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2018 Reviewers

  • Caroline Loewen

    Caroline Loewen is curator at the Lougheed House, a historic house museum in Calgary. She holds a Master’s degree in Art History from the University of St. Andrews, as well as a BA in Archaeology and a BA in Art History from the University of Calgary. Her degrees in both Art History and Archaeology support her interests in art, history, and land; her curatorial practice focuses on exploring ideas around cultural geography, place-making, memory, and cultural/natural landscapes.

  • Christine Klassen

    Christine initially attended Red Deer College for two years before moving to Calgary to finish her BFA majoring in Sculpture and Printmaking from the University of Calgary in 1997. Christine began working in commercial galleries as a recipient of an internship program through the DFAIT, eventually managing the day to day operations of The Weiss Gallery from 2007 until 2012 when she took over partnership with James McIntyre and the gallery legally changed its name to Christine Klassen Gallery. Christine has worked diligently to establish the gallery as a keystone gallery of Calgary's art and design district and has been an active contributor to the Calgary arts community for over 10 years; Co-chair for the Calgary ArtWalk Festival Society (2008 to present) and Secretary for the Exposure Photography Festival (2011 to present).

  • Christine Sowiak

    Christine Sowiak received her Bachelor of Arts (Art History) and Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Regina in in 1992, then her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Calgary in 1996. She has worked as a gallery professional since 1990, as Curatorial Assistant then Communications Officer at the Mackenzie Art Gallery in Regina (1990 – 1994), then as Curator of Art at Nickle Galleries, University of Calgary (1996 – present). She was appointed Chief Curator in 1993. Sowiak’s area of research and expertise is modern and contemporary Canadian art with a particular focus on artists from Western Canada. She has developed the collection of Nickle Galleries in this area since 1997, and in that time has curated more than 50 solo and group exhibitions, several accompanied by significant catalogues. Sowiak has written and lectured extensively on the work of Alberta and Saskatchewan artists, both for Nickle Galleries and in collaboration with artist run and public galleries in those provinces. Her chapter in the Canadian Studies text A Passion for Identity (Toronto: Nelson Thomson) traced the role of national identity in the development of art in Canada, and recently she edited Marion Nicoll: Silence and Alchemy, a publication from the University of Calgary Press. Christine Sowiak also serves as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Art, University of Calgary where she teaches both art history and studio courses.

  • Costas Costoulas

    Costas Costoulas is a photographic printer and photography advocate in Calgary. In 2009, Costoulas co-founded Resolve Photo in Calgary, Alberta. He spends most of his time printing photography, photography based visual art, and illustrations at the studio. Costoulas is proud to highlight emerging and established artists in the gallery at the studio space. Dedicated to photographers, Costoulas aims to print work that enhances the vision of the artist.

  • Deborah Herringer Kiss

    Deborah Herringer Kiss has her Bachelor’s Degree in Art History and been working in the Calgary visual arts for over 20 years. Before opening the Herringer Kiss Gallery, Deborah was active in the visual arts community working for other galleries, volunteering with the Calgary Artwalk Society and the Triangle Gallery of visual arts (now Contemporary Calgary) where she was a member of the curatorial committee. Deborah has been instrumental to a number of fundraising initiatives for such organizations as The University of Calgary, The Triangle Gallery of Visual Arts and KOAC (Kiyooka Ohe Art Centre). Deborah’s passion for the visual arts can be seen in the many hours she spends in the gallery talking with people about art and her artists. She is also regular speaker to students at both The Alberta College of Art + Design and the University of Calgary. The Herringer Kiss Gallery has been a member of the Art Dealers Association of Canada since 2010. Deborah has volunteered on the ADAC Marketing and Membership committees and became a member of the Board of Directors in 2015.

  • Dona Schwartz

    Dona Schwartz is a photographic artist whose work explores everyday life and culture. Her work examines definitions of family and the nature of domesticity, cultural continuity and change, and transitional moments in life. In addition to her work as an artist, she is a scholar and educator. She earned a PhD at the Annenberg School for Communications at the University of Pennsylvania, specializing in visual communication and ethnographic research. She has published two photographic ethnographies, Waucoma Twilight: Generations of the Farm (Smithsonian Institution Press, 1992) and Contesting the Super Bowl (Routledge, 1997). Her photographic monograph, In the Kitchen, was published by Kehrer Verlag in 2009. On the Nest, also published by Kehrer, was released in December 2015. Schwartz’s award-winning photographs have been internationally exhibited and published. Photographs from On the Nest have been included in multiple Photographic Portrait Prize exhibitions at the National Portrait Gallery, London, winning Third Prize in 2011. Schwartz’s work is included in the collections of the Library of Congress, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Musée de l’Elysée, the George Eastman House, the Harry Ransom Center, the Portland Art Museum, and the Kinsey Institute. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Schwartz lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She is Associate Professor in the Department of Art at the University of Calgary, and she is President and Board Chair of the annual Exposure Photography Festival. Schwartz is represented by Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto.

