Jesse McKee is the Head of Strategy at 221A, Vancouver, where he leads the Organization’s advancement, communications, and programming.  As a nonprofit organization, 221A works with Artists and Designers to research and develop cultural, ecological and social infrastructure. From 2019-2021, McKee leads 221A’s Digital Strategy Fund Initiative Blockchains & Cultural Padlocks, supported by the Canada Council for the Arts. This Research Initiative brings together a research cluster of Vancouver-based, National and International researchers, and partner organizations, investigating a values-based approach to blockchain development for the “recommoning” of cultural assets. Leading to subsequent phases of development and implementation, this initiative will transform 221A’s operating model, and advance the Organization as a new model of nonprofit organization, preparing for the internet of value. Previously, he was the Curator of Walter Phillips Gallery, The Banff Centre and the Exhibitions Curator, Western Front, Vancouver. In 2015, he was the co-curator, with Daina Augaitis of Vancouver Special: Ambivalent Pleasures, the inaugural edition of a civic triennial at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 2017. As a curatorial resident, he has worked with Things that can happen, Hong Kong and, Romania. McKee served as a juror for the Sobey Art Award and was a member of the Canada Council for the Art’s Asia Pacific Delegation. He has written essays and reviews for Canadian Art, C Magazine, Fillip, Border Crossings, Kaleidoscope, and Cura. His recent catalogue essay, Surreal Ghosts and Neuroplastic Ancestors, focuses on Julia Feyrer and Tamara Henderson’s filmmaking and the neuroplastic effects of Vancouver’s economic enclosure over the past decade, published by the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, University of British Columbia and Institute for Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania.


Last updated: August 2017