About the Jury
Three Canadian art professionals are solely responsible for determining the exhibition’s content, as well as selecting the five Jurors’ Choice and five 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.
Fynn Leitch is the Curator at the Art Gallery of Peterborough where her responsibilities include the development of exhibitions and educational programming, management of the Permanent Collection, and participation in the city’s public art initiatives. From 2011 – 2014 she was Director of Peterborough’s artist-run centre, ARTSPACE. While there, she established an onsite Media Lab, initiated an artist in residence program, increased funding, and reinstated the centre’s practice of critical writing and publishing. Past board experience includes Artist-Run Centres and Collectives of Ontario, programming committee for the ARCA National Conference, Arts Culture and Heritage Advisory Committee for the City of Peterborough, the Electric City Culture Council, and Laridae Communications. Leitch has an MA in Visual Culture and a BAH in Art History from Queen’s University.
Rebecca Last has been exhibiting for over two decades and has been represented by Edward Day Gallery and Gallery Moos in Toronto. Last was awarded a Fellowship from The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in the United States, and has worked as Artist in Residence at Banff Center, Hambidge Arts Center in Georgia, US and Nanjing N. University in China where she lived in the University work unit and lectured as Visiting Artist. She has taught art and art history in Canada and in Italy for Sheridan College. In 2013 her painting “Through Silence” was featured on the cover of SLATE Galley Guide as well as included in the documentary film on Climate Change presented to the United Nations Delegation in Warsaw. Recent paintings are currently hanging in the Norma Ridley Members Lounge of the Art Gallery of Ontario.
Living in the boreal forest of northwestern Ontario, Cheryl Wilson-Smith strives to capture the emotion of the natural world that surrounds her. By manipulating the physical characteristics of powdered glass, she is able to achieve forms that resemble familiar land formations.
Since 2005, Cheryl has studied various glass-working techniques giving her a solid grounding in her approach to her work. She has been selected for international residencies in the USA, Norway and Scotland. Her studies have included workshops at institutions such as: Espace Verre, Montreal, QC.; Northlands Creative Glass, Lybster, Scotland; Bullseye Glass, Portland, OR.; and the internationally renowned Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA.
She began exhibiting her work in 2007, and her work has received national and international attention. It has been in numerous group exhibitions at galleries that include the: Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay, ON; Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery, Waterloo, ON; Marietta Cobb Museum of Art, Marietta, GA; Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA; Morgan Glass Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA; Option Art Gallery, SOFA, Chicago, IL.
In 2014 & 2016 Cheryl received Honourable Mention in the International Bullseye Glass Emerge competition and her work was included in the resulting travelling exhibitions. She was a finalist in the Salt Spring National Art Prize in 2015 and 2017, and in 2017 her work was selected for the Canadian Craft Biennial at the Art Gallery of Burlington, in Burlington, ON. Cheryl has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants from Craft Ontario, Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.