Faculty and Staff
Robyn Anderson, print and photo technician, is an artist originally from Corner Brook, Newfoundland. After her undergraduate studies in Corner Brook she studied art history as well as contemporary and historical curatorial practices for a short time in Harlow, England. She received a master's degree in Visual Arts in 2016 from the University of Saskatchewan. She recently returned to Corner Brook, where she now works as the print and photo technician at Grenfell Campus of Memorial University while pursuing her art practice. Her work explores the necessity of negative emotions such as anxiety, depression, failure and the need for narrative and escapism to express these emotions.
Maggie Atkinson, BA (Mount Allison), MA, PhD (Queen's); associate professor
Dr. Maggie Atkinson teaches art history and visual and material culture, with a focus on feminist art and theory; craft and jewellery history; design/popular culture/advertising; and modern and contemporary art. Her research interests include fantastic representation and visionary art; science, healing and spiritualism; ecofeminism; and shamanic art, ceremony, and practice. She seeks to understand the prevalence of historic, traditional, and resurgent shamanic practices, in a trans-global context, including European and Indigenous cultures. Dr. Atkinson connects with national and international scholars, shamanic practitioners, and artists and activists in varying fields that support her research. She is particularly interested in investigating the revived interest in shamanism among a wide variety of contemporary practitioners.
As a shamanic practitioner, Dr. Atkinson endeavours to recover sacred ceremonial practices that re-connect with nature while supporting sustainable living and environmental protection. She also creates shamanic art and objects for use in ceremonial performative practices such as journeying, singing, praying, and dancing - as conduits to the unearthing of alternative realities. She conducts shamanic gatherings that utilize these practices, as well as drumming, rattling, and other ceremonies.
She presents the results of her research at national and international academic conferences and has published articles on fantastic and visionary art produced by19th and 20th century women artists. She is currently working on an article on art and spiritualism in England, and a book on Celtic shamanic art and ceremonial practice.
Dr. Gerard Curtis, BFA, BA (Calgary), PhD (Essex); professor, program chair
Dr. Gerard Curtis is Professor of Visual Culture and Art History in the Department of Visual Arts at the Grenfell Campus of Memorial University, is the Chair of the Visual Arts Programme. Gerard has published a number of articles and book reviews on 19th and 20th century art, literary culture and maritime art, and a book on word/image studies (Visual Words). He is currently engaged in a funded book-length study on issues in maritime and environmental art -- while also working on creative arts projects that conflate visual culture and visual-arts practice. His studio-art interests are in both traditional and inter-media/time-based work, including a long-term project called The Fragmentary Museum; he has been an artist/writer in residence in Dawson City (Yukon) and has exhibited work in both the UK and in Canada. Gerard has also developed a highly successful twelve-week overseas immersion study program in England for Visual Arts students that is offered at Memorial's Harlow Campus in the UK. Along with this he is a union and environmental activist, and he has presented a number of workshops for the NL Federation of Labour and the Canadian Labour Congress on creative activism involving graffiti. In 2009 he was awarded the Memorial University President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching, and in 2012 was presented with a Canadian Association of University Teachers dedicated service award.
Cameron Forbes, BFA (NSCAD) MFA (Concordia); assistant professor
Cameron is a visual artist, community advocate and educator. In her painting and drawing practice she is interested in making social space visible. A recipient of numerous grants and awards, she was awarded an honourable mention prize at the RBC Canadian Painting Competition in 2016. Cameron has lived and worked across the country, with recent exhibitions at the McClure Gallery (Montreal), aceartinc. (Winnipeg), and the University of Saskatchewan’s Kenderdine Gallery (Saskatoon). From 2008-2011, Forbes was the executive director of Winnipeg’s Art City. Cameron holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from NSCAD University (Halifax) and a Master of Fine Arts from Concordia University (Montreal). She is Assistant Professor in Painting and Drawing, Visual Arts, at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University.
Robert Hengeveld, AOCAD (OCAD), MFA (University of Victoria) assistant professor
Robert is an installation and media artist whose work explores the boundaries between reality and fiction, and where we find ourselves within that relationship. This has often taken shape through the manipulation of familiar environments or common experiences: a rotating tree, a floating shopping cart, or a street lamp that occasionally breaks out into a flickering morse code.
He now lives in Newfoundland where he teaches sculpture at Memorial University. His work has been exhibited across Canada and internationally and is held in various public and private collections. He was artist-in-residence at the School of Environmental Science, University of Guelph and more recently participated in The Arctic Circle expedition along with other international artists and scientists. Past exhibitions include Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center (Buffalo US), Art Athina (Athens, GC), Powerplant (Toronto, ON), Mercer Union ( Toronto, ON ), Mulherin New York (NYC, US), and Opinion Makers (London UK).
Robert Hengeveld is represented by Katharine Mulherin
Matthew Hills, MA (University of British Columbia); gallery director
Matthew Hills received his MA in Critical and Curatorial Studies from the University of British Columbia. Prior to being the Director and Curator of the Grenfell Art Gallery, he worked in a curatorial capacity at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Agnes Etherington Art Centre at Queen's University, and the University of Alberta. He is the past Program Chair for Nuit Blanche Edmonton and a founding board member of the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning. His writing has been published in Border Crossings, Muse, BlackFlash, Galleries West, and Syphon. His research focus is contemporary art, public art, twentieth-century art history, curatorial and museum studies, with a recent focus on avant-garde and radical museology. He is a member of the curatorial team for the 2019 Bonavista Biennale and is curating an upcoming exhibition at The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery on the work of Colette Urban.
