Staff & Board

STAFF

Program Director – Vanessa Kwan
vanessakwan@grunt.ca

Operations Director – Meagan Kus
meagan@grunt.ca

Curator – Whess Harman
whess@grunt.ca

Communications Manager – Katrina Orlowski
communications@grunt.ca

Archives Manager – Dan Pon
dan@grunt.ca

Program Director Emeritus – Glenn Alteen

CONTRACT STAFF

Merle Addison – Performance and Event Photography
Mary Ann Anderson – Consultant/Grant Writing
Sébastien Aubin – Graphic Designer
Jessica Fletcher – Digitization Assistant
Linda Gorrie – Business Manager
Whess Harman – Project Curator
Emma Metcalfe Hurst – Project Coordinator for Recollective
Nellie Lamb – Project Curator
Sebnem Ozpeta – Creative Technologist
Archer Pechawis – Web and Digital Publications Designer
Kay Slater – Exhibitions Manager
Hedy Wood – Gallery Assistant

Blue Cabin Floating Artist Residency
info@thebluecabin.ca

BOARD

Diyan Achjadi: President
Diyan Achjadi’s practice considers surface ornamentation, historical prints, and illustrations as pictorial archives, and the potential of these forms as sites for knowledge transmission. Her formative years were spent negotiating different educational, political, and cultural systems, leading to an ongoing interest in how our understanding of ideologies is influenced and informed by the visual popular culture that surrounds us. Much of her work examines the (mis)representations, (mis)translations, and imaginings of Indonesia, her country of birth.  Diyan received a BFA from the Cooper Union (New York, NY) and an MFA from Concordia University (Montreal, QC). She has exhibited widely at galleries and film festivals across Canada and beyond. Recent projects include Coming Soon!, a year-long commission for the City of Vancouver Public Art Program, and NonSerie (In Commute), part of How far do you travel?, a year-long exhibition on the exterior of public buses, commissioned by the Contemporary Art Gallery (CAG) in partnership with Translink BC. Diyan is an Associate Professor at Emily Carr University, where she teaches Print Media and Foundation.
Shannon Leddy: Vice President
Shannon Leddy (Metis) is a Vancouver based writer and educator. Her PhD research at Simon Fraser University focused on inviting pre-service teachers into dialogue with contemporary Indigenous art as a mechanism of decolonizing education and in order to help them become adept at delivering Indigenous education without reproducing colonial stereotypes.  She now holds a position in the Faculty of Education at UBC and continues to focus on working with pre-service teachers in improving their practices in Indigenous education. As a former high school art teacher, Shannon excited to be working with grunt gallery and to keeping her hand in the arts.
Lanna Lastiwka: Secretary
Lanna Lastiwka is currently in the second year of the MA in Art History, Theory and Visual Arts program at UBC. In 2015, she graduated from the Diploma program in Art History and, in 2012, she completed her BA in English Literature. She has experience at Index-The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation in Stockholm, Sweden where she worked with the director and curator on exhibitions focusing on political strife in Sweden. Her academic research mainly focuses on photography in Northern Africa during the 19th century.
Michael Shumiatcher: Treasurer
Michael Shumiatcher has a BFA with a focus in sculpture from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (1984). He has shown in Halifax, Calgary and at grunt in Vancouver. An essay on his work was written by Canadian sculptor and art critic Robin Peck, and published by grunt and Parachute Magazine. More recently, he has returned to painting, the passion of his pre-NSCAD years. He has a Masters in Education from Simon Fraser University and has been teaching in the Burnaby School District since 1994. He currently holds the position of Department Head of Visual and Performing Arts at Burnaby Central Secondary School.
Fiona 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.
Diane Blunt
Currently in her third year at Emily Carr University, Diane Blunt is an artist of mixed descent – Ojibway on her father’s side and German on her mother’s. She is a member of the Kawartha Nishnawbe Nation. Diane is pursuing her BFA in Visual Arts where the nature of her work has been exploring drawing, painting, and material practices. She is also experienced in working with all kinds of not for profit organizations.
Andrew Siu
Andrew Siu (MBA Design Strategy) is a Cantonese settler living on the shared lands of the Coast Salish people. He specializes in human-centered design and participatory design research toward building products, services, and experiences that address health equity, patient safety and quality of care. He currently works for the Innovation Support Unit at the UBC Department of Family Practice, and was previously with the Health Design Lab at Emily Carr University of Art + Design.
Keimi Nakashima-Ochoa
Keimi Nakashima-Ochoa is an immigrant settler of mixed heritage who was born on the lands of the Pur’hépecha, the Coca, and the Tecuexe, who is living and working on the unceded territories of the Skwxwú7mesh, Xwməθkwəy̓əm, and Səlilwətaɬ. She is a student and artist whose practice incorporates reading, writing, weaving, printmaking, ceramics, and sculpture. Keimi is currently in the fourth year of her BFA at Emily Carr University, and has a background as an arts educator and support worker with Autistic folks, as well as in community engagement and marketing. She is interested in anti-colonial research and learning, accessible spaces, and liberated futures. 
Cait McKinney
Cait McKinney is a media studies scholar interested in how queer social movements use digital technologies to share information. They are the author of Information Activism: A Queer History of Lesbian Media Technologies (2020), which was a Lambda Literary Award Finalist for LGBTQ studies, and the coeditor of Inside Killjoy’s Kastle: Dykey Ghosts, Feminist Monsters, and other Lesbian Hauntings (2019). Their research collaborations with artist Hazel Meyer explore shared attachments to queer histories through writing, performance, video, and other archival interventions. McKinney is Assistant Professor of Communication at Simon Fraser University. 
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