Our Instructors

Devon Beggs

Devon Beggs was born in Edmonton, Alberta in 1983. Beggs works predominantly with textiles and fibres, but also incorporates sound, video, performance and installation into his practice. Beggs completed an MFA at Concordia University in Montreal in 2011 and currently lives and works in Edmonton. He has exhibited his work in Montreal at Parisian Laundry and Art Mur, in Vancouver at Gallery Atsui, and was recently included in the Future Station: 2015 Biennial of Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of Alberta.  

Ross Bradley

A graduate of the Ontario College of Art and the University of Guelph, Ross Bradley has exhibited his work nationally and internationally for over 35 years. His work is represented in corporate and private collections, including the Alberta Foundation for the Arts and the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies. An active, Life Member of Harcourt House since its inception, he volunteers with the organization of the centre’s figure-drawing classes. A Life Member of the Alberta Society of Artists, Mr. Bradley also exhibits his figure-based work regularly in solo and group exhibitions across Alberta.

For the past 20 years, his studio practice has been divided between drawing, sculpture and photography. The common threads through all of his work are the study of the human form and the attempt to explore the variations and individuality of the figure, and the attempt to capture how the human form occupies and moves through space.

Stacey Cann

Stacey Cann is a multidisciplinary artist living in Edmonton, Alberta. She holds an M.A. in Art Education from Concordia University and a B.F.A. in Print Media from Alberta College of Art and Design. Her work is a phenomenological analysis of everyday life and has explored themes of memory, loss, environment, labour and time.

Cann has taught at the Society of Northern Alberta Print-Artists (SNAP), Concordia University, Alberta College of Art and Design, MacEwan University, the Art Gallery of Alberta, as well as Harcourt House Artist Run Centre. As well, she has had solo exhibitions as part of Next Fest, at Latitude 53 Contemporary Art and Harcourt House Artist Run Centre. Cann has also shown her work in group exhibitions at the International Print Centre New York, the Mass MoCA and Richmond Art Gallery. Stacey Cann curated exhibitions at Ste. Emilie Skillshare in Montreal and at the Jackson Power Gallery as part of the Works Art and Design Festival. She is currently the Executive Director of Harcourt House Artist Run Centre.

Andrew McCaffrey

Andrew McCaffrey is an Edmonton based Commercial Arts Sculptor, specializing in the reproduction of small figurines, toys and tools. He has garnered recognition through a roster of miniature portrait figurines he has created in likeness of, and presented to, popular alternative rock artists. He has also sculpted for a stop motion animation children’s television production, Tour de Alberta, and other local organizations.  He has experience working in bronze casting, and has shown work locally and abroad.

Sara McKarney

Sara McKarney makes process oriented drawing, printmaking and sculpture focusing on ideas of place, history, and archiving. The documentation of unassuming, everyday objects is a continuing theme in the work, exploring the ideas of home and belonging. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and found-space locations across Canada and internationally. She received a Fine Arts Diploma from MacEwan University, a BFA from the University of Lethbridge, and completed a Preparatorial Work-Study through The Banff Centre. She currently works as a Preparator at the Art Gallery of Alberta and is the Advocacy Director for the board of VAA-CARFAC.

T.J. McLachlan

T.J. McLachlan is an artist living on the Canadian prairies. After receiving a BFA in Critical and Cultural Practices (Emily Carr University of Art and Design) he is now a graduate student at the University of Alberta where he has received a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Grant to study the role of systemic privilege in meaning-making processes. Embracing an interdisciplinary approach, he looks to find connections among disparate fields such as Linguistics, Critical Race and Whiteness Studies to inform his artistic research. His practice works primarily with objects, embracing a variety of materials and approaches to develop conceptually rooted projects.

Bonnie Patton

Bonnie Patton is an American in Canada with an unrelenting hunger for language and art. To satiate this hunger she indulges in reading and writing and learning a bit about everything and making things with her hands. Her favourite materials are words, paper, ink, cardboard, typewriters, and photocopiers.

Bonnie has a 2011 BFA in Fine Arts (Studio Art) from the University of Lethbridge. She is currently based in a basement studio in Edmonton, Alberta, henceforth named the Better Than A Bathroom Studio and Gallery.

Ritchie Velthuis

Edmonton based artist, Ritchie Velthuis, has been a practicing his craft for most of his life. This commitment was rewarded with the distinct honour of designing a Homeless Memorial for Edmonton in 2011 which was collaboratively created with Keith Turnbull, Mike Turnbull and numerous community artists. The last 25 years have been devoted to exploring sculpture in various mediums including clay, resin, stone, cement, ice, and snow. He has received numerous awards for his ice and snow practice which include People’s Choice, Artist Choice and 1st place in the national category of the International Snow Sculpture Event at Carnival in Quebec City.