Alysa Procida, Executive Director
& Publisher, Inuit Art Quarterly

Bringing a wealth of experience with Inuit art and non-profit leadership, Alysa Procida joined the IAF in 2015. Prior to becoming the Foundation’s Executive Director, Alysa was the Executive Director and Curator of the Museum of Inuit Art. Over her career she has written and presented internationally about using both traditional and new media channels to champion Inuit art to new and existing audiences.

Camille Usher, Programs Coordinator

The Inuit Art Foundation’s Programs Coordinator, Camille Usher is a Coast Salish/Sahtu Dene/Scottish scholar, artist, and writer from Galiano Island, BC. She completed her MA in Art History at Concordia University and is currently a PhD candidate in the Cultural Studies department at Queen’s University, where she will be telling a story of Indigenous arts collectives, gangs and other groups activating public spaces. She has also worked extensively throughout Nunatsiavut with Dr. Heather Igloliorte on the exhibition SakKijâjuk: Art and Craft from Nunatsiavut.

Britt Gallpen, Editor, Inuit Art Quarterly

Britt Gallpen is a writer and curator based in Toronto, Canada, and the editor of the Inuit Art Quarterly. Since 2014 she has been the project coordinator of SakKijâjuk: Art and Craft from Nunatsiavut. Recent curatorial projects include: Titigi (Toronto) and ARCTICNOISE (Vancouver). She has written catalogue texts for The Walter Phillips Gallery at the Banff Centre and grunt gallery, in addition to contributions to numerous publications including Canadian Art, esse art + opinions, drain mag and Prefix Photo.

John Geoghegan, Assistant Editor and Circulation Manager

John is pursuing an MA in Art History with a diploma in curatorial practice from York University. In 2013 John co-curated the exhibition Moving Side and Forward: A Journey through the Collection of York University at the Varley Art Gallery, Markham. Most recently John contributed catalogue entries to the publication accompanying the touring exhibition A Story of Canadian Art: As Told by the Hart House Art Collection.

Nicholas Wattson, Advertising

Nick Wattson has an extensive background in media sales which includes working at The Toronto Star, Transcontinental Publications, Time/Warner, and CanWest Media Sales. In 1995 Nick launched his own media sales company after identifying that the increasing number of Canadian companies that were starting to penetrate the U.S. market needed a locally based expert to help them with the very large and complex media landscape within the U.S. Nick represented 10 different Time Inc magazines including People, Teen People, Sports Illustrated, Sports Illustrated Women, and Real Simple. After 6 years at CanWest Nick returned to his independent sales role and represented a number of different media properties across print, online, and out of home digital.

Claire Christopher, Editorial Assistant

Claire Christopher is an editor and writer from Windsor, ON currently working as the Editorial Assistant for the Inuit Art Quarterly. In 2016 she graduated with distinction with an Honors Specialization in English Language and Literature and a Minor in French Translation from the University of Western Ontario, earning no less than seven scholarships (and one medal) in her time there. She has worked for the Western Gazette, her school newspaper, Cinema Scope Magazine and the Toronto International Film Festival. Claire also writes poetry and short prose in her spare time. Though somewhat of a closet writer, she hopes to one day publish a short book of poetry.

Bryan Winters, Igloo Tag Program Coordinator

Bryan Winters is a Nunatsiavut beneficiary from Goose Bay, Labrador. He attended Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, prior to completing the Electronics Engineering Technician Program at the Nova Scotia Community College Waterfront campus in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. This led to a career as an Electronics Maintenance Technician on the North Warning System (NWS). After leaving the NWS, he spent time managing credit card processing accounts as a Relationship Manager for Sekure Merchants in Montreal, Quebec.

Ashley McLellan, Inuit Artist Database Program Coordinator

Ashley McLellan is a writer, researcher and art historian based in Toronto. She completed her MA in Art History with a Curatorial Studies diploma at York University in 2016. Ashley has written exhibition texts for several artists including a catalogue essay on visual artist Cole Swanson’s work for the Art Gallery of Guelph, and an exhibition brochure on the work of art collective VSVSVS for Mercer Union: A Centre for Contemporary Art. Her writing has also appeared online for Canadian Art, Artinfo Canada, Drain and Inuit Art Quarterly.

Lera Kotsyuba, Inuit Artist Database Program Officer

Lera Kotsyuba is an editor, curator, and art historian based in Toronto. Completing her MA in Art History with a Curatorial Studies diploma at York University in 2015, Lera is currently the Associate Editor of Studio Magazine. Lera has been with Craft Ontario writing for the website and was assistant curator for various exhibitions. Working across disciplines in architectural history and craft, she has presented at conferences internationally. Lera has recently edited a new book by Sarah Hall entitled “A Thousand Colours”, and convened a session at the 2017 Canadian Craft Biennale on Craft and Public Art.

Rebecca Gray, Inuit Artist Database Program Officer

Rebecca Gray is a researcher and archaeologist of South Slavey Dene heritage based in Toronto, ON. She received her MSc in archaeology from the University of Toronto in 2017. Her research interests include Arctic and Subarctic ethnoarchaeology within the circumpolar north, with a specialization in the Northwest Territories, Canada. She has collaborated the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, the Tłı̨chǫ Research and Training Institute, the Aurora Research Institute, and the Canadian Museum of History. She has presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Archaeological Association and given public talks on indigenous archaeology and community-based research.