BANFF – The Banff Centre has a new director to oversee all programming and residencies within the visual arts realm.
Ingrid Mary Percy, who was announced as the new director of Visual Arts and Residencies Sept. 14, has a track track record as an educator at the post-secondary level, as an administrator, an artist, and an arts advocate.
“The Visual Arts and Residency program is a cornerstone of our artistic foundation and talent development stream,” said Janice Price, president and CEO of Banff Centre.
“I am thrilled with the experience, passion and leadership that Ingrid will bring to the role of Visual Arts director.”
For more than two decades, Percy has been a practicing visual artist, educator and cultural leader in Canada, exhibiting her work locally, nationally and internationally, and working in post-secondary institutions – the University of Victoria, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, and Memorial University of Newfoundland.
Percy also writes, curates, and plays music. A strong believer in community service and advocacy, she has served on the boards of numerous non-profits including Open Space, Eastern Edge, Visual Artists Newfoundland and Labrador, and Canadian Artists’ Representation/Les front des artistes canadiens (CARFAC) National, where she was vice-president, president, and past-president.
She was chair of the Visual Arts Program, Graduate Officer of the MFA Program and associate professor in the Visual Arts Program in the School of Fine Arts at Memorial University of Newfoundland and, most recently, interim dean of the School of Fine Arts.
Visual Arts at Banff Centre offers exceptional programs for professional artists, curators, art critics and researchers, as well as practicum opportunities for emerging practitioners. Visual Arts also supports, develops, and presents contemporary art through the Walter Phillips Gallery.
The on-campus residency programs provide the time, studio space, facilities, feedback, and engagement with peers and faculty to hone artistic development. Both thematic and self-directed programs encourage experimentation and exploration of ideas, theory, and process.
Percy said she was thrilled to be joining the Banff Centre team.
“I am confident that my skills and experience will make a positive contribution to Banff Centre as it continues its role as one of the most important and transformative places for artists in the world,” she said.