At the Annual General Meeting on November 15, 2015 the roster of board members, newly appointed and continuing posts, was appointed and voted in. It is our pleasure to introduce these committed volunteers whose hard work makes MCC great.
Seema Goel is an artist and writer recently returned to Canada from Ireland. Her education includes both the fine arts and hard sciences and she combines these interests to produce works interrogating materials and social habits around how humans relate to their environment and domesticated species. She works in fiber, glass, ceramics, sculpture, and projection and is currently the artist in residence in the Faculty of Science at the University of Manitoba.
Grace Han is a ceramic artist who is currently enrolled in the Master of Fine Arts program at University of Manitoba. She is originally from South Korea and tries to combine the Korean traditional style of ceramics with the new style of ceramics she is currently exploring and learning in Canada.
Born in Thompson Manitoba, fibre artist Melanie Wesley lives and creates in Winnipeg. With a broad range of skills and work experience, Wesley focuses her positive, playful approach on collaboration and community building in her personal and professional life.
Alison Norberg has been a practicing fibre-based artist since 2002. Her work has been included in group exhibitions in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, and her first solo exhibition (In Praise of Colour) was at the MCC Gallery in 2006. Alison served as the President of the Manitoba Craft Council from 2008 to 2014, and was recognized as outstanding volunteer at the 2013 Winnipeg Arts Council Awards. She has participated in two MAWA (Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art) mentorships – with Faye Heavyshield in 2005, and Barb Hunt in 2011. For the past four years, she has represented MCC on the board of the Canadian Crafts Federation.
Chris Pancoe is a multi-media artist with a profound interest in clay. He fires his work using wood and atmospheric firing techniques because of the unique surface qualities it provides.
Winnipeg-based mixed media artist Dana Kletke holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Distinction from the University of Manitoba. She has participated in exhibitions throughout Manitoba including Backspace Forward, Manitoba Craft Council’s 2014 juried exhibition in partnership with the Manitoba Crafts Museum & Library. Her work was included in Boxed In! an exhibition of small sculptural works for The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery in St. John’s, NL and Hard Twist 8:This is Personal for the Gladstone Hotel’s 8th annual juried textile exhibition in Toronto, ON. Dana has a Certificate in Arts and Cultural Management from the University of Winnipeg, is the Co-Executive Director of Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art and is an active member of the Winnipeg arts community.
Keith Oliver is a furniture/cabinet designer and maker. He has a Diploma and a Masters in Art with majors in sculpture. He has sat on several art organizations boards and is a strong supporter of the Craft Community.
Grace Nickel is an artist and educator and has a long history of involvement with the arts community, including working closely with the Manitoba Craft Council, MAWA and Art City. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Art at the University of Manitoba and believes strongly in the support of life-long learning, artistic innovation, and continuous creative challenge.
Jade Troost is a Winnipeg born, winter loving artist with a passion for all things craft. Jewelry making, print making and drawing are her main focus with an emphasis on pen & ink.
David King‘s baseline in the arts began in theatre. He was accepted to one of the top undergraduate theatre performance programs in The U.S. at the University of Evansville, where he was one of only ten actors in his year. Leaving University, David moved back to his hometown of Portland, Oregon to work as Theatrical Assistant Director at Portland Christian High School. Collaborating with the Theatre Director spawned the creation of a theatre company that showcased the talents of the students at Portland Christian and in the neighbouring communities. In 2011, David began working with the international touring company Imago Theatre just off of their Broadway run at the New Victory Theatre in New York City. With Imago Theatre, he toured throughout the U.S., Canada, and Bermuda, and performed throughout Oregon through an enrichment program for schools without arts funding and for children who never had the opportunity to see live performance. In 2013, David moved to New York City where he began working for Harlem School of the Arts. He also received the opportunity to work with an Academy Award winning producer on her first ever theatre project. Since moving to Winnipeg, David has been working for The Edge helping change the infrastructure of the organization, and assisting in coordinating, installing, and curating exhibitions. David currently works as Studio and Outreach Coordinator for Studio 631 at the Red Road Lodge where he provides arts programming for some of the most culturally-rich and economically-challenged neighbourhoods in Winnipeg.