Justine Skahan was born in Montreal, QC. She obtained her BFA in Studio Arts with Distinction from Concordia University in 2010 and recently completed her MFA at the University of Ottawa. She has completed residencies at the Banff Centre as well as the Wild Bush Residency in Val-David. In 2015, Skahan was the recipient of the inaugural Stonecroft Foundation Venice Scholarship, and in 2016 received the René Payant Award for Outstanding Thesis Support Paper from the University of Ottawa. Her work appears in of n+1 magazine (Issue 26), and the upcoming issue of Spectra Journal (out of Concordia University). Her Master's thesis exhibition, An Ordered Absence, took place at Central Art Garage in Ottawa in August 2016. She most recently participated in the exhibition Shelter at Lonsdale Gallery in Toronto, and Full Catastrophe at Karsh-Masson Gallery in Ottawa. She was a finalist in the 2016 RBC Canadian Painting Competition, which took place at the Power Plant in Toronto.