Staff and Board


Derek Jenkins [Executive Director]
Derek Jenkins (he/him) is a multidisciplinary artist. His practice tends toward the handmade and the documentary, with an interest in labour, ecology, and technology. His films have screened widely, and he also makes work for the gallery setting. Derek was previously general manager and lab technician at Niagara Custom Lab, and he currently serves as secretary on the board of directors of the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre. He is from Arkansas and has lived in central Hamilton for over a decade.

Sanaa Humayun [Programming Director]
Sanaa Humayun (she/her) is an artist, writer, & curator, with a practice that thinks about non-narrative story telling, the histories held within objects, and a softness for woven cloth. She is passionate about growing community through means of food, laughter, and an unapologetic love of gossip. Along with Kiona Callihoo Ligtvoet, Sanaa co-organizes Making Space – a peer mentorship group for early-career BIPOC artists.

John Hill [Public Programs Coordinator]
John Hill (he/they) is an Oneida poet, writer, and artist from Hamilton, Ontario. He is Turtle Clan from Six Nations of the Grand River. His works have taken the form of sound art, video, poetry, zines, and collage. They believe that art can give people the tools to imagine new, exciting, and hopeful worlds.


Kristina Durka [Programming Coordinator]
Kristina Durka is an interdisciplinary artist, arts administrator, and rabbit enthusiast from Hamilton, Ontario. She holds a BFA from McMaster University and specializes in ceramics, mould making and casting multiples. Her work has exhibited throughout Canada, and she has completed residencies throughout Canada. Visit:


Eli Nolet [Programming Assistant]

Eli Nolet (they/them) is a queer interdisciplinary artist from the occupied territories of the Erie, Neutral, Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee, and Mississaugas (otherwise known as hamilton, ontario). Currently studying at McMaster University towards a B.F.A. in Studio Art, their practice is conceptually focused and questions the binaries of visible/invisible, normative/transgressive.



Sarah Sproule [Co-Chair / Special Events Member]
Sarah Sproule is an emerging artist and arts administrator with a BFA and BA from McMaster University. Sarah works primarily in sculpture, ceramics, and the casting and mould making process. Her work explores the relationship between the abjected body and her experience of fatness, disability, and queerness.


Jordyn Stewart [Co-Chair]
Jordyn Stewart (she/her) is an artist, educator and arts administrator. She received her MFA from the University of Waterloo and her BA from the University of Toronto, joint program with Sheridan College in Art & Art History. Her work has been programmed in spaces such as Art Museum, Hamilton Artists Inc., Trinity Square Video, Idea Exchange, and Gallery Stratford. She teaches in the Department of Visual Studies at The University of Toronto Mississauga and is living in Onguiaahra/Niagara. visit:


Jeannie Kyungjin Kim [Secretary / New Committee Chair]
Jeannie Kyungjin Kim is an artist-educator currently based in Dundas, ON. She holds a MA from Concordia University (Art Education) and a Hons BA from University of Toronto Mississauga and Sheridan College (Art and Art History). Jeannie’s studio-research practice fluctuates between utilizing and critiquing traditional Korean methodologies with an intercultural lens as she looks to her everyday surroundings and personal-cultural core for inspiration. Jeannie is currently the Education Coordinator at the Art Gallery of Burlington. Visit:

Jaycee Tu [Communications Chair, Development Member]
Jaycee Tu (she/her) is a Chinese-Filipina curator and multidisciplinary artist based in Hamilton and Toronto, ON. Her work explores notions of belonging, relationships with land and relational aesthetics through storytelling practices, historical/ archival research and community/arts-based programming. Jaycee is also a freelance educator/workshop facilitator, having taught arts-related practices to children and youth for Chinese College of Art, Design Exchange Museum, Youthdale Treatment Center and The Peer Project. She is a graduate of OCADU’s Criticism and Curatorial Practices program and takes American Sign Language classes at Canadian Hearing Services. Jaycee also works in marketing and digital strategies, with a passion for inclusive and accessible design.

