Nancy Bleck is an artist working with photography, film and video, who lived in Berlin, Prague, Utrecht, Toronto, and currently Vancouver. She holds an MA in Fine Arts, from the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten (HKU) in the Netherlands, 2005, and a BFA from the Emily Carr Institute, Vancouver, 2000.
Her inquiry explores notions of the witness, nomadic subjectivity, ecology, embodied ethics, with an emphasis on collaboration and social change. Nancy is co-founder of the Uts’am – Witness project, 1997-2007, together with Hereditary Chief Bill Williams of the Squamish Nation, the late mountaineer John Clarke, and the Roundhouse Community Centre, where she became the first artist-in-residence in 1997. The Squamish Nation through a traditional naming ceremony recognised her in 2001, with the Coast Salish name Slanay Sp’ak’wus.
Her work has received two Canada Council awards in 1993 and 2003, nomination for Van-City’s ‘Ethics in Action’ award, 1998, ‘Best Cultural Event’, Tourism Canada, 2000, and contributed to the ‘Art for Change’ millennium scholarship foundation hosted at the Nation Gallery in Ottawa, 2002. In 2007, Nancy received a ‘Woman of Distinction’ award in the category of arts, culture and design.
Blaine Campbell is a Vancouver-based artist working in photography, sculpture, and inter-media. He also works as a freelance commercial photographer in a variety of settings and has provided photographic services on a number of artist projects. In 2007 Blaine received the national award in the BMO 1st Art! invitational juried competition. Blaine has previously exhibited work at Republic Gallery, the Surrey Art Gallery, the Museum of Canadian Contemporary Art, and in the Netherlands. He is represented by Republic Gallery in Vancouver.
Diane Evans studied at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, graduating with Honors in Photography in 1978. The following year, she furthered her studies in the Photography Master Class at the Banff Center for the Arts. Since 1987, she has been the Gallery Coordinator at Presentation House Gallery, an internationally recognized public art gallery in North Vancouver specializing in photography and image-based art. She also oversees the management of the Gallery Bookstore and over the years has built it into one of the most respected photo-based bookstore in the Lower Mainland.
For fifteen years she has taught in the under-graduate Photography program as a Sessional instructor and in the ECU Continuing Studies Photography Department. She has taught Basic Black & White Photography, Fiber-based Black & White Printing, Pinhole Photography, Color Printing, Portraiture and the Photographic Essay. Working with both Presentation House Gallery and ECU, Diane has arranged numerous artists talks and visiting artists to benefit ECU’s student body. This includes visits by Phillip Jones-Griffiths, Gil Blank, Larry Towell, Fred Herzog, and Farah Nosh.
Evans continues to work in the photographic field with both black and white and colour work using a variety of film formats. Her work has been exhibited and collected within Canada and internationally. Several of her works were recently included in the Vancouver Art Gallery permanent collection.
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Howard Ursuliak was an honours graduate of ECI and received his MFA from the University of British Columbia. He has been awarded numerous Canada Council Arts Grants, Institutional scholarships and awards from private foundations. He was responsible for developing public programs at Access Gallery and other community based educational initiatives in Vancouver. His work is represented in Vancouver and Toronto by the Monte Clark Gallery and in Madrid and Almagro Spain by Galeria Fucares. His work is included in public and private collections in Canada, the United States, France, Italy, Spain and Australia.