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2019 Reviewers

  • Areum Kim

    Areum Kim is a South-Korea born emerging writer and curator who is currently the Gallery Director at Stride Gallery. She received her BFA with a minor in Curatorial Studies from the University in 2014. Kim's writings have been appeared on Canadian Art and LUMA Quarterly.

  • Charlotte Le Gallais

    Charlotte Le Gallais is the Public Programs Coordinator and Curatorial Assistant at Contemporary Calgary, developing and executing a diverse range of public programs as well as assisting with exhibitions and partnerships. Charlotte received her Bachelor’s Degree in Art History with Distinction from McGill University. Prior to her current position at Contemporary Calgary she worked at Lougheed House where she assisted with public programs, educational programs and curatorial work. In 2017, Charlotte and her two colleagues at Lougheed House were awarded the Alberta Museums Association Leadership Award for Engagement for their alTOURnatives series, which featured tours developed by Calgary Beltline residents. Charlotte is a board member of the Calgary Allied Arts Foundation where she assists with curating their Gallery 505 exhibitions. She is also a member of the Executive Committee of the McGill Alumni Association of Calgary.

  • 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 2018).

  • 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.

  • 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. 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 Museum, the Harry Ransom Center, the Portland Art Museum, and the Kinsey Institute. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Schwartz is a 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.

  • Elyse Bouvier

    Elyse Bouvier is a Western-Canadian artist and photographer whose work explores ideas of design, identity, food, and culture. She holds an MFA in Documentary Media from Ryerson University and recently founded Independent Study, an art book pop up in Calgary that shares new and exciting independent art and photo books with artists and art enthusiasts alike. She is a Board Director at Untitled Art Society and in addition to being a sought-after photographer for arts organizations, she is the Marketing Coordinator at Calgary Folk Music Festival and works with Sled Island as a photo team lead. Her photography and writing have been presented and published across Canada, the UK, and other parts of Europe.

  • 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

  • Ginger Carlson

    Ginger Carlson is a curator and writer based in Calgary, where she is currently the executive director of Truck Contemporary Art. Carlson sits on the board of directors for a number of arts organizations, including the Mountain Standard Time Performative Art Festival, and was the winner of the 2016 Canadian Art Writing Prize.

  • 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.

  • Johnathan Herman

    Jonathan is a founder and Co-Creative Director at Daughter. He started his career at Emily Carr University where he spent a lot of time nursing xacto-knife wounds and not cheering for the Canucks. Many a band-aid later he began his career at Pentagram New York, a place that is arguably considered one of the best design firms in the world. After his time in the Big Apple (a term he asserts no self-respecting New Yorker would actually use), he returned to Canada where he worked at various design and advertising firms bringing a thoughtful, concept-driven approach to clients large and small. In the time since his return he has fathered two delightful children and many of Calgary’s most notable logos including Cenovus, Phil & Sebastian, the YYC airport authority, and CIFF. He has been consistently recognized nationally and internationally by many design competitions and publications, including Communication Arts, Clios, D & AD, One Show, Graphis, AR 100, London International Awards and Applied Arts. At home he is recognized for his love of floor hockey and Johnny Cash.

  • Johnny Talisman

    Johnny started his career at Ogilvy in Canada before being recruited by McCann in Los Angeles. He’s worked with agencies such as McCann, Saatchi, and Grey. He’s tackled digital, CRM, direct, TV, and integrated campaigns for the likes of Nestle, Nissan, Chrysler, Fiat, Toyota, Cathay Pacific, Air France and Beverly Hills. For Scion he oversaw a social influencer campaign that included a retail gallery store, 400+ videos with all the social media assets, a 5 day conference and a touring art show. Johnny is the President of The Ad Rodeo Association, which is the celebration of creative excellence in the Prairie provinces. Each year, Ad Rodeo provides creative professionals the opportunity to meet, talk, learn, mentor and celebrate what they do through several events that culminate in the Anvil Awards. He is currently CD with Small Giant an LA based agency.

  • Linda Craddock

    President of the Alberta Society of Artists, Linda Craddock has an MFA in Photography and has taught (straight) photography on and off for many years. In her personal work she leans on the side of mixed-media photography and ultimately, painting.  She graduated from ACAD and earned a BFA in drawing/ photography from the University of Calgary. The Art Gallery of Alberta and the Contemporary Museum of Photography in Ottawa have collected her work.  Public exhibitions include the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie, Art Gallery of Alberta, Glenbow Museum, Visual Arts Alberta Gallery and One on One Gallery, Medicine Hat College. She taught photography at U of C as a sessional and with ContEd, for Red Deer College Summer Series and the Calgary Board of Education as Photographer in Residence. She is represented by Bugera Matheson Gallery in Edmonton. For Exposure, Linda speaks to the creative side of photography on behalf of the Alberta Society of Artists, a not for profit charity that encourages art education and professionalism in the arts.

  • 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.

