Meet the Arts on the Islands 2021 EXHIBITION JURORS
Liane has curated over 100 exhibitions on contemporary art practice from digital media through to lawn ornaments. Her writing has been published in over 30 catalogues and her work supporting digital art and artists has been recognized internationally. In 1998 she initiated the Surrey Art Gallery’s TechLab, a unique venue dedicated to supporting the production and presentation of digital art forms, including artist’s residencies and exhibitions featuring ceramics, fibre and technology. During her appointment as the Director of the Surrey Art Gallery (2008-2018) she established Surrey’s outdoor non-commercial projection venue UrbanScreen for interactive digital art and managed the City’s public art program. In 2018 she was appointment Manager of Culture for the City of Surrey and is currently involved in long range planning and developing new cultural venues.
Photo credit: Scarlett Black
A life long artist and veteran teacher, Susan has been a pioneer in the Fraser Valley arts community for decades. Her professional foray into the art world began in the film industry where she worked as a makeup artist. After cutting her teeth in the industry she then served as the head of the program for twelve years at her alma mater, John Casablancas. After years of studying painting and eventually, selling her work, she transitioned into her career as a full-time painter and part-time instructor. She served on the board of directors for The Fort Gallery, for twelve years. Currently she serves on the Langley Centennial Museum Advisory Committee. Collaborating with poets and environmentalists, Susan was honoured with an Environmental Hero Award from the Township of Langley. She was invited in 2015 to showcase her life size Bears and Salmon in a one woman show in kyoto, Japan and to speak about environmental concerns. In 2020, she was an Artist in Residence at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts in Burnaby.
Jason is a Nanaimo based artist who maintains an object based sculptural practice. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (honours with distinction) from the University of Victoria, (2003) and Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Saskatchewan (2005). His artistic practice involves sculptural objects of varying materials from fabric to wood to stone, and range in scale from miniature to large scale public works. Most recently, Jason has added painting to his artistic explorations. His research interests involve many aspects of popular culture, consumer culture, nostalgia, and kitsch, and almost always contain an element of humour. Jason has recently completed two large scale public sculptures, and has exhibited in public galleries and artist run centres across Canada. He grew up in Saskatoon in the early 70’s and 80’s, and has always had a knack for building things. Jason has been teaching Visual Art at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo since 2006.