The International Association of Art, IAA/AIAP

The International Association of Art, IAA/AIAP

The mission of IAA USA is in alignment with that of the International Association of Art (IAA/AIAP), an NGO partner of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The objectives of our Association are to stimulate and inspire U.S.A.-international artistic collaboration and advocacy, and to improve the economic and social standing of member artists. Nationally, Los Angeles-based IAA USA operates as the central entity governing all U.S. activities of the Association. Our vision is to support member artists by offering resources and services such as seminars, exhibition opportunities, international exchange opportunities and more.

The International Association of Art, IAA/AIAP, is an NGO working in official partnership with UNESCO, comprised of professional artists working in the fields of painting, sculpture, printmaking, and other forms of creative work in the visual arts.

The condition of the Artist today: a worldwide inquiry

Since its creation, the defense of the condition of the artists, his economic and social condition, as well as the defense of the artists rights, was, and is still the IAA goal. The first analysis led to the creation of the World Observatory on the Condition of the Artists.

Regarding the economic and political changes worldwide, it is time to propose a new analysis of the artists status.
The results of the IAA enquiry were presented in the following document, during the Oslo GA, in October 2013.
This document is not the definitive one, all the suggestions and commentaries being able to be studied till September 2015. Actually, the last text will be voted during the IAA General Assembly which will take place in Pilsen, Czech Republic, in October 2015.

All the categories of artists: visual artists, dancers, musicians, actors, mimes, etc, can participate to this enquiry.
The answers and/or commentaries will be mailed to:, Pavol Kral being the President of IAA Europe.
The final text will be proposed to Unesco as a reference, in order to help the artists when they have to negotiate, as well as to the governments for a legal recognition of the artists working conditions.

IAA/AIAP great contributions

Since its foundation, IAA/AIAP either negociated or drawn attention to international agreements, declarations and other actions designed to facilitate the works of visual artists. Examples of this program are:

  • Declaration on the legal number of Casts and Prints
  • Joint Declaration with the International Union of Architects on Cooperation between visual artists and architects
  • Regulation for international art competition
  • IAA/AIAP Card membership affording free or privileged access to Museums
  • Presentation to UNESCO of a project on the status of visual artists

Publications were made in ‘Art – The Journal of the Professional Artist’ dedicated to copyright, resale right, artists and education, as well as the professional training of the artists.

Still since its foundation, IAA/AIAP has held congresses and conferences in different countries. The following themes were treated:

  • Artists of East and West
  • The artist and the architect
  • What is a professional artist ?
  • The artist’ s professional training
  • Artist and the environment
  • The artist today, as a constructive participant in society
  • Art and the public

A World Observatory

During its October 27, 1980, General Conference, hold in Belgrade, UNESCO adopted the ‘Recommendations on the Condition of the Artist’. Those Recommendations were presented by IAA AIAP at the Organization.

This text – which is essential for the artists – is registered on the following link:

32 years after, at the end of 2012, IAA AIAP Europe launched through all the National Committees a new inquiry on ‘The condition of the Professional artists now’. The results of this inquiry will be submitted to UNESCO.

The questionnaire and the analysis, as well as suggestions to bring, are available near by the President of Europe, Mr. Werner Schaub, through Mr. Thomas Weis, executive secretary:

The UNESCO World Observatory on the Condition of the Artist website is one of the most important tool of analysis and of comparison existing in the world. It gives information regarding employment and protection, social dialogue, social benefits and taxes worldwide.

This website does point out the different realities regarding the working and existing conditions of the artists around the world, and, consequently, the efforts to make for ameliorating those conditions.

All the information is available on the website:

More, is awakening a new international comment which takes in consideration the economic condition of the artist, and proposes concrete solutions in order to help for a better economic integration. In France, regarding this topic, several books were published at the end of 2012 that give valuable advices to the artists. Website:

National Committees List


Coördinator of the Region Africa

Franklyn Glover, Ghana


Mr. Dev Anand Chooramun,
President ACA/AAC
Royal Road,
Central Flacq,
Phone: +230 4131751 / +230 7513006


Avita Sooful, national president of SANAVA
Nolene Gerber, secretary,
Republic of South Africa


Tanzania Association of Visual artists
President: Robert Mwapembwa
Phone: + 255 715 612 141


Mr. Franklyn Glover
President of GAVA
Coördinator of AIAP IAA Africa
C° Centre for National Culture
PO Box 2738
Accra. Ghana


National Committee of Malagasy of IAA
President: Gabrielle Charles Raobijanoa
Lot VX 37 Antsahatsiroa
Antananarivo. 101 Madagascar
Phone: + 261 391 513 827 : 261 33 06 718 00


Coördinators of the Arab States

Bedri Baykam, IAA-President, Turkey:
Anne Pourny: IAA-Vice-President, France:

Mohammed Haddad
Delegate to the coordinators
0033(0)6 21 94 53 17


Mr Omar Ghedamsi, President
21 Place M’Hamed Ali. Tunis. CP 1000
Phone: 00 216 71 341 216
00 216 71 332 400
Fax: 00 216 71 355 046
Phone: 00 216 24 963 270


Coördinator of the Region Asia-Pacific

CHO, Kan-Hoon, South Korea


China Artists Association
President: Mr. Liu Dawei
Room B 1702, Building 32
1 Beishatan, Beijing, China 100083
Tel: 860 1059 759 384


Univart Foundation for Art & Environmental Research

President: Manaj SAHA, Principal Director of UNIVART FOUNDATION OF ART
AND ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH (Regd. Ministry of Corporate Affairs)
CONTACT: +91 9330579654, +91 7980571568

Univart Foundation for Art & Environmental Research is an Autonomous Research Institution, founded in the year 2012 by a group of renowned environmentalists and artists. We aim to build and nurture consciousness about the environment through art practices.

