Meet our instructors

Continuing Ed instructors are practicing artists, fine craftspeople, and designers who are keenly interested in helping you connect with your creativity.

JILL ALLAN is originally from Vancouver Island. Jill Allan is an artist and instructor teaching in the glass program at Alberta College of Art and Design. She travelled to Ohio in 2011 to undertake her MFA at Bowling Green State University and graduated in 2013. She has worked to design, make and promote her own work as an artist since graduating from ACAD in 1999. Jill says, “I think of myself as a hybrid: designer/craft-maker/artist.  I love the idea of crossover between these different approaches to working.” Her work can be found in the collection of the Corning Museum of Glass New York, Kirkwood Community College Iowa, and the Canadian Craft Museum Vancouver.

BREANNE AVENDER, FGA, FCGmA, BFA is a Calgary based gemologist and jewellery artist. Originally from coastal BC, Breanne has been working in the jewellery industry since 2002.  Breanne received her Diplomas in Gemology from the Gemological and Gem Testing Laboratory of Great Britain (FGA) and The Canadian Gemological Association (CGA) in 2007 while studying in Vancouver. Breanne is Secretary, Board of Directors for the Canadian Gemological Association as well a member of the CGA’s Education Committee.

JACKIE BAGLEY is an Award Winning Designer who works in Film and Televiison productions as Art Director, Assistant Art Director and Graphic Designer. She holds awards in Graphic Design and Film Design including an Art Film that was shown at the MOMA in NY. Her film and television credits include productions by Stephen Spielberg, Warner Bros, Disney, Brad Pitt (Plan B Entertainment), MGM Studios, FX, MTV, Discovery Channel, Ridley Scott, Warren Littlefield (NBC), and the Cohen Brothers. Jackie teaches Graphic Design (School of Communication Design) and Figurative Sculpture (Continuing Education) at ACAD, Alberta College of Art + Design. Her work includes Video Documentary, Figurative and Conceptual Sculpture and large-scale conceptual Photographic work. Her work has been exhibited in New York with collections as far as the UK. Her work can be seen at jackiebagley.com.

JENNIFER BASSETT received her BFA in Painting from the Alberta College of Art + Design in 2008 and is completing her Masters in Art Education at Concordia University. Jennifer has over five years experience teaching art to diverse populations, focusing on developing programs for youth at various art institutions including Concordia University, the Art Gallery of Alberta and ACAD. Her artistic practice involves creating large-scale multimedia installations that have been exhibited locally and nationally.

BRIAN BATISTA is a Calgary based artist and animator and a man of many skills and talents. He graduated with a BFA with distinction from the Alberta College of Art + Design, was the recipient of a Board of Governors award, and was the 2001 graduating class Valedictorian. He co-founded the Calgary Underground Film Festival (CUFF). He teaches animation at the Quickdraw Animation Society and has worked in the media arts at artist run centres since 1999. He loves rubber hose arms and pre-code animation characters. His work can be seen at brianbatista.com. Learn more about Brian and his approach to teaching on our YouTube channel.

SEATHRA BELL,BFA, MDES. Seathra received her BFA from the Alberta College of Art+Design in 2011 and has recently completed her Masters in Textile and Fashion Design at the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland. Seathra has received several private commissions and has participated in fine art and design shows in Canada and the UK. Currently Seathra is researching and experimenting with natural/sustainable dye techniques and slow(er) fashion. Seathra lives and works in Nelson, BC. To learn more about Seathra, visit her website at seathrabell.com

AXELBERNAL BLADH was born in Mexico City. An earthquake forced his family to re-locate to Taxco, a small mountain town famous for its silversmithing production. It is in Taxco, that he learned traditional Mexican jewelry techniques in an art school that had its own alligator pit!  Axel is an artist and designer working in Jewelry, Glass, Sculpture and Illustration. His mixed cultural background has exposed him to a series of almost surreal experiences that continue to fuel his imagination and permeate his works. He combines different materials and techniques to create narrative, dreamlike pieces. He describes them as still images from half remembered dreams, and postcards from still unknown fairy tales. Axel has a B.A. is in Industrial Design from UNAM, Mexico's National University, where he graduated with honours.  His work has been seen in exhibitions in Mexico, Spain, Canada, Colombia and the Netherlands, and  published in Mexico and the United Kingdom.

