A Message from Staff | Call for Board Members | Special General Meeting

Text in image reads: aceartinc. Call for Board Members, application deadline: Tues., Nov. 9, 11:59 PM. Please completed the nomination form and send to brianna@aceart.org to apply. Nominee information will be released to the public on Thurs., Nov. 12. Special General Meeting, Thurs., Nov. 26, 7-9 PM. Meeting will be held via Zoom. Zoom meeting info will be sent out with nominee information on Nov. 12.

A message from aceartinc.’s current staff members

Dear aceartinc. community,

As many of you are aware, aceartinc. has been in an active work-in-progress state throughout most of 2020. The intersection of a building move, COVID-19 and–most importantly–feedback from the community that we needed to take time to listen to, process and learn from, required us to temporarily suspend public activities in June. 

Since that time, we have been working on our organizational processes and policies, seeking to develop ways to help build a new iteration that is more capable of truly listening, hearing and learning from community feedback; one that provides true equity of opportunity; and one that offers a safe meeting place for the discussion and analysis of ideas surrounding what a contemporary art space should be in 2020 and beyond. Most importantly, we have been considering how we can better support a community of artists and cultural workers for whom social justice is the framing backbone of their activities. 

We have found no quick and clear answers; and we do not wish to make a statement that suggests we’re confident in how the organization can move forward in this regard. The truth is, we’re not. And it is for this reason we’ve decided to release this message now: ace needs your help.

In light of the dispersal of aceartinc.’s board of directors, we are calling a Special General Meeting to obtain a completely new contingent of volunteer board members who are aware they are entering an organization at a crossroads: one in need of addressing complex values questions in a manner that incorporates as much community feedback and dialogue mechanisms as possible. And although we have worked hard with the previous board of directors to develop a Community Code of Conduct and related frameworks to support the safety of future important dialogues, the work to come will nonetheless likely be challenging. 

The upcoming SGM will serve as a line drawn between an old iteration of aceart and the future that might be possible, and will be focused mostly on the logistical processes needed to facilitate this transition. This, in combination with the meeting’s online nature, means we are aware it may not be the best venue for a truly robust community conversation about the future of aceart. As a result, we have put in place some general community feedback and consultation mechanisms prior to the SGM to help inform and guide the new incoming board, via an online survey and one-on-one confidential feedback appointments with an external consultant. More information on these upcoming processes will be released very shortly. We anticipate this will be just the first of many consultation and feedback mechanisms to come in the very near future. In particular, aceart is very aware of the need to engage in a robust consultation series dedicated to Indigenous and racialized members of our artistic community as soon as is logistically feasible, once we are certain of a mechanism to ensure the integrity of this process. 

The date of the upcoming SGM is set for Thurs Nov. 26, 2020, 7 PM to 9 PM. The meeting will be held online given the uncertainty posed by Winnipeg’s current COVID-19 situation. A formal agenda and other related reading materials will be circulated as they become available. 

Any interested potential new board members are requested to apply via the nomination form by Mon Nov. 9 at 11:59 PM. Per ace’s bylaws, the organization must publicly release board nominee names two weeks in advance, on Thurs Nov 12, and this timeline will ensure that all interested parties can be included. By law, board members must be 18 years of age or older and cannot be bankrupt. Nominees must also be current, paid members of ace. 

While all eligible nominee candidates will be included in the released slate, we believe the organization will be able move forward in the most efficient manner if candidates include those with legal, accounting, HR management or community non-profit executive directorship experience as well as artists and cultural workers with a prior history of volunteerism on community non-profit boards. To this end, we enlist the aceart community to assist us in ensuring we have the strongest and widest representative slate of nominees possible. 

More information will be released shortly as we work towards the SGM and upcoming initial consultation series. We appreciate your patience and understanding with us.


Tani Miki, Director of Finance and Administration  

Brianna Wentz, Special Projects Coordinator

Click here to view Board of Directors nomination form.

bakla | Ally Gonzalo | Flux Gallery

Launch: Friday, 6 March 2020, 6 – 9 PM. Event is free and all are welcome.

