Gita Hashemi, "Ephemeral monument", performance and video installation at A Space.

Board of Directors

Annually, the ARCCO membership elects a board of directors drawn from its membership, with a minimum of 4 Directors elected from the Full Membership. ARCCO strives to maintain a board that is skilled, equitable and culturally diverse as well as regionally representative relative to our membership.
ARCCO Board of Directors 2016

Christine Burchnall President & Treasurer Artcite Inc. Windsor
Jenna Faye Powell Secretary Forest City Gallery London
David Bobier VibraFusionLab London
Emilio Portal Galerie du Nouvel Ontario Sudbury
Caitlin Sutherland Hamilton Artists Inc. Hamilton
Josefa Radman Past President Factory Media Centre Hamilton



Christine Burchnall – ARCCO President & Treasurer

Christine Burchnall is a Windsor-based artist and current Executive Director of Artcite Inc., an Artist-run centre for the Contemporary Arts, with over 30 years of work and volunteer experience in contemporary arts programming and administration, financial planning, education, advocacy, promotion, design, editing and publishing. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Windsor’s School of Visual Arts, and is an actively exhibiting, multi-media artist with an extensive regional and international exhibition record (most recently in “Land Marks”, a group exhibit featuring works by Stan Douglas, ThinkArchitecture, Bill Vazan and Douglas Walker, curated by Srimoyee Mitra for the Art Gallery of Windsor). Ms. Burchnall is a founding member of ARCCO, and has been an active member of Artcite and of various Detroit area non-profit artists’ collectives for the past three decades.

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Jenna Faye Powell – ARCCO Secretary

Jenna Faye Powell is an emerging artist and arts administrator with experience in both the not-for-profit and charitable sectors. Powell received her Bachelor of Fine Arts (2009) from the University of Western Ontario and her Masters of Fine Arts (2012) from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University. Powell also serves on the Board of Directors at London Fuse and at ARCCO (Artist-Run Centres and Collectives of Ontario). In 2012 Jenna was a finalist in the prestigious RBC Canadian Painting Competition. She recently exhibited at Museum London, the Art Gallery of Windsor, DNA Artspace as well as various other galleries nationally. Powell is the current Executive Director of Forest City Gallery in London, Ontario.

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David Bobier

David Bobier has an MFA from the University of Windsor and a BFA from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. As a multi-media artist his work has been exhibited across Canada and internationally. He has been awarded grants from Canada Council for the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Grand NCE, Ontario Arts Council and New Brunswick Arts Council. He is currently partnering with Inclusive Media and Design Centre, Ryerson University, in researching vibrotactile technology.

Bobier is Founder/Director of VibraFusionLab, situated in London, ON. This is an interactive creative studio that encourages research into more inclusive art forms and supports artists of all disciplines to develop art practices of greater accessibility and audience involvement. The Lab incorporates emerging assistive technologies for investigating broader sensory applications in art making and exploring the vibrotactile as a language of artistic expression.

He has served in advisory roles in developing Deaf and Disability Arts Equity programs for both Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council. He is the former Director of Development for Toronto International Deaf Film and Arts Festival and is currently on the Executive of the Board of Media Arts Network Ontario. With funding from Canada Council for the Arts through Travel Grants to Media Arts Professionals International Residencies, he is currently researching the advancement of deaf and disability arts in the US and UK.

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Emilio Portal

emilio portal (born new westminster, bc, 1982) currently live in toronto. He has obtained a bachelor of visual arts from laurentian university in 2005, a bachelor of environmental design studies (architecture) from Dalhousie university in 2007, and a masters of visual arts from the university of victoria in 2011. working as an artist, designer and craftsman, his practice addresses the relationship between humans and nature, sustainability and ecology, poetics and spirituality, labour and craft.

His solo exhibition record includes: snowlog, yarcc, yellowknife (2015), qiqayt, 1928, grunt gallery, vancouver (2012), islands, open space, victoria (2012), quchamama, ministry of casual living, victoria (2011), slag, la galerie du nouvel-ontario, sudbury (2011), path, la galerie du nouvel-ontario, sudbury (2007).

since 2011, he and his wife, elyse portal, have been collaborating as ee portal, whose exhibitions include: (re)member of water, la galerie du nouvel-ontario, sudbury (2015), self-deception, supernova, burlington (2015), who is this land am i, university of toronto (2013), and advanced life support unit, upstairs gallery, victoria (2011).

in 2008, emilio established portal studio, an interdisciplinary art, design and woodworking atelier. since its founding, he has completed numerous furniture and millwork commissions. portal studio has exhibited twice at craftmart, hamilton arts inc (2014-15), and is a current ontario wood licensee.

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Caitlin Sutherland

Caitlin Sutherland is an independent curator and art critic based in Hamilton, ON. Currently, she is Programming Director at Hamilton Artists Inc. Her academic background is in criticism, curatorial practice, and museum studies and management from the Ontario College of Art and Design and the University of Toronto. Her most recent curatorial project, Into the Wild, featured the work of Sonny Assu, Jason Brown, Leisure, Duane Linklater, Alex McLeod, Darren Rigo, Elinor Whidden and Young and Giroux as well as select works from the permanent collections of the Art Gallery of Hamilton and Workers Arts and Heritage Centre. Sutherland has worked independently as well as with a number of contemporary arts organizations within the greater Toronto-Hamilton area for over a decade, including, the Art Gallery of Hamilton, the Workers Arts and Heritage Centre, the University of Toronto Art Centre, Xpace Cultural Centre and the Art Gallery of Burlington. In addition to exhibition texts, to date, she has written for Canadian Art, Beautiful/Decay, Hamilton Arts and Letters and was the Ontario correspondent for the online contemporary art publication, Daily Serving from 2011-2013.

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Josefa Radman – ARCCO Past President

Josefa Radman is a writer, director, artistic producer, with an Honours BFA in film & video production and creative writing from York University. She has written, produced, and directed a number independent short films & videos. Josefa has been Artistic Producer for monthly time-based screenings and installations such as the Soul of the Street inter-arts projection installation (2006 – 2014). A narrative consultant and grantwriter, workshop leader and arts educator, including design and management of the Factory HDV Bootcamp Training Series (2007-2012), Josefa’s expertise is in program design, development, and implementation.

Josefa served as a Commissionaire with the City of Hamilton Arts Advisory Commission (2006 – 2015) and as a member of the Arts Funding Task Force (2010 – 2014) that recommended new program directions and increased municipal support for the arts sector entitled the City Enrichment Fund. Josefa continues with commitment to the provincial arts sector through service on the Artist Run Centres and Collectives of Ontario Board (2010-2016), currently Past President (2014-2016), and Policy Committee Chair. Josefa works tirelessly to support non-profit and charitable arts sector groups with expertise and advisement.

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