Dr. Megan Smith is a new media artist with a PhD in Contemporary Art and Graphic Design from Leeds Metropolitan University. Her research probes new systems for delivering syndicated data through narrative structure and she often works with Arduino, geo-location, digital print, video, installation, and community projects as methods for storytelling. Smith is currently based between Canada and the UK. She is the Critical Resident Blogger for Artengine & Apt613.
Lainie Towell, the artist formerly known as Sufi Girl, is recognized mostly for her work in contemporary African dance. Lainie traveled to Guinea Conakry on several occasions and studied with some of Conakry’s best-known dance artists. Lainie’s performance work received international media attention and was featured in two documentary film projects. She has been awarded grants from the Canada Council for the Arts in dance and inter-arts, and holds a degree in Art History.
Here is Ottawa Citizen’s Peter Simpson’s recent interview with our curators.
‘Nuit Blanche Ottawa – street performers, art experiments, and Marie Antoinette in a cake‘
EXECUTIVE TEAM (IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER)
Sherin Bamji holds a Bachelor of Music Honors Degree from Carleton University. From sponsorships to communication & marketing she is engaged in the successful implementation of the Nuit Blanche Ottawa. She brings to the team the young generations’ points of view.
Marion Bordier holds a master in fine arts (Multidisciplinary) from the University of Ottawa. A visual artist, she also works as a consultant, an independent. She also teaches at the University of Ottawa. She has organized numerous artistic events in Canada and internationally. She is project manager for BRAVO for several projects concerning the promotion of artists. She is also the co-organizer of Nuit Blanche Francophone Ontario for BRAVO.
Philippe Croteau is a member of the board of BRAVO-Est as well as of the Nuit Blanche Executive Committee. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in fine art (painting and sculpture) from the University of Ottawa. He is presently Senior academic assistant in the visual arts and theatre departments. He is also secretary to Nuit Blanche Executive committee.
Prof. Yves M. Larocque holds a Ph.D. in Art History from the Université de Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne. He is the executive director of BRAVO and has been at the helm of www.walkthearts.com. He has been teaching at the Ottawa School of Art for 25 years and has delivered art history papers on three continents; and published in prestigious art periodicals in France and in Canada.
Mónica Márquez is a visual artist who holds two masters, MA Finance and MA International Affairs, Carleton University. She was director of mergers and acquisitions at a large Spanish bank in Bogotá (BBVA) and treasurer of Bancoldex where she managed budgets of several million dollars. She has been chief financial manager of BRAVO and Nuit Blanche Ottawa..
Ariane Nazroo is Nuit Blanche’s project manager and also for BRAVO-Est. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in the History and Theory of Art from the University of Ottawa. She has been visual arts manager for the Festival de l’Outaouais Émergent (Foé) since 2009 and coordinator of exhibitions at the café/bistro Le Troquet since 2008.
Website and graphic design
Megan Smith et Ben Halsall
Lainie Towell and the executive committee
Finance and sponsorship
Paula Fedeski-Koundakjian and the executive committee
Guy Bérubé (media adviser), Jennifer Cavanagh (social medias, events) Cynthia Lafortune (press), Michelle Croteau (graphics), Catherine Dubé (translation)
Adèle Rodrigue and Alexandra Blanchet