GILLIAN DYKEMAN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR – SAINT JOHN
Gillian Dykeman is an arts administrator and practicing interdisciplinary artist. She recently completed graduate research at the University of Toronto, obtaining a Masters in Visual Culture, and has a BFA from NSCAD University. Dykeman’s professional experience includes extensive work in artist-run culture and the non-profit sector, art criticism, radio production, grant writing, as well as community development and engagement through the arts. Her work has been exhibited nationally and abroad, and she has participated in artist residencies across Canada.
A life-long New Brunswicker, Dykeman carries a deep commitment to both the province and its art communities; firstname.lastname@example.org; 506.646.1832
JULIE WHITENECT, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR- SAINT JOHN
Julie is an emerging artist focusing in printmaking, she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Mount Allison University ’14. Her broad employment history ranges from bookkeeper, film projectionist, print material designer, and now Associate Director of ArtsLink NB. Julie believes that “the arts” is one of most important tools we have to engage our communities and revitalize our economy. She is committed to assisting the advancement of arts and culture in our province. email@example.com; 506.608.9914
MARK BLAGRAVE, PRESIDENT – ST. ANDREWS
Mark Blagrave is a graduate of Saint John High School, Mount Allison University, and the University of Toronto. He was a founding director of the Bi-Capitol Project Inc. in Saint John, and has served as chair of artsnb, The New Brunswick Arts Board. His Saint-John-based novel Silver Salts was shortlisted for the 2008 Commonwealth Prize for first novel (Canada and Caribbean). His short fiction has been widely published and his plays have been seen in professional, university, and community theatres in New Brunswick. After 34 years as a university professor and administrator, Mark now lives and writes in St. Andrews-by-the-Sea.
MICHAEL WENNBERG, VICE PRESIDENT – ROTHESAY
A retired lawyer, Mike is very active in the Saint John and provincial arts scenes. Former chair of the Saint John Community Arts Board, he oversaw the adoption of a municipal cultural policy that included a One Percent For Public Art Policy. Mike was instrumental in Saint John being named a Cultural Capital of Canada in 2010, and has been a member of the board of directors of Sculpture Saint John since its inception.
JULIE SCRIVER, VICE PRESIDENT – FREDERICTON
Creative director at Goose Lane Editions, Julie has a background in dance (way back), English and French literary studies, and a smattering of life behind the scenes in theatre. She’s brought her expertise to bear on all manner of art publications, exhibitions, and interpretive sites for such clients as the Frick Art & Historical Center, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Saint John Waterfront Development, the Canadian War Museum, and many organizations, independent writers, and artists. Photo Credit: Bob Morgan
VICTORIA HUTT, SECRETARY– FLORENCEVILLE-BRISTOL
Victoria Hutt feels passionately about making art exhibits, education, and creation opportunities accessible in rural New Brunswick. Among other activities, she has developed programs for Carleton North schools featuring local and regional artists, initiated the Art in the Valley Studio Tourof artists along the Upper St. John River Valley, created a summer art outreach program for youth in rural communities, and developed the River Art Centre & Studios artist’s space. Victoria is a NSCAD University graduate (B.Des.), mother of four, and delighted to be reunited with her hometown roots, living and working in Florenceville-Bristol.
GRANT ROBERTS, TREASURER – SAINT JOHN
A CPA, CMA currently working for J.D. Irving’s Finance Department. Grant obtained his bachelor of business administration (BBA) from UNB Fredericton, 2012.
DAVID ADAMS, SAINT JOHN
A violinist who has gained critical acclaim as a soloist, conductor, chamber and orchestral musician, David is artist-in-residence at the University of New Brunswick Saint John, plays principal violin with the Saint John String Quartet and concert master for Symphony New Brunswick and Atlantic Sinfonia. David is often heard on regional and national CBC radio programs; with the Saint John String Quartet he has toured Canada, the United States, Europe, Japan, Hong Kong and China.
KAREN LEBLANC, FREDERICTON
Karen LeBlanc, owner of Loominations weaving studio and gallery, has been weaving for approximately 40 years. Karen is a juried member and Past-President of the NB Crafts Council, President of the Fibre Arts Network, a board member of ArtsLink NB, and is a member of the Guild of Canadian Weavers and Complex Weavers. She is Karen is employed as the Executive Director of the Joint Economic Development Initiative (JEDI). Karen attended NB Craft School and her work has been exhibited in several galleries and exhibits, and is in private and public collections throughout the world. She has coordinated two Fibre Art exhibitions at the UNB Art Centre.
SUSAN CHALMERS GAUVIN, MONCTON
Founder and CEO of the Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada, Susan has over 20 years of management and consulting experience in the not-for-profit sector. With a strong focus on business development, revenue growth and export, Susan is a frequent guest speaker on the topics of performing arts management; the importance of Canadian arts and culture to our regional, municipal and national economies; and the role of the arts in enriching quality of life.
PHYLLIS GRANT – PABINEAU FIRST NATION
Phyllis Grant is a mother, artist, rapper, NFB filmmaker, community radio host, dreamer and lover of all creation. She’s from the Mi’gmaq community of Pabineau First Nation, New Brunswick, Canada. Phyllis holds a Bachelor of Integrated Studies from UNB and Renaissance College. Her art focuses on sharing traditions and exploring identity through technology, leadership, transformative learning and healing within the process of creation. A prime focus is the practice and sharing of mandala art. She enjoys inspiring and facilitating creativity in others, and shares her path through artistic expressions of family, friendship, nature, community, stories, medicines, passion and love.
JOHN CUSHNIE – SUSSEX
John Edward Cushnie is a professional artist living in New Brunswick with a practice focused on human vulnerability as it relates to the physical environment, notions of individuality, and contemporary representations of masculinity.
John has worked as a visual arts instructor at Mount Allison University, the Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD U), and Western University, and has been involved with the Canadian Artist-run Centre movement for a number of years. He has served as the executive director of Connexion ARC (Artist-run Centre for Contemporary Art); as the Atlantic representative for the Artist-run Centres and Collective Conference of Canada (ARCA); the chair of the 2017 Conference Committee for the Association of Artist-run Centres from the Atlantic; and as a member of the remuneration sub-committee for the Premier’s Committee on the Status of the Artist.
He is currently represented by Buckland-Merrifield Gallery in Saint John, NB.
KATHRYN HAMER, PAST-PRESIDENT – SACKVILLE
Former vice-president of the University of New Brunswick Saint John and dean of arts at Mount Allison University, Kathy Hamer is a master administrator with a passion for the arts. As well as her role with ArtsLink, Kathy serves on the boards of the New Brunswick Museum and the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra.
A published author, she is fluently bilingual.