Founded in 1969 as a collective of working artists, NAC is one of the oldest artist-run organizations in Canada.

NAC believes that the arts and critical dialogue on the arts are integral to a healthy community.

Niagara Artists Centre is a not-for-profit, charitably registered, member-driven collective formed by and dedicated to serving the working artists and community of Niagara.

NAC gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the City of St. Catharines, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Niagara Community Foundation and Delta Bingo Players.

NAC Staff

Minister of Energy, Minds, and Resources

Stephen Remus

I’ve been involved at NAC for over 15 years, as a volunteer, board director and staff member.

I’ve been involved at NAC for over 15 years, as a volunteer, board director and staff member. Creatively, I’m primarily a screen-printer, but I also work in 16mm film and video and I paint and write from time-to-time. I was awarded the City of St. Catharines 2009 Trillium Established Artist Award. I consider my experience, wealth of community contacts, and the ability to bring people together to work toward a common goal things I bring to the benefit of NAC.
Ambassador

Natasha Pedros

I’m a print designer, performer, and co-founder of Suitcase in Point Theatre Company and the In the Soil Arts Festival.

I’ve worked at NAC since 2005. I coordinate, promote, and help determine NAC’s full slate of exhibits in the Show Room, Plate Glass, and Flea Market Galleries, as well as the Dennis Tourbin Members Gallery. I also oversee the contracting of artists and supervise bookkeeping. I’m a print designer, performer, and co-founder of Suitcase in Point Theatre Company and the In the Soil Arts Festival. I recently co-directed a remount of Paris La Nuit by founding member of the Niagara Artists Centre, Dennis Tourbin.

Board of Directors

President

Candace Couse

Candace Couse earned an M.F.A. from The University of Calgary, Alberta.

Candace Couse earned an M.F.A. from The University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada (2010). In 2014, she was accepted into Brock University’s Interdisciplinary Humanities Doctoral Program where she is conducting research on illness narratives in visual art practice. This research is being carried out with the support of The Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships Program Doctoral Scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Couse has taught in Alberta, Ontario and France.
Secretary / Programming Committee

Bruce Thompson

Bio coming soon

Resource Management + Outreach Committees

Tabitha Lewis

Tabitha Lewis works in the Brock University Library Makerspace as the Coordinator.

Tabitha Lewis works in the Brock University Library Makerspace as the Coordinator. She has over 15 years of work experience with multimedia software including graphic design, photography, and video-editing. She loves to work with people and help them tap into their creative genius. She keeps a space for painting at NAC's studios at 433 St. Paul Street.
Programming Committee

Adam CK Vollick

My early love of Photography and Light has allowed me to hone unconventional methods in many different disciplines with some of my heroes.

I am a Niagara native who grew up close to the breeze of Lake Erie. My early love of Photography and Light has allowed me to hone unconventional methods in many different disciplines with some of my heros. I am currently working on several film projects for Neil Young; I am co-producing a short film with Daryl Hannah; and recently my work can be seen in the Timberlake/Demme film that premiered at TIFF 2016 and is now streaming on Netflix. As well, I continue to be a Daniel Lanois film collaborator for over a decade. My works both still and moving pictures are internationally collected and appear on stages and in theaters across the globe. Niagara is where I return to meditate, and find peace in my own life while preparing for the next sojourn.
Vice President / Programming Committee

Emma German

Emma has an extensive history supporting the local arts community as an active volunteer, board member, and curator.

Emma German is a curator based in St Catharines. She holds an M.A. in Art History and Curatorial Studies from York University (2017), and a B.A in Visual Arts from Brock University. Emma has an extensive history supporting the local arts community as an active volunteer, board member, and curator, and has organized community-based exhibitions and projects at sites throughout St. Catharines including Centennial Gardens, City Hall, the VISA Gallery at MIWSFPA, and Rodman Hall Art Centre. Emma has held curatorial and administrative positions at the City of St. Catharines, Janis A. Barlow and Associates, Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography, and the Art Gallery of Ontario. During her tenure as Curatorial Assistant at Rodman Hall (2017-2018), she organized Up close and in motion, a year-long constantly shifting exhibition of the gallery’s permanent collection. Other curatorial projects include Exposing Liminalities at Critical Distance Centre for Curators (2018). Her research was recently published in the Journal of Curatorial Studies.
Programming Committee

Geoff Farnsworth

Geoff Farnsworth began his art training in Vancouver before moving to New York City to study at the Art Students League from 1997 to 2002.

Geoff Farnsworth began his art training in Vancouver before moving to New York City to study at the Art Students League from 1997 to 2002. Here he trained from the model full time before working in the abstract classes where his style began to synthesize form with colour, process, and experimentation. A post 9-11 environment with tightening visa restrictions finally prompted him to follow his long time urge to move to Toronto where he furthered his studio practice. He currently lives and works in St. Catharines, Ontario. His paintings have been shown in New York City, Washington DC, Minneapolis, Toronto, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Thunder Bay, Niagara Falls, Norway, Sweden, and Trinidad.
Ryan Mallette - Board Member
Resource Management Committee

Ryan Mallette

Ryan’s love for building is lifelong. From an early age, he took things apart and rebuilt them in new, creative ways.

