Board of Directors

Visual Arts Nova Scotia (VANS) is managed by an elected volunteer Board of Directors comprised of 8 – 11 members, one third of whom must live outside of HRM.  Most Directors are also working artists.

The Board of Directors is comprised of VANS members who are officially elected by the membership at the Annual General Meeting to serve a minimum of one term (two years) to a maximum of two terms (four years).

The Board of Directors believes in the importance and value of VANS to the community and is able to endorse the mandate and objectives of VANS without reservation. Acknowledging their legal and fiscal responsibility to VANS, the Board of Directors is familiar with the organizations by-laws and policies, and prepare and meet for Board meetings.

2017 – 2018 Board of Directors

Nora Macnee CGA (Ketch Harbour), Treasurer, spent her early life in Toronto and Kingston, moved to Halifax to attend Dalhousie University and stayed. She has held many accounting roles with non-profit organizations and recently joined the Board of Veith Street Gallery. Nora has facilitated workshops for Visual Arts Nova Scotia, NSCAD University and Outsider Insight on Taxes for Artists and Financial Management in the Arts.

Originally from Ontario, Kelly Markovich (Dartmouth) and her family moved to Halifax in 2009 in order to pursue a Masters degree at NSCAD University. They are now happy to call Dartmouth, NS their home. Kelly is a practicing artist and entrepreneur whose work encompasses photography, painting, screen-printing, letterpress, and upholstery. Her work has been exhibited in cities across Canada and in the USA. Kelly occasionally instructs courses at NSCAD University and NSCAD University School of Extended Studies. She is an active member of the NSCAD University Alumni Association Board of Directors and the Letterpress Gang at the Dawson Print Shop. Kelly was excited to be the curator for the 2015 NSCAD University Alumni Association Exhibition “I AM NSCAD”.

Ceramicist Fenn Martin (Antigonish Co.) was born and raised in Port Hood, Cape Breton, and currently lives and works in rural Antigonish County, Nova Scotia. A graduate of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University (NSCADU), Martin largely works in the tradition of the narrative frieze. His innovative style investigates present life while extending historical traditions in architectural ceramics.  Most recently, Martin has participated in solo gallery shows while developing a rapidly growing list of personal and public commissions. His latest public pieces have commemorated the Bergengren Credit Union’s 75th Anniversary (The Gift, 2009), the 50th anniversary of the Coady International Institute (She Does, 2009), and the opening of Antigonish’s new public library (Living Stories, 2011). However, Martin’s most challenging and well-received commission to date has been Making Peace (2011), a testament to the unique ability of clay to commemorate the values and histories of a people.  Fenn Martin masterfully pays tribute to the values, histories, and people who inhabit architectural spaces. Starting with clay, the most organic of materials, Martin crafts an earthen legacy for building inhabitants, visitors, and generations to come.

Ian McKinnon (Halifax) is an artist and educator. He has a BFA from NSCAD (1980) and a MFA from Concordia (1994.) A part-time faculty member, Ian has taught drawing at NSCADU in the Foundation Division since 2003. After course work at the Atlantic School of Theology (2005/6) Ian transferred to the Faculty of Divinity at Trinity College (University of Toronto) where he completed a Master of Theology Studies (2011). His thesis, Mutual Illumination and the Artist: Dispossession, Disinterested Love and Making Other is an exploration of and argument for the necessity of theology and contemporary art entering a dialogue. In 2011 Ian resumed his part-time teaching at NSCADU. March 2014 he became Parish Artist-in-Residence at St. Paul’s Anglican Church (Grand Parade, Halifax) where besides pursuing his own work in a studio graciously provided by the church, he has also established an exhibition program within the church itself. In the past several months Ian has been immersed in a new and large cycle of paintings he calls The Parish House Series. Most recently a new subset of this larger cycle of work, titled the Prayer Series, has been emerging.

