Daniel H. Dugas (b. Montreal, Quebec) is a poet, videographer and musician who has participated in solo and group exhibitions as well as festivals and literary events in North America, Europe, Mexico and Australia. One of his most recent videos, Insomnie (2012), was a finalist at the 6th edition of La parola immaginata festival in Treviglio, Italy. His eighth book of poetry, Des Ravins au bout des lèvres, was released (May 2014) through Éditions Prise de parole in Ontario, Canada. In May 2013, Daniel participated in a six month residency in Sydney with Australia Poetry for which he developed the blog, L’Esprit du temps/The Spirit of the Time. Daniel Dugas and Valerie LeBlanc have been invited by the Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida as AIRIE Fellows for 2014. They will be artists in residence during the month of July.
Pluridisciplinary artist, writer and educator Valerie LeBlanc (b. Halifax, NS) has presented her work throughout Canada, the United States, Europe and Australia. Launching the MediaPackBoard (MPB) portable screening/performance device in 2005 facilitated the subsequent presentation of a wide range of projects in locations across Canada and in France. She has sometimes curated the work of other artists into the MPB and collaborated with art centres and the public to animate the device. In September 2012 the MPB outing, Street/Screen Encounter was part of the World Portable Gallery Convention in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Valerie LeBlanc and Daniel Dugas have been invited by the Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida as AIRIE Fellows for 2014. They will be artists in residence during the month of July.
Michael McCormack is an interdisciplinary artist from Halifax, Nova Scotia. He founded the McCleave Gallery of Fine Art in 2002 and subsequently merged this suitcase gallery with the Suitcase Art Gallery Space Research Institute (SAGSRI) in 2007. From 2009–2013 Michael was the Director of Eyelevel Gallery, and from 2011–13 he served as the representative for the Association of Artist Run Centres from the Atlantic. He has co-curated exhibitions throughout Canada, the Netherlands, Australia and Ireland, and has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in galleries, festivals and artist-run centres across Canada. McCormack recently completed The Landfall Trust artist-in-residence program with The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery in Brigus, Newfoundland. He is currently pursuing a MFA in Intermedia Arts at NSCAD University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Diana Sherlock is a Canadian independent curator, writer and educator based in Calgary, Alberta. Since 1995, she has published numerous texts in gallery catalogues and contemporary art journals including Canadian Art, FUSE, Blackflash, Ceramics Art and Perception (Sydney, Australia), BorderCrossings, Artillery (Los Angeles/New York), C Magazine and The Calgary Herald. In 2011–12, Sherlock was the Curator-in-Residence at the Alberta College of Art + Design where she teaches critical theory and professional practice in the School of Critical + Creative Studies.
Renato Vitic is a Calgary-based artist, writer and arts administrator who has worked as Festival Coordinator for the Mountain Standard Time Performantive Art Festival (M:ST), Manager of Resource Development for the Art Gallery of Calgary and a M:ST Board Director. Currently, Vitic is the Director of TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary. He has exhibited his installations and paintings in Calgary, Edmonton and Halifax. As a member of the walking collective, The Ministry of Walking, Vitic has presented interactive walking performances during Calgary’s Performance Creation Canada Conference (2008), and the Walking and Art thematic residency at The Banff Centre. At The New Flâneurs: Contemporary Urban Practice and the Picturesque, he presented the performance Walking on Water (2009) in conjunction with the Art Gallery of Alberta and the Visualeyez Performance Art Festival in Edmonton. Recent works include the interactive performance installation Interchange: The Deconstructionist Market (2011) presented at the EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts’ Ledge Gallery, and a series of living drawings presented as part of Calgary’s WRECK CITY: an epilogue for 809 (2013).