Peggy Gale is an independent curator and critic whose texts on contemporary art, especially artists' video, have become artistic benchmarks. She studied art history at the University of Toronto and the Università degli Studi in Florence, and has published extensively, with essays in Video By Artists (1976, 1986), Mirror Machine: Video and Identity (1995), Lectures obliques (1999), and many museum catalogues. Her Videotexts, essays on narrative issues in artists' video, was published in 1995 by Wilfrid Laurier University Press and The Power Plant. Among other titles, she was editor of Museums by Artists (with AA Bronson, 1983), Video re/View: The (best) Source for Critical Writings on Canadian Artists' Video (with Lisa Steele, 1996), and Artists Talk 1969-1977, from The Press of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax (2004). She was lead researcher and principal writer for Video Art in Canada, a bilingual website launched in February 2006 and expanded the following year as part of the Virtual Museum of Canada, now housed at Vtape.
An independent curator since the mid-1970s, Gale has organized many exhibitions including the inaugural Biennale of the Moving Image (Madrid, 1990), Tout le temps/Every Time (La Biennale de Montréal, 2000) and Analogue: Pioneering Video from the UK, Canada and Poland 1968-88 (co-curator, touring 2006-08). With co-curator Doina Popescu, Archival Dialogues: Reading the Black Star Collection inaugurates the Ryerson Image Centre (Toronto) in September 2012.
A long-time member of the International Association of Art Critics and The Writers' Union of Canada, she was honoured in 2000 with the Toronto Arts Award for Visual Art, followed by the Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts, 2006.