Artist Emmanuel Layila was born in Juba, Sudan in 1972. At age of 14 he left Juba, during civilian war in Sudan, and moved to Khartoum, the capital city of Sudan. There he studied Fine Arts and graphic design at the Sudan institute of Fine Art. Additionally, he studied drama and photography. His career has extended to theatre performance, graphic design, teaching, and directing.
The conceptual themes behind and throughout his journey of three body studies is to employ understanding and to deliver the truth. In 1999 he moved to Cairo, Egypt where he began teaching fine art. Emmanuel has exhibited internationally throughout his artistic career, sharing his Sudanese heritage around the world. He was represented by the Townhouse Art Gallery in Egypt.
He immigrated to Canada in 2005 to Edmonton, Alberta with his family. On his artistic journey in Edmonton he was the recipient of the Arts and culture Award for Recognizing Immigrant Success & Excellence (RISE) in 2008 from the Edmonton Council and is now represented at the Art Rentals and Sales Gallery at the Art Gallery of Alberta.
Carol Ljuden graduated from Emily Carr College of Art and Design (honours) and received her MFA in painting from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 1989, where she was a finalist for the Massachusetts Fine Arts Fellowship Award. Returning to Canada in 2000, she received memberships in the Alberta Society of Artists, Society of Canadian Artists and Federation of Canadian Artists. Ljuden is currently based in Edmonton and feels a connection to the Canadian landscape. Her work endeavours to lead the viewer on a shared journey into fields, hills and shaded trees.
Amy Loewan RCA, who is of Chinese origin, was born in Hong Kong. She immigrated to Canada and has been based in Edmonton since 1978. She received her MFA in painting from the University of Alberta in 1995. Loewan is celebrated for her dedication to creating artwork that promotes peace and human understanding. Since 2001, her large scale multimedia installations have included A Peace Project and Illuminating Peace, both of which aimed to dissolve cultural boundaries and were exhibited across Canada and internationally.
Sheila Luck (b.1959) began her artistic pursuits with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (1982) and a Masters of Visual Arts (1985) from the University of Alberta. With six solo shows and numerous group exhibitions to her credit, she has also been a sessional instructor of painting and drawing at the University of Alberta since 1990. Her work is in the collections of the Alberta Art Foundation, Art Gallery of Alberta, Mendel Art Gallery, Moose Jaw Art Museum, Triangle Artists Collection, University of Alberta, University of Lethbridge, Westburne Collection and the Winspear Centre, Edmonton.