Erica Mogentale [Development Chair]
Erica Mogentale is an educator and arts administrator. She holds an MA in Art Gallery & Museum Studies from the University of Manchester and a BA in Fine Art History from the University of Toronto. Erica’s educational and community engagement programming has been facilitated in galleries and museums within Canada and the UK. She is currently the Education Officer at Oakville Galleries.

Dianne Twombly [Treasurer]
Dianne Twombly (she/her) is a Hamilton based artist currently completing a BFA at York University. A former social worker and post-secondary administrator, she has extensive experience in educational, non-profit and community-based programming. Dianne’s surreal mixed media and digital works explore themes of decay, transformation, and cycles of life, death and rebirth in both natural and constructed environments. She holds degrees (BA, MSW) from the University of Toronto, as well as a certificate in Dynamic Media from the Center for Electronic Art in San Francisco. Visit:

Tyler Matheson [Communications Member]
Tyler Matheson is a queer interdisciplinary research based artist, educator and culture worker. He received an MFA from the University of Waterloo, and a BFA from York University. He now lives and works in Port Credit, Mississauga. He was a recipient of the Keith and Win Shantz International Travel Research Internship Scholarship, and worked closely with two German painters Fabian Trieber and Dave Bopp in the summer of 2019, while also assisting them in Art Basel (Switzerland) 2019. He was a recipient of the 2019 Superframe Framing award. He is currently a resident artist at the Living Art Centre in Mississauga.

Rachelle Wunderink [Special Events Co-Chair]
Rachelle Wunderink (she/they) is an interdisciplinary artist originally from Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, and is currently based in Hamilton.She recently finished her Masters of Fine Arts at York University, where she was awarded Canada’s SSHRC Graduate Scholarship for her thesis exhibition “That Thing: Confronting Difficult Trauma”. Her interests take her through a variety of motifs dealing with trauma, affect theory, and the femme experience. While traditionally a painter, her work recently diverges from this discipline, as she explores video and installation as a means to convey the affect of trauma. Over the past 10 years she has co-founded two separate artist collectives working mostly abroad in Taipei, Taiwan and Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Elsa Brittin [Board Member]
Elsa Brittin is a ceramic artist and educator currently based in Hamilton, Ontario. In 2014 she was awarded both the Harrison McCain in memory of Marion McCain Scholarship and the East Gwillimbury Group of Artists Award for Visual Arts. She went on to graduate from NSCAD University in 2018 with a BFA Ceramics. As a practicing ceramic artist, her previous exhibitions include both solo and group shows at galleries such as the Anna Leonowens Gallery in Halifax, NS, the Craig Gallery in Dartmouth, NS, and the Gynocratic Art Gallery, hosted online, as well as having work included in the collection of the Office of the Mayor of Halifax. Brittin has worked with institutions including the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, Dundas Valley School of Art, and the Extended Studies Program at NSCAD University as an educator and consultant. 

Julie Dring [Board Member]
Julie Dring is an arts manager with a background in fundraising and development. Julie received her Master of Arts in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management from Toronto Metropolitan University (’14), and her Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Theory from the University of Ottawa (’11). Julie has previously served as the Executive Director of Hamilton Artists Inc. (2018-2021), has sat on several Boards for non-profit arts organizations (Forest City Gallery, Arts Awards of Waterloo Region, Button Factory Arts), exhibited as part of numerous collaborative arts projects throughout Southern Ontario, and has raised over $1.2M for charitable organizations over the past five years. Julie currently works at the University of Waterloo’s School of Architecture in alumni relations.


The Hamilton Artists Inc. is seeking engaged, committed and enthusiastic volunteers to submit applications to the Board of Directors. The Board consists of Inc. members who possess a variety of skills, knowledge, perspectives and talents. The Board strives to reflect the diverse community of Hamilton and to be a welcoming, inclusive environment.  We encourage applications from individuals from diverse backgrounds.

We are always interested in hearing from you and encourage our members to apply to join the Board.  For more information, email

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