Curatorial Team 2016


Alan Syliboy, co-curator

Alan Syliboy was born and raised in Truro, Nova Scotia. Living in the Millbrook First Nations community, he journeys through his life with a demeanor of strength. Alan has built an ever-growing list of accomplishments throughout his lifetime, although many people are most familiar with his beautiful and unique works of art that captivate and inspire us.

In 1971 Alan began his private study with influential artist and activist Shirley Bear who is an Order of Canada recipient. Four years later Alan decided to further his education in the art world and joined the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.

An established Mi’kmaq artist, Syliboy’s artistic vocabulary is inspired by the indigenous petroglyphs of Nova Scotia. His immersive installation The Thundermaker is built around the recently discovered and translated Mi’kmaq legend, “The Stone Canoe,” in which the Thundermaker story is embedded. The installation begins with a circle of text panels illustrated with Syliboy’s drawings, and culminates with a tipi containing a projected animation film of the story. The animation was executed under the artist’s supervision by Nova Scotia Community College Digital Animation students. The artist’s work People of the Dawn was a 2010 Masterworks Finalist.

Ian Funke-McKay, co-curator

An emerging artist currently working in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Ian Funke-McKay graduated from NSCAD University (BFA ’14). Recently Ian co-showed the Showdown at Hermes Gallery. He was also a participant of the Chautauqua Institution residency program located in upstate New York. With a focus on painting, Ian is currently building specialized displays, emblems, and patterns, that are combined for exhibition purposes. Researching the medieval craft of heraldry, Ian looks to explore traditional and experimental uses of colour. His projects have received the support of Arts Nova Scotia and he works seasonally as a visual arts instructor at the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts.

Shelley Fashan, co-curator

Photo by Julie MacDougal

Shelley Fashan has been devoted to the arts and culture of Nova Scotia for most of her life.  She was one of the founding members of the Nova Scotia Mass Choir and of the African Nova Scotian Music Association.  She served as the first African Nova Scotian woman on the boards of the East Coast Music Association, the Nova Scotia Arts Council that created the Portia White Prize and the Nova Scotia Cultural Partnership.  She also was one of the first board members of the Lieutenant Governor’s Masterworks.  Shelley Fashan is the co-founder of The Emerging Lens Cultural Film Festival and she currently sits on the boards of The African Nova Scotian Music Association, the Charles Taylor Theatre and Media Arts Association and the Ujamaa Association. She has served on several juries including The East Coast Music Association, Factor and the Canadian Heritage Advisory Committee for the non –European Cultural Traditions Contribution Program.

David Clark, co-curator

David Clark is known for his project, A is for Apple, which has played at Sundance, SIGGRAPH, FCMM, Transmediale in Berlin, and the Museum of Moving Images in New York. It won the top prize at the 2003 SXSW in Austin, Texas and the FILE2002 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Recent projects include the piece, 88 Constellations for Wittgenstein; the non-linear film Meanwhile; and the feature film Maxwell’s Demon.

He received a MFA in Sculpture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has also attended the Whitney Program and the Canadian Film Centre.

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Sue Goyette, co-curator

Born in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Goyette grew up in Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, on Montreal's south shore.

Her first poetry book, The True Names of Birds (1998), was nominated for the 1999 Governor General's Award, the Pat Lowther Award and the Gerald Lampert Award. Goyette's first novel, Lures (2002), was nominated for the 2003 Thomas Head Raddall Award. She has also written another poetry collection, Undone (2004), and won the 2008 CBC Literary Award in poetry for the poem "Outskirts". The poetry collection of the same name, Outskirts, won the Atlantic Poetry Prize in 2012. Goyette's fourth poetry collection, Ocean, was published in 2013 by Gaspereau Press.  Her fifth poetry collection, The Brief Reincarnation of a Girl, was published in 2015 by Gaspereau Press.

Goyette's collection Ocean is the recipient of the 2015 Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award, which recognizes the excellence of a particular work of art or design from any media and carries a cash value of $25,000.

Goyette has been a member of the faculty of The Maritime Writers' Workshop, The Banff Wired Studio, and The Sage Hill Writing Experience.

She presently lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and teaches at Dalhousie University.

Sara Hartland-Rowe

Sara Hartland-Rowe is a painter who has lived in Nova Scotia for the last fifteen years. She received a BFA from NSCAD in 1990, before moving to Chicago to complete an MFA. Since then she has produced work in a wide range of media, and has exhibited across Canada as well as in the US, Europe, and South America. Significant solo and two-person exhibitions include Small World (Museum for Textiles, 1998), Days Are Where We Live (Museum London, 2000), The World in the Evening (Dalhousie University Art Gallery, 2002), The Prince (Durham Art Gallery, 2003), all things good and pure (Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, 2004), and Look to the Living (MSVU Art Gallery, 2012). She has received funding from national and provincial arts councils; her work is in private and public collections.

Hartland-Rowe’s studio practice is based in painting, in which mode she has made installation and site-based works as well as easel-painting and paintings on shaped surfaces. Her work is characterized by an ongoing willingness to experiment with form and structure, and an equally ongoing interest in human beings as the subject of her work.

Her work was a finalist for the MasterWorks award in 2015.