Camosun hosts visiting artists in a lecture format, allowing students to learn from professional artists and other members of the art community. Free admission, free your mind.
Visiting Artist Series
These artists will be coming to speak to the Camosun community. These free events are open to the public. For more info please contact John Boehme at 250-370-3512.
With mask in front of Legislature Buildings
Rande Cook | Cancelled | Lansdowne Campus
Rande Cook is an Indigenous artist from the Kwakwaka’wakw First Nation on Cormorant Island, off the northeast coast of Vancouver Island. His grandparents, Gus and Florence Matlipi, raised him with strong cultural views and ties to his rich native heritage. Surrounded by their teachings and the beauty of land and art, Rande discovered his passion for creativity at a young age.
In 1991, Cook moved to Victoria to attend high school, where his passion for Native art grew stronger. Although he perfected both Indigenous and western forms of art, he was most drawn to the strong classical form of Northwest Coast art. He practiced the styles of many different nations, but focused primarily on the northern tribes of Vancouver Island.
Rande Cook has worked with many great Indigenous artists, including mentorships with Native artists Robert Davidson (metal work) and Calvin Hunt (woodworking), and an apprenticeship with master carver John Livingston. He is also skilled at jewellery making, influenced by the work of his brother, William Cook Jr., and his cousin, Patrick Seaweed, who are both jewellers. Most recently, Rande traveled to New York City to study with repousee and chasing master Valentin Yotkov.
Rande Cook’s Indigenous art works can be seen in many galleries in the United States and Canada, as well as in collections worldwide. He now resides in Victoria where he continues to push himself in his creativity by finding many new inspirations in new mediums.
The Visual Arts program thanks our recent visiting artists:
Spectral 9x16 ft acrylic on canvas
Sara Robichaud completed her MFA at UVIC (2009) and her BFA at Queen’s University (1995). She has taught at the Surrey Art Gallery, VISA and UVIC (during MFA). Sara has been a GOLDEN Certified Working Artist since 2006.
Robichaud’s work is rooted in formalist painting, engaging the viewer in an inquiry between the atmospheric and lyrical qualities of the form and the hard physicality of their material. Her process includes: staining, layering from chalky opaque paints to transparent saturated colours, masking, scraping viscous gels and using lace as a stencil. Enmeshed with personal life experiences, Sara explores generational feminine themes with an alluring and original visual language. Sara is represented at Gallery Jones (Vancouver) and Herringer Kiss Gallery (Calgary). Her work has been exhibited nationally and at international art fairs in Toronto, New York and Los Angeles and exists in numerous private / public collections in North America and the Middle East.
The Visual Arts program thanks our recent visiting artists:
Jade Yumang’s work primarily focuses on the concept of queer form through sculptural abstraction, installation, & performance. He is part of a New York-based collaborative duo, Tatlo, with Sara Jimenez; and is an Assistant Professor in the department of Fiber and Material Studies at School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Mineki Murata is an artist based in Maebashi, Gunma, Japan, and continues to participate in international exhibitions and art festivals in Taiwan, Germany, Singapore, Ireland and France since 2007. His work covers a diverse range of expression including installation, paintings, drawings, videos or digital images, as well as conducts workshops. The subject matters or the approaches taken in those works originally derived from his performance works. His art practice consisted with two parts: Guerilla performance which make an impact on the viewers by presenting the un-verbalized physical sensation through the overuse of his own body and muscles, and the installations created as the results of those performances. By involving himself with various elements found in a place for many hours, his act metamorphoses the quality of its space. Murata is a member of Tokyo based art collective, called Ongoing Collective that participate and organize local and international exhibitions, symposiums, residency programs and other art related events. Ongoing Collective’s aim is to form a flexible and free thinking, organic organization, connected through interpersonal relationships, not by mechanistic functions or formal regulations.
Photography and Digital Technologies
Drama and stillness, beauty and strangeness, hard science and science fiction—these dualities come together in the work of Kelly Richardson. Taking cues from 19th century landscape painting, 20th century cinema, and 21st century planetary research, the artist crafts lens based works that offer imaginative glimpses into the future and prompt a careful consideration of the present. Recent solo exhibitions include SMoCA (Arizona), CAG Vancouver, VOID (Ireland), Naturhistorisches Museum Wien and a major survey at the Albright-Knox. Her work has been selected for the Beijing, Busan, Canadian, Gwangju and Montréal biennales and been acquired by significant museum collections including Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, National Gallery of Canada, Art Gallery of Ontario, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Arts Council Collection England. She studied at the Ontario College of Art & Design (AOCAD with honours) and Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and Newcastle University (MFA with distinction).
