Meet Our Instructors
All our Studio Program instructors are practicing artists with a vast range of knowledge and experience to share with their students.
Following graduation with a Fine Arts Degree from the University Of Manitoba in 1979, Alan moved to Australia where he worked and taught ceramics for over 10 years. Returning to Winnipeg, he became activitely involved in the community—joining the Stoneware Gallery, becoming the president of the Manitoba Crafts Council, and teaching in the ceramics department at the University of Manitoba. Alan recently completed his masters degree from the University of North Dakota. Having built a studio on his property in the country near Stonewall, he continues to create functional stoneware vessels which he fires in a wood burning kiln.
Bree Bergen holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (interdisciplinary) from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design as well as Bachelor of Environmental Design and Master of Architecture degrees. She has developed and facilitated visual art and design programming for Toronto's Harbourfront Centre and the Luminat’eau Festival, as an Artist in the Schools for the Toronto District School Board, and has also taught at the Canadian Mennonite University's community school, and the Manitoba Children’s Museum. Bree has led art classes for all ages at the Winnipeg Art Gallery since 2005. She has completed artist residencies at the Banff Centre, at the New York Centre for Book Arts, and with the Pouch Cove Foundation in Newfoundland. Her multi-disciplinary practice is rooted in image-making, and concerns points of exchange between the built and natural environments. Bree believes strongly in the importance and impact of art and design education, and that it is accessible to all students regardless of background.
Colleen Chamberlin took a pottery class at the Stoneware Gallery in 1993 on a whim, and quickly became entranced with all aspects of clay. In addition to those classes, since 1996 she has spent many summers at the Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts outside Victoria, BC. While there, she concentrated on throwing and firing techniques, as well as glaze development. Working in such a lovely location inspired her to build a new studio in order to work surrounded by nature. Her work appears in several Manitoba galleries. Colleen holds music degrees from Mount Allison University, Brandon University, and University of Calgary. When not making pots, she works as a band teacher in River East Transcona School Division. She is excited to be part of the Stoneware Gallery, where it all started for her.
Colleen has a BFA Honours with a major in Ceramics from the University of Manitoba, and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Ottawa. She has lived, practiced, and taught Art in Winnipeg, Ottawa, and the Bahamas. She enjoys working in a variety of mediums and finds great inspiration from working with children and Art.
Crystal has a BFA Honors in Ceramics from University of Manitoba. As well as teaching at the WAG, she is the ceramics technichian for Studio Programs. Crystal likes to read, bake, and spend time at her country home and family cabin, both of which provide inspiration for her work.
Curtis L. Wiebe is a short-film maker, illustrator, animator, musician, and sculptor. Identifiable by flights of the fantastic in settings of winter forests and prairie landscapes, Curtis' art is full of imaginative characters brought to life as puppets, drawings, and elaborate costumes. His highest profile work of art to date is The Pigeon King, a nine-foot public stature that stands in front of the AirCanada building on Carlton St. in Winnipeg, MB. Curtis has a long history of working with children in camp and daycare settings ,as well as in public schools and inner-city community centres.
One of Studio Programs’ long-time instructors (since 1988), Derek also teaches at the University of Manitoba School of Art and the Faculty of Architecture (since 1998). Derek specializes in teaching drawing, painting, design, and most recently, Photoshop. He has exhibited and performed locally and internationally. Artist residencies for research have been completed in Chicago, Italy, and Vermont. Freelance work includes courtroom drawing for CTV National News.
Derek has lectured at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Dominican University (Chicago), the School of Fine Arts at the National Academy of Design (New York City) and in a panel discussion at the 2008 College Art Association Conference in Dallas.
Derek has been the recipient of grants from the Manitoba Arts Council, the Winnipeg Arts Council, and the Vermont Studio Center. Reviews of his work have appeared in Border Crossings, the Winnipeg Free Press, and the Globe and Mail. Education includes a BFA (Honours) from the University of Manitoba and an MFA from Hunter College, City University of New York.
Erika began working with clay in a pottery workshop at the Stoneware Gallery. During her classes there she was taught by Inga Torfadóttir, Valerie Metcalfe and Judy Marchand. These artists inspired her to pursue studies at the University of Manitoba SOA with a focus in Ceramics. There she was taught by Elizabeth Roy, Grace Nickel and Mary Ann Steggles who were an integral part of her growth as an individual and as an artist.
She now works part-time at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, having a great time with fellow staff members and visitors. The rest of her time is spent in her studio, with my family or enjoying the outdoors.
