Staff and Board


Julie Dring [Executive Director]
Julie is an arts administrator with a background in artifact preservation and collections management. She has worked in several museums, archives and galleries over the last ten years including the Photography Department at the Art Institute of Chicago. She holds a Master of Arts in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management from Ryerson University. Her master’s thesis focused on archival materials related to the Hackney Flashers, a radical photography collective, active in 1970s North-East London, England.

Abedar Kamgari [Programming Director]
Abedar Kamgari is an artist, independent curator, and arts administrator based in Hamilton and Toronto. Her research is rooted in exploring displacement and diaspora in relation to the ongoing legacy of colonialism in the West. She often works site-responsively with video and performance, using embodied and relational methodologies to unpack the complexities of immigrant experience. Visit:

Mashal Khan [Communications & Outreach Coordinator]
Mashal Khan is an emerging documentary filmmaker and photographer living and practicing on Turtle Island, specifically within the Hamilton/Toronto area, the traditional and unceded territories of the Mississauga, Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee nations, lands protected by the Dish With One Spoon wampum agreement. She was born in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan and along with her family immigrated to Canada in 2002. Mashal graduated from the University of Toronto with a Hon. Bachelor’s of Arts with distinction in equity studies, sociology and art. She values freedom, justice and equity and within her work she hopes to subvert the white and/or male gaze that has often spoken on behalf of marginalized women of colour. Whenever she creates work, Mashal keeps this quote by Arundhati Roy in mind: “there’s really no such thing as the ‘voiceless.’ There are only the deliberately silenced, or the preferably unheard.” Visit:

Kristina Durka [Programming Assistant]
Kristina Durka is an interdisciplinary artist, arts administrator, and rabbit enthusiast from Hamilton, Ontario. She holds a BFA in Studio Art from McMaster University. Her work has exhibited throughout Canada, and she has completed residencies in Manitoba and Southern Ontario. Visit:

Jasmine Mander [Coordinator, Incoming! Project]
Jasmine Mander is a graduate from the University of Waterloo where she studied Fine Arts & Business. She works as an Information Officer at the McMaster Museum of Art, as an Apprentice Producer for the Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts Dance Theatre and as a Project Coordinator for the Hamilton Artists Inc. 

Jenna Shamoon [Curator, Incoming! Project]
Jenna Shamoon is an independent curator based in Hamilton, Ontario. She received her BA in Art History and English from McMaster University and has an MA in Art History with a Degree in Curatorial Practice from York University. Her research during her Master’s focused on visual theory, postcolonialism, and Mesopotamian cultural heritage.

Kaya Similski [Co-op student]
Kaya Similski is a highschool co-op student with a deep love for chunky cats. She was born in Montreal and currently lives in Hamilton. Kaya is a visual artist practicing painting and paper art.

Lami Ilori [Summer Gallery Assistant]
Sean Morello [Summer Gallery Assistant]


Mary Porter [Co-Chair]
Mary Porter is an artist and arts educator preoccupied with looking at the built environment and landscape as a way to glean some sense of the culture that created it. Her work is rooted in painting and drawing, but in recent years has expanded to include more digital animation. Her projects have been exhibited and screened across Canada and the United States, and have been supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, and Toronto Arts Council. She holds a BFA from NSCAD, an MFA from York University, and a BEd from the University of Toronto. Having a strong interest in contemporary arts education, she has worked as an instructor at OCAD University, Sheridan College, and McMaster University, as well as in a variety of community arts settings.  Visit:

Sally McKay [Co-Chair, New Committee]
Sally McKay is an artist, art writer and art educator with a background in interdisciplinary practice.

Bojana Videkanic [Programming Committee]
Bojana Videkanic is a performance artist and an art historian born in Bosnia and Herzegovina (former Yugoslavia). She became a stateless person after the fall of her native country and came to Canada as a government-sponsored refugee in 1995. Her artistic practice mines personal experiences of displacement, movement, and identity as these intersect with larger political, social and cultural questions. Her most recent work deals with the transformation of her native country into a law-free zone for the development of various neo-liberal capitalist projects and new forms of colonization. Videkanic is an assistant professor in fine arts at the University of Waterloo, and a board member of 7a*11d International Performance Art Festival in Toronto. She has presented her work at performance festivals such as Nuit Blanche Toronto, 7a*11d International Performance Art Festival Toronto, MS:T International Festival from Calgary, Hemispherica, Montreal, IPA Platform and Workshop, Bristol, IMAFestival, Serbia. Videkanic also curates.

Mark Prier [Special Events Committee]
Mark Prier’s multimedia art examines the interaction between culture and ecology. Working from diverse sources, such as botany, folklore, geology, and history, he rearticulates this examination into various media, including installation, new media, performance, sound, and video.  His exhibitions include shows in Canada, Mexico, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States.  Visit

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David Perrett [Facilities Committee]
David Perrett explores his relationships with places and objects through material explorations that attempt to undermine his pre-existing assumptions. Works incorporate stone, wood, metal, robotics, and whatever else suits the situation.

Christopher McLeod [Development & Fundraising Committee]
Christopher McLeod has been exhibiting nationally since 1998 and has a BA in Studio Art from McMaster University and an MFA from Emily Carr University in Vancouver, BC. He has taught at the Dundas Valley School of Art and McMaster Universities School of the Arts. He was Artist in Residence 2 years running at the Art Gallery of Mississauga. His work has also been featured at the Art Gallery of Hamilton, Propeller Gallery, in BlackFlash, and at Supercrawl 2018. Christopher McLeod is currently the Creative Director for the Great Art for Great Lakes project, and is the Project Director for the Hamilton Arts Council, Building Cultural Legacies project. His practice explores social engagement and interaction, focusing on ecological and cultural themes, through publicly presented programs.

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

Clay McCann
Clay McCann is currently a Ph.D. student in cultural anthropology at McMaster University, and Volunteer Cannabis Policy Consultant at City of Hamilton. He earned his anthropology MA among marijuana workers in southern interior BC (2014), and his interdisciplinary MFA writing about their lives (2017). He studied composition under Tom Wayman at the Kootenay School of the Arts in Nelson, BC, where he co-founded The Mercury, a monthly alternative news/lit magazine; and anthropological fieldwork under Dr. Naomi McPherson. Clay is: an editor, Cannabis in Canada: A Multidisciplinary Reader (forthcoming, UBC Press); author, Canadian Literature #212, Burdens of Pleasure: CNF from Canada’s Illicit Cannabis Production Industry, and; academic, Anthropologica 54:2, and ACME: International E-Journal of Critical Geographies, 14 (1).

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:

Tara Westerman [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.


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 wishes to reflect the diverse community of Hamilton and be a welcoming, inclusive environment and encourages 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 join the Board.  For more information email

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