Suzanne Luke is a curator based in Waterloo Region. During her current tenure at Laurier, she has articulated and implemented an innovative and diverse vision for ongoing scholarship around contemporary art activities within the university community. Curated exhibitions include Cubed; ScotiabankNuit Blanche in Toronto (in collaboration with Laurier Toronto); Urban Res Studies, a solo exhibition that featured works by acclaimed Canadian artist Kent Monkman presented in conjunction with Indigenous Education Week at Laurier; and Precarious, photographic works by distinguished artists Carole Condé + Karl Beveridge in partnership with Laurier Faculty of Communication Studies and Letters & Handshakes, Toronto.
A graduate of the Art and Art History program, University of Toronto, and Master of Arts in Communication Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University Luke is actively involved in the cultural sector. Luke spearheads independent curatorial projects and has served as the Visual Arts Consultant for The Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics (2012-14), a Juror Member, City of Waterloo Public Art Program (2011), Curatorial Advisor for WalterFedy (2011-12), Curatorial Advisor for the Box Art Show & Sale (2010-13) and is a Board Member of Arts Awards Waterloo Region (2016-present).
Žana Kozomora is an emerging visual artist, independent curator and arts administrator based in Kitchener-Waterloo. Recent curatorial projects include the debut of pop trio collective XVK’s ╰(*8:8:8*)╯♡ at Preston, Cambridge Art Galleries | Idea Exchange. She served as Assistant to Co-Curators Jane Tingley and Alain Thibault for the 2018 exhibition INTERACTION, showcasing Canadian new media and interactive art at THEMUSEUM. Exhibiting artists and collectives included Adam Basanta, Andrew John Milne, Daniel Iregui, David Rokeby, François Quévillon, Jenn E Norton, Jessica Thompson, kokoromi, Matthew Biederman and Pierce Warnecke, Myriam Bleau, Projet EVA, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Steve Daniels and Ying Gao. As part of the larger programming entitled Digital Dynamics at THEMUSEUM, she curated inter/net art, a selection of (im)permanent net art works dating from the 90’s to the 00’s by artists and collectives Entropy8Zuper!, Jodi.org, Joe Hamilton, Josh On and Olia Lialina. This interactive exhibition bridged the connection between the vintage Personal Computer Museum and contemporary game design showcased on the same floor by highlighting some of the early inceptions of artistic experimentation with the internet and personal computers as a medium.
She has previously co-curated the Artery Gallery at the University of Waterloo (2014-2015), assisted regional arts biennials and artists, and coordinated guest exhibitions at THEMUSEUM (2016-2017). Presently she holds the role of Marketing and Communications Coordinator at the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery in Waterloo.
Sarah Kernohan is a visual artist and curator based in Kitchener, Ontario. She currently curates exhibitions at Open Sesame where she exhibits critically engaged work by emerging and mid-career artists from the Waterloo Region and beyond. She was the Artistic Director at CAFKA - Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener and Area 2010 - 2013) where she directed CAFKA11: Survive. Resist (2011), CAFKA at the Walper (2013), and co-founded the Christie/CAFKA Artist in Residence Program.
She has been actively involved in the art community since moving to Kitchener in 2007 and has been a member of the Programming Committee at CAFKA (2008 - 2010, 2015), and served on the boards of directors of the Waterloo Regional Arts Fund (2012 - 13), and the Waterloo Community Arts Council (The Button Factory) (2012 - 13).
Cherie is a visual artist and curator based in Cambridge, Ontario. She is interested in providing space and support for various voices and identities with focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion.
She is currently the Gallery Assistant at Cambridge Art Galleries, providing programming assistance and administrative support for three gallery locations. Cherie is on the Cafka Board of Directors and is the Cafka Programming Committee Chair.
She received a BFA with Honours from the University of Waterloo (2012). As an independentcurator, she has curated exhibitions for many local galleries and spaces including In the Thick of It (Cambridge Art Galleries, 2016) and VSVSVS: space mods(Cambridge Art Galleries, 2013). Cherie was the Curator in Residence at WalterFedy (2012-2013) and Co-Director/Curator of The Artery Gallery (2010-2011). She received the prestigious Royal Canadian Academy of Art Howe Award in 2011.