Ciara has been as a public art commissioner, director, consultant and project manager in cities across Canada and the US for over 10 years. Ciara was recently selected as an Advisor with the Creative City Network of Canada to establish the country’s first national public art network. Ciara initiated and managed an annual public art round-table for critical discussions and knowledge sharing with regional and national colleagues for four years before it became part of the public art pre-conference at Creative City Network's annual summit.
Currently working as a Project Manager with Sans façon studio, and as a public art consultant based in Calgary, Ciara previously spent time as Public Art Program Manager with Waterfront Toronto, Curator with Hamilton’s multi-disciplinary arts festival Supercrawl, a Coordinator with the City of Calgary, facilitator and Board member with the public art organization CAFK+A and Hamilton Artists' Inc. She has taught at The University of Calgary, the Esker Foundation, and various institutions, and has written for Stephen Magazine, Public Art Review, Americans for the Arts and the Hamilton Arts Council. Ciara received a BA from McGill University and an MA from New York University.
Jenn E Norton
Project Coordinator, PhD Candidate, Department of Visual Art & Art History
Jenn E Norton is an interdisciplinary artist working closely with the technologies she employs within her studio practice, marrying formal and intuitive processes. Often using stereoscopic interactive video, animation, installation, sound and kinetic sculpture, Norton's imaginative compositions of disjunctive imagery are bound together in post-production, rendering familiar landscapes, objects, and activities strange, reframing longstanding expectations. Norton has exhibited nationally and internationally, winning numerous awards for her work, including the Canada Council for the Arts International Residency Program at La cité Internationale des Arts (Paris, France), and the OCADU Integrated Media Medal. Currently Norton's video work is included in Lorna Mills' 'Ways of Something' at DREAMLANDS: IMMERSIVE CINEMA AND ART, 1905–2016, and recent exhibitions Mondes Bricolés at the Art Gallery of Guelph, and in/future, at Ontario Place
Chair, Department of Visual Art and Art History
Brandon Vickerd is an artist and Professor at York University, where he also serves as Chair of the Department of Visual Arts and Art History. Purposely diverse, his studio work straddles the line between high and low culture, acting as a catalyst for critical thought and addressing the failed promise of a modernist future predicated on boundless scientific advancement. Whether through craftsmanship, the creation of spectacle, or humor, the goal of his work is to provoke the viewer into questioning the dominate myth of progress ingrained in western world views.
Vickerd has extensive experience in public art projects that seek to engage a diverse audience. Recent and ongoing projects include Dance of the Cranes (Edmonton, AB and Washington DC, 2015); Wildlife commissioned by the Edmonton Arts Council (2015); Sputnik Returned presented by OpenART 2017 (Orebro, Sweden); Falling Skies presented by Third Space Gallery (Saint John, NB, 2017); and Imagined Monuments commissioned by the City of Ottawa (2017). Vickerd has received numerous awards and grants from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Toronto Arts Council, and the Ontario Arts Council
Jennifer Fisher’s research focusses on exhibition, display practices, contemporary art, performance, feminist epistemology, affect theory and the aesthetics of the non-visual senses. She is cofounder and joint editor of the Journal of Curatorial Studies, and co-edited special issues of PUBLIC: Civic Spectacle as well as Senses and Society: The Senses and Art. Her writings have been featured in such books as The Ashgate Companion to Paranormal Culture, The Senses in Performance, Caught in the Act and Foodculture. Her anthology Technologies of Intuition was published by YYZBOOKS in 2006. Fisher is a founding member of DisplayCult, a collaborative curatorial framework whose exhibitions include underpressure (2015), NIGHTSENSE (2009), Odor Limits (2008), Do Me! (2006), Linda M. Montano: 14 Years of Living Art (2003), Museopathy (2001), Vital Signs (2000) and CounterPoses (1998), among others. Fisher recently co-edited (with Helena Reckitt) two special issues of the Journal of Curatorial Studies: “Museums and Affect” and “Affect and Relationality” (2016). She is professor of contemporary art and curatorial studies at York University.
Helena Grdadolnik is a Director of Workshop Architecture, an architecture and urban design studio based in Toronto that also specializes in cultural planning, public art and urban interventions. Helena leads the studio’s urban design work, creative and cultural projects.
Her project highlights include: developing a national public engagement project for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad; creating a public art program for the City of Mississauga; initiating the Green Line hydro-corridor park project in Toronto; and working with Partners in Art to develop LandMarks2017, a multi-disciplinary cross-Canada arts project for Canada150. Helena volunteers her time with many boards including the Toronto Society of Architects Executive Committee, Active Neighbourhoods Canada Advisory, City of Toronto Public Art Commission and the Creative City Network of Canada’s Public Art Network Advisory. Helena is the co-author of Towards an Ethical Architect and has lectured at the University of Toronto, OCADU, University of British Columbia and Emily Carr University.
She studied architecture at the University of Waterloo, where her Master’s thesis was recognized with the RAIC gold medal in 2002.
Public Art Consultant and Founding Director of the Toronto Sculpture Garden
Rina Greer is an art consultant specializing in integrated art and architecture projects. From 1981 – 2013, she was also the Director of the Toronto Sculpture Garden, organizing more than 70 exhibitions by over 90 artists. Public Art projects include: Bay Adelaide East, West Harbour City I, II & III, Ripley’s Aquarium, Trump Hotel and Tower, Flatiron Mural, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, Downsview Memorial Parkette, St. Clair West Transit Improvements Project, Sheppard Subway Line, Spadina LRT, Spadina Subway, Metroplace, The Republic of Yonge and Eglinton, The Yards.
Director/Curator University of Waterloo Art Gallery
Ivan Jurakic is the Director/Curator of the University of Waterloo Art Gallery. He received his MFA from SUNY Buffalo and an Honours BA from the University of Guelph. Since 2004, he has curated numerous exhibitions, sat on the curatorial panel for the 2009 Sobey Art Award and co-curated Zone C for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2013. His curatorial practice focuses on multidisciplinary art and installation and he has curated significant exhibitions and written about the work of Kelly Mark, Colleen Wolstenholme, James Carl, Laurel Woodcock, Kelly Richardson, Lois Andison, Roula Partheniou and many others. He is also a principal of TH&B, an artist collective whose site-responsive projects address the intersection of urban and rural environments. He lives in Hamilton.
Janine Marchessault is a Professor of Cinema and Media at York University. She is a founder of the Future Cinema Lab, and the 2014-2016 inaugural Director of Sensorium: Centre for Digital Arts Research at York. In 2012, she was awarded a prestigious Trudeau Fellowship to pursue her curatorial and public art research. She is the author of Ecstatic Worlds: Media, Utopias and Ecologies (MIT 2017); Cosmic Media: Marshall McLuhan (Sage 2005); and (co)editor of numerous collections including 3D Cinema and Beyond (Intellect/ University of Chicago Press 2013); Reimagining Cinema: Film at Expo 67 (MQUP 2014) and Cartographies of Place: Navigating the Urban (MQUP 2014). A past President of the Film Studies Association of Canada, she has held faculty positions at McGill University, Ryerson University and has taught at the Escuela Internacional de Cine y TV. Books in preparation include Archival Imaginary: Creative Approaches to Digital Memory; The Oxford Guide to Canadian Cinema; and Process Cinema: HandMade Film in the Digital Age.