Prior to joining the Department of Visual Arts at UVic in 2017, Kelly was a Lecturer in Fine Art at Newcastle University, England which at the time of her tenure was the United Kingdom’s highest ranked university for Visual Arts. She received her MFA from Newcastle University, England and her undergraduate degree from the Ontario College of Art & Design, Canada.
Photo: Detail of Lori Lalli's sculpture
Lori is our fall Artist-in-Residence
Sculptures and Installations of Cultural Transfiguration
Hjalmer was raised on an island in Barkley Sound, in Huu-ay-aht First Nation’s territory, off the west coast of Vancouver Island. It was there that his understanding and desire of pursing both his traditional Nuu-chah-nulth and contemporary art practices began. Hjalmer Wenstob is an interdisciplinary artist who specializes in sculpture and carving. He is Nuu-Chah-Nulth from the Tla-O-Qui-Aht First Nations on his father's side, and Norwegian and English ancestory on his mum’s.
Hjalmer speaks of three dialects of his work; contemporary, traditional, and community-based. Through his contemporary dialect, Hjalmer completed both an undergraduate and master's degree at the University of Victoria, exploring the relationships between cultures and art, and the balance between traditional and contemporary. His work, at times is highly political, and uses humour and irony to pose difficult questions of respect, reconciliation and environmental issues. Recently, Hjalmer and his family opened Cedar House Gallery in Ucluelet, B.C. where Hjalmer is exploring ways of weaving his contemporary/political work with more traditional materials and styles.
Hjalmer takes great pride in creating cultural objects, and artworks for his community for dances and celebrations, which is where his true love of carving began. His final dialect of work involves community projects, where he brings together youth and community members to co-create carvings and artworks. In 2017, one of these projects involved the creation of four temporary Longhouses that were erected on the front lawn of the BC Legislature buildings in Victoria, BC, which is an old Lekwungen village site. The project worked in collaboration with the BC legislature, the City of Victoria, Songhees First Nation and Esquimalt First Nation.
In the fall of 2018, Hjalmer was awarded the William and Meredith Saunderson Prizes for Emerging Artists of Canada from the Hnatyshyn Foundation.
Multi-disciplinary visual artist
Born in Toronto, Risa Horowitz is based in Regina, Saskatchewan where she is an Associate Professor in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Regina. Her work includes photography, video, painting, drawing, performance, electronics, installation, and writing. Horowitz has received numerous grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and several provincial funding bodies. Her works are in the collections of TD, BMO, Scotiabank, the Canada Council Art Bank, and the Saskatchewan Arts Board. In 2014, twenty paintings from the Trees of Canada series were acquired for Canada House in London by Global Affairs Canada, who most recently also acquired two recent works created in the Arctic.
Horowitz’s practice blurs boundaries between expert-amateur, hobby-work, and leisure-productivity. Much of her work has involved collecting and durational practices that pay attention to time and its presentation. In 2017 and 2018 Horowitz attended two residencies in Svalbard during the times of both the midnight sun and the polar night.
Photo: Ohkwari, Lindsay Delaronde
Multi-disciplinary visual artist
Born and raised on the Kahnawake reservation, Delaronde is a strong advocate for Indigenous voices, stories, culture and history. Delaronde has been living on the West Coast for the past ten years, she began this journey by travelling to Vancouver to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design followed by a Master of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Victoria. Recently, Delaronde completed her second Master’s degree in Indigenous Communities Counselling Psychology from the University.
Delaronde is a professional multi-disciplinary visual artist who works in contemporary Indigenous performance and facilitator of traditional workshops, such as; moccasin making, beadwork, and Iroquois cornhusk dolls. All workshops are facilitated in a cultural significant way using circle, drum, medicines and prayer.
As an emerging professional artist, Delaronde has been consistently active and made significant commitments at the local and national level. Her areas of research are stemmed in Contemporary and Traditional First Nations art, expressive arts therapy and working with Indigenous and non- Indigenous peoples within the arts and counseling. Her research focuses on land- based, collaborative practice, cultural resurgence and social/political activism through the arts.
Multi-disciplinary visual artist
In the early 1980s Youds became interested in issues of colour and space beyond the limitations of the picture plane. This interest led him to examine the conditions of the spectatorial and its relationship to constructed objects and images situated in real space. Drawing a distinction between the areas of sculpture and painting from the more generalized area of installation practice, Youds established a reputation for his works relationship to the parallel fields of architecture and industrial design.
He has followed a career path committed to extending the visual, social, and communicative boundaries of art.
Youds has been shown in many prestigious galleries and museums such as: Power Plant, Toronto, Ontario, (1995), Site Santa Fe, New Mexico (1999), Museum of Mexico City, Mexico City (1999), Oliver Art Center, CCAC, Oakland (1999), Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario (2003), Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Alberta, (2006), National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, (2010), Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (2013), Xi’an Art Museum, Xi’an, China (2014), Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC (2015), Today Museum, Beijing, China (2015), among many others.
