Marla Botterill (MFA) is a visual artist in London, Ontario and Professor of Fine Art at Fanshawe College. She spent many years on the Board of Directors at the Forest City Gallery, including the role of President and is currently on the Board of the London Ontario Media Arts Association (LOMAA) and has worked on multiple programming committees. Marla has received grants from both the London Arts Council and the Ontario Arts Council. She has exhibited nationally and internationally and participated in residencies at takt, Berlin and Fresh Milk, Barbados.
Barbados-born, Joscelyn Gardner, draws on her British/Caribbean colonial heritage to address contemporary issues from a postcolonial feminist perspective. Exhibitions include solo shows in Canada, USA, Spain, and the Caribbean, and numerous international biennials and curated museum group shows in the USA, South/Central America, and Europe. This summer, her work will be exhibited at the Art Gallery of Ontario. She has received international printmaking awards, OAC and Canada Council grants and residencies, and her work is held in public collections such as Yale Centre for British Art, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Puerto Rico, Tropenmuseum (Amsterdam), KADIST (Paris), and V & A Museum (London, UK). She teaches at Fanshawe College and is founding Chair of Print London.
Jamelie Hassan is an award-winning visual artist and activist based in London, Ontario. She has been involved in socially-engaged community art projects including UpwithArt since its beginning. At the height of the pandemic in July 2020, Jamelie and her partner/artist Ron Benner, with their son Tariq Gordon and a dedicated team of volunteers have launched the Embassy Cultural House (ECH) in a virtual format. The ECH is a not for profit and with the support of individuals and community partners is delivering issue-based cultural programs, building a renewed dialogue across generations and disciplines. In June 2018, Jamelie Hassan received an honorary doctorate from OCAD University, Toronto, ON. For more information please visit: embassyculturalhouse.ca and the artist’s website: jameliehassan.ca
Known for his work in indie comics, Jacobs’ hallucinatory books have been translated into six languages. In 2020, he released the psychedelic video game “Spinch” in partnership with Queen Bee Games and James Kirkpatrick. His illustrations have appeared in The New York Times, The Pitchfork Review, McSweeney’s Quarterly, Le Monde Diplomatique, and Die Zeit. His drawings and screen prints have been exhibited throughout Europe, Russia, and Japan.
Sharmistha Kar is an artist from India and currently living in London, Ontario. She did her MFA from Western University, focusing on hand embroidery. Kar’s early education began in West Bengal, India and higher education in Fine arts at the University of Hyderabad. She was at Space studio, returning to Hyderabad in 2012 to join IIIT as a lecturer. She was awarded with the Charles Wallace India Trust Award, 2013, Dean’s and Chair’s Entrance Scholarships at Western in 2016, and Graduate Thesis research Award in 2018. She had. She had exhibited in India, UK, the USA, Finland and in Canada.
Tsista Kennedy is a nineteen year old self-taught Anishnaabe Onyota-aka artist from Beausoleil First Nation and Oneida Nation of the Thames. He is a Woodland-style artist who has been practicing this style for about six years. He typically creates his work in digital formats but also uses ink and paper and acrylic on canvas as mediums as well. Tsista Kennedy hopes to one day show indigenous youth their creative potential through teaching them Woodland style art.
Catherine Morrisey studied Fine Art at York University and was one of the first winners of the RBG Prize for Emerging Artists. Her paintings have been in exhibitions in public galleries in Ontario. She participates annually in the London Artists Studio Tour, and exhibits at Westland Gallery and The Art Exchange.
Kim Neudorf’s writing and paintings explore themes of resilience, healing, and survival, while seeking to undo easy legibility in order to honor the daily, more complicated modes of visibility and existence. Their work has appeared most recently at Support project space, London (ON); DNA Gallery, London (ON); Paul Petro, Toronto; Franz Kaka, Toronto; Forest City Gallery, London (ON); Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre, Kingston; Evans Contemporary Gallery, Peterborough; and Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto. They live and maintain a writing and studio practice in London (ON).
Mike Pszczonak is an artist based in London, Ontario. He received his MFA from Western University and his Bachelor of Arts within the Studio Art program at the University of Guelph.
Gabriella Solti is a Hungarian-Canadian artist, whose multidisciplinary practice encompasses drawing, printmaking, book art, participatory projects and accessible technology that explore the role and value of labour and skill in the formation of identity and community. She holds an MSc in Computer Science from Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary, a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario. She has exhibited in Italy, Germany, US, Japan, UK and Canada.
Diana Tamblyn is an Ignatz-nominated cartoonist and artist. She’s exhibited at small press fairs and comic book shows in Canada and the US and her artwork has been displayed in various group and solo shows. She graduated from Concordia University in Montreal with a BFA in Film Animation, and now lives in London, Ontario with her family.
Billy Bert Young is an artist living and working in London, ON. He received his BFA from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2008. His paintings, drawings and collage based work can be found in the collections of Museum London and Art Gallery of Ontario, among others. He is represented by Skwirl Art Gallery in London, ON.