Nocturne Team

Staff Members

Melany Nugent-Noble

Executive Director

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Melany Nugent-Noble

Executive Director

Coming to Kjipuktuk/Halifax from the unceded territory of the syilx (Okanagan) people, Melany Nugent-Noble (she/her) is an arts administrator and interdisciplinary artist with a career spanning 20 years with various arts institutions, galleries, and in government. Melany is an advocate of the role that art plays in the community, as a catalyst for connection, in building community pride and in supporting health and cultural safety.

As a practicing artist her work is grounded in S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math), which informs her understanding of the relationship between making art, problem-solving, and creativity. In 2021, as part of the Nocturne Festival, she exhibited her work Invisible Threads are the Strongest Ties, a co-production between Nocturne and Eye-Level Gallery.

Melany holds an MFA from Emily Carr University of Art and Design (Vancouver, 2015). She was the City of Kelowna’s inaugural Artist in Residence (2020), and a Fellow of the Art & Law Program (New York, 2018). Since 2017, she has served as the Assistant Director at the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art, and is the current President of CARFAC BC. In 2022, Melany was a recipient of the Lieutenant Governor's Arts and Music Awards. When not working, Melany is an avid hiker and camper, and you can find her enjoying the woods and nature.

Visit Melany's website: https://melanynugent-noble.com

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Yeha Ahn

Interim Artistic Director

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Yeha Ahn

Interim Artistic Director

Yeha (she/her) is from South Korea and resides in Kjipuktuk/Halifax. After serving the Nocturne board for four years as Director of Volunteers, she transitioned to the role of Marketing Director in 2020. Yeha sat on several beacon artist juries, and joined the curator selection committee in 2022. She holds a BFA from NSCAD and an Advanced Diploma in Public Relations from NSCC. Yeha hopes her work continues to support and contribute to the ongoing work of Nocturne and other local arts organizations to uplift and amplify diverse voices.

Yeha currently works as a communications professional for Immigrant Services Associations of Nova Scotia (ISANS), and also chairs their Inclusion and Diversity Committee. Prior to joining ISANS, she worked for the 2020 North American Indigenous Games (now, NAIG 2023) managing volunteers and building stakeholder relationships. She also volunteered in different arts organizations such as the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Khyber Arts Society and Halifax Summer Opera Festival. When she isn’t working at ISANS or Nocturne, you’ll find her looking for perfect waves at Lawrencetown beach or other fun outdoor activities like skiing, snowboarding, and kayaking.

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Britt Moore-Shirley

15th Anniversary Archive Assistant

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Britt Moore-Shirley

15th Anniversary Archive Assistant

Britt Moore-Shirley (they/them) is a white-settler nonbinary media artist, researcher, and arts administrator currently based in Kjipuktuk in Mi’kma’ki (Halifax, Nova Scotia). Through multi-media installation, performance, and printed matter, they examine currents of exchange between intimate personal histories and the public sphere. They complicate personal and collective histories with layers of materials and technologies and aim to navigate difficult conversations and practices in spaces of care and community. As a writer and researcher, they are interested in feminist theory, fat politics and trauma-informed practices, particularly as they intersect with conversations of technology, media representation, and digital embodiment.

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Lindsay Ann Cory

Outgoing Executive Director

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Lindsay Ann Cory

Outgoing Executive Director

Lindsay Ann Cory is a community organizer, arts programmer, and cultural worker based in Kjipuktuk/Halifax. As an uninvited guest of Kjipuktuk, her work, and ability to live and love on this land, is deeply indebted to and supportive of Mi’kmaq grandmothers, land and water protectors, and social justice seekers, and she works in collaboration and support with these communities and the treaties that govern them. She holds an MA and BFA in Art History from Concordia University (Montreal, Quebec) with a focus in public art and social agency. Since moving to Nova Scotia, Lindsay has worked at Ross Creek Centre for the Arts as Community and Artist Programs Coordinator, MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects as Communications Director, and The Coast Newspaper as Events Manager. Lindsay currently holds board roles at Centre for Art Tapes and the Atlantic Presenters Association.

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Board Members

Sarah-Jo Briand

Chair

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Sarah-Jo Briand

Chair

Sarah-Jo (she/her) joined Nocturne’s board in 2019 as a Director at Large and transitioned into the role of Chair in early 2020. Sarah-Jo is thrilled to be a part of Nocturne’s ever evolving landscape!