His artworks have been represented by Sable-Castelli Gallery, Toronto, Post Wilshire, Los Angeles, Diaz Contemporary, Toronto, William Turner, Los Angeles and most recently by Barbara Edwards Gallery, Toronto.
Jörn J. Burmester
Performance artist, curator and dramaturg
Jörn came to performance art through independent theatre and pursuing a university degree in Applied Theatre Studies in Gießen and New York City. Still mobile between genres, today his passion is performance art in all it's manifestations. He devises and shows solo works and collaborates with a variety of partners and groups worldwide. The use of text as a material in performance art has been central to many of his pieces, including Performance art ist live. Theatre is death, Random Rants, Kritik der Weltmaschine and Sorry. His latest performances, 4 Übungen and 4 Alchemisten, are taking a pronounced turn towards the visual.
Organising and curating performance art is an integral part of his artistic practice. Burmester was the founder and host of Performer Stammtisch, a Berlin network of performance artists, a member of the organising team of the Month of Performance Art – Berlin, a showcase of performance and life art, and is a founding member of APAB e.V., the Association for Performance Art in Berlin. He has received several stipends and grants and was invited to residencies in Denmark and Finland.
Chaumont, Zebra at Buttes, 2016
Vikky Alexander is one of Vancouver’s most acclaimed artists. Her work has been recognized within Canada and internationally in New Zealand, Japan, Korea, Europe and in the United States. Working as a photographer, sculptor, collagist and installation artist, Alexander is a leading practitioner in the field of photo-conceptualism.
Alexander’s work is fantastic in both the literal and figurative senses of the words. She is playful and uses a variety of media and techniques to make her point: mirrors, photographic landscape murals, postcards collected on her travels, her own photography and video. Her work is at once both seductive and disruptive; she likes to situate the viewer within idealized spaces that reflect our aspirations and utopian desires. With Alexander’s work one can experience a sense of vertigo: a physical displacement from the natural world that mirrors and frames our desires within the dynamics of consumption and utopian ideals. She lives in Montreal and is represented by Downs & Ross, New York, Cooper Cole, Toronto, Trepanier Baer, Calgary and Wilding Cran, Los Angeles.
Lofty Lot | Work from exhibition, One Way or Another, OpenSpace
Sculpture, video and printmaking
Megan Dickie is an artist who works in the mediums of sculpture, video and printmaking. Her artistic research focuses on the seductive tension that exists between reason and play. Dickie explores this concept by subverting systems and structures with critically deployed humour. Her most recent project uses video games as a platform to question the competitive structure of contemporary art and our enduring fascination with watching human struggle. The project combines large, absurd sculptures with a HD video trilogy that is inspired by the quirky graphics of 1980’s video games. The videos have recently been shown at TUFF (Toronto) BIDDU (Reykjavik) and Eastern Edge (St. John’s). A major solo presentation of the entire project is currently on view at Open Space (Victoria) until February 20, 2017. Recent exhibitions include Oxygen Art Centre (Nelson), Latitude 53 (Edmonton), Stride (Calgary) and Grunt Gallery, (Vancouver). She is also the recipient of numerous grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the BC Arts Council. Megan Dickie received her MFA from the University of Saskatchewan (Saskatoon, 2002) and a BFA from the University of Calgary (1997). Her works are part of the collections of the University of Saskatchewan, Alberta Foundation for the Arts and the Nickel Arts Museum. Megan Dickie resides in Victoria, BC and is an Assistant Professor of Studio Art at the University of Victoria.
Golden Boy | crocheted acrylic paint on aluminum panel | 50.8 x 40.65 cm | 2015
Angela Teng is a painter who employs a laborious dedication to the processes of craft through abstraction and studio‐based exploration of materials. Teng obtained a Diploma from Camosun College Visual Arts Department a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art and Design in 2011 and has exhibited in Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria, Saskatoon, New York, and Chicago. She is a finalist in the 2016 RBC Canadian Painting Competition.
Untitled (pencil shavings) | Pencil shavings, MDF & Plexiglas | 10 1/2 x 10 1/2 x 43 inches | 2010
Matt Trahan is an artist living in Victoria, BC. Originally from Ontario, he graduated with a BFA in Art & Philosophy from he University of Western Ontario (2009) and MFA from The University of Victoria (2012) where he currently teaches drawing and contemporary art theory. His work examines the material possibilities of drawing by challenging some of the most fundamental precepts of the medium including the relationship between positive and negative space, figure and ground, and the discreteness of line. He also uses drawing as a framework for highlighting the beauty of certain mundane objects that appear to have an inherent artfulness or delicacy. Recent exhibitions include 'Conditional Statements' at Chernoff Fine Arts in Vancouver, 'Scribes & Thieves' at Wil Aballe Art Projects in Vancouver, and 'Duplicate' at Deluge Contemporary Art in Victoria.
