Kathy Bergquist, President
Artist / MHI Development Committee – Kathy Bergquist received her bachelor of arts degree in geography, and in 2011 began working in sculpture, with themes of relationships between elements of landscape featuring prominently in her work. She has participated in numerous group exhibitions, and continues to seek educational and experiential opportunities everywhere. She is one of the founding members of Studio Space Ottawa.
Ada Brzeski, Treasurer
Ceramics Artist – Ada Brzeski has received a bachelor of science degree in psychology, a bachelor of commerce degree and a certificate in volunteer management. In 2006 she began working in pottery, inspired by her Polish roots and the colourful Wycinanki (Polish paper cutting). Over the years she has held executive positions in numerous not-for-profit organizations, most recently acting as treasurer for the Ottawa Guild of Potters. She is one of the founding members of Studio Space Ottawa
Anna Frlan, Secretary
Artist / Arts Administrator – Anna Frlan was born in Ottawa to Croatia émigrés. She received her BFA from the University of Ottawa where she was introduced to sculpture and the material of industrial steel. After graduating, Anna bought a welding machine and plasma cutter and has been transforming steel ever since in innovative ways, while studying its history and impact from the twentieth century to the present. Always seeking to explore new forms, Anna created an entire kitchen of steel objects for her Kitchen Anatomy series in 2010, and exhibited her Atomic Anxiety series of sculptures at the Diefenbunker, Canada’s Cold War Museum, while she was artist-in-residence in 2016. Anna has received project grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the City of Ottawa and the Corel Endowment for the Arts. Her work can be found in the collections of the Art Gallery of Windsor, Nortel Networks, The Canadian Medical Protection Association, Deloitte and Touche and the City of Ottawa.awa.
Christos Pantieras, Communications
Artist / Educator – Christos Pantieras completed his Master of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture at York University (Toronto, ON) in 2015 for which he earned an Ontario Graduate Scholarship and SSHRC funding. He has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions including: The Ottawa Art Gallery (Ottawa), The Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives (Toronto), Modern Fuel ARC (Kingston), AXENEO7 (Gatineau), Artcite Inc (Windsor), Circa-Art Actuel (Montreal), and Artcite Inc (Windsor). Pantieras’ work is represented in the holdings of the Ottawa Art Gallery, the City of Ottawa and several private collections. He has received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the City of Ottawa. Pantieras was shortlisted for the Ottawa Arts Council Mid-Career Award in 2019.
David Drapeau, Technology
IT Professional – David Drapeau is an expert in the creation of Enterprise IT Architectures with over thirty three years experience in the IT profession, most of it related to the telecommunications industry. He held the position of “Senior Director – Strategic IT Architectures” when he retired from Bell Canada. His post-retirement volunteer activities include providing IT advice and web site support to non-profit organizations (e.g. Studio Space Ottawa, the Ottawa Guild of Potters and Scouts Canada).
Tiffany April, Member at Large
Visual Artist – Tiffany April is a visual artist working in painting and light-based installation. April completed her MFA at the University of Ottawa (2019), and her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Arts at Concordia University (2014). In 2020, She was shortlisted for the RBC Emerging Artist Award. Her work is nationally and internationally collected and in 2018 joined the City of Ottawa’s art collection. April participated in TAKT residency (Berlin, Germany 2015), and has exhibited in Canada and abroad including Berlin and South Korea. April works in her Ottawa-based studio at Studio Space Ottawa.
Atticus Gordon, Member at Large
Artist / Cultural Worker – Atticus Gordon completed a BFA from the University of Ottawa in 2019. Working across painting and installation Atticus’ work explores the limits of logic and new possibilities in world building. Atticus has been the recipient of multiple awards, notably the Ottawa Art Gallery Award of Excellence, and has exhibited in Canada and Germany. Atticus also works alongside many artists in Ottawa as a studio and installation assistant as well as pursuing independent curatorial projects and voluntary art criticism.
Ray Kaduck, Member at Large
Photographer, songwriter and musician – Ray Kaduck holds undergraduate degrees in English and Economics, a MBA from Ivey Business School and MA from Norman Paterson School of International Affairs.