Board of Directors

SHABNAM AFRAND
ARTIST BOARD MEMBER

Shabnam Afrand is a multi-disciplinary visual artist and educator, born and educated in Tehran, Iran.  She taught in the faculty of Fine Arts at Azad University from 2003 to 2010. Shabnam moved to Canada in 2013 and since then has been based in Toronto. Shabnam’s themes relate to power, the intersection of personal and collective memory, relocation, and fragility through various bodies of work. In 2017 and 2018, Shabnam was a recipient of the Toronto Arts Foundation’s RBC Arts Access Fund.  She recently received the Toronto Arts Foundation RBC Space Award and was the grant recipient of the Toronto Arts Council Newcomer Refugee Artist Mentorship Program.

SUE CHEN
CHAIR, ASSOCIATE BOARD MEMBER

Sue Chen is a branding and marketing specialist who is passionate about art and design. Sue holds an M.Arch degree from the University of Waterloo and joined the Open Studio Print Sales Committee in 2017. Open Studio introduced Sue to print art, which she had little prior knowledge of.  She is excited about the opportunity to serve the artist community and promote their work. Sue occasionally dabbles in ceramics and practices shodo (Chinese/Japanese calligraphy) and Sumi-e (watercolour). Her latest project is called 100 days of “Hana” (flower) where each day the Chinese character of the flower is written and painted using various calligraphic styles and motifs.

KESTIN CORNWALL
ASSOCIATE BOARD MEMBER

Kestin Cornwall grew up in the Windsor, Ontario area. He spent much of his youth in Detroit, Michigan, with his family. Over the past ten years, Cornwall has focused on creating relevant, progressive art. Cornwall explores culture and humanity’s relationship with beauty, sex, nature and a long history of cultivation. In addition, Cornwall uses images to explore the notion that culture, entertainment, including film and other media, shape the mass public perception of Black people and people of colour in North American society. Each piece depicts an analysis of our obsession with beauty, age and change. Kestin Cornwall lives and works in Toronto.

ANDREA DEBRUIJN
ARTIST BOARD MEMBER

Andrea deBruijn has been hooked on printmaking for over ten years. She earned her BFA with a concentration in print media from Concordia University and was selected for the 2014-2015 Studio Practicum in printmaking at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Andrea joined Open Studio in 2018 as an artist member and began serving on the Board of Directors in 2020. Her ongoing print projects combine woodcut, monotype, and installation processes to explore ideas of home and belonging. When she’s not at the studio, Andrea enjoys riding her bike or getting to know a new place on foot. She currently lives in Sackville, New Brunswick, where she works as the Printmaking Technician at Mount Allison University.

TEJASHRI (TJ) KAPURE
ARTIST BOARD MEMBER

Tejashri (TJ) Kapure is an interdisciplinary designer who combines strategic thinking, creativity and craft to design better experiences that help brands connect with their audiences. A practicing designer, creative director and occasional printmaker, TJ has been involved with Open Studio since 2012. She has designed marketing material for Open Studio’s various fundraising initiatives as well as Open Studio’s current brand while she worked at q30 design. With strong roots in branding and digital design, TJ is currently pursuing a Master of Design in Strategic Foresight and Innovation at OCADU.

ALEKSANDRA SALOMON
ASSOCIATE BOARD MEMBER

Aleksandra Salomon was born and raised in Poland. She left her homeland at 25 and emigrated to Ireland and then a few years later to Canada. She holds an MA degree in psychology from the University of Szczecin, Poland and is currently finalizing a CPA designation. Aleksandra has over ten years of Canadian experience as an accounting and finances professional, working in a broad range of industries with a focus on commercial real estate, land development, and transportation.

Aleksandra is an enthusiastic admirer of printmaking as an art form. Aleksandra will be the incoming Treasurer for Open Studio.