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Banff Centre Announces Ingrid Mary Percy as New Director of Visual Arts Residencies

Posted on September 15, 2022
Ingrid Mary Percy

September 14, 2022 | Banff, AB

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity is thrilled to announce Ingrid Mary Percy as its new Director of Visual Arts Residencies. Ingrid’s role will be in overseeing all programming and residencies within the Visual Arts realm at the Centre. “Ingrid has an outstanding track record as an educator at the post-secondary level, as an administrator, an artist, and an arts advocate.” Says Mark Wold, Dean of Arts and Leadership Programming. “She’s deeply committed to the Canadian visual arts scene and we look forward to having her experience and passion as we deepen our visual arts programming.”

For over two decades, Ingrid has been a practicing visual artist, educator and cultural leader in Canada, exhibiting her work locally, nationally and internationally, and working in post-secondary institutions (the University of Victoria, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, and Memorial University of Newfoundland). Ingrid’s research interests include public engagement, experiential learning and art education in post-secondary learning environments.

Visual Arts at Banff Centre offers exceptional programs for professional artists, curators, art critics and researchers, as well as practicum opportunities for emerging practitioners. Visual Arts also supports, develops, and presents contemporary art through the Walter Phillips Gallery. The on-campus residency programs provide the time, studio space, facilities, feedback, and engagement with peers and faculty to hone artistic development. Both thematic and self-directed programs encourage experimentation and exploration of ideas, theory, and process.

“I am thrilled to be Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity as Director of Visual Arts Residencies,” shares Ingrid. “I bring to the position a passion for experiential learning, collaboration, and community engagement with a commitment to equity, diversity and accessibility. As an artist, educator, administrator and arts advocate, with over 25 years of experience in universities and the larger cultural landscape of Canada and beyond, I am confident that my skills and experience will make a positive contribution to Banff Centre as it continues its role as one of the most important and transformative places for artists in the world.”

Ingrid also writes, curates, and plays music. A strong believer in community service and advocacy, Ingrid has served on the boards of numerous non-profits including Open Space, Eastern Edge, Visual Artists Newfoundland and Labrador, and Canadian Artists’ Representation/Les front des artistes canadiens (CARFAC) National, where she was Vice-President, President, and Past-President. 

Ingrid was Chair of the Visual Arts Program, Graduate Officer of the MFA Program and Associate Professor in the Visual Arts Program in the School of Fine Arts at Memorial University of Newfoundland and, most recently, Interim Dean of the School of Fine Arts.

Janice Price, President and CEO of Banff Centre is excited to welcome Ingrid, “The Visual Arts Residency program is a cornerstone of our artistic foundation and talent development stream. I am thrilled with the experience, passion and leadership that Ingrid will bring to the role of Visual Arts Director.”

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Ingrid was born in Calgary, Alberta (on Treaty 7 Territory). She is a first-generation Canadian with dual Irish/Canadian citizenship. Ingrid grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia (Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations), where she received a BFA and Diploma in Fine Art from the Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Later, she moved to Victoria, British Columbia (lək̓ʷəŋən territory) and earned an MFA in Painting from the University of Victoria.

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About Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity: Founded in 1933, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity is Canada’s largest postgraduate arts and leadership school. What started as a single course in drama has grown to become the global organization leading in arts, culture, and creativity across dozens of disciplines. From our home on Treaty 7 territory in the stunning Canadian Rocky Mountains, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity aims to inspire everyone who attends our campus – artists, leaders, and thinkers – to unleash their creative potential and realize their unique contribution to society through cross-disciplinary learning opportunities, world-class performances, and public outreach.

Land Acknowledgement: We acknowledge, with deep respect and gratitude, our home on the side of Sacred Buffalo Guardian Mountain. In the spirit of respect and truth, we honour and acknowledge the Banff area, known as “Minhrpa” (translated in Stoney Nakoda as “the waterfalls”) and the Treaty 7 territory and oral practices of the Îyârhe Nakoda (Stoney Nakoda) – comprised of the Bearspaw, Chiniki, and Wesley First Nations – as well as the Tsuut’ina First Nation and the Blackfoot Confederacy comprised of the Siksika, Piikani, Kainai. We acknowledge that this territory is home to the Shuswap Nations, Ktunaxa Nations, and Metis Nation of Alberta, Region 3. We acknowledge all Nations who live, work, and play here, help us steward this land, and honour and celebrate this place.