Marian Penner Bancroft is an Associate Professor in Photography and Print Media. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and can be found in a number of collections including those of the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography in Ottawa. Recent exhibitions have been at the Canadian Cultural Centre in Paris and Republic Gallery in Vancouver. Current interests are the intersections and overlaps amongst issues related to history and its objects, the uses and representations of landscape, and the family. Her work periodically includes text, sound, drawing and sculpture. She is represented by Republic Gallery in Vancouver. Marian studied at the University of British Columbia, the Vancouver School of Art (now ECUAD) and Ryerson Polytechnical Institute in Toronto. She has also taught at Simon Fraser University and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. She is a current member of the board of Artspeak Gallery and recently completed a residency at the Banff Centre.
Arni Haraldsson has exhibited his photographic work nationally and internationally for the past eighteen years. Upcoming exhibitions include festival Photoespana at the Museu Berardo in Lisbon, Portugal. Last year Mr. Haraldsson did a half-year residency in London, England, and exhibited in EAST International in Norwich, England. Much of his work has concerned the lost aspirations of the utopian principles of Modernism, in terms of the design and social life of the city. As well, he has concentrated on various urban spaces and peripheral suburban landscapes in transition. His work poses architecture and landscape as emblematic of larger social forces, as a symbolic system instrumental in the formation of human relations, and as a means of ‘reading’ historical change.
Sandra Semchuk is second generation Canadian of Ukrainian and Polish ancestry. She has been a photographer for 30 years, and is a co-founder of the Photographers Gallery in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada and a teacher at ECU. Sandra’s photographs and collaborations have been exhibited widely including at Presentation House Gallery, Vancouver, The Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, The Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, Arizona, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, fotofeis in Scotland, the Museu D’art Contemporani in Barcelona and at Urban Shaman in Winnipeg. The Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography in Ottawa has toured the exhibit How far back is home…. Her autobiographical photographs are discussed in Penny Cousineau-Levine’s book Faking Death: Canadian Art Photography and the Canadian Imagination, and in the NFB Film 11 Canadian Photographers by Hermegilde Chaisson. Martha Langford speaks of her work in Scissors, Paper, Stone, McGill University Press and in the recent publication edited by Loren Lerner entitled Depicting Canada’s Children, Wilfrid Laurier University Press.
John Wertschek is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Culture and Community specializing in the Foundation Programme, where he teaches Creative Processes and Photography. He was Chair of Education Council (now Senate) for six years and is currently serving a three year term on the Board of Governors. He studied Honours Mathematics and Physics as an undergraduate before receiving his degree in Architecture (University of British Columbia, 1973) and Masters of Business Administration (Simon Fraser University, 2002). He has worked as an architectural designer, an urban planner, has built houses and has exhibited as an artist and photographer. He is the recipient of a Canada Council Grant and the City of Vancouver Heritage Award. He has served on the City of Vancouver Public Arts Committee, various Vancouver School Board Committees and as Chair of the City of Vancouver Parks Board Neighbourhood Matching Fund. In 1979 he founded the Vancouver League for Studies in Architecture and the Environment and initiated the Alcan Lectures in Architecture (Vancouver).