Staff & Board


Program Directors – Glenn Alteen & Vanessa Kwan

Operations Director – Meagan Kus

Archives Manager – Dan Pon

Communications Manager – Katrina Orlowski

MPCAS Coordinator – Kate Barry

Project Coordinator for Recollective – Emma Metcalfe Hurst

Curatorial Intern – Whess Harman

Curatorial Intern – Nellie Lamb

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Merle Addison – Performance and Event Photography
Mary Ann Anderson – Consultant/Grant Writing
Sébastien Aubin – Graphic Designer
Jessica Fletcher – Digitization Assistant
Linda Gorrie – Business Manager
Sebnem Ozpeta – Creative Technologist
Archer Pechawis – Web and Digital Publications Designer
Kay Slater – Exhibitions Manager
Hedy Wood – Gallery Assistant
Hillary Wood – Copy Editor


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.
Fiona Mowatt: Interm Treasurer
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.
Shannon Leddy
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.
Gizem Sozen
Gizem Sozen is a PhD student at the Political Science Program with a concentration in Cultural, Social and Political Thought at the University of Victoria. She received her BA in Sociology from Koc University, Istanbul in 2009 and her MA in the Social and Political Thought Program from York University, Toronto, in 2012. After her MA, she gained a Diploma in Art History from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. Her research interests are situated at the intersections of social and political thought and history of art and aesthetics.
Lanna Last
Lanna Last 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.




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