Public Art Committee

The Public Art Committee is charged by the Winnipeg Arts Council with providing advice to the public art program and is a sub-committee of the Board of Directors. This volunteer committee comprises ten to twelve Winnipeg arts professionals and community members, including artists, arts administrators, curators, educators, urban planners, architects and landscape architects as well as a member of the board of directors of the Winnipeg Arts Council and representation from the City’s Planning and Property Development Department. Responsibilities include the review, and provision of advice on, public art policies and procedures and the identification, review and recommendation of public art opportunities and proposals. The Committee meets approximately four times a year and members serve one to three year terms. Working with the Committee’s recommendations and support, the Manager of Public art manages all aspects of the program.

Lee Caldwell
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Lee Caldwell

Lee Caldwell is the Senior Urban Designer for the City of Winnipeg working in the Planning, Property and Development Department. She possesses considerable public and private sector experience with the administration, development and delivery of a range of design services and programs. In her current position with the Urban Design and Heritage Unit she leads design review with an emphasis on downtown development projects and manages the Urban Design Advisory Committee. Lee attended the University of Manitoba and completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Landscape Architecture. She has recently undertaken continuing education studies in both urban design and heritage conservation. Lee is a member of the Manitoba Association of Landscape Architects and the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects.

Louise Duguay
Chair
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Louise Duguay

Louise Duguay holds a Bachelor of Education and Master of Arts degrees from the University of Manitoba and a diploma in Fashion Design from Sheridan College. Recently retired from her teaching career at the Université de Saint-Boniface, she is a Board Member of the Winnipeg Arts Council and Chair of the Public Art Committee for the Winnipeg Arts Council. A long time Board member at MAWA, she was from 2012 to 2015 Honorary Board Mentor for MAWA (Mentoring Artists for Women in the Arts).

Monica Giesbrecht
Past Chair
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Monica Giesbrecht

Monica is a principal with Hilderman Thomas Frank Cram Landscape Architecture and Planning. Her ongoing investigation of the social, physical and psychological impacts of human environments on children and youth, immigrants and marginalized groups, aging and physically impaired, serves as a foundation for her progressive work on educational grounds, urban spaces, parks, culturally sensitive lands and healthcare facilities. Monica combines her human centric people-driven approach to design with a dedication to practical place -specific construction solutions to enhance Winnipeggers quality of life, sense of place and environmental stewardship.  Some of Monica’s most recent projects in the city include The Variety Heritage Adventure Park at The Forks National Historic Site, The Millennium Library Park, and The Winnipeg Humane Society Grounds. As an avid supporter of art in the public realm Monica regularly travels to research new developments in other places while working with artists and artisans to enrich her work at home.

Chris Harris
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Chris Harris

Christina Harris has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Concordia University in Montreal as well as a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from University of Manitoba. She taught in Studio Programs at the Winnipeg Art gallery for several years and participated in the Mentoring Artists for Women's Art program. Recently, she worked with Hilderman Thomas Frank Cram Landscape Architects and Planners for five years before starting at the City of Winnipeg in the Planning and Land Use Division in the fall of 2003.

Tom Janzen
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Tom Janzen

Tom Janzen

Tom is a professional planner with a background in urban development, land use policy and strategic planning.  He's an Associate with Scatliff + Miller + Murray Inc. and Principal of his own consulting practice, TVJ Projects. He is a former Development Manager with CentreVenture Development Corporation and previous to that he was an Associate with The Planning Partnership, a leading planning and urban design firm in Toronto.  As a consultant, he’s been involved in Public Art Master Plans for the Town of Richmond Hill, City of Hamilton and City of Lethbridge.  Tom serves on the boards of Border Crossings Magazine and Westminster Housing Society.

Niki Little
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Niki Little

Niki Little is a mother, softball coach, artist/observer, arts administrator and a founding member of The Ephemerals (random order). She is of Oji-Cree/English descent from Garden Hill, Treaty 5 territory. Her interests lay in artistic and curatorial strategies that investigate cultural consumerism, Indigenous Matriarchy, and cultural Diaspora with slightest hint of ambivalence. She is the Distribution Coordinator at the Winnipeg Film Group and the Interim-Director for the National Indigenous Media Arts Coalition. Little is on the board of directors for the Independent Media Arts Alliance (national) and the Manitobah Mukluks Storyboot School (local). From August 2015 to January 2016, she was the Indigenous Curator in Residence, launched by aceartinc and the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective and curated the group exhibition enendaman | anminigook (Intention | Worth).

Gurpreet Sehra
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Gurpreet Sehra

Gurpreet Sehra is a multidisciplinary artist who works in traditional and contemporary media, including painting, video, printmaking, installation. In her current practice, she uses Dutch wax prints to examine trauma, gender and cultural appropriation. She recently completed her first public art commission in Winnipeg, titled Close Commons. She has an MFA from the University of Manitoba and a BA from the University of Toronto. She has taught visual art privately and at the university-level in Toronto and Winnipeg. She also serves on the board of Mentoring Artists for Women's Art and the Manitoba Arts Council. Gurpreet was born and brought up in the Greater Toronto Area. She has lived and worked in Winnipeg for over 5 years.