Originally from Mi'kma'ki/Prince Edward Island, Sarah-Jo obtained her BA from Dalhousie University, her JD from UNB (Fredericton) and is now living and practicing law in Kjipuktuk/Halifax. Sarah-Jo is a member of ACTRA and has been involved in local theatre, film, dance and improv communities since the age of 6. She volunteers nationally with the Loran Scholars Foundation and is a member of the Nova Scotia Insurance Women’s Association.

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Jenna Harvie

Communications Director

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Jenna Harvie

Communications Director

Jenna (she/her) joined the Nocturne board in early 2021 after being an ardent attendee since the festival began in 2008. She grew up in Montreal and Ottawa, and she has called K’jipuktuk/Halifax home for the last 15 years after moving to study English and Creative Writing at the University of King’s College and then Computer Science at Dalhousie. At King’s/Dal, she worked on three literary publications, the campus paper, and the web team. Jenna currently spends her days writing and editing, and her evenings working on her own fiction (horror), editing for a charity publisher, freelancing, volunteering, and working on her own art practice (painting and photography). She brings over a decade of communications experience to the role and is both proud and excited to support the local arts community.

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Morgan Bath

Director of Artist Care and Support

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Morgan Bath

Director of Artist Care and Support

Morgan (she/they) joined the Nocturne Board as a Director of Artist Care and Support in late 2021. Since completing a BFA in 2015, Morgan has gained a wide range of experience working at public, private and non-profit arts organizations across Canada. Bath’s professional experiences have given her the privilege of working with artists at varying stages of their careers, from helping first-time exhibitors realize their first exhibitions, to overseeing large solo exhibitions by both national and international senior artists.

Since 2020 Morgan has called Kjipuktuk home and shortly after began working at Wonder’neath Art Society, where she continues to work with artists to support, learn and create opportunities for inclusion, care, and consideration. Through open and honest communication Morgan continues to expand her knowledge by working with artists, and organizations to ensure tangible care, support and accessibility in the arts sector.

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B Mosher

Programming Director

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B Mosher

Programming Director

B Mosher's work develops from an intuitive practice tracing the space between lighthearted inquisition and sharp stupidity. Their drawing and sculptural installation works offer playful contemplation of amateurism, coping, and humour. These works often undermine biases of triviality and weakness.

B retains delicate ways of making, celebrating growth and encouraging possibilities while employing a do-it-yourself ethic using near-at-hand materials. By continuously collecting immediate material, B can pull on curiosities and flubs as they tumble and condense into nimble, delicate solutions to problems of their own making.

They are a graduate of the Bachelor of Arts in Studio Arts at Brock University in 2015 and Masters of Fine Arts in Studio Arts at the University of Guelph in 2020. B Mosher is a non-binary artist and arts worker living and working in Kjipuktuk/Halifax.

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Drew Ritchie

Corporate Secretary

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Drew Ritchie

Corporate Secretary

Drew joined the Nocturne board as the corporate secretary in 2021. He is a lawyer in Halifax practicing in the area of corporate and commercial law. Drew completed his BA at the University of New Brunswick in 2016 and obtained his JD at the University of New Brunswick in 2019. Originally from New Brunswick, Drew is happy to now call Kjiputuk (Halifax) home and is grateful for the opportunity to work with a great group of people to support art initiatives in Nova Scotia.

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Laura Seaboyer

HR/Personnel Director

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Laura Seaboyer

HR/Personnel Director

Laura Seaboyer-Sankey (she/her) brings a wealth of experience as a manager, communicator, and community connector to her role as Director of People for the NAIG 2023 Host Society in Kjipuktuk (gee-book-tuk), Halifax. A member of the Sipekne’katik (si-beg-en-nega-di) First Nation, Laura has devoted her personal development and professional skills to exploring new ideas, building strong relationships, and helping others connect their passion to purpose. With Indigenous views and values serving as her anchor, Laura seeks to embody a decolonized approach that makes space for everyone, and is deeply committed to removing barriers and bringing people together to create policies and practices that support a collective vision. A life-long love of sports and recreation has taught Laura to embrace opportunities to learn and to challenge herself in the pursuit of both goals and growth.

