Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION
2002-2006 Bachelor of Fine Arts Nova Scotia College of Art & Design University, Halifax, Sydney, Nova Scotia

1998-2000 Theatre Arts Program University College of Cape Breton, Sydney, Nova Scotia

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
Curatorial
2011 Guest Curator for Kloqowej: A 30 Year Retrospective of Caroline Gould, Mary E. Black Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia

2004 Curator Showcase of Aboriginal Arts and Crafts, Kings College, Halifax, Nova Scotia

2001 Curator Aboriginal Youth Art Exhibit, Micmac Friendship Center, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Solo

2018 Mi’kwite’tmn, Cape Breton University Art Gallery, Nova Scotia *upcoming*

2018 Mi’kwite’tmn, McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton, Ontario *upcoming*

2018 Mi’kwite’tmn, Haida Gwaii Museum, Haida Gwaii, British Columbia *upcoming*

2018 The Indian Truckhouse of High Art, Central Art Garage, Ottawa, Ontario *upcoming*

2017 Fine Dine (In Collaboration with Angella Parsons, Pavia Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia

2017 Mi’kwite’tmn, The Reach, Abbottsford, British Columbia

2017 Mi’kwite’tmn, The Reach, Abbottsford, British Columbia

2017 Mi’kmaw Word of the Day 2.0 (In Collaboration with Jordan Bennett), Eastern Edge, St. John’s, Newfoundland

2017 Mi’kwite’tmn, Lethbridge University Art Gallery, Lethbridge, Alberta

2016 Mi’kwite’tmn, McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton, Ontario

2016 Mi’kwite’tmn, Lethridge University Art Gallery, Lethbridge, Alberta

2015 Mi’kwite’tmn, Grenfell Campus Art Gallery, Cornerbrook, Newfoundland

2015 Mi’kwite’tmn, Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

2014 Mi’kwite’tmn, Kenderdine Art Galleries/College Art Galleries, Saskatoon, Saskatoon

2014 Mi’kwite’tmn, Saint Mary’s Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia

2014 I’katk Ideal Law Conference, Dalhousie Schulich School of Law, Halifax, Nova Scotia

2012 L’nuk (In Collaboration with Jordan A. Bennett) Anna Leonowens Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia

2011 The Indian Truckhouse of High Art Site Specific to downtown Halifax, Halifax, Nova Scotia

2010 O’pltek, Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay, Ontario

2004 Kepmidedamnej, Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, Halifax, Nova Scotia

2003 Ente’k, Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, Halifax, Nova Scotia

2002 Klo’ke’wej, Micmac Native Friendship Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia
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Group
2018 #callresponse, Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia *upcoming*

2018 #callresponse, AKA Artist Run Centre, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan *upcoming*

2018 #callresponse, EFA Project Space, Brooklyn, New York *upcoming*

2018 #callresponse, Blackwood Gallery, Mississauga, Ontario *upcoming*

2017 Moose Fence, Sobey Art Award Exhibition, Art Museum of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario

2017 Toqolukwetijik, Nocturne Festival: Art at Night, Halifax, Nova Scotia

2017 Wen Pekisink, VIVA! Art Action – International Performance Art Biennale, Montreal, Quebec

2017 Between My Body and Their Words, INSURGENCE / RESURGENCE, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba

2017 On Native Land, Imago Mundi, venice, Italy

2017 Between My Body and Their Words, INSURGENCE / RESURGENCE, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba

2017 (re)al-location: The Festival of Stewards, LandMarks 2017, Canada

2017 #callresponse, SAW Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario

2017 Making A Mark, UnSettled, Roundhouse Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia

2017 The Land Sings (In Collaboration with Eastern Owl), In Some Far Place, The Rooms, St. John’s, Newfoundland

2016 #callresponse, Grunt Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia

2016 Ikatk, Nocturne Festival: Art at Night, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, Nova Scotia

2016 Fine Dine (In Collaboration with Angella Parsons, Shaping The Shore, Cape Breton University Art Gallery, Sydney, Nova Scotia

