FAC 2017 Residency Participants:
FACILITATOR Ilene Sova is an artist, educator with black mixed race, indigenous and settler ancestry who lives with a disability. As such, she passionately identifies with the tenants of intersectional feminisms and has dedicated her life to “art-tivism”. Founder of FAC, Ilene Sova is a conceptual portrait painter who creates paintings which reference anti-oppression feminist themes. She has an MFA in painting from the University of Windsor and her paintings have been shown in Canada, U.S. and abroad. She has been featured in a variety of television, web and print media including, The Current, Canada AM, Toronto Star, CBC Radio and the Toronto Standard. She was also chosen to speak at Toronto’s first TEDx Women. Most notably, Sova was invited by two federal MPs to bring her work to Ottawa, Canada for the National Women’s Forum on feminism and last year she was invited to give an all university lecture at Southern University New York on Art and Social Change. Sova also teaches painting and drawing the Faculty of Art at OCADU.
Testimonials from FAC 2016
“Ilene Sova’s work in cultivating the Feminist Art Conference is a positive transgression. A liberation away from normative academic approaches to empowering persons who identify with feminism, women and the female form. Sova produces high-quality residency and conference experiences that produce empowering situations in which women can come to understand their self, art practice and how they can create in a community setting. In my own experience, I have benefited from the high level of sophistical that Ilene brings to languaging and enacting feminist art practice.” Emma Rochester FAC Residency Artist 2016
“Being awarded the international FAC residency is a wonderful endorsement to have. The very enriching and important part of the residency is that I built international connections and networks with other artists and scholars who also work in feminism and feminist art. I felt more confident and broadened my view on my academic research of feminist art after the residency.” Su Yang FAC Residency Artist 2016
“My experience during the 2016 FAC residency was so inspiring, I am so thankful for that unique experience! There were so many opportunities within the scheduling to connect with other feminist artists, listen to their artist talks, view artwork as a group and have lively group discussions, all the while making artwork in the shared studios. I left the experience feeling connected to a great feminist community with so much support and so many new friends in my life!” Jen Feagler, FAC Residency Artist 2016
“The FAC Residency was a rewarding experience that allowed to me to ground myself, create new work, and build community. Being in an environment with other artists and feminists was educational, empowering, and inspirational.” Lana Missen FAC Residency Artist 2016
“Thank you, FAC team and Ilene for organizing the FAC residency in the best possible way. I’m proud that I was part of this residency and I’ve received much more than what I expected. During my residency, I met with an amazing group of artists and writers and learned so much from them. The environment was super friendly and I enjoyed our dinner conversations and the late night beach walk with other fellow residents. The studios were spacious and bright and I gained so much from the artist’s talks and individual studio visits with Ilene and other artists.” Niloo Inalouei FAC Residency Artist 2016