ABEDAR KAMGARI (Arts and Tech Administrator) is an artist based in Hamilton and Toronto. Her current solo exhibition, The Journey West , is on view at the Art Gallery of Hamilton until March 18, 2018. www.abedarkamgari.com.
Board of Directors
RYAN FERGUSON (Chair) is the Curator of Film at the Art Gallery of Hamilton. A broadcasting graduate of Mohawk College, he began his career in radio production moving to the music industry where he spent twelve years with Sonic Unyon Distribution and Recording Company. He joined the Art Gallery of Hamilton during the 2012 World Film Festival and became Festival Director prior to the 2014 edition of the festival.
LISA LA ROCCA (Co-Secretary) graduated from McMaster University in 2013 with a Master of Arts degree in Communications and New Media. Prior to being hired by Sonic Unyon in 2013, Lisa served as an intern at the downtown Hamilton record label since 2010. During that time, she has been able to foster her love of the music industry while taking part in the planning of numerous community events in the city, including being active in the planning of the Supercrawl festival. Lisa is the vendor coordinator for Supercrawl, Hamilton Blues and Roots Festival, Because Beer Craft Beer Festival and Seven Sundays in Gage Park. In addition, Lisa writes grant applications, creates social networking and promotional packages, and conducts event research.
HAROLD SIKKEMA (Co-Secretary) holds an M.A in Communications and New Media from McMaster University. Grounded in photography and painting, his artistic practice explores processes of digital image making that straddle traditional print and Photoshop, with code based experimentation in the browser and on mobile devices. As a communications consultant, he provides design, strategy, and web development for businesses and non-profits, such as the Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts and its charitable arm, Culture for Kids in the Arts. His current focus is to improve the effectiveness of organizational processes through technology and design.
PENNY DOBSON is a graduate of Social Services from Sheridan College with a certificate in Volunteer Management from Mohawk College. Penny has worked with Supercrawl Productions for 6 years on multiple events as the Volunteer Coordinator and on site manager. She has also worked on outside events such as JUNOfest, Hamilton Kicks It Up! Pan Am, and Golf4Good Industry Charity Event as Volunteer Coordinator. Penny also brings with her many years of management experience in the retail industry.
PATRICK GAGLIARDI is a graduate of Brock University with a BA in Interactive Arts and Sciences. He has produced commercials, film, T.V., and focuses on storytelling and brand integration. Patrick leads several projects and initiatives across the GHA and is focused on working with collaborators to develop, grow and maintain a major film industry in Hamilton.
SEAN PROCYK is an artist and playground designer who builds site-specific sculptures, installations and architectural spaces. His projects respond to their regional context with a particular focus on the economies that exist between landscape, community and ecology. He develops site-responsive works to open up conversation about the complexities and precarity that communities have on the particular ecosystems we inhabit.
Sean’s physical works integrate moving image, light and sound to further engage with the senses and challenge our intrinsically spatial way of thinking about objects and space. His approach to making draws upon the practices of bricolage, DIY learning and ad hoc building. He has shown work at Latitude 53, Stride Contemporary Art Gallery, Calgary, Elemental Festival, Kagawong; Convergence Conference on Art and Technology, Banff; Factory Media Centre, Hamilton; Ingenuity Festival, Cleveland and Nuit Blanche, Toronto. He holds a degree in Fine Arts from McMaster University, a Bachelor of Architecture from Carleton University and a Master’s of Fine Arts from OCAD University.
JENNIFER DYSART is a director of short films, a set dresser/decorator affiliated with NABET 700 Unifor and IATSE 873 unions and independent commercials. She is also an assistant director, a field producer, an archival researcher, and production coordinator. She received the York University master’s thesis prize in 2014 for her 2014 documentary Kewekapawetan: Return After the Flood that has screened at the Maoriland Film Festival in New Zealand (2016), the Native Spirit Film Festival in London England (2016), Montreal First Peoples’ Film Festival (2015), ImagineNATIVE Film and Media Festival (2014), and Dawson City International Short Film Festival among many others. That documentary also won second place at the Factory Media Centre’s member screening (Hamilton) in 2015. She was born in Alberta, raised in BC and has Cree roots from South Indian Lake, Manitoba. She is an archives enthusiast with a deep love of found footage and experimental films.
RICHELLE SIBOLBORO is communication strategist who specializes in transmedia storytelling. She translates culture into thought-provoking narratives, predicting the events of tomorrow into stories for today. She hedges her instincts and leverage my diverse background to navigate multiple platforms, generating insights on future trends. Richelle has a passion for communication and believe design has the ability to both provoke and inspire change.
Richelle has over ten years of experience in communication, design and strategy. As marketing manager for TAS, Richelle was pivotal in the planning, launching and execution of the creative campaigns for DUKE Condos and Kingston & Co. Previous to that, Richelle was an editor for designboom and Azure magazine where she was responsible for expanding the video content, landing some of the largest interviews with Philippe Starck, Lenny Kravitz, Ron Arad and Bjarke Ingels while also developing branded partnerships with Mini Cooper, Nike and Hypebeast.
THEA JONES is an interdisciplinary artist. She received her BFA from Concordia University, where she worked at Hexagram Institute for Research/Creation in Media Arts and Technologies. Jones assisted in the development of immersive and interactive exhibition techniques using textiles and projection. She completed her MFA at York University where her thesis work focused on repetition in language, video and textiles as a way to re-imagine, re-invent or erase memory. Jones has exhibited at PlugIn (Winnipeg MB), Cambridge Galleries (Cambridge ON), InterAccess (Toronto ON), Anna Leonowns Gallery (Halifax NS) and at the Amnua Nanjing Biennial (Nanjing China). Jones is the Program Manager of an equity program called the Everyone Rides Initiative at Hamilton Bike Share.
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