Malaspina was incorporated in 1975 by a group of printmaking students, fellows, and instructors from the Vancouver School of Art (now the Emily Carr University of Art + Design). Their objective was to secure federal funding for an international printmaking exhibition. In the past 40 years, Malaspina has developed into a resource centre for print culture by building strong relationships with artists and other print organizations throughout the world. Its programs have been expanded beyond exhibitions to include rentals, workshops, mentorships, archives, scholarships, collaborations, residencies, and sales. Malaspina has been situated in a 2500 square foot facility on Granville Island since 1981.
Malaspina is a non-profit artist-run centre that advances education, promotes excellence in the art form, and increases the public’s understanding and appreciation of contemporary art and print media.
Malaspina will be recognized as an outstanding print resource centre in Canada, an active participant in the global contemporary art community, and a respected advocate of the role of the arts within culture.
Malaspina supports and promotes the contemporary visual arts through the critical and technical exploration of print media. Through the excellence of our facilities and programming, we create a vibrant, productive, and sustainable community of artists and art enthusiasts.
These values guide Malaspina’s board and staff in performing their work:
staff, contractors, volunteers
Mindy Abramowitz, Bookkeeper
Kolton Babych, Attendant
Jocelyn Barrable Segal, Attendant
Stephane Bernard, Attendant
Tyler Cannon, Attendant
Nigel Cornwall, Technician
Shanna Cheng, Attendant
Alex Cu Unjieng, Attendant
Gabi Dao, Program Manager
Ben Duncan, Technician
Adam Jiang, Attendant
Pippa Lattey, Attendant
Adam Jiang, Attendant
Val Loewen, Technician
Ruth Major, Attendant
Lee McKay, Technician
Felipe Morelli, Attendant
Justin Muir, Executive Director
Hei Lam Ng, Archivist
Matt Parisien, Printmaker
Natasha Vukovic, Attendant
Kitty Widjaja, Attendant
Vicki Chan, Treasurer
Brigit Eichenberger, Director
Kate Hyde, Director
Huey Lee, Director
Ruth Major, Director
Erin Marranca, Director
James Miller, Vice President
Rita O'Grady, Secretary
Dan Starling, President
Vicki Chan is a Vancouver-based chartered accountant. She received a bachelor of commerce honours degree, with a focus on accounting and economics, from the University of British Columbia in 2007. She worked as a senior accountant and tax specialist for KPMG until 2012, and currently works as a senior associate for Alvarez & Marsal Holdings. Her knowledge of corporate finance, accounting, auditing, financial reporting, internal controls, corporate tax will be invaluable to Malaspina.
Brigit Eichenberger is a Vancouver-based artist and business & life coach that supports professionals in high pressure roles being successful facing adaptive challenges, moving through transition and creating a sustainable resourceful mind. She has a MA in arts administration from the University of Zurich, a BA in hospitality management from the Glion Institute of Higher Education, and a diploma in opera performance from Birkbeck University London. She has experience in organizational development, fundraising, event coordination, operations, non-profit management, and marketing communications. She brings with her valuable knowledge from international experiences, among others Hilton, Goldman Sachs and the Opera Zurich. Having been born and raised in Switzerland, Brigit fell in love with Vancouver when she came out in 2014 to become a certified coach at Erickson International College (ACC by the International Coaching Federation). Besides her passion for dancing, singing and drawing, she discovered print making as an ideal creative outlet, while enjoying connecting to the local artist community.
Kate Hyde is a graduate of Emily Carr University (BFA) and UBC’s Sauder School of Business (MBA). Kate currently works as the Director of Business Operations for Shanti Uganda, a maternal health non-profit. Prior to Shanti, she worked in operations and logistics at the Port of Vancouver. Her education and professional background bring a unique mix of art and business, non-profit and corporate work. As an Emily Carr alum, Kate is passionate about ensuring the future success of Malaspina and printmaking in Vancouver. She has been a board member since June 2015 and sits on the Social Committee. In her spare time, Kate likes to watch television, practice yoga and cook pasta.
Huey leads the Restructuring Services practice at Deloitte in British Columbia and the Mining Restructuring Services practice in the Americas. His dedicated practice involves corporate restructuring, turnaround and insolvency. He acts across industries with a focus on energy and resources. Huey has acted as financial advisor in turnaround situations, workouts, viability assessments, and formal restructuring proceedings including cross-border court-appointed plans of arrangement, bankruptcy and receivership mandates. Huey moved to Vancouver in 2011 from Toronto where he participated in the arts scene and advised on a print and publication start-up.
Ruth Major is a printmaker and photographer currently studying at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. Her work is both realistic and abstract. Her work has been shown in 2013 in the Kickstart Festival of Disability Arts at the Roundhouse, and her new photography work will be exhibited this year at the Kickstart Festival of Disability Arts at the Unitarian Church opening September 1, 2016.
Erin Marranca holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Emily Carr University where she focused on book and print media, paper ephemera, Fluxus thought and the study of ‘Pataphysics. The experimentation of combining formal structure with absurd content is a theme in her work. In recent years, she separates these interests and applies her organizational skills full time for the provincial government; although it is less prevalent, the absurdity is still there, as it always is in everything. Erin has led arts programming for the Museum of Anthropology, the Tin Can Studio, and Writer’s Exchange, and is a co-founder of the Mini Paper Pavilion Club.
James Miller is Vice President Corporate Development and Procurement for Tree Island Steel Ltd, with accountability for leading key corporate strategic planning and procurement initiatives, Business Transformation, and operations research. In addition he has responsibility for assessing opportunities for potential joint ventures and acquisitions and/or major capital expenditures. He has a Master of Business Administration from the Queen’s School of Business and is a graduate of Simon Fraser University. James become involved with Malaspina in 2011 in an earlier role at Vancity where his Business Transformation team worked with Malaspina to develop a marketing plan as a project.
Rita O’Grady received her BFA from Emily Carr University of Art & Design in 2011. She was the print studio monitor there from 2009 to 2011 and was a gallery monitor at the Charles H. Scott Gallery from 2008 to 2011. She worked as an intern at Publication Studio in 2011. Her work has been exhibited in Vancouver at Emily Carr, Malaspina Printmakers, Port Moody Arts Centre, and VSA Gallery.
Dan Starling is a multidisciplinary artist whose practice encompasses printmaking, drawing, video, sculpture, performance, installation, photography, painting as well as artist books and art writing. Starling’s work reconsiders the formal conventions of narratives, genres and aesthetics through deep research into social and political histories as well as contemporary society and popular beliefs. He studied art history at UBC and visual art at Emily Carr and has experience exhibiting locally, nationally and recently in an international art context in both solo and group exhibitions. In the spring of 2011, Starling returned to Vancouver after completing a Meisterschuler at the Städelschule Art Academy in Frankfurt Germany. He is a sessional faculty member at Emily Carr University and has experience with Malaspina as a renter, resident, exhibitor, writer, consignee, and instructor.