Meredith Snider is a multi-media artist from Fredericton, New Brunswick currently residing in Ottawa/Gatineau. She has a B.F.A. with a Specialization in Art Education from Concordia University (2005), and a M.F.A. from the University of Ottawa (2013). Her thesis exhibition, Fruitless, took place at the Ottawa Art Gallery. Her videos have been screened in national and international media festivals. In 2014 she received an Ontario Arts Council Visual Artist Grant and a SAW Video Production Fund to work on a new body of work scheduled for exhibition at the Central Art Garage in Ottawa, ON in the fall of 2015. She completed a research and creation residency at Daïmôn in Gatineau, QC in 2014 that focused on sound and in 2015 she will take part in a one-week photo-based residency at Sagamie in Alma, QC. Her work for the SAW Video Cultural Engineering Project will focus on the Arts Court re-development as a production of social space from a historical and materialist perspective. Meredith is the co-owner and Director of PDA Projects and a part-time professor at the University of Ottawa.
Timothy I. Smith
Timothy I. Smith is a photographic artist who is interested in the relationship between photography, video and how they are viewed in a digital form. He has been exhibiting his work since 2006 and has been part of group exhibitions at the Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Derby Museum & Art Gallery and was a UK representative at the Biennial of Young Artists in Skopje, Macedonia, 2009. He works as a workshop instructor at SAW Video and as a freelance photographer/videographer in Ottawa. He studied Fine Art at the University of Brighton, UK and Photography at Nottingham Trent University, UK.
Guest Artist – Jackson Couse
Jackson Couse (b. 1984) is a photographer, filmmaker, and artist from Ottawa, Canada. He studied photojournalism at The International Center of Photography in New York and photography Algonquin College in Ottawa. His work has been featured in Capricious, Blackflash, Ciel Variable, and Canadian Art magazines. He has exhibited at CENTER (Santa Fe, NM), the International Center of Photography, Galerie SAW Gallery (Ottawa), and DAIMON (Gatineau). Commissions include SAW Video, The New York Times, Montreal Gazette, FASHION, Food and Wine, Tasting Table, PBS NewsHour, CBC Radio, and Radio-Canada. Jackson Couse is the editor of Tuts+ Photo & Video, and he has taught in the International Center of Photography’s Documentary Photography and Photojournalism program and at the School for the Photographic Arts.
Guest Artist – Rachel Kalpana James
Rachel Kalpana James lives in Ottawa and has a multi-media art practice that explores identity and belonging in contemporary society. James is a graduate of Carleton University (1984) and OCAD (1993) and is a founding member and former Director of the South Asian Visual Arts Collective, Toronto. She has exhibited professionally in Canada and internationally including the Art Gallery of Ontario and Royal Ontario Museum (Toronto), Bose Pacia and the DUMBO Arts Festival (New York), BV Bhavan (London, UK), Habitat Centre (Delhi, India) and Quartair Contemporary Art Initiatives (The Hague, Netherlands). James’ practice is supported by numerous arts grants (including a Chalmers Grant). She participated in the Up Close and Personal residency at the Banff Centre and was invited by the Canadian High Commission in Pakistan to present a five-city lecture/exhibition tour. Currently, she is a member of Ottawa’s Enriched Bread Artists.
Guest Artist – Eric Archambault ( aka VJ Cinetik )
Trained as an architect and documentary filmmaker, VJ Cinetik / Eric Archambault explores our changing relationship with our built environment, and between the built environment and the moving image. He currently works as an Adjunct Professor at the Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism in Ottawa, where he teaches undergraduate design studios focused on revitalizing the residual urban spaces of the city. He completed his M. Arch degree at Cranbrook Academy of Art just outside Detroit, Michigan, and recently completed a Documentary Production program at Algonquin College here in Ottawa.
Guest Artist – Guillermo Trejo
Guillermo Trejo is a Mexican Canadian artist living in Ottawa. He completed his BFA at the National School of Painting, Sculpture and Etching in Mexico City with a specialization in printmaking, and moved to Canada in 2007. The experience of immigration and distance has shaped Trejo’s work. Since moving to Ottawa, he has earned an MFA from University of Ottawa and has been an active member of the artistic community. He has exhibited at the Ottawa Art Gallery, Saw Gallery and other artist run centres across the country.
In 2014, he participated in the Quebec City Triennial and was shortlist for the Ottawa RBC Emerging Artist Prize. He has been an Artist-in-Residence at Creative Fusion (Cleveland), and the global Symposium of Contemporary Art of Baie-Saint-Paul. In 2014, Guillermo also received the Young Artist FONCA grant for Mexican Artists and a production grant from the Canada Council for the Arts. In addition, Trejo has worked as a research consultant for the National Gallery of Canada. He also teaches at the Ottawa School of Art (OSA) and directs OSA editions, a project that invites local artists to create limited editions prints at the OSA print studio.
Guest Artist – Genevieve Cloutier
Genevieve Cloutier is an interdisciplinary artist and writer from Ottawa, Ontario. She has a Media Arts degree from Emily Carr University of Art and Design and a MA(Ed) from the University of Ottawa (2014), where she has recently received funding from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council to pursue her PhD on arts-based methods. Her art has been shown in Canada and Australia, and explores deconstruction, language, public space, alternative pedagogies and relational practices. Her writing has been published in Western Front Magazine, the Canadian Society for Education Through Art, and the International Journal of Education & the Arts. She is also a member of Blink Art Collective where she was recently co-founder/co-director of a temporary arts-based democratic free school called Summerhill on Major’s Hill.
Guest Artist – Adam Brown
Adam Brown is an Ottawa-area artist and tinkerer, trying to imagine more creative and humane ways of using public space. Celebrating process, labour and the spirit of do-it-yourself culture, in his practice he seeks to create sites of activation: spaces for artistic production, learning and thinking; meeting places for discussion and for friendship.
Guest Artist – Awar Obob
Awar Obob is a twenty-one year old freelance journalist, event planner, social media
content creator, DJ, and an active member of The Babely Shades Collective. After helping to launch Babely Shades in 2015, the collective has given them the opportunity to have their voice and art acknowledged in The Parliament of Canada, CBC, The FADER, VICE, Ottawa Beat, and multiple other places publications throughout the world.
The Babely Shades Collective work towards acceptance and positive reaffirmation within the local scenes we are a part of. A major key to this is making our own space and addressing violent, or the reinforcement of violence’s overt normality, within the space in our individual communities. We currently create concerts, workshops, panels, and personal artworks to help further our goals.
Guest Artist – Cara Tierney
Raised in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec, Cara Tierney is a trans, non-binary, interdisciplinary artist whose work bridges visual art, activism and pedagogy. Tierney’s practice actively questions language, desire and materiality to investigate how the political and social landscapes impact our relationships to our bodies and identities. They moved to Ottawa in 2002, completed an MA in Canadian Art History in 2004, an MFA in 2012 and are currently pursuing a Ph.D.
Tierney is a writer, curator, guest-lecturer and has taught at the National Gallery of Canada, Algonquin College and the University of Ottawa.
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Project Coordinator – Michael Davidge
Michael Davidge is an artist, writer, and curator who lives in Ottawa. He holds an M.A. in English Literature from Concordia University in Montreal and an M.F.A. in Visual Arts from Western University in London, Ontario. He has been involved in various artist-run centres and organizations through the years, including Artexte in Montreal, the Forest City Gallery in London, and Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre in Kingston, Ontario. His writing on art and culture has appeared in several publications, including BlackFlash, Border Crossings, C Magazine and Matrix.