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Recipients of the 2012 Edmonton Artists' Trust Fund Awards


Josée Aubin Ouellette's visual art practice examines the intersection between art making and curatorial production. She is particularly focused on constructing systems of interdependence between groups of objects and the physical, narrative, or historical frameworks that contain them. After graduating from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2007, Ouellette exhibited locally through Nextfest, the Works Festival and ArtsHab. From 2007-2010, she worked as the Visual Arts Curator for Nextfest and created many self-organised art projects under the name of Institute Parachute, such as The Portable Festival of Portable Art (2007-2010) and Cabinet Gallery (2007-2009). She completed her Master of Fine Art, Interdisciplinary Studio Practice, at the Glasgow School of Art in 2012, and has most recently exhibited her work in Berlin, Glasgow and Dundee. Josée is currently producing a new body of work and is looking forward to the opportunity to exhibit locally in the near future.

Jeremy Baumung is an Edmonton-based actor and playwright. Some favorite theatre credits include: Pirelli in Sweeney Todd, The Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz and Mr. Collins in Pride and Prejudice – all for the Citadel Theatre, Bobby Strong in Urinetown for Persephone Theatre and Pierre Gringoire in Hunchback for Catalyst Theatre. He’s also very much enjoyed working with the Vancouver Playhouse, The Freewill Players, Northern Light Theatre, THEATrePUBLIC, Azimuth Theatre, Theatre Prospero, Concrete Theatre, the Alberta Worker’s Health Center, Nextfest, and the N.A.C.C.(Yellowknife). 

In 2002, Jeremy graduated from Grant MacEwan’s Theatre program. In 2008, he participated in the Citadel Theatre/Banff Professional Theatre Program. Jeremy’s play Dead Man Talking premiered at the Azimuth Theatre in 2003 and toured to the Edge Theatre in Aukland, New Zealand. His other play Homeless has been performed at the Alberta Hospital, the Bissell Centre in Edmonton, Workshop West’s Canoe Theatre Festival and the Canadian Fringe Circuit. 

Amber Borotsik has studied theatre, contemporary dance, contact improvisation and flamenco throughout Canada, the United States and Spain. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting (with distinction) from the University of Alberta in 2001 and now works as both a contemporary dance and theatre artist. Amber is the founder/Co-Artistic Director of the creation-based company Windrow Performance (formerly Dammitdance Theatre) whose premier production, Scythe, received two Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Awards (Outstanding Choreography, Outstanding Independent Production). 
Amber has performed across Canada and the United States and has taught at the University of Alberta, Grant MacEwan University, the University of New Mexico, YouthWrite, the Art Gallery of Alberta, the Citadel Theatre and Augustana College. 

Pianist Sandra Joy Friesen performs the full range of repertoire from classical to contemporary, including improvisation and interpretation of open compositions and pictorial scores. Her interdisciplinary collaborations have been with dancers (Jen Mesch Dance Conspiracy, Edmonton) and visual artist Werner Friesen. She has performed throughout Canada, the United States, Austria, England, France, Germany, Poland, and Slovenia, and was invited by the Association for Canadian Studies in Mexico and Brazil to represent Canadian composers in recital. Her discography includes solo piano music by Alain Mayrand and chamber music by Stephen Chatman. 

Sandra Joy is currently creating an online instructional resource for learning new piano techniques, notations and interpretation. She earned a Doctor of Music in piano performance from the University of Alberta, and completed the degree in 2012 as a scholar of the Kule Institute of Advanced Studies. 


Nicole Moeller is an Edmonton-based playwright. She has been an active member of Edmonton's theatre community for over ten years. She began as a performer/creator with the much-loved Carnival of Shrieking Youth. Nicole has worked with Studio Theatre, Workshop West Theatre, Azimuth Theatre, Theatre Prospero, Guys and Disguise, The Nextfest Arts Company, One Story Window, Promise Productions, SurrealSoReal Theatre and New West Theatre. She has also worked as a theatre administrator for Theatre Network. She is a graduate of MacEwan University's Journalism and Theatre Arts programs. She was a member of Workshop West's Playwright's Unit 2007/2008, the Citadel Theatre's playwright's forum 2011-2013 and is currently the in-house writer at Azimuth Theatre. Nicole was the first-place winner in the Alberta Playwrights Network 24-hour playwriting competitions in 2008 (Edmonton) and 2009 (Calgary). She has received the Outstanding New Play Sterling award, the Gwen Pharis Literary Award for Drama and Germany's 'Neue Theaterstücke aus Kanada' National Competition official selection. Nicole's first short story 'The Girl in the Snowshoes' will be published in an anthology later this year. She's currently working on an adaptation of Jean-Paul Sartre's 'Erostratus', a trilogy of plays focusing on the mothers of criminals and a "name is still in flux" new work. Nicole is a proud resident of Alberta Avenue, where she resides with her husband and her overweight tabby named Chancellor. 