ALANA BIFFERT holds a BFA in glass from Alberta College of Art + Design. Since graduating she has spent the last three years pursuing glass on a professional level, traveling and working with a number of well-known artists in both New Zealand and Australia. She also worked as a technician, and teaching assistant at Red Deer College for the glass program where she was able to meet and work with a number of well-known local artists. She recently travelled to Malta where she was able to experience and expand on the culture in glass as a medium. Alana hopes to continue on her pursuit of exploring the many cultures of the world, the endless influences they may have, and the opportunity to share her inspirations collected. Learn more Alana and her approach to teaching on our YouTube channel.

JOLIE BIRD'S research explores specific contrasts and tensions, both visual and conceptual that arise through a range of textile techniques and processes. Her practice incorporates simple, yet laborious, techniques that focus on making by displaying the absurd length of time it takes to transform ordinary functional objects into non-functional precious works of art. In April 2013, Bird received a Master of Fine Art in Craft from NSCAD University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her work has been shown throughout Canada and the United States including In The Making: a group exhibition of Alberta College of Art + Design alumni, investigates conceptual intersections between contemporary craft and emerging digital media. Fiberart International 2013: An exhibition of contemporary fibre art presented by the Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh, as well as, Fibreworks 2012: A biennial juried exhibition of Canadian fibre art, Cambridge Galleries, Ontario. Bird was born in Kitchener, Ontario and currently resides in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

MATTHEW (MANNY) BLAIR'S education includes a BFA (Hons), BLA (Landscape Architecture), and an MA in Public Art. He has exhibited temporary and permanent two and three dimensional work in North America and Europe. Manny co-founded SMOL Design which is a multi-disciplinary art, design and manufacturing company based in Alberta. The mixture of art and design skills, knowledge and experience has enabled Manny to collaborate with a variety of creative professionals. His natural propensity to share his enthusiasm for art and design with anyone has resulted in some very rewarding professional partnerships.

BRYAN CERA is an artist, designer and maker from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, working in between the lines of art and technology. He has produced projects ranging from programmed interactive video environments, wearable electronics, networked robotics and sequenced light and fabric displays, to explorations in rapid prototyping, 3D digital design and fabrication. He has shown work across the US, including exhibitions in Wisconsin, Utah, Maine, California, and Philadelphia, and has contributed to multiple international exhibitions in Canada, Great Britain, Australia and China. His work has received press attention from such media venues as Australian Popular Science, The Huffington Post, Make Magazine, Artnet.com, Hackaday.com and Boingboing.net. Bryan holds a Bachelor’s in Interdisciplinary Arts, as well as Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts in Art and Technology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He currently serves as Assistant Professor in Object Making and Emerging Technologies at the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary, AB, Canada.  Bryan Cera is an avid supporter of open-source initiatives, and remains an active participant in contemporary art and design practices both locally and abroad.

LISA CERNY studied at Simon Fraser University(B.C.) and Concordia University(P.Q.) before completing her BFA Degree in Glass at ACAD in 1997. Since graduating, she has worked, taught and studied at numerous glass studios and colleges. She has been a teacher's assistant at the Pilchuck Glass School (Washington) for such well known glass artists as Jane Bruce, Jiri Harcuba, and April Surgent. Lisa was a fellowship recipient at the Creative Glass Center of America, and was featured in an episode of “That’s Clever”. Learn more about Lisa's work and approach to teaching on our YouTube channel.

LINDA CHOW is an award-winning jewellery artist and graduate of ACAD. She has been an established goldsmith for over 20 years. In 1992, she returned to ACAD to explore new metal techniques and applications, and since leaving, has been experimenting with unusual sculptural forms. Linda includes non-precious metals in her jewellery designs and creates wearable sculptures from used culinary objects and other recycled materials. She exhibits both nationally and internationally and her work is in numerous private collections. Linda is also co-owner of Simply Metal Studio in Calgary. Learn more about Linda's work and approach to teaching on our YouTube channel.

YANA EMASHEVE was born and raised in Russia where she worked as a graphic designer before moving to Calgary. She graduated from the Alberta College of Art + Design with a BFA in Drawing (with Honours) in 2010. Internationally educated, she now works as a media artist, mainly in photo, video and digital production. Her personal work, which is predominantly in the media of drawing, fibre and assemblage, is informed by her interest in movement, material culture, and self-awareness.

