Alberta Craft Council Board of Directors
Tara Owen (Chair), Calgary, AB
Tara is a metalsmith living and working in Calgary. She graduated with a BFA from ACAD in 1996, and works out of her home studio. Tara makes art jewellery, wearable art and small sculpture, and also enjoys writing about the arts. She is active in the metals community in Alberta, and an advocate for craft within the wider cultural community. She has served on the board of the Alberta Craft Council since 2000.
(Chair since 2013, was Vice Chair from 2006-2012). Contact Tara
Dawn Detarando (Vice-Chair), Red Deer, AB
Dawn has been working in clay for over 20 years and has been teaching ceramics and giving workshops at various arts programs, colleges and universities. She is currently a studio artist and with her partner Brian McArthur co-runs “Voyager Art & Tile” a successful public art and decorative tile business in Red Deer. Dawn received her MFA from The Ohio State University, Columbus and received the Alberta Lieutenant Governor Emerging Artist Award in 2009. Dawn has served on the board for since 2006 years (Vice-Chair since 2011). Contact Dawn
Victor Steel (Treasurer), Edmonton, AB
Victor taught for mayn years in Fort McMurray. Over the past 20 years he has been in the classroom, seconded to Alberta Education as a consultant, and worked at the Fort McMurray Catholic Schools district office in various senior administrative positions. His interest in the arts is both formal and informal: an undergraduate degree in fine arts, additional community college art courses since 1981, as well as leisure work in painting and most recently stain-glass.
Victor has served on the board since 2001 (Since 2016 as Treasurer). Contact Victor
Jennifer E. Salahub, Calgary, AB
Jennifer teaches Art History and Craft History at the ACAD. Her interest in decoration and ornament is long standing and is reflected in academic and personal life. Her BFA and MA in Canadian Art History were awarded by Concordia University, Montreal and she received a Ph.D. in the History of Design from the Royal College of Art, London and in 2001 she was the recipient of the Veronika Gervers Fellowship at Toronto's Royal Ontario Museum. Before moving to Calgary she taught art history at Concordia University, University of Ottawa and Montreal's Marianopolis College. She writes and lectures internationally on art, craft, and design. Jennifer has served on the board since 2010. Contact Jennifer
Meghan Wagg, Edmonton, AB
Meghan received her BFA majoring in Jewellery and Metalsmithing at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax in 2003. She settled in Edmonton in 2006 and began apprenticing under Wayne Mackenzie at Electrum Design Studio. She spent 4 years there developing her work and establishing herself in the craft community. Her present work consists of anatomy inspired silver jewellery and tableware that incorporate colored plastics. She has served on the board since 2010. Contact Meghan
Kari Woo, Canmore, AB
Kari is a full-time studio jeweller who also doubles as a mixed media assemblage artist. She was co-founder/owner of INFLUX Jewellery Gallery in Calgary, and a founding member of crafter collectives in Calgary and Vancouver that advocate for the handmade and buying local. In her spare time she likes to think about the role of Craft in contemporary culture. Kari graduated with her BFA from the Alberta College of Art + Design, 2003. Kari has served on the board since 2009. Contact Kari
Mary-Beth Laviolette, Canmore, AB
Mary-Beth is a long-time writer about the visual arts and a freelance curator. She is also the author of An Alberta Art Chronicle: Adventures in Recent and Contemporary Art (2005) and the co-author, with Patricia Ainslie, of Alberta Art & Artists: An Overview (2007). Intended for a general audience, both books include craft. Mary-Beth has served on the board since 2009. Contact Mary-Beth
Kai Georg Scholefield, Calgary, AB
Kai is a glass artist and the most recent member of the Calgary collective, Bee Kingdom. He is inspired by Moderism but also other sources like archaeology, anthropology and popular culture. An Alberta College of Art + Design graduate, he is a founding board member of Berlin Glas e.V, a non-profit glass art society in Germany, and president of the Calgary Glass Initiative. Kai was active with the ACC and Esplanade Gallery in assembling the Natural Flow exhibition. Kai has served on the board since 2011. Contact Kai
Brenda Malkinson, Edmonton, AB
Brenda Malkinson studied at the Alberta College of Art + Design and since 1979 has pursued a career as a full time professional artist involved with contemporary architectural stained glass, drawing and colour woodblock printmaking. Malkinson’s glass and prints are in many private and corporate collections, including The Art Gallery of Alberta, The Alberta Foundation for the Arts, The Massey Foundation, Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation, The Cross Cancer Hospital, Mazankowski Heart Institute, The University of Alberta and the Stanley Milner Library. Her work has been exhibited in Canada, the United States, Japan, and Korea. She was awarded the AFA’s Alberta Centennial Commission Award. Brenda has served on the board since 2013.
Jenna Stanton, Medicine Hat, AB
Jenna Stanton received her degree in Ceramics at Alberta College of Art + Design in 2003. She worked for several years as the ACC’s Gallery Shop Coordinator and worked on special projects including the Canadian Boutique at the Cheongju International Craft Biennial in South Korea. In 2010, she completed her MA in Ceramic Design in Stoke On Trent, England. The program focused on ceramic design and industry placements alongside business development. Jenna is currently the Curator of Collections & Exhibitions at Medalta in Medicine Hat. She is very happy to be re-joining her ACC family in an official capacity and looks forward to the creative scheming in the name of craft. Jenna has served on the board since 2013.