About

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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 2017-2018

Leyla Chisamore, President

Leyla Chisamore is an undergraduate student at Queen's University focusing on History and Art History, paired with an ongoing certificate program in Gender and Sexual Diversity. Her areas of interest include early modern social history, intellectual history, architecture, and intersectional feminist art/art historical practice, particularly as these frameworks manifest in contemporary art. Her own artistic interest looks to utopianism, the intersection of art and identity as they intersect in the digital age, with her own work incorporating textiles, craftwork, and collage. She has worked with Queen's Pride, multiple Departmental Student Councils, and the annual Art+Feminist Wikipedia Edit-a-thon. She currently works at the Agnes Etherington Arts Centre at Queen's University.

Miranda Ramnares, Vice-President

Miranda Ramnares is a student at Queen's University currently completing an undergraduate degree in Art History and Film. Her research interests include indigenous visual culture, feminist film theory, and contemporary art with a focus on how these topics interact with themes of representation, colonial legacy, and identity politics. She recently worked as the Summer Student Intern at the Union Gallery and previously as the Gallery and Programming Assistant at Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre. Currently, she works as a receptionist at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre.

Carina Magazzeni, Treasurer

Carina Magazzeni is an emerging curator, cultural worker, and digital designer; a femme settler from the Niagara Region, on Haudenosaunee and Chippewa territory. Living and working in Katarokwi/Kingston, Magazzeni is a Curatorial Assistant within the contemporary art program at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre. Recent independent curatorial projects include Many Voices: Indigenous Art at Bellevue House National Historic Site, co-curated with Tania Willard; PARK LIFE: Interventions in Public Space in Thousand Islands National Park; Brad Isaacs: The Map of the Empire at the Centre for Indigenous Research Creation; Cheryl L'Hirondelle: STANDING UP, SITTING IN, SOUNDING OUT at the Art & Media Lab, co-curated with Ellyn Walker. Most recently, Magazzeni was the curatorial assistant for Cheryl L'Hirondelle and Camille Turner: Freedom Tours, curated by Tania Willard as part of LandMarks2017/Repères2017. In 2017, Magazzeni was awarded the Queen's University Marty Memorial Scholarship to complete curatorial research for Alternative Archives: Kingston's Carceral Histories and Contemporary Realities.

 

Chris Ball, Secretary

Aida Sulcs

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.

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 Popiel 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.

Staff

Genevieve Flavelle, Operations Director

Genevieve Flavelle is an independent curator and writer. She has most recently curated exhibitions at Younger than Beyonce Gallery (Toronto) and Good Sport Gallery (London ON). Her writing has appeared in C Magazine, BlackFlash, Esse, and various exhibition catalogues.  She holds a BA in Art History from NSCAD University, and recently completed an MA in Art History at Western University. Genevieve's research and curatorial interests include contemporary art, feminist curatorial strategies,  interventions in museums and archives, and queer theory. She is interested in art as a meeting ground for political praxis, intergenerational exchange, community building, agitation, and worlding. She is a settler of Scottish and French ancestry raised in Tkaronto. 

Michael DiRisio, Artistic Director

Michael DiRisio is an artist and writer. His recent work explores direct democracy and alternative economies, through the documentation of the origin and development of social unrest and the construction of free stores in gallery spaces. His writing has appeared in Art Papers, Afterimage, C Magazine, Fuse Magazine, Esse and PUBLIC, with recent essays in BlackFlash and Espace. He holds an MFA from the University of Windsor and has participated in exhibitions at Rodman Hall Art Centre, Artcite, Museum London, the Agnes Etherington Art Centre and Eyelevel Gallery, with forthcoming exhibitions at the Workers’ Arts and Heritage Centre and Thames Art Gallery.

Ted Worth, Bookkeeper

Jessica Lanziner, Intern