CAROLINE FORDE was born in Hamilton, Ontario and is a graduate of Sheridan College's Textile Program. She has moved to Calgary, Alberta to finish her BFA in Fibre at the Alberta College of Art and Design. Caroline is passionate about slow craft and Canadian design. She hopes to show the world just how much handmade objects and natural dyes have to offer. She has been the recipient of two textile residencies at Peters Valley School of Craft in Layton, New Jersey and at Harbourfront Center in Toronto, Ontario. You can view her work at carolinefordedesigns.com.

FRANK FOWLER owns and operates Sland Studios, a boutique online marketing and web development agency based out of Calgary.  He graduated from University of Lethbridge with a BFA in New Media and worked at several design agencies in Calgary before starting his own firm.  Blending technical foundation with artistic processes, Frank believes in creating positive brands for his clients and his community.  He has worked with such clients as the Concorde Entertainment Group, National, Double 00, Goro and Gun, Sky 360, the University of Saskatchewan, the University of Calgary and many others. When not working on building his business or collaborating on client work, Frank can be found exploring photography, playing music, hanging out with his wife and two cats, or training capoeira. Check out Sland Studio’s online presence at www.slandstudios.com

PAUL GARY is a principal in the industrial design and communication firm Formwerk Design. He obtained a DEC in Graphic Design (Sherbrooke, Quebec), BDesign from York University in Toronto and a Masters in Industrial Design from the ECAL in Lausanne, Switzerland. Work spans a variety of disciplines including communication design, product design, exhibit design, experiential design and wayfinding and spans both Canada and Europe. Past awarded work has included Letraset Canada, United Nations Year of Communications (1983) and Design Canada. Paul is a member of the IDSA (USA), SEGD (USA) and is an Affiliate member of the GDC. He has lectured in communication design, industrial design and design software applications in Calgary. When weekend time permits, he enjoys hitting the trails and capturing images of our neighbouring Rockies. 

JULYA HAJNOCZKY was born in Calgary and raised by hippie parents, surrounded by unruly houseplants, bookishness and art supplies, with CBC radio playing softly, constantly, in the background. It was inevitable, then, that she would grow up to be an artist. She holds a BA in French from the University of Calgary and a BDes in photography from the Alberta College of Art + Design. Her multidisciplinary practice includes digital and analog photography, embroidery, and paper sculpture. She draws inspiration from classic children’s literature, science and natural history, and a lifetime of very Canadian summers at the family camp at the lake. See more of Julya’s work at obscura-lucida.com

TYLER HALLETT is originally from a small Canadian town. He now resides in Calgary, Alberta where he completed his bachelor of fine arts. When he isn't illustrating you can find him working with small and large businesses through his company Irregular Studios or teaching at the Alberta College of Art + Design Continuing Education program. To learn more about Tyler, visit his website at www.TylerHallett.com

JACQUELINE HUDON-VERRELLI graduated from the Visual Communications program at the ACAD in 2002. Since then she has worked on an inspiring variety of illustration projects for an equally broad range of interesting clients. She illustrated her first children’s book during the summer of 2007.  Her work can be viewed online at www.jacquelinehudon.com.

JASON HUSSEY is originally from Newfoundland and Labrador, where he earned a B.F.A. from Memorial University, and diplomas in textiles and welding. He is the Educational Art Technician for the Sculpture + MFA Programs at Alberta College of Art and Design. Jason has an extensive background in visual art, theatre, film, and television which contributes to his own art making and teaching practices. His special interests include mold making, stone carving, metal casting, metal fabrication, welding, and design.

JOAN IRVIN is an interdisciplinary artist, educator, writer, and curator. Her jewellery and small-scale mixed media works have been exhibited nationally, in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Originally trained as a ceramist, Joan obtained a BFA in Visual Arts from The University of Calgary, and subsequently completed The Banff Centre's Advanced Studio Program. After working as a ceramic artist, technician and supervisor of Calgary's Wildflower Arts Centre, Joan registered in the Jewellery + Metals program at the Alberta College of Art + Design in 1999, winning numerous awards and graduating with distinction. She further developed her metalworking skills through study at the Penland School of Crafts, working with a goldsmith, and an AFA Art Production Grant. An active arts advocate, Joan was rawarded the Alberta Craft Council's 2009 Award of Honour. Examples of Joan's work can be found in Dona Meilach's book, Teapots: Makers & Collectors. Learn more about Joan's approach to teaching on our YouTube channel.

BRAD KEYS studied at U of C (BSc. Zoology) and NSCAD before receiving a BFA with distinction in ceramics from ACAD. With over 20 years as a practicing studio potter, Brad has exhibited in numerous group and solo shows and is in many collections around the world. Using the inherent ability of clay to record history, Brad’s work has been an exploration of the prairie landscape and our evolving relationship with it. Using images such as the grain elevator, buffalo, and fish, Brad has created a series of works that examine our connection to place.

