Staff & Board


Program Director: Glenn Alteen
Glenn Alteen is a Vancouver-based curator and writer as well as co-founder and Director grunt. He has worked extensively with performance art and was co-founder of the LIVE Performance Biennale. His writing on performance has been published in books and catalogues. He was also the producer of Brunt magazine. Alteen has been a critical organizer in a number of significant conferences, he has also produced a series of websites focusing on current cultural production including grunt’s Activating the Archives project.

Operations Director: Meagan Kus
Meagan Kus is well versed in the world of non-profits and has been working in the arts sector since 1997. With a focus on arts administration, she has worked as grunt’s Operations Director since 2009 and is the former Executive Director of the White Rock Museum + Archives. Meagan is a consultant in the area of arts administration to other non-profit organizations, as well as a freelance copy editor. Meagan is passionate about the visual arts and is fortunate to be part of such a progressive organization that is creating and supporting work worthy of conversation.

Curator/Communications Director: Tarah Hogue
Tarah Hogue is a curator and writer, and an uninvited guest on the unceded Coast Salish territories of Vancouver BC where she has lived since 2008. Hogue is Curator/Communications Director with grunt gallery and the 2016 Audain Aboriginal Curatorial Fellow with the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. She has curated projects with the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Or Gallery and SFU Gallery, and is writer-in-residence for thirstDays, curated by Jayce Salloum with VIVO Media Arts. Her writing has appeared in BlackFlash Magazine, Canadian Art, Decoy Magazine, Inuit Art Quarterly, and MICE Magazine. Hogue is Métis/French Canadian and of Dutch Canadian ancestry originally from Red Deer, AB.

Archives Manager: Dan Pon
Dan Pon manages the archives at grunt gallery, assisting with research and processing materials for preservation and activation projects. He holds an MLIS degree from UBC and works as a librarian at Langara College and the West Vancouver Memorial Library.

Curator of Community Engagement: Vanessa Kwan
Vanessa Kwan is a Vancouver-based artist, programmer and curator. She has worked for a number of arts and cultural organizations in recent years, including the Powell Street Festival, Access Artist Run Centre, The Vancouver Queer Film Festival and the Vancouver Art Gallery (where she currently holds a part-time position of Public Programs Coordinator). She has been a guest curator of exhibitions/ events at 221A Artist Run Centre (with Kimberly Phillips), The Richmond Art Gallery, the Powell Street Festival and the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival. Much of her work as an artist has involved the production of work in public space; recent projects include a public artwork called Geyser for Hillcrest Park (with Erica Stocking), Sad Sack, a series of collaborations on the subject of melancholy, and Everything Between Open and Closed, a study of signs. She serves as an active member of Other Sights for Artists’ Projects curatorial collective, and is a founding member of the performance collective Norma, who were honoured with a Mayor’s Arts Award for Public Art in 2011.


Karen Kazmer: President
Karen Kazmer, a practising visual artist, works with a diverse range of materials in her sculpture, installations and public art. She received her BFA from UBC and her MFA from York University. She is a part time instructor at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Her work has been exhibited in group and solo shows in Canada and the United States. Recently, a public commission, Moving Up was completed for the new Spirit Trail in North Vancouver.

Jessie Caryl: Vice President
Jessie Caryl is a lawyer whose background is in historical research, writing, and curatorial practice. She has an M.A. in Art History (Critical and Curatorial Studies) (UBC), an Hon. B.A. in Art and Art History (University of Toronto) and a diploma in Fine Art from Sheridan College.

Karlene Harvey: Secretary
Karlene Harvey is an illustrator, artist and writer who lives in Vancouver, BC. She graduated from Emily Carr University of Art and Design in 2007 with a degree in visual art. She has a passion for creating environments that produce meaningful community engagement. She advocates for capacity development in organizations that foster female leadership. Her career background includes programming and communications for public health, contemporary art administration and more recently, coaching and advising. She is currently an Academic Advisor at the University of British Columbia. Independently, she continues to work on her art practice. She is currently developing a portfolio of writing and illustrations for children’s books. She is Tshilqot’in, Carrier, and Okanagan and has a passion for nation building and indigenous social justice.

