Jude Ortiz has worked in the arts and culture sector her entire life. As a studio goldsmith she has operated a successful business and been invited to participate in local, Canadian and international exhibitions. Her one-of-a-kind jewellery utilizes precious metals, gemstones, stone and ebony wood, sometimes incorporating subtle social messages.
Jude has coordinated and delivered artist professional development workshops and programming as well as fine arts and crafts post-secondary education in Ontario and the Canadian arctic providing her considerable experience in working and liaising with a variety of Indigenous peoples, governments and funding agencies.
Since 2004 Jude has also been working for NORDIK Institute, at Algoma University in Sault Ste. Marie conducting community-based research projects around resilience and the links between culture, identity and the creation of healthy, sustainable communities. Her PhD thesis focuses on these connections.
Jude Ortiz (Jan 2012)