For Immediate Release: Hamilton Artists Inc. names Jessica Vellenga Executive Director



Hamilton, September 9, 2016: The Board of Directors of the Hamilton Artists Inc. is very pleased to announce that Jessica Vellenga will be taking on the role of Executive Director as of October 1st, 2016.

Vellenga comes to the Inc. with over 16 years of experience in commercial galleries, territorial galleries, and artist-run centers. She is a dedicated, highly motivated professional with a diverse record in fostering community engagement, event management, arts administration, finance, as well as collection and archives management. At the Yukon Arts Centre she was Coordinator of Community Engagement for the Visual Arts at the Public Art Gallery for over seven years. She is a practicing artist and holds a BFA from McMaster University. Her artistic practice is grounded in community collaboration, which combines art, craft, and activism through textile arts. Performing and facilitating community collaborative textile arts, mending, embroidery, knitting, crochet, yarn bombing, and other interactive textile workshops. She has experienced a wide variety of art exhibitions, conferences, workshops, and public lectures at modern and contemporary art spaces throughout Canada and Europe. Her artwork and designs have been exhibited in Canada (Whitehorse, Dawson, Inuvik, Montreal, Calgary, Ottawa, Hamilton, and Toronto) and the United Kingdom (Leeds).

The Executive Director role will allow Vellenga to fulfill her passion through engaging the arts community. She will facilitate the organization’s daily operations, contribute to its strategic growth and serve as the Inc.’s ambassador to the Hamilton Arts Community and beyond.  She will also be responsible for maintaining and expanding partnerships with community groups and organizations in the region.


Hamilton Artists Inc. (The Inc.) is committed to the presentation of contemporary art and related cultural practices. The Inc. facilitates a national dialogue surrounding issues in contemporary art through exhibitions, publications, performances, education and outreach projects. The Inc. actively engages in community arts programming and educational initiatives that represent the cultural life in our city and beyond.

The Inc. is dedicated to upholding professional standards for artists and pays CARFAC fees for exhibitions and activities presented in and through our main exhibition space.  As a member-driven organization, we also provide an accessible and inclusive forum to address the social and professional needs of artists through workshops, lectures and our dedicated Members’ Gallery and Resource Centre. Find out more via our website:

Hamilton Artists Inc. receives operating support from the City of Hamilton, the Ontario Arts Council, and Project Support from Canada Council for the Arts, Incite Foundation for the Arts and Hamilton Community Foundation as well as generous contributions from INC. members, donors and private-sector partners.

For more information please contact:

Caitlin Sutherland, Programming Director, Hamilton Artists Inc.
Tel: 905 529 3355

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