Making Treaty 7 - 2nd Annual Visual Arts Exhibit

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Our Annual Indigenous Art Exhibition is back for it’s second year and this time it will be travelling to a few incredible venues in our city!

We’d like to invite you to join us for the Opening Reception at cSPACE on September 18th at 6 p.m.

Please RSVP to Miriam miriamf@makingtreaty7.com 

WHERE & WHEN:

cSPACE King Edward
1721 29 Ave SW, Calgary
September 18 – 29, 2019

Arts Commons
205 8 Ave SE, Calgary
October – December 2019

Calgary Central Library
800 3 St SE, Calgary
December 2019

List of Artists

Autumn Whiteway, (Making Treaty 7’s Artist in Residence)

Stephanie One Spot
Rick Wolcott
Theresa Beebe
Mackenzie Brown
Michelle Wiebe
Jackson Eiteneier
Candace Gladue
Keegan Starlight
Priscilla Boulay
Nathan Meguinis
Hali Heavy Shield
Tania Big Plume
Sheila Toderian
Michelle Soto
Tamara Eaker
Christopher Big Plume

Q&A with the Indigenous Art Exhibition Curator, Miriam Fabijan!

Miriam Fabijan is Making Treaty 7’s Artist and Outreach Coordinator who has curated this special project, which includes 17 artists and over 90 works of art, including carvers, beaders, photographers, printmakers, painters and mixed media artists. The works range in origin from the west coast, the prairies, to the far north; with artist who are Cree, Metis, Kainai, who hail from Tsuut’ina and the Blackfoot Nations.

Why are exhibits like this important?

Exhibitions focusing on the creative spirit and voices of Indigenous artists (First Nations, Metis and Inuit) are extremely important for the very reason that their voices are the first voices of this place we call Canada – by showcasing their work, we celebrate the multilayered cultural mosaic of the many diverse communities they represent and the richness of our collective history. They provide an understanding and a connection to the land, and first peoples, that can only be expressed by those with a long connect history with it.

What do you hope the audience walks away with?

Indigenous art is a great cultural gift, one to be recognized, to be seen, to be appreciated, to be learned from, to be enriched by.

Can you tell us more about the curation process and what kind of work people can expect?

The submission requirements were that the artist had to be First Nations, Metis or Inuit and live in Alberta. Most of the artist come from the Treaty 7 region, but we did not want to exclude other Indigenous artist who call Calgary or Alberta home. The is an exhibition of inclusion and mutual support and recognition. We have a wide range of artist, the youngest emerging artist is only 13 years old, some are still immerse in higher education studies, others are mature artists and self taught artists who have learned their skills from within their community. All whom submitted, that fit the criteria, were accepted – again a very inclusive curatorial process – with the majority of their works selected.

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