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Staff

Joss Richer, Interim Executive Director

Originally from Montreal, Joss and his family made Fredericton their home in 1994. A visual artist with a particular interest in drawing and sculpture, he taught art to children, adults, and seniors for the University of New Brunswick, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, and at the NB College of Craft and Design. Joss served on the board of Connexion Artist-Run Centre as treasurer and chair of the selection committee, and also chaired the exhibition committee at the Charlotte Street Arts Centre for several years. Prior to joining artsnb, he was manager of UNB Online for nearly 15 years. Joss holds a B.Sc. from the Université de Sherbrooke, and an M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the University of Guelph. You can contact him at (506) 478-4610, or by email (execdirgen@artsnb.ca).

Claire Shiplett, Program Officer

Claire Shiplett is a writer, photographer and performance artist born in Saskatchewan and raised in Minnesota. Claire holds a Bachelor of Arts from Wellesley College in Massachusetts and studied fine art media at the Slade School of Fine Art in London, UK. Prior to working at artsnb, Claire worked as Project Manager for the New Brunswick Crafts Council and as a graphic designer. She writes short fiction, children’s literature and critical essays about art. The arts have played a crucial role throughout Claire’s life in shaping her understanding of herself and the world around her. You can contact Claire at (506) 440-0037, or by email (claire@artsnb.ca).

Corrina Merasty-Gallant, Workshop Facilitator

Corrina is a proud Cree first nation woman from Leaf Rapids, a small experimental town in Northern Manitoba. When Corrina was 11 years old her family moved to New Brunswick in 1989, where she discovered her talent as a sketch artist in junior high, which fueled her desire to have a future in the arts. Her talents and creativity were nurtured by her exploration of various mediums, carving, photography, painting, including beadwork, and the rare art of traditional birch bark biting. Corrina’s interests and passion for the arts led her toward a career in graphic design and new media. In 1998, she received her diploma in Multimedia Communications from BKM Research and Development and she also holds a diploma in ICT/Mobile Application Development from CCNB in 2014. Before joining artsnb, Corrina worked as a Digital Literacy Workshop Facilitator & Instructor for the Joint Economic Development Initiative, which allowed her to work within First Nation communities in New Brunswick. You can contact her at (506) 238-4071, or by email (corrina@artsnb.ca).

Tilly Jackson, Operations Manager

Tilly Jackson is a recent UNB graduate with a BA in English Literature (Honours) and minors in both Drama and Chemistry. Before taking this position with artsnb, she worked with the NotaBle Acts Theatre Company helping to promote and produce original New Brunswick plays. Tilly is passionate about theatre, having worked with many local theatre companies as actor, director, playwright and arts administrator. When she’s not working or in rehearsal, she can usually be found knitting, cuddling cats, or with her nose in a good book. You can contact her at (506) 478-4422, or by email (tjackson@artsnb.ca).

Benjamin Broucke, Content Manager

Benjamin was born and raised on the other side of the Atlantic. He studied literature then geography, and he became passionate about photography, music and theatrical improvisation. He has also been writing since the age of twelve, with a penchant for science fiction and fantasy stories. Benjamin arrived in New Brunswick in 2016, and is thrilled to have been adopted by the Picture Province. Aside from his activity for artsnb, he is interested –among many other things – in history, role playing and strategy games… as well as penguins. You can contact Benjamin at (506) 292-4696, or by email (benjamin@artsnb.ca).