Meet the 2019 Jurors


Photo by Sylvia Roberts

Grant Arnold is the Audain Curator of British Columbia Art at the Vancouver Art Gallery, and has over three decades experience in his field. Prior to joining the VAG in 1992, he was Senior Curator at the Art Gallery of Windsor and Extension Coordinator at the Mendel Art Gallery in Saskatoon. Grant has organized more than sixty exhibitions of historical, modern, and contemporary art, contributed to more than two-dozen essays and articles, and participated on several juries. Grant has taught in the Critical and Curatorial Studies program at the University of British Columbia and has lectured on historical and contemporary art at a variety of conferences and institutions. In 2017 Grant was honoured with the prestigious Alvin Balkind Curator’s Prize, which recognizes excellence in the field. Grant studied photography at the Banff Centre School of Fine Arts and the University of Saskatchewan and holds an M.A. in Art History from the University of British Columbia.

Pennylane Shen is an artist consultant, curator and educator living in Vancouver. She holds a Master’s Degree in Visual Culture Theory from New York University and has lectured at various forums throughout Canada, the US and the UK. At Langara College and Thrive Art Studio, Pennylane is responsible for creating and instructing courses on art marketing, conceptual photography, and visual culture, and her publications discuss the politics of representation, race and fine art. She has also been a Canadian representative for the University of the Arts London in the UK, preparing students for higher education in the arts. Pennylane advises fine artists, galleries and organizations on navigating the fine art industry, and sits on the board for the Vancouver General Hospital Fine Art Collection and the Vancouver Mural Festival.

Photo by Barry Herring

Richard Motchman is a Victoria-based artist and the current president of the Xchanges Gallery in Victoria, where he has been very active for 35 of the Gallery’s 51 years. Renowned for being a vibrant hub of the Victoria art scene, the artist-run gallery has afforded Richard the opportunity to engage with a diverse community of local artists. He has guided the gallery through many new developments, and has curated and installed numerous exhibitions in Victoria, collaborating with both accomplished and emerging artists alike. Richard’s own art practice, gleaned from first-hand immersion in European traditions, uses interactive, three-dimensional figure-paintings to encourage viewers to physically connect with his work. Richard earned a BFA in Visual Arts from the University of Victoria in 1982. His paintings have been exhibited in solo exhibitions in British Columbia and group exhibitions in Canada and the USA, and his work can be found in private collections in Canada, the USA, and England.