  • George Webber

    George Webber has been photographing the people, landscape and architecture of the Canadian west for over thirty-five years. He was inducted into The Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 1999. In 2010 George was the recipient of the National Magazine Gold Award for Photojournalism. His books include Requiem, A World Within, People of The Blood, Last Call, In This Place, Prairie Gothic and Badlands. Webber’s work can be found in numerous Canadian and European museums. The documentary Lost Horizons: The Photography of George Webber was released in the Fall of 2017. View George’s work at www.georgewebber.ca

  • Grant Waddell

    Grant Waddell is a fine art photographer, digital illustrator, and painter. He attended the Alberta College of Art from 1982-1988 as a photography major and after graduating, moved to Vancouver to pursue a career in commercial advertising. Upon his return to Calgary in 2005, Grant continued in the world of advertising until 2012 when he decided to stoke the fires of his creative roots and begin to develop his fine art. Grant has been in several group shows and has won several awards for his advertising and digital illustration work.

  • Greg Gerla

    Greg Gerla is a commercial and fine art photographer working from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He also holds an instructor position within the Design/Photography Department of the Alberta College of Art and Design. His work evokes a strong mood with attention to craft and style. He’s represented by several stock agencies and his work has been published world-wide. Greg has had several exhibitions of his fine art work locally, and abroad. He has served on the National Board of CAPIC (Canadian Association of Professional Image Creators) from 2002-2016. He served as president of the Prairie Chapter of CAPIC from 2004-2007. Greg is also on the board for the Exposure:Photography Festival, which takes place every February.Greg gets around. He has photographed his journeys from Moscow to Los Angeles. He’s continually inspired by what’s outside his door, or across the continent.

  • Lindsey V. Sharman

    Lindsey V. Sharman is curator of the Founders’ Gallery at the Military Museums in Calgary, an academic appointment through the University of Calgary, Libraries and Cultural Resources, adjunct professor with the Department of Art, and Past-President of the Academic Women’s Association at the University of Calgary. Sharman has studied Art History and Curating in Canada, England, Switzerland and Austria. She has an honours degree in Art History from the University of Saskatchewan and a Masters in curating from the University of the Arts, Zurich. In her current position, she programs and curates a minimum of four exhibitions a year covering a diversity of themes that explore human conflict worldwide through projects by local, international, historic, and contemporary artists that challenge viewers’ knowledge of and interaction with war. Exhibitions of note include Seeing Soldiering: in theatre with those who serve an exhibition of Althea Thauberger; Walls Between People, a photography exhibition that examined the use of graffiti on contemporary barrier walls, and 11 Women Facing War, photo stories of women in contemporary war zones.

  • Mark Kamachi

    Mark Kamachi, Creative Director AdMaki Creative Agency Mark is a graduate from the Ontario College of Art & Design. In 2011 he left Young & Rubicam as the Creative Director for Western Canada and started AdMaki Creative with his wife. Mark has made the rounds at agencies in Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary. In his 30 years in the advertising design industry, Mark has gained valuable experience and won numerous national and international awards in a variety of sectors for clients such as Whistler/Blackcomb, McDonald’s, Subway, Toyota, General Foods, EdTel Mobility, Mark’s Work Wearhouse, EPCOR, Vancouver Canucks, America West Airlines, Ford Motor Company and APEGA. Mark also teaches advertising at the Alberta College of Art + Design. He is an avid connoisseur of sushi. But not the weird ones.

  • Nancy Tousley

    Nancy Tousley is an art critic, arts journalist, and independent curator. She was art critic of the Calgary Herald for more than thirty years and has been a contributing editor of Canadian Art since 1986. She has organized exhibitions and written numerous catalogue essays for public art galleries across Canada. In 2002 she was recognized for outstanding achievement in arts journalism by the Canadian Museums Association and in 2011 received a Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts for her contributions to contemporary Canadian art. She lives in Calgary, Alberta.

  • Natasha Chaykowski

    Natasha Chaykowski is a Calgary-based writer and curator. Previously, she held positions at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Canadian Art Magazine, Journal of Curatorial Studies, and Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff Centre, where she was the Curatorial Research Practicum in 2015. She has won many awards including the Middlebrook Prize for Young Canadian Curators, the Canada Council for the Arts grant for Curatorial Research, and most recently the Alberta Foundation for the Arts Curatorial Fellowship. Recent curatorial projects include group exhibitions ‘Beyond the barrier of sound and soon, of light’ at AKA Artist-Run in Saskatoon, ‘Some more or less distant realities’ at Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff Centre, ‘Notes on how to be a human’, also at Walter Philips Gallery, ‘A few similar things’, across several spaces in Calgary, Alberta, and ‘To talk to the worms and the stars’, at The New Gallery also in Calgary, as well as solo projects by Maryse Larivière and Hannah Doerksen. She has contributed to numerous publications and catalogues and has written for Frieze, Canadian Art, esse arts + opinions, and Journal of Curatorial Studies, among other publications. Her research touches upon varied topics including wonder, the politics of collecting, quantum phenomena, disappearance, intersectional feminisms, and the history of marginalized epistemologies. She is working on her first book: an anthology of conversations among women and femmes about alternative ways of knowing, which will be published early 2018. Currently, Chaykowski is Director at Untitled Art Society in Calgary, Alberta.

