2011 Mentor Artists

Linda Rae Dornan is an interdisciplinary artist creating performance, video and audio art about interior spaces and processes of being using language, memory, sound and body. She lives in Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada and has had her work shown across Canada, the United States, and in South America and Europe. She has an audio art radio show every week on CHMA 106.9 FM, the campus/community voice of the Tantramar marshes (11 pm AST, available online). http://www.lindaraedornan.ca 

Michael Waterman is a St. John’s based visual and audio artist whose work focuses on sound installation, improvisational performance, and radio art. His sound installations have been presented extensively in galleries and festivals throughout Canada and in the United States. He is also a founding member of the audio collage ensemble Männlicher Carcano, which recently celebrated its 20th anniversary with a tour of California. And in 1997, Waterman created the Männlicher Carcano Radio Hour, which is carried on CHMR in St. John’s. The show links performers from across the continent in improvisations. 

WhiteFeather is an east coast Canadian artist, arts educator, advocate, writer, curator and arts administrator. 

WhiteFeather is a multiple-award winner and has received international attention for her sculptural fibre-based works, constructed mainly from found and mixed media, including human hair, and bone. Her work deals with ideas around identity and physicality, affectation and instinct, where cloth can stand in for skin and/or bodily matter can become material for making. 
WhiteFeather has shown her work in numerous solo exhibitions, group and collaborative exhibitions in Canada. WhiteFeather’s work has been featured in several Canadian art magazines, such as MIX magazine (Toronto) and Visual Arts News (Halifax). 
WhiteFeather is also a published poet, in periodicals, journals, anthologies and chapbooks across Canada. 

WhiteFeather has been a faculty member and academic advisor at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design (NBCCD) since 2001, and is Executive Director at the Charlotte Street Arts Centre in Fredericton, NB. WhiteFeather shares a cooperative studio (StudioASAP) in downtown Fredericton, serves on the board for Gallery Connexion and writes freelance for various art, business and creative thinking magazines and blogs. 

WhiteFeather holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts degree and a Certificate in Adult Education, both from the University of New Brunswick, as well as a Diploma in Fine Craft (Textiles), from NBCCD. WhiteFeather recently completed her first semester in the Fibre and Material Studies graduate program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  

Michael Fernandes is a Nova Scotia-based artist whose practice combines linguistic and performance events catalyzed by humour. Through public interventions and text-based installations, Fernandes creates social situations that actively solicit viewer participation. His work explores the intersection of private life with public space, and the relationship between art and everyday life. Michael Fernandes is an instructor in Intermedia at NSCAD University, and has exhibited and performed throughout Canada and internationally.