Zephyra Vun is a visual artist and Founder of anARCHI design, a solo, architecturally-inspired art studio in Winnipeg’s Exchange District. She was also the first and former Executive Director of Design Quarter Winnipeg, an innovative initiative aimed at promoting authentic, local retail and design culture in Winnipeg by curating a destination experience featuring local, design-driven businesses within our walkable downtown core. Vun was at the helm of this organization for its development and launch in May 2017, and was an integral part of the initiative’s success and growth in its first years of existence. She recently resigned from the Executive Director position in August 2019 to re-dedicate her life to creating art and inspiring others through her unique, symbiotic approach to art and architecture.
Vun received her Environmental Design Degree (2009) and Masters of Architecture Degree (2011) from the University of Manitoba. She is an ambassador for accessible art and design and strives to advocate inclusive public engagement with these creative disciplines. She maintains a strong presence in the fine arts field, exhibiting her work both locally and internationally with representation by Circle Arts Foundation and New York Art Productions.
In the past, she has also acted in more curatorial positions promoting local artists and organizing major events for Design Quarter Winnipeg, Winnipeg Design Festival, Nuit Blanche Winnipeg, First Fridays in the Exchange, and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. Her role as Executive Director of Design Quarter Winnipeg challenged and strengthened all of her diverse abilities, from graphic design, to fundraising and budgeting, community relations, marketing, and professional partnership development, as she was the sole staff member of the entire non-profit organization.
Zephyra was one of 60 international artists to be featured in Circle Art Magazine, Issue 9, in the summer of 2018. She was also awarded the Mayor’s BIZ award in May 2017 for her community leadership in the Exchange District. Most recently, Zephyra was offered artist representation by the prestigious Amsterdam Whitney International Fine Art Gallery in New York City, which she hopes to accept within the next year.
In addition to inspiring others through her creativity and authenticity, Zephyra takes great joy in inspiring others through movement, teaching various fitness classes at GoodLife and The Community Gym. Her other interests include creative writing, self care practices, tattoos, cats, promoting urbanism, camping, and The (classic) Simpsons.
M. Arch. Masters of Architecture - University of Manitoba; 2009 - 2011
B.EnvD. Bachelors of Environmental Design - University of Manitoba; 2005 - 2009
St. Mary’s Academy Graduating Class of 2005.
Awards + Certification:
Mayor's BIZ Awards - Exchange District BIZ; 2017
Canadian School of Advanced Aesthetics Basic Tattooing Certificate, Electrolysis and Body Modification; 2014
CACB (Canadaian Architecture Certification Board) Certification of Educational Qualification, Admission into a provincial architectural association in Canada; 2011
Graduate Fellowship from the University of Manitoba; 2009 - 2011
Professional Work Experience:
Executive Director, Design Quarter Winnipeg; 2016 - 2019
Founder & Owner of anARCHI design; 2012 - present
Freelance Designer/Draftsman; 2011 - 2012
Professional Boards + Juries:
Juror, Manitoba Rural + Northern Art Show, Summer 2019
Board Member, Artbeat Studio, Summer 2019 - present
Juror, Market Lands International Design Competition; Fall 2018
Juror, MEME Festival Design Installation Competition; June 2018
Juror, On The Docks Ideas Competition; May 2018
Guest Critic, HTFC Youth Studio 2018; May 2018
Panelist, Modeshift: A Festival for Human-Scale Cities; April 2018
Mentor, Seven Oaks Learning Through Internship Program; 2017 - 2018
Landscape: Rural vs. Urban - Brick Lane Gallery, The Annexe, London, England; November 2016
Always Draft A Section: Solo Exhibition by Zephyra Vun, Fleet Galleries, 65 Albert St., Winnipeg, Canada; Sept. 2019
Fight or Flight - anARCHI design studio, 63 Albert St., Winnipeg, Canada; Dec. 2016
The Streets - Fox & Fiddle Restaurant, 456 Main St., Winnipeg, Canada; Nov. 2015
Abstracting Architecture. Part 1: Engaging with the Hand Pop-Up Art Show - anARCHI design studio, 403-63 Albert St., Winnipeg, Canada; Nov. 2014
Composition: Puzzle | Pieces Art Auction - anARCHI design studio, 220 McDermot Ave., Winnipeg, Canada; Apr. 2014
Always Write In Caps: The Anatomy of Typeface Book Launch - Purple Door Studio, 670 Lanark St., Winnipeg, Canada; Jan. 2014
Untitled Art Auction - Purple Door Studio, 670 Lanark St., Winnipeg, Canada; Oct. 2013
“Trust the Process” - featured artist + organizer. Winnipeg, Canada; March 2019
“Study Untitled Study” Contributing Artist. Winnipeg, Canada; October 2018
Mise En Scene Video Debut + Listening Party - Featured Live Painting Artist. Kit + Ace, 246 McDermot Ave., Winnipeg, Canada; May 2017
"The HUB" - Recurring featured artist + organizer. Winnipeg, Canada; 2015 - 2017
Final Exhibition. Plug In ICA Gallery Summer Institute: Session 1, Winnipeg, Canada; June 2010
T.A.P.E. Collective. Leslie Supnet & Nicole Shimonek & Plug In ICA Gallery Summer Institute: Session 1, Winnipeg, Canada; June 2010
Mother, Teacher, Destroyer. Post Commodity & Plug in ICA Gallery Summer Institute: Session 1, Winnipeg, Canada; June 2010
Event Co-ordinator + Curator:
Design Quarter Winnipeg Events; 2016 - 2019
Drink & Draw for First Fridays - Creator; King + Bannatyne, Winnipeg, Canada; June 2015 - present.