Designer, typographer, writer and illustrator
Marian Bantjes is a designer, typographer, writer and illustrator working internationally from her base on a small island off the west coast of Canada, near Vancouver.
Her career spans 3 stages: she worked as a book typesetter from 1984–1994: she co-founded and ran a graphic design studio, Digitopolis, from 1994–2003; and since 2003 she has worked on her own as a designer/artist/letterer. It is this latter work for which she has become internationally known.
Her 2010 book I Wonder (published by Thames & Hudson, 2010) is an exploration of the marriage of word and image, written and illuminated by herself throughout, it is alternately mysterious, thoughtful, personal and funny. It was shortlisted for the British Design of the Year award in 2011, and along with several other pieces or her work, is included in the permanent collection of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York.
In 2010 she spoke at the renowned TED Conference in Long Beach, California. In 2008, she was accepted as a member of the prestigious international design organization, Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI), and in 2010 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Emily Carr University in Vancouver, Canada.
An extensive monograph of her work, Pretty Pictures was published by Thames & Hudson in the fall of 2013, to critical acclaim, and was named one of the best 20 art books in the past 20 years by BookForum.
Natalie Brettschneider performs Mirror, Paris, 1938
Visual artist, performer, and singer
Carol Sawyer is a visual artist, performer, and singer. Since the late 1980s her work has been concerned with the connection between truth, fiction, performance, memory, and history. Her current work takes the form of photographs, videos, and multi-media installations. She has also created musical performances and interdisciplinary performance pieces, and performs improvised music with her ensemble ion Zoo. Sawyer received her Diploma in Photography (Honours) from Emily Carr College of Art and Design (1982) and an interdisciplinary MFA from the School for the Contemporary Arts, Simon Fraser University (1998). She has exhibited widely in both solo and group shows across Canada. Sawyer has been the recipient of numerous Canada Council and BC Arts Council grants, and has participated in several residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts. She has taught courses in interdisciplinary studio and the history of photography at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, and studio courses in photography at Simon Fraser University. Sawyer’s work is represented by Republic Gallery, Vancouver.
(Note about the photo caption: because Carol has created a fiction about this historical artist named "Natalie Brettschneider" and creates work in her name, she typically only captions the work from this series with Natalie's name, the title and the fictional date i.e. she doesn't typically use her name or the real date of production.)
Cedric and Nate Bomford
Photography and installation artists
Cedric Bomford lives and works in Victoria, BC and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Victoria. His installation and photographic work has been exhibited in Canada as well as inter-nationally in Germany, Sweden, Australia, the United Kingdom, Iran, and Taiwan. He has also participated in residencies in Europe, Asia, Australia, and North America. Bomford holds an MFA from the Malmö Art Academy (2007) and a BFA from Emily Carr University, Vancouver (2003).
Nathan Bomford is a visual artist mainly working in photography and installation. He was born in Kamloops, BC and is currently based in Shawnigan Lake on Vancouver Island. Nathan received an MFA from the University of Victoria in 2006, and a BFA with a major in photography from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2003. Nathan is also a graduate of the Camosun Visual Arts Program (2001). He has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Germany the United Kingdom and across Canada.
Johanna Householder & Margaret Dragu
Johanna Householder has been working in performance, dance, video and intermedia art practices since the late 1970s. Working at the intersection of popular and unpopular culture, she shapes plundered source material in order to talk back to mass forms. Householder practices her own brand of cultural détournement, often in collaboration with other artists. She has performed most recently at Performancear o Morir in Chihuahua, Mexico, the IARC in Singapore, at undisclosed territory in Java, and at M:ST in Calgary, AB. With Tanya Mars she edited Caught in the Act: an anthology of performance art by Canadian women, YYZ Books, 2005 – and they are currently at work on Volume Two. She is one of the founders of the 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art which will hold its 11th biennial festival in Toronto in October 2016, and she chairs the Artistic Research Working Group for the Board of Performance Studies international.
Margaret Dragu works in video, installation, web-based/book-publication and performance. Spanning relational, durational, interventionist and community-based practices, her performances have been presented in galleries, museums, theatres, nightclubs, libraries, universities and site-specific venues including parks, botanical gardens, and public parade routes across Canada, the United States and Europe. An innovator and pioneer in Canadian art, Dragu was the recipient of the Governor General’s Award for Visual and Media Arts in 2012. See more...
