marina dimaio leah mcinnis meghan krauss neil mcclelland tara nicholson xane st phillip barrie szekely wendy welch jeroen witvliet
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FACULTY

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

Marina DiMaio
Marina DiMaio is a visual artist currently based in Victoria, BC. She has a BFA from the University of Calgary, and an MFA in Visual Arts from the University of Victoria. Her creative practice incorporates installation, weaving, painting, drawing, printmaking, video, sound, and scent in an interdisciplinary approach to an exploration of spirituality and immersive space. Marina has received numerous scholarships and awards for her creative research, including a 2016 University of Calgary PURE award for undergraduate summer research, the 2016 University of Calgary Silver Medallion in Art, and a 2017 Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship awarded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Marina was selected by artsPlace Canmore as the 2016 RISE emerging artist, which precipitated her solo exhibition, “Horizon.” The Port Moody Arts Centre awarded her the 2017 Kwi Am Choi Exhibition Scholarship, which made possible her solo exhibition, “From Caspar to James: An Etched Presence.” She has exhibited in numerous additional solo and group exhibitions in Alberta and British Columbia, and her work is held in the collections of the Nickle Galleries and the Glenbow Museum. Marina has taught in the Visual Arts Department at the University of Victoria.
MFA University of Victoria
BFA University of Calgary

dimaio@vancouverislandschoolart.com
https://www.marinadimaioart.com

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Leah McInnis
Leah McInnis is an interdisciplinary visual artist, designer and arts-worker currently based in Victoria, BC. Select solo exhibitions include Mass (Open Space Arts Society, Victoria), The Frog in the Desert at Twilight (Xchanges, Victoria) and Globelore (Dundarave Print Gallery, Vancouver). She has participated in numerous two-person/group exhibitions, fundraisers and art book fairs. McInnis recently completed artist residencies in Finland (Arteles Creative Centre), Alberta (Mitchell Art Gallery) and Quebec (Mumur Land Studio). McInnis holds an MFA (U. of Victoria), BFA (Emily Carr U.), BA (U. of Alberta) and a Dip. Fine Arts (MacEwan College). Her work in the arts has been supported by the BC Arts Council. McInnis is a founding member of Mope Collective (Victoria, BC/Brooklyn, NY), a collaborative relationship that continues to influence her practice.
MFA University of Victoria
BFA Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design

mcinnis@vancouverislandschoolart.com
https://leahmcinnis.com/ https://www.instagram.com/leah__mcinnis/

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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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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.
MA-Integrated Studies, Cultural Studies Athabasca University
MFA University of Victoria
BEd University of Toronto
BA Honours Music University of Ottawa

mcclelland@vancouverislandschoolart.com
http://neilmcclelland.blogspot.ca

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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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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

info@vancouverislandschoolart.com

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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
Gallery
Artist Talk

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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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Jeroen Witvliet
Jeroen Witvliet attended the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam, Holland and the Emily Carr College of Art, Vancouver BC. He is an artist who works in a variety of media, such as photography, painting, drawing and video. He has been working independently as an artist for the last 13 years and has taught different art related courses in these years as well.
MFA University of Victoria
BFA Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam
witvliet@vancouverislandschoolart.com
http://www.jeroenwitvliet.com
Artist Talk

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