Executive

DENNIS MEMMOTT
President

I currently teach Visual Arts and Photography in the Surrey School District for the past 12 years. I serve as the Department Head of the Fine and Performing Art Department at Clayton Heights Secondary School. I enjoy curriculum development, creating professional development opportunities and helping students find their artistic voice. My personal art practice focuses on alternative forms of photography, solargraphy and hacked technologies for image making. http://memmott.carbonmade.com

Why you view membership in the BCATA as important:
I first joined the BCATA to “find my tribe”. I was looking for a group of people of like mind and shared experiences to connect with. I found much more! I found a community of artists, art educators, and researchers who value community, quality arts education, and are open to challenge others and be challenged to provide the best Arts education to the students of BC. Being a member of the BCATA will give you professional development opportunities, curricular resources, advocacy support, and most of all a place to belong.


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DAYLAN LUCHSINGER
1st Vice President & District Rep, North Vancouver

I teach K-12 visual art in North Vancouver and currently my studio practice is combining a variety of printmaking, drawing and collage techniques. http://www.coroflot.com/daylenluchsinger/portfolio

Why you view membership in the BCATA as important:
I joined the BCATA to help develop professional development and collegial networking. I love seeing all the amazing art created in classrooms around the province and find it leads to new inspiration for my teaching practice.

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ANNE JENKINS
BCATA Recording Secretary

I am always willing to partner in learning that will highlight student artifacts to build confidence.

Why you view membership in the BCATA as important:
Participating in a PSA provides opportunities for sharing the work of learners in provincial/national venues/formats, and adds value to my learning with a broad network of professional co-learners, extending my perspective.

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SHARON RICHARDS
Editor, Visually Speaking

Past positions: Membership, President, Past President, Treasurer, Webmaster, Conference Co-Chair
I teach art at Westsyde Secondary in Kamloops, which is also the high school I attended. Although I work mainly in acrylic in my own studio practice, my work is defined more by the element of colour than it is by a particular medium or genre.

Why membership in the BCATA is important:
I value membership in the BCATA because it connects me to inspiring visual arts educators around the province. I’ve been hooked every since I attended my first BCATA conference.

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SANDRINE HAN
UBC Vancouver Representative

I am an artist, researcher, and educator. My research interests are in the fields of art education, technology, semiotics, visual culture, cognitive psychology, visual communication, and visual literacy.

Why you view membership in the BCATA as important:
BCATA provides the latest information regarding to BC curriculum. BCATA provides great teaching resources for all teachers. BCATA is the best place to connect BC art teachers. With BCATA membership, you won’t feel alone in the art classroom. BCATA is here for you.

REGAN RASMUSSEN
Advocacy

Past positions: President, Past President, Conference Co-Chair, Intermediate Rep, District Rep
An artist/educator who has taught K-12 and post secondary studio art and curriculum classes, most recently at Royal Bay Secondary SD62 and University of Victoria.
Currently a member of arc.hive, an artist run centre in Victoria.
www.reganrasmussen.com
www.arc-hive.weebly.com

Why you view membership in the BCATA as important:
The BCATA is welcoming group of professional artist / educators devoted to promoting quality arts education K-12 and post secondary. Belonging to this association connects us, enriches us, and reminds us why we create art, and find joy in mentoring others to discover and develop their ‘inner artist’.

BILL ZUK Ph.D.
Co-editor, BC Art Teachers' Journal,

Curator, Art in Public Places, Victoria, BC
Representative, University of Victoria

Current Status: Dr. Bill Zuk, Professor Emeritus. Art Education, University of Victoria. Active studio practice: Multimedia artist specializing in print, sculpture and film. See some of my work at: www.zukart.ca and www.intotheice.ca

Why you view membership in the BCATA as important:
My membership allows me to advocate for the vital role that creativity and the imagination play in our lives. It also allows me to promote Indigenous art and culture in this province where more than half of the 50 languages and cultures in Canada are represented. The province of British Columbia is culturally very rich.

AMY HARRIS
Webmaster

I am a passionate artist, educator, designer, mother and gardener. I spend most of my time within the digital world but enjoy all things art related.

Why you view membership in the BCATA as important:
The BCATA is an important piece of my professional development. As a member of the BCATA I am provided with opportunities for networking and ongoing support as an Art educator. It is wonderful to belong to an association of like-minded professionals that encourage and inspire the arts.

LAURIE KIDD
Past President

I have taught art in the Public School system for over 29 years, mostly in the Vancouver School District at Prince of Wales Secondary. I am now retired but TOC about 3 days a month to get my "kid" fix. (It is a lovely adventure without the stress!) I have my own art practice: water color and oil paintings. My other roles over the last 10 years or so in the BCATA Executive: Graduation Rep., Treasurer, President and Past President (this is my 2nd term). I love all the wonderful people on the Executive - such hardworking, creative, inspiring, dedicated art educators!!!

Why you view membership in the BCATA as important:
I view membership in the BCATA important because the Visual Arts in our Public Schools are always in jeopardy. We need to support each other, as art educators, and advocate for and promote the Arts as much as possible. I feel very strongly that the Visual Arts are Essential to being complete human beings.