Run: 6 March – 26 March, 2020

Gallery hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 12 – 5 PM

Bakla (Tagalog) — a Filipino person assigned male at birth but having adopted mannerisms traditionally regarded as feminine. The term includes individuals who identify as trans, non-binary, bisexual, etc.

Bakla predates the word “gay” with the latter only emerging around the 19th century. Similar to indigenous Two-Spirit folk, bakla are considered to be capable of seeing the world through both female and male eyes prior to colonization. They were shamanistic leaders who practiced divination and entered into trances as part of their ritualistic practices. The bakla were labeled as pagans and murdered by Spanish colonizers, creating a power vacuum that was used to install Catholicism.

With Winnipeg having the largest concentration of Filipinos in Canada, it has unfortunately become a microcosm of what Filipino society is back home, meaning that the discrimination towards the bakla, and the Filipinx community in general, has also carried over. Despite this, our communities remain resilient, strong, and colorful. This portrait series is meant to celebrate the diverse identities of the bakla as an act of decolonization from our past and to challenge non-baklas’ prevailing perceptions of who we are.

Ally is a gay Filipino photographer who immigrated to Winnipeg in 2016. For the past two years he has become self-taught in the medium, during which time he has built a foundation in landscape and street photography. Determined to better himself as an artist, he decided to pursue formal training after moving to Canada. While in school, he discovered his knack for portraiture and now specializes in that genre of photography.

He has worked on various portrait series that challenge ideas of masculinity and identity to create a safe space for male-identifying individuals who come from the queer, BIPOC, and immigrant communities.

Kelsey Braun’s Artist Talk

Please note that some of the spoken text in this artist presentation is intentionally obscured in order to draw attention to the sonic materials that were used in both it, as well as the exhibition. For video documentation of the exhibit please visit HERE.

Nest…..as a hiding place in the sky considered space as an illusion, as that which shifts between the perceivable and the peripheral—we can often hear the birds but cannot see the nest. Constructed from a foundation of sound extracted out of field recordings, foley, found-audio and gestures of sonic improvisation, this work was a multi-channel composition for a room. Nest…. intends on establishing an ocean of vibration where time and space are nudged towards an obtuse and poetically shifting experience. Speakers dispersed throughout the gallery underline one’s sense of proximity and complement the room’s physical material—in some cases transmitting sound from within the building itself. Nest…. encouraged a heightened sense of hearing, relating the aural to architecture, social space and memory.

Kelsey presented materials related to the exhibition through a hybrid performance/artist talk, followed by a play-through of the immersive audio installation. The audience was welcome to come and go as they pleased. 

Kelsey gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the Manitoba Arts Council, the Winnipeg Arts Council, and Video Pool Media Arts Centre.

Ran from March 8- April 5, 2019

2019 Annual General Meeting

Our Annual General Meeting will be taking place on January 20 at 7 PM at aceartinc.

ace is a community organization that is enriched by its community. To support that, we truly value the input of all those who choose to attend.


aceartinc. is not located in a fully accessible building. The public entrance, which is via 288 McDermot Avenue, (four steps up from the street) is at the top of a large flight of stairs. However, there is an alternative entrance at 290 McDermot Avenue. There is a step up from the street to the door and then 7 steps inside the lobby entrance. Here a passenger elevator (with a 2 foot, 8″ wide door) can take you to the second floor.

Once in ace, the galleries are spacious and simple to navigate.

The staff is very happy to assist in any way we can. Please call ahead (204 944 9763) to let us know of any special arrangements that would make your visit as comfortable as possible.

The following describes how to enter the space from the 290 McDermot Avenue entrance.

Entering the building via 290 McDermot Avenue

There are 2 steps up to the street entrance door

The door swings into the building and is on a strong spring.

There are an additional 5 steps up to reach the area in front of the passenger elevator. ace is located on the 2nd floor.

Upon leaving the elevator turn left and then left again.

This entrance to ace has a gently declining ramp (with a half-inch lip at the end)  which leads into a corridor. After a few steps, you will enter the resource area and be able to see the office on your left.

