Heather Martens Rempel | Dr. Josephine Mills
Collage and print-making artist in MacGregor, Manitoba, Heather is a rural-Manitoba based visual artist and educator. Her prints and collages reflect wonder at the natural history of Manitoba, and explore the context of her ancestral story. These works seek to find perspective for our place in geological time and human history.
Before devoting most of her time to her own practice in 2016, Heather Martens Rempel taught junior high and high school art for over 18 years. While enjoying creating and teaching in many mediums, Heather has found mono-printing with a gel-plate an endless source of inspiration for a variety of projects in collage and book making. She loves to spread the joy of this medium with students of all ages and abilities through community workshops and the Artists in Schools program. Her connection with the Manitoba Arts Council allows her to apply for funding to work in schools and community art centers.
Heather takes great inspiration as an artist/educator in the power to open others’ eyes to the visual beauty and utility of found objects in nature and the built environment. As well as print-making, she also teaches drawing in person and on-line. Heather’s artwork has been shown in many galleries in Manitoba as a solo show and in group shows.
Josephine Mills is the Director/Curator of the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery and a Professor in the Dept of Art at the University of Lethbridge, Canada. She has worked as a curator and public programmer in art galleries and artist-run centres in Saskatoon and Vancouver. Mills has a PhD in Communication Studies from Concordia University and is a graduate of the Museum Leadership Institute at the Getty Center. Her research interests focus on the relationship between art and concepts of public in Canada with specific attention to issues involved with public engagement for art galleries and within artist’s practices. Mills is organizing the exhibitions and outreach for Mootookakio’ssin – a project to create detailed digital images of historical Blackfoot objects housed in British museums in order to connect people living on traditional Blackfoot territory with the stories that these objects can tell. She is also the Principal Investigator for Lichen Lab, an art and science research team that is studying art galleries as social spaces. Mills is a past President of the Canadian Art Museum Directors’ Organization / Organisation des Directeurs des Musées d’Art du Canada and a past President of the University and College Art Gallery Association of Canada / L’Association Canadienne des galleries d’art universitaires et collégiales.