"She … allows [people] to see that art exists on the streets and happens in the home." - Lynn Beavis, Director, Richmond Art Gallery (nominator)
Born in Los Angeles in 1936 and educated at Pomona College and Stanford University, Mowry Baden has lived and worked in Canada since 1971. He has practiced sculpture for nearly 50 years and has taught sculpture at Raymond College, Pomona College, UBC, and the University of Victoria, from which he retired in 1997.
Articulating an internal awareness of movement has always been the most important element in his work. Over the past 43 years, he has developed various methods of decentering vision and interfering with habitual human gestures. He has built harnesses, furniture, rooms, pathways and catwalks, all with the goal of impinging upon the viewer’s movements and awakening a physical self-awareness that was previously unconscious.
Baden tries to provoke a perceptual crisis that assaults the viewer’s confidence in the information that comes through the senses. His practice has always involved materials, just like any artist who makes objects. Ideally, however, he is less interested in the object than in the experience. He wants the viewer to enter the object (or the space) and have an experience that is visceral, internal, and sensorially cross-circuited.
Curator, Nanaimo Art Gallery
Jesse Birch has worked as a curator, artist, writer and educator. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts Photography) from Emily Carr (2001), and a Masters of Arts degree in Art History (Critical and Curatorial Studies) from the University of British Columbia (2008). In 2007, he was a curatorial fellow at de Appel arts centre in Amsterdam, and was Co-Director/Curator of Access Gallery in Vancouver from 2008 to 2010. Birch maintains an active practice as a writer, and has published in art magazines including C Magazine and fillip. In 2013, he received the Art Writing Award from Ontario Association of Art Galleries for his essay on artist Kika Thorne for the Art Gallery of Windsor. From 2009 to 2013, Birch taught at Emily Carr University of Art and Design in the Critical and Cultural Studies faculty. Before accepting the position in Nanaimo, Birch was Exhibitions Curator at The Western Front (Vancouver). He has served on the Board of the Or Gallery (Vancouver) and as treasurer of the Pacific Association of Artist Run Centres.
Maureen studied Communications and Media Studies at Concordia University. She abandoned a brief career as a bassist in the Montreal underground music scene after she received a VideoFACT music video production grant. After relocating to Vancouver, Maureen immersed herself in the artist-run-centre scene and returned to school to pursue and MFA in Film Production from UBC. Prior to joining the Writing Department at the University of Victoria in 2004, she was an Assistant Professor of Film Production at the University of Regina. In 2002, she became the first female director to join the Saskatchewan District Council of the Directors Guild of Canada. Maureen is a past the President of the Board of Directors of CineVic Society of Independent Filmmakers, Queer City Cinema, Video In and a previous Pacific Board Member of the Independent Media Arts Alliance of Canada.
A media artist, curator and educator, Maureen has created more than 50 short films and videos, four film installations and two web art projects. Her award winning productions have screened at galleries and festivals around the globe including the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Many of her productions have been broadcast in North America and abroad. Retrospectives of Maureen’s work have screened at festivals in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg and Ottawa. She has garnered Best Film awards from festivals in Chicago, Akron, Philadelphia and Santa Barbara. In 1992, Maureen reached her largest audience of more than 15 million viewers appearing as a writer/director on the CBC TV series Road Movies.
The Wanderer, 2014
Alysha Farling is an installation based artist who graduated from Camosun College in 2008. She then went on to do her BFA, where she majored in drawing and painting, at Concordia University, graduating with distinction in 2013. Since Graduating she has done shows in Montreal and Ottawa as well as two solo shows and a residency in Argentina.
Performance and installation artist
Internationally renowned performance and installation artist James Luna (Puyukitchum/Luiseno) resides on the La Jolla Indian Reservation in North County San Diego, California. With over 30 years of exhibition and performance experience Luna has given voice to Native American cultural issues, pursued innovative and versatile media within his disciplines, and charted waters for other artists to follow. His powerful works transform gallery spaces into battlefields, where the audience is confronted with the nature of cultural identity, the tensions generated by cultural isolation, and the dangers of cultural misinterpretations, all from an Indigenous perspective.
Since 1975, he has had over 41 solo exhibitions, participated in 85 group exhibitions and has performed internationally at venues that include the Museum of Modern Art (NYC), Whitney Museum of American Art, New Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Canada, and Museum of Contemporary Native Art, Santa Fe, NM.
His performances have been sponsored by a range of presenters, including Nippon International Performance Festival (UK); SITE Santa Fe (Santa Fe, NM), Wing Museum (Seattle, WA), Toronto Free Gallery with Red Sky Performance and imagineNATIVE (Toronto), TRIBE INC/Neutral Ground, (Saskatoon), Paved Arts, (Regina), (Mesa Art Center, Mesa, AZ;), and Humboldt State University (Arcata, CA).
