Emergence within art practice is often seen as a mysterious process. New artists seeking to understand clear pathways into the career often encounter cryptic and vague advice as, unlike in some other careers, there is no one way for everybody to follow.

This panel on Art + Emergence will examine different pathways taken by artists into art practice, the opportunities that they’ve benefitted from and the strategies they are using to continue moving their careers forward.

Hybrid in-person + zoom event

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Carolina AranedaLucy PavezEsperanza Sanchez EspitiaFacilitator: Jennifer Smith


Carolina Araneda was born in Chile and arrived in Canada in 1974 as a refugee. She had a foundational invisible photographic art practice for decades before entering into multidisciplinary art. She still likes to play with photography and photographic clichés. She is currently pursuing a BFA, and still burdens beauty to be the antidote to the retched misery of existence.


Lucy Pavez is a multi-platform artist based in Winnipeg. Originally born in Mexico City, she studied Fine Arts at Langara College in Vancouver, and Fashion Design at Murdoch McKay in Winnipeg. In 2015, her work was featured in an exhibit at Artbeat Studio, The Edge Gallery and Cre8tery. Lucy has also acted on stage and screen.

Life has taken her through 8.0° earthquakes, sexual abuse, racism, sexism, homophobia, immigration, depression and anxiety. Lucy says that in Mexico City and Tijuana she grew balls but Vancouver opened her heart and Winnipeg is expanding her soul. Lucy’s pain, anguish, passion, torment and hopes shines through her art with such diverse influences as Pablo Neruda, Freda Kahlo, Nelson Mandela, Tina Turner, Joe Average, Carmen Aguirre and Lenore Zann.


Esperanza Sanchez Espitia is a photojournalist, a base lenses artist, and a women storyteller filmmaker. Sanchez works with diverse and marginalized populations including First Nations, women, and immigrant populations, using the cameras as a tool to fight against discrimination.


Jennifer Smith is a Métis curator, writer and arts administrator from Treaty 1 Territory. She works as the Executive Director for National Indigenous Media Arts Coalition, alongside her practice as an independent curator. Jennifer’s research focuses on exploring traditional methods of making as well as new digital technologies that tell our stories. In 2018, Jennifer was the Indigneous Curator in Residence at aceartinc. in Winnipeg, and most recently co-curated the exhibition Sovereign Intimacies with Nasrin Himada for Gallery 1C03 and Plug In ICA. Her writing has been published in Studio Magazine, Galleries West and through galleries and artist run centres.

Photo credit: Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press