EVELINE KOLIJIN is a Calgary-based printmedia and multidisciplinary artist. She experienced an international childhood and received a Master’s degree in Cultural Anthropology from the Rijksuniversiteit Leiden, The Netherlands. She graduated from the Alberta College of Art + Design with a BFA in print media in 2008 and was the recipient of the Governor General’s Academic medal. She has been a long-time board member of the Alberta Printmakers’ Society and is a founding board member of the THIS IS MY CITY Art Society. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently in Ireland, China and Sydney, Australia. In the summer of 2012 she participated in the Emma International Collaboration in Ness Creek, Saskatchewan. In September 2012, she travelled on a Connecting Calgary 2012 grant to Alkmaar, The Netherlands, for a printmaking residency and solo-exhibition. She designed the 2012/13 Park Banners for the City of Calgary, which are based on her lino-cuts. She is currently an Extended Studies instructor at the Alberta College of Art + Design and a teacher for the Royal Conservatory’s Learning Through The Arts program.

KASIA KORALEWSKA was born in Poland and graduated with a Masters Degree in 2009. She majored in printing on textiles and video art at Academy of Fine Arts in Lodz, Poland. During a one-year exchange student program Kasia explored mixed media, drawing, installation and printing on textiles at the Alberta College of Art + Design. She moved to Canada in 2009 where she now lives. Her artistic practice involves creating large-scale textile pieces, drawings and video installations. Her art has been shown in galleries in Berlin, Germany, Warsaw and Lodz, Poland, Klatowy in the Czech Republic, and in Calgary. Learn more about Kasia's approach to teaching on our YouTube channel

ADAM LAGACE is a metalsmith jeweller who received his BFA as a Jewellery + Metals major at the Alberta College of Art + Design. In his graduating year he received the Jewellery + Metals Program Leadership Award along with the Legacy Scholarship. He currently holds his studio practice in Calgary, Alberta where he was born and raised. Mr. Lagace's work has been exhibited in many venues including Influx Gallery, Triangle Gallery, Marion Nicoll Gallery. He has had work published in Links: A Collective Knowledge, 2010 and was featured in an issue of The Forge newsletter of the Vancouver Island Blacksmiths Association. Adam enjoys working with blacksmithing techniques and applying them to jewellery making using various grades of steel. He specializes in torch twisting and enjoys exploring the many ways this can be used to create original jewellery.

ROBERT LEWIS spent most of his childhood growing up on the rocky coast of Maine. He received his BFA, with honors in glass, from The School for American Crafts, at the Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester NY, and an MFA with honours from Ohio State University in Columbus.  Robert lived in Seattle for seven years, working summers at the Pilchuck Glass School, and assisting various glass artists throughout the Pacific Northwest of the U.S. In 2004 he became a hot glass instructor at the Hilltop Artists in Residence program in Tacoma WA and was hired soon after as an Associate Professor at the Toyama City Institute of Glass Art in Japan.  Mr. Lewis has exhibits his work internationally and his work is a part of many private collections. He has also taught workshops at Red Deer College, Haystack Mountain School of Craft, Penland Craft School and Pilchuck Glass School. Robert was recently a Lecturer in Glass at the Ohio State University in Columbus Ohio and has been a Sessional Instructor in Glass & Sculpture at the Alberta College of Art & Design since 2012.

CHARLES LEWTON-BRAIN has studied and worked in Europe and North America. A master goldsmith, author, artist--he teaches internationally on his research into rapidly manipulating metal and surfaces for artistic and manufacturing reasons. He invented Fold-Forming, internationally recognized as a new system of metal working. Charles is Program Head of the Jewellery & Metals program at ACAD, where he has taught since 1986, and Past-President of The Canadian Craft Federation, the national organization for craft. He co-founded the Ganoksin Project (www.ganoksin.com) with Dr. Aspler. It is the world's largest internet resource for jewellers, with over 700 pages of Charles' writing, receives four million unique visitors a year! Charles' articles can also be accessed through www.brainpress.com. Learn more about Charles and his foldforming technique on our YouTube channel.

