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 NASCD, 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.
Nathalie Cyr-Plourde, 2nd Vice-Chair
Nathalie teaches at the Carrefour de la Jeunesse in Edmundston. Having a father who was both a musician and school principal, and who supported the arts in the school system, she was exposed to art at an early age. At university, Nathalie joined the competitive dance group The Main Street Dancers; she has remained a member for the past 21 years. Today, she studies and teaches various styles, including hip-hop, jazz, contemporary and lyrical. She is deeply engaged in the arts in schools and is involved in the production of community shows.
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.
Bass-baritone Pierre McGraw is a native of Pokemouche NB. Mr. McGraw studied voice at the Universities of Montreal and Moncton. Mr. McGraw is often heard as a soloist with the Louisbourg Choir and la Mission St-Charles Choir as well as during the Sackville Early Music Festival and the Lamèque International Baroque Music Festival. In addition, Pierre is also a community development officer and singing teacher. Pierre is the choirmaster for the Sormany Choir and for the Voix de la baie de Caraquet choir. He is an advisor on the board of the Lamèque International Festival of Baroque Music, and an advisor on the board of the Salon du livre de la Péninsule. Mr. McGraw also has some opera roles to his credit.
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.
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.
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.
Thierry Arseneau, Executive Director, Tourism and Culture 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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