Wednesday, November 18, 2015

ArtNow for December 2015

Emily Jan

Samantha Youssef


Tuesday December 1st, 2015, at 7 pm,


in Westmount Public Library


 ArtNow Westmount





Emily Jan

Emily Jan is a Montréal-based artist and writer originally hailing from San Francisco, California. Jan has traveled to 33 countries and lived in four (South Africa, Mexico, the US, and Canada). She draws inspiration from the eclectic experiences of a life spent largely on the road as well as from the culture of scientific inquiry that characterized her upbringing.

Recent solo and two-person exhibitions include Futur Folklore at the M.A.I. (Montréal), You Maniacs You Blew It Up! at PDA Projects (Ottawa), and falling through the mirror at Latitude 53 (Edmonton) and the FoFA Gallery (Montréal). She is a M.A.I. Mentorship Grant awardee for 2014-2015 and a Clipperton Project residency awardee for 2015. In 2011, she was recognized with an award at the 6th International Biennial of Contemporary Textile Art (WTA – Aire).

Upcoming exhibitions include solo exhibitions at Union Gallery (Kingston), Harcourt House (Edmonton), Hamilton Artists Inc (Hamilton), and group exhibitions include SKOL (Montreal) and the Fibrearts International Triennial 2016 (USA).


Samantha Youssef

Samantha Youssef has worked as a character animator for Walt Disney Animation, as well as other reputable companies such as Yowza Animation, Filmax, and Ubisoft cinematics. She was an award winner at the Toronto Film Festival for her animated short film La Fuga Grande.

Samantha is the founder of Studio Technique, an artistic training studio dedicated to the artistic development of professional and amateur artists. Her classical art background, along with her experience in feature film animation and the video game industry, has allowed her to create a unique program that offers specialized training to all varieties of artists.

Samantha is an accomplished keynote speaker having done presentations at the CG Con White conference in Montreal, the Montreal International Gaming Summit, as well as conducting master classes for professional animators at the invitation of Cinematic Studios in Stockholm, Sweden.

Samantha has recently published the book entitled Movement and Form,  a comprehensive figure drawing program focusing on gesture, body mechanics and form.