Meet the 2016 Jurors




Ben Reeves
  is a Vancouver artist and teacher, with a conceptually and materially-based drawing and painting practice. His work depicts the hallucinatory everyday, and explores how pictures function even as he is making them. He has exhibited his work extensively in national and international venues. His work has been featured and reviewed in Canadian Art, Border Crossings, The National Post, and The Globe and Mail.

Reeves received a BFA from the University of British Columbia and an MA from Chelsea College of art and Design, UK. He is represented by the Equinox Gallery in Vancouver. Reeves is currently Associate Professor in the Faculty of Visual Art + Material Practice in the Audain  of Visual Arts and in the Faculty of Graduate Studies at Emily Carr University.

Diana ThorneycroftDiana Thorneycroft is a Winnipeg artist who has exhibited various bodies of work across Canada, the United States and Europe, as well as in Moscow, Tokyo and Sydney. She is the recipient of numerous awards including an Assistance to Visual Arts Long-term Grant from the Canada Council, several Senior Arts Grants from the Manitoba Arts Council and a Fleck Fellowship from the Banff Centre for the Arts.

Best known for her photographs depicting facets of Canadian identity, to date Thorneycroft has completed four distinct series from that body of work: The Canadiana Martyrdom Series, Group of Seven Awkward Moments, A People’s History and Canadians and Americans (best friends forever… it’s complicated). Thorneycroft taught as a sessional instructor at the University of Manitoba’s School of Art for 25 years. Since 2010 she has been focusing on her studio practice full time, and has gallery representation in Paris, Los Angeles, Detroit, Calgary, Winnipeg, London (Ontario) and Montreal.

Michael Warren feels that art is a major part of how culture is expressed. As the Owner and Director of Madrona Gallery in Victoria, backed up by a BA from UVic majoring in Art History and a minor in Arts of Canada, he is an arts professional with fresh and enthusiastic insight.

Michael WarrenMichael has a deep understanding of Canadian fine art and artists. His knowledge comprises a wide breadth of institutional, commercial, conventional and contemporary genres. He is passionate about all art and has studied traditional and avant-garde contemporary Inuit art. He counsels emerging artists to “trust your instincts but accept there is always more to learn.”