Board of Directors
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.
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.
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 WindattClayton 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.
Sophie De Francesca
Toronto-based artist, Sophie De Francesca graduated from the Ontario College of Art (now OCAD University) in 1990. While working in various commercial art fields for over a decade, she started to develop a body of personal artwork with a keen focus on sculpture. In the early 2000's, wire mesh emerged as an important material for DeFrancesca. Sheathes of galvanized steel mesh allowed her to shape human scale forms, rendering hard materials into ethereal concoctions. These sculptures resonated with audiences, opportunities to exhibit came her way, and her fine art practice soon became her primary focus.
Sophie’s workspace in Leslieville on Toronto’s east side offers the artist refuge to explore cultural and social phenomenon in all its evocations. Her sculptures can often be seen at various international art fairs across North America, and have earned her gallery representation, and group and solo exhibitions at prestigious venues including Toronto, Montreal, New York, and Miami. De Francesca’s work has captured the attention of collectors around the world.
Dave Kemp is a visual artist whose practice looks at the intersections and interactions between art, science and technology: particularly at how these fields shape our perception and understanding of the world. His artworks have been exhibited widely at venues such as at the McIntosh Gallery, The Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Art Gallery of Mississauga, The Ontario Science Centre, York Quay Gallery, Interaccess, Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre, and as part of the Switch video festival in Nenagh, Ireland. His works are also included in the permanent collections of the Agnes Etherington Art Centre and the Canada Council Art Bank.
Dave obtained his PhD in Art and Visual Culture from the University of Western Ontario and is a graduate from the Master of Visual Studies program at the University of Toronto where he also completed the Collaborative Program in Knowledge Media Design. Prior to this, he earned an Image Arts (photography) BFA from Ryerson University and his BScE in Mechanical Engineering at Queen’s University. He currently works as a sessional instructor at Western University.
photo by: Lizz Lott
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.