Melissa General receives Emerging Leadership Award from Ontario Arts Council

Friday, December 14, 2018

Earlier this year, Melissa General, an OCAD U Photography alumna and the Manager of the university’s Indigenous Visual Culture Student Centre & Services, was selected to receive an emerging leadership award from the Ontario Arts Council. The award recognizes a rising Indigenous artist or arts professional with a $2,500 prize, with the recipient being nominated annually by the OAC’s annual Indigenous Arts Award winner, who was Nadya Kwandibens in 2018. Melissa received her honour at the OAC offices in a small ceremony on Tuesday, December 4. 

Melissa is Mohawk from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. She is a multidisciplinary artist working in photography, audio, video and installation. Her practice is focused on her home territory of Six Nations and the concepts of memory, language and land. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and shows in Ontario, Manitoba and Québec. She is also a contributor to the national billboard project Resilience, curated by Lee-Ann Martin. In addition to her BFA in Photography from OCAD U, Melissa holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from York University.

Congratulations Melissa! 

Poster: 
Carolyn Gloude, Awards Officer, Ontario Arts Council, Melissa General and Erika Iserhoff, Indigenous Culture Fund Grants Facilit

Melissa General wins Emerging Leadership award from Ontario Arts Council

Melissa General
Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Melissa General, an OCAD U Photography alumna and the Manager of the university’s Indigenous Visual Culture Student Centre & Services, has been selected to receive an emerging leadership award from the Ontario Arts Council. The award recognizes a rising Indigenous artist or arts professional with a $2,500 prize, with the recipient being nominated annually by the OAC’s annual Indigenous Arts Award winner, who was Nadya Kwandibens in 2018.

Melissa is Mohawk from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. She is a multidisciplinary artist working in photography, audio, video and installation. Her practice is focused on her home territory of Six Nations and the concepts of memory, language and land. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and shows in Ontario, Manitoba and Québec. She is also a contributor to the national billboard project Resilience, curated by Lee-Ann Martin. In addition to her BFA in Photography from OCAD U, Melissa holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from York University.

Congratulations Melissa! 

 

Adrian Stimson: 150 Blows

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Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 3:00pm to 9:00pm

My performance art looks at identity construction, specifically the hybridization of the Indian, the cowboy, the shaman and Two-Spirit being. Buffalo Boy, The Shaman Exterminator, and The Lord of the Plains are three recurring personas. I am also known for putting my body under stress and endurance to convey ideas of ritual, renewal and survival. 150 Blows is a work that contemplates 150 years of occupation by the Canadian Federation on the occasion of Canada’s 150th birthday.

Adrian Stimson is a member of the Siksika Nation. His work includes paintings, installations, sculpture and performance. Adrian was awarded the Blackfoot Visual Arts Award, Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal and the Alberta Centennial Medal. His work is in the collections of the British Museum, Canadian Art Bank and MacKenzie Art Gallery.

Co-sponsored with the OCAD U Graduate Gallery and OCAD U Indigenous Visual Culture Program.

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http://adrianstimson.com/home.html

Venue & Address: 
Graduate Gallery 205 Richmond Street West Level G
Website: 
http://7a-11d.ca
Email: 
performance@7a-11d.ca
Cost: 
Free
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