INVC students receive Ontario Heritage Award 

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 11:45am

Eight undergraduate students from OCAD University’s Indigenous Visual Culture Program (INVC) received Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Awards for their project Uncover/Recover. A joint web-based project with the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), the students, led by Professor Bonnie Devine, worked with curators and others to create an educational, interactive, accessible and informative multimedia exhibition to celebrate Indigenous peoples’ creative legacy – past, present and future. 

Award recipients (Michael Crawford, Ana Morningstar Cisneros, Megan Feheley, Shawn Johnston, Mariah Meawasige and Karalyn Reuben) with Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Harvey McCue, Chair, Ontario Heritage Trust, and Professor Bonnie Devine.

Students learned new digital and creative processes, engaged with senior Indigenous scholars, knowledge keepers and museum workers, and analyzed their chosen objects. Their work uncovered and recovered the objects’ original purposes and re-engaged them in the work of Indigenous social reconstruction and restoration. The resulting artistic responses range from humorous to poignant, analytical to emotional, and provide a unique picture of contemporary Indigenous thought and creation. 

The awards were presented at a ceremony led by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario on Friday, February 22. Established in 2007, the Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Awards are annual juried awards administered by the Ontario Heritage Trust to recognize exceptional achievements in heritage conservation. Presented each year in a ceremony at Queen’s Park, the awards are part of the Trust’s annual celebrations marking Heritage Week

Karalyn Reuben with her beaded thunderbird panel, photo by Martin Iskander.

Speaker series: Expansive Approaches to Indigenous Art Histories

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 10:00am to Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 10:00am

Models for writing and teaching art historical knowledge have traditionally emerged from a western framework. The implications for knowledge formed under this lineage are often wrapped up in questions of perception and culture. Within conversations about Indigenous art, these factors call into play ideas of pedagogy and practice. The question of how Indigenous artists, curators, and scholars define art historical knowledge in relation to their own work locates Indigenous art histories in practices that come from contemporary and dynamic Indigenous-led research. Expansive Approaches to Indigenous Art Histories is a speaker series organized to question: What are Indigenous art histories? Who authors them? For what purpose? How does this knowledge get stored? How is it shared? And what ethical considerations emerge as a result of these shifts in thinking?

Presentations are scheduled take place Thursdays from 10 to 11:20 a.m. in room 420, 205 Richmond St. W. The first five of eleven speakers this term are:

September 6: Alan Corbiere
September 13: Bonnie Devine
September 20:  Susan Blight
September 27: Lisa Myers
October 18: Richard Hill
October 25: Jaimie Isaac
November 1: Carmen Robertson
November 8: Peter Morin
November 15: Cathy Mattes
November 22: Gerald McMaster
November 29: Candice Hopkins

All are welcome!

This series is made possible by the Faculty of Graduate Studies through the Graduate Studies Indigenous Innovation Fund.

Venue & Address: 
205 Richmond St. W., room 420
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INVC students offer sneak peek into ROM collaboration

Group photo of students and others involved in the project
Monday, April 9, 2018

A museum technician in white gloves laid out a beaded vest and an ornate hood at the media preview of Uncover/Recover at the Royal Ontario Museum April 6. Imbued with history, culture and artistry, these colourful artifacts are among the objects from the ROM’s archives that nine students from the INVC program are researching for an interactive digital project. The result, Uncover/Recover, will be an online learning environment that incorporates photography, sound, digital manipulation and time-based media.

At the preview, students Megan Feheley and Shawn Johnston spoke about how they developed their works, what inspired them and the travel and research they undertook for this deeply personal project. Feheley will transform and animate images derived from beadwork, while Johnston’s audio work will incorporate the sounds of a deer hoof rattle.

Bonnie Devine, associate professor and the founding chair of the INVC program, believes the project will bring the stories of these artifacts to viewers across the province, and country.  

The Uncover/Recover website will be online this summer thanks to funding support from the Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation.

Female student standing next to a table with hood and vest artifacts
a man and three women standing for photo

OCAD University and ROM to showcase Indigenous culture and history

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

OCAD University is pleased to announce an innovative collaboration with the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) to showcase Indigenous culture and history before and beyond Ontario’s 150th anniversary. Ontario’s Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation is investing $200,000 in the project.

Students from OCAD U’s Indigenous Visual Culture program will explore relevant cultural objects at the ROM and use digital and other media to share them with a larger audience. The project will include the creation of an interactive online learning environment that will incorporate gaming, commentary and the exchange of local stories through social media.

“We are very pleased to participate in this important collaboration with the Royal Ontario Museum that will further widen participants' understanding of Indigenous history and knowledge,” said Dr. Sara Diamond, President and Vice-Chancellor, OCAD University. “The project is aligned with OCAD University's deep commitment to be inclusive of Indigenous culture and knowledge.”

The project offers OCAD U students an opportunity to examine, interact with, and respond to cultural objects in the ROM’s Indigenous Ontario collection. “Our students' research into current and historical scholarship about these objects, and their contemporary, speculative, and innovative visual responses to them, will result in an on-line recasting of the stories and trajectories embedded in these cultural treasures,” said Bonnie Devine, Associate Professor, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences & Interdisciplinary Studies, Faculty of Art, and Graduate Studies and Founding Chair, Indigenous Visual Culture Program OCAD University

OCAD University was one of the first art and design institutions in Canada to launch a degree in Indigenous Visual Culture. The university works in tandem with its Aboriginal Education Council, Indigenous Student Association, and with all faculty and staff across the university to support the process to decolonize the institution and to recognize, acknowledge, implement and vitalize Indigenous visual culture.




Bonnie Devine: The Tecumseh Papers

Image: Bonnie Devine; Treaty Robe, for Tecumseh (2013); mixed-media installation; Collection of the artist
Friday, September 27, 2013 - 4:00am to Sunday, October 6, 2013 - 4:00am

Opening Reception September 27, 7 – 10 p.m.

The Art Gallery of Windsor welcomes Bonnie Devine to the AGW studio

The Art Gallery of Windsor is proud to present new works in a solo exhibition by installation artist Bonnie Devine.
In response to historical works from the AGW's collection Devine examines the legacy of Chief Tecumseh, whose death at the Battle of the Thames on October 5 1813 marked the end of First Nations' resistance in the region.

An exhibition catalogue with essays by Alan Corbiere, Wanda Nanibush and Leanne Simpson is forthcoming.

September 27, 7 – 10 pm:
Opening Reception featuring live music, cash bar and studio activities. Admission: $7, free for AGW members and children 12 years and under.

September 28, 2 – 4 pm:
Unsettlements, a discussion on unlearning dominant paradigms of history and place through indigenous and feminist art practices with historian Alan Corbiere, artist Bonnie Devine, curator Cheyanne Turions, AGW Director Catharine Mastin and moderated by Director of Women’s Studies, University of Windsor, Anne Forrest. FREE admission.

October 6:
Sundays in the Studio, The Tecumseh Papers

Image: Bonnie Devine; Treaty Robe, for Tecumseh (2013); mixed-media installation; Collection of the artist


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Venue & Address: 
Art Gallery of Windsor 401 Riverside Drive West Toronto, Ontario