Foundation Mentorship 2014/2015

  • Application Deadline
    Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 12:41pm
  • September 2014 – September 2015

MAWA is pleased to welcome the participants in the upcoming year’s Foundation Mentorship Program. Divya Mehra will be working with Shimby Zegeye and Laura Magnusson, Reva Stone will be working with Alison Davis, Daina Warren will be working with Wendy Seversen and Katrina Stock, and Melanie Rocan will be working with Elyse Saurette and Lisa Bédard, thanks to a partnership with Centre culturel franco-manitobain and special funding from the Manitoba Arts Council.

  • Divya Mehra is a graduate of the MFA program at Columbia University, New York. Her practice draws from experiences of displacement, cultural conventions and hybridization, infusing a biting wit in the execution of her projects. Divya’s work has been included in a number of exhibitions and screenings, most notably at Creative Time, MoMA PS1, MTV, The Queens Museum of Art, MASS MoCA, Art Asia (Miami), Platform Centre for Photographic + Digital Arts, Plug In ICA, Artspeak, Images Festival, The Beijing 798 Biennale, Bielefelder Kunstverein (Germany) and Latitude 28 (India). Recent publications featuring her work have appeared in print and online through The New York Times, Art in America, Whitewall Magazine, and Vogue India. Divya Mehra was longlisted for the Sobey Art Award in 2013. She is currently represented by Georgia Scherman Projects (gallery) in Toronto.

  • Mélanie Rocan is a Franco-Manitoban artist whose paintings sensitively explore fragile subconscious states. She has an MFA from the University of Concordia in Montreal, with participation in an exchange program at the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland. She is a three-time semifinalist for the RBC Painting Competition, and has exhibited at the Power Plant in Toronto, the Contemporary Museum in Montreal, the Contemporary Art Gallery of Vancouver, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Toronto and venues in Scotland, France and the United States. In 2012-2013 she had a survey show at the Doris McCarthy Gallery, Scarborough U of T campus, the Kenderdine in Saskatoon and Plug In ICA in Winnipeg. Her work is represented by Paul Petro Contemporary Art in Toronto and Galerie KEZA in Paris. The mentorship with Mélanie Rocan is being offered through a partnership with Centre culturel franco-manitobain.

  • Reva Stone’s work examines the mediation between our bodies and the technologies that are altering how we interact with the world. Stone is currently working with the ideologies driving the development of unmanned aerial vehicles. Although she herself doesn’t work with living material, she is fascinated with this type of work and the issues raised in its creation.

  • Daina Warren is an artist and a contemporary curator whose interest in Indigenous artists is at the forefront of her practice. She is a member of the Montana Akamihk Cree Nation in Maskwacis (Bear Hills), Alberta and holds a Master’s degree from UBC. Warren served as curator and director of Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art from 2011 to 2022 and was awarded the 2022 Manitoba Arts Council Award of Distinction. In April 2022, she moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico to become the Artist-in-Residence Program Manager for the Institute of American Indian Arts Research Center for Contemporary Native American Arts.