Dr. Syrus Marcus Ware

Dr. Syrus Marcus Ware is a Vanier scholar, visual artist, activist, curator, and educator. Using painting, installation, and performance, Syrus explores social justice frameworks and black activist culture. His work has been shown widely across Canada in solo and group shows, and his performance works have been included in local and international festivals. Syrus is curator of the That’s So Gay show and a co-curator of Blackness Yes!/Blockorama, part of the Performance Disability Art Collective, and a core-team member of Black Lives Matter (Toronto). In addition to penning a variety of journals and articles, Syrus is the co-editor of the best-selling Until We Are Free: Reflections on Black Lives Matter in Canada (URP, 2020), and illustrator of picture book I Promise (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2019). Syrus earned his PhD at York University in the Faculty of Environmental Studies and is Assistant Professor at the School of the Arts at McMaster University.