Staff and Board


Julie Dring [Executive Director]
Julie Dring is an Arts Manager working out of Hamilton, Ontario. She has a background in artifact preservation and archives, as well as a passion for cultural work and activism within her community. Her work has allowed her to make both national and international impacts, working at places such as the Ryerson Image Centre in Toronto and the Art Institute of Chicago, as well as researching opportunities throughout London, UK. Her research and work has focused on the role of co-operatives and artist-run centres as a place for social change. As a leader in the non-profit arts sector, Julie is dedicated to helping other arts organizations achieve financial stability and improve operations in order to increase organizational strength and capacity. Visit:

Abedar Kamgari [Programming Director]
Abedar Kamgari is an artist, independent curator, and arts administrator based in Hamilton and Toronto. Her art practice is rooted in unpacking the complexities of immigrant experiences through site-responsive, embodied, and relational approaches to video and performance. 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). Visit:

Jasmine Mander [Communications and Outreach Coordinator]
Jasmine Mander is an arts administrator and visual artist born in Hamilton, Ontario. She is a graduate from the University of Waterloo where she studied Fine Arts & Business. She has worked for various art organizations such as the University of Waterloo Art Gallery, the McMaster Museum of Art, and most recently as the Program Coordinator, Community Outreach for the Living Arts Centre

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:

Jessica Hannigan [Gallery Assistant]

Jessica Hannigan is an artist from Fort Erie, Ontario and living in Hamilton, Ontario. She holds a BA from Sheridan College in Illustration and specializes in children’s illustration, editorial, and comics. Her work often deals with childhood nostalgia and our relationships with our personal spaces and bodies.


Adrienne Crossman [Co-Chair]
Adrienne Crossman is an artist, educator and curator working in Hamilton, Ontario. They hold an MFA in Visual Art from the University of Windsor (2018), and a BFA in Integrated Media with a Minor in Digital and Media Studies from OCAD University (2012). Their practice investigates the liminality between the digital and the physical while highlighting queer sensibilities in the everyday. Crossman is interested in how the terms trans* and non-binary apply to media as well as gender, and they create queer interventions through the manipulation of digital media and popular culture with a focus on the queer potentiality of the non-human. Adrienne has exhibited at: Patel Projects (Toronto, Ontario), Idea Exchange (Cambridge, Ontario), 8eleven (Toronto, Ontario), Studio L’Eloi (Montreal, Quebec), Moscow Biennale for Young Art (Moscow, Russia), the Art Gallery of Windsor (Ontario), and The Wrong New Digital Art Biennale ( They are an assistant professor of Studio Art at McMaster University in Hamilton.

Ashley Watson [Co-Chair]
Ashley Watson is an arts manager, educator and fundraiser. Currently she is a Development Officer at the Royal Botanical Gardens and previously worked in fund development and partnership cultivation roles 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.

Alejandro Tamayo [Board Director]
Alejandro Tamayo is a visual artist, writer and educator. His diverse practice encompasses sculpture, installation, drawing, photography, and digital and electronic

Tara Westermann [Secretary]
Tara Westermann holds a BFA from OCAD University and an MA of Contemporary Art from Sotheby’s Institute of Art. An experienced commercial gallery director and arts administrator, Tara is committed to the support of artists and experimental practices.

Danica Evering [Programming Committee]
Danica Evering is a writer, educator, and researcher from Cobourg, Ontario. Her MA in Media Studies from Concordia questioned social practice through interviews with artists and creative analysis of her own field work. She was a founding member of Publication Studio Guelph, and helped develop the Benčić Youth Council, a radical arts education program in Rijeka, Croatia.

Shauna Taylor [Special Events Committee]
Shauna Taylor is a textile and fibre artist, interested in exploring the relationships between the body, the object, and its environment.  She is an emerging museum professional and has worked in administration, education, and collections at various arts and heritage organizations including Oakville Galleries, The Art Gallery of Burlington, The Ontario Museum Association, and Dundas Museum & Archives. She holds an HBA in Studio Art & Art History and a Master of Museum Studies (MMSt), both from the University of Toronto.  Visit:

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.

Setareh Masoumbeiki [New Committee]
Setareh Masoumbeiki has been working with socially-excluded children and women using different art mediums such as visual arts, interactive theatre, and storytelling in search of social justice, harmony and inclusiveness. Having completed a Masters degree in Education from Oxford University, Setareh has worked with undocumented children in Iran, street children in Cambodia, refugee teenagers in the UK and Canada, trying to establish creative ways to transcend prejudice and raise critical consciousness.

Tal-Or K. Ben-Choreen [Treasurer]
Tal-Or K. Ben-Choreen is an artist, curator, and a doctoral candidate at Concordia University in the department of Art History specializing in photography. Her doctoral studies, supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and Fulbright, focus on the institutionalization of photography education in Canadian and American Universities during the 1970s and ’80s. She holds an MA from Ryerson University and George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management.

Ariel Bader-Shamai [Director]
Ariel Bader-Shamai is a multidisciplinary artist and arts administrator based in Hamilton. She is a co-founder of the arts collective HAVN (Hamilton Audio Visual Node) and has an MA in Film and Photographic Preservation and Collections Management from Ryerson University.


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. Please see the full description here.  You can download the application in PDF here and email it back to us.

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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