Public Program

The Nitty-Gritty of NFTs: A Community Conversation

Thursday, March 31, 2022 | 7 pm – 8:15 pm

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In March 2021, a collage created by the artist Beeple sold at auction for a whopping $69 million. The catch? The work only exists online as an NFT. But what exactly is an NFT, and how are they disrupting the art scene? These cyber files are not only changing the way in which artists create, but they are changing the way galleries think about digital art and the way collectors collect art. As art galleries begin to explore NFTs, they also face new opportunities and challenges. Non-Fungible Tokens have the potential to be a new medium for artists to sell their work, just as art styles have shifted throughout history. But how can artists use NFTs to sell their work - and how much of a benefit could it truly provide to them?

On Thursday, March 31, from 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm, join us for The Nitty-Gritty of NFTs: A Community Conversation over Zoom. We’ll dive into the world of NFTs and explore their impact on artists, collectors, and galleries. We encourage engagement and respectful, curious questions about the topic of this conversation, and also encourage attendees to read our code of conduct for more information about the norms of engagement for our panel discussion. We look forward to welcoming our community into this important conversation!


Moderated by Craig Pearson, The Windsor Star


Vandana Taxali, CEO & Co-Founder, Artcryption

Vandana Taxali (B.A.Sc., J.D., LL.B, C.Arb) is an art-tech entrepreneur and intellectual property lawyer with over 15 years experience practising in the area of technology, blockchain and arts/entertainment. She is the founder of Artcryption, a platform to protect, manage and licence art, digital assets and IP with NFTs and blockchain technology. She is also an art arbitrator with the International Court of Art at the Hague. Vandana serves on the Standard Council of Canada blockchain committee and the Art Identity Standard, NFT Working Group which is a consortium of art industry leaders developing a universal art ID standard.

Nate Talbot, Digital Artist 

Nate Talbot is a local digital artist in his second year of his MFA at UWindsor. He is also a top selling NFT artist. He sells his work on SuperRare, a curated NFT platform. Nate's VR sculpts and holograms explore the liminal space between technology and spirituality through the lens of self-portraiture. 

Aislyn Lewis-Laurent
Aislyn is a Computer Science graduate from the University of Windsor with a passion for Bioinformatics and Computational Chemistry. She's a researcher, Windsor's Women Techmaker Ambassador, leader of Google's Developer Student Club, co-founder of BorderHacks, a quantum computing enthusiast and developer of scientific-analytical software. 

Karik Grant, Software Developer, Wavedirect Telecommunications
Karik Grant is a Software Developer for Wavedirect Telecommunications. Karik's programming skills have been self-taught and mostly obtained on the job. His interests include software development (of course), video gaming, cryptocurrencies, and generally taking things apart and putting them back together.

with Phillip Olla, CEO of Audacia Bioscience

Philip is a creative visionary with expertise at the technical, management and executive level. He has successfully implemented a variety of scientific research, digital art and commercial projects in the technology and healthcare domain. Phillip Olla is currently the CEO of Audacia Bioscience, a Biotechnology company incorporating breath biomarkers, Artificial Intelligence and smartphone technology to transform clinical diagnostics. His publications include 100 peer-reviewed journal articles, 5 industry reports, 7 book chapters and 4 books.