The Hub: WSO New Music Festival Opening Night - Visual Arts Curator, The Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg, Canada, January 2017.
Adaptation: Challenging Our Perception of Portage and Main (Winnipeg Design Festival 2016) - Curator; The Richardson Building Plaza, Winnipeg, Canada; September 2016.
1 Thing: A creative collab of Winnipeg art/music/dance - Organizer + Live art artist; The Knndy, Winnipeg, Canada; January 2016.
Nuit Blanche #SANDWICHART - Organizer; King + Bannatyne, Winnipeg, Canada; September 2015.
Design is M.A.D.E. : An Interactive Design Crawl (Winnipeg Design Festival 2015) - Co-organizer; Exchange District/Old Market Square, Winnipeg, Canada; September 2015.
The Brush Off Painting Competition: Manitoba Children's Museum Fundraiser. "Best Artist". Winnipeg, Canada; April 2015.
Reform: “What is Design Culture”; February 2019
Social School: “Storytelling in Marketing”; October 2018
University of Manitoba School of Arts Design Seminar; October 2018
10x20x20: "Design Quarter Winnipeg"; February 2018
Culture Days / Nuit Blanche: Artist Tour + Talk/Collaborative Live Art; September 2017
Seven Oaks Summer Workshop Conductor: "Abstract Art"; July 2016
Presenter & Workshop Conductor at St. Mary’s Academy Junior High Math Symposium: "Thinking Like An Architect"; April 2016, June 2014
Workshop Conductor at Manitoba Children's Museum: "My House"; April 2016
Presenter at WayFinders Program, Seven Oaks School Division: "Alternative Career Options"; March 2016
Featured presenter at ArtsScene Talk: "The Importance of Buying Original Art"; March 2016
Presenter at Pecha Kucha Night Winnipeg Vol. 24: "Hands vs. The Digital Age"; December 2015
Presenter at General Wolfe School Career Week: "About anARCHI design..."; December 2014
Masters of Architecture Thesis Defence, University of Manitoba: "Architecture and the Other: Editing Through Mimeses"; April 2011
Peixoto, Caroline. “Isolation Breeds Innovation”, Modern in Denver Magazine. Colorado, 2018.
Circle Foundation, Spotlight Contemporary Art Magazine, Issue 9. Circle Foundation For The Arts Press: France, 2018.
Fontaine, Don. Faces In The Barber's Mirror. McNally Robinson: Canada, 2016.
Vun, Zephyra. Always Write In Caps: The anatomy of typeface. Zephyra Vun: Winnipeg, 2014. (Self-published)
Vun, Zephyra. North Is Always Up: Architecture school in everyday life. Zephyra Vun: Winnipeg, 2012. (Self-published)
Racette, Sherry (editor). Close Encounters: The Next 500 Years. Plug In Editions: Altona, 2011.
Vun, Zephyra. (2011) Architecture and the Other: Editing through Mimesis. Masters Thesis. University of Manitoba.
Attili, Giovanni & Leonie Sandercock. Multimedia for Urban Planning: An Exploration of the Next Frontier. Springer Dordrecht Heidelberg: London, 2010.
"Design Quarter Winnipeg Hosts Pop-Up" - CTV News
"Design Quarter Winnipeg aims to promote Downtown, Exchange and The Forks" - CTV NEWS
"Designs on local shoppers: New organization launches to promote Winnipeg's design community" - CBC ARTICLE
"Mapping out Winnipeg: New group highlights 'great design' of city's core" - METRO ARTICLE
"Boosting Winterpeg's Destination Status" - BRENT BELLAMY, WINNIPEG FREE PRESS ARTICLE
"Artist Directory Profile" - Contemporary Art Curator Directory + Magazine; November 2016 > See Article
anARCHI design on CTV Morning Live! Discussing artwork and First Friday Drink & Draw event; November 2016.
"Faces of the Exchange" - Exchange District Biz Promotional Video by Evan Bergen; November 2016 > See Video
"Zephyra Vun: Innovator" - Exchange District Biz Promotional Video by Evan Bergen; November 2016 > See Video
"First Friday Drink & Draw" - CTV Morning Live Interview; November 2016 > See Article
"First Fridays Transforming Winnipeg's Art Scene" - Exchange District Biz; May 2016 > See article
"Community Profile" - The Manitoban; November 2015 > See article
"The Winnipeg Design Festival" - Muddy Water Magazine; October 2015 > See article
"King + Bannatyne" - Charcoal Collaborative; July 2014 > See article
"A Portrait A Day" - David Lipnowski Photography; October 2013 > See article
Work displayed at:
anARCHI design studio. 680-70 Arthur St., Winnipeg, Canada.
Fleet Galleries. 65 Albert St., Winnipeg, Canada.
Pulse Gallery, 25 Forks Market Rd., Winnipeg, Canada.
King & Bannatyne. 100 King St., Winnipeg, Canada.