The Main Gallery and the Flux Gallery are spacious and simple to navigate. The Cartae Studio has a narrower than standard door frame and is generally not open to the public.

Washrooms are not accessible to those using wheelchairs. They are located in a narrow corridor and have narrow doorways.

We wish you well, Chantel!

Chantel Mierau has announced that she will be leaving aceartinc. at the end of this year to focus full-time on her artistic practice in 2020, supported by a Canada Council grant.

Congratulations, Chantel!! Her last day will be December 17th when we close for the holidays. Please join us in expressing gratitude for Chantel’s hard work over the last 4 years, and wishing her the very best for her future projects.

Folks of ace

Former and some current board, staff, interns, long term contractors of ace.

Please: let us know if you see someone missing: brianna@aceart.org

Doug Melnyk

Donna Jones

Larry Glawson

Janice Dehod

Gail Noonan

Terri Pollard

Gordon Arthur

Lorraine Wright

Ron Gorsline

Sharon Raynard

Sheila Butler

Richard Brown

Ron Frohwerk

Kim Oulette

Barb Hunt

David Stymeist

Kevin DeForst

Arthur Harris

Susan Barton Tait

Jennifer Woodbury

Marja Linder

John Groves

Murray Toews

Mike Powell

Candace Propp

Susan Horodski

Sigrid Dahle

Doug Glenn

Kevin Mutch

Meg Gullen

Lucia Flynn

Roland Bouchard

Cindy Karol

Agnes Gebezyk

Marian Butler

Alison Norlen

Priscilla Reimer

Derek Brueckner

Katerina Stieffenhofer

Patrick Treacy

Fred Liang

Gilles Hebert

Helene Dyck

Shirley Brown

Tom Bobby

Marilyn Morton

Judy Coy

John Shneider

Angela Somerset

Robert Sauvey

Linda Fairfield

Anthony Kiendl

Karen Wilson Baptist

Lisa Mark

Louis Ogeman

Evan Tapper

Susan Chafe

Gail Brown

Grant Guy

Janet Riddell

Jake Moore

Keith Berens

Susan Turner

Aurora Landin

Janet McNabb

Jarod Charzweski

Michael Dumontier

Brenna George

Richard Dyck

Liv Valmstead

Catherine MacDonald

Alex Poruchnyck

Doug Lewis

Lynn Shultz

Erika Lincoln

Tom Elliot

Paul Robles

Dominique Rey

Jason Petroff

Mary Ferguson

Calvin Yarush

Sheila Spence

Sarah Crawley

Lori Fontaine

Micah Garlich-Miller

Kevin Matthews

KC Adams

Mike Browning

Launi Davis

Chris Clarke

Holly Moore

Sarah Gordon

Justin Ludwar

Sharon Alward

David Ruseel

Linda McGarva-Cohen

Liz Garlicki

Jean Klimack

Tim Philips

Marnie Butvin

Diane Lemieux

Risa Horowitz

Veronica Preweda

Karen Wardle

Chris MacDonald

Holly Proktor

Shawn Frost

Jennifer Barthel

Theo Simms

Garth Hardy

Jo Snyder

Scott Benesiinaabandan

Dan Saidman

Hope Peterson

William Eakin

Meera Singh

Kevin Matthews

Anna Kirbyson

Cyrus Smith

Kevin Kelly

Takashi Iwasaki

Karen Owens

Ian August

Nora Kobrinsky

Niki Trosky

Tamara Weller


Whitney Light

Joshua Ruth

Jen Moyes

Sally MacDonald

Laura Magnusson

Adrian Williams

Robert Epp

Doug Smith

Kendra Goertzen

David Krause

Simone Hébert Allard

Aston Coles

Glen Johnson

Suzanne Morrissette

Emily Doucet

Helga Jakobson

Darren Stebeleski

Stephanie Middaugh

Hannah Doucet

Karen Asher

Katrina Elise-Caudle

Dana Kletke

Tanya Tran

Tara Hutchinson

Aiko Ladesma

Judith Sackey

Emily & Ayda

Kevin Doole

Cindy Pelletier

Jamie Wright

Courtney R Thompson

Andrew Moreau

Carissa Gifford

Meg Gifford

Shaun Schroeder

Andrew Kear

Andrew Kaplan

Lancelot Coar

Holger Kalberg

Mark Neufeld

Mike Von Tiesenhausen

Clifford Goodwill

Alison L. Fulford

Haley Isaak

Alena Reiger

Kelsey Smith

Yan Cheng

Seth Woodyard

Alex King

Shawn Jordan

Nicole Flynn

Ashley Au

Brian Hunter

Seema Goel

Robin Ellis

Chantel Mierau

Niki Little

Madeline Rae

Kelly Campbell

Brian & Abi

Kat Nancy

Heather Komus

Liam Zarillo

Leigh Bridges

Alyssa Bornn

Jennifer Smith


Noor Bhangu

Kelechi Asagwara

Beth Schellenberg

Laura Darnbrough

Lou Gandier

Priscilla Pinga

Sabrina Sethi

Peter Duek

Shaun De Rooy

Julie Lafreniere

Carla Myketa