Ryan aka ramm is a master craftsperson and has helped dream up and build some of North America’s favourite installations, from Canadian Tire’s ice truck to Casper’s nap pods. He is responsible for creating the captivating fixtures and finishes in many of Toronto’s hottest restaurants, including À Toi and Shook.
Ryan’s love for building is lifelong. From an early age, he took things apart and rebuilt them in new, creative ways. Later he became a licensed aircraft maintenance engineer where he worked on servicing and repairing some of the largest aircrafts in the sky. Ryan’s many creative achievements have earned him the Top 40 Under 40 award for entrepreneurs in the Niagara Region.
Programming Committee

Linda Steer

Linda Steer is an art historian and professor in the Department of Visual Arts at Brock.

Linda Steer is an art historian and professor in the Department of Visual Arts at Brock. She is also a partner, a parent, a fan of surrealism but not a surrealist, and an admirer of strange and beautiful things.
Treasurer / Resource Management

David Legge

I’m fueled by craft beer, spite and tortilla chips.

Print-maker, mall ninja, and multidisciplinary juggler. Teetering on the fulcrum of minimalism and intellectual purity to craft experiences both online and in real life. I’m fueled by craft beer, spite and tortilla chips. Check me out on Myspace!
Programming + Outreach Committees

Shannon Kitchings

Shannon has been creating and performing her whole life.

Shannon has been creating and performing her whole life. Ultimately trained at UTM/Sheridan College she began her career locally in Burlington Student Theatre. Roles include a wide range from bar wench to queen. As a mid-career artist Shannon performs as a singer, actor, and spoken word artist, largely in applied theatre settings. Performing extensively in Canada and the US, Shannon has always appreciated the opportunity to share art making in her hometown community of Burlington, ON.
Programming Committee

Katie Mazi

Bio coming soon

Programming Committee

Giniw (Graham) Paradis

Bio coming soon

Mandate

Mission Statement

Niagara Artists Company is a not-for-profit, charitably registered, collective formed by and dedicated to serving the working artists and community of Niagara.

NAC provides a forum for the development, exhibition and appreciation of contemporary art by providing facilities, equipment, professional expertise and a supportive atmosphere for arts research, advocacy and dissemination.

NAC believes that the arts and a critical dialogue on the arts are integral to a healthy community.

Vision Statement

NAC is striving to educate and contribute to a community that gets excited about art, that supports and recognizes local artists and cultural institutions, and that understands an investment in the arts is an act of enlightened self-interest.

Goals of Organization

ARTIST RELATIONS

  • Enhance cross-cultural relations
  • Increase professional artist memberships
  • Sustain satellite activities – film, literary, performing, and interdisciplinary arts
  • Innovate publications, catalogues
  • Increase member-driven programming
  • Increase member career development
  • Increase educational programming

AUDIENCE RELATIONS

  • Increase audiences
  • Maintain program continuity – three galleries
  • Increase publications, catalogues
  • Increase educational programming
  • Increase public art initiatives

COMMUNITY RELATIONS

  • Increase public recognition
  • Increase human resources, volunteers
  • Increase membership and donors
  • Increase political advocacy for artists
  • Add strategic business alliances, partners
  • Assume leadership as an Artist-run Centre

RESOURCE MANAGEMENT – HUMAN, FACILITY, EQUIPMENT, FINANCIAL

  • Diversify revenue sources
  • Create accessible digital archives
  • Expand tool library for artists

Summary of Programs and Services

General Program Guidelines

  • Provide a platform for interdisciplinary contemporary art
  • Provide a members’ gallery, main gallery and multi-purpose place of assembly
  • Choose regional, national and international exhibits of special interest to the community
  • Balance examples of regional practice with the work of artists from outside Niagara
  • Maintain artist fees and project-related expenses above minimum CARFAC standards

Current Programs and Services

Niagara Artists Centre offers a resource for the development of the contemporary arts in Niagara and a forum for the appreciation of contemporary arts in Niagara.

Resource for Members

As a Resource to Member Artists, NAC provides:

  • Exhibition space/members’ gallery
  • Professional expertise
  • A tool library
  • Educational workshops and publications
  • Communication network, bulletins, information
  • A film library
  • Promotion, referrals, and liaison to clients
  • Advocacy for the rights of artists

Forum for Arts Appreciation

As a Forum for the Appreciation of Contemporary Arts in the community, NAC provides:

  • Juried exhibitions in its Main Exhibition Space
  • Publications
  • Educational workshops/screenings
  • Referrals and liaison with artists
  • Information and a library
  • Film collection

Artistic Priorities

Operating Guidelines
NAC . . .

  • Provides a platform for interdisciplinary contemporary art
  • Provides a members’ gallery, main gallery and multi-purpose place of assembly
  • Chooses regional, national and international exhibits of special interest to the community
  • Balances examples of regional practice with the work of artists from outside Niagara
  • Maintains artist fees and project-related expenses above minimum CARFAC rates
  • Offers a resource for the development of the contemporary arts in Niagara
  • Is a forum for the appreciation of contemporary arts in Niagara