Alberta Craft Council Staff
Tom McFall – Executive Director
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Tom McFall’s academic background is in industrial design and design history. He has taught both at the University of Alberta. He is a fourth generation Albertan from a family in which everyone has been a hand-maker of creative and purposeful objects. He has extensive experience in curating, writing, lecturing, developing exhibits, particularly on topics of material culture, design, folk and fine craft, and other aspects of Alberta culture. As Executive Director of the Alberta Craft Council, for about 15 years, he has led significant growth of the Council as one of Canada’s largest and most productive craft organizations and has expanded awareness of Alberta's professional craftspeople.
Tom is also involved in arts advocacy, locally, nationally and internationally. He is currently a board member of the Canadian Conference of the Arts and CODA, the (US) Craft Organization Development Association. He has been president of the Alberta Cultural Action Network and chair of the Craft Working Group for Trade Team Canada - Cultural Goods and Services. He have been involved since day one in the creation of the Canadian Crafts Federation, was a co-founder of Craft Year 2007, and has worked on several national committees and international projects of the CCF.
Joanne Hamel – Administration Manager, Member Services & Exhibitions
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Originally from Saskatchewan, Joanne moved to Alberta to study visual arts at Red Deer College and then Arts & Cultural Management at Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton. Starting in a practicum position, she has now been working with the ACC for over ten years as Membership Coordinator and part of the Exhibition Team. Joanne coordinated the All About Alberta exhibition in Washington DC and ACC projects for the Cheongju International Craft Biennale in South Korea.
Linda Frena – Retail Gallery Manager
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Linda earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree, Majoring in Printmaking and Drawing, from the University of Manitoba. Linda co-owned and operated a commercial ceramics studio in Red Deer for over 10 years before settling in Edmonton and into a Project Management position for an international arts organization's Public Art department. Today, Linda oversees the daily operation of the Retail Gallery where she wrangles the finest craft arts from over 150 artists so that every customer's visit is both memorable and satisfying.
Jessica Telford – Marketing, Magazine Editor & Exhibitions
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Jessica earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Arts with Distinction from the University of Regina. After several years working in the arts, Jessica moved to Edmonton to pursue an Arts and Cultural Management Certificate from MacEwan University. After completing her Arts and Cultural Management practicum placement at the Alberta Craft Council, Jessica returned to the ACC in 2013 is now the Marketing Manager, Alberta Craft Magazine Editor and Feature Gallery Coordinator.
Ruta Nichol – Design & Exhibitions
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Ruta Nichol obtained her Bachelor degree in Ceramics at the Vilnius Academy of Arts, having already obtained her graphic design education at Vilnius College of Technologies and Design. These two great passions would take turns to fulfill Ruta's creativity and bring new and exciting career opportunities along the way. As a ceramic artist and graphic designer she always looks for simple, clean, minimalistic yet powerful expressions. Ruta is the Discovery Gallery Coordinator, and Design lead on the Alberta Craft Magazine and other communicaiton projects.
Wendy Arrowsmith - Financial Officer
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As a life-long Edmontonian, Wendy appreciates the enthusiasm our city has for arts and fine craft. She graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of commerce majoring in small business management. She brings a variety of diverse experiences to the ACC in addition to bookkeeping, including skills gained from owning her own business. Wendy is excited to be a part of the ACC during the upcoming years of growth.
Vanessa Rae – Part-time Gallery & Shop Staff
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Vanessa is the newest addition to the ACC team, she recently relocated back to her hometown of Edmonton. She spent the last decade working in Calgary in a leadership position at an Alberta based financial institution. Vanessa has immersed herself in the local arts and music community in Calgary and in Edmonton. Vanessa brings her passion for community development and for supporting local artists and businesses to her position at the ACC.
JoAnna Lange – Part-time Gallery & Shop Staff
JoAnna is a ceramic artist recently transplanted from Winnipeg, Manitoba and now living and working in Edmonton. Her production line, Stoneboat Pottery, is a reflection of her rural Saskatchewan roots and celebrates functional ware through the use of colour and motifs reflecting the natural world. JoAnna has been active at the community level, teaching clay classes for the past twenty-some years and has served on the boards of Clifton Studios Co-op and the Manitoba Craft Council.