All Big Bang Residency proposals that meet the program criteria will be sent to a jury of up to eight people for review. Each jury member will the rank the proposals based on artistic merit and the ability of the artwork to engage the public.
The jury will consist of:
- The Banff Centre delegates (3)
- Professional engineer (1)
- Calgary Arts Development delegate (1)
- Calgary Hotel Association delegate (1)
- Beakerhead delegates (2)
Meet the jury members …
Brandy Dahrouge is the Program Manager for Visual + Digital Arts Creative Residencies at The Banff Centre. Brandy has a decade of experience as a post-secondary arts educator, artist, and musician. She holds a BFA from the University of Calgary, an MFA (Media Arts) from the University of New South Wales (Sydney), and a post graduate certificate in Music Pedagogy from the Kodály Institute of the Liszt Academy (Hungary). Brandy is the recipient of numerous awards for arts and community leadership. Brandy is the recipient of numerous awards for arts and community leadership including an International Postgraduate Research Award from the Government of Australia and a Rotary International Ambassadorial Fellowship.
Nima Dorjee is Vice President of the Association for Professional Engineers and Geophysicists of Alberta (APEGA). Nima was born in a Tibetan refugee settlement in India and has called Calgary home since 1981. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Calgary in 1992. While attending the University of Calgary in 1989, he was elected president of the 18,000-member Students’ Union. Upon graduation, Nima founded EngIT Engineering Services, which specialized in providing Engineers-in-Training to employers for a short-term basis. In 1995, he joined the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Calgary. Under his leadership, the engineering internship program became the largest program of its kind in Canada. In 2008, he was recognized with the Schulich School of Engineering’s Champion Award. The YMCA recognized Nima’s involvement in the area of human rights by awarding him the Canada Peace Medal in 1997 and, in 2007, he received the Calgary Freedom of Expression Award. Since 2008, Nima has devoted his time to projects related to the Dalai Lama’s work on human values. This included working at the private office of the Dalai Lama in India. Since 2011, Nima has served as the president of Project Tibet Society, which is responsible for the resettlement of 1,000 Tibetan refugees from northern India to Canada.
Jen Mizuik is the Director of Visual and Digital Arts. She holds over a decade of experience in contemporary art and digital media including creating opportunities for artists to develop new work and build their careers, supporting technological and experimental innovations in artistic practice, and exploring new ways to engage audiences in visual art. Prior to joining the Banff Centre, Jen was the Director of Experimenta in Melbourne (2009-2014), and previously the General Manager. She has held posts at institutions such as the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) in Melbourne and the Art Gallery of Calgary. Jen has Directed and Curated exhibitions of artists such as AES+F (Russia), Cao Fei (China), Hans-Peter Feldman (Germany), Shilpa Gupta (India), Christian Jankowski (Germany), William Kentridge (South Africa, David OReilly (Ireland), Kuang-Yu Tsui (Taiwan), Kit Wise (Australia), Ryoko Aoki & Zon Ito (Japan), Sylvie Blocher (France), Natalie Bookchin (USA), ,Johan Grimonprez (Belgium), Shih Chieh Huang (Taiwan), Hiroshi Ishiguro (Japan) and YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES (South Korea).
Mary Anne Moser
Mary Anne Moser is co-founder and CEO of Beakerhead, a major collaborative art, science and engineering spectacle that erupted for the first time in Calgary in September 2013. She has built a career where art, culture and science intersect. She has worked as a scientist, journalist, an award-winning designer and was the founding editor of the Banff Centre Press. She started the Banff Science Communications Program in 2005, Canada’s Iron Science Teacher competition in 2007 and was member of the start-up steering committee for the Science Media Centre of Canada, launched in 2010. She is the editor of two books on science in society: Immersed in Technology (MIT Press 1995) and Science, She Loves Me (Banff Centre Press 2011). She holds a BSc in zoology, a Master’s degree in communications, and an interdisciplinary PhD.
Jasmine Palardy is a Director of Programs and Partnerships at Beakerhead. She is a technology trend-hunter, geek scout and people connector. She was the first staff member at Beakerhead and has been with the team since the idea was a seedling, nurturing it with her enthusiasm, positivity and supreme hustling skills. She brings more than 10 years of experience in communications, marketing, and business development. Before Beakerhead, she was a management consultant at Dealmaker Media in San Francisco (USA). At Dealmaker, she worked with a massive network of technology startup founders, investors, influencers, and media – with the ultimate goal of staying on the edge of technology and business trends so that she could advise and connect startups internationally. As a proud Calgarian, Jasmine has served as co-Chair of TEDxYYC in past years, volunteered for MakerFaire and ArtsVote, and is an avid live music concertgoer.
Pamela Tchida Kupidy
As the Executive Director of the Calgary Hotel Association (CHA), Pamela Tchida Kupidy works closely with its members, board of directors and many strategic funding partners that are leaders and innovators in Calgary’s tourism sector. Through CHA’s Destination Marketing Fund (DMF), Pamela also manages a variety of other local funding partnerships to collectively market and promote tourism and the many sports, arts and culture, economic development and leisure-related programs and events that are produced annually in the city of Calgary. Prior to joining CHA, Pamela consulted to private, publicly traded and non profit organizations across Western Canada and the Eastern U.S., including consulting to two of Calgary’s business revitalization zones and an active board member of C-Biz (Calgary’s Business Revitalization Zones). Beginning her career in the financial industry, Pamela has allocated a significant portion of her career in the investment and finance community both in Canada and the U.S. A self-published author, Pamela is also an advocate of the arts community and an admirer of the various artistic mediums that this encompasses.
Kevin Cork, CFP is President of TheAbsoluteGroup.com with 25 years financial planning experience. He has written for The Globe and Mail, Advisor’s Edge, Advisor.ca, CBC, Calgary Herald, AOL, FundLibrary, Registered Representative, KRAVE and Zi Magazine. His national best-seller, ‘The Money Book’, was followed by ‘The Investment Book’. Kevin has presented for MDRT, IFIC, Banff School, EduVacation, Manulife, Mount Royal College and the Universities of Calgary & Alberta and has appeared on Vicki Gabereau, CBC/Newsworld, A-Channel, ROB TV, Global, CTV, QR77, TVOntario, CityTV, MOJO Radio, CJAD Montreal, Country 105, JACK FM and Canada Learning Television.