We are interested in the transformative power of art, especially the way it liberates the consciousness of the practitioner. Our focus is not the ‘product’ of art, but the ‘processes’ of it. Art, for us, is a way of life that opens up the space for dialogue and co-existence.

We want to explore this dialogic nature of art to create a space for inter and intra-cultural exchanges that build a greater understanding of cultural diversity, and in turn, of eco-diversity around the world. This sense of harmony between nature and ourselves empower us to take positive steps towards a sustainable future.

Univart, a group of leading artists, academicians, environmentalists, scientists, and media personalities, is working tirelessly to tap this power to bring about a change in the basic perception about organic environment and biodiversity in the society.

Our idea is to build a research institution that is truly an alternative in its outlook and methodology. We have already taken one step in that direction – our international forum Indo-Europe Gangetic Art League is a body dedicated to the conservation and promotion of colonial-era heritage lining the Ganges.

We carry out various programs in the vein of workshops, seminars, and art camps to promote the message of art and environment conservation. A plan to introduce a comprehensive international Fine Art exam for students is on the offing.

We believe change can only come through awareness. And the difference is what we need in a society that is hell-bent on destroying its cradle, nature.  


Mr. Ryioji Ikeda
Japan’s Artists Center Building
Ginza 3-10-19
J. 104-0061 Tokyo
Phone: 81 3 35 42 25 8
81 3 35 45 84 29


812, Korea Artist center, 225 Mokdongseo-ro
Yangcheon-ku, Seoul, Korea 158-720

Tel: 82-2-744-8053
Fax: 82-2-741-6240
Cellular: 82-10-5346-1396

President: Mr. Lee KWANG-SOO


UMA. Union of Mongolian Artists
Chinggis Avenue 1
Sukhbaatar District
Ulaanbaatar – 20
Tel: + 976 – 983 36 373
Fax: + 976 – 113 274 74

President: Badartch Tumurbaatar
Secretary: Solongo Tsekhuu


Coördinator of the Region Europe

Katarina Jönsson Norling

Europe Executive Committee

Werner Schaub, Germany, President


Artists’ Union of Armenia
Suren Safaryan, President


Daniela Koweindl
IG Bildende Kunst
Gumpendorferstr. 10-12 1
060 Wien


Kamal Juvarlinski
Union of artists of Azerbaijan
19 Khagani Street.
1000 Baku
Phone/ 99 450 631 05 14


Belarusian Union of Artists
Vladimir P. Lavich


Francis Desiderio
Conseil National Belge des Arts Plastiques
29 Rue Renardi
4000 Liége
Phone: 32 42 27 38 50


Ibrahim Spahic


Maria Pavlova
Union of Bulgarian Artists (UAB)
6 Chipka street
Sofia 1504
T: 00 359 2 944 61 15


Katina Kosta, president
Katia Saaidou, vice-president
Mr. Dimitris Varvoglis, secretary
E.KA.TE P.O.BOX 22436
1521 Nicosia
35 499 41 36 25


Oskar Bruža
Union of Visual Artists of Czech Republic
POB 284
601 00 Brno
Czech Republic


Croatia Association of Fine Artists
PhD Josip Zanki, president
Ivana Andabaka, director
Trg zrtava fasizma 16, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia


Anders Werdelin
Billedkunstnernes Forbund
Vingaardstraede 21, 1,th.,
1070 Copenhagen K


Vano Allsalu, president
Estonian Artists Association
Vabaduse Square 6
101 46 Tallin
Phone: 37 25 54 05 44


Miisa Pulkkinen
Artists Association in Finland


Ana Sartori
9/11 rue Berryer
75008 Paris


Werner Schaub, Thomas Weis
IGBK – Internationale Gesellschaft der Bildenden Künste
Mohrenstr. 63
10117 Berlin
Phone: +49 30 23 45 76 66


Chamber of Fine Arts, Greece, EETE
President: Eva Mela
Ministry of Culture
Valtetsiou 42, Exarchia
10 681 Athens


Association of Hungarian Fine Arts
Alapitas eve:1949 Székhely.
1061 Budapest, Andrassy ùt 6.
Levelezési cim: 1364 Budapest, Pf 51
Phone/ Fax: 302 22 55


Anna Eyjolfsdottir, president
SIM – The Association of Icelandic Visual Artists
Hafnarstraeti 16
P.O.BOX. 1115
101 Reykjavik
35 48 48 60 51


Noel Kelly
Visual Artists Ireland
37 North Great George s Street
Dublin 1
Republic of Ireland


