We are excited to introduce you to the What The Pop! Selection Committee, a jury of 4 local leaders in the arts and business community. The submissions were outstanding and the selection committee is busy going through the over 100 applications we have received from artists all over Quebec!
Meet the members of the What The Pop! Selection Committee:
Author & Illustrator, Studio Barn Owl
Marta Barnes of Studio Barn Owl is a Montreal author & illustrator working with traditional media to create whimsical art for both kids and adults. A graduate of Concordia’s Honours in English & Creating Writing program, she has independently published two books and one zine, the most recent being a series of interconnected microfictions about misunderstood monsters called The Found Book of Losst. The illustrations from this collection were shown in a solo exhibition in November-December of 2021 at La Galerie de Miss Rey in Chambly, Québec in conjunction with her book launch. Her work has been sold at various shops and art fairs around Montreal and the Montérégie region and is available online on her Etsy store. She is currently writing a non-fiction travel novel about her experiences backpacking Australia during the 2019-2020 bushfires bearing witness to the effects of climate change. When she isn’t working on new merchandise, spending time in her sketchbook, or private tutoring art classes, she can be found wandering the Botanical Gardens and taking too many photos of her cats.
Gallery Management, Adjunct Curator – Public Programs at PHI Foundation for Contemporary Art
Born in Montreal, Victoria Carrasco is a Canadian and Chilean curator. She currently occupies the position of Gallery Management and Adjunct Curator – Public Programs at PHI Foundation for Contemporary Art in Montreal. She holds an MA in Performance Curation from the Institute of Curatorial Practice in Performance at Wesleyan University; a BA in Environmental Design from Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and a BFA with a concentration in Photography from Concordia University. She was awarded the 2019 ICPP Leadership Fellowship funded by the Ford Foundation from Wesleyan University.
Jane Needles’ wide experience in the arts covers all disciplines of the cultural world, primarily arts administration and teaching administrative techniques. Her deep involvement with both official language cultures has increased her awareness of their complex diversities. Currently, she is President of the Board of the Dollard Centre for the Arts, President of the Board of the Montreal West Operatic Society, Member of the Board of Cote Cour Cote Jardin Dance Company, Board Treasurer for Centre des arts Rozynski and Director of Administration for King Street Productions (Gananoque) amongst many other involvements with the arts in general. . She was the Executive Director of the Quebec Drama Federation for seven years, and was also President and Treasurer of its Board over the previous fifteen years.
She taught Arts Administration at Bishops’ University over the past 27 years. She also taught an online Arts Management course for the University of Windsor for the past five years. She is a mentor for Business for the Arts (Mentoring groups across the country), mentor for Futurepreneur, Academos, La Machinerie, Diversite artistique Montreal, En Piste, and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales, as well as others and acts as a private consultant to many entrepreneurial organizations. During the COVID crisis, she has been very involved in discussions and the handling of emergency measure recommendations as they are released.
Filmmaker, Interdisciplinary Artist
Iso is a filmmaker and interdisciplinary artist based in Tiotià:ke/Montreal since 2017. Utilizing moving images, text, and textiles, their work addresses questions of visibility, sense and memory in documentary film. Their current research focuses on eruvin as an installation of Jewish life and queer orientations in urban space. Originally from Buffalo, New York, Iso received a BA in Political Studies and Electronic Media Arts from Simon’s Rock in 2017, and an MFA in Film Production from Concordia University in 2021.
Mariana Stabile, she/her
With a background in Fine Arts and a future in Social Work, Mariana brings a passion for community care to the emerging art scene in Montreal. Former YES Arts Coordinator, Mariana is excited to participate as a jury member for What the Pop! 2022 and pick up where she left off, helping community members grow and gain access to opportunities that will shape their careers. An avid proponent of taking naps, Mariana believes that progress is a slow process that happens so gradually. You don’t always see it for what it is. She hopes to inspire confidence and self-love, especially for emerging artists facing the daunting reality of sustaining themselves on their art, whatever it may be.
This project is funded by: