The Art Gallery of Grande Prairie (AGGP) is pleased to announce three new staffing updates as it continues to evolve to best meet its mission in enriching the community through the creation, conservation and sharing of art. Jamie-Lee Cormier, Katrina Shirley and Danielle Ribar will all take up their work in the next month.
The Gallery’s former Coordinator, Learning, Jamie-Lee Cormier, now transitions to the position of Coordinator, Programs & Exhibitions, providing important support to the Gallery’s flourishing exhibitions alongside it’s arts education area. On average, the Gallery delivers 14 art exhibitions and 100 art camps and school tours annually. Jamie-Lee received her BFA from Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, and was a gallery owner in Corner Brook, NL. After moving to Grande Prairie she served as a teacher’s assistant, arts instructor, and attendant at the Grant Berg Gallery.
Katrina Shirley joins her as the Assistant, Programs & Exhibitions, which sees her supporting Jamie-Lee in the work. Katrina received her BFA majoring in Visual Arts and attended two years at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. She is a practicing artist and has designed and instructed educational art workshops for all ages.
Danielle Ribar takes up the new position of Associate Curator, managing the Travelling Exhibition program for the Gallery (offered through the Peace Country on behalf of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts), and working to integrate travelling exhibitions with the Gallery’s ongoing exhibition calendar. Last year, the program was delivered to 130,000 people in the Peace Region and Northeastern B.C. Danielle graduated from Grande Prairie Regional College in the Visual Arts and Design Diploma Program, and subsequently moved on to serve the College as both a Fine Art program Liaison and Senior Education Ambassador. She is an independent curator, writer and practicing artist.
“All three of these women bring with them great intelligence, passion and useful skills for where the Gallery is headed,” says Executive Director Jeff Erbach. “’We’re proud that we can find such talent in our community and that their dedication to enriching our community through art can be put on full display through our programs and exhibitions in the coming future.”
Image: (L-R) Jamie-Lee Cormier, Coordinator of Programs & Exhibitions. Danielle Ribar, Associate Curator. Katrina Shirley, Assistant in Programs & Exhibitions.