Hans Olson is an Edmonton filmmaker with a passion for character, landscape and visual storytelling. After completing workshops at the Film and Video Arts Society of Alberta, he studied screenwriting at Langara College. Two of his narrative shorts, Bronwen’s Ark and Baby Boots, take place against the backdrop of the prairies, while his first documentary, Where Credit Is Due, was filmed in Guatemala. In 2009, Hans was selected as a Directors’ Lab resident at the Canadian Film Centre. He directed and co-wrote the short drama, Champagne, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and broadcast on CBC and The Movie Network. Most recently, he directed The Auctioneer, an observational documentary produced by the National Film Board. Hans is a board member of Metro Cinema and serves as president of the Nordlys Film and Arts Festival. 

Shawn Pinchbeck is an Edmonton-based electroacoustic composer, sound artist, video artist, performer, installation artist, teacher, curator, and sound engineer; active since 1984. His creative works centre around the use of sound as a creative medium with a comprehensive use of multimedia elements, computer interaction, multi-speaker environments, electronics, and interdisciplinary performance. Shawn has extensively volunteered for numerous Alberta and national arts organisations, and currently sits on the boards of the Boreal Electroacoustic Music Society, the Film and Video Arts Society – Alberta and the Canadian Electroacoustic Community.


Scott Portingale is an animator/filmmaker from Edmonton, Alberta. He employs the use of stop-motion and time-lapse photography into his films, and loves using experimental techniques within a narrative context. His films have attracted the attention of numerous international film festivals and have won multiple awards. Scott has also worked as a documentary cinematographer and photojournalist and in India, Central America, Africa, and Taiwan. 

Mark Templeton utilizes acoustic instruments, found sounds and sampled material to construct textured, collage-like electronic compositions. Since the release of his critically acclaimed “Standing on a Hummingbird” in 2007, his sound has been called "pastoral," but also "painterly" in an attempt to describe how his sources are crumbled and reconstructed into new forms; a process further developed and realized on subsequent releases for Anticipate Recordings, Staalplaat, Sweat Lodge Guru and Under the Spire Recordings.
Templeton's works have been commissioned by organizations of contemporary dance, film and audiovisual disciplines. His ongoing collaborations with filmmakers aAron Munson and Kyle Armstrong and sound artists Nicola Ratti and Ezekiel Honig have produced numerous works on various formats. 



Raena Waddell has built a career in Edmonton as a dancer, choreographer and movement instructor. She graduated from the Grant MacEwan Dance Program, receiving the Brian Webb Dance Company Award in 2000. Following graduation, Raena spent 4 years with the Mile Zero Dance Company, completed her certification in Reflexology and Pilates, as well as continuing her ongoing dance training. She is an ongoing instructor for Orchesis at the University of Alberta and a collective member and teacher of the Contemporary Dance Co-op. After premiering 9 of her own choreographic works in Alberta and receiving the 2007 Nextfest Enbridge Emerging Artist Award, Raena toured the 2010/2011 Prairie Dance Circuit with her duet “The Surrender Method”.  Recent works include a solo collaboration with Heidi Bunting entitled “Matter” as well as a trio with Good Women Dance Society entitled “Bound”. 

2012 EATF award recipients
Back row: Mark Templeton, Jeremy Baumung, Scott Portingale, Hans Olson
Front row: Edmonton Community Foundation CEO Martin Garber-Conrad, Raena Waddell, Amber Borotsik, Josee Aubin Oullette, Nicole Moeller, Sandra Joy Friesen, City Councillor Kim Krushell
Not pictured: Shawn Pinchbeck

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