He has received several major awards and grants including the Painters & Sculptors Grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, Distinguished Artist Award and the Eiteljorg Museum Fellowship for Native American Fine Art from Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in 2007, US/Japan Creative Artist Exchange Fellowship, from the Japan-US Friendship Commission, the Performing Arts/Emerging Fields production grant from Creative Capital, Andrea Frank Foundation grant, In addition, Luna has received media arts grants from the Native American Public Broadcasting Consortium for the production of Bringing It All Back Home in 1995 and a Rockefeller Foundation Intercultural Film/Video Grant of for the production of The History of the Luiseno People-Christmas 1990.
Most notably, in 2005, he was selected as the first Sponsored Artist of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian presented at the 2005 Venice Biennale’s 51st International Art Exhibition in Venice, Italy. In 2012 James was awarded Honorary Doctorate of Humanities from the Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, NM.
Rozita Moini-Shirazi is an Iranian-Canadian multi-disciplinary artist. Her work deals with contemporary socio-political issues as well as enchanted imagery from the world of illustration. She works in various mediums including painting, illustration, photography and installation.
Having lived in Iran until the age of twenty-one, Rozita experienced both the tumultuous times of the Iranian revolution, and the horrors of the Iran-Iraq war that followed. She first immigrated to Germany in 1984 and studied communication design in Essen and then to Canada in 1990, where she pursued an education in Fine Arts at Langara College and Emily Carr University. Returning to Iran in 2003 she completed an MFA at Tehran’s Azad University with a comparative study of three generations of Iranian female artists, from pre-revolution, post-revolution and the current generation.
She currently lives in Victoria BC completing her PhD in the department of art education at the University of Victoria and teaches at Emily Carr University.
Curator, writer, artist, activist
Bill Jeffries has curated c. 140 exhibitions since 1983. He has also worked as a freelance writer, lecturer, artist and community and environmental activist. Bill was the owner of the Coburg Gallery in Vancouver from 1983 to 1987, which was the only privately-owned photography gallery in the Lower Mainland.
In 1984 he founded the Canadian Photographic Portfolio Society, which continues to operate to this day. From 1988 to 1991 he was Curator and Director at the Contemporary Art Gallery in Vancouver. From 1998 to 2001 he worked in a variety of registrar positions at the Vancouver Art Gallery. He was Director/Curator at Presentation House Gallery from 2001 to 2005, and held the same post at the Simon Fraser University Galleries from late 2005 until the end of 2012. He has texts in some twenty books in addition to a hundred or so shorter exhibition essays.
Dawit L. Petros
Dawit L. Petros is a visual artist born in Eritrea and based in New York City. Working with installations, photography, research and extensive travels, his practice centers around a critical rereading of the relationship between African histories and European modernism. In recent projects he employs abstraction as an act of translation to push against naturalized ways of understanding form, colour, and subjectivity. By drawing upon forms rooted in diverse histories, Petros' artistic language enables a metaphorically rich articulation of the fluidity of contemporary transnational experiences and attendant issues of displacement, place-making, and cultural negotiation.
Petros studied Art as a Fulbright Fellow at Tufts University/School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Photography at Concordia University, Montreal and History at The University of Saskatchewan. Recent exhibition venues include The Studio Museum in Harlem, NYC; The National Museum of African Art in Washington, DC; The Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit, MI; The Prince Claus Fund Gallery in Amsterdam, NL; The Durban Art Gallery in Durban, SA; Medina Galerie Mediatheque in Bamako, Mali; The Royal Ontario Museum of Art in Toronto, ON and The Lianzhou International Photo Festival in Lianzhou, China. His works have been recognized with awards including an Independent Study Fellowship at the Whitney Museum of American Art, an Art Matters Fellowship, Canada Council for the Arts Production Grants, and Artist Residencies at The Studio Museum in Harlem, The McColl Center for Visual Art, Addis Ababa Photo Fest, and Invisible Borders TransAfrican Photography Collective. His works are in institutional collections including The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Royal Ontario Museum of Art, The Saskatchewan Arts Board and numerous private collections.
Owner, Communication Designer & Creative Facilitator Perceptive listener, big hearted problem solver and collaborator, Co-Founder of the Nanaimo Design Nerds and a certified Graphic Designer with the Graphic Designers Society of Canada. Jackie is a Sessional Professor at VIU and Capilano University, the PechaKucha Night Nanaimo City Organizer for 2.5 years, Entrepreneurial Lead with Start up Nanaimo, a Yogi, and Mother – with over 13 years of design industry experience and a practitioner of a human centred approach (Design Thinking) in every aspect of work and life.
