image of Suzanne Morrissette
image of Suzanne Morrissette
Suzanne Morrissette
Assistant Professor
Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Graduate Studies

Area(s) of Expertise

Curatorial Practice, Indigenous Art


Dr. Suzanne Morrissette is a Metis artist, curator, scholar, and educator from Winnipeg. In her role as Assistant Professor at OCAD University Morrissette teaches in Indigenous Visual Culture and Curatorial Studies at undergraduate and graduate levels. Last year, she organized the speaker series Expansive Approaches to Indigenous Art Historieswhich was supported by the Faculty of Graduate Studies’ Indigenous Innovation Fund. She has taught with OCAD University in various roles since 2009 and has served on the Indigenous Educational Council (formerly the Aboriginal Education Council) since 2015. 

Morrissette’s visual art research has been included in such recent exhibitions as wnoondwaamin (we hear them) (2016-18) which toured to four venues across Canada. Her artwork will be included in the upcoming exhibition of Metis artists at the Art Gallery of York University, which will be co-curated by Amy Malbeuf and Jessie Short, in early 2021. Also a practicing curator, Morrissette’s recent project On Being Illiberallooked to the work of three artists – Carl Beam, Merritt Johnson, and Fallon Simard – who each provide vantage points from which problematize public perception of Indigenous political thought. Suzanne has received numerous grants from provincial and national arts councils to support her artistic and curatorial practices. She has published with The Capilano Review, TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies, and galleries such as the DeVos Museum, Craft Ontario, ASpace, and the Thunder Bay Art Gallery. She is a collaborator on the multi-year Partnership grant Archive/Counter-Archive and a member of the k’inādās collective.  

Morrissette holds a PhD in Social and Political Thought at York University, an MFA from OCAD University in Criticism and Curatorial Practice and a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art and Design. 



2009 BFA, General Fine Arts, Emily Carr University of Art and Design

2011 MFA, Criticism and Curatorial Practice, OCAD University

2017 PhD, Social and Political Thought, York University

Professional Experience

08/2018- present // Assistant Professor, OCADU (Faculty of Liberal Studies and School of Interdisciplinary Studies)

09/2009-present // Independant Curator

08/2017-07/2018 // Assistant Professor, Alberta College of Art and Design (School of Critical and Creative Studies)

08/2016-12/2016 // Lecturer, OCADU (Faculty of Liberal Studies and School of Interdisciplinary Studies)

01/2012-04/2012 // Lecturer, Lakehead University (Faculty of Fine Art)



Selected Exhibitions

SELECT CURATORIAL PROJECTS (* indicates catalogue)

2018 - On Being Illiberal, Prefix ICA (Toronto) - works by Carl Beam, Merritt Johnson, and Fallon Simard

2015 - our land, together, Harbourfront Centre (Toronto)- works by Scott Benesiinaabandan, Cheryl L'Hirondelle, and Christian Chapman

2012-2015 - *Setting:land, Thunder Bay Art Gallery (Thunder Bay) / AFrame Gallery (Sioux Lookout) / Tom Thomson Art Gallery (Owen Sound) / Grimsby Public Art Gallery (Grimsby) / Judith and Alix Norman Art Gallery (Sarnia) - works by Kevin Lee Burton, Kaoru Ryan Klatt, Anna Tsouhlarakis, and Kade Twist

2012-2013 - *Surface & Symbol, Craft Ontario (Toronto) / Definitely Superior Art Gallery (Thunder Bay, ON) - works by Jean Marshall

2013 - Bluprints for a long walk, Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art (Winnipeg) - works by Lisa Myers

2013 - *Something About Encounter, Thunder Bay Art Gallery (Thunder Bay) - works by Duane Linklater 

2012 - Conealed Geographies, A Space Gallery (Toronto) - works by KC Adams, Jason Baerg, Merritt Johnson, Cheryl L'Hirondelle, Justine McGrath, Nigit'stil Norbert

2010 - past now, MacLaren Art Centre (Barrie) - works by Meryl McMaster and Luke Parnell


2016-2018 - one and the same exhibited in wnoondwaamin, curated by Lisa Myers for Trinity Square Video (Toronto), Whitewater Gallery (North Bay), Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba (Brandon), Paved Arts (Saskatoon), Stride Gallery + Calgary Contemporary (Calgary)

2016 - score for bottom of a lake exhibited in Noodaagun Beacons, curated by Jason Ryle for NAISA: Cross Waves + Trinity Square Video (Toronto)

2015 - score for bottom of a lake (translation) and manuscript paper - grid I-III exhibited in Owning With the Gaze, curated by Cheryl L'Hirondelle for Gallery 101 (Ottawa)

2014 - score for bottom of a lake (translation) I-III and sketch for score for bottom of a lake exhibited in 2014 Rabbit Island Residency Exhibition at the Devos Museum (Marquette, Michigan)

2013 - stories of place, location, and knowledge I-III exhibited in Lake Effect: Rurality and Ecology in the Great Lakes, curated by Dylan Miner for (SCENE) Metrospace Gallery (East Lansing, Michigan)