Marlene Stern
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Marlene Stern

Marlene Stern is actively engaged in the arts community as a volunteer, consumer and supporter. She is currently on the Board of Directors of the Winnipeg Arts Council, and the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art. She has served on the Boards of Directors of the Alumni Association, University of Manitoba, and the Manitoba Mental Health Research Foundation. She is the Regional Director of Occupational Therapy, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. Prior to that, she was the Director of Occupational Therapy at Health Sciences Centre for over 15 years. Within her profession, Marlene has served on many local and national committees, published, and presented numerous papers on a variety of topics at national and international conferences.

David Thomas
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David Thomas

David Thomas has a Master of Architecture degree and a Bachelor of Environmental Design degree from the University of Manitoba. He worked at Prairie Architects for seven years before joining the architecture department at Ayshkum Engineering Inc. David has been involved in creative projects throughout Manitoba including being part of the design team for Migizi Agamik Student Centre at the University of Manitoba with Prairie Architects. He has designed and completed installations at Canadian Museum for Human Rights and Manitoba Hydro building in downtown Winnipeg. David is a member of Peguis First Nation and has spent much of his time mentoring and speaking to First Nation youth about design and the design profession. David’s personal interests include exploring indigenous resurgence and identity through architecture, design and filmmaking. 

Sarah Crawley
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Sarah Crawley

Sarah Crawley is an artist who's work explores aspects of memory, identity and non-verbal communication.  She is interested in memory’s impact on identity and the non-verbal ways that identity is communicated.  She is interested as well in objects or situations that indicate the human touch – things made or done by hand.  Crawley uses many different photographic processes to create images with each body of work dictating the processes involved. Crawley has exhibited across Canada in solo and group exhibitions as well as internationally.   She enjoys sharing her passion for photography and is an active member of the visual art community in Winnipeg.

Tricia Wasney
Manager - Public Art - WAC staff
twasney@winnipegarts.ca
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Tricia Wasney

Tricia Wasney is public art manager for the Winnipeg Arts Council. She has worked in Winnipeg's art community for many years in various roles of program manager, board member, juror and artist/writer. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Film Studies and a Master of Landscape Architecture degree, both from the University of Manitoba. Prior to her current position she developed programming in film, literature, and the performing arts, as well as in visual art for online exhibitions, at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. She was hired by the Winnipeg Arts Council in 2002 to develop the public art policy that was ultimately adopted by Winnipeg's City Council in 2004. In 2004 she was appointed Manager-Public Art and now oversees a steadily growing public art program that includes art commissions, artist residencies and community-based projects.

Carol A. Phillips
Executive Director
carol@winnipegarts.ca
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Carol A. Phillips

As a cultural executive, Carol Phillips has been successful in arts administration, program creation and management at the senior leadership level and in arts-related positions. She has effectively directed a multi-disciplinary arts environment specializing in professional development and production, with additional extended experience in visual arts and the art museum.

As Director of Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art in Winnipeg, she has overseen management of Canada's representation to the 2001 Venice Biennale and has worked to position the ICA for program and facility expansion.

From 1992 to 2000, Carol Phillips was Vice-President and Director of the Banff Centre for the Arts. She was responsible for maintaining the Centre's international reputation as a leader in the professional development and advanced training of artists from Canada and around the world. Carol brought to the Centre a passion for the arts and strong track record in arts management, innovative program development, project creation, and community relations. She remains concerned with pushing the boundaries of art forms in Canada; adding new layers while preserving and enlivening worthy traditions. She has made the creation of Aboriginal arts programs a priority in each institution with which she has been associated. Most recently, international relations were a preoccupation in a project of brokering international agreements for Banff with countries in Europe and Latin America.

Previously, she directed the Winnipeg Art Gallery and the Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery in Regina; presiding over a period of transformation for the Winnipeg Art Gallery into one of Canada's most progressive regional galleries, and earlier preparing the Mackenzie for its new constitution and new building.

Carol has been jurist and advisor for arts boards, councils and cultural agencies across Canada and internationally. For six years she was Chair of the Subcommission for Culture and the World Decade for Cultural Development, Canadian Commission for UNESCO, and has represented Canada at many UNESCO international gatherings. Awarded the Queen's Jubilee Medal, 2002.

tamara-rae biebrich
Artist Projects Manager
tamara.rae@winnipegarts.ca
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tamara-rae biebrich

tamara rae biebrich is Artist Projects Manager for the Winnipeg Arts Council, responsible for managing public art projects, including the WITH ART & Youth WITH ART program.  She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours from the University of Manitoba, and has been active in the community as a volunteer, board member, juror and visual artist. Her works have been presented in galleries, at festivals and other venues locally, nationally and internationally.

Alexis Kinloch
Public Art Projects Coordinator
alexis@winnipegarts.ca
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Alexis Kinloch

Alexis Kinloch is an artist and arts administrator who originally hails from Saskatoon. As a more recent joiner of the Winnipeg arts scene, she has worked with several local organizations in various capacities, and maintains her own studio practice. With a BA in Art History from U of W and an MA in History of Art from University College London, her focus in study, writing, and art-making surrounds historical and contemporary visual cultures of science, death, and medicine.