  • Mary-Beth Laviolette

    Mary- Beth Laviolette is independent art curator and writer specializing in Alberta visual art and fine craft. She has five major publications to her credit: 75 Years of Art: Alberta College of Art and Design, 1926-2001; An Alberta Art Chronicle: 1970-2000; Alberta Art and Artists: An Overview (co-author); A Delicate Art: Artists, Wildflowers and Native Plants of the West and Alberta Mistresses of the Modern: 1935-1975. She also has an extensive background as an art writer and critic focusing on western Canadian art: Calgary Herald, Canadian Art, Studio and Galleries West.. In the last five years, she has curated exhibitions for Glenbow Museum (Calgary), Art Gallery of Alberta (Edmonton), Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery, Okotoks Art Gallery, Galt Museum (Lethbridge) and the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies (Banff).

  • Natasha Jensen

    Natasha Jensen is a Calgary-based visual artist; curator and community advocate who champions engaging audiences and community in meaningful dialogue about social issues through art. Natasha graduated from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2013 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drawing (with Distinction) and since 2014 has been developing a visual arts programming career at Arts Commons (formerly the EPCOR Centre for Performing Arts) as the Visual and Media Arts Associate. At Arts Commons, Natasha Jensen has curated and manages 5 exhibitions spaces, multiple art events that engage the community and works with over 200 local emerging and professional artists every year to develop exhibitions, projects, and educational curriculam. Since completing her undergraduate degree, she has continued to develop an interdisciplinary practice to include drawings, installations, site-specific projects and animations working with art organization like Swallow-A-Bicycle theatre, Quickdraw Animation Society, Stride Gallery, CASA Gallery, Old Trout Puppet Workshop and Five AM Art and Merchandise. In 2016, she received the Chris J Melnychuk Memorial Scholarships for Emerging Animators at Quickdraw Animation Society in Calgary, Alberta where she’s been honing her skills as an animator. In 2018 Natasha receive the RBC Emerging Visual Artist award at the Mayors Luncheon for Arts Champion.

  • 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

  • Shannon Bingeman

    Shannon Bingeman is an emerging curator living in Calgary. A native of Kitchener, Ontario, she received her Honours BA from the University of Waterloo in 2011 and her MA in art history from Carleton University in 2013. During her time at Carleton she wrote her thesis on the Canadian landscape painter, Homer Watson, and was the founding editor of Render: the Carleton Graduate Journal of Art & Culture. She has worked as an arts professional throughout Ontario and Alberta at organizations such as the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery (Waterloo), the McMichael Canadian Art Collection (Kleinberg), the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa) and the Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre (Medicine Hat). In 2015, she was awarded an Emerging Curator Fellowship from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts and curated Double Take; an exhibition featured on Google Arts & Culture exploring notions of the uncanny. Bingeman is currently a Program Manager and Curator for the Alberta Foundation for the Arts Travelling Exhibition Program.

  • 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.

  • Rita Godlevskis

    PhotoED Magazine Editor/ Publisher, Rita Godlevskis has extensive experience in creative media work – specializing in photography, in Canada, the UK, Australia and New Zealand. She has worked across multiple platforms with a diverse range of projects in her portfolio in editorial, creative production and marketing contexts. Professional assignments of note include photo editor roles with magazines such as Toronto Life, Australian Women’s Weekly, Canadian House & Home and the Toronto International Film Festival’s Festival Daily. Work coordinating commercial entertainment projects includes, The Merlin Entertainment Group (London), Madman Entertainment and SKY Television (Auckland). Rita holds a Masters in Creative Media from RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia, specialising in photography, and has exhibited her own work in Canada, the United States, Australia and New Zealand.

  • Yves Trépanier

    Yves Trépanier is the founder and co-owner with Kevin Baer of TrépanierBaer, a gallery specializing in the exhibition and sale of Canadian and international contemporary art. It is considered to be one of Canada’s leading commercial contemporary art galleries. In addition to representing well-known mid-career and senior artists such as: Vikky Alexander, Chris Cran, Evan Penny, Ron Moppett, Christian Eckart, Danny Singer, Geoffrey James, the gallery maintains an active and successful program for the presentation of younger, emerging Canadian artists’ work. Since its founding in 1992, the gallery has launched many careers and staged first exhibitions of works by now critically-acclaimed artists, including: Luanne Martineau, Ryan Sluggett, DaveandJenn, Chris Millar, and Ambera Wellmann, to name a few. In 2012 Yves Trépanier co-founded Art to Public, a private consultancy specializing in services in the area of public art. Art to Public has managed major public art projects and commissions for private collectors, corporations and civic entities for over twenty years. From 2012 to 2017, he sat on the Board of Contemporary Calgary whose mandate is to establish a new public modern and contemporary art gallery in the Centennial Planetarium. In March of 2008 he was appointed to the Board of the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board, a Federal appointment where he served until 2011. He currently serves on the Acquisitions Committee of the Art Gallery of Windsor.