2013 - Keewatin is not equal to Keewatin and Red Lake is not equal to Red Lake exhibited in North of Here, curated by Patrick MacCauley for Harbourfront Centre (Toronto)

2010 - exhibition Urban Shaman Retrospective, curated by Amber-Dawn Bear Robe for Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art (Winnipeg)


Awards \ Grants

2019 - Teaching Award, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences

2019 - Teaching Award, Faculty of Graduate Studies

2019 - BLG Equity Award

2019 - Canada Council for the Arts, Creating, Knowing, and Sharing Small Scale Projects

2018 - Graduate Studies Indigenous Innovation Fund 

2016 - Provost Dissertation Scholarship, York University 

2015 - Indigenous Arts Projects, Toronto Arts Council

2015 - Aboriginal Arts Projects, Ontario Arts Council

2014 - Aboriginal Arts Projects, with co-applicant Julie Nagam, Ontario Arts Council

2014 - Aboriginal Peoples Collaborative Exchange, Canada Council for the Arts

2014 - Aboriginal Artists Materials and Supplies

2013 - Emerging Artists, Ontario Arts Council

2013 - Travel Grants to Aboriginal Collaborative Projects, Canada Council for the Arts

2013 - Joseph Armand Bombardier Doctoral Award, Category A, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

2012 - Aboriginal Artists Materials and Supplies, Ontario Arts Council

2012 - Exhibition Assistance, Ontario Arts Council

2012 - Travel Grants to Professionals in Visual Arts, Canada Council for the Arts

2011 - Assistance to Aboriginal Curators for Residencies in Visual Arts, Canada Council for the Arts

2010 - Joseph Armand Bombardier Masters Scholarship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council 

2010 - Metis Nation of Ontario Bursary

2010 - National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation, Canadian Heritage Award 

2009 - National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation, Canadian Heritage Award 

2009 - Ontario College of Art & Design President's Scholarship

2009 - Ontario College of Art & Design Graduate Scholarship

2009 - Alberta Centennial Scholarship

2008 - MacLean Foundation Scholarship

2008 - National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation, Vale Inco Award

2008 - Northwest Coast Ceramics Award

2007 - National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation, Canadian Heritage Award 

2007 - Minerva Foundation Award for BC Women

2004 - Foundation for the Achievement of Aboriginal Youth

2004 - National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation


Selected Publications

2019 // "Practices of Learning," Capilano Review, a curated text featuring the work of three artists for Capilano Review’s Spring 2019 issue.

2018 // “On Being Illiberal,” Prefix 38 2018. 18-33. an essay corresponding with the exhibition of the same title held at Prefix ICA in 2018.

2018 // “Routing Towards Reconciliation,” a review of The Land We Are: Artists & Writers Unsettle the Politics of Reconciliation. in TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies No. 36., 2016. 191-95. a review of an anthology on reconciliation and art published in 2015 by Arbeiter Ring Publishing and edited by Gabrielle Hill L’Hirondelle and Sophie McCall.

2014 // “In Residence on Rabbit Island: Reflections on the Politics of Remote Wilderness.”Rabbit Island 2014 Residency Exhibition. (Devos Museum: Marquette, 2014). 47-51. an essay for an exhibition resulting from the residency project on Rabbit Island.

2013 // “Gathering: to come together, to collect,” Surface & Symbol: works by Jean Marshall. Ed. Janna Hiemstra (Ontario Crafts Council: Toronto, 2013). 6-13. a curatorial essay for Jean Marshall’s solo exhibition at the Ontario Crafts Council which travelled to Definitely Superior Art Gallery in 2014.

2013 //  “To Take Notice,” Something About Encounter. Ed. Cheryl L’Hirondelle (Thunder Bay Art Gallery: Thunder Bay, 2013). 13-14. a curatorial essay for Duane Linklater’s solo exhibition of the same title.

2012 //  “Setting and Source,” Setting: land. Ed. Richard William Hill (Thunder Bay Art Gallery: Thunder Bay, 2012). 6-13. a curatorial essay for the exhibition Setting: land.

2011 // “incomplete thoughts on knowing through place,” in Manitowapow Eds. Niigaanwewidam Sinclair and Warren Cariou (Winnipeg: Highwater Press, 2012). 398-399. a piece of creative non-fiction written during a workshop held by the Truth and Reconcilliation Commission during the Winnipeg Event in 2011.

2010 // “Ours, and the Hands that Hold Us,” in Fuse Magazine Vol. 3. No. 4., 2010. 41-42. a review of an anthology on artist-run-centre culture in North America published by apexart and edited by Steven Rand.

2010 // “What Are We Doing Here?: rhyme and reason at 16 Days of Non Organised Art” Paperwait, Vol. 15, 2010. 51-54. a review of 16 Days of Non Organised Art exhibition at aceartinc. co-authored with Emily Doucet.