Staff

Susan Brandoli, BA, BFA, MFA
Executive Director

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
Music Coordinator

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


Carmen Thompson, BFA
AiR and Program Coordinator

Carmen Thompson is an artist living in Vernon, BC. She graduated in 2017 with her Bachelors of Fine Art (Interdisciplinary) from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Thompson is also a graduate of the Jewellery Art and Design Diploma program from Vancouver Community College. She has since completed an apprenticeship with Vancouver designer Benne Rubin, as well as studied under master Jeweller Darius Bebel. She has also juried several art exhibitions for the Craft Council of BC, and worked as the Youth Art Curator for the Vernon Public Art Gallery. Following her graduation from NSCAD, Thompson has been working at the Caetani Cultural Centre since 2017 as their Artist in Residence and Program Coordinator.
Thompson’s artistic endeavours are focused on colour theory and abstract painting.

 Summer Students
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.  This year she has started her B+MM Dual degree program at UBC Vancouver where she will work towards completing a Master of Management degree alongside a Bachelor of Science degree in the next 4 years.

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