Pierre LeBlanc, BSc (Moncton), BAV (Moncton), MFA (Concordia); associate professor
On October 28th, 1963 Gédéon Thibodeau was born. On December 24th of the same year, he was adopted and became Pierre Noël LeBlanc. At the age of thirteen he received his first 35mm camera, but he still had his sights set on becoming a scientist. In 1984 a particularly astute invertebrate biology professor told him that he had nothing resembling a scientific thought process, not even a bit. In 1984, Pierre becomes a student at the Visual Arts Department of the Université de Moncton (1984-88); he then continued to follow his research and passions at the MFA programme at Montréal's Concordia University (1989-92).
Since 1992, Pierre N. LeBlanc has taught photography, printmaking and digital imaging first at Concordia University, then at the Université de Moncton and today at Grenfell Campus, the west coast campus of Memorial University of Newfoundland.
Marc Losier, BFA, MFA (Ryerson University); assistant professor
Marc Losier is an artist and long-time educator. His work examines the ways in which communities form and define their cultural memory through oral histories, images, and iconography. Using photography and images, filmmaking, sound, objects, and installation, he provokes questions about the value of artworks and archival collections. Previous exhibitions include the White Water Gallery (North Bay), FAAS 4 Biennial (Sudbury), Art Bar Projects Anna Leonowens Gallery (Halifax), Art in the Open (Charlottetown), and the Art Gallery of Mississauga. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in Documentary Media from the School of Image Arts, Ryerson University (Toronto, ON) and has previously taught at the San Francisco Art Institute, OCAD University and the School of Image Arts. In 2016, he joined the faculty of Visual Arts at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University, as an Assistant Professor of Photography. At Grenfell, he teaches courses on photography and community-engaged art practices, and is working to broaden conceptual lens-based pedagogy and student exhibition opportunities in Western Newfoundland.
Ingrid Mary Percy, DipFA, BFA (Emily Carr University of Art + Design), MFA (University of Victoria); associate professor
Ingrid Mary Percy makes paintings, drawings, prints, and performances that investigate the intersection of abstraction and representation, high-low art, popular culture and modernism, everyday vernacular materials and subjects.
Born in Calgary, Alberta, to Irish parents, Ingrid grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia, where she received a BFA and Dip FA from the Emily Carr University of Art + Design and an MFA in Painting from the University of Victoria. For two decades, Ingrid has been a practicing visual artist and educator, exhibiting her work nationally and internationally, and teaching at post-secondary institutions across Canada. Ingrid also writes, curates, and plays music. A strong believer in community service and advocacy, Ingrid has served on the boards of numerous non-profit organizations including Open Space, Eastern Edge Gallery, Visual Artists Newfoundland and Labrador, and CARFAC National.
Ingrid is Associate Professor in the Visual Arts Program at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University and a PhD Student in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction in the Faculty of Education at the University of Victoria. She is currently on leave.
Kerri-Lynn Reeves, BFA (University of Manitoba) MFA (Concordia); visiting assistant professor
Kerri-Lynn Reeves is an arts labourer working as an artist, educator, writer, curator, and organizer. Born in rural Manitoba, she holds a BFA from the University of Manitoba (Winnipeg, MB) and a MFA - Studio Arts from Concordia University in Fibres and Material Practices (Montreal, QC). Reeves has received awards from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Winnipeg Arts Council, Manitoba Arts Council, Manitoba Culture, Heritage and Tourism, and Canada Council for the Arts. She has participated in residencies at the Banff Centre, Mildred’s Lane, Museum of Contemporary Native American Art, and the Riding Mountain Artist Residency. At its’ heart, her work explores the relationship of the social and the material, especially as it relates to the construction of social space, the marking of physical place, and the activation of embodied site.
Andrew Testa, BFA, MFA (York); visiting assistant professor
Testa is an artist, collector, writer and educator who’s practice is concerned with the nature of images—images which at once inscribe a historical continuity between the past and present, as well as index an inevitable sense of loss and drift. Through collecting, storytelling, folding and arranging, his prints begin to reframe and represent fragments of objects into assembled entities, evoking nuanced observations and narratives of an object’s past and its collector’s present. Testa is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor in printmaking at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland, and has additionally taught in advanced studios, drawing, and painting at Grenfell Campus, Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, British Columbia, and Algoma University, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. He achieved his MFA and BFA from York University in Toronto, Ontario, and is the recipient of SSHRC and the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation grants along with numerous awards including the Samuel Sarick Purchase Prize.
D'Arcy Wilson, BFA (Mount Allison), MFA (Calgary); assistant professor
D’Arcy Wilson is an Atlantic Canadian, interdisciplinary artist. Her work considers the dysfunctional relationship between Settler culture and the natural world, the transformation of nature into spectacle, and subsequent narratives of care and harm. She has participated in numerous artist residencies and exhibitions across Canada, most recently exhibiting her work at The Rooms (St. John’s, NL) the Owens Art Gallery (Sackville, NB), Cape Breton University Art Gallery (Sydney, NS) and Galerie d’art Louise-et-Reuban-Cohen (University of Moncton, NB). She has presented recent performance projects at M:ST, Flotilla, and Connexion ARC (in Fredericton). D’Arcy is currently based in Corner Brook, NL, where she is Assistant Professor in the Visual Arts Program at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Grenfell Campus.