All of our guest faculty have undergraduate degrees in art (BFA), exhibition record and teaching experience.
| Tony Bounsall
Tony has been shooting professionally for twenty eight years and is a photo arts graduate (BAPA) from Ryerson Polytechnical University. He is a member of The Professional Photographers of British Columbia (PPABC) and The Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC). He currently teaches iPhoneography, at Camosun College Continuing Ed and Photo-Based Mixed Media and Collage at University of Victoria Continuing Ed. Tony has also taught workshops at The Coast Collective, The Denman Island Arts Centre, The Old School House in Qualicum Beach, MISSA and Red Deer College in Alberta. Over the last 10 years, Tony has worked in several different mediums, including digital artwork, alternative based photography, mixed media and encaustics. His work draws inspiration from his travels, the environment, topographic mapping, satellite photography and medical imagery. He exhibits and sells his own fine art prints and mixed media work throughout North America.
BFA University of Victoria
| Anna Curtin
Anna Curtin identifies as a painter. Her practice probes for a deeper understanding of environment. She often gathers data by walking, collecting both a felt sense of the experience and the geo-location using GPS waypoints. Back in the studio this information is combined using memory and computer. Anna has recently been awarded two residencies. First, the Canadian Wilderness Residency in July 2016 where 10 artists will canoe the Yukon river and second the Vermont Studio Centre in February 2017. Anna earned a MFA with distinction in 2014 from the University of Gloucestershire, England. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions and is held in private collections in London UK, B.C., California and Mexico.
MFA University of Gloucestershire, England
| Wendy De Gros
Wendy De Gros is an artist whose practice focuses on abstract painting informed by architectural structures and imagined spaces. She has an Honours BFA from the University of Victoria and has studied at the Banff School of Fine Arts and the Alberta College of Art and Design. In addition to being a practicing artist, Wendy has apprenticed in Traditional Chinese Medicine. She has exhibited work in textiles, sculpture and painting in Alberta and British Columbia.
BFA University of Victoria
| Lorraine Douglas
Lorraine Douglas has taught calligraphy and book arts classes for more than thirty years in Canada and the United States. Her works have been chosen a number of times for juried Letter Arts Review Annuals featuring international contemporary calligraphy. Lorraine has exhibited across Canada and in Japan and is a co-partner of Cecelia Press Studio in Victoria. She is active in the island’s calligraphy and printmaking groups and enjoys writing about calligraphy for various book arts publications. She has received a BA from the University of Manitoba and a Certificate of Visual Arts from the Vancouver Island School of Art.
BA University of Manitoba
| Natalie Grambow
Natalie Grambow has an extensive background in design, teaching, and textile arts. An accredited Interior Designer, she spent many years in Ottawa working within the architectural design field and teaching Design Theory. Natalie’s first deep exploration of textiles began during her Visual Arts/Photography studies at the University of Ottawa when she experimented with non-silver techniques of transferring photographic imagery onto cloth. She subsequently studied at the École d’Impression Textile à Montréal and later travelled to Asia and Latin America where she spent six months learning to weave with local Mayan weavers in Guatemala. Shortly after completing the Textile Arts program at Capilano College in 2001, she was awarded the BC Craft Association’s Award of Excellence. Natalie has exhibited her textile art installations in the Lower Mainland, Vancouver, Vancouver Island, and on the Sunshine Coast. Currently living in Roberts Creek, BC, she continues her art practice and studies from her studio.
| John Luna
John grew up in Victoria and studied at the Victoria College of Art and the University of Victoria before completing his graduate studies at the University of Calgary. He has exhibited in Victoria, Kelowna, Calgary and San Francisco. As a writer, John has contributed catalogue essays and criticism for publications in Victoria, Vancouver, Toronto and Jakarta including Canadian Art and Border Crossings. John is currently a full-time instructor at Brentwood College in Mill Bay.
MFA University of Calgary
BFA University of Victoria
| Connie Morey
Connie Morey’s studio practice explores the permeable genres of installation, sculpture, contemporary craft, drawing, painting, artist's books and critical-creative writing. She received her BFA (Visual Arts) from the University of Lethbridge in 1995, a M.Ed. (Art Education) in 2007 and is currently a PhD Candidate at the University of Victoria, where she also teaches studio courses. Connie’s practice focuses on issues related to ecology, gender and human-animal relations. This has led her to collaborate with artists and writers from different corners of the globe through artist projects, presentations and exhibitions.
PhD Candidate University of Victoria
MEd University of Victoria
BFA University of Lethbridge
| Val Nelson
Val Nelson is an award-winning visual artist and sought-after painting instructor, who has taught painting at Emily Carr University, Shadbolt Centre, and Vancouver Island School of Art. An honours graduate of Emily Carr College and recipient of the Helen Pitt Award, Val was a finalist in 2003 for the RBC Canadian Painting Competition. Val's work has been shown and collected internationally, and her work is included in the survey book International Painting 3, published by Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center.
BFA Emily Carr University of Art + Design
| Susan Purney Mark
Susan Purney Mark is a textile artist who has studied Design, Patchwork and Embroidery with the prestigious City & Guilds Institute of London, England and has also studied with internationally acclaimed teachers/quilt makers Nancy Crow, Jan Meyers Newbury, Elin Noble, Gail Harker and Ruth Issett. Susan has also been awarded two Certificates in Art and Design and Textile Design/Decoration from the Gail Harker Creative Studies Centre in Washington, USA. Susan has an extensive background in teaching textiles and surface design techniques across North America and Australia. Her focus is on dyeing, painting, screen printing and wax resists. She is the author of six books, several instructional DVD's and is a popular online teacher. Susan is an active member of the fibre arts community in British Columbia and is a member of national/ international fibre and surface design associations.
| Jack Southern
Jack Southern is an artist based in London, UK. He has an MA from the Slade School of Fine Art and a first class degree in Fine Art Sculpture from the University College, Falmouth. He was research assistant at the Slade between 2003-2005 and held a studio residency with East London based arts organisation, Acme Studios, between 2005-2010. Jack’s creative work spans teaching, research, writing, curatorial practice and work as an independent artist. He has also managed large-scale collaborative projects, which have culminated in published works. Most recently as co-author of Drawing Projects: An Exploration Of The Language Of Drawing, Black Dog publishing, London (first edition published, July 2011).
MA at the Slade School Of Fine Art
BA (Hons) University College Falmouth