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Pam Patterson (BA Fine Arts & Theatre, MEd, PhD in Arts Education) has, for over 30 years, been active in the art, performance and women’s communities. Her research, performance, visual work, curating and teaching have focussed on embodiment in art practice, the “body” or haptic in art, women and health, disability, women’s studies and feminist art education. Her articles, reviews and research have appeared in numerous journals, magazines, books, and exhibition catalogues. Her book, Enacting Learning: An Arts-Informed Inquiry with the Bay Area Artists for Women’s Art (BAAWA) was published by Lambert Academic Publishing, Saarbrücken, Germany. She was also Director of Research for the Canadian Society for Education through Art (CSEA) and acted as an ambassador for OCADU and OISE, University of Toronto for the Canadian Association for the Study of Women and Education (CASWE)

Patterson has directed graduate and undergraduate courses and programs for various Canadian institutions. She was Head, Fibre, and Curator for Art in Public Spaces, The Banff Centre and, for over 10 years, taught performance, installation, multi-media and drawing in the studio program at the Art Gallery of Ontario and in Youth Studio (a program she founded) at the Toronto School of Art. Patterson has been teaching drawing, art education, contemporary art and criticism and curatorial practice, and coordinating Art and Design Education Lab in the Faculty of Art at OCADU since 2010. Since 2004 she has been directing WIAprojects, a feminist interdisciplinary program in community-based, arts-informed, feminist-inspired research. For WIAprojects, she mentors emerging trans and women artists and curators, and curates exhibitions, performances and events. WIAprojects also publishes various documents and monographs.

As a queer disability performance and visual artist, Patterson has exhibited and performed across Canada and internationally solo, and with Leena Raudvee as ARTIFACTS. Works include performance/videos: Distended Topographies at EdgeZones, Miami and Red Square for TorinoPERFORMANCEART International Festival, Turin, Italy. Other works include: Body as Site/Sight, presented at A Space for 7A11D International Performance Art Festival in Toronto; and performance works from the “Body in Extremis” series for Psi: Being Uncomfortable, Brown University, Rhode Island, Towards Tomorrow, Aberystwyth, Wales, and Performance as Pedagogy, Victoria, BC.

Patterson presented a new work with ARTIFACTS for Made of Walking, in La Romieu, France, August 2017 and worked in a self-directed residency developing new visual and performative work in Ireland in Sept. 2017 exhibiting this work at Shankill Castle, August 2018 for the Kilkenny Arts Festival and in September 2019, in Land Liminality Loss, Toronto.

Dr. Pam Patterson
Assistant Professor (TIS)
Cross Disciplinary Art Practices
Faculty of Art
OCAD University
100 McCaul Street
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5T 1W1
Email: ppatterson@faculty.ocadu.ca
  Pam Patterson

Joanna Black (BA Fine Arts & English Literature; MA, PhD in Arts Education) has since 1989 been active in visual art as an artist, curator, and speaker. She is a professor at the University of Manitoba in visual art education and is cross-appointed as an Adjunct Professor at the School of Art, University of Manitoba. Additionally, she has been recently (2019-2024) appointed as a Research Fellow at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) University, Halifax, Canada. . She has also served as a Senior Artist/Researcher in Residence for the WIAprojects, Center for Women Studies in Education (CWSE), at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto. She currently teaches visual art and digital art education at the University of Manitoba.

Black’s research, visual work, curating and teaching have centered upon creative digital art practices, feminist art, women in academia, human rights issues, learning for social change, and environmental art education. As a result of her research and art making  she has published books, articles, reviews in a variety of journals, art catalogues, and exhibition catalogues. For over thirty years she has worked as an art educator, art director, museum educator, curator, art consultant, and a visual art educator in formal and informal settings in Canada and the United States. Formerly she worked at the Montreal Museum of Fine Art and the Marietta Cobb Museum of Art near Atlanta Georgia teaching drawing, painting and sculpture. Black has received awards from the National Art Education Associations' (NAEA) Art Education Technology (AET) for Outstanding Research Award; the Centre for Human Rights Research at the University of Manitoba; The Manitoba Education Research Network’s (MERN) Research Achievement Award;  and the Provincial Affiliate Art Educator Award from the Canadian Society for Education through Art. She has recently co-written a book, along with Juan Carlos Castro and Ching-Chiu Ling entitled, “Youth Practices in Digital Arts and New Media: Learning in Formal and Informal Settings published by Palgrave MacMillan in New York.