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Matthew Peters

Treasurer

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Matthew Peters

Treasurer

Matthew (he/him) joined the Nocturne board in 2022 after leaving Ottawa to return home to Halifax. He graduated from Carleton University in 2019 with a Master of Arts in Political Economy, after which he found himself doing what almost anyone in Ottawa ends up doing and started working various contracts for the Federal Government. He has worked in community outreach and consultation with Elections Canada as well as an Economist with Environment and Climate Change Canada. Previous to his time in Ottawa, he graduated from Mount Saint Vincent University in 2015 with a BBA and from Saint Mary's University in 2017 with an Undergraduate Honours in Economics. During this time, he also volunteered for over two years as Treasurer on the Board of Directors with Eyelevel. In his spare time, you might find him traversing the treacherous Halifax roads on his bicycle, playing in various bands and musical projects, and giving it his all at karaoke.

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Megan Dexter

Director at Large

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Megan Dexter

Director at Large

Megan (she/her) is a new addition to the Nocturne board, joining in 2022. She holds a BBA from St. Francis Xavier University and an MBA from Saint Mary’s University and brings over 6 years’ experience in marketing communications, supporting many organizations across Atlantic Canada. Born and raised in Halifax, Megan has spent many years attending and enjoying Nocturne and is thrilled to be able to continue supporting the festival and local arts community in a new capacity.

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Nita Adams

Director at Large

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Nita Adams

Director at Large

Nita (she/her) joined the Nocturne team in July 2022, having recently moved to K'jipuktuk/Halifax from London, UK, but originally from New Zealand. Nita is a chartered accountant with over ten years of experience. She has had a global career in various finance roles, spanning six countries. Art and sports have always had a substantial role in Nita's life. You can often find her on the frisbee field or running around the city in the evenings. She is looking forward to learning more about the local art scene through her role with Nocturne and is excited to be able to support the local arts community.

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Matthew Kratz

Director at Large

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Matthew Kratz

Director at Large

Matthew Kratz is an interdisciplinary painter from Mohkinstsis, Treaty 7 Territory (Calgary) who likes to wade knee deep in online encyclopedic articles researching everything that interests him (usually nostalgia, conspiracies, science, and history). Matthew currently works in Kjipuktuk (Halifax) on his art practice exploring nostalgia or experimenting with media, and is keen to participate in the local arts community as a board member at Nocturne. He is set to receive his MFA at NSCAD University where he recently held his MFA Thesis Exhibition, The Least Nostalgic, at the Anna Leonowens Gallery. Matthew has one published work, Hey, I See Fires, a collection of his painted recreations of unedited archival images from the Apollo missions to the Moon.

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Dr. Taq Kaur Bhandal

Director at Large

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Dr. Taq Kaur Bhandal

Director at Large

ਤਕਦੀਰ ਕੌਰ Taq Kaur Bhandal is the CEO of @imwithperiods and a Partner at BIPOC Executive Search. Taq is physically based in Halifax, Nova Scotia on Mi’kmaq Territories after spending many years living in Vancouver. Her ancestors and family are from the Punjab region of India/Pakistan. Taq is passionate about long walks in the forest with her dog.

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Curator

Stephanie Yee & Lux Habrich

2022 Curatorial Team

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Stephanie Yee & Lux Habrich

2022 Curatorial Team

Stephanie Yee (she/her) is a second-generation Chinese Canadian artist and cultural worker based in Kjipuktuk (Halifax), the unceded territory of the Mi’kma’ki. Her education includes a BFA in Intermedia from NSCAD University where she began her exploration into community and identity. With a practice rooted in storytelling, her work manifests as gatherings, performance, writing, installation, video and playing with food. Often beginning with familiar imagery, processes, and materials, Yee playfully interjects as a means of exploring and questioning preconceived notions. She has participated as an artist, facilitator and curator in artist-run centers, festivals, residencies and galleries both locally and internationally.

Lux Habrich (she/they) is a multidisciplinary visual artist, arts facilitator and support worker of mixed Chinese and German heritage, practicing in the traditional and unceded territory of the Mi'kmaq People. Practicing in K’jipuktuk following an Interdisciplinary BFA from NSCAD University in 2015, she is drawn to the immense storytelling capabilities in tactile processes as a means of unearthing buried intergenerational pain and power. Her interest in ritual objects and commemorative practices center on diasporic experiences of belonging, embodied hybridization in blood and spirit, honouring the untold stories and unspoken legacies that live inside each of us. Committed to developing inclusive creative platforms, and reimagining cultural futures – Lux externalizes intense internal grievances, to open up collective issues and qualities of larger community struggle to allow for shared moments of compassion and insight.

