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Lanre Ajayi – filmmaker and visual artist, Calgary
Lanre Ajayi is a passionate storyteller who believes in using his artistic skills to build community and as a platform for every member of society to become aware of the happenings around them. His new media storytelling project, called 'the Waters of Alberta,' is a collection of short documentary films to inform, educate and entertain communities about the importance of this invaluable resource abundant in our province.
Jacqueline Huskisson, visual artist, Calgary
Born and raised in Calgary, Jacqueline holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Print Media from the Alberta College of Art and Design and an Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from the Belfast School of Art. Her work explores human connection through narrative and has been awarded various local and national grants, including the inaugural Scott Leroux Media Arts Exploration Fund. She has been doing various projects, installations, and residencies around Canada, Northern Ireland, Germany and Finland, with recent solo exhibitions at Main Space Gallery (Alberta Printmakers, Calgary), and Poolside Gallery (VideoPool, Winnipeg). She currently works out of Artpoint Gallery and Studios Society.
Claudia Jimenez-Chagoya, visual artist, Calgary
Claudia Jimenez-Chagoya is an interdisciplinary visual artist born in Zacatecas, Mexico, now based in Calgary where she earned a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Calgary. Her art explores topics related to gender violence, specifically femicide. Through her art, she invites community to mourn together and enable social engagement. She believes engaging people in this matter is important to find new forms of creating supportive communities and cross–cultural understanding.
Aeris Osborne, visual artist, Edmonton
Aeris is a self-taught emerging Hong Kong – Canadian female visual artist. Aeris moved to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada in 2007 where she learned to paint. She’s been painting for over 10 years, inspired by her travels where the changes in the living environment stimulate her creativity by using the visual medium to express her vision. She was the artist in residence in McLuhan House run by Art Habitat Edmonton from Oct. 1 2020 to Sept. 30, 2021. Her first solo exhibition is 'YEG Old Houses–Discover 11 Edmonton Home Architectural Styles'. She has also won the Open Art Competition in Allied Art Council Spruce Grove twice.
Alberta’s second Artist in Residence and Arts Ambassador was Joal Kamps, a musician and co-member of Flint & Feather. During his term, Joal performed a free online concert, Joal Kamps – Backstage and Up Close, filmed at the Southern Jubilee Auditorium. His final project 'Wild Rose' was premiered during Month of the Artist at an Alberta Culture Days event at the Polaris Centre for the Performing Arts on September 11. 'Wild Rose' explores the personification of Alberta as women and incorporates other art forms, including visual arts and dance, into the performance.
We thank Joal Kamps for his work and accomplishments as Alberta’s first Artist in Residence during a challenging year.
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