CFAP Selected Artists 2012-2013

Amato, Joseph and Payne Alicia



Amato, Joseph



Art Form: musical composition

Toronto-based Joseph Amato enjoys a varied career as a saxophone player, mentor, and musical scholar. Currently responsible for Strategic Partnerships at the Merriam School of Music in Oakville, he promotes Merriam’s visibility in the community. As a jazz saxophone player, he has performed throughout North and South America. He is also an accomplished music director, vocalist, composer, arranger, and orchestrator. An experienced private theory instructor and music scholar, he is a PhD candidate in Composition. He received his MA in Composition from York University in Toronto. Previous studies include creative music training at Humber College and classical saxophone performance at the University of Western Ontario.

Payne, Alicia



Art Form: Writer/Librettist

Alicia Payne was born in London, England and lives in Toronto. She is a performer, writer and artist educator whose professional memberships include the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA), Canadian Actors Equity Association (CAEA) and the Playwrights Guild of Canada, where she was recently elected Vice President. She is an alumna of the Tapestry Opera Composer-Librettist Laboratory and has used theatre and opera to help youth write stories about their communities. Alicia is a co-founder of Arbez Drama Projects.

http://aliciapayne.workbooklive.com

www.aliciapayne.ca

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Dupuis, Sophie

Art Form: Video

Sophie Dupuis is a director and scriptwriter from Val-d’Or, Quebec. She is one of the major figures in the new generation of Quebec filmmakers that emerged after the year 2000. She has directed several short fiction films, including L’hiver et la violence, Faillir and J’viendrai t’chercher, which have won awards at festivals both in Quebec and elsewhere. Quiet Forces marks Dupuis’ first foray into the documentary genre. When not making films, she coaches young actors and coordinates the activities of the French-language erotic news site she co-founded (jesuisvenu.com). Dupuis is currently writing two feature-length fiction films.

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Hossack, Leslie

Art Form: photography

Leslie Hossack is an Ottawa-based photographer whose work has been exhibited across Canada and featured in a variety of publications. In 2013, she was deployed to Kosovo with The Canadian Forces Artists Program, following in a long tradition of national war artists.

Hossack has completed major studies of iconic architecture in Vancouver 2008-13, Paris 2009, Berlin 2010, Jerusalem 2011, and Moscow 2012. In Ottawa, her exhibition FALLOUT was presented at The Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum.

In 2013, Hossack’s series Stalin’s Architectural Legacy received 3rd prize for historic architecture in the International Photography Awards. Her work is held in public and corporate collections in Canada, and in private collections at home and abroad.

Damaged Building West of Pristina, KosovoNational Martyrs’ Memorial in Marina, Skenderaj, Kosovo

www.lesliehossack.com

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Kavanagh, Mary

Art Form: Video, Photography, Installation

Mary Kavanagh is a visual artist and Professor in the Department of Art at the University of Lethbridge, Alberta.

As part of her ongoing body of work examining cold war and nuclear testing programs, Kavanagh has researched and documented activities and ephemera at several historic sites of interest: Wendover Air Base, Utah, training base for WWII atomic bomb missions; Trinity, New Mexico, site of first atomic bomb test; Hiroshima, Japan, site of first wartime atomic bombing; and the Diefenbunker, Carp, Ontario, official Canadian bomb shelter. Her participation in the Canadian Forces Artists Program included "Exercise Vigilant Eagle 2013," a tri-national (United States, Canada and Russia) live-fly, simulated terrorist hijacking out of Anchorage, Alaska and Anydyr, Russia, staged by North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and the Russian Federation Air Force (RFAF). She also visited the DRDC, Ottawa, where she filmed the Radiological Analysis and Defence (RAD) group engaged in radiation and chemical detection training.

She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards and her work has been extensively exhibited in solo and group exhibitions, most recently Future Station: 2015 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art.

The Expulsion (in white)The Expulsion (in green)

www.marykavanagh.ca

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Kneubühler, Thomas

Art Form: Video, Film

Born in Solothurn, Switzerland, Thomas Kneubühler has been living in Montreal since 2000. In 2003, he completed a Master’s degree in Studio Arts at Concordia University, Montreal. His work often deals with social issues and how technology is affecting people’s lives. His work has been presented in many exhibitions in both Europe and North America, most recently at the Québec Triennial at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (2011), at the Centre culturel canadien, Paris (2012) and at the Ausstellungsraum Klingental, Basel (2013). In 2011 he was awarded the Pratt & Whitney Canada Prize of the Conseil des arts de Montréal.

"Whether it is the ambiguous boundaries of public and private space, the all-pervasive spectre of security surveillance or even the radiant, if dehumanizing, beauty of cityscapes, Kneubühler's practice tellingly identifies the co-existing insecurities, uncertainties and subtle pleasures embedded in the structures of modern life." (Bryne McLaughlin, Canadian Art)

AntennasTerrain #2

www.thomaskneubuhler.com

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Mahovsky, Trevor

Art Form:photography, sculpture

Rhonda Weppler (born in Winnipeg) and Trevor Mahovsky (born in Calgary) have worked collaboratively since 2004. Both artists have MFA degrees from the University of British Columbia, where they met in 1996. Exhibitions include the National Gallery of Canada, Flux Night (Atlanta), Alter Space (San Francisco), Vancouver Art Gallery, Dlectricity (Detroit), LABoral (Gijon), Dos de Mayo (Madrid), Power Plant (Toronto), Tokyo Wonder Site, and loop-raum (Berlin). They recently completed a permanent commission for the Main Street Skytrain station, Vancouver. Recipients of the 2014 Glenfiddich Prize, their work is represented in public collections including the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal and the National Gallery of Canada.

Line, (detail)Resting Place, (detail)

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McKay, Sharon

Art Form: Writing

Sharon was also selected to participate with the CFAP in 2008-2009. A short biography can be found with that group of artists.

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Reid, Leslie

Art Form:Panting, Video

Leslie Reid's work has long explored the perceptual and psychological sensations evoked by the experience of a particular place. Her paintings bring together the sensory effects of light and space with the lived history of that place, often through references to family, and touch on those feelings of danger, refuge and survival that reside there.

Most recently her work was exhibited in Builders: Canadian Biennial 2012 at the National Gallery of Canada. In 2011 the retrospective Leslie Reid: A Darkening Vision was held at the Carleton University Art Gallery. This exhibition, curated by former Director  Diana Nemiroff, featured paintings from 1975 to the present, as well as new ventures in video.

Leslie Reid recently travelled in the Yukon, N.W.T. and Nunavut with CF Op Nanook, as a participant with the Canadian Forces Artists Program.

Leslie Reid is Professor Emerita in the Department of Visual Arts, University of Ottawa.

Llewellyn II 59°04’N; 134°05’WKaskawulsh III 60°44’N; 138°04’W

www.lesliereid.ca

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Weppler, Rhonda

Art Form: Photography, Sculpture

Rhonda Weppler (born in Winnipeg) and Trevor Mahovsky (born in Calgary) have worked collaboratively since 2004. Both artists have MFA degrees from the University of British Columbia, where they met in 1996. Exhibitions include the National Gallery of Canada, Flux Night (Atlanta), Alter Space (San Francisco), Vancouver Art Gallery, Dlectricity (Detroit), LABoral (Gijon), Dos de Mayo (Madrid), Power Plant (Toronto), Tokyo Wonder Site, and loop-raum (Berlin). They recently completed a permanent commission for the Main Street Skytrain station, Vancouver. Recipients of the 2014 Glenfiddich Prize, their work is represented in public collections including the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal and the National Gallery of Canada.

Line, (detail)Resting Place, (detail)

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