The 2015-2016 FMP group met for their first group meeting and orientation on September 13, 2015.  

Foundation Mentorship Program

Foundation Mentorship 2015/2016

  • Dates: September 2015 – September 2016
  • Application Deadline: Friday, April 24, 2015 at 4:00pm

MAWA is pleased to welcome the participants of the current Foundation Mentorship Program: Seema Goel is working with Valerie Chartrand and Melanie Wesley, Natalia Lebedinskaia is working with Natalie Baird and Kristin Snowbird, Shawna McLeod is working with Tracy Fehr and Carolyn Mount, and Praba Pilar is working iwth Kelly Ruth and Becca Taylor.   


  • Seema Goel

    Goel is a multimedia artist, writer, curator and educator. Her work focuses on human-place and human-nature relationships with particular emphasis on our abilities to engage with, change and manipulate these things. Using whimsy and humour as well as an eclectic range of materials, she draws from her dual background in the arts and sciences to create interactive, tactile works. She heads the STEAM program at the University of Manitoba in the Faculty of Science where she uses this unique position to connect the arts and sciences to better communicate ideas and engage the public with contemporary science and culture.  

  • Natalia Lebedinskaia

    Natalia Lebedinskaia holds an MA in Art History from Concordia University, where she also received her BFA in Art History and Studio Arts. She has held curatorial and art administration internships at The Banff Centre for the Arts and Walter Phillips Gallery in Banff, Alberta. In 2009, she co-founded Studio Béluga, an exhibition and residency program in Montréal that is run as a self-pedagogical community with a board of artists, art historians and curators. Lebedinskaia has also worked independently on projects and publications for Art Mûr, FOFA Gallery, Les Ateliers Jean Brillant, and Centre des arts actuels Skol, in Montréal.

    She is currently the Curator of Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba in Brandon. Her research focuses on the ethics of exhibition and display, especially as they relate to negotiations of personal memory in the public sphere. Her curatorial approach aims to build communities, both ephemeral and lasting, through exhibitions and programming.

  • Shawna McLeod

    Shawna McLeod is a recently repatriated Winnipeg artist and an alumnus of the 2003 MAWA Foundation Mentorship Program. Her watercolour paintings range from quiet and autobiographical to ornate and psychedelic. She completed her MFA at Concordia University in Montréal in 2008. Her work has been shown throughout Canada and the U.S. and has been featured in several publications, including Border Crossings and Frieze. Her work is part of the Canada Council Art Bank, Musée National des Beaux-Arts de Québec and the Winnipeg Art Gallery collections. She has taken part in artist residencies including Flux Factory and Apex Art in New York City. McLeod has a strong interest in arts in the community and has worked with the Graffiti Gallery and other Winnipeg organizations, as well as facilitated workshops in Saskatchewan and Northern Manitoba through the Canada Council for the Arts.

  • Praba Pilar

    Praba Pilar is a Colombian multi-disciplinary artist, technologist and cultural theorist exploring aspects of emerging technologies which generate globalized forms of economic and ecological crisis. She has spent the last decade and a half presenting counternarrative performances, street theatre, interactive installations, digital artworks, writing and websites. Her wildly diverse work has been presented nationally and internationally at museums, galleries, universities, performance festivals and conferences, and on public streets and radio airwaves. She has been written about in numerous publications, and honoured with multiple awards. Pilar has a PhD in Performance Studies from the University of California, Davis, and can be visited online at