Black has worked curating exhibitions in Atlanta Georgia planning shows including the artist, Milton Avery and Indigenous artwork from the American Deep South. She has been the Canadian co-curator for international art exhibitions held in Tallinn Estonia in 2011, 2014 and 2017 working with other artists, curators, art business leaders and educators throughout Europe. In Ireland she was co-curator for a travelling show that was held in three galleries in the country and she worked curating a national exhibition that was held in Germany. She has spoken at close to 80 international and national conferences. Recently, she has been a guest speaker dealing with such topics as, How can Artists Bridge the Communication Gap Between Art and Society and she was on a recent panel to discuss Overlapping Violent Histories: A curatorial Investigation into Difficult Knowledge at the University of Manitoba.

Black has exhibited her new media, paintings, multimedia and performance artworks in Canada and the United States in solo and group shows. Her focus has always been on the political: art for social change including the environment, human rights issues, and feminist issues. While socially engaged art, as a category of practice, is still a working construct, the artist who identifies as such is an individual whose specialty includes working professionally with/in society. In a similar vein Black believes in and encourages her students to focus not only internally in critical and creative making, but also outwardly among each other and in company with community. A complex dialogue ensues where social critique, understanding, and engagement are valued in relation to human rights issues. Her recent new media and performance artworks include Babble/Babel proVOKing CO-llaBORation/IN/performance at the University of Toronto; Provocation at OCADU Toronto; new media art, ECHoes & ReVERBS @ Ivory Towers at the CWSE Gallery, Toronto and MAWA Gallery Winnipeg; and new media art, Making Time: A Digital Exhibition, Audain Art Center, Vancouver.

Dr. Joanna Black,
Faculty of Education,
Room 238, Education Building,
University of Manitoba,
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, R3T 2N2
Email: Joanna.Black@umanitoba.ca
  Joanna Black

Daniel Payne (BEd, MA Musicology, MLIS) is a librarian who, since 2002, has worked as Head of Reference and Instructional Services at the OCAD University Library. During his tenure, he has developed an active information literacy program and maintained strong connections with teaching faculty as liaison to the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences/School of Interdisciplinary Studies. An innovative initiative he developed involves a site intervention curriculum where studio-based pedagogy is used to facilitate the creation of site-specific works designed to be embedded in the library’s physical space. Through use of creative production processes, students learn to interpret and comment on topical issues in librarianship using their own emotive artistic voic.? In 2008, he created a graduate level art librarianship course for the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information and has taught it variously since then. Daniel developed the syllabus, assignment structure, reading lists, course outline, and learning outcomes for the course.

Maintaining active participation in professional art librarianship organizations has been a high priority for Daniel. From 2012 to 2014, he held an executive board position with the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) and, through this group, was invited to serve as Chair for the ARLIS/NA Open Access Task Force. After coordinating the production of an introductory report, he led a second phase of the initiative and presented findings at the society’s 45th annual conference in New Orleans in 2017. He has presented papers at international conferences in Durban, South Africa (2007), Toronto (2012), Washington, D.C. (2014), Seattle, Washington (2016), Dublin, Ireland (2017).

Daniel has published three articles with the ARLIS/UK and Ireland’s Art Libraries Journaland has been invited to co-edit an issue in the fall of 2020 on the theme of decolonizing the art library. In addition, Daniel self-published a history of library and information services at OCAD University from 1876 to the present and was pleased to author an essay titled “Creative Space” for The Handbook of Art and Design Librarianship (Facet Publishing, 2010) as this forms a significant theme in his research output. Of particular interest for him is a focus on the history of libraries in studio-based educational institutions, the analysis of cognitive understandings of space and place using Henri Lefebvre’s “spatial triad,” and finding connections between traditional library science research models and theories with Indigenous knowledge systems.

Daniel is also an active modern and baroque violoncellist who currently holds the principal chair for the Counterpoint Community Orchestra—the world’s longest standing LGBTQ2S orchestra—and Arcady Choir and Orchestra. His interest in Baroque music has led to a rewarding career as a principal continuo player in Western University's Early Music Studio, London's Parnassus Ensemble, and the Hamilton-based Te Deum Choir and Orchestra (1996-2002); this latter group presented regular concerts at the Glen Gould Studio. His participation in Arcady has been long-standing: since 1987, he has performed in a wide range of historically informed repertoire, given a chamber performance on TVO’s Studio One, and played in three of the ensemble’s recordings.