Past Curators

Liliona A. Quarmyne

2021 Curator: Liminal

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Liliona A. Quarmyne

2021 Curator: Liminal


My body is a conduit, a link to past and to future generations.
It takes me back, it takes me forward, it carries the present.
My body is story.

With an eclectic background that has taken her through many performance styles on four different continents, Liliona is a dancer, choreographer, actor, singer, community organizer, and activist. She performs across the country and internationally, creates original works as an independent artist, facilitates community programming, and is the Artistic Director of Kinetic Studio. The scope of Liliona’s artistic work is broad, but is particularly focused on the relationship between art and social justice, on the body’s ability to carry ancestral memory, and on the role the performing arts can play in creating change. Liliona loves to work in collaboration and community, is mom to two wonderful kids, and is thoroughly obsessed with karaoke.

Lindsay Dobbin

2020 Curator: Echolocation

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Lindsay Dobbin

2020 Curator: Echolocation

Lindsay Dobbin is a Kanien'kehá:ka (Mohawk) - Acadian - Irish artist, musician, curator and educator who lives and works in Kjipuktuk in Mi'kma'ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of Lnu’k (Mi’kmaq). Born in and belonging to the Kennebecasis River Valley, the traditional territory of the Wəlastəkwiyik, Mi’kmaq and Passamaquoddy, Dobbin has lived throughout Wabanaki as well as the Yukon in Kwanlin Dün territory.

As a passionate educator, Dobbin employs traditional and contemporary land-based practices, creativity, play and improvisation as tools for self-awareness, collaboration, experiential learning and community building — revealing that people and the environment are related in dynamic ways. Dobbin is also an active artistic collaborator, and have worked on projects with musicians, sound artists, dancers, visual artists and filmmakers.

Tori Fleming

2019 Curator: Scaffold

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Tori Fleming

2019 Curator: Scaffold

Tori Fleming is a media artist, programmer and curator based in Halifax, NS.. Fleming’s curatorial work focuses on media arts, often centering on the space between media art and filmmaking. Fleming is currently the Director of Programming at the Centre for Art Tapes, a Media Arts based artist-run centre in North End Halifax. Through her independent curatorial practice, Fleming has recently worked with the Anna Leonowens Gallery, The NSCAD Alumni Association and the Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival. Fleming works to promote the status of the artist and Canadian cultural institutions through volunteer work as a director on the boards of advocacy groups including Halifax Ink, a Nova Scotia based artists publication non-profit, and as the Atlantic Canadian Representative for both the Artist-Run Centre Association of Canada and the Independent Media Arts Alliance of Canada.

Working primarily with 16mm Celluloid, Tori's artistic practice also includes painting, installation, and animation. Her works have exhibited in Nuit Blanche Toronto, Art in the Open PEI, the Halifax Independent Film Festival, The Atlantic International Film Festival the Bus Stop Theater, the Khyber Centre for the Arts and more. She has been awarded multiple grants and awards including the Starfish Properties Award for Film, the Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative Celluloid Grant, and an Arts Nova Scotia Creation Grant.

Raven Davis

2018 Curator: Nomadic Reciprocity

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Raven Davis

2018 Curator: Nomadic Reciprocity

Raven Davis is a multidisciplinary artist, curator, performer, human rights speaker/advocate and community facilitator from the Anishinaabek Nation in Manitoba. Davis was born and raised in Toronto and currently works and lives between K’jipuktuk (Halifax) and Toronto. A parent of 3 son’s, Davis blends narratives of colonization, race, gender, sexuality, Two-Spirit identity and the Anishinaabemowin language and culture into a variety of contemporary art forms.

anna sprague

2017 Co-Curator: VANISH

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anna sprague

2017 Co-Curator: VANISH

anna sprague is a performance artist, creative facilitator, and faculty member at NSCAD University. In tandem with a provocative use of sculptural materials, bizarre props, and outlandish costumes, her art practice explores collaborative performance, public intervention, and site-specific installation as a means of critically engaging with site and history. anna holds degrees in English Literature (Mount Allison University, Sackville, NB) and Fine Arts (Concordia University, Montreal QC) and has a love for lowercase letters and underwhelming coincidences.

