emily geen menno hubregtse meghan krauss todd lambeth neil mcclelland bronwyn mcmillin tara nicholson catherine nutting xane st phillip barrie szekely rachel vanderzwet wendy welch
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FACULTY

All of our regular faculty members have graduate degrees in art (MFA or MA), exhibition record and teaching experience.

Emily Geen
Emily Geen works primarily with photographic sculpture and installation, as well as video. Her art practice often incorporates found photographs, materials and objects, as well as glass & reflections, and lo-fi image making methods such as plastic cameras and screen shots. Her resulting works explore notions of nostalgia and uncertainty within the home and the landscape. Originally from Lake Country, BC, Emily completed her BFA at the University of British Columbia Okanagan (2012), followed by her MFA at the University of Victoria (2015). Her work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions throughout BC & Alberta, and most recently in Toronto. Emily has participated in artist residencies in Mexico, at the Banff Centre, and in Berlin with MOMENTUM Worldwide. She also teaches at the University of Victoria and serves on the Board of Directors for CARFAC BC.
MFA University of Victoria
BFA University of British Columbia Okanagan

geen@vancouverislandschoolart.com
http://emilygeen.com

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Menno Hubregtse
Menno Hubregtse is an art historian whose research focuses on 20th to 21st century architecture, public art, and early 20th century modern art. His PhD dissertation examined international air terminals and considered how their architecture and artworks are designed to order and affect passenger movement. His MA thesis, which focused on the Concord Pacific development in Vancouver, examined the site’s architecture and the public artworks commissioned for the space. During his MA, he also concentrated on Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain and its connection to Robert J. Coady, an art dealer in New York. This research resulted in an article published in RACAR (Revue d’art canadienne / Canadian Art Review) in 2009. His undergraduate degree, a BFA in studio art, consisted of courses in art history, photography, painting, and sculpture. He is also currently a sessional instructor at the University of Victoria where he teaches courses on the history of western architecture, 20th century architecture, and the history of photography.
PhD University of British Columbia
MA University of Victoria
BFA University of Saskatchewan

hubregtse@vancouverislandschoolart.com

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Meghan Krauss
Meghan is a practicing photographic artist who lives and works in Victoria, BC. She moved to the island after finishing a three-year photography practicum internship at The Banff Centre, Banff, AB. Meghan’s current photographic work explores tourism based on her experiences in Banff National Park, an area that attracts over 3 million visitors a year. Meghan has exhibited her work across Canada and the US, attended a self-directed Residency in Northern Iceland (2012), received a Social Science and Humanities Research Council Scholarship, Ontario Graduate Scholarship, a full tuition Scholarship while acquiring her masters degree and a Saskatchewan Arts Board Independent Artists Project Grant. She has an upcoming solo show at the Whyte Museum, Banff, AB, as part of the Exposure 2017 photography festival.
MFA University of Windsor
BFA University of Saskatchewan

krauss@vancouverislandschoolart.com
http://www.meghankrauss.com/

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Todd Lambeth
Serially driven and working in the traditional genres of landscape and still life, Todd Lambeth’s paintings incorporate a wide range of subjects and techniques that both celebrate and question the medium. Inspired by, and often painted from photographs, Todd’s paintings translate their initial sources into richly handled works that push painting in the direction of the documentary. Todd Lambeth has exhibited his work across Canada in both commercial galleries and artist run centres. His work can be found in a number of private and public art collections. Todd Lambeth received an Associate of the Ontario College of Art with honours in 1991 and completed his MFA at the University of Victoria in 2008. Todd also teaches at the University of Victoria and serves on the program advisory committee for the Visual Arts department at Camosun College.
MFA University of Victoria
Diploma Ontario College of Art

lambeth@vancouverislandschoolart.com
http://www.toddlambeth.com/

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Neil McClelland
Neil received his MFA in Visual Arts from the University of Victoria in 2014, and he has exhibited in artist-run, public, and commercial galleries across Canada. He has worked as an art educator in a wide range of institutions, including the University of Victoria, the Art Gallery of Alberta, and the public school system. Neil’s work is driven by a passion for mark making and a deep engagement with the tradition of painting. Influenced by utopic and dystopic visions and referencing literature and film, along with historical and contemporary sources, his recent narrative paintings explore uncertainties about the future.
MFA University of Victoria
BEd University of Toronto
BA Honours Music University of Ottawa

http://neilmcclelland.blogspot.ca

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Bronwyn McMillin
Bronwyn’s work is derived from the landscape, history, culture and aesthetics of rural British Columbia, where she spent much of her young life. Using painting and installation, Bronwyn investigates lived histories, place-based phenomena and the shifting, changeable nature of memory in relation to place. At stake in these works is the ability for subjective depictions of a localized context to invoke the viewers own relationship to place, calling on universal experiences of belonging and dislocation while probing at methods for re-connection. Bronwyn's work has been included in exhibitions across Canada, and is currently supported by the BC Arts Council.
MFA Emily Carr University
BFA University of Victoria
mcmillin@vancouverislandschoolart.com
http://www.bronwynmcmillin.com

