Artist and writer Dick Averns (Canada) has exhibited, performed and presented across Canada and in the US, Australia, the UK and Egypt. As one of only five artists selected nationally for the 2008–2009 Canadian Forces Artists Program — a federally supported initiative enabling artists to work alongside Canadian military — he was deployed to the Middle East, culminating in a 2011 solo show War Art Now in the Founders’ Gallery at The Military Museums. Currently he is artist in residence at The Pembina Institute, supported by Calgary 2012 — Cultural Capital of Canada, working on a sustainable transportation public art project The 90kmh Economy Drive. Significant exhibitions include Ambivalence Blvd at the Vernon Public Art Gallery, and Art & Activism at YYZ. Born in London, UK, Dick is based in Calgary where he teaches Sculpture, Liberal Studies, First Year Studies and Drawing at the Alberta College of Art + Design. He is also a committed community activist, family guy and gardener.
Diane Borsato completed an MFA at Concordia University, and an MA in Performance Studies at NYU, and is currently Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studio at Brock University.
Maria Hupfield is a Toronto based artist who has been exhibiting work extensively since 1998. Hupfield is currently the coordinator for 7th Generation image Makers, Native Child and Family Services of Toronto, and has sat as a Board Member of the Association for Native Development in the Performing and Visual Arts.
Rita McKeough is an installation artist, musician, and former disc jockey who has worked in radio, written an opera and incorporated audio into her work in integral ways. McKeough has exhibited works nationally and a retrospective of her influential feminist work was exhibited at the Glenbow Museum in Calgary in 1993. McKeough also teaches at Alberta University of the Arts, and has created audio installations and sculptural performances since the 1970s.