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Elizabeth Diggon is a doctoral candidate in the Cultural Studies Program at Queen’s University, Kingston. Her dissertation examines the mobilization of art as a means of cultural diplomacy in the Canadian context from the mid-to-late twentieth century. Diggon is also an independent curator, art writer, and archival technician, and has worked with institutions such as the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston; the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery; and the Glenbow Archives, Calgary. She holds an MA in Art History from Queen’s University.
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Working primarily in wood, Doug Haslam employs traditional and contemporary techniques to create furniture and sculptural forms that are informed by his personal interaction with nature, architecture, and culture. Recent solo and group exhibitions include: Robin Wood’s Cores Recycled (2012-13), The Center for Wood Art, Philadelphia; Alberta House, 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics; Boxes (2010), Tu Gallery, Edmonton; Skee-doo (2008), Gallery 809, Calgary; Containment (2006), Mendel Gallery, Saskatoon; and Cabinets of Curiosities, a major group exhibition co-organized by the Furniture Society and the Wood Turning Center, Philadelphia, which travelled to galleries and museums across the United States from 2003-2006.
Haslam currently sits as President of the Calgary Allied Arts Foundation, and as a board member with the Southern Alberta Woodworkers Society. He is also an advisor for Selkirk College’s Fine Woodwork program and Red Deer College’s Series program. Haslam is a Governor of the Registry with the Aeolian Recreational Boundary Institute artist collective.
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From 2004-2012, Megan Kerluke worked in numerous capacities with the Leighton Foundation and Art Centre, Calgary. She was Gallery Assistant and Educator from 2004-2006; Special Projects Manager and Museum Representative from 2006-2007; and Programming Director and Museum Manager from 2007-2012. Kerluke has volunteered with organizations such as the Alberta Museums Association, Bridlewood Elementary School, and EMMEDIA Artist-Run Centre for the Media Arts. She was Co-Founder, Vice President, and Student Academic Representative of the University of Calgary’s Art Student Society; and sat on the University’s Fine Arts graduate fundraising and advertising committees.
Kerluke holds a Certificate in Social Media and Business Extension from Mount Royal University, Calgary; a Certificate in Arts and Culture Management from Grant MacEwan University, Edmonton; and a BFA from the University of Calgary.
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Naomi Potter is the Director/Curator of Esker Foundation in Calgary. Over the last sixteen years she developed numerous curatorial, artist, and residency projects in Canada and Central and Eastern Europe. From 2009-2011, she was curator of Walter Phillips Gallery at The Banff Centre where she produced solo projects and exhibitions with many artists including: Anthony Burnham, Geoffrey Farmer, Melanie Gilligan, Brian Jungen, Ragnar Kjartansson, Silke Otto-Knapp, and Ron Terada. More recently she has worked to develop solo projects at Esker Foundation with Peter von Tiesenhausen, Cedric Bomford, Cynthia Girard, Mia Feuer, Colleen Heslin, and Etienne Zack, to name a few. In 2003, Potter was awarded a year-long Deutsche Akademische Austauschdienst (DAAD) artist residency in Istanbul, and from 2003 to 2007 was co-director of the international artist residency program at CESTA in the Czech Republic. In 2015 she was a guest of both the Australian Arts Council and British Council International Curatorial Visit programs. Potter holds a BFA from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, and an MFA in sculpture from Concordia University, Montreal.
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Coming from a diverse background in the arts, corporate, government, and aviation sectors, Parisa Radmanesh is interested in building and strengthening community through the arts.
With volunteer experience at the University of Toronto Art Centre, Museum of Inuit Art, Toronto, and children’s literacy programs in Calgary, Toronto, and London, Radmanesh is invested in community development. She also currently participates on an advisory committee for WordFest in Calgary. Radmanesh holds a BA in Art History from the University of Toronto.
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Prior to joining the Esker team, Shauna Thompson was Curatorial Assistant at the Walter Phillips Gallery, The Banff Centre. Recent curatorial projects include Celia Perrin Sidarous: Les Choses (2013), The Banff Centre; Karlheinz Stockhausen: Tierkreis Music Box Project (2011), Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff; and Status Update (2010), Doris McCarthy Gallery, Scarborough. In 2012, Thompson co-founded the curatorial and artist collective Banff Floating Gallery, which operates in collaboration with local business owners to present contemporary art in vacant commercial spaces. Thompson has worked with the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery and YYZ Artists’ Outlet, both in Toronto, as well as the Art Gallery of Mississauga. In 2009, she was Press Assistant for the Canadian Pavilion at the 53rd Venice Biennale. Thompson holds a master’s degree in Curatorial Studies from the University of Toronto and a master’s degree in English from the University of Guelph.