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Tara Nicholson
Tara Nicholson is a photo-based artist whose practice incorporates the use of installation, video, painting, sound and curatorial projects to explore notions of wilderness and Canadian identity. Born in British Columbia, she has exhibited her work across Canada, attended artist residencies in Newfoundland and Banff, and taught at Concordia University and the University of Victoria. Tara recently completed her MFA thesis work, entitled 'Wilderness and Other Utopias' and set in Haida Gwaii, and exhibited at Montreal's Parisian Laundry Gallery and at The Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery. Tara was selected to participate at the Kuenstlerhaus Residency in Dortmund this summer (only one artist is selected).
MFA Concordia University
BFA Ryerson University

nicholson@vancouverislandschoolart.com
http://www.taranicholson.com

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Catherine Nutting
Catherine Nutting is an Art Historian whose interests range from Early Modern interculturalism to philosophy, theory, and contextual historicism. She teaches World Arts, Popular Culture, Modern Art, Renaissance, Baroque, Enlightenment, and other Fine Arts courses and has published in, for example Dutch Crossings and Studies in the Literary Imagination. Her master’s thesis showed connections among pacifism, philosophy, and symbolic art; and she is currently researching the 17th-century artist Rubens. She gives workshops and publishes on pedagogy, and is committed to respectful teaching/learning. Her artistic practice includes acrylic and watercolour painting, paper collage, and word/image explorations.
PhD Candidate University of Victoria
MA University of Victoria
BA University of Toronto

nutting@vancouverislandschoolart.com

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Xane St Phillip
Xane St Phillip has over 15 years experience as an art educator and his work focuses on painting, sculpture and installation. He is also an art and design consultant in the architectural field. Xane has exhibited his work in Canada and the U.S., and is currently involved on a 'living wall' project for the Gateway Green development on Blanshard and Fisgard, with Victoria architects De Hoog and Kierulf. Last summer he was part of the Greenwoosh Exhibition at Open Space. Xane also works as a Colour Consultant for designers and homeowners in Victoria. Xane is Associate Director of the Vancouver Island School of Art.
MFA University of California, Santa Barbara
BFA University of Victoria

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Barrie Szekely
Barrie was born in Regina, Saskatchewan and has resided in Victoria, British Columbia since 1982. Barrie taught at the University of Victoria, University of Saskatchewan and Mount Allison University. Currently teaching at the Vancouver Island school of Art. Barrie has exhibited throughout Canada and the United States. His work can be found in collections such as the Canada Council Art Bank, Prudential Insurance Company of America, New Orleans Museum of Art and Can West. He is currently represented by Bugera Matheson Gallery.
MFA University of Victoria
BFA University of Regina

szekely@vancouverislandschoolart.com
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Rachel Vanderzwet
Rachel Vanderzwet works primarily with paint, digital collage and drawing. Curiosity and aplayful approach to contemporary visual culture are driving forces behind the bright and engaging surfaces of her works which fluctuate between abstraction and recognition. In addition to a MFA and BFA in Visual Art, Rachel also has a Diploma in Graphic Design and Art Fundamentals from Niagara College. She has shown nationally in Toronto, Halifax, Guelph, Victoria and Vancouver and shows regularly at Robert Lynds Gallery (Vancouver).
MFA University of Victoria
BFA University of Guelph
vanderzwet@vancouverislandschoolart.com
http://rachelvanderzwet.com/home.html

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Wendy Welch
Wendy Welch is a Victoria-based artist with a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Victoria and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Concordia University in Montreal. Wendy also completed a year of graduate work at California State University, Los Angeles. Wendy's art practice includes drawing, painting, sculpture, installation, art writing and curatorial work. Wendy has had solo exhibitions at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery, the Richmond Art Gallery and Open Space, and has been included in group shows in Montreal, Calgary, Portland and Los Angeles. Wendy wrote weekly art columns for a local publication (Monday Magazine) from 2000-2007, and has had writing published in Canadian Art Magazine and Border Crossings. She has also written essays for several artist catalogues. Wendy has curated exhibitions at the Fran Willis Gallery, Open Space and currently curates, and writes catalogue essays on a regular basis, for the artist-run Slide Room Gallery located on the lower level of the Vancouver Island School of Art. She is currently Vice-Chair of the Art in Public Places Committee with the City of Victoria. Wendy has taught at the Victoria College of Art, the University of Victoria and Camosun College. Wendy is Executive Director of the Vancouver Island School of Art (VISA), a private post-secondary accredited art school that Wendy founded in 2004.
MFA University of Victoria
BFA Concordia University

director@vancouverislandschoolart.com
http://www.wendywelch.com
Article in Boulevard Magazine
Art Review in Coagula Magazine (Los Angeles)

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