About the Jury
Three Canadian art professionals are solely responsible for determining the exhibition’s content, as well as selecting the Jurors’ Choice and Honourable Mention award winners. We are pleased to welcome three exceptional jurors whose experience and insight will be instrumental in providing a high quality experience for both artist and visitor.
Alice Vander Vennen
Mixed Media & Textile Artist
Alice Vander Vennen has been a professional mixed media and textile artist for over 30 years. Her work is exhibited in private collections in Canada, the United States and Europe. She has had solo exhibits and participated in juried exhibitions in Toronto, Chicago, Philadelphia, Salt Lake City, Washington D.C. and New York. She is represented by Oeno Gallery in Bloomfield. In 2011, Vander Vennen completed a community-quilted floating sculpture commission consisting of 100 brightly adorned fish for a new Community Centre in Cobourg, Ontario. She also gives mixed media and textile art workshops in her studio in Cobourg and in studios in the Distillery District in Toronto.
JT Winik is a Canadian visual artist whose figurative paintings explore themes of isolation, introspection and the fusion of contrary states of being. Easily seduced by the tales of lives and moments, the narrative element plays a key role in her work, be it the story within a face, a gesture, or even a landscape. Winik’s work has been exhibited in group and solo exhibitions in Canada, The Netherlands and Mexico and she is currently represented in galleries in Kingston, Toronto, Montreal and Amsterdam. Her paintings have been featured in national magazines, books and book covers in Canada, Holland, Turkey and England. Based in Kingston Ontario, she has also spent extensive periods working at studios in Spain and Holland. Winik holds a BFA from NSCAD University and a BEd from Western University.
After completing his graduate studies at the University of Western Ontario in the fall of 2000, Olexander Wlasenko worked as Assistant Curator at The Robert McLaughlin Gallery (RMG) in Oshawa, Ontario. There he organized over twenty photography exhibitions featuring vintage prints that document the historical development of his hometown of Oshawa. Wlasenko has curated more than 90 exhibitions, notably Broken Promises: Soviet Photography in the Age of Stalin at Barrie’s MacLaren Art Centre, Vera Jacyk: Chysto, Chysto, Chysto at the RMG, Brendan Fernandes: Dada Afrika, Toni Latour: The Femme Project, Meryl McMaster: In Between Worlds and most recently Barry Ace: The Great Lakes at Whitby’s Station Gallery. He has served as Curator at Station Gallery since early 2008.