Marc Mayer grew up in Sudbury and has become one of the country’s top art administrators.
Marc Mayer was born and raised in Sudbury. His father, Gil worked in advertising sales for television and radio stations, and is best known for his commentaries as Marcel Mucker.
Mayer joined the National Gallery as director and CEO in 2008 and served in this role until 2019.
Prior to moving to Ottawa, he held numerous positions at reputable institutions in Canadaand around the world – including head of Visual Arts at the Canadian Cultural Centre in Paris, director at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, director of the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery in Toronto, and deputy director of Art at the Brooklyn Museum.
About his motivation to join the Gallery, Mayer said, “Once I finally decided to apply to become the next director of the National Gallery of Canada back in 2008, it was not without trepidation. It was here where I first encountered important works of art as a child visiting from Sudbury; and here where I first felt myself becoming an art lover, resolving, very young, to visit as many places as possible that were like it, places where I would be surrounded by nothing but great art.”