Lucie Chan

Lucie Chan

between, and in tears (installation at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia), 2007

Lucie Chan was born in Georgetown, Guyana in 1975. She received her BFA from the Alberta College of Art and her MFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (2001). Chan has exhibited in galleries and museums across Canada and abroad including Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax and Yarmouth, Montreal Arts Interculturel [MAI], Montreal, and SPIN Gallery, Toronto. Her work traveled nationally with Just my Imagination, a two-year group exhibition which included the works of fourteen contemporary drawing-based Canadian artists. Chan taught at NSCAD University from 2002-2010. She was previously nominated for the Sobey Art Award in 2006.

Graeme Patterson

Graeme Patterson

Taming the Wild (video still), 2008

Graeme Patterson was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, in 1980. He was educated at Dundas Valley School of Art (Ontario), the University of Saskatchewan and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (2002).  Since graduating from NSCAD, his projects can be described as sculptural installations consisting of video, robotics, audio, music, and some interactive components.  Recent solo exhibitions include Grudge Match, Rodmann Hall, St. Catherines (2010), Puppet Collective, Trepanier Baer Gallery, Calgary (2010), and Taming The Wild, Galerie Simon Blais, Montreal (2009).  In 2007-2008, his exhibition Woodrow toured to such venues as The Rooms, St.John's, NL, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, Illingworth-Kerr Gallery, Calgary, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, and Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax.  His work is held in various private and public collections including The Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina, Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredricton, NB, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, The Rooms, St. John’s, and The Saskatchewan Arts Board.  Patterson was the 2009 Sobey Art Award Finalist for the Atlantic Region.

Mario Doucette

Mario Doucette

Le Camp d’Espérance, 2009. Pastel, ink, pencil, and acrylic on wood. 76 x 122 cm

Mario Doucette was born in 1971 and lives and works in Moncton, New Brunswick. Doucette has shown his work professionally since 1998 in various mediums and genres – including drawing, painting, videos and super8 film. He has exhibited widely in Canada and has participated in several international exhibitions, namely in France, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic. Doucette is very active in the arts community and is a member of Collectif Taupe. During a recent residence in Brouage, France, Doucette completed a series of works which took the form of half drawing and half painting and were a response to research and reflections of the effects of colonization. His work has been acquired by the Beaverbrook Gallery, the Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, and the Canada Council Art Bank. Doucette was previously nominated for the Sobey Art Award in 2008.

Vanessa Paschakarnis

Vanessa Paschkarnis

Blue Bell, 2008, 1 element, Bronze, patinated; suspended from steel cable, 30” x 19” x 17” (76 x 48 x 44 cm), Installation photograph

Vanessa Paschakarnis has a Masters in Fine Art from Kunsthochschule Berlin, Germany as well as from NSCAD University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Vanessa exhibited her work, sculpture and drawing, in Europe, the USA and Canada. Her solo exhibition “Beasts and Burdens” is currently on view at Galerie Samuel Lallouz in Montreal. Recent solo exhibitions were “Domesticated Beasts” 2009 at Alison Smith Gallery in Toronto, at the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA in 2007 and “ForeShadowing” 2006 at the Forum Gallery in Dallas, TX USA. Her work has been featured in the summer group exhibition 2008 at Marlborough Chelsea in New York City and she was a participant in Blickachsen 7, an international Sculpture Biennale in Bad Homburg, Germany in 2009 where she also received the “Best Young Artist Award”. Paschakarnis taught sculpture at NSCAD University and for the University of Georgia on their Campus in Cortona, Italy. She was Assistant Professor of Sculpture at SMU, Meadows School of the Arts in Dallas, TX from 2004-2007. She organized with great success the first Atlantic Stone Carving Symposium in 2005. Vanessa maintains a studio in West Dublin, NS Canada and she spends extended periods of time working in Italy.

Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby

VeyDuke Battersby

Beauty Plus Pity (video still), 2009

Cooper Battersby (b. 1971, Penticton, British Columbia) and Emily Vey Duke (b. 1972, Halifax, Nova Scotia) have been working collaboratively since 1994. They work in printed matter, critical writing, and curation, but their focus is on sculptural video installation. Their work has been exhibited in galleries and at festivals in North and South America and throughout Europe, including the Brooklyn Art Museum, NY, Impakt, Utrecht, The Power Plant, Toronto, the Walker Center, Minneapolis, the Vancouver Art Gallery, The New York Video Festival, and The Images Festival, Toronto. Their work has won many prizes nationally and internationally and has been broadcast by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Bravo. It has been collected by many university libraries, including those at Harvard and Princeton. Duke and Battersby received Masters Degrees in Fine Art at the University of Illinois at Chicago and are currently teaching at Syracuse University.

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