Practicing artist and art educator


Janessa Brunet is an artist and arts educator born and raised in Winnipeg, currently living in Toronto. She has gained a reputation as an enthusiastic and energetic individual who not only makes strong connections and builds meaningful relationships, but as someone who truly believes in the transformative nature of art within the community, as well as within the lives of individuals.


Fluent in English and French


2017 York University, Additional Qualification: French as a Second Language. Partie 1

2016 Ontario Teacher Certificate

2016 Université de St. Boniface, Cours de Perfectionnement, Partie 1

2015 University of Manitoba, Bachelor of Education

2014 Explore Program, five-week French-learning bursary program

2013 – 2014 MAWA Mentorship Foundation Program, Mentee

2013 Martha Street Studio, Introduction to Screen Printing

2011 – 2012 Non-Violent Crisis Intervention

2009 University of Manitoba, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Honors

2004 Collège Béliveau, High School Diploma

Teaching and Related Professional Experiences

2017 – Present.  Art Teacher, Hudson College, Toronto, Ontario.

Term contract. 21 Ascott Avenue. Grade 9-12 Visual Arts.

2016 Teacher, UMC High School, North York, Toronto, Ontario.

Term Contract, Art, Canadian History, Communication Technology

2015- 2016 Art Teacher, R.B. Russell Vocational High School. Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Term contract, Full-time Visual Art

2015 Inner City Arts Conference, Co-presenter with Cathy Woods

Winnipeg One School Division.

2014 –  2015 Practicum Experience, Kelvin High School. Winnipeg, Manitoba

Grade 10-12 Visual Art. Photography. Grade 10 ELA.

2014 – 2015 CanU Coordinator, Faculty of Education, University of Manitoba.

Coordinating participants, volunteers and supplies. Recruiting volunteers.

2014    SAGE Workshop Assistant Facilitator with Tracy Woodward “Monster

Madness”, Manitoba Association for Art Education Conference, Winnipeg, MB

2014    Engaging Fusion

Guest Artist. William Whyte School. Winnipeg, Manitoba.

2013 – 2014 Practicum Experience, J.H. Bruns Collegiate. Winnipeg Manitoba.

Grade 9-12 Visual Art. Grade 9 and 10 ELA.

2013 Learning Through the Arts.

Guest Artist at Fort Rouge School, Winnipeg, MB.

2011 – 2013 Studio Coordinator, Art City, 616 Broadway, Winnipeg, MB.

This position includes programming a daily healthy snack, coordinating large events for the community as well as fundraisers for the organization, creating the monthly calendar, coordinating volunteers, studio supplies as well as donations. 

2009 – 2011 Green Art Program Coordinator and Workshop Facilitator

Art City, 616 Broadway,Winnipeg, MB

Worked with participants of all ages to facilitate art workshops with an infinite amount of media, including drawing, painting, dance, printmaking, circuit bending and much more.

Volunteer Experience

2018 Selection committee, Great Island Co-op, Artist Residency. Nova Scotia.

2013 –  2015. Board Member, Platform center for photographic + digital art.

Winnipeg, Manitoba.

2014 CanU Explore, Faculty of Education, University of Manitoba. 

Collaborated with Dr. Michelle Honeyford to program and run after school programs at the U of M for middle years students.

2013    Family Area Volunteer, Winnipeg Folk Festival. Winnipeg, Manitoba.

2010-   2015 Weekly Volunteer, Art City. Winnipeg, Manitoba

2007 – 2009 School Tours Guide, Winnipeg Art Gallery. Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Selected Exhibitions and Residencies

2018 ANYTHING WHATEVER 4: member’s showcase. Platform centre for photographic and digital arts, Winnipeg

2016 Carte Blanche: members’ exhibition and performance. Aceartinc, Winnipeg

2016 Works on Paper: Members’ Showcase. MAWA Winnipeg

2016 ANYTHING WHATEVER: members’ showcase. Platform centre for photographic and digital arts, Winnipeg

2016 Independent Residency, Artscape Gibraltar Point, Toronto, Ontario

2016 Programmed Residency with Walter Scott, Artscape Gibraltar Point, Toronto, Ontario

2015 12×12 Tara Davis Studio Boutique, Winnipeg Manitoba.

2013   MAWA Foundation Mentorship Program Year End Showcase, AGSM, Brandon

2013    Extended Family, Synonym Art Consultation. Winnipeg

2013   MAWA Foundation Mentorship Program Year End Showcase, aceartinc,Winnipeg

2013 My Winnipeg: Artist Choice, Plug In ICA, Winnipeg

2012 *Water Bodies, The Edge Gallery, Winnipeg

2010 *Photographs, La Maison des Artistes, Winnipeg

2009 The Unforeseen Meaningfulness of Ordinary Things,  (Thesis group show) Cre8ery, Winnipeg

*Solo shows

Zines and Publications

2017 The Sun is a Star, comic submission, Toronto 

2016 Dear Journal issue 2, submission, Winnipeg

2016 Sapphozine #8 Together, submission, Winnipeg

2013 FMP Foundation Mentorship Program, self-published book, Winnipeg

2012 NOTHING/EVERYTHING, self-published poetry zine, Winnipeg

2012 Chesterfield 6ix, poetry/art submission, Winnipeg

Reviews and Press

2013 Show of Support: Work by emerging female artists demonstrates power of mentoring program. Steven Leyden Cochrane, Winnipeg Free Press. 10/31/2013.

2012 Water Bodies. Amy Anne Smith. The Manitoba. 01/31/2012.

2012 Capturing the Ripples: Local photographer Janessa Brunet unveils her “Water Bodies” Exihibition. Dunja Kovacevic. The Uniter. 01/11/2012.

Grants and Awards

2016 MAAE, Manitoba Association for Arts Education, Special Projects Grant.

Places For Peanuts Drawing Collective

2016 THERE’S MORE THAN ONE WAY: An overview of collective art making practices in Winnipeg, 1968-NOW.  Group exhibition curated by Kegan McFadden. School of art 313 arTlab, University of Manitoba. Winnipeg.

2015 Book Making Party Artist Residency. Synonym Art Consultation. The Tallest Poppy. Winnipeg.

2014 That was ok. Self-published zine, Winnipeg

2014 Red River Cart D’Art Performing Artists, Prairie Outdoor Exhibition, Winnipeg Folk Festival. Birds Hill Park

2012 Don’t Go! Exhibition. Tumble Gallery, Winnipeg

2012 Don’t Go! Self-published zine, Winnipeg

2011 Places for Peanuts. Self-published zine, Winnipeg

2011 Places for Peanuts. Exhibition. The Edge Gallery, Winnipeg

Places for Peanuts Reviews and Press

2014 Drawing on History. Boarderviews, Boarder Crossings Magazine #131