Hedva Shemesh
Jerusalem, Ein kerem d-23


Associazione Internationale Arti Plastiche Italia
Roberto RONCA
President. Art Director


Igors Dobicins
The Artist Union of Latvia
11 novembra kr. 35
Riga LV 1050, Latvia


Lithuanian Artists Association
Vokieciu str. 4/2
LT-01130 Vilnius


Trixi Weis
Association des artistes plasticiens du Luxembourg a.s.b.l.
29 rue Dicks
L- 4081 Esch-sur-Alzette


Association of Artists of the Republic of Macedonia
Director: Hristijan Sanev


Mr Anatol Rurac
Unirea Artistilor Plastici
Union of Plastic Artits
Republic of Moldova
Str. A. Mateevici 50
MD 2009 Chisinau
Republica Moldova
Phone: 373 22/ 22 75 04
24 46 88
24 50 24
Fax: 373 22/ 24 50 24


Marie Tirole
Committee National Monegasque des Arts Plastiques
10 Quai Antoine 1er
98 000 Monaco


Pavle Pejovic
81000 Br 2 Podgorica


Theodor Schokker
Beroepsvereniging van Beeldende Kunstenaars
Uiterwaardenstraat 209
1079 CN Amsterdam


The Association of Norwegian Visual Artists
President: Ruben Steinum
Akersgata 7
0158 Oslo
T: 00 47 97171944
General Manager: Gyrid Garshol,


Maria Moroz
Zwiazek polskich artystow plastykow NC IAA
Nowy Swiat 7/6
00-496 Warszawa


Peter Lucaci. Gabriela Mateescu


Union of Artists of Russia
Andrey Novalchuk
Potrovka str.37
105049 Moscow
7 (499) 238 88 30


Associazone Sammarinense Artisti

Pavol Král Coördinator for Europe
Slovak Union of Visual Arts
Dostojevského rad 2
811 09 Bratislava

International activities of Slovak Union of Visual Arts are supported using public funding by Slovak Arts Council.


Unión de Artistas Contemporáneos de España (UNIóN A.C.)
Ms. Consuelo Vallina, president


Sara Edström
Artist, Chairperson
Swedish Artists Association
Hornsgatan 103, 9 tr,
117 28 Stockholm, Sweden


President: Josef Felix Müller
International Communication: Sabine Zaalene,
visual arts association Visarte
Kasernenstr. 23
8004 Zurich


Bedri Baykam
Turkish Artists Association UPSD
UPSD Macka Demokrasi Parki Islik Sisli


National Union of artists of Ukraina
Viktor Konoval


Julie Lomax – Executive Director
a-n The Artists Information Company
M: 07814 355 508



President: Anne Martin
Vice-president: Qathryn Brehm
453 S. Spring Street. Suite 1121
Los Angeles. CA, 90013
Facebook: IAA USA
Twitter: @USA_IAA
Instagram: iaausa

Introducing the Board of Directors for the International Association of Art, United States of America: Hilary Chapman, President; Qathryn Brehm and Petra Wright, Co-Vice Presidents; Carol Cirillo Stanley, Secretary; Lisa Ames, Richard Bell, Edem Elesh, Jonathan Jerald, and Kathe Madrigal.