LORI LUKASEWICH received her art education at ACAD, and has applied her art and painting skills in the areas of graphic art, visual presentation, film and television properties, jewellery design, furniture design, decorative and faux painting, and paleontological restoration. She has exhibited throughout Alberta and her work can be found in many public, private and corporate collections. In 2001, Stoddart Kids published "The Night Fire", a children's book written and illustrated by Lori. Deeply involved in fine oil painting, Lori also has a passion for teaching visual arts. Learn more Lori's work and her approach to teaching on our YouTube channel.

OXANA LYASHENKO is a Calgary based fibre artist born in Moscow, Russia. She graduated from the School of Landscape Architecture and Design in Moscow, and Sogetsu Ikebana School in 2004, and has since continued her education in the field of arts and crafts. Being mainly a teddy bear and doll artist, Oxana also specializes in traditional and contemporary crafts such as spinning, knitting, felting, and embroidery. Her works have won international and Canadian art shows awards, including multiple first place awards such as Western Showcase Creative Arts and Crafts. She is an author of numerous articles in professional books and magazines. The subject of Oxana's particular interest is the art of traditional Japanese embroidered thread balls called Temari. They have deep symbolic meaning and decorative value, at the same time letting crafters to bring in their own ideas, which is why Temari is becoming very popular again. Read more about Oxana at sanateddy.com.

WHITNEY MCCRARY received her BFA from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2005 before continuing her education at the Academy of Classical Design in North Carolina. The academy is an intensive drawing, painting, and mural program modeled after 19th century French Academies and influenced by Renaissance humanist philosophy. She later became an instructor at the academy, spent time studying in Paris as an artists assistant, and studied with classically trained artists across the United States. Her work is inspired by the quality and ideals of past masters, historical methods and materials, with an emphasis on aesthetics and imagination.

TAMMY MCGRATH holds a BFA in Painting and an MFA in Intermedia. She is a painter, multimedia installation/performance artist and sculptor. Tammy has presented her artwork, lectures and artist talks nationally and has received numerous grants and scholarships. She has taught studio courses at the University of Regina, The University of Calgary, and ACAD. She also initiates and spearheads projects like the 'Mountain Standard Time' performative art festival, 'Space for Space' performative art collective, and 'EX 120', a continuous 24 hours/day, five-day performative art festival in Calgary. She volunteers much of her time to non-profit art organizations, and has been a jury member for local and national granting agencies and art institutions. In her art practice, she examines constructed identities, how knowledge is retained and erased, hierarchical systems, and community. Tammy installation titled Voir Dire, was exhibited in Calgary in the fall of 2009. Learn more about Tammy's approach to teaching on our YouTube channel.

MALCOLM MOONEY is an artist, poet, singer and lyricist, and one of the most celebrated figures in contemporary music circles. He was the original vocalist with the seminal 1960s/1970s German rock band CAN. Mooney’s recordings with Can remain among the most influential of the past forty years. Mooney appears on seven CAN albums including ‘Monster Movie’ (1969) and ‘Soundtracks’ (1970). He left the band in 1970, returning to the United States to focus on his own artistic development. In 1986 Mooney rejoined CAN to record the reunion album ‘Rite Time.’ Since then Mooney has continued to make art, write, and work on musical projects including 1998’s ‘Malcolm Mooney & The Tenth Planet’ that released a self-titled album that year, ‘Mogadishu’ in 2005, ‘Hysterica’ in 2006 and ‘inCANtations’ in 2011. White Columns Gallery released WC006, with poems and music at the NY Art Book Fair at PS1 in 2012. Mooney performed with White Columns curator, and DJ, Matthew Higgs at Art Basel Miami in 2013. Most recently Mooney recorded an album and produced a book for Pavees Dance, a new group that appeared in February 2014 at The Sons D’Hiver festival in Paris. Malcolm Mooney has performed and exhibited his artwork extensively over the past thirty years, most recently at White Columns Gallery in NYC and at Skyline College Art Gallery in San Bruno California. Malcolm Mooney received an MFA from California State University in 1987, and a BFA from Boston University’s School of Fine Arts and Applied Arts in 1979. Learn more about Malcolm and his approach to teaching on our YouTube channel

JAMIE MORRIS graduated from ACAD in 1997 with a BFA from the Visual Communications Program. After further study at the world-renowned Illustration Academy in Kansas City, he moved back to Calgary to begin his freelance illustration career. Jamie has since compiled a client list that includes names like Canadian Pacific, Parks Canada, and the Calgary Stampeders. More recently, Jamie has completed work on five murals for Glenbow Museum's acclaimed Mavericks project. In addition to his illustration and gallery work, Jamie has also been teaching at ACAD in the Visual Communications Department for the past six years. To see more of Jamie's work visit jamiemorris.ca. Learn more about Jamie and his approach to teaching on our YouTube channel.

