Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre is a non-profit organization facilitating the presentation, interpretation, and production of contemporary visual, time-based and interdisciplinary arts. Modern Fuel aims to meet the professional development needs of emerging and mid-career local, national and international artists, from diverse cultural communities, through exhibition, discussion, and mentorship opportunities. Modern Fuel supports innovation and experimentation, and is committed to the education of interested publics and the diversification of its audiences. As an advocate for contemporary art, as well as for artists' rights, we pay professional fees to artists in accordance with the CARFAC fee schedule.
Current Board of Directors 2015–2016
- Stéfy McKnight (President)
Stéphanie McKnight (Stéfy) is a PhD student at Queen’s University in the Cultural Studies graduate program. She completed a MA in Cultural Studies at Queen’s and a BFA at Nipissing University. Stéfy’s practice looks at the chilling effects of surveillance trends such as the Anti-terrorism Act (Bill C-51) on artists and activists in Canada. Her most recent solo and group exhibitions include work at the Centre for Indigenous Research Creation, Modern Fuel ARC, OCAD University, the Tett and the WKP Kennedy Gallery. Stéfy’s work has been featured in the next edition of LandEscape now! Contemporary Art Magazine in Europe.
- Emily Pelstring (Vice Presidenct)
Emily Pelstring is a media artist whose work spans the areas of installation, performance, animation, and video. Emily’s work has been shown internationally in galleries and festivals, including Transmediale Berlin, Seoul International New Media Festival, Antimatter Media Art Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, FoFA Gallery, PDA Projects, Khyber Centre for the Arts, and Judith and Norman Alix Art Gallery, and Galerie La Centrale. She has two ongoing collaborative projects, Inflatable Deities and The Powers, with Jessica Mensch and Katherine Kline. She taught Media Production at Concordia University and is now teaching in the Department of Film and Media at Queen’s University.
- Kelley Bolen (Past-President)
Past President is a role that was newly instituted in the 2015-16 board term, making Kelley Bolen the second person to hold this title. Rather than talk about herself she would like to spend a little time chatting about the position and what she hopes to accomplish with it. It is a non-voting position and was instigated to act in a mentorship role for new board members and to keep institutional memory, something that can get lost quite easily. She hopes this will be a valuable resource in the coming year.
Also she gesticulates wildly as a profession (ASL-English Interpreter) and can be heard spinning tunes on CFRC.
- Matt Rogalsky
Matt Rogalsky works in sonic arts, with a focus on live electroacoustic music performance, intermedia installation, and study of late-20th century live electronic music works by other composers. His installation work has most recently been shown at Université de Laval Gallery (2016), the Asunción Biennial (2015), the Electric Eclectics Festival (2016 and 2014), Supercrawl (2015), and Mercer Union (2013). Under the name Memory Device, he has recorded and produced projects with a wide range of musicians, including several Juno and Polaris Prize nominated albums. As a sound designer and mix engineer, he has recently worked with filmmakers Gary Kibbins, Clarke Mackey and Jason Middaugh, and artist Lynne Marsh. He is a member of the collective that annually produces Kingston’s Tone Deaf Festival of adventurous sound performance, which recently had its 15th season. His academic background includes studies at Simon Fraser University (BA, Contemporary Arts), Wesleyan University (MA, Music) and City University London UK (PhD, Music), and he teaches at Queen’s University where he is Director of the Sonic Arts Studio in the Dan School of Drama and Music.
Teresa Carlesimo is an interdisciplinary artist currently pursuing a PhD in Cultural Studies at Queen’s University where her research considers various systems of power, class and empire as integral to the analysis of environmental damage. She has exhibited throughout Canada and the US. Recent and forthcoming exhibitions include Museum London, 8eleven in Toronto, the Agnes Etherington Art Centre and the Thames Art Gallery. In fall 2016 she was an artist in residence at the National University of Ireland where her work addressed the visual culture of urbanization. Recent and forthcoming publications include Performance Research, Public Journal, Art Papers and Blackflash.
- Adrian Deveau
Adrian Deveau is currently a third-year undergraduate student at Queen’s University, completing a major in Art History with a Minor in History. Adrian has been involved with local theatre companies for ten years, including performing in productions such as Les Miserables, Fiddler on the Roof, and Young Frankenstein while directing productions including One Enchanted Evening in 2014. Since performing, Adrian has worked with local organizations such as Reelout Film Festival(Programming Committee 2015-16) as well as Queen’s Education on Queer Issues Project (2015-2016). His interests include the intersection of queer art and political protest, as well as contemporary architectural design and Russian History.
- Judith Popiel
Judith has returned to the Board after serving in the 90's, while completing her Master's Degree at Queen's. For the 20th Anniversary Member's Juried Art Exhibition her mixed media encaustic piece, "Primitive Mysteries", was juried into the 20th Anniversary Members Art Exhibition. She was also involved with the performance art productions, including Spoken Word Poetry drama and dance. She published arts related articles in major publications, including The Whig Standard, Performing Arts in Canada and Dance in Canada. Presently working in mixed media and textile/fibre art her work has been juried into many shows and is available in several galleries as well. In 2009, she and 19 other fibre artists from SAQA (Studio Art Quilter's Association) created a piece based on Anne Savage's, Saint Saveur/National Art Gallery. the 4'by5' piece, entitled "Laurentian Foothills", travelled to juried art exhibitions in the U.S., Canada, and France for four years and was recently sold for $3000 privately. In 2016, Judith directed her first documentary film, "Ellen Merrin's Kitchen", which was shown on opening night at the Kingston Canadian Film Festival at the Bader Art's Centre. She is presently working on a documentary film about Spoken Word Poetry, which she herself writes and performs at various open mic venues.
- Anna Elmberg Wright
Anna Elmberg Wright is a visual artist and graduate of Queen’s University BFAH 2008. She has an independent art practice and works mainly in sculpture and installation. She is an elected member of the Sculptor’s Society of Canada and has had recent works shown at J.B. Aird Gallery, Canadian Sculpture Centre and Temiskaming Art Gallery. She has been a guest facilitator for the Limestone Board of Education Specialist High Skills Major in Arts and Culture with workshops at Frontenac Secondary School, Loyalist Collegiate and Vocational Institute, and Queen’s University Faculty of Education in recent years. She uses the pen name, Andy Berg for her sculpture practice and her artistic concerns include non-linear technologies, holistic health, homeopathy, haptic intelligence, and artistic walking.
- Chris Ball
Michael DiRisio, Artistic Director
Michael DiRisio is an artist and arts writer currently based in Kingston, ON. His writing has appeared in Art Papers, Afterimage, C Magazine, Prefix and Public Journal, where he reflects on art as a social force. He holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Windsor, and was previously the Digital Projects Coordinator for C Magazine, where he lead the digital archiving of their entire catalogue of back-issues. Recent exhibitions include Propeller Gallery, Eyelevel Gallery, and the Workers Arts and Heritage Centre, with forthcoming exhibitions at the Thames Art Gallery and the Agnes Etherington Art Centre.
Taylor Norris, Operations Director