Growing up in South Africa, studying in the UK, The Netherlands and Canada, Jackie completed her undergraduate degree in Communication Design at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. Followed by a Graduate degree at NSCAD University, Jackie has dedicated her design skills to teach, learn and practice the distinctions of design for positive impact, working with both local non-profit cultural organizations, start ups and mid size companies.
Ceramics, installation art
Keith Harrison was born in West Bromwich in the Black Country and from the age of 8 grew up in Birmingham. Harrison didn’t intend or expect to be a ceramicist and in a bizarre set of circumstances was banned from the ceramics room on the first day of his art foundation course in Bournville, Birmingham. Whilst on the BA Industrial Design course at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff he enjoyed the freedom and versatility of clay during one of the projects and later switched courses to ceramics. Harrison completed an MA in ceramics and glass at the Royal College of Art in 2002. The potential for the direct physical transformation of clay from a raw state utilising industrial and domestic electrical systems has driven a series of process-based live public experiments since 2002. The use of portable household appliances has enabled live firings to take place in alternative venues such as a living room, science laboratory, café and not-for-profit artist run spaces in Brighton and London. In addition, large-scale works have been realised for public galleries and museums including the V&A, De La Warr Pavilion, Jerwood Space, Camden Arts Centre and Mima, Middlesbrough which take on the given space to produce site-specific time-based works. The exploration of possibilities for a wider ranging sensory experience of the firing process other than heat began in 2007 with the work ‘20 Whittington Street’ at Camden Arts Centre. A living room carpet made from chapatti bread dough and spices heated underneath until the smell became unbearable for the audience in the gallery space. Float, commissioned for Jerwood Open Makers in 2011, was a large-scale culmination of a sequence of smaller scale works and experiments involving sound in conjunction with clay and electricity and included Blue Monday/White Label (Landmark, Bergen, 2010), Brother (Mima, Middlesbrough, 2009), and Grand (Permanent Gallery, Brighton, 2008). In the realisation of past works Harrison has received the support of a Gasworks/Arts Council International Artists’ Fellowship in 2004, Arts Council England Grant for the Arts in 2006 and 2013, AHRC Small Grants Award in 2007, Henry Moore Foundation Award in 2009, and the Jerwood Makers Open Commission in 2011.Residencies have been undertaken at KHOJ, New Delhi in 2003 and at the V&A Museum in 2012/13. During the V&A Residency Harrison staged a series of ‘Disruptions’ temporarily sited and enacted in venues throughout the Museum, intended as a riposte to the conventional lunchtime recital and providing a succession of short, experimental shocks within the structure of the institution. Harrison has been Associate Senior Lecturer at Bath School of Art and Design since 2002 and visiting lecturer at a number of art schools in the UK and Europe.
Devon Knowles is a Canadian artist currently based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Her material centered practice assesses historical and contemporary models of production, interrogating their cultural positions and how they form material language.Through the investigation of a material’s history, economic and social contexts, the philosophy and theory surrounding a material manifest themselves in language. This language establishes an intimacy directly between the physical material, its use, and history. It is from within this blended configuration where Knowles’ practice engages, and where the conscious act of making becomes conceptually productive. By inhabiting the role of the fabricator, she allows subjective material sensibilities and attentiveness to the optical experience to expand beyond the range of material and craft customs. While acknowledging material history, Knowles asks how a known material language can be cajoled into delivering a new understanding.
Performance and video
London-based, Japanese artist Hiraki Sawa’s videos explore psychological landscapes, unexpected worlds and the interweaving of domestic and imaginary spaces. Populated with animals, inanimate objects and people, his characters search for their ‘place’ in the universe as he explores ideas of memory, displacement and migration.
Performance and video
Rachel Echenberg (Montreal, Quebec) is a visual artist who primarily works in performance and video. Echenberg's continual interest in possibilities for active empathy has led to artworks that highlight vulnerable, intimate and uncontrollable relationships. Since 1992 Rachel Echenberg's work has been exhibited, performed and screened across Canada as well as internationally in Belgium, Chile, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Morocco, Northern Ireland, Poland, Portugal, Switzerland and the United States. Many of her videos are available through Vidéographe Distribution in Montreal. Echenberg holds a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, Canada (1993) and an MA in Visual Performance from Dartington College of Arts in the UK (2004). Rachel Echenberg currently teaches in the Fine Arts Department of Dawson College in Montreal, Quebec.
Born in Montreal in 1969, Isabelle Hayeur lives and works in Quebec, Canada. She holds a Bachelor’s (1997) and a Master’s (2002) degrees in Fine Arts from the Université du Québec à Montréal. As an image-based artist, she is known for her photographs and her experimental videos. She has also realized several site-specific installations and public art commissions. Her work is situated within a critical approach to the environment, urban development and to social conditions. She is particularly interested in the feelings of alienation, uprooting and disenchantment.
