CARFAC Manitoba Board of Directors:

Chair: Katherine Boyer

Katherine Boyer (Métis/Settler) is a multidisciplinary artist, whose work is focused on methods bound to textile arts and the handmade - primarily woodworking and beadwork. Boyer’s art and research encompasses personal family narratives, entwined with Métis history, material culture, architectural spaces (human made and natural). Her work often explores boundaries between two opposing things as an effort to better understand both sides of a perceived dichotomous identity. This manifests in long, slow, and considerate laborious processes that attempt to unravel and better understand history, environmental influences, and personal memories.

Boyer has received a BFA from the University of Regina (Sculpture + Printmaking) and an MFA at the University of Manitoba. She currently holds a position as an Assistant Professor at the University of Manitoba, School of Art




   Treasurer: Jennifer Smith




Secretary:    Julianna Zwierciadlowska-Rhymer

Julianna is an emerging artist, born in Winnipeg and raised on the prairies of Southern Manitoba. She completed her  first BFA at the University of Manitoba in Art History with honours. In May 2017, she received her second BFA from Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Visual Art.  Her works focus primarily in clay, but she also extends her practice to a variety of materials. Julianna’s current work investigates our relationship to our food and more specifically our disassociation to the production of animal products and our disconnect to animals as food. She explores  the loss of an intimate relationship to food and its sources while exploring ideas of fragility, extravagance, abundance, the unknown and unconscious consumption.

Julianna is a current MFA student at the University of Manitoba.




Members at Large: 

Elise Dawson

Elise Dawson is a restless Canadian artist working across various mediums: photography, painting, performance, poetry, and video. Elise Dawson graduated from the School of Fine Art at the University of Manitoba in 2012 where they served as president of Students of Fine Art and was a founding member of Chesterfield Magazine, a freely distributed publication curated from emerging artist submissions. Since graduating, Elise Dawson has been employed within the film industry and commercial art galleries in Winnipeg and Toronto. Dawson is an active champion of their artistic community.





Joanne Roberts

Joanne is an award-winning Canadian filmmaker and actress best known for her role as Julia in the musical short film The Perfect Life (2019), which screened at TIFF Bell Lightbox. She won the prestigious Emerging Filmmaker Pitch Competition at the 2020 Gimli Film Festival. As a creative, Joanne's priority is to continue working with diverse groups of emerging artists. Her reach extends past Canadian borders; she has worked with artists all around the world.






Chukwudubem Ukaigwe

Chukwudubem Ukaigwe is a Nigerian born song, dispersed by a transient Atlantic breeze, currently passing through Treaty 1 Territory, so called Canada. He consciously uses a variety of mediums to relay a plurality of ideas at any given time. He views his art practice as a conversation, or a portal into one, and in some instances, as an interpretation of this ongoing exchange. Chukwudubem weighs an occurrence, feeling, or idea on a scale and then creates a narrative in his own language. Chukwudubem operates as an interdisciplinary artist, curator, writer, and cultural worker. Chukwudubem Ukaigwe is the founder of Patterns Collective.





Avery Ascher

Avery Ascher makes jewelry/small sculpture and also does printmaking at her studio at Clearwater Lake, Manitoba north of The Pas.  The copper sculpture shown here titled hands+moon (photos by Noelle Drimmie) is currently on exhibit at the NorVA Gallery in Flin Flon as part of NorVA's 10th anniversary group show.  NorVA is a vibrant artist-run co-op offering classes, mentorships, exhibits and many other experiences of the visual arts in the Flin Flon region.  Avery is also currently working up a series of jewelry and small metal artifacts as part of a collaborative group project being led by Flin Flon documentary photographer Daniel Dillon.







CARFAC Manitoba Staff:

Albyn Carias - Administrative Coordinator (He/Him)

Get in touch with CARFAC Manitoba


Instagram: @carfac_mb


In-Person: The CARFAC Manitoba office is located in room 407 of the Artspace building

Mailing Address:
CARFAC Manitoba
407-100 Arthur Street
Winnipeg MB  R3B 1H3

CARFAC Manitoba is located within Treaty 1 Territory, on the territories of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota and Dene peoples, and the homeland of the Métis Nation.

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