Liza Zhurkovskaya – Art, Empathy & Community

Dec 31, 2020Art Agent, Coach, Curator0 comments

Liza Zhurkovskaya, (Curator on the Go)  is a Toronto-based Art Curator and Art Advisor. Liza works at the Arta Gallery in the Distillery District and she owns her own online gallery, Kefiart Gallery. She is also an agent and a coach for artists. Her goal is to welcome everyone to the art world and help people collect, buy, and commission art, stress-free.

We recorded our discussion during the first lockdown of 2020. Liza is bringing her passion and vision to the art world with a strong focus on community engagement. She clearly has a rare sensitivity to human emotions and inner life and I love how she finds ways to activate these invisible facets when curating exhibitions.

EXCLUSIVE PART TWO – TIPS FOR ARTISTS: It was impossible not to talk about her passion to help artists succeed. If you are an artist I created a part two to this episode that will be particularly interesting to you as she shares numerous tips from her experience with the gallery art world.

So many artists do not understand the job of curators and art agents so here is the opportunity to hear her insights about the art market and advice on how to be more successful with your career.

In part two you will learn about: The importance of using technology, how to create your website, using social media, tips for applying for Call For Artists, how to create opportunities, what to do for a successful solo show, how a curator chooses artists, about contracts and terms of payments when you sell art, the difference between museums and commercial galleries, common mistakes that artists make when contacting galleries.


Visit her website and connect with her on social media:

Facebook @curatoronthego

Instagram @curatoronthego & @kefiartgallery

Transformational Art

Below are the art resources that Liza might like us to know about.

Art Installation

The Empathy Museum is series of participatory art projects dedicated to helping us look at the world through other people’s eyes.


Musician Philip Jacobs is the owner of Toronto Sound Therapy: he creates a safe space for clients to attain their mind and body connection.


Artist Marina Abramović uses the body as an object of her art, exploring as a means of expression of physical limits, exhaustion of the mind and relationship with the public


In his documentary Tom Shadyac speaks with intellectual and spiritual leaders about what’s wrong with our world and how we can improve both it and the way we live in it, what we do on the individual level affects the global environment.


Show Notes

During the show Liza mentioned:

Textile artist who exhibited at the Dallas Art Museum Leslie Robinson 

Artist Isaac Julien 

Also you may want to visit the site of Arta Gallery in the Distillery District, Toronto.



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