Carol Collicutt, Chair
Carol Collicutt is a visual artist living in Fredericton. For nearly 25 years, she sat on the board of Gallery Connexion–a nationally respected artist-run centre–where she fulfilled several roles, including that of President for six years. Through her involvement in many committees and organizations, she has helped advance contemporary art and promote emerging artists in New Brunswick. Her work has been shown in many solo, group and joint exhibitions across the Maritimes, gaining her wide critical attention. Ms. Collicutt holds a Diploma from NSCAD, a BA from Dalhousie University, and a BEd from St. Thomas University.
Gary Sappier, 1st Vice-Chair
Gary Sappier is an Indigenous musician from Tobique First Nation. His band, the Gary Sappier Blues Band has put out five CDs over the last decade. He has been nominated for awards both locally and internationally, earning an ECMA nomination for Best Aboriginal Album and has recently been nominated for three Aboriginal People’s Choice Music Awards: Aboriginal Artist of the Year, Best Blues CD and Best Group/Duo of the Year. Gary is a multi-instrumentalist whose music is a unique combination of Indigenous-flavoured rhythms and soulful blues.
Amy Anderson, 2nd Vice-Chair
Amy Anderson is an active performing musician, composer and conductor, as well as a community leader and educator, and a strong supporter of the arts in New Brunswick. She lives in Woodstock, where she is the Deputy Mayor. Ms. Anderson believes that “the arts are crucial to the success and longevity of small communities, and that artists who live and work [there] deserve the same advocacy support and opportunities as those in larger cities.” She is founder of the Woodstock Centre for Culture and Creativity, co-founder and Treasurer of the River Valley Arts Alliance, and Music Director of the Saint James United Church. Ms. Anderson holds a Bachelors of Music with Honours from Mt. Allison University.
Léo Goguen, Secretary-Treasurer
Léo Goguen is a registered architect and member of the AANB, Architects Association of New Brunswick. Léo earned his Master’s degree in Architecture at the University of Montreal and gained a diversified work experience within the same locale for reputable firms such as Fournier Bersovitz Moss Drolet et associés architects, Brière + Gilbert et associés as well as Riopel et associés architects. He has accumulated a wide variety of work experience in many fields including construction in harsh climates and isolated areas, urban design with municipalities, and project management. Léo eventually returned home and took a position within a local firm further diversifying his work experience. Léo is now a partner at Design Plus Architecture.
Gemey Kelly is an Adjunct Professor of Fine Arts at Mount Allison University, and Director and Curator of the Owens Art Gallery in Sackville. She holds a BA in Honours English from the University of Toronto and a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art (NSCAD). Ms. Kelly has over 30 years of curatorial experience organizing national and international exhibitions. She is committed to providing mentoring opportunities for young and emerging museum professionals, and to developing relationships with artists and audience.
Alain Boisvert is the Director of the Acadian Peninsula Campus of the NBCC. However, he is better known as a former reporter for Radio-Canada and broadcaster with TFO. He has 25 years of experience in the field of arts and culture administration, communications and education. He also served as Executive Director of La Nouvelle Scène (Ottawa), as Head of Communications at the National Gallery of Canada, and as Director of the Kings Landing Historical Village. Inspired by his two years of touring fifteen countries with Up with People, Alain has served on several boards, including the Ottawa Arts Council. His first novel, mépapasonlà (Éditions David, 2016), received enthusiastic praise. He was awarded the Prix Ambassadeur from the Conseil provincial des sociétés culturelles in 2016. He spends his free time at the Bed & Breakfast Le Poirier in Caraquet, which he owns.
Victoria Clarke is a recognized economic development leader, communicator and community fundraiser. She took on the role of Executive Director of Discover Saint John in 2015 (you know, #SaintAwesome!) and previously the Acting CEO of the Saint John Regional Hospital Foundation, where she honed her skills in strategic planning, stakeholder and government relations, board governance, marketing and communications. Victoria sits on a number of boards including the Nature Conservancy of Canada, Atlantic Canada Cruise Association and is currently Chair of the United Way of Greater Saint John’s Annual Campaign.
Jennifer Stead is the Director & Curator of the Andrew & Laura McCain Art Gallery in Florenceville-Bristol, New Brunswick. She holds a Master of Fine Art, Chancellor’s Gold Medalist from the University of Calgary, an Art Education Diploma from McGill University and a BFA from NSCAD. Along with a successful professional art practice, Ms. Stead has over 25 years of art education experience. Her work is represented in many private, public and corporate collections nationally.
Victoria Hutt is a graphic designer in Florenceville-Bristol, NB, and manages social media and marketing and offers training for small and non-profit organizations. A NSCAD graduate, Victoria served as Executive Director of the Andrew & Laura McCain Art Gallery and sits on the ArtsLink NB board. She is active in her local community as a member of the Western Valley Wellness Network, a Community Food Mentor, steward of NB Nature Trust’s Eagle’s Eye Nature Preserve, and (her favorite pastime) as a director of the drama clubs at her local elementary and middle schools. Most recently she coordinated the launch of the Community Food Smart: Upper River Valley bulk buy program. Victoria is a strong supporter of art access in rural communities, economic development through the arts, sustainable food security and systems, wellness, nature, and creativity in education.
Thierry Arseneau, Executive Director, Culture, Heritage and Archaeology Division – Tourism, Heritage and Culture
Joss Richer, Executive Director – artsnb
Nomination of a Board Member
The New Brunswick Arts Board is the statutory arm’s length funding agency whose professional juried grant programs support the work of New Brunswick artists. The twelve-member volunteer Board also advises the Minister responsible for the Wellness, Culture, and Sport Secretariat on cultural policy and provides cultural leadership in the province.
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