Abedar Kamgari [Programming Director]
Abedar Kamgari (she/her) is an artist, independent curator, and arts administrator based in Hamilton and Toronto. Her art practice is rooted in unpacking the complexities of diasporic experiences through site-responsive, embodied, and relational approaches to video and performance art. Abedar has performed, screened, and exhibited in a range of institutional contexts across Southern Ontario, including at the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), Art Gallery of Hamilton (Hamilton), Blackwood Gallery (Mississauga), Trinity Square Video (Toronto), Idea Exchange (Cambridge), and Y+ Contemporary (Scarborough). As an administrator, she has held positions with Factory Media Centre, Oakville Galleries, and McMaster University. Visit: www.abedarkamgari.com
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.
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 Assistant]
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: www.kristinadurka.com
Brianna Seferiades [Gallery Assistant]
Brianna Seferiades (She/Her) is an emerging multidisciplinary artist based in Hamilton, ON. She recently graduated from McMaster University’s Art History and Theatre & Film Studies programs. Her personal work is inspired by all things whimsical, magical and monstrous.
Alex Jacobs-Blum [Indigenous Curatorial Resident]
Alex Jacobs-Blum (she/her), Lower Cayuga Nation of Six Nations of the Grand River Territory and mixed-European, is an emerging artist and curator based in Hamilton, ON. Focusing on the land that sustained her family for generations, she navigates Indigeneity, resiliency, reclamation and healing, while challenging colonial structures. Alex holds a BA in Photography from Sheridan College (2015). Alex is the current Indigenous Curatorial Resident, working independently on her curatorial debut exhibition titled, Born Celestial. Visit: www.alexjacobsblum.com
Ashley Watson [Co-Chair]
Ashley Watson is an arts manager, educator and fundraiser. Currently she is the Executive Director at Lakeshore Arts, a community arts organization located in Toronto. She was the inaugural Curator for Humber Galleries where she managed two gallery spaces and was responsible for starting a contemporary Canadian art collection. She has also been a sessional and guest lecturer in the Arts Management program at the University of Toronto, Humber College and the University of Guelph. Her professional experience is supported by her academic studies with a BA in Arts Management from the University of Toronto and an MFA from the University of Leicester in Art Museum and Gallery Studies, during which she was awarded the Community Leadership Prize. She also relishes her time spent in the garden, riding horses and rock picking.
Jordyn Stewart [Vice-Chair]
Jordyn Stewart is an artist, educator, and arts administrator based in the Niagara Region. She received her MFA from the University of Waterloo for her thesis, Cul-de-sac Island and her BA from the University of Toronto, joint program with Sheridan College in Art and Art History. Jordyn’s work has been programmed in spaces across Southern Ontario such as Art Museum (Toronto), CAFKA at the Walper Hotel (Kitchener), Supercrawl (Hamilton), Trinity Square Video (Toronto), and Gallery Stratford (Stratford). Jordyn’s most recent curatorial projects include Art Spin Hamilton and Buoyancy: Poolside Performances for Cambridge Art Galleries. She is currently working as the Interim Marketing & Communications Coordinator at Oakville Galleries. Visit: www.jordynstewart.ca
Sarah Sproule [Special Events Committee]
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.
Jeannie Kyungjin Kim (NEW Committee)
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. Previously a visual arts instructor for children and youth programs at the City of Mississauga and the Living Arts Centre, Jeannie is now working with Carnegie Gallery (Dundas, ON) in producing instructional videos for adult audiences to engage with craft and the gallery’s temporary exhibitions. Visit: jeanniekk.com
Erica Mogentale (Development Committee)
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.
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.
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.
Ayda Ghaffari is an artist and educator. After receiving her BFA from Ryerson University in Performance Production, she found herself immersed in children’s theatre, designing and creating the set and costumes for the plays. Ayda has been teaching visual arts to children aged 3 to 13 for the past eight years, which she currently does at the Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts. After graduating from Brock University, she is now a member of the HWDSB, bringing the Hamilton community spirit, the environment, and the arts to the classroom and the curriculum.
JOINING THE BOARD
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 firstname.lastname@example.org