Foundation Mentorship Program

Foundation Mentorship 2012/2013

  • Dates: September 2012 – September 2013

MAWA was pleased to welcome the participants in the 2012/2013 Foundation Mentorship Program. Megan Krause and Gerry Oliver were mentored by Aganetha Dyck, Amanda Damsma and Janessa Brunet were mentored by Suzie Smith, Natasha Peterson and Sarah Hodges-Kolisnyk were mentored by Lisa Stinner, and Elise Dawson and Sasha Amaya were mentored by Val Klassen.


  • Aganetha Dyck

    Aganetha Dyck is interested in environmental issues, specifically as it pertains to the power of the small, and inter-species communication. Her research questions the ramifications all living beings would experience should honeybees disappear from earth. Aganetha works in sculpture, drawing and mixed media.  Her work is exhibited and collected internationally. She is the recipient of The Manitoba Arts Award of Distinction and a Canadian Governor Generals Award for Visual and Media Arts.

  • Suzie Smith

    Suzie Smith works with printmaking and design that expand into sculpture, installation and video. Her process often incorporates the deconstruction and transformation of images and materials to create new or multiple meanings. Her work reflects on how we understand and construct the world around us. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, and has worked in the Winnipeg arts community for many years, recently as the Visual Arts Consultant for the Province of Manitoba and an instructor at the University of Manitoba. In addition to pursuing her own practice, she is a founding member of Parameter Press.

    Suzie Smith, Quiet Forms (double infinity), archival inkjet print, 24” x 36”, 2017

  • Lisa Stinner

    Since graduating from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a MFA in Photography, Lisa Stinner has shown her photographic work in numerous exhibitions, locally, nationally and internationally. In her work, Stinner searches for photographic contradictions found within the built environment. Her work has been featured in art publications such as Border Crossings magazine and published in juried collections such as Carte Blanche and Flash Forward. Stinner teaches at the University of Manitoba. Visit her website at

  • Val Klassen

    Known mainly for her video art, Val Klassen has also experimented with performance, audio, photography, and digital print making. Reflecting her interests in environmental activism and spirituality, her work is by turns sensitive, elegant, subversive, funny, and meditative. Using subtle manipulation of time and space, she invites viewers to see the familiar from a new perspective. Her work has been exhibited across Canada, and in the U.S., U.K., France and Australia.