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Kohila Kurunathan, President 

Kohila Kurunathan graduated with her Hon. BA from the Art and Art history program at Sheridan College and the University of Toronto at Mississauga. Her background is in design, lens-based media, print, drawing and, most recently, animation. She worked with the Blackwood Gallery, the Art Gallery of Mississauga, OAAG, Akimbo, SAVAC (South Asian Visual Art Centre) and Canadian Art magazine. She currently works at the Ontario HIV Treatment Network.

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Yael Brotman, Past-President

Yael Brotman received her BA (Honours) from the University of Manitoba and her B.Ed and Master of Visual Studies from the University of Toronto. Her artwork is rooted in drawing and printmaking and has expanded into constructions and installations that repurpose her etchings. She examines our urge to build and the poetics of our structures. 

Her exhibition history includes the Biennale internationale d’estampe contemporaine de Trois-Rivières, Trois-Rivières; Harcourt House, Edmonton; Atelier Circulaire, Montreal; Art Gallery of Mississauga, Mississauga; McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton; Eastern Edge Gallery, St. John’s; ODD Gallery, Dawson City, Yukon. Internationally, exhibition locations include: the International Print Centre New York; Central Booking Gallery, Lower East Side, New York; Zweigstelle Berlin, Berlin, Germany; Monash University, Melbourne, Australia; Shanxi University, Taiyuan, China; Edinburgh Printmakers, Edinburgh, UK. 

Brotman has been awarded grants from all three levels of government; and artist residencies, including Dawson City, Yukon; Aran Islands, Ireland; Sanbao, China; Hospitalfield Arts, Arbroath, Scotland. 

Previously she sat on the boards of the Print and Drawing Council of Canada, Open Studio and Visual Arts Ontario. She also is on the faculty of the Studio program in the Department of Arts, Culture and Media at the University of Toronto Scarborough.

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Leesa Bringas, Vice-President

Leesa Bringas is a multi-disciplinary visual artist and has exhibited in Ontario and Detroit, Michigan. Born and raised in Windsor, Ontario, Leesa has worked, volunteered, and exhibited at a number of arts and non-profit organizations. In 2010, she relocated to Sudbury, Ontario and in 2013, she became Open Studio | Cambrian College’s Technician/Coordinator and nurtured a number of partnerships in the Sudbury community. Leesa is active on a number of arts initiatives and committees including the Downtown Sudbury Art Crawl and recently became a board member with CARFAC Ontario. As a practicing visual artist, educator and cultural worker, Leesa acknowledges the need for on-going artist and arts advocacy in all communities.


Clayton Windatt, Treasurer 

Clayton Windatt is a Métis non-binary multi-artist living and working in Sturgeon Falls, Ontario. Clayton holds a BA in Fine Art from Nipissing University and received Graphic Design certification from Canadore College. With an extensive history working in Artist-Run Culture and Community Arts, Clayton now works as Executive Director of the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective (ACC-CCA). In their role with ACC-CCA and through independant activism, Clayton works with organizations nationally and globally relating to various social justice issues. Clayton maintains contracts with several colleges and universities and as a critical writer and columnist for various newspapers and magazines. Clayton is an active film director with works featured in festivals such as ImagineNative and the Toronto International Film Festival. Clayton works in/with community, design, communications, curation, performance, theatre, technology, consulting, and is a very active writer, filmmaker and visual-media artist.


Teresa Carlesimo, Secretary

Teresa Carlesimo (Canadian-American) is an interdisciplinary artist currently pursuing a PhD in Cultural Studies at Queen's University where her research considers various systems of power, class and empire as integral to the analysis of environmental crisis. Since her first involvement in Artist-run culture as an undergraduate, and shortly thereafter during her early work as a programming and organizational member of the MayWorks Festival of Labour, she has had a sustained interest in the economic issues facing living artists, and advocating for artists as workers.

As a cultural worker more broadly, she has served on the board of galleries and Artist-Run Centres, and facilitated and organized public projects, performances, interventions, and conferences. Her most recent project co-organized with Michael DiRisio was a weekend-long conference and parallel arts programming event titled Art & Social Strata which took place across various venues in Hamilton, Ontario and converged on the themes of increasing precarity, rising levels of debt, and inequality in the arts, and focus on the work being done by those artists and cultural workers who often remain underrepresented within the creative sector more broadly.

In her art practice her recent work explores labour, extractivism, and the urban built environment through large-scale immersive installations, with recent and forthcoming exhibitions including Museum London, the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Rodman Hall Art Centre and the Thames Art Gallery. Her writing has been published in exhibition publications and catalogues, as well as in recent and forthcoming publications which include Performance Research, Public Journal, Art Papers and Blackflash. Her work has been supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Ontario Graduate Scholarships, Queen's School of Graduate and Professional Students, Canada Council for the Arts, and the Ontario Arts Council, among others.

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Lisa Myers

Lisa Myers is an independent curator and artist with a keen interest in interdisciplinary collaboration based in Toronto and Port Severn. Her curatorial practice considers different kinds of value placed on time, sound, and knowledge. In addition to curatorial work based in Toronto, her projects include three touring exhibitions, wnoondwaamin | we hear them (2016); Recast (2014); and the co-curated project Reading the Talk (2014). Her most recent curatorial project Carry Forward at the Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery considers the way artworks by eleven artists take up documents and documentary as means to think through how and what is carried forward.

In her art practice Myers has worked with anthocyanin pigment from blueberries in printmaking, and animation. Her participatory performances involve social gatherings where sharing berries and other food help reflect on place and displacement, and processes of straining and absorbing. She has exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions in venues including Urban Shaman (Winnipeg), Art Gallery of Peterborough and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Myers has an MFA in Criticism and Curatorial practice from OCAD University. Her writing has been published in many exhibition publications, in addition to journals and magazines such as Senses and Society, Public, C Magazine and FUSE Magazine. Myers is a member of Beausoleil First Nation. She is an Assistant Lecturer in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University.


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