Our Team

 
 

This Festival is made possible by the passion & creativity of our team, volunteers, and partners.

 
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David Vertesi

Executive Director

Andrea Curtis

Director of  Operations

Gabriel Hall

Director of Branding & Design

Adrian Sinclair

Director of Engagement

 
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Jeska Slater

Indigenous Youth Program Director

Michael Bock

Art Production Coordinator

Tim Furness

Festival Site Manager

Nicole Ebert

Fundraising & Partnerships Coordinator

 
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Britany Lawrence

Murals Production Manager 

Kayla Drobot

Artist & Wall Coordinator
 

Ellena Neel

Indigenous Youth Program Coordinator

Jasmine LeBlanc

Social Media Coordinator

 
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Savannah Erasmus

Volunteer Coordinator

Thomas Nichini

Special Projects Coordinator

 
 
 

2018 Curators

 Drew Young (b.1987 Victoria, BC) currently lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. He studied at The Victoria College of Art and received his diploma in Illustration and Applied Arts (IDEA) at Capilano University. Young is an internationally exhibited painter with shows in LA (Thinkspace Gallery), SF (Gauntlet Gallery), Denver (Abend Gallery), Tokyo (Amp), London (Rook and Raven), NYC (Re:Form Projects), Bogota (Come Together) and featured by Juxtapoz, Hi-Fructose, Booooooom.com, Supersonicelectronic and BlueCanvas.  Young is the youngest instructor for the Federation of Canadian Artists and also teaches Commercial Illustration at Langara College.  His painting accolades have brought him many curatorial and creative director opportunities in recent years. He’s acted as the Visual Arts curator for TedX Vancouver 2014/2015 as well as Curator/Coordinator for Snag — a weekly live-painting exhibition focused on illuminating Vancouver’s alternative arts culture. He currently acts as Curator and Artistic Director for the Vancouver Mural Festival as well as Visual Arts Director for Skookum Festival 2018.

Drew Young (b.1987 Victoria, BC) currently lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. He studied at The Victoria College of Art and received his diploma in Illustration and Applied Arts (IDEA) at Capilano University. Young is an internationally exhibited painter with shows in LA (Thinkspace Gallery), SF (Gauntlet Gallery), Denver (Abend Gallery), Tokyo (Amp), London (Rook and Raven), NYC (Re:Form Projects), Bogota (Come Together) and featured by Juxtapoz, Hi-Fructose, Booooooom.com, Supersonicelectronic and BlueCanvas.

Young is the youngest instructor for the Federation of Canadian Artists and also teaches Commercial Illustration at Langara College.

His painting accolades have brought him many curatorial and creative director opportunities in recent years. He’s acted as the Visual Arts curator for TedX Vancouver 2014/2015 as well as Curator/Coordinator for Snag — a weekly live-painting exhibition focused on illuminating Vancouver’s alternative arts culture. He currently acts as Curator and Artistic Director for the Vancouver Mural Festival as well as Visual Arts Director for Skookum Festival 2018.

 t of Strait Salish and European descent. She is an active and proud member of Semiahmoo First Nation in Surrey, British Columbia where she promotes art, language, and culture. Her work often explores a variety of themes such as spirituality, identity, hybridity, the environment, urbanization and various forms of structural violence. Roxanne completed a double major from Kwantlen Polytechnic University receiving a BA Double Minor in Cultural Anthropology and Art History along with her Bachelor of Fine Arts. Roxanne also holds a certificate in Northwest Coast jewelry design from The Native Education College. She is currently completing her Masters of Fine arts at the School of Contemporary Art at Simon Fraser University. Roxanne is a contemporary story-teller whose goal is to touch, move, and inspire others through her work. Roxanne recently showed her work at the Surrey Art Gallery at Views from the Southbank I: Histories, Memories, Myths. She received The Paul Harris Fellowship Award and the South Surrey & White Rock Art Society Award in 2015.

t of Strait Salish and European descent. She is an active and proud member of Semiahmoo First Nation in Surrey, British Columbia where she promotes art, language, and culture. Her work often explores a variety of themes such as spirituality, identity, hybridity, the environment, urbanization and various forms of structural violence. Roxanne completed a double major from Kwantlen Polytechnic University receiving a BA Double Minor in Cultural Anthropology and Art History along with her Bachelor of Fine Arts. Roxanne also holds a certificate in Northwest Coast jewelry design from The Native Education College. She is currently completing her Masters of Fine arts at the School of Contemporary Art at Simon Fraser University. Roxanne is a contemporary story-teller whose goal is to touch, move, and inspire others through her work. Roxanne recently showed her work at the Surrey Art Gallery at Views from the Southbank I: Histories, Memories, Myths. She received The Paul Harris Fellowship Award and the South Surrey & White Rock Art Society Award in 2015.

