Justine Skahan was born in Montreal, QC where she currently lives and works. 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 participated in residencies at the Banff Centre in Banff, AB, the Wild Bush Residency in Val-David, QC, and recently participated in the de Gaspé Nanoresidency in Montreal, QC. 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 has appeared in of n+1 magazine and Spectra Journal (out of Concordia University). Her Master's thesis exhibition, An Ordered Absence, took place at Central Art Garage in Ottawa in 2016. She has participated in numerous exhibitions throughout Canada, and was a finalist in the 2016 RBC Canadian Painting Competition, which took place at the Power Plant in Toronto.