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444, 1011 – 9th Avenue S.E.
Inglewood, Calgary, Alberta
Canada T2G 0H7

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Staff

ELIZABETH DIGGON - Assistant Curator  [+]

+1 (403) 930-2493

Elizabeth Diggon is a Calgary-based curator, writer, and instructor. Prior to joining Esker Foundation, Diggon worked with institutions including the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston; the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery; and the Glenbow Library and Archives, Calgary. Her writing has been published in the Journal of Curatorial Studies, the Journal of Canadian Studies, as well as in exhibition texts for the ODD Gallery, Dawson City; the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, and the Union Gallery, Kingston. She is currently a sessional instructor in the Fine Arts Department at the University of Lethbridge.

Diggon holds a PhD in Cultural Studies from Queen’s University, Kingston. Her dissertation examined the mobilization of art as a means of cultural diplomacy in the Canadian context from the mid-to-late twentieth century.

DOUG HASLAM - Head Preparator  [+]

+1 (403) 930-2496

Working primarily in wood, Doug Haslam employs traditional and contemporary techniques to create furniture and sculptural forms that are informed by his personal interaction with nature, architecture, and culture. Recent solo and group exhibitions include: Robin Wood’s Cores Recycled (2012-13), The Center for Wood Art, Philadelphia; Alberta House, 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics; Boxes (2010), Tu Gallery, Edmonton; Skee-doo (2008), Gallery 809, Calgary; Containment (2006), Mendel Gallery, Saskatoon; and Cabinets of Curiosities, a major group exhibition co-organized by the Furniture Society and the Wood Turning Center, Philadelphia, which travelled to galleries and museums across the United States from 2003-2006.

Haslam currently sits as President of the Calgary Allied Arts Foundation, and as a board member with the Southern Alberta Woodworkers Society. He is also an advisor for Selkirk College’s Fine Woodwork program and Red Deer College’s Series program. Haslam is a Governor of the Registry with the Aeolian Recreational Boundary Institute artist collective.

JILL HENDERSON - Marketing & Communications  [+]

[email protected] | +1 (403) 930-2499

Jill Henderson joins Esker Foundation from the Contemporary Art Gallery in Vancouver where she held the post of Marketing and Communications Manager. Previous positions include working for leading international non-profit art organizations and artists for over twenty years in the roles of communications, marketing, and education.

Henderson was co-founder of Free Parking, an artist-run gallery project in downtown Toronto, a board member of Mercer Union, as well as curator of several independent exhibitions and projects. She is a lifetime member of Art Metropole.

Henderson graduated from Glasgow School of Art, Scotland with a Masters in Fine Art in 1993 and a BFA in 1991. International exhibitions of her art work and curatorial projects have been held at the ICA, London; The Power Plant, Toronto; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; Transmission Gallery, Glasgow; Art Metropole, Toronto; MoMA PS1, New York; Lothringer13 Halle, Munich; Manif d’art 2, Quebec City; The Americas Society, New York; The New Gallery, Calgary; Helen Pitt Gallery, Vancouver; and Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver.

NAOMI POTTER - Director/Curator  [+]

+1 (403) 930-2494

Naomi Potter is the Director/Curator of Esker Foundation in Calgary. Over the last sixteen years she developed numerous curatorial, artist, and residency projects in Canada and Central and Eastern Europe. From 2009-2011, she was curator of Walter Phillips Gallery at The Banff Centre where she produced solo projects and exhibitions with many artists including: Anthony Burnham, Geoffrey Farmer, Melanie Gilligan, Brian Jungen, Ragnar Kjartansson, Silke Otto-Knapp, and Ron Terada. More recently she has worked to develop solo projects at Esker Foundation with Peter von Tiesenhausen, Cedric Bomford, Cynthia Girard, Mia Feuer, Colleen Heslin, and Etienne Zack, to name a few. In 2003, Potter was awarded a year-long Deutsche Akademische Austauschdienst (DAAD) artist residency in Istanbul, and from 2003 to 2007 was co-director of the international artist residency program at CESTA in the Czech Republic. In 2015 she was a guest of both the Australian Arts Council and British Council International Curatorial Visit programs. Potter holds a BFA from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, and an MFA in sculpture from Concordia University, Montreal.

PARISA RADMANESH - Programs and Volunteer Coordinator  [+]

+1 (403) 930-2490

Coming from a diverse background in the arts, corporate, government, and aviation sectors, Parisa Radmanesh is interested in building and strengthening community through the arts.

With volunteer experience at the University of Toronto Art Centre, Museum of Inuit Art, Toronto, and children’s literacy programs in Calgary, Toronto, and London, Radmanesh is invested in community development. She also currently participates on an advisory committee for WordFest in Calgary. Radmanesh holds a BA in Art History from the University of Toronto.

SHAUNA THOMPSON - Curator  [+]

+1 (403) 930-2497

Prior to joining the Esker team, Shauna Thompson was Curatorial Assistant at the Walter Phillips Gallery, The Banff Centre. Recent curatorial projects include Celia Perrin Sidarous: Les Choses (2013), The Banff Centre; Karlheinz Stockhausen: Tierkreis Music Box Project (2011), Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff; and Status Update (2010), Doris McCarthy Gallery, Scarborough.

Thompson has worked with the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery and YYZ Artists’ Outlet, both in Toronto, as well as the Art Gallery of Mississauga. She holds a master’s degree in Curatorial Studies from the University of Toronto and a master’s degree in English from the University of Guelph. She currently sits on the Board of TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary.

Eva Verity - Public Engagement  [+]

+1 (403) 930-2492

Eva Verity is an arts producer and facilitator who has led artistic projects and programs with local communities (children, youth, refugees and senior citizens) in more than 30 cities in Canada and around the world, including the US, UK, Australia, Asia, and Europe. From 2008-2018, she was the Director of Creative Production for performance company Mammalian Diving Reflex and continues to work with the company as a Young Mammals mentor. Eva has volunteered with SummerWorks Performance Festival, Myseum, ImagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival and the Art Gallery of Ontario. She is the creator of the intergenerational podcast series Strange and Familiar and Wisdoms and her illustrations have appeared in Broken Pencil Magazine, at the AGO as part of Mammalian’s artist residency, in the production Promises to a Divided City presented by The Theatre Centre and at YYZ Artists’ Outlet as part of A Survival Guide to the City. She holds a Master’s degree in Art History from York University.