Scott Sueme is a Canadian artist raised in Vancouver, BC. Since attending Emily Carr in 2006, Sueme has been working as a graphic artist and painter. Starting in the graffiti subculture he has ventured personally and commercially through art, design, and installation painting. Sueme has been commissioned to work with collaborators such as HCMA Architecture, P22d Design, and The City of Vancouver. Recently, he has completed large scale mural projects with The City of Vancouver and Hootsuite, wrapping a full 3 story building for the Vancouver Mural Festival (2016). Sueme currently works out of his studio near Vancouver’s Olympic Village. He is represented in Vancouver by Kimoto Gallery. In recent works, Sueme explores a fundamental study in form, shape, and interactions of colour. The colour palette ranges from high contrast, to subtle neutral and off-white. The selection of these colours aims to capture the zeitgeist of our modern landscape - a fresh take on primary tones and in-between values. The result looks at a new association with colour, memory, and how we personally identify with them. The simplicity of the compositions reflect a sense of ‘quiet’ that allows the viewer to observe the harmony in various marks, colour and composition.

Penny Lane is a Sundance award-winning nonfiction filmmaker who was named one of Filmmaker Magazine‘s “25 New Faces of Independent Film” in 2012 and a Chicken & Egg Breakthrough Award winner in 2016.

Her most recent film NUTS! premiered at Sundance 2016, where it won a Special Jury Award for Editing. It has since screened at many other film festivals such as Hot Docs, Full Frame, Ashland, Maryland, Cleveland, Sarasota and BAFICI. The film is now in wide distribution.

Her debut feature-length documentary OUR NIXON premiered at Rotterdam 2013, had its North American premiere at SXSW, won the Ken Burns Award for “Best of the Festival” at Ann Arbor, and was selected as the Closing Night Film at New Directors/New Films. The film is in wide distribution, and has aired on CNN, ARTE France, and many other television outlets worldwide.

Penny’s films have also screened at AFI FEST, Antimatter, IMPAKT, Images Festival, Oberhausen, FLEX FEST, Hot Docs, Full Frame, Rooftop Films, MoMA’s Documentary Fortnight and many other venues. Penny has been awarded grants from Creative Capital, Cinereach, TFI Documentary Fund, Jerome Foundation, LEF Foundation, NYSCA, Experimental Television Center, IFP and Puffin Foundation. She was named “Most Badass!” at the Iowa City Documentary Film Festival in 2009.

Penny’s short films are distributed by VTAPE and include titles such as THE VOYAGERS (2010), THE COMMONERS (2009) and WE ARE THE LITTLETONS: A TRUE STORY. Her 2005 short THE ABORTION DIARIES has become an important organizing and educational tool across the nation. THE ABORTION DIARIES has screened in at least 42 states & worldwide at over 350 different community venues, ranging from bars to art centers to clinics to colleges, and also on Yes! Television and Free Speech TV. In 2006, Penny was given a Choice USA “Generation Award” for her work on this film.

She received her MFA in Integrated Electronic Arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and her BA in American Culture and Media Studies at Vassar College. She has taught film, video and new media art at Bard College, Hampshire College and Williams College. She is currently an Associate Professor of Art and Art History at Colgate University, where she lives in a very old house and shows movies in her barn.

Drew Young

VMF Lead Curator

Roxanne Charles

Guest Curator

 

Scott Sueme

Guest Curator (Graffiti)

Pennylane Shen

Guest Curator
 

 

Board of Directors

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Kailyn Skuban

Chair

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Ambrosia Vertesi

Board Member


Sandra Nomoto

Board Member

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Miranda Liu

Board Member

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Margaux Hennebery

Board Member