2018 Jury

Lisa Christensen

Lisa Christensen has built her deep knowledge of Canadian art through her extensive experience in the field, most recently as the Director of Heffel Fine Art Auction House's Calgary Office, Curator of Art at Calgary's Glenbow Museum and Curator of Art at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies in Banff. She is also an Independent Curator, Freelance Researcher and Writer, and an Award-Winning Author.




Melissa Cole 

Melissa Cole has Bachelors and Masters degrees in Art History. She has been working mainly at public or not for profits and art galleries including the Calgary Allied Arts Foundation, Heffel Fine Art Auction House, Okotoks Art Gallery and the Leighton Art Centre. She currently sits on the board of the Leighton Art Centre and This is My City Arts Society; Melissa is co-founder of Off-Limits Arts and curated their first exhibit, I AM WESTERN, and has been instrumental in the organization of People's Portrait Prize and Art Calgary.

Janine Hall

Since graduating from the Alberta College of Art in Calgary, Alberta in 1987, Janine Hall has worked steadily to develop skills in representational painting and drawing. She has a keen interest in portraiture but also enjoys still life, landscape and narrative figure painting. Leading a quiet life on the outskirts of Calgary, Janine is devoted to the study and practice of art with a special interest in symbolic languages of Jungian psychology, and spiritual and divination traditions.


Janine has been fortunate enough to be included in Canada’s Kingston Prize four times since its inception in 2005, and has had a painting juried into the first round of Spain’s Figurativas painting competition.



Mitch Kern

Mitch Kern is a transmedia artist whose work includes photography, sculpture and performance art. He has received numerous grants and awards for his work and been featured in exhibitions in Canada, the US and abroad. He is also an Associate Professor of Art at the Alberta College of Art + Design.


Aaron Sidorenko

Aaron Sidorenko paints thinking he has found a loop-hole in his own mortality. Although it requires others to not burn his work for heat, there is a crack of hope. He also paints as default as it is the thing he's the least bad at.

Chasing the non-conservative genre of figurative and portrait painting, Aaron has/is/also puts group art shows together that are outside of regular commercial interest and aim to challenge the status quo of what people want to see or be comfortable with.