Daniel Payne,
Head, Reference & Instructional Services,
Dorothy H. Hoover Library
OCAD University
100 McCaul Street
Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5T 1W1
Email: dpayne@ocadu.ca
  Daniel Payne

Project Technicians/Assistants:

Miklos Legrady   Miklos Legrady (Web Designer): is a visual artist, web designer and critical writer. Legrady holds a B.Sc. in Photography from the Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, N.Y., and an M.F.A. in Photography and Multi-Media from Concordia University in Montreal. He was co-founder of the New York performance group The Collective Unconscious and co-director for 3 years. He designed the Centre for Canadian Contemporary Art website among others for artists. His writing on art theory has been published since 2015 and as of 2017 Legrady is Toronto Editor of U.K.'s New Art Examiner.Email: legrady@me.com

website http://www.legrady.com

Natalie Piper   Natalie Piper (Graphic Designer): graduated from the Ontario College of Art and was instrumental, as committee member, in assisting its shift to a university. She also holds a master’s degree in Printmaking from Maidstone, Kent and then taught at the institution in printmaking, bookbinding and life drawing. Piper was the first woman digital illustrator for Getty Images in Camden, London and went on to start her own company Art Division, a web and graphic design company in Wimbledon, UK. She has returned to Canada and continues to work as a visual artist, focusing on collage and digital new media and continues to work as a freelance graphic designer. Email: natpiper@live.co.uk

Hri Neil   Hri Neil (Video Camera, Editing & Post-production): Born in Montreal and raised in various locales across Canada, Hri Neil now lives in Prince Edward County, Ontario. Neil has a BFA in Painting and drawing from Concordia University. He has been focused on an interdisciplinary media based practice as well as independent curation over the last two decades.

A multidisciplinary artist centered on sound, video, installation, and performance - Neil’s work has been shown both nationally and internationally. His work was included in performances for the Art Gallery of Ontario, for the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art and in the New Territories program at ARCO in Spain. He is a recipient of the Telus Award for Technological Innovation in the Arts.

Parallel to his artistic practice Hri has spent many years as a cultural worker in both the public and for profit visual arts field, taking on many different roles with organizations such as Latitude 53, Harcourt House, The Works Festival and the Art Gallery of Alberta in Edmonton, The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Interaccess and Heffel Auction House in Toronto, and was the Assistant Curator at Oeno Gallery in Prince Edward County. In the Summer of 2018, Neil opened his own contemporary art gallery - Carbon Art and Design - in the heart of downtown Picton. Email: contact@carbonartdesign.com

Sarah Paradis   Sarah Paradis (Video Editing). Sarah is a contemporary video artist living in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Since 2010 she has displayed her video artwork throughout Winnipeg, within Canada and in the United States. She has exhibited at venues including the Winnipeg Art Gallery (2016), the Planetarium (2019), the Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art (2015), Cinematheque (2010), the Rachel Browne Theatre (2019), VideoPool (2020), Ace Art (2012), the Park Theatre (2019), as well as the Edge Gallery and Urban Arts Centre (2014).

Paradis has projected her video artwork at Canadian outdoor electronic music festivals such as the Manitoba Electronic Music Exhibition in Winnipeg (2012-2018), Connect 22: Terminus in Moose Jaw, SK (2017), and Motion Notion in Golden, BC (2014-2015). She has also performed in the United States at Bloom Town in Waubun, Minnesota (2015).

Paradis uses such techniques as video layering and luma key techniques to create unique compositions of moving images. She also strives to create immersive conceptual experiences for viewers by connecting her content with contemporary issues, such as the COVID-19 pandemic.
Email: Sarah.r.paradise@gmail.com

Arthur Kivilaht   Artur Kivilaht (Sound Editing) completed his Bachelor’s degree in the Jazz Studies Program at the University of Manitoba as well as a Master’s Certificate in Composition at Humber College. He is an active performer in his hometown of Winnipeg, Manitoba (Walle Larson, Woody Holler, Ron Paley, Big City All Star Band) as well as abroad (Broadway show Chicago, Princess Cruises). Among the numerous awards, he has received the Leonard Isaacs Scholarship, the IODE Music Scholarship, and the Jimmy King Memorial Scholarship. Email: arturrkivilaht@gmail.com

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