Jeanine graduated from the University of Manitoba with BFA honours degree in 2013 with a focus in painting and drawing. After graduating she interned at at Residency Unlimited in Brooklyn where she maintained social media pages and helped artists make work during their Residencies. Upon returning home she helped run programming at CSPACE an underground emerging arts exhibition space in Frame Arts Warehouse. Since CSPACE's closure Jeanine has helped establish and remains on the committee for aceartinc's FLUX Gallery, an emerging artist project space. She takes pride in providing opportunities for emerging artists in Canada as well as introducing, facilitating and maintaining art practices in communities. Jeanine experiments with many materials in her own practice, upholstery foam, building materials, paint and stains contemplating their routine uses which results in minimal painting/sculptural work occasionally dealing with text. She is inspired by generational learning process, focus and comfort levels in routines.
Jesse Krause is a musician, artist, naturalist and inventor working out of the great city of Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Raised in British Columbia by artist/biologist/mother Edith and pastor/farmer/father Henry, he moved to the prairies in 2003.
Early in his career Jesse fronted the indie band Flying Fox and the Hunter Gatherers. He now sings with his brother Thomas in Geräuschbiest and directs the Riel Gentlemen's Choir.
His latest work straddles choral composition and instrumental exploration.
He is currently fulfilling a Winnipeg Arts Council grant for the composition of a new oratorio, as well as the design of new instruments to perform the work.
Jessica Canard is a multi-media visual artist whose work focuses on street art and murals. She was born in Winnipeg where she is currently based, and has Bachelor’s degree in Business and Administration from the University of Winnipeg.
Since 2008 she has facilitated art workshops for Graffiti Art Programming Inc., including many community art projects such as the North Point Douglas Women’s Centre’s outdoor oven and various murals for neighbourhood beautification projects. In 2015 and 2017 Jessica participated in Unceded Voices Anti-Colonial Street Artist Convergence in Montreal where she created murals and facilitated art workshops. She has participated in numerous group exhibitions in Winnipeg. Her work has been purchased by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights through a partnership with the Michaelle Jean Foundation.
Marianne teaches children’s mixed media and cartoon art classes as well as adult watercolour. Her performance art has been seen at various venues around Winnipeg and she has displayed paintings in several of the city’s galleries.
Megan graduated with a BFA honours at the University of Manitoba in October of 2011. Aside from painting surreal landscapes in her studio, she has taught mixed media to both adults and children, was a mentor for the Young Artists Program through the WAG and the Winnipeg Folk Festival, and is a Mentee in this year's Foundation Mentorship Program through MAWA. She resides in Winnipeg with her husband Jesse, and together they support each-others artistic endeavors.
Pj Anderson is an early career ceramic artist from Thompson, Manitoba, Canada. Pj has shown internationally, as Resident Artist at the University of KwaZulu Natal in South Africa, where she had previously visited as a Zulu ceramics researcher, in China as a finalist in the International Ceramic Magazine Editors Associations (ICMEA) emerging artist competition, and in the United State, at Craftforms at the Wayne Art Center and Unwedged at Pottery Northwest. Pj has lectured at the University of Manitoba, the University of Kwazulu Natal, for the Manitoba Craft Council, and the Manitoba Craft Museum and library. She teaches ceramics for the City of Winnipeg, has taught at the Winnipeg Art Gallery and gives private workshops. Her work can be found at the Winnipeg Art Gallery Shop, Grollé Gallery, and the Canadian Museum of Human Rights in Winnipeg and the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery in Waterloo.
Vitaliy teaches classical academic drawing and painting to his students but also has a strong interest in all artistic styles.
He got his art education in Ukraine, Europe studying at the Kosiv College of Applied and Decorative Arts then continuing at the Precarpathian University, Faculty of Art where he received his MFA (Honours) working on research and classification of history of art. For several years he taught university students the fundamentals in academic drawing and painting using traditional methods and organized students in open air practice and field trips. Since 1996 he has participated in regional and national art exhibitions.
After moving to Winnipeg, he is actively participating in different art projects.
World traveler, silk artist Wendy Lee currently lives in Winnipeg. Born and educated in Toronto, Wendy spent her early years working as a commercial artist and illustrator. Since her twenties, Wendy has traveled worldwide throughout Europe, South America, the United States, and lived for a time in Taos, New Mexico before being drawn to Canada’s majestic north. She lived in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories for more than a decade. During her travels she has studied and been influenced by the art of many different cultures. Although proficient in several mediums, Wendy chooses primarily to focus her attention on the ancient Chinese art of silk painting. She uses the traditional techniques but combines it with the images and colours from her own cultural experiences.