Hilary Chapman, PresidentHilary Chapman recently relocated to the Pacific Northwest from Los Angeles. She completed her undergraduate degree at Pitzer College in Art History and Literature, and Master’s degrees in Gallery Studies and Curating from University of Essex and Art History from Birkbeck, University of London in the UK. Hilary has worked in several galleries within arts education and events. She currently assists as Gallery Associate at GDCA gallery where she works closely with the Gallery Director, Petra Wright, as co-curator, artist talent scout, administrative and editorial staff.
Qathryn Brehm, Co-Vice PresidentQathryn Brehm is a Los Angeles based painter-photographer working with hand-crafted materials and digital images. Early in her career she launched a successful mural painting and decorative arts consultancy.
As the executive director of the Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk since 2012, she continues to build bridges between cultural stakeholders and the arts community.
Brehm’s recent painting series has a focus on repurposed toys, including playsets and wood constructions.
Her first book ‘When Good Toys Go Bad’ uses many of her toy dioramas, her current book “If You Ask Me, Tales from the Arts District.” Is a collection of columns she wrote for the Los Angeles Arts District website.
Petra Wright, Co-Vice PresidentPetra Wright grew up in Kassel, Germany, home to the acclaimed international art exhibition ‘Dokumenta’. Upon moving to the US to pursue her career as an actress, she teamed up with Gloria Delson of Gloria Delson Contemporary Arts. Together they opened GDCA Gallery, 727 S. Spring Street, Los Angeles, where Petra has been serving as gallery director and curator since 2010.
Carol Cirillo Stanley, SecretaryCarol was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and attended Duquesne University. She studied ceramics at RIT while working in wood collage and watercolor searching for the right medium to express her love of nuance and mood. Discovering that photography allowed her to express her vision, she followed her passion. Opening a small studio in DTLA allowed her to explore the ever-changing cityscape. Cirillo Stanley has a master’s degree in counseling psychology and worked for many years at the University of California Irvine as Director of Student Services for the School of Social Ecology. She is a certified yoga teacher. Her work is represented by the Gloria Delson Contemporary Arts Gallery.Follow on IG
Lisa Ames, World Art Day Committee Co-ChairCurator, Fine Arts Building, Los Angeles.The Fine Arts Building is a Los Angeles historic, cultural monument, open to the public, and located at 811 W. 7th Street.
Richard Bell, Communications Committee Co-ChairNothing happens by accident. Not even his use of charcoal as a rudimentary medium of choice. There is much more to Richard Bell than his spinal cord injury which he suffered as a result of the motor vehicle accident in 2002. Although this tragic event left him a quadriplegic, it also resulted in him being an accomplished artist.The transformation from Charcoal to paint was encouraged by his late and great uncle, Raymond Howell. Recognizing his talent from looking at his charcoals, Mr. Howell decided to mentor Richard in 1996. His uncle taught him everything from priming canvas, to building stretchers, mixing colors, and also making frames..During his recovery, Richard began to experiment with applying his subjects to canvas in different ways.. In a short amount of time, Richard had enough work to start entering into shows. He won his first award at the Beverly Hills artSHOW in 2016. He was then awarded a full scholarship to the Vermont Studio Center in the summer of 2018.Richard’s work is on display in galleries and private residences internationally.
Edem Elesh, Communications Committee Co-ChairEdem Elesh, a Los Angeles native, is an internationally known, and collected, fine artist.
Bachelor of Arts Degree (with Distinction). Art Center College of Design 1995.
He was given his start in Los Angeles by Don O’Melveny on 2000. What followed was 5 years of success
under Don’s banner. In 2005 Edem was given an introduction to Lydia Takeshita of LA Artcore.
In 2008, at Lydia’s behest, Edem was invited to participate in his first international exchange show in Fukuoka, Japan,
accompanying several other LA Artcore invitees.This was to begin his journey as an internationally celebrated artist.
In 2010, Edem was personally invited to join another LA Artcore international exchange and workshop in Thailand, by the Thai National Artist Dr. Kamol Tassananchalee. This sparked a friendship that continues to this day. Edem found that traveling not only expanded his artist narrative, scope, and vocabulary, but provided a rewarding platform for the
exchange of ideas, processes, and artistic dialog between artists from different nations and cultures. His travels have since take him to Thailand, Korea, Japan, China, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Italy, and Croatia. His work has been featured on ABC Channel 7’s Art and Culture program, Thai National Television Network, Italian Television Culture Program, and
China National Television. He has served on the Board of Directors of LELA, and LA Artcore. He is represented by Gloria Delson Contemporary Arts, LA Artcore, Joanna Burke Art Consultants, and Ann Koeffler Artist representation.To find out more, go to: Facebook:
Jonathan Jerald, World Art Day Committee Co-ChairIn the 1970s, Jonathan Jerald studied art at California College of Arts and Crafts, journalism at San Diego State University (earning a BA with honors) and cultural studies at Heidelberg University (where he earned the equivalent of a master’s degree). In Germany, he apprenticed in the workshop of the artist Klaus Staeck and wrote about art and culture for Seven Magazine (an English-language weekly published in Berlin).Back in the U.S., he worked as a journalist and produced more than twenty hours of History Channel documentaries, including the award-winning Getting High, the History of LSD. He has contributed to California Magazine and Vanity Fair.He was profiled (and named one of 12 emerging artists of note) in the Spring 2017 issue of The Artist Catalog. He has shown most recently at the Los Angeles Center for Digital Arts. His work can be seen at He is a board member of the first U.S. chapter of the International Association of Arts ( He lives in downtown Los Angeles with photographer Debora Deibler and three cats, Sophie, Roxie and Max
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Kathe Madrigal, Membership Chair Born and raised in Los Angeles, Kathe Madrigal was trained as a fine artist, and received her BFA from U.C.S.B. She continued her art studies at U.C.L.A, and Otis. Her paintings are exhibited at Gloria Delson Contemporary Arts in downtown Los Angeles. Her work is also available through for Art Direction rentals and also “rent to own” for private corporations and individuals. Her work is also available through for interior design placement,, and finfineart.comHer current portfolio can be seen at KATHEMADRIGAL.COM. Kathe currently works in her studio located at 1294 Pacific Coast Hwy unit E, in Laguna Beach, California. For the latest updates follow her on Instagram:@Katsu_art
Ezra BejarEzra is an expressionist / scientist from Mexico City residing in San Diego, California. He creates transformative paintings depicting an alternative reality at the intersection of art, science and humanity. Ezra’s art is guided by his own transformation after a temporary loss of vision and 30 years of research. His paintings are distilled from traditional and modern methods. Ezra conducted advanced painting and multimedia studies at San Diego State University, School of Art and Design and received a Ph.D. in pharmacology (Medicinal Chemistry) from University of the Pacific in Stockton.


