Selection Committee

The selection committee strives to ensure a high level of exhibitions at the Gallery while embracing a judicious balance of established and emerging artists. The committee meets every September to select the exhibitions for the coming year.

2022 Gallery Exhibition Selection Committee

Committee MemberBiographyTerm
Chair - Timothy Varro Timothy Joseph Varro was born in Regina, Saskatchewan in 1956. His family transplanted to Vancouver, British Columbia where he grew up, worked and thrived.

With over 30 years invested in a career as a contemporary and innovative art teacher, educational leader and art administrator, he made his mark pioneering new technologies in media arts, digital and sound art, video art, computer animation and television production.

The diversity of his teaching skills goes beyond live theatre, television and film to include graphic design, photography, worked as a consultant for television programs. With such a full and storied involvement in his teaching career, Tim’s art practice took a backseat for a time, and now while in retirement, he is now more fully engaged in creating a body of art.

Tim’s narrative reflects an underlying subjective experience of an early life-changing car accident and a resulting spinal cord injury, and the predicament this put him in.
Rosie Anza-BurgessRosie is an unfolding writer, artist and scholar.

As a writer - her works weave in and our of academic and creative discourse. Her writing in prose and poetry is published by The Liar Magazine, and her academic research in published by the CMA Journal.

As an artist she draws on formal elements of composition making a play on words, images and the performance of memory. Her most recent series of works is exhibited at the SUM Gallery during the the Queer Arts Festival.

As an emerging scholar she earned her MA from the School for the Contemporary Arts, and was a TEDxSFU Speaker taking stage at the Vancouver Playhouse in 2019. She has a strong history of academic and public engagement, speaking at academic conferences in colleges and universities in the northwest coast of BC and the United States.

She was as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the School for the Contemporary Arts, English, and Humanities departments. She has worked in the following art institutions: Curatorial Intern at the Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art, Installation and Site Assistant at the Vancouver Fringe Festival, Photographer at the Vancouver Biennale, and as a Museum Assistant at the UBC Museum of Anthropology.

She is a public speaking coach, a professional in postsecondary education, and above all a dedicated spouse with a big family who teaches her about love, life, and humility.
Gregory GeipelGregory Geipel s a fine art photographer whose work reflects the experience of growing up in post-Expo 86 Vancouver. Captured with an objective and clinical eye, Geipel explores the evolving city of his childhood: the rapidly disappearing corner stores, ghostly abandoned industrial spaces, gentrifying urban enclaves and the iconic West Coast landscape that stands in bold contrast to city life.

2019, 2021-2022
Allison LiuAllison Liu has a background in art history studying her masters of Art Business with Sotheby’s Institute of Arts with the University of Manchester. She is passionate about education and promoting art in communities. As a graduate school project, she created a mock art mobile app for art lovers to take with them during art fairs. For her thesis, she wrote on how we can improve and expand the Canadian art Market. Allison has worked in commercial art in Vancouver and in Asia, working in various art fairs and galleries. Currently, as a board member with the Richmond Art Gallery Association, Allison is passionate about working with the community especially within the art sector; building inclusivity and diversity.2021-2023
VacantTo be confirmed2022-2024
Please note: the GESC did not meet in 2020 due to COVID-19
Recently departed Committee Members
Greg KeroAs a native of Vancouver, Greg Kero has lived in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia for most of his life. His life-long interest in painting stems from his childhood in the 1960s, when he was tutored in various artistic techniques by his parents, who were graduates of the Vancouver School of Art. As a result of Kero’s post-secondary training in the field of photo-journalism in the mid-1980s, Kero moved to Toronto, where he worked as the assistant editor of Photo Life magazine. While travelling to Toronto, he was struck by the vastness of the land, intrigued by the artistic possibilities of recording what he had seen. Subsequently, at Photo Life, Kero soon gained an enhanced appreciation of the characteristics of light and the aesthetics of its effects on subjects he felt drawn to record. Until that point, Kero had been painting intermittently throughout his life, but it was his daily exposure to photographic art while at Photo Life – together with the inspiration provided him by his move to Eastern-Central Canada – that inspired him to devote more of his time to painting. Following further travels throughout Canada, Europe and the Caribbean, in 1994 Kero returned to Vancouver, where he began to paint full-time, resulting in a series of exhibitions of his work and a continuation of his artistic training through courses offered by the Federation of Canadian Artists.

2018-2019, 2021
Lex IretonLex Ireton was born in the Kootenays and raised in New Westminster. Attending Capilano University from 2008-2011 she dabbled in printmaking, ceramics, painting, drawing and sculpture. After moving to Calgary in 2011 to study at ACAD she discovered glass and that has been her primary material ever since. Graduating with a BFA in 2014, Lex continues to travel back and forth across Canada working as a studio assistant while continuing to build her own body of work.

2018-2019, 2021