Susan Brandoli, BA, BFA, MFA
Susan Brandoli is an artist, writer, curator and lecturer living in Vernon, British Columbia, Canada.
Brandoli is a graduate of the Master of Fine Arts program, Interdisciplinary (Visual Arts and Critical Theory), Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, University of British Columbia, Okanagan, and also holds degrees in History (BA), and Visual Arts (BFA, distinction) from the University of Regina, Saskatchewan. She has been with the Caetani Cultural Centre since January, 2013.
Brandoli has taught as a sessional instructor in Visual Arts at Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops. Brandoli served as the Director/Curator of the Vernon Public Art Gallery Society for twelve years, and was co-owner of the Fugitive Gallery, Vernon, BC. Brandoli worked at the Dunlop Art Gallery in Regina, Sask., and was a founding member of Neutral Ground Artist Run Centre, Regina, Sask.
She is the author of Counterv(e)il: Truth, Apostasy and the Anxious Object: two installations in video and performance published by DMV Publishing, Germany, and several journal publications.
Her creative works and writings have focused on the discourse between critical theory, feminist perspectives, memory and personal experience.
Andrew Mercer is a musician, entertainer, promoter, agent, and Manager with Modern Celtic band Cod Gone Wild.
In 2002 he was the Winner of The Edge Magazine National Songwriting Competition. He has won numerous awards for leadership and athletics. He has previously worked at UBC Okanagan in marketing and promotions, before pursuing his dream of music on a more consistent basis.
Andrew graduated in 2008 with a degree in B. Com., Faculty of Business Administration Memorial University, St.John’s,Newfoundland. During his studies he was the Student Programs Liaison Development Officer Assistant Answers, Student Success Programs, Memorial University and also the Senior Sponsorship Coordinator – Answers, Student Affairs and Services, Memorial University of Newfoundland. Following this he was employed as the Manager, University Center, Memorial University, Newfoundland. Events and Promotions Coordinator, Alumni & Community Relations, University of British Columbia Okanagan, Kelowna, BC, and later as Project Manager – Answers, Student Success Programs, Memorial University, Newfoundland
Research, Program & Events Assistants
Amy Friedman graduated from W.L. Seaton Secondary School in 2014. She started taking lessons at the Vernon Community Music School at the age of four and grew up pursuing her studies in violin and piano until graduation. At this time, she moved to Montreal to attend McGill University to complete a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Behavioral Science. With one year left of her post-secondary studies, Amy is excited to be involved in the research and history of the Caetani Cultural Centre and is especially looking forward to the Summer Music Series of 2017.
Kalin Chai graduated from Aberdeen Hall Preparatory School last June. This year she has started her B+MM Dual degree program at UBC Vancouver where she will complete a Master of Management degree alongside a Bachelor of Science degree. She is really excited to have the opportunity to be working with the Caetani Cultural Centre and the Allan Brooks Nature Centre; she hopes to learn more about Sveva’s amazing story and the Okanagan’s beautiful wildlife and nature this summer.