Emily Lawrence

2017 Co-Curator: VANISH

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Emily Lawrence

2017 Co-Curator: VANISH

Emily is an artist, facilitator, and community organizer. She has curated and coordinated several projects on behalf of arts organizations including Eyelevel Gallery and the PEI Crafts Council. She is currently a member of Eyelevel Gallery’s Engagement Committee, and was a selected artist for the 2017/2018 NSCAD Community Studio Residency at the MacPhee Centre for Creative Learning in Dartmouth NS. Her experiential approach to creating immersive environments, sculpture, and production design hinges on humour, food, and the senses as conduits to the underlying feminist and cultural curiosities that fuels her work.

Michael McCormack

2016 Curator: MOTIVE

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Michael McCormack

2016 Curator: MOTIVE

Michael McCormack is an intermedia artist, curator, and educator of settler ancestry living in unceded territory of the Mi’Kmaq people in K’jiputuk (Halifax). He has worked extensively within the artist-run centre community as Director of Eyelevel Gallery from 2009-2013 and president and representative of the Association of Artist-Run Centres from the Atlantic from 2011-2013. He continues to work as an independent curator for exhibitions, festivals and events, most recently as a guest curator for Nocturne: Art at Night (2016), Flotilla Atlantic (2017), and KIAC's Natural & Manufactured exhibition (2018). Michael completed his MFA at NSCAD University in 2015 and has been steadily exhibiting in solo and group exhibitions since 2003.

Rose Zack

2015 Curator: FOUND AND LOST AND FOUND

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Rose Zack

2015 Curator: FOUND AND LOST AND FOUND

Rose Zack is a Calgary-Halifax transplant and an arts and culture doer, dreamer and volunteer. Calling Halifax home since 2007, Rose is currently keeping company with Atlantic Film Festival, as Regional Outreach Manager and on the boards of Centre for Art Tapes and Business for the Arts - ArtsScene. Past involvement includes as public programmer at the Glenbow Museum (Calgary), on the boards of ArtCity (Calgary), Creative Cities Network (National) and as founding Board Member and past Chair of Nocturne: Art at Night (Halifax). Recognition for her contributions include: The Chronical Herald’s Arts & Culture Honour Role (2011), Canadian Progress Club’s Women of Excellence Awards – Arts & Culture (2012), Progress Magazine’s People We Love 2012 and Fusion’s GO Awards – Arts & Culture (2012). As a cultural planner for the past 15 years, Rose’s raison d’étre is to create meaningful connections between artists, their work, and the public.

Eryn Foster

2014 Curator: Peripheral Visions

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Eryn Foster

2014 Curator: Peripheral Visions

Eryn Foster is a Canadian interdisciplinary artist who lives and works in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Born and raised in small-town Ontario, she spent her childhood in the boonies of Bancroft and her youth in Orillia. She has also spent time living and wandering around Montreal, Toronto, Algonquin Park, New England, Vancouver, the Yukon Territory, and Sackville, New Brunswick.

Eleanor King

2013 Curator: SPACE AND TIME

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Eleanor King

2013 Curator: SPACE AND TIME

Eleanor King is a Nova Scotian artist based in Brooklyn. She has presented solo exhibitions at A.I.R. Gallery, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Southern Alberta Art Gallery, and Diaz Contemporary; and two-person shows at 326 Gallery, Confederation Centre Art Gallery, and Eastern Edge. Her site-specific projects have been shown in venues across Canada and the US including the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto’s Nuit Blanche, The Peekskill Project, the Spring/Break Art Show and Franklin Street Works, with upcoming works to be presented at Nanaimo Art Gallery, Division Gallery, Dunlop Art Gallery, and the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art. She has attended residencies at The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, SOMA Mexico, and The Banff Centre; she was the 2016 Canadian Artist-in-Residence at Glenfiddich Scotland and recipient of the A.I.R. Gallery Fellowship 2016-17. Her work has been featured in publications including Canadian Art, Art in America and C Magazine. Eleanor is a Fulbright fellow with an MFA from the School of Art+Design at Purchase College, State University of New York, and a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. She has been shortlisted for the Sobey Art Award and has received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and Arts Nova Scotia. Eleanor is represented by Diaz Contemporary in Toronto, and her work is held in public, private, and corporate collections. She is Curatorial Manager and Visiting Assistant Professor at the School of Art+Design, Purchase College, and was formerly Director, Anna Leonowens Gallery, NSCAD University.

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