ARCCO Achievement Award Presentation and Reception for Penny McCann

ARCCO Achievement Award Presentation and Reception for Penny McCann
Thursday, January 23, 2014 – 5 pm – 8 pm
Location: WARC Gallery – 401 Richmond Street West, Suite 122 – 416-977-0097
Please note that presentations will begin at 6:00 p.m.

Please join us on January 23, 2014 at WARC Gallery in Toronto for ARCCO’s 3rd ARCCO Achievement Award Presentation and Reception. This year’s celebrated recipient is Penny McCann, artist, activist, advocate and Director of SAW Media Art Centre. Please join us for a series of presentations and a reception celebrating her work.

ARCCO is pleased to acknowledge outstanding excellence in Ontario’s artist-run centre community by awarding Penny McCann, Director of SAW Video Media Art Centre for her ongoing commitment and significant contribution to artists and arts organizations in Ontario.


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Recipient of ARCCO’s 3rd Achievement Award: Penny McCann.

Penny McCann
Director, SAW Video Media Art Centre
Described as “an artist, an anchor, an activist, and an advocate”, Penny McCann’s contribution to the Canadian artist-run community spans over 20 years, first in the role of media artist and board member, and more recently as an arts administrator. Now Director of SAW Video in Ottawa, a position she has held since 2004, Penny’s induction into artist-run culture began as a member of SAW Video’s Management committee from 1992-2001. She served as chair of the multi-disciplinary centre Galerie SAW Video in 1992-95, and participated on the board of ARCCO from 2005-2009. Most notably, she served as national president of the Independent Film and Video Alliance (now IMAA) from 1996-1999 at a critical time in the organization’s history. Penny currently sits on the board of the Media Arts Network of Ontario (MANO), where she holds the position of Vice-president. In 2007, in recognition of her contribution to the Ottawa media arts community, Penny was awarded the prestigious Victor Tolgesy Award for achievement in the arts.

Bios of the Presenters:
Fynn Leitch
Fynn Leitch has an MA in Visual Culture from Queen’s University (2006) where her work focused at the intersection of craft and protest. Since 2011 she has led the direction of ARTSPACE, including the development of an onsite Media Lab, and has renewed the centre’s commitment to critical writing and publishing. Curator, writer, and artist, her work has appeared in catalogues, magazines, and galleries across the country. She also works as an advocate for the arts regionally and provincially.
Peter Sandmark
Peter has a BFA and MFA from Concordia University. A co-founder of Mainfilm in Montreal, he was also the Director of Mainfilm’s 5 DAYS OF CANADIAN INDEPENDENT CINEMA festival. From 1995 to 2005 he worked as the National Director of the Independent Media Arts Alliance. He wrote the book “On the History of the Alliance” published in 2007. Peter taught film production in the Cinema Department of Concordia University for 6 years. Since 2005, he has worked as the Executive Director of MediaNet, an artist-run video production center. At the University of Victoria he has taught courses on the Economy of Art & Culture, the History of Comics, and a course on video art, which he also taught at the Vancouver Island School of Art. He is also a rockabilly musician, a comic strip artist and has made over 20 short experimental films and videos since 1980.
Scott Miller Berry
Scott Miller Berry has been working with artist-run community- based arts collectives and organizations for over 15 years. He is the Executive Director of the Images Festival (Toronto), where he has worked since 2001 and shepherded many projects, tours and publications. He sits on the Boards of the Media Arts Network of Ontario (MANO/RAMO), the national Independent Media Arts Alliance, holds an MA from the New School for Social Research, New York and maintains an independent filmmaking + programming practice.
Roy Mitchell
Roy Mitchell, until the fall of 2013 was the Executive Director of Trinity Square Video. After 12 years in the position, Roy left TSV to reinvent himself in the country on a 100 acre farm. How long this will take is as yet unknown. In addition to being an arts administrator, Roy is also a video maker and performance artist and sees the next phase of his life focusing more on writing and video art. His video work has been screened across Canada and internationally. He has worked as a consultant with not-for-profit organizations in capacity building and strats planning. Roy dreams of a Toronto without Rob Ford and his divisive and bullying ways and spent some energy and creativity fighting the Ford Nation bullshit. Roy is a community organizer and has served on the Board of Pride Toronto and hosts ROYNATION, the weekly internet radio show that focuses on art, culture and politics. A future in politics has not yet been ruled out.
Holly Cunningham
Holly Cunningham is a graduate of Sheridan College’s Media Arts program and Nipissing University fine arts which prompted her move to northern Ontario. Working as the managing director of the Near North Mobile Media Lab, Holly is actively involved in the arts community of North Bay and sits on the executive board of the White Water Gallery and as chair of Ice Follies Biennial. Holly is also a board member of the Media Arts Network of Ontario (MANO) and the Independent Media Arts Alliance (IMAA). Her artistic practice revolves around video, painting, and music.
Madi Piller
Madi is a Toronto based filmmaker/animator, born in Peru. After living and working in Lima, Paris and Bogota, Madi moved to Toronto in 1998 and started working in the independent film community. She programs, mentors, creates and commissions animation projects. Her films have been supported by Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Council. Madi is President of the Toronto Animated Image Society (TAIS) and Treasurer of MANO/RAMO.

ARCCO wishes to thank all of the presenters for their contribution to this years’ ARCCO Achievement Award.

ARCCO extends a special thanks to our partners WARC Gallery, SAW Video Media Art Centre and Holiday Inn Express Toronto Downtown; to our sponsors Steam Whistle and Cinnamon Girls Café and Catering; and last but not least ARCCO’s Board and volunteers.

Women’s Art Resource Centre – WARC Gallery
Cinnamon Girls Café and Catering
Steam Whistle Brewing Company
Holiday Inn Express Toronto Downtown