CARFAC National
April Britski, executive director
2 Daly Avenue, Suite 250
Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 6E2, Canada
tel: (613) 233-6161
toll-free: 866-344-6161

Canadian Artists’ Representation/Le Front des artistes canadiens (CARFAC) is incorporated federally as a non-profit corporation that is the national voice of Canada’s professional visual artists. As a non-profit association and a National Art Service Organization, our mandate is to promote the visual arts in Canada, to promote a socio-economic climate that is conducive to the production of visual arts in Canada, and to conduct research and engage in public education for these purposes.

CARFAC was established by artists in 1968 and has been recognized by the Status of the Artist legislation. CARFAC is guided by an active Board, elected by the membership.

We believe that artists, like professionals in other fields, should be paid for their work and share equitably in profits from their work. As the national voice of Canada’s professional visual artists, CARFAC defends artists’ economic and legal rights and educates the public on fair dealing with artists. In doing so, CARFAC promotes a socio-economic climate conducive to the production of visual arts. CARFAC engages actively in advocacy, lobbying, research and public education on behalf of artists in Canada.

CARFAC National Board

The CARFAC National Board of Directors is comprised of volunteer CARFAC members who are practicing artists and represent all areas of Canada, from coast to coast to coast.

PADDY LAMB – President and Spokesperson

Paddy Lamb considers himself to be a Canadian, Irish, Ulster-Scots, Quaker, Huguenot, Celtic, Proto-Indo-European citizen of the world. Born in Armagh, Northern Ireland, he studied Modern History at Trinity College, Dublin, and Physical Education and History as a post-graduate at the University of Alberta. He moved to Canada in 1985 and subsequently worked as a historian and archivist before devoting himself to a full-time career as a visual artist. His work is strongly influenced by history, memory and social culture, offering a personal narrative concerning human migration and attachment to the land. Paddy is the recipient of several scholarships and awards from the City of Edmonton and the Province of Alberta. In 2009 and 2011 he received a fellowship and residency at the Ballinglen Arts Foundation in Ballycastle, Co. Mayo. He has also been awarded
residencies at the Thomas Gushul Studio in Blairmore, Alberta, The Ortona Armoury in Edmonton and 2 Rooms Contemporary Art Projects in Newfoundland.


Hailing from Rankin Inlet, Nunavut, Theresie Tungilik is an artist and an Advisor for the Government of Nunavut in the department of Arts & Traditional Economy since 2003. Marc, Theresie’s father was a carver who made work out of soapstone, narwal tusks, caribou antlers and polar bear teeth. His carvings can be found in private collections and museum collections. In Theresie’s own artistic practice, she creates wall hangings that depict the lives of Inuit people. Some of the supplies used in her wall hangings include thread, wool, animal skins, cloth and her own hair. Alongside this, she also started the Inuit Art Society and showed Nunavut art and fashions at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. She is also the National Vice-President of CARFAC and in 2021 she was appointed to the board of the Winnipeg Art Gallery and the Indigenous Advisory Committee for Qaumajuq, the WAG’s new Inuit Art Centre.


Daniel Rumbolt

Daniel Rumbolt is an artist and arts administrator living in Montreal. He received his BFA from Memorial University of Newfoundland, and recently worked as Assistant Director, then Acting Executive Director, of Eastern Edge Gallery. His multi-diciplinary art practice is informed by his experiences as a queer artist raised in rural communities throughout the Great Northern Peninsula of the island, and through earnest contemplation of memory and mourning. Through his advocacy work, he aims to discover and establish tangible connections between rural and urban creators, fostering interconnectivity on a provincial, national, and international scale. Daniel has shown his work in several curated & juried exhibitions, and galleries such as the The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery, Grenfell Campus Art Gallery in Corner Brook, Eastern Edge Gallery and the Peter Lewis Gallery in St. Johns, and Gatehouse Arts Gallery in Harlow, UK.


David Yazbeck practices as an advocate for unions, employees, and human rights complainants in the areas of labour relations, human rights, judicial review and appeals, and Charter litigation, with an emphasis on the federal public sector. He has a particular expertise in employee free speech and whistleblowing, and has argued many of the leading cases. David regularly appears before arbitrators, labour boards, human rights tribunals, and Courts at all levels. He has substantial experience arguing judicial review applications and appeals in the Federal Court and the Federal Court of Appeal, and often acts as counsel or agent in the Supreme Court of Canada. David channels a passion for music into producing and hosting the second half of the Thursday Morning Special Blend radio program, airing every Thursday at 8:00 am on CKCU 93.1 FM. David is one of the original writers for the great Canadian music blog North by East West. He has been a Juror for the Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent On Record (FACTOR) which provides loans and grants to up-and-coming Canadian artists.


Zandi Dandizette is a nonbinary interdisciplinary new media installation artist and cultural worker living on the Coast Salish Peoples’ unceded land known as Vancouver, BC. They have a Bachelor of Media Arts in Animation from Emily Carr University (2014). Zandi likens their medium as space, whether 2D or 3D. They explore concepts around communication breakdown, identity, and liminality while trying to bring the values built from those explorations into their development of community & connection. Demonstrating unwavering support for nonprofit arts, Zandi is a Founder and Executive Director of The James Black Gallery, a founding member of VALU CO-OP and ACWU, previous CARFAC BC & National employee, previous Executive Secretary for VIVO Media Arts Centre, and current President of PAARC.