  • Nicole Kelly Westman

    Nicole Kelly Westman is a visual artist of Métis and Icelandic descent. She grew up in a supportive home with strong-willed parents—her mother, a considerate woman with inventive creativity, and her father, an anonymous feminist. Her work culls from these formative years for insight and inspiration. Westman holds a BFA from Emily Carr University, is the current director of Stride Gallery. Her writing has been published in Inuit Art Quarterly, C Magazine and Luma Quarterly.

  • Michael Itkoff

    Michael Itkoff is an artist and Cofounder of both Fabl and Daylight Books a non- profit organization dedicated to publishing art and photography books. For over a decade, Daylight has been dedicated to publishing art and photography via its print and digital publishing programs. By exploring the documentary mode along with the more conceptual concerns of fine-art, Daylight’s uniquely collectible publications work to revitalize the relationship between art, photography, and the world-at-large. Michael has been deeply involved in the publishing industry in both print and digital media and he has written for the NYTimes Lens blog, Art Asia Pacific, Nueva Luz, Conscientious blog and the Forward. Before starting Daylight, Michael interned at the Annie Leibovitz Studio and Aperture Foundation among others, and worked at Rizzoli International Publications. His monograph, ‘Street Portraits’, was published by Charta Editions in 2009. Michael received his BA from Sarah Lawrence College and his MFA from ICP/Bard College.

  • Su Ying Strang

    Su Ying Strang is an artist, arts advocate, and cultural worker based in Calgary, Alberta. Hailing from the southern United States, Strang relocated to Canada in 2006 to pursue her BFA from the Alberta College of Art + Design. Strang has been involved in the non-profit art sector since 2010, and is currently the Director of The New Gallery, and the President of the Alberta Association of Artist-Run Centres.

  • Sanja Lukac

    Sanja Lukac is an artist and curator who exclusively works with traditional analogue processes, utilizing paper, plate, polaroid and film negatives in her contemporary photography practice. She is one of the Authors of THE STIMULANT, an Environmental Developer catalyzed to lessen the toxic effect of the Traditional Darkroom on the Environment and the Photographers Health. She is also one of the founders and the Executive Director of SEITIES a traditional photography publication + gallery that is dedicated to international artists who work with traditional methods of production in contemporary photography. Her fine art portfolios express the relationship to the human form returning to the pulse of the natural world. Capturing nature as the seductress, and our organic presence when emerged in our primal environments through the female gaze. In addition capturing her own culture and surroundings in her documentary work that is inspired by her endless love affair with the decisive moment. www.seities.ca www.sanjalukac.com

  • Tamar Zenith

    Tamar Zenith is an art dealer and Director of Newzones Gallery of Contemporary Art in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She owns Newzones in conjunction with her mother, Helen Zenith. Upon graduating with her degree in Commerce from McGill University in 1992, Zenith didn’t want to follow the typical career path of her classmates. She grew up surrounded by contemporary art throughout her life: her mother was an abstract painter and both parents were avid collectors. Zenith’s mother, Helen Zenith knew of a group of artists who were in need of representation. With this history and knowledge of the Canadian Contemporary Art world coupled with a group of artists the duo were already familiar with, mother and daughter transformed Helen Zenith’s studio into a gallery. After pushing the idea of building a world-class facility to show contemporary art, architect Peter Lawrence Wood was contracted in 1997 to design a new gallery space on 11th Avenue SW. Zenith has diligently promoted Newzones artists both in Canada and abroad and established the gallery as one of Canada’s leading commercial contemporary art galleries. Due to her keen business sense, artistic taste, and true entrepreneurial spirit, Zenith has been featured in many publications including: The Globe and Mail, the Calgary Herald, Western Living, Azure, the National Post, Avenue, Canadian Art, Galleries West, and Border Crossing, among others. Most notably, Zenith was included in “Raising Your Business: A Canadian Woman’s Guide to Entrepreneurship,” a book about female entrepreneurs by author Joanne Thomas Yaccato. Zenith has sat on the board of Aids Calgary and been a member of the Chancellor's Club (U of C), the President’s Club (ACAD) and the prestigious Yong Entrepreneurs Organization. Zenith is also the recipient of the inaugural Alumni Achievement Award from West Island College, and most recently was named a Fashion Calgary Ambassador: Shaping arts and culture in Calgary, Alberta, and Canada. To further support the visual arts in Calgary, Helen and Tamar Zenith created the “Newzones Gallery of Contemporary Art Fund” in honour of their 20th year in business, which funds the Newzones Gallery of Contemporary Art Graduating Scholarship at the Alberta College of Art and Design. This scholarship is awarded annually to a graduating painting, drawing, or sculpture student who demonstrates academic excellence and community or athletic involvement. o