Seeking new board members! Volunteer opportunity!

aceartinc. is seeking board members to join our amazing team! In particular, we are seeking contemporary artists, cultural workers or professionals with an interest in the arts who would like to contribute their enthusiasm, community-oriented attitude and excellent communication skills. A background in fundraising, building renovation, and/or previous board experience would be an asset.

We are especially seeking applications from people identifying as Indigenous, Black, a Person Of Colour, LGBT2SQ+, and persons with disabilities. We invite you to self-identify in your letter of interest.


Our Mandate
aceartinc. is an Artist Run Centre dedicated to the support, exhibition, and dissemination of contemporary art.

We do this via an open call for submissions and special projects through which we work with contemporary artists, curators, and art writers, including emerging artists and those from queer, Indigenous, and underrepresented communities.

Contemporary art is at its most powerful when engaged with and thought about, and so we actively welcome the public, with all of its nuanced communities.


Anti Oppression Policy

aceartinc. is dedicated to working in service of the innovative and striking diversity that makes up the fabric of our community. aceartinc does not tolerate any form of discrimination, and recognizes that many people face oppression due to imbalances of power in terms of race, culture, ethnicity, language, country of origin, ability, class, age, religion or faith, mental health, gender (including gender expression) and/or sexuality and any intersection of these identities.

aceartinc commits to providing a safe space that fosters activism and empathy, and that supports and champions the underrepresented, and those our society systemically silences. This commitment is founded in our conviction that change is absolutely necessary, and can be achieved through a clearly intentioned process.

The ways in which aceartinc.’s active commitment to the dismantling of systemic oppression is manifested includes but is not limited to equitable representation within our artistic programming, prioritizing diversity among our staff/board, continuous engagement in anti-oppression training (staff/board/volunteers), backing the anti-oppression initiatives of other community members/organizations and ensuring that this policy is always under examination and evolves alongside the communities it aims to support.


Role of a Board Member
As an elected and informed agent of the membership of the organisation, the board ensures appropriate organizational performance, assures adherence to the organization’s mandate and policies, represents the interests of the membership, hires staff, acquires and maintains a suitable location for the organization, and raises funds. Your imagination, enthusiasm, and cheerfulness are welcomed. Specific duties include:

 Meetings: Attend a regular monthly meeting, usually 1-2 hours

  • Committees: Serving on subcommittees which may be dedicated to organizing events, fundraising, strategic planning, space allocation, our CARTAE program, etc.
  • Volunteering at events: Board Members contribute time by attending aceart events
    and working our two annual fundraising events
  • Communications: Broadcasting our events and calls to your various networks.
    Following and responding to email and social media messages.
  • Renovation/Building knowledge: Advising the board regarding the best use of and
    potential improvements to the exhibition space and offices.


How to apply

We are seeking candidates who ideally are interested in starting by the last week in October.

 Please send a letter of interest outlining why you would like to join the team as well as your skills, and hopes along with your CV to Seth Woodyard, ace’s president: president@aceart.org, with a subject line “Call for Board Members”.