SANDY NICHOLS is originally from Edmonton and graduated from the ACAD Visual Communications program in 1988. Her editorial illustrations have been commissioned for a wide variety of publications, advertising firms and magazines throughout North America and the UK since then. More recently, she has been illustrating children’s books and is also a member of the Young Alberta Book Society. Additionally, she teaches at ACAD in the Visual Communications Department.

JENNIFER PARK is a multi-disciplinary artist born, raised and educated in Calgary. She studied at the Alberta College of Art + Design from 1990-94 graduating with a diploma in Sculpture. She then turned her attention to the domestic arts (being young and very foolish) and in a collaborative effort came up with her finest creation, her son. Discovering she had no natural talent for domesticity she returned to ACAD in 2000 and received a BFA with a Ceramics major in 2001. Jennifer then began her part time studio practice and much to her surprise decided to take up painting, jewellery-making, and photography, as well as ceramics and mixed media sculpture. She has a passion for art and craft and sharing what she knows about the two. She has been a member of the Burns Visual Arts Society for the past 10 years where she has organized two years of successful free workshops for Alberta Culture Days. She is still trying to master the domestic arts…with little success! Visit Jennifer's website at naturalicon.ca.

JEAN PEDERSON, AWS, CSPWC, SFCA, ASA, BEd is often asked to teach in Canada and the United States. She is a contributing editor for The Artist's Magazine, published in Cincinnati (OH), and has participated in several issues of Watercolor Magic and The Artist's Sketch Book. Her work has been included in several books, including Canada's "Who's Who" and "Splash" 8 and 9. Jean has participated in several juried international exhibitions and has been honoured with numerous awards, including the Gold medal in the Aderondacks International Exhibition, and a Silver Medal in the Americian Watercolor Society's International Exhibition. In 2005, she was awarded Grand Prize in the FCA Painting on the Edge International juried exhibition in Vancouver. Also in 2005, Jean was honored as the first person to receive the Early Achievement Award, presented by the Federation of Canadian Artists. With signature status, Jean's work is sought after by private and corporate collectors, including the Royal Collection in Winsor Castle.

LYN PFLUEGER received her science Degree from Sydney University, and worked for a number of years as a biochemist. In 1995, she graduated with a BFA Degree from ACAD and then taught in the Fibre Department as a part-time sessional instructor. Her special interests include felt-making, the properties of materials, and the structure of surfaces.

GOLRIZ REZVANI is originally from Iran and currently lives and works in Calgary. Inspired by poetry, photography, and film, her vibrantly coloured figurative works offer critiques of contemporary culture and society. Golriz is drawn to constructing narrative images and subject matter in her paintings and drawings, where humans play the leading roles. She received her MFA and her BFA from Tehran University. She has exhibited extensively in both Canada and Iran. Visit Golriz's website at http://www.golrizrezvani.com/. Learn more about Golriz's approach to teaching on our YouTube channel.

LISA SAMPIRE is Canadian borne began her glass blowing career in 1985. Since that time she has produced a diverse body of work, which includes private and public, sculptural and functional pieces. Over the years she has been recognized and applauded for her glass work through the receipt of various awards, scholarships, teaching appointments and commissions. Lisa has had several exhibitions with her murrini pieces over the past 16 years and has garnered much recognition for these works. She is in public and private collections around the world. In 2008, she had 4 Murrini pieces acquisition by the Federal Government of Canada for it’s Visual Arts Collection. And in 2009 had 2 more murrini works selected to represent Canada at the Cheongju International Craft Biennale in South Korea. Check out Lisa's work on her website at http://www.samphireglass.ca/

DAVID SCHLEINDL received a BFA in Film and Video from the Emily Carr College of Art and Design, and a BArch from the University of Toronto. Prior to starting his design-build company in Calgary, he worked on numerous planning and design projects in Banff and Lake Louise, the greater Vancouver area, the Caribbean, China, and Australia. In addition to residential design and commercial interior design, David also works on public art projects, such as the plus 15 installation in downtown Calgary. Learn more about David's approach to teaching on our YouTube channel.

