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: www.juliecatherinedring.com
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: www.abedarkamgari.com
Jasmine Mander [Incoming 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: www.kristinadurka.com
Bhavika Sharma [Artist in Residence / Gallery Assistant]
Bhavika Sharma is a multidisciplinary artist based in Toronto, Ontario. They hold a BA from the University of Toronto in Architecture and Visual Art. Informed by their background in urban design, their art practice strives to uncover alternative, personal, and unwritten narratives in relation to the built landscape.
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.
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
Charlit Floriano [Secretary]
Charlit Floriano is an artist and 3D animator from Barrie, Ontario. She received a BA in Illustration from Sheridan College and works in children’s animation, illustration, workshops and comics.
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.
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.
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.
Jeannie Kyungjin Kim
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 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.
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 email@example.com