Bryce Kanbara was born and educated in Hamilton, Ontario. A visual artist and the curator and proprietor of the you me gallery since 2003, he was also the founding member and first administrator of Hamilton Artists Inc. He has held curatorial positions at the Burlington Art Centre, the Art Gallery of Hamilton, the Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant and the Art Gallery @ the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, in Toronto. In addition, he has served as the executive director of the National Association of Japanese Canadians’ Toronto chapter and as the Chair of the National Association of Japanese Canadians (NAJC) Endowment Fund. Over the years, he has also been a National Executive member of the NAJC, a Visual Arts, Crafts & Designer Officer at the Ontario Arts Council, the co-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Workers Arts & Heritage Centre and a Governing Council member for the Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion. Bryce Kanbara lives in Hamilton, Ontario.
“Bryce Kanbara has demonstrated a dynamic and outstanding commitment to
the arts in the City of Hamilton, Ontario. Since 1970 he has made the visual environment of the city a culturally exciting, inviting and vibrant place to live in and be a part of.
Bryce is a founding member of Hamilton Artists, Inc., established in 1970. HAI is one of the first of its kind in Canada, known for establishing other artist-run centres. It became the example of what artists can do when banding together, creating a union of voices and collective strength.”
Nominator: Shelley Niro, Artist
“Since 1970, Bryce Kanbara has made the visual environment of the city a culturally exciting, inviting and vibrant place to live in and be a part of.”