Staff & Board

STAFF

Program Director – Glenn Alteen
glenn@grunt.ca

Operations Director – Meagan Kus
meagan@grunt.ca

Communications Director – Leena Minifie
communications@grunt.ca

Archives Manager – Dan Pon
dan@grunt.ca

Curator – Vanessa Kwan
vanessakwan@grunt.ca

Development Director for Blue Cabin – Marlene Madison
marlene@grunt.ca

CONTRACT STAFF

Mary Ann Anderson – Consultant/Grant Writing
Linda Gorrie – Business Manager
Sébastien Aubin – Graphic Designer
Hedy Wood – Gallery Assistant
Hillary Wood – Editing
Rachael Stableford – Installation
Archer Pechawis – Web and Digital Publications Designer
Merle Addison – Performance and Event Photography
Dennis Ha – Installation Photography

BOARD

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.
 
Fionna Mowatt
Fiona Mowatt is a practising visual artist & arts educator based in Vancouver BC. A graduate of Emily Carr University of Art & Design, her first solo exhibition was at the grunt gallery in 1993 and she has been involved with the gallery ever since. As a senior educator at the Vancouver Art Gallery, and a former instructor at Arts Umbrella, she has many years of experience developing & teaching curriculum, working collaboratively and conducting public tours & workshops for both youth groups & audiences of all ages.
 
Osvaldo Ramirez Castillo
Born in El Salvador, Castillo immigrated to Canada in 1989 at the age of 11. He attended the Ontario College of Art and Design (Toronto 1998-2001) and received an MFA from Concordia University (2004-2007). A previous resident of Montreal, Castillo relocated to Vancouver in 2013.
 
Pongsakorn Yananissorn
Pongsakorn Yananissorn‘s practice investigates and expands on naturalized experiences and unobserved paradoxes in which ideologies are at their most potent. Employing various mediums that correlates to their own socioeconomic and historical specificities his projects often take form in subtle interventions and tongue-in-cheek responses. This engagement applies to both his artistic and curatorial practice. Born in Thailand, he currently lives and works in Vancouver.
 
 

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