Kirsten attended the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary, where she received a diploma in Ceramics, and in Glassblowing. She then went on to earn a BFA and MFA in Sculpture at the University of Calgary. She has taught at ACAD, University of Calgary, Red Deer College, and the University of Waterloo, and is presently in charge of the Colour Theory and Painting courses in the Art Fundamentals Program at Sheridan College. Kirsten has maintained an active studio practice, and an exhibition record (nationally and internationally) that spans three decades, and has received numerous awards and grants in recognition of her art practice.
Susan lives in Toronto, and has been a registered, board-certified art therapist for 25 years. She has extensive experience in sensory-based attunement, and trauma informed art therapy practices. Intent on promoting the arts and well-being, Susan founded Sheridan’s First Art Hive in 2017 to share the strengths and inspirations of the Art Hives movement. She adapted the model’s flexibility, generating Art Hives with internal partners to meet compelling needs within Sheridan’s learning community that augment existing health and wellness services at the College.
As well as being an art therapist, Susan is a sculptor and an arts educator. For 15 years her role at Sheridan was Professor of 3D Design in FAAD’s Art Fundamentals Program. Her current actions include: co-building relational knowledge and resilience through arts-based public engagement and arts-practice as research.
Karoline Kayser, Lori Sengbusch, and Vanessa Urnos
Sheridan’s Art Hive Initiative is grateful for the commitment and contributions of these WorkStudy students ( Art Hive Team/work integrated learning )
Internal Institutional Partners
Sheridan’s Art Hive Team extends our whole-heART-ed thanks and gratitude for enthusiastic collaborations with the following Internal Institutional Partners:
Creative Campus and Diversity Liaison, Sheridan Library and Learning Services
Creative Campus Galleries
EDGE - Entrepreneurship Discovery and Growth Engine
Faculty of Animation, Arts and Design: extensive morale and office supports
Wellness and Counselling, The Centre for Student Success
Sheridan’s Student Union, leaders: Ben LeBlanc, Jessica Marshall, Ayush Gupta
The Centre for Indigenous Learning and Support
The Centre for Equity and Inclusion
Sheridan Centre for Elder Research
The Centre for Teaching and Learning, Faculty Development - SparkTalks and FST
Applied Health and the School of Community Studies, Take Back the Night Events
Sheridan Office for Sustainability and The Repair Café