Featured Indigenous Artists
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Catherine Blackburn was born in 1984 in Ile a la Crosse, of Dene and European ancestry and is a member of the English River First Nation. She grew up in the small town of Choiceland, SK and holds a BFA from the University of Saskatchewan. Blackburn is a bead artist, painter and jeweler whose common themes address Canada's colonial past that are often prompted by personal narratives. She has won awards for her paintings of family members, but is currently working with photography and beadwork. She has a line of jewelery that uses Indigenous stitching techniques like Metis beadwork and First Nations porcupine quill stitching. She won the Saskatchewan Arts Board Award for Emerging Artist in 2017. Her recent work talks about Indigenous women, beading, and the loss of traditional Indigenous languages. The Gallery is proud to count four artworks of Blackburn's among our permanent holdings.
Michel Boutin is a Metis artist and arts educator originally from Redvers, SK currently living in Prince Albert with six works proudly found in the MAG's collection. He graduated from the University of Regina in 1996 with a BFA in sculpture/drawing. Michel is part of a growing number of artists that are responding to the idea that painting in SK derives from a larger experience - that we need to seek other narratives, experiences that include the Indigenous and marginalized. He is the Artistic Director of IPAC, the Indigenous Peoples Artist Collective, which he co-founded in 2005.
The Mann Art is located on Treaty 6 territory, the traditional territory of Cree Peoples and the homeland of the Metis Nation
Ruth Cuthand was born in Prince Albert in 1954, with Plains Cree, Irish and Scottish ancestry. She was raised in Cardston, Alberta, near the Blood Reserve, where she met the artist Gerald Tailfeathers and began to explore art through materials such as the orange paper left remnant from routine tuberculosis screenings. Her fascination with disease, settler/Native relationships, and the living conditions of indigenous peroples that were incubated by her childhood experiences have deeply informed her artistic practice, which has come to integrate a number of media such as beadwork, painting, and photography among others. Cuthand has completed a BFA and an MFA at the University of Saskatchewan and currently lives in Saskatoon. She has exhibited across the country, and was the recipient of an Lieutenant Governor’s Art Award in 2013.
Leah Marie Dorion was born in Nipawin in 1970 and is an interdisciplinary Metis artist raised in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. A teacher, painter, filmmaker and published writer, Leah views her Metis heritage as providing her with a unique bridge for knowledge between all people. Leah holds a Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Arts, and Master of Arts degree. She has numerous creative projects to her credit, including academic papers for the Royal Commission of Aboriginal Peoples, books for children, gallery showings of her art works, and numerous video documentaries that showcase Metis culture and history. Leah’s paintings honour the spiritual strength of Aboriginal women and the sacred feminine. Leah believes that women play a key role in passing on vital knowledge for all of humanity which is deeply reflected in her artistic practice. She believes women are the first teachers to the next generation. Forty-eight works by this exceptional artist can be found within the Mann Art Gallery's permanent collection.
Audrey Dreaver is nēhiyawak (Plains Cree) and grew up in Prince Albert; her family comes from the Mistawasis and Ahtahkakoop Cree Nations of Saskatchewan. The Mann Art Gallery is fortunate enough to count eight works of hers in our permanent collection. Dreaver received her MFA in painting from the University of Regina, her BFA in painting, printmaking, and small metal sculpture, and her BA in Museum Studies in curating and Native art history from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Since returning to Canada in 2008 Dreaver has worked as an independent consultant and curator focusing on art instruction, Aboriginal art history, and exhibition development.
Born in 1974 in Saskatoon, Tim Moore lives and works in Round Lake, Saskatchewan. He studied at Okanagan University College and is a founding member and chairperson of the Indigenous Peoples Artist Collective in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. Tim Moore is a regional artist of national note. In 2009 his work was included in the exhibition “Mind the Gap”. Organized by the Dunlop Art Gallery. “Mind the Gap” was the first exhibition to extensively showcase the provinces top emerging and mid-career artists, and went on to be shown at the Art Gallery of Ottawa in 2011. This exposure led to his inclusion in “The Painting Project”. A survey of national painting trends organized by Les Gallerie L’UQAM and featured on the Virtual Museum of Canada web site. Tim Moore enlists a combination of painting and collage to explore the question of identity. His hybrid images evoke the multicultural essence of Canadian identity and point up the complexity of the nation’s history. Seven artworks by this valued artist can proudly be found in the Gallery's collection.
Robert (Bob) Boyer
Robert (Bob) Boyer was born in 1948 in Prince Albert, SK. He recieved his Bachelor of Art Education from the University of Regina in 1971. Celebrating and strengthening Aboriginal culture was an important part of the life of Bob Boyer. He was a painter who used his art to both showcase Aboriginal culture and comment on the treatment of indigenous peoples under colonization. Always proud of his Metis heritage, Boyer's work featured the traditional designs of the Northern Cree people. He is best known for his series of paintings on blankets. He actively participated in pow wow dancing until he passed away in 2004. He has won several awards and is well-known nation wide. We at the Mann Art Gallery are fortunate enough to have two works by this distinguished indigenous artist in our permanent collection.