Hannah Minzloff (Dartmouth) is actively involved in the local arts community.  In 2012 she received a Presentation Grant from Nova Scotia Tourism, Culture and Heritage, in 2009 she was short-listed for the Mayors Award of Distinction: Contemporary Art.  Her work has been exhibited locally and nationally, has been purchased by the Art Bank of Nova Scotia and is in private collections around the globe. Hannah first studied photography in Montreal under the guidance of Clara Gutsche & David Miller.  With an interest in mastering the technical elements, she worked in photography studios in Montreal, Toronto and then Munich, returning to Toronto in 1994 to earn a BAA in Stills Photography at Ryerson University.  Throughout her career as a photo-based artist Hannah has continued to pursue both an aesthetic vision along with specific inquiries into digital imaging and design, to allow herself to grow in a contemporary world of image making and to give voice to her vision.

Carl Snyder (Wolfville) has been involved with photography most of his life and began working professionally in Montreal just after completing a B.A. and M.L.S. at McGill. After 25 years of commercial/advertising work in Montreal and (mostly) Toronto he decided to slow the pace to occasional freelance work for a small local graphics house in Aurora, ON. This allowed for involvement in the local arts community in Newmarket, Ontario and the development of his studio/landscape work, which regards the near abstraction of form (geometry) and color we encounter every day. A move to Wolfville in the fall of 2011 has given him the opportunity to become involved with other artists, communities and landscapes. In Ontario he has exhibited in Toronto, Newmarket, Aurora, and Elora and served on the board of the Newmarket Group of Artists 2009 – 2011. In Nova Scotia he has exhibited in Wolfville, Pictou, Halls Harbor and Halifax. Snyder is currently serving on the board of ViewPoint Gallery as director of communications.

Gail Tuttle (Malagash) is a visual artist, curator and arts administrator. She received her BFA in painting and printmaking from Mount Allison University and her Masters in History in Art from the University of Victoria. Tuttle was an executive member of several artist-run centres in British Columbia for more than ten years, exhibiting, running visual arts studios in several locations and curating exhibitions. She taught art history at the university level in British Columbia and Alberta, before accepting a position as Director of the Grenfell Art Gallery, Memorial University, in 1998. Following her formal retirement, Tuttle returned to Nova Scotia in mid-January, 2017, where she is currently curator of the Wallace and Area Museum. She enjoys an active studio practice, has exhibited in galleries across Canada, has published curatorial essays and exhibition catalogues, as well as critical writing in peer reviewed anthologies.

Jessica Lynn Wiebe (Halifax) is from Brandon, Manitoba, currently living and working in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She graduated with her BFA from NSCAD University in 2015, and with her BEd from Acadia University in 2016. Jessica’s work responds to her service in the Canadian military as a soldier, and educator. She employs storytelling and performance in a multi-disciplinary practice. Thematically, Jessica’s work critically examines powerful experiences through disparate connections to specific objects and place. Her work questions how identity is shaped by experience and how this connects her in a local and global context.

Susan Wood (Halifax) was born in Saint John, N.B. and grew up in Amherst, N.S. She attended Mount Allison University (BFA 1976), participated in the Banff Winter Studio Program (1976-1977) and received an MFA from The University of Calgary (1981). She lived in St. John’s, Newfoundland (1983-1989) where she was a founding member of the Eastern Edge Gallery, taught at MUN Extension Arts and continued her studio practice. Wood moved to Halifax in 1989 and has been teaching at NSCAD University since 1990. She has participated in numerous group exhibitions across Canada and in Finland, Germany, Scotland and Iceland, and has also held a number of solo shows including her nationally touring Devil’s Purse, Dress Drawings and Taxonomies. She is a member of the RCA and is the recipient of grant awards from the Canada Council, the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council and the Nova Scotia Arts Council. Her work is represented in private, corporate and public collections across Canada, UK and in the USA. She lives in Halifax, NS. Earth Skins: Three Decades of Drawings by Susan Wood, curated by Susan Gibson-Garvey, was held at MSVU Art Gallery from August 21 through October 2, 2011.


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