DENA SEIFERLING has lived in Calgary since 1995, the year she began her education at the Alberta College of Art & Design. She graduated with a BFA and Visual Communications Degree in 1999 and then began her freelance career as an Illustrator. Years later, she began looking for ways to give life to the characters and narratives from her sketchbook in a three dimensional form. This is when she discovered, and fell in love with, the art of needle felting using raw wool and a variety of other materials to translate her ideas through sculptures and dioramas. Dena resides in Calgary with her husband and two children. She enjoys sharing her knowledge at ACAD where she is an Instructor.

ROBERTA SHAW received a BFA with Distinction in Printmaking from the University of Calgary. While at university, she discovered bookbinding and her love for paper grew. Today Roberta is an accomplished artist, experimenting with ways to combine printmaking and bookbinding into beautiful print works. She has been teaching handcrafted book courses at ACAD for the several years, and is well-known for her amazing sensibility to texture and colour combinations.

JOHN SMITH JONES graduated from ACAD in 2008 in the Jewellery + Metals Program. He has worked for many years in the oil and gas industry in Canada and overseas. His practice is mainly in making raised metal vessels, exploring form, surface, and colour. Examples of his work can be seen at www.johnsmithjones.com.

MENEKA THIRUKKUMARAN is an artist and teacher living in Calgary. She completed a BFA in drawing from Alberta College of Art + Design in 2007, a BEd from the University of Lethbridge in 2010, and an MA in art education from Concordia University in 2013. Meneka has experience teaching art to a variety of age groups and ability levels; she currently teaches art to grades 7 to 9. Her portfolio can be viewed at meneka.carbonmade.com.

BRITA THOMAS is a Calgary based artist and designer. She received a BFA with Distinction in Printmaking from the Alberta College of Art + Design in 2003. Her love affair with paper has led her to explore print media, paper cutting, and drawing within her work. Brita has also worked in curatorial studies and arts administration, most recently as the Associate Director of the Herringer Kiss Gallery.

MARGOT VAN LINDENBERG studied Education in the Netherlands, and received her BFA (with Distinction) from the Fibre Program at ACAD. Influenced by living and working in Africa and the Arctic, she explores identity through microscopic imagery, using thread to create new forms. Recently, she was honoured to exhibit in the 5th International Biennial of Textile Art in Buenos Aires (Argentina). Margot also designs and produces a line of contemporary silk scarves. She uses surface design techniques of hand-dyeing, devore, silk-screening, shibori, nuno-felting and stitching, and grows her own plants for natural dyes. Learn more about Margot and her approach to teaching on our YouTube channel.

MARK VAZQUEZ-MACKAY graduated with a BFA Degree in Painting from ACAD in 2002--before moving to San Miguel de Allende (Mexico) in search of a different culture and history. After completing his MFA Degree at the Instituto Allende, Mark returned to Calgary in 2004 to continue painting and drawing in his own studio. His work focuses on an observational transliteration of appearances; see www.markvazquezmackay.com. Learn more about Mark and his approach to teaching drawing on our YouTube channel or painting.

RYAN VON HAGEN  is an Animator, Editor, Filmmaker, Sound Designer and Musician living in Calgary, Alberta. Ryan received a BFA from the Alberta College of Art & Design through the Media Arts and Digital Technology department in 2012. Since then, he has worked on feature length documentaries, AFA funded short animated films, theatre productions as well as at his own artwork displayed in fine art exhibitions. Ryan has a wide technical background in the world of animation; he is proficient in stop motion animation, hand drawn animation, cutout animation, rotoscope animation, and animated green screen techniques. Ryan has been teaching animation with Quickdraw for the past three years, where he also works as the Programming Director.

NATHANIEL WAGENAAR received his BFA in New Media from the University of Lethbridge, and his Master’s of Architecture from the University of Calgary. His combination of technical and artistic interests has led to a diverse work history, ranging from working on XBOX 360 games with Relic Entertainment, to working at the Canadian Space Agency. He currently works at the award winning Marc Boutin Architectural Collaborative in Calgary as an Intern Architect. Nathaniel’s current interests lie with conceptually driven architecture, and how this can be informed by diagrammatic representations of external forces. He believes that if you can design one thing extremely well, you can design everything. Learn more Nathaniel and his approach to teaching on our YouTube channel.

