Paul Hong and Flavio Trevisan, OOL, Toronto, 2018

Meera Margaret Singh: Echoes, Laughter and Female Body Builders, case study in Feminism and Museums, edited by Jenna Ashton, Museums Etc., London, 2017

AGO Artists in Residence 2011-16, manager/editor, AGO, 2017

Echoes: Meera Margaret Singh, artist bookwork, project manager, AGO, 2016

Oh Dear, Public Art that unhinges North York's sense of modesty, exhibition poster/brochure, 2013, supported by Ontario Arts Council, North York Arts

Tel-talk, artist/curator, co-produced with Yvonne Koscielak, Liis Toliao, Tightrope Books, Toronto-Detroit, 2012, writing supported by Ontario Arts Council

Boredom Fighters! Graphic Poems, artist/curator, co-edited with Jake Kennedy, Tightrope Books, Toronto-Detroit, 2008

Ourtopias: Cities and the Role of Design, co-edited by with Philip Beesley, Catherine Molnar, Riverside Architectural Press, Waterloo, 2008

Jellyfish, Zebra and other Animals: art, fashion and Canadian identity, essay in La moda in Canada. Patrimonio etnico e identità nazionale publication co-edited by Giovanna Franci and Rosella Mangaroni, Emil - Roma / University of Bologna, 2008

Roger Wood, curatorial statement, Design Exchange, December - January 2007/8

A new age for design?, paper in Design For All Institute Of India Newsletter, Mar 2006, Vol.1 N.2

Exchange: Universal Design, editor, Design Exchange, 2005

Design for the Cold, curatorial statement, Design Exchange, September - October, 2005

Robot Landscapes, curatorial statement, Harbourfront Centre, March - May, 2005

Virtual vs. Physical: Creating on-line educational experiences through design, co-authored and presented with Anne Kaye, Museums and the Web Conference 2004, Arlington, VA/Washington DC, Apr, 2004

The mini-revolution of e-textiles, article in Partners Magazine, Winter 2004

Exchange: Sustainability, assistant editor, Design Exchange, 2003

Broken Pencil Magazine, visual arts editor, 2001/2

Michael Alstad: PATH, essay on video work presented at Graz Biennal of Media and Architecture, exhibition catalogue, 2001

Julie Voyce: mail art, Broken Pencil Magazine, article co-authored with Jon Sasaki, Fall 2001

Nancy Fox: prints, SNAP Gallery, essay about artist print in Newsletter Edition, Edmonton 2001

The Analogy of Hibernation, paper, University Art Association Conference, University of Manitoba, Nov. 2000


2013 - current: Art Gallery of Ontario
Director, Engagement & Learning 

2008 - 2013: City of Mississauga
Supervisor, Cultural Programs 

2000 - 2008: Design Exchange
Senior Director, Public Programs and Exhibitions 

1998 - 2000: Canadian Medical Hall of Fame

1993 - 1998: Italian Cultural Institute, Toronto/Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Italy
Programs Coordinator/Assistant Curator