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Meet the Jurors of the Resilience Art Project

RSVP – Sculpture Unveiling Ceremony:

Calgary, AB – The Resilience Art Project, organized by the Hispanic Arts Society, HAS, is set to unveil five stunning sculptures designed by HAS and painted by a diverse group of visual artists from Alberta. These artists were carefully selected by a distinguished panel of jurors comprising Sanja Lukac, Juan Carlos López, and Richard White. Each of these jurors brings a wealth of expertise and experience to the project, and their insights have been invaluable in shaping the final selection of artists. With the Telus Convention Centre set to host the unveiling of these remarkable sculptures on March 31, 2023, excitement is building among art enthusiasts and the general public alike.

The event showcases the artworks of 31 talented visual artists. 




Sanja Lukac - Resilience Art Project Juror

Sanja Lukac (she/her) is a visual artist, curator and community activator passionate about equity in the arts and elevating the work of emerging artists. As an immigrant artist herself, Sanja works to create meaningful opportunities in the arts for all artists and is a mentor to many emerging and newcomer artists.

Her passion for the arts extends to her local community as the Visual and Media Arts Curator at Arts Commons, Canada’s 3rd largest art centre. She is actively helping other artists thrive in the Calgary/Mohkinstsis arts ecosystem through her dedicated mentorship and volunteer work for the board of directors of the Immigrant Council for Arts Innovation (ICAI) and the Exposure Photography Festival.

She is a founder and the Executive Director of SEITIES STUDIO, a traditional photography publication + gallery dedicated to international artists who work with traditional production methods in contemporary photography. In her spare time, she explores nature or is in her environmental darkroom.


Juan Carlos Lopez - Resilience Art Project Juror

Juan Carlos López is a highly qualified art curator and professor, currently working as a curator at the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico in San Juan. He holds a postgraduate degree in Aesthetics and Visual Arts from Essex University in England, a Philosophy degree from Universitá degli Studi di Perugia in Italy, and an Arts Degree from the Accademia di Belle Arti di Perugia.

Juan Carlos López has a wealth of professional experience in the art world, having served as a professor at various universities in Venezuela and Puerto Rico. He has also held various curatorial positions, including Chief Curator at the Galería de Arte Nacional and Museo de la Estampa y del Diseño Carlos Cruz-Diez in Caracas. He has conducted research and curated exhibitions in a range of areas of painting from the ’60s, ’70s, and ´80s.



Richard White - Resilience Art Project Juror

Richard White is a highly accomplished visual artist, curator, and community leader with over 30 years of experience in the arts industry. He has worked as an executive director, commissioned public artworks, and served as a public art and exhibition juror for various municipal projects, art groups, and corporations across Western Canada. Richard has championed Calgary as “Canada’s newest urban playground” and is one of the city’s most respected community leaders, receiving numerous awards and recognition for his contributions.

One of Richard’s notable achievements was his instrumental role in successfully revitalizing Calgary’s signature street, Stephen Avenue, into one of the best pedestrian streets in Canada, earning its designation as a National Historic District.

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