Featured Alumni

Andrea Kreminik BFA-Art '14

Andrea Kreminik

BFA-Art (Art History/Museum Studies) '14

Curatorial Assistant at the uLethbridge Art Gallery, and works closely with the Gallery Registrar and the Art Collection.

“I thought I would have limited options when pursuing a degree in the arts living in Lethbridge, but as it turned out, one of the few Art History and Museum Studies programs in Canada was located right here in my hometown. I completed internships at uLethbridge, and an applied study at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery. These opportunities offered me the hands-on experience necessary to understand the ins and outs of gallery work while earning credit towards my degree.”

 

David Hoffos BFA-Art '94

David Hoffos

BFA-Art (Art Studio) ‘94

Professional Visual Artist

In 2002, David won second prize in the inaugural national Sobey Art Award.  His installation, film, and video works have appeared in exhibitions in Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, the US, and Canada.  A touring solo survey exhibition of his work debuted at the National Gallery of Canada in 2009.

 

Image: Untitled (Bluff Family), Collage Series 16

 

Kathryn Smith BFA-Dramatic Arts '12

Kathryn Smith

BFA - Dramatic Arts (Technical/Design) ‘12

Designer | Director | Technician

Kathryn has been working in various arts communities across Western Canada since 2012. She is a designer, musician, singer/songwriter, director, and a proud advocate and member of the LGBTQ2S+ community. She is the director of award-winning clown duo, The Tighty Whities, and has worked extensively with such companies as Theatre Calgary, Sage Theatre, Handsome Alice, Chromatic Theatre, and Lunchbox. Kathryn is also an award-winning singer/songwriter under the name, KP Smith.

 

Makambe K Simamba BFA-Dramatic Arts '13

Makambe K Simamba

BFA - Dramatic Arts (Performance) ‘13

Theatre Artist | Playwright | Actor | Producer

Makambe’s focus is to be of service to humanity through her ability to tell stories. Stage acting credits include an autobiographical solo called A Chitenge Story (Handsome Alice, Betty Mitchell Award Nomination for Outstanding Actress), Bea (Sage Theatre, Betty Mitchell Award Nomination for Outstanding Actress), SIA (Pyretic Productions), inVISIBLE (Handsome Alice), and Medea (Chromatic Theatre). Film acting credits include Burn Your Maps (TIFF), Hold the Dark (Netflix), and Young Drunk Punk (CBC). She is a national award-winning playwright who was a member of the 2017 Banff Playwright's Colony.

Jesse Northey BMus-Digital Audio Arts '13

Jesse Northey

BMus-Digital Audio Arts '13

Owner, Jesse Northey Productions | Musician | Production artist | Entrepreneur

“U of L was close to home, affordable, and is one of the only four-year degree programs that focused on audio production in Western Canada. The facilities and the strong ties to the music department made it an opportune fit for me. The combination of music theory and technical skills equipped me for all sorts of freelance jobs, such as working as a producer, as well as recording and performing on people’s albums across Alberta.”

 

Emma Parkinson BMus '08

Emma Parkinson

BMus (Music) ‘08

Mezzo Soprano | National Opera Singer

Canadian mezzo-soprano Emma Parkinson has been hailed as "an outstanding voice" (La Scena Musicale) and "a seductive mezzo" (Opera Canada). In the 2017/18 season, she debuted with Pacific Opera Victoria performing the role of Irene in the Canadian premiere of Rattenbury. Emma also debuted as a soloist with the Vancouver Bach Choir in Handel's Messiah, and Mahler's 8th Symphony. In the 2016/17 season, Emma made her debut with Vancouver Opera as Jade Boucher in Dead Man Walking, and returned to the title role of Carmen with the Burnaby Lyric Opera.

Brendan Matkin BFA-New Media '13

Brendan Matkin

BFA-New Media '13

Interaction Designer, Creative Technician, and Educator

Brendan has produced work with several groups including the National Film Board of Canada, and Beakerhead Creative Society. He co-founded Makercube Surrey and served on the board of directors for several years. His award-winning research in the area of embodied interaction has been funded by SSHRC, GRAND-NCE, and Simon Fraser University (SFU) among others, and has been featured at several top-tier conferences. Currently Brendan focuses on research and development at Tangible Interaction, and teaches interaction design at Vancouver Film School. He recently graduated with an MA in Interactive Arts and Technology from SFU.

 

Marta Timmer MFA-New Media '12

Marta Timmer

MFA - New Media ‘12

Multidisciplinary Visual Artist | Educator 

Marta Timmer (Blicharz) is a multidisciplinary visual artist working in glitch art, graphic design, installation, photography, collage, painting, and drawing. In her art, Marta explores themes of identity, ethereality, consumerism, dystopian worlds, subconscious drives, and the sublime. She has exhibited and presented in solo and group contexts, in Toronto, Calgary,  Vancouver, Chicago, and Lethbridge – to name a few. If not at an easel or a computer screen, you will find her designing at Wild Forest Inc., helping to produce the next CAMP Festival in Calgary, or teaching New Media at the University of Lethbridge Calgary Campus.

James Wade BFA-Mulidisciplinary '11

James Wade

BFA-Multidisciplinary ’11

Multi-award winning playwright |  screenwriter | illustrator

James’s stage work has been produced or developed through Lunchbox Theatre, the Calgary and Edmonton International Fringe Festivals, University of Lethbridge, University of Calgary, Sage Theatre’s Ignite! Festival, and Theatre Genesis. James has garnered awards from across Canada, including the Alberta Playwriting Competition Grand Prize in 2014, and uLethbridge’s Play Right Prize on two occasions. James serves as Co-Artistic Director of Calgary’s Red Phone Theatre, and is a member of the 52nd Street Project in New York City. He has recently graduated with an MFA in Playwriting from the University of Calgary.

 

Blake Everden MFA-New Media '15

Blake Everden

MFA - New Media ‘15

Filmmaker / Illustrator / Makeup Artist / Educator

C. Blake Evernden is a filmmaker, illustrator, and makeup FX designer. He has crafted two feature films as writer-director, and has worked professionally as a key and/or special makeup FX artist on four features, Blake recently won Best Special FX at San Antonio’s Horrorfest, as well as awards for work on more than 18 shorts, music videos and commercials. His personal practice in cinema focuses on the practical analog aspects of cinema, crafting acrylic matte paintings, prosthetics FX design, and miniature works. As an illustrator, his work was recently published as the cover art for the July edition of Rue Morgue magazine.

 

Mandy Espezel MFA-Art '12

Mandy Espezel

MFA - Art ‘12

Artist | University Instructor

Focused on an intuitive material studio practice, Espezel’s work engages a feminist-phenomenological discourse, and the power and necessity of vulnerability. Espezel’s work has been exhibited across Alberta and Canada, most recently in the solo exhibitions Pine Cones in Small Hands at Casa Public Art Gallery in Lethbridge, and HEY NOW(s), WELLNESS CHECK(s), and other improbable obsessions at Harcourt House Gallery in Edmonton. In 2018, Espezel was artist-in-residence with Studio PRÁM, in Prague, Czech Republic, which culminated in slipping into & against, a site-specific installation.  Espezel is a Sessional Instructor in the Art Department at uLethbridge.