The AANM Board of Directors:
Diane Driedger (Chair)
Diane Driedger is Assistant Professor in the Interdisciplinary Master’s Program in Disability Studies at the University of Manitoba. She has published 11 books, including her recent publication, Still Living the Edges: A Disabled Women’s Reader (Inanna, fall 2021). She is a poet and visual artist and her latest book of poems and art is: Red with Living(Inanna, 2016). Diane has been involved in the disability rights movement at the local, national and international levels for many years.
Ted Howorth (Vice Chair)
E.J.Howorth’s passion has been Printmaking throughout most of his artistic career. He apprenticed under Wilfredo Arcay of Atelier Arcay in Paris. and received an MFA from the University of North Dakota. For over 40 years Howorth has exibited locally, nationally and internationally, received numerous commissions and is a part of many collections. With Michael Schonke, Howorth introduced water-based screen printing to Druckwerkstatt/BBK in Berlin in 1991. In 1995 Howorth was appointed to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, R.C.A.
Bram Keast (Treasurer)
Bram Keast is an interdisciplinary artist whose work offers opportunity for jubilant, explorative interpretation. Working playfully with the legacies of minimalism and hard-edge painting, Keast’s practice pushes the visual into the haptic, creating 2D and 3D paperscapes where the process of making imbues art with magic. Keast lives and works in Winnipeg and holds a BFA (Honours) from the University of Manitoba. Their work has been exhibited in Canada and the United States and is part of several private collections across the world including England and Switzerland.
Brennan Smith (Secretary)
Brennan Smith is an art historian with a specialization in Canadian art and architectural history. Her research areas include early twentieth century Modernism and the confluence of art, science and religion during this era. Smith has worked extensively in collections management, research and analysis, arts administration, exhibit curation, and in writing for public and professional audiences. She is the co-author of the 2017 book Green Blankstein Russell and Associates: An Architectural Legacy. Smith has an educational background in art history, with an MA from Queen’s University and a BFA (Hons.) from the University of Manitoba School of Art.
Kelly Campbell is a multidisciplinary artist with skills in printmaking, digital art, sculpture, drawing, and fiber. They obtained their BFA from the University of Manitoba in 2017, currently teach relief printing at Martha Street Studio, and are the art director of CKUW 95.9’s Stylus Magazine.
Erika-Jean is an artist, researcher, and mentor living in Winnipeg-Treaty 1 territory. Over the past 20 years she has been challenging conventional knowledges and ideologies embedded in symbols, systems, and objects. Her method of artmaking speaks from a perspective of cognitive difference in the style of non-conformity, un-doing, mis-fitting, and troubling. Erika-Jean has been awarded multiple grants over the years enabling her to learn, speculate, and make. She continues to exhibit and attend residencies near and far.
Jen Sebring is a queer & chronically ill self-taught artist and Vanier graduate scholar originally from rural Manitoba. Sebring’s academic and artistic practice is situated in critical disability studies and the health humanities. They aim to bridge health care research and disability arts praxis to disrupt conventional and stigmatizing approaches to disability and medicine in the clinical encounter. Sebring previously worked at the greenhouse artlab (University of Winnipeg) as an artist-researcher in the collective, SWARM (2017-19), and Plug In ICA (2018) as a communications intern. Their photography and animation work has been shown at Platform Gallery and ArtsAccessAbility Network Manitoba, while their creative and critical writings have been published in Still Living the Edges: A Disabled Women’s Reader (2021) and Akimblog (2020). Sebring holds a BAH in Women’s and Gender Studies, an MSc in Community Health Sciences and is currently working on their PhD in the same field. Sebring now resides in Winnipeg, MB.
Shayani A. Turko is an artist-mom creating out of her home studio – Dreams in-between Spaces Art Studio (www.dreamsinbtwnspaces.com) – in the beautiful Prairies of Manitoba. She began painting 13 years ago for self-care to navigate a difficult time of transition following immigration to Canada as a person of colour. Due to her visual impairment, Shayani has learned not to accept reality as she perceives it with her physical eyes. Therefore, her imagination is both a liminal AND intersectional space between heaven and earth, where she plays with the boundaries of what is possible and expresses her ideas through oil /acrylic paintings, poetry, and blog entries.
Shayani also believes that listening and giving voice to oneself and others are the first acts of justice, a belief that has led her to pursue formal training to become a curator. Creative expression without self-censure and a curatorial approach committed to collaborative community engagement are significant values of her practice.
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Board Member Information:
All members of the AANM Board of Directors are expected to assist on a committee in addition to their general board involvement. Please express in your application the area of interest for you. For example, fundraising, promotion, policy development, programming, membership development, governance. We want to find you a position/role that will benefit from both your enthusiasm and professional experience.
Board members spend approximately 5 hours per month on AANM work. Depending on your level of involvement and commitment, this time might increase. Does your schedule allow for a new commitment?
Should you wish to submit an application to join our Board of Directors, you can download and complete the form below. Please attach your CV (or a history of volunteer work, employment and/or other interests) and a statement expressing why you would like to join AANM as a board and/or committee(s) member? Your term of commitment would be a minimum of two years as a Board of Director or a committee member.
Send in and attach or include a resume/curriculum vitae. You can email documents to info@aanm or drop off/mail to AANM at 102-329 Cumberland Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3B 1T2.
Thank you, we look forward to hearing from you.