Jennifer Rae Forsyth is an artist, independent curator, and museum professional who has exhibited and curated internationally.  She holds a Masters degree in Fine Arts from The University of Calgary, a Batchelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of British Colombia, and a Diploma in Visual Art from Camosun College, in Victoria, BC. Forsyth is currently enrolled in the Collections Management Certificate Program at the University of Victoria. She has worked for and volunteered at museums, galleries, and artist-run centres, in Alberta and British Columbia for the past twenty years. She currently holds the position of Advancement Lead for the Alberta Museums Association and sits on the board of CARFAC Alberta. Forsyth is a co-founding director of fast & dirty, an Edmonton based rotating collective of artists and curators that creates exhibitions and art events for short durations in unusual environments and projects that challenge curatorial methods.


Sydney Lancaster

Sydney Lancaster is an Edmonton-based multidisciplinary artist and writer. Her work has been presented in solo and group exhibitions in public, artist-run, and commercial galleries in Alberta, BC, Ontario, Quebec, and Newfoundland. Lancaster has held residencies at Harcourt House (AB), Gros Morne National Park (NL), Red Rabbit (NS), Quarters Arts Society (AB), Ruth Carse Centre for Dance (AB), and Main & Station (NS). She has received support for her work from the Edmonton Arts Council, the Edmonton Heritage Council, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and the Canada Council (through the Art in the Park program). Her practice considers the intersection of place, objects, memory, and time, and includes site-specific installation and sculpture, photography, video and audio works, printmaking, and mixed media/found object assemblage. Sydney has worked in Artist-Run Culture (Latitude 53), and been an advocate, volunteer, and board member for various organizations supporting human/LGBTQ2S rights, housing & homelessness advocacy, and artists’ rights over the last 33 years, including past Advocacy Director and Past President of Visual Arts Alberta – CARFAC.


Alejandro is an independent visual and interdisciplinary artist, curator and consultant in Arts and Culture. His leadership as an arts administrator include the renovation of an old theatre, public performances, lectures and public speaking. In Puerto Rico, as a young artist, he won awards for his sculptural and illustration work. In Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, he was Artist in Residence for the Cultural Capitals Project 2006 – 2007, and later at King George Community School in 2007- 2008. His work explore anonymous interventions, social activism, cultural resistance, photography, painting and poetry with the concepts of identity, post-colonialism, prophecy, construction and perceptions of reality. Alejandro is a full time Artist, facilitator, art administrator and instructor. Alejandro exhibits in Puerto Rico, USA and Canada. Some of his works are in private collections in Bolivia, Canada, China, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Spain and the United States. Many of his photographic work has been published in different newspapers and magazines. He is also the Public Arts Consultant for the city of Saskatoon, Past-President of CARFAC Saskatchewan and a former member of the board of directors of Creative City Network of Canada and Dance Saskatchewan.


Joanne Roberts 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. She currently sits on the board of CARFAC Manitoba.


Teresa Carlesimo (Canadian-American) is an interdisciplinary artist currently pursuing a PhD in Cultural Studies at Queen’s University where her research considers various systems of power, class and empire as integral to the analysis of environmental crisis. Her recent artwork explores labour, extractivism, and the urban built environment through large-scale immersive installations and video works. She draws from her childhood on both sides of the Windsor/Detroit border, as well as her mixed Anishinaabe and first-generation settler ancestry. She has received fellowships and artist residencies in Canada, USA, Ireland, Iceland, Spain, Italy, France, and Germany. Her work has been exhibited at the Grounds for Sculpture, Bellevue Arts Museum, Artcite Centre for Contemporary Art, Eyelevel, Museum London, the Agnes Etherington Art Centre and the Thames Art Gallery among others. She is currently the Director of Forest City Gallery in London, Ontario and serves as Co-Chair of CARFAC Ontario.


Originally from Hudson Heights, Quebec, Shelley Freeman first studied fine arts and typography at York University. Before moving to Montreal in 1979, she worked for 2 years at Coach House Press and then began a long career as a social worker specializing in community-based psychogeriatrics. In 1999, Shelley obtained her BFA with Distinction in Studio Arts from Concordia University and joined the Regroupement des artistes en arts visuels du Québec. She was elected to RAAV’s board in 2016 and has been serving as its representative on the board of CARFAC since 2017. She is a also a member of ELAN (English Language Arts Network) and serves as a volunteer for a variety of cultural events in the community. For over 20 years, Shelley’s artwork has focused on interpreting empty spaces that exist within natural phenomena such as caves, rocks and ice formations, and man-made structures such as abandoned mines and tunnels. Aesthetic issues of interest to her are illusion, physical depth, ambiguity of scale, the juxtaposition of light and dark shapes, and the combination of figurative and abstract elements in the same composition. Her paintings, prints and photos of the “underground landscape” have been exhibited widely in both solo and group shows, and figure in public and private collections in Canada, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and the USA.