Deadline: 11:59pm on Friday October 19th

 For more information about ace, please visit our website: www.aceart.org

hannah_g, aceartinc.’s Director to pursue Canada Council funded writing project


We are delighted to share the wonderful news that hannah_g has been awarded a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts to work on an experimental art writing project, Critical Fictions. To support her work, the Board Directors of aceartinc. have given hannah a twelve month sabbatical, commencing November 2018.

In addition to implementing the superb annual juried exhibition program of five exhibitions , among other related activities, hannah champions emerging art writers through the Critical Distance writing program. She has been instrumental in directing transformational initiatives at ace such as: The Cartae Open School (co-founded with Jamie Wright and Helga Jakobson), The Flux Gallery (co-founded with Hannah Doucet), the Indigenous Curatorial Residency (with support from Jaimie Isaac, Nikki Little, Jenny Western, ACC-CCA, and NIMAC), and the BIPOC art & culture writing workshop series (with Creative Manitoba Indigenous Programs and the University of Winnipeg’s Institute of Women & Gender Studies, Noor Bhangu.) The board and staff will miss working with her but enthusiastically await what she fills the next twelve months with…

You Are Loved- Performance Art Workshop with Elise Dawson

Wednesday, May 23rd from 7-10 PM

If an artist performs alone in a forest, who validates them? Whatever your background, this three hour or however long it is workshop is an opportunity to practice performance in a supportive atmosphere.

In the first half-hour, we will engage in a generative, trust building exercise. The facilitator, Elise Dawson, will then lead us through a brief exercise designed to engage our bodies and minds. We will take a ten-minute break for water, washroom and/or cigarettes. We will then utilize fifteen minutes to conceive and practice a micro-performance which we will present in the hour remaining.


Please bring a writing tool and notebook.


Please bring:

1 object you love

1 object you hate

1 object you feel neutral towards


Further reading:

THIS is Performance Art by Marilyn Arsem



Space is limited. Please contact elisefa@gmail.com to register.


This is a Cartae Open School Workshop: https://www.aceart.org/cartae-open-school


Unfortunately aceartinc. is not fully accessible. There are five stairs before reaching the elevator. Visit the website for more directions: https://www.aceart.org/contact-access#accessibility


Elise Dawson is an artist from Winnipeg, Manitoba where she graduated from the School of Fine Art at the University of Manitoba in 2012. Dawson’s interdisciplinary practice is informed by research, writing and collaboration. Caught between grief and self-aware humour, her work seeks to investigate loss through collective processes of vulnerability. Dawson completed the Foundation Mentorship program with Val Klassen through MAWA as well as brief mentorships with Ming Hon and Diana Thorneycroft. She presented a solo exhibition at Flux Gallery in 2016. Dawson recently completed a six-week artist residency in Puebla, Mexico in Performativity of Mortuary Rituals through Arquetopia. She is a 2017-2018 participant of aceartinc.’s CARTAE open school program and will be launching her first collection of poetry in a group exhibition Friday, June 1, 2018 at aceartinc. in Winnipeg.

A Portrait With Your Pet 2018

fundraiser Saturday, May 26

Join us for “A Portrait with your Pet” taking place above Parlour Coffee on Saturday, May 26, 2018! Local artists have constructed one of a kind sets for you and your furry friend to have your photograph taken in.

Book online now

Set details:

Set #1: by Janelle Tougas
Photography 10am-2pm by Mike Peters
Photography 2pm-6pm by Caitlin Spencer
About the set: Janelle is building a human-sized cat tower. Think carpeted platforms and holes to peek out from!

Set #2: by Colby Richardson
Photography 10am-2pm by Evan Taylor
Photography 2pm-6pm by Jacqueline Young
About the set: Fractured Luxury. Plexiglas and broken marble. Reclaimed materials and symbols from an era of discount elegance.

Special thanks to Parlour Coffee and Leif Norman for making this event possible!

Past Portraits…

Set: Diana Thorneycroft and Michael Boss. Photo: Karen Asher. 2015.

Set: Guy Maddin. Photographer: Leif Norman. 2015.