Charlene Vickers
Charlene Vickers is an Anishnabe artist living and working in Vancouver. Trained as a painter, she graduated from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in 1994 and attained a BA from Simon Fraser University in Critical Studies of the Arts in 1998. She completed her MFA at Simon Fraser University in 2013. Born in Kenora, Ontario and raised in Toronto, she explores her Ojibway ancestry through painting, sculpture, performance, and video examining memory, healing and embodied connections to ancestral lands.

Mark Igloliorte
Mark Igloliorte is an artist who was born in Corner Brook, Newfoundland and grew up in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador. His artistic work is primarily painting and drawing. As an Inuk, Igloliorte’s work draws from his Labradorian background and communities of Happy Valley-Goose Bay and Hopedale. He has been recognized as a Labrador Inuit Role Model by the Nunatsiavut Government.  In the summer of 2008 and 2009 he worked with several groups of Inuit Youth delivering painting and drawing workshops funded in part by The National Aboriginal Youth Suicide Prevention Strategy (NAYSPS). He has exhibited in group and solo shows across Canada. Recently, Igloliorte has participated in national and international exhibitions and has been the recipient of a number of awards and grants including the Lillian Vineberg Award in Painting and Drawing, The Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council Visual Arts Grant, and a Canada Council for the Arts Emerging Artist Grant. Igloliorte is an Assistant Professor at Emily Carr University of Art and Design.

Jeneen Frei Njootli
Jeneen Frei Njootli is a Vuntut Gwitchin artist and helped bring the ReMatriate collective into being. She has worked as a performance artist, fashion designer, workshop facilitator, youth coordinator and has both lived and exhibited across Canada. Frei Njootli’s practice concerns itself with Indigeneity-in-politics, community engagement and productive disruptions. She is currently a grateful, uninvited guest on unceded Tsleil-Waututh, Musqueam, Skwxwu7mesh territories, pursuing a Master of Fine Arts Degree at the University of British Columbia.

Deanna Bayne
Deanna Bayne returned to grunts Board of Directors in 2017 having last served from 2009 – 2012.  Deanna is an executive assistant with 25 years fundraising and advocacy experience.  She has managed the annual fundraising activities for organizations such as Arts Umbrella, David Suzuki Foundation, Ecojustice, Canadian Cancer Society and the BCSPCA.   She has a certificate in Executive Office Administration from Mohawk College supplemented by part time studies in art at Capilano College and Emily Carr College; and she also learned a bit about the history of colonization while studying at the ephemeral Institute of Indigenous Government.   Deanna volunteers to cook for urban elders at the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre on Fridays; and when not working or volunteering you might find her at a life drawing class or at home making ratty little rag dolls or writing bad poetry with the curtains drawn and the candles all aglow.


Mary Ann Anderson: Consultant/Grant Writing
Mary Ann Anderson is a Vancouver-based arts administrator who has worked in the local cultural community since 1989. A graduate of the University of Toronto’s Arts Administration Program, Mary Ann has been the Executive Director of a number of organizations, including arts service groups, galleries, artist cooperatives and municipal government agencies. Mary Ann is the founder of Little Dog Creative Consulting, a consulting service for clients in the areas of arts management, organizational planning, capacity building and public fundraising. Mary Ann has worked with grunt since 2005.

Linda Gorrie: Business Manager
Linda Gorrie has been working as a professional arts administrator since 1984. She is also a consultant, mentor and business manager to arts and other not-for-profit organizations. The primary focus of her consulting work is with organizations that wish to align their artistic programming goals with their organizational capacity, knowledge and strategic thinking in the areas of financial management, administrative and human resource planning, board governance and strategic planning.

Archer Pechawis: Web & Digital Publications Designer/ATA Technical Director
Archer Pechawis is a performance artist, new media artist, filmmaker, writer, curator and educator. His particular interest is the intersection of Plains Cree culture and digital technology. Archer’s work has been featured in national publications and exhibited across Canada and in Paris, France. Recipient of numerous awards, Archer also works extensively with Native youth as part of his art practice. Of Cree and European ancestry, he is a member of Mistawasis First Nation, Saskatchewan.

Merle Addison – Performance and Event Photography
Dennis Ha – Installation Photography
Hedy Wood – Fridge Magnates and Gallery Assistant
Hillary Wood – Editing
Rachael Stableford – Installation


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