Rachel Gilbert was born in Texas with family roots in Newfoundland, moving to the island in 2014 to study for a BFA in Visual arts from Grenfell Campus. As an interdisciplinary artist, Gilbert specializes in painting and printmaking with subjects ranging from animals and nature to still-life and portraiture. She has been working with the arts community since 2016, starting with the Corner Brook Rotary Arts Centre’s Visual Arts Committee, a Collections Internship at The Rooms, to her work as the Communication & Design Assistant at St. Michael’s Printshop. Rachel recently worked as the Outreach Coordinator at Eastern Edge. She is also one of the lead organizers of the BIPOC Creators Collective of NL. Rachel currently lives and works out of St. John’s, Newfoundland. Her website is:


Julia Purcell has been drawing and painting ever since her university days in Technical Theatre at Dalhousie University, where she earned a BA with Honours.  She worked briefly at Neptune Theatre in Halifax NS but quickly realized her real passion was painting. She paints regularly and exhibits her work in many commercial galleries.  She exhibited ten paintings in a three- artist show called Jubilation: New Beginnings, hosted by the Kings Playhouse Gallery PEI in April of 2021.  In June 2021 she was elected President of CARFAC Maritimes, and she recently founded and is fostering a group of thirty developing en plein air watercolor painters under the banner, Art Across Our Island. She has taught painting and drawing through the PEI Craft Council and from her own studio the Purcell Parlour Gallery. Her artwork has been purchased by the City of Charlottetown, UPEI and the Art Bank of PEI. She also serves as an elected municipal councillor in Clyde River, PEI and always strives to foster cultural activities in her community and to promote youth and other equity seeking groups.


Annie France Noël is a queer Acadian visual artist and cultural worker. Her practice observes intimate and vulnerable aspects of the human experience through various photographic and interdisciplinary approaches. Guided by their own lived experiences, recent work by Annie France deconstructs the difficult, hidden and ambivalent emotions of parenthood through self-portraiture, staging, and data processing. Annie France is a dedicated member of the cultural communities she engages with, both at regional and national levels. She notably sits on the Board of Directors of CARFAC National, chairs the Board of Directors of the Aberdeen Cultural Centre (where her studio is located), and is the artistic and administrative director of Galerie Sans Nom.  Originally from Kalagee (Caraquet), she currently lives, mothers, and works as an uninvited guest on the traditional unceded territory of the Wolastoqiyik and Mi’kmaq peoples / Moncton NB.

CARFAC National Staff

APRIL BRITSKI – Executive Director

April Britski is the Executive Director of CARFAC, Canada’s national association for visual artists. She has worked and volunteered as an arts administrator since 1998, and joined the staff of CARFAC National in 2005. She is a co-founder of Artists’ Legal Services Ottawa and the Visual Arts Alliance, and she has served on several boards of cultural policy and artist-run organizations. April’s primary responsibility at CARFAC is the development and implementation of organizational policies and strategies related to artists’ legal and economic rights. She is actively involved in the research, development, and coordination of advocacy efforts, including CARFAC’s Artist’s Resale Right campaign. She assists with negotiating collective agreements for visual and media artists under the Status of the Artist Act, as well as other national voluntary agreements with presenters. Originally from Saskatchewan, April currently resides on the traditional unceded territories of the Coast Salish Nations including the Kwikwetlem, Musqueam, Skxwú7mesh, and Tsleil-Waututh Peoples.

RENUKA BAURI – Advocacy & Communications DirectorRenuka Bauri

Renuka Bauri is the Director of Communications and Advocacy for CARFAC.  She completed her B.A. (Honours) in Film Studies and English Literature and her M.A. in Film Studies at Carleton University. In addition to being a passionate advocate for the national arts sector, Renuka has worked with various film festivals in the Ottawa area, including currently with Mirror Mountain Film Festival,  as a jury member, programmer and front of house manager, and has previously served on the boards of the Media Arts Network of Ontario and SAW Video Media Arts Centre.  She has worked for various local and national non-profit artistic and cultural organizations, including the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra and Copyright Visual Arts. In 2017, Renuka completed a certificate program in Management for Women and also holds a certificate in Canadian Copyright Law Management.

SHELBY MILLWATER – Artist Services Director

Shelby Millwater is an artist and arts administrator who was born in Calgary, AB. She received her B.F.A. in Visual Arts, with a minor equivalency in Art History and Visual Culture from Memorial University, Grenfell Campus in 2017. Formerly residing in St. John’s, NL, Shelby worked as the Program Coordinator for Visual Artists Newfoundland and Labrador (VANL-CARFAC). She currently serves on the board of directors for Eastern Edge Gallery and has recently relocated to Ottawa, ON, where she continues her art administration work with CARFAC National. Shelby’s practice is grounded in painting and photography, reflecting on personal experiences, and intimately looking inward as she explores her connection with the human condition. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally at venues such as Grenfell Campus Art Gallery in Corner Brook, Eastern Edge in St. John’s, and Gatehouse Gallery in Harlow, UK.