LAUREN WALKER is a mixed media artist based in Calgary. Lauren grew up in rural Nova Scotia where upon graduation she attended Acadia University in the Psychology and English Literature departments before moving to Calgary in 2002 to attend the Alberta College of Art + Design. Lauren graduated from ACAD’s painting department with a BFA in 2007. Shortly thereafter, Lauren enrolled in the Bachelor of Education/MT program at the University of Calgary where she graduated in 2012. Lauren has been showing her large scale mixed media paintings with the Herringer Kiss Gallery in Calgary over the past two years and has seen much success. She has shown in several group exhibits and as a featured solo artist. Her work has been acquired by several corporate and private collections and has been featured in a variety of media including Artsy as guest curator Joe Mimran’s top picks for the Toronto International Art Fair (2013). Lauren’s work is an ever evolving study of patterns that occur in both nature and synthetically. She blends feminist traditions such as quilt making and textile work and appropriates those disciplines by adapting them to paint and collage. This process teeters between focusing on very geometrical forms and the organic, even biomorphic, shapes that inspire her, and often the dichotomy of the two. Lauren plays with negative and positive space and the piecework of pattern on pattern within her work.

STACEY WATSON studied at the University of Calgary in Photography and Printmaking. Her MFA program also involved training at the Royal College of Art in London. Since finishing her formal education in 2004 she has exhibited internationally, including at Art Basel Miami in 2007 and locally, including at The Art Gallery of Calgary in 2009. Her practice spans photography, video, assemblage and painting, along with heavy doses of papier mache. She has taught at Havering College, England and the University of Lethbridge. She is currently the Curator at Pith Gallery, Calgary.

KYLE WHITEHEAD is an artist working primarily with small-format celluloid to create experimental films and expanded cinema projects. He prefers a careful and considered approach to image making; which should not be confused with best practices, as his work is more about embracing the potential of an indeterminate process. What he wants is the definitive by chance - leveraging trailing-edge technologies often with unusual or startling effect. Kyle is a graduate of the Alberta College of Art and Design and currently resides in Calgary where he spends most of his time in the dark.

SANDY WONG’s passion for design and typography began at a very early age and has never faltered. With over 20 years of industry experience, Sandy has produced an array of marketing collateral for a variety of industries ranging from residential and resort real estate to public sports facilities to retail packaging. From hand drawn type to the creation of full bodied marketing campaigns, her work in art direction and graphic design have been recognized throughout Canada and the United States. Graduating from Durham College’s Graphic Design program, with stops at the Alberta College of Art + Design and Ryerson University along the way, Sandy continues to explore new mediums of creative expression through glass blowing and painting. View Sandy’s work at Sandy-Wong.myportfolio.com

KRISTI WOO is the founder and designer for Riyoko; thoughtfully designed, comfortable, conscious and chic urban travel clothing and accessories. Kristi believes in ethical fashion, a lower carbon footprint, and lower consumption footprint. She sources, designs, pattern makes, and sews each style herself, and then locally produces the garments with various small teams of sewers. In her work, she combines traditional pattern techniques with innovative fabrics and modern technical details. Kristi is also a co-founder of Assemble Work/Shop, a local designer studio, workspace, and shop at cSpace. Assemble is founded on the principal of self sustainability and slow fashion. It aims to provide the founding designers a platform to continue their creative practices and bring together community through workshops and events. Kristi studied fibre arts at ACAD from 1995 to 1997 and graduated from Ryerson University in Toronto with a BAA in Fashion in 2001. Amongst other publications, Kristi's designs and entrepreneurial skills have been recognized in Bicycling Magazine (2013 to 2016), Momentum Magazine (2011 to 2016), Where Magazine (2013), Martha Stewart's Whole Living (2011). Learn more about Kristi by visiting her website at www.riyoko.ca

WILLIAM YEE came to Canada from Hong Kong in 1975 to seek freedom and inspiration in the arts. After a year of study in The Fine Art Faculty at the University of Lethbridge, William came to Calgary in 1977 to join the first group of students to enter ACAD's Photography Major program. Since then, he has been involved in various commercial photography businesses, including set up of the first independent 1 Hour Photo Lab in Calgary in 1985. In his 30+ years as a professional photographer, though working in many fields of commercial photography, William's passion remains editorial photography. He believes a photo should lead viewers to think and imagine what the story is behind the image, and that there should always be a deeper meaning in a photograph besides the obvious presentation of the image.

WILL YOUNG graduated with a BDes in Photography from ACAD and is currently working out of his own studio. His work is often bent with wry humour and irony, or explores more serious subjects such as urban sprawl. Will has a keen interest in editorial photography, and enjoys creating new personalities with his subjects. See his work at willyoungphoto.com. Learn more about Will's approach to teaching on our YouTube channel.