Staff & Board of Directors

Manny Travers, Executive Director

Manny Travers (he/him) is a multidisciplinary artist from Fredericton, New Brunswick. A recent graduate from Mount Allison University, Manny holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts and certificate in Visual Communications & Culture. He is currently pursuing a certificate in Contemporary Management of Arts & Culture at the University of New Brunswick. His artistic practice includes drawing, sculpture, and woodblock printmaking, which revolve around subjects like the automotive, the individual, and plant life. With experience in apparel design, digital literacy, and visual media, Manny looks forward to bringing a new perspective to the arts community of Saint John.

Photo credit: Gabbie Dupuis


Lindsay Jacquard, President

Lindsay Jacquard is an arts educator and administrator from Nova Scotia, now living in Saint John, New Brunswick. She holds a Graduate Diploma in Arts Management from Queen’s University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from NSCAD University. She is passionate about encouraging and enabling creative pursuits, working with organizations such as the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts, Halifax Regional Municipality, and Imperial Theatre. Lindsay’s own artistic practice involves painting, portraiture, strangeness, and play.


Graeme Stewart-Robertson, Vice President

Graeme Stewart-Robertson is an environmental geographer and artist living and working in Saint John, where he maintains an artistic practice in contemporary photography, geographic representation, and digital imaging. For the past decade, he has brought his range of expertise to support the vital role Indigenous and local communities in Canada and around the world play in protecting and safeguarding land and seascapes essential to global conservation goals. Graeme currently works as the Lead of Partnerships for SOI Foundation, working to inspire and empower youth, communities, innovation and leadership in the pursuit of a sustainable blue future.

Ben Peterson, Secretary

Ben Peterson (he/him/his) is a queer settler and an architectural historian raised in Saint John. Ben holds a BA in Architectural History and Theory and Law from Carleton University and an MA in Art History from Concordia University. Ben works in development planning and built heritage. He is fond of speaking publicly and his writing has appeared in publications including Visual Arts News and RENDER: Graduate Journal of Art and Culture

Crystal Drew, Treasurer

Crystal Drew is a visual artist and photographer from Saint John, New Brunswick. She’s passionate about artist run culture, community arts programming and strives to engage in these fields while growing her own creative practice. She has exhibited with George Fry Gallery, Third Space Gallery, Flourish Festival and participates in local craft pop-ups. She holds a certificate in Foundation Visual Arts from the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design and is currently completing NBCCD’s Photography/Videography diploma program. She works as Director of Communications for NBCCD’s Student Association and sits on the George Fry Gallery Committee as their Student Representative.

Jessica Sundblad, Communications Officer

Jessica Sundblad is a communications professional in Saint John, New Brunswick. With experience in creative non-fiction writing, media relations, community engagement, and corporate social responsibility, she strives to gather complex details into clear and creative communication. She holds a BA English Literature degree from Saint Mary’s University, followed by a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Journalism from the University of King’s College. Jessica has contributed to publications such as The Chronicle Herald, The Coast, and The Maritime Edit. She now works in public relations leading social media and brand campaigns, while building community engagement. Half Swedish and half Canadian, Jessica brings the best of both worlds into her work connecting people with culture and cultivating connection within her community. Inevitably, this has fostered a passion for storytelling.

Matt Shields, Member at Large

Matt Shields is a lifelong lover and supporter of the arts. He is a part-owner of casual lifestyle boutique Pristine, and a freelance consultant and designer. Living and operating a business in Uptown Saint John, Matt strongly supports investing in and cultivating the arts community in our city. Matt has a wide variety of practical skills and years of experience in the fashion, design, and manufacturing industries. Matt believes creating a safe platform for artists to share their message is a vital part of any community, especially given the current social climate.

Christiana Myers, Member at Large

Christiana Myers is a curator, writer, artist, and museum educator based in Menagoesg/Saint John, New Brunswick. She holds a BFA from Mount Allison University and a MLitt Curatorial Practice from the Glasgow School of Art. She has undertaken curatorial projects in Atlantic Canada, Montreal, Finland, and Scotland, and now works closely with The New Brunswick Museum and the New Brunswick College of Craft & Design. Her recent writing on disability and access, public art, and the intersection of art with climate justice have appeared in Canadian Art, C Magazine, and publications by the Owen’s Art Gallery, Goose Lane Editions, and the Banff Centre for the Arts.

Jericho Knopp, Member at Large

Jericho Knopp is a freelance journalist, arts administrator, and embroidery artist based out of Saint John, New Brunswick. She is a fierce supporter of the arts, and believes that artistic work is critical to the provincial economy. She currently works as ArtsLink NB’s programming director. Previously, she’s worked in business, fundraising, teaching, and retail; her literary interests lie primarily in long-form non-fiction, spanning topics such as gender politics, social justice, the environment, and arts and culture. Her work has appeared in the CBC, Created Here, Visual Arts News, the Huffington Post, the Telegraph Journal, Buzzfeed, and the Georgia Straight. In her spare time, she spends time in the woods, eats baked goods, and creates cross-stitch and embroidery art as Jeri Stitches.

Laura Oland, Member at Large

Laura Oland is a PhD Art History Student currently based in Saint John, New Brunswick. She holds a BAH History degree from Acadia University and a MLitt Art History Dress & Textiles degree from the University of Glasgow. Since moving back to Saint John, Laura has been active in the Saint John community, as an employee at the New Brunswick Museum, a board member for IACT and the Saint John Community Arts Board, and sales associate at The Urban Shoe Myth. Laura is passionate about history, art, and Saint John, as she is keen to further the development of the arts and culture scene in Saint John.