LARISSA DESROSIERS – Workshop Developer

Larissa Desrosiers is an Ojibwe Queer Singer/Songwriter and Beadworker from Couchiching First Nation in Treaty #3. She has been living, studying and working as a guest on Unceded, Unsurrendered Algonquin Anishinaabe Territory since 2014. She is close to finishing her Bachelor of Music Degree at Carleton University with a Minor in Indigenous Studies where she had the opportunity to study under Singer/Songwriter Lynn Myles, as well as Guitar Virtuoso Don Ross. Upon taking a break from school in 2019, Larissa started a beadwork microbusiness: Bangishimon Beadwork. Whether on stage with her guitar or at her desk with her beads, Larissa’s goal has always been to create space for healing, grieving, imagination and social growth. She has had the opportunity to do so through projects like the National Arts Centre’s Indigenous Cities: Ottawa and FemmeVox, where she collaborated on an original song with Amanda Rheaume. Whether it’s music, visual arts, human rights, or aunty-ing her nieces and nephews around the dinner table, Larissa moves through life with an unwavering passion to help her people.

KAYLEE MADDISON – Communications Manager

Kaylee Maddison is a freelance journalist based in Hamilton, Ontario who’s reporting mainly focuses on the arts and culture. She holds a Bachelor of Journalism with a double major in Art History from Carleton University. Her work has appeared in Inuit Art QuarterlyToronto StarUp Here Magazine among others and she is the current Online Editor for the Canadian Society of Decorative Arts magazine, Ornamentum. Kaylee has experience writing content for different charities and companies, both nationally and internationally. As well, she has worked with Indigenous youth from across Turtle Island with non-profit organizations including Northern Youth Abroad and Elephant Thoughts.


Michael is an art advocate born and raised on the East Coast of Newfoundland. He studied for his BA in the Humanities at Grenfell Campus of Memorial University where he focused on the human condition throughout history where it pertains to art, music, theatre, and philosophy. During his study, Michael was awarded the Alexander Doull Award for Excellence in the Humanities and became the president of the Humanities and Philosophy Society. He was founder of the Parmenius Society, which is a collective of interdisciplinary Students and Professors who would gather once a week to discuss various artistic and philosophical bodies of work. Michael has recently worked in the Legal Field and Web development, and he now uses his critical reading, writing, and thinking skills to provide the best service and advice as a young professional.


Coördinator Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Committee

Dolores Ortiz, Mexico


(Falta dirección de la ABAP en La Paz, Bolivia)
President: Efrain Chambi


Rua Pamplona Nº 1244-Jd. Paulista
Sao Paulo –S.P.- Brasil
CEP: 01405-001
Phone: 55 11 38841727 Fax 55 11 3884-1727
President: Mr. Paco de Assis


Calle Salvador Donoso 21
Barrio Bellavista
Santiago de Chile, Chile
Phone/fax 56-2 777 3660
President: Alex Chellew. Tel. 00 56 55 2 37 21 05 y cel. 00 56 9 84 10 22 54
Claudia Adriazola, Vice-President of the Regional Committee of the IAA for Latin America and the Caribbean 


Tel. +57 316 6245690 / +57 318 4897028
President: Carlos Prada Hernandez
Secretary: Julián Villamizar Rincón


400 Mts. Norte de Hipermás Curridabat
Condominio El Gregal, Casa 22
San José, Costa Rica C.A.
Phone: (506) 89105994
President: Gilberto Antonio Aquino Pérez
Vice-president: Marta Eugenia Yglesias Piza
Rosemary Golcher, President of the Regional Committee of IAA for Latin America and the Caribbean


Colonia Florencia Sur, Calle Palmeras, Casa 3811
Atras Rest. Las Tejitas
Tegucigalpa, M.D.C. Honduras, C.A.
Tel. (504)22398830 / (504)22132708
President: Roberto Benitez
Secretary: Luis Enrique Cruz
Gabriel Zaldivar, treasurer Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Committee


Calle El Conde 58
Zona Colonial
Santo Domingo. REP. DOMINICANA
Phone: (001809) 685 69 85
President: Clinton López
Alescar Ortiz, Fiscal of the Regional Committee of IAA for Latin America and the Caribbean


Asociación Panameña de Artistas Plásticos
Panamá, Rep. de Panamá
President: Luis Alberto Rudas
Tel. +507 62185829


President: Celia Aidée Sotomayor


PO Box 191861
San Juan, PR 00919-1861
Phone: +1 (787)725-1350
President: Norberto Morales
Secretary: Annie Saldaña
Vice-president: Javier Vélez
Treasurer: Celestino Ortiz


Urbanización La Campiña. Calle Armando Reverón Quinta AVAP
Caracas 1050, Venezuela
Phone: (00582) 745961 Fax (00582) 7936170
President: Humberto Cazorla


Graciela Ferreiro Robles, president
Tlacotalpan 133. Col. Roma Sur
Deleg. Cuauhtémoc
06760 México, D.F. México
Phone/fax: (5255) 55 74 46 19
Albino Luna, Secretary of the Regional Committee of the IAA for Latin America and the Caribbean
Dolores Ortíz, Secretary of the Regional Committee of the IAA for Latin America and the Caribbean


Del porton principal del Hospital Militar 2 al lago y 1/2 abajo
Galeria Praxis – Residencial Bolonia
Tel. 0022 663563 Celular 87774547
President: Javier Sánchez
Secretariat: Julie Aguirre & Vocal, treasurer Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Committee