Since the late 1990s, Isabelle Hayeur has been probing the territories she goes through to understand how our contemporary civilizations take over and fashion their environments. She is concerned about the evolution of places and communities in the neoliberal sociopolitical context we currently live in. Her artistic approach examines the relations between nature and culture in a world where their (false) opposition is a dominant ideology that still structures our Western societies. When the utility principle comes to prevail over all other values and the economy becomes sovereign, everything gets viewed as a "resource" to strip or a site to occupy. Her works seek to show how we take possession of territories and beings so as to adapt them to our needs; this instrumental logic tends to invade all fields of human activity today. Her art practice proves to be both political and poetic, with a constant striving to blur the lines in order to highlight the ambivalence of our relation to the world. At once seductive and disquieting, her images awaken in us an ambiguous feeling that reflects our discomfort and reveals the flaws of a dehumanized system.
Isabelle Hayeur's works have been widely shown. She participated in many major public shows, such as the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa), the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Arts (North Adams), the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (Berlin), the Canadian Cultural Centre (Paris), Casino Luxembourg Forum d'art contemporain (Luxembourg), the Today Art Museum (Beijing), at the Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art (Hiroshima) and at Les Rencontres internationales de la photographie à Arles.
Isabelle has also actively participated in international artists' residencies, notably at the Rauschenberg Residency (Florida), the International Studio & Curatorial Program ISCP (New York), A Studio in the Woods / Tulane University (New Orleans) and at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts (Omaha), amongst others. Her works are to be found in some thirty collections, including those of the National Gallery of Canada, the Fonds national d'art contemporain in Paris, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, the New Orleans Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago.
Artist and educator
Born in 1935, Glenn Lewis graduated from the Vancouver School of Art (now Emily Carr University of Art + Design) (1958) with honors in painting, drawing, and ceramics. Subsequently, he received a teaching certificate from University of British Columbia (1959) and he studied ceramics under Bernard Leach in St. Ives (Cornwall, England) (1961-1964). Lewis has worked in video, performance, film, ceramics, photography, sculpture, and writing. He was an active member of the avant-garde art scene in Vancouver during the 1960s, producing work that blurred the boundaries between media and between viewer and artist. He has taught widely, including ceramics and art teaching methods in the Education Department at the University of British Columbia (1964-1967), media workshops at the National Film Board in Vancouver (1968-1970), and ceramics, sculpture, and drawing in the Fine Arts Department at the University of British Columbia (1971-1974).
As one of the co-founders of the Western Front, Lewis initiated and administered the Video taught ceramics 1970-71 at Alfred University in upper New York State. Program (1974-1976), curated the Performance Art Program (1977-1979), acted as arts administrator and program coordinator (1979-1987), initiated and coordinated the Computer-Integrated Media Program (1985-1987) and was Acting Director for three months in 1994. In addition, Lewis was head of the Media Arts Section of the Canada Council (1987-1990). Lewis has served on countless boards, including the Intermedia Board of Trustees (1970-1972), the Vancouver Art Gallery's Board of Directors (1973-1976, 1986-1987), the Western Front Board of Directors (1974-1987, 1991-present), as well as serving on various Canada Council juries (1978-1985). Performances and groups exhibitions include Floor Piece (1968), Japanese Pickled Cabbage (1969), Taping of the International Art Critics (with Michael Morris, 1970), participation in international correspondence activity (1970-1972), The Intermedia Society (1995), Thrown (2004). Solo exhibitions include the Douglas Gallery, the Vancouver Art Gallery, and the Belkin Satellite. Lewis lives and works in Vancouver. Also a solo exhibition in 2010 at the presentation House Gallery, N. Vancouver
Additional information and materials about Glenn Lewis are available on request in the Music, Art and Architecture Library University of British Columbia.
While Glenn is at Camosun, he plans to throw pots, do some sculptural decoration on them, glaze and fire them for most of the residency during the student classes and other times. He intends to be available during these times to the students so they can see the techniques and skill used to make the work, and to help them and answer their questions. He will also give an illustrated talk to on various ceramics and potters.
"I hope to able to pass along some of my knowledge and skill to these students and discuss my views on art."
John van der Woude
John van der Woude was born and raised in British Columbia, Canada and initially studied art and design at Camosun College in Victoria, BC. He later received his BFA (Interdisciplinary) degree from NSCAD University in Halifax, NS in 2007.
John is an award-winning artist who has shown work across the country. His work is in numerous public and private collections.
John is also a freelance graphic designer and runs his own design business, John van der Woude Designs.