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Judy Chartrand 1999 – 2013

curated by Mary Longman

June 7th to July 19th, 2013

Opening Reception and Curator’s talk: June 7th, @ 8PM

Manitoba Cree artist, Judy Chartrand, is a political activist who poignantly and humorously confronts neo-colonial issues of racism and stereotypes while adding authenticity to contemporary Indigenous identity and the harsh realities of growing up in ‘skid row’ in Vancouver’s Eastside. Chartrand is a master ceramic artist and mixed-media artist, integrating found objects, archival images and traditional methods of beadwork, moose hair tufting and quillwork.

This survey of Chartrand’s work from 1999-2013, is a rare return to Prairies, and highlights her master skills as a ceramist and mix-media artist; her pioneering contribution of innovating Indigenous traditional methods towards social critique and her unique position of creating art from the ‘inside’ of Vancouver’s Eastside. This show will also showcase her newest digital collage on the AKA billboard.

 You can see images from Mary’s talk on the night of the opening reception here and some images of the installed exhibition here.


Chartrand has an MFA (Ceramics) from the University of Regina, 2003, a BFA degree from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, 1998, Exchange Program at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santé Fe, 1996 and diploma in the Fine Arts Program at Langara College, 1992-1994. She has received numerous awards such as: BC Arts Council and the Red Cloud Indian Art Show and has exhibited her work at institutes such as:  Harbour Front, Toronto, ON, Glenbow Museum, Calgary, AB, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ, Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians, Indianapolis, IN, The Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, BC,  Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC,  Museum of Art & Design, NY, New York, and  Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina, SK (MFA exhibit).  Collections include, Rennie Collection, Glenbow Museum, Saskatchewan Arts Board and the Smithsonian Institute.

Mary Longman (Aski-Piyesiwiskwew), is a visual artist and a professor of Aboriginal Art History at the University of Saskatchewan. Of Saulteaux decent, she was born in Fort Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan in 1964, and is a band member of Gordon First Nation. She has degrees from Emily Carr, NSCAD (MFA), and University of Victoria (Ph.D). You can see Mary Longman’s website here.


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