2016 Ode to Miss Chief Eagle Testickle, Superimposition, Plug In ICA, Winnipeg, Manitoba

2016 O’pltek Cataloguing Party, Prismatic Arts Festival, Halifax, Nova Scotia

2016 Elmiet, Terrior: A Nova Scotia Survey, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, Nova Scotia

2016 L’nuwelti’k, Between You and Me, Idyllwild Arts Centre, Idyllwild, California

2016 L’nuwelti’k, Enviro-Sci Art Platform-Platform Projects at Art Athina, Athens, Georgia

2016 hide, I’ve Only Know My Own, MFAH/She Works Flexible, Houston, Texas

2016 Ode to Miss Chief Eagle Testickle, in All That You Touch, Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario

2016 Nikamon Ochi Askiy (Ke’tapekiaq Ma’qimikew): The Land Sings (In Collaboration with Cheryl L’Hirondelle), FADO Performance Art Festival, Toronto, Ontario

2016 L’nuwelti’kinFifth World, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario

2015 Ke’tapekiak Maqim’kew: The Land Sings, Exhibiting Sound Symposium, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

2015 Custom Made, Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops, British Columbia

2015 McCain Biennale, Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton, New Brunswick

2015 Making Otherwise: Craft and Material Fluency in Contemporary Art, Cambridge Galleries, Cambridge, Ontario

2015 Fifth World, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatoon

2014 Making Otherwise: Craft and Material Fluency in Contemporary Art, Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia

2014 Ikatk (She Protects), Stronger Than Stone Symposium, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

2014 L’nuwelti’k, Nasgwa’tatijig Performance Series, Vaste et Vague Centre d’artistes, Carleton-sur-mur, Quebec

2014 Memory Keepers, Urban Shaman Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba

2014 Hot Looking, Art In The Open Festival, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

2014 Making Otherwise: Craft and Material Fluency in Contemporary Art, Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario

2013 Hot Looking, Nocturne Festival: Art at Night, Halifax, Nova Scotia

2013 L’nuwelti’k, Festival jè st, Moncton, New Brunswick

2013 Aboriginal Voice: Four Artists from Atlantic Canada, Galerie d’art Louise et Reuben- Cohen, Moncton, New Brunswick

2013 Maqimikew Ketapiaq (The Land Sings), AntigoNIGHT Festival, Antigonish, Nova Scotia

2013 L’nuwesimk:El-noo-wee-simk (In Collaboration with Angella Parsons), Art In The Open Festival, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

2013 Ke Pite’m, Cape Breton University Art Gallery, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

2012 L’nuk (In Collaboration with Jordan A. Bennett), Nocturne Festival, Halifax, Nova Scotia

2012 The Indian Truckhouse of High Art, Art. Awards. Celebration, Creative Nova Scotia Awards Celebration, Halifax, Nova Scotia

2012 L’nuwelti’k, Prismatic Festival, Halifax, Nova Scotia

2012 Basket Weaving, Planet IndigenUS Festival, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto Ontario

2012 Snapshot, Khyber Centre for the Arts, Halifax, Nova Scotia

2012 Material Wealth: Revealing Landscape, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Ontario

2011 Ancestral Teachings: Contemporary Perspectives, Thunderbird Centre, Toronto, Ontario

2011 Basket Weaving Debajehmujig 6 Foot Festival, Manitowaning, Ontario

2010 Elmiet, Nocturne and Prismatic Arts Festival, Halifax, Nova Scotia

2010 L’nuk (In Collaboration with Jordan A. Bennett), The Other Gallery, Banff, Alberta

2010 Ka’kawej, Art in Public Spaces, Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, Alberta

2009 Ke Pite’m Time Will Tell, Public Performance Series, Eye Level Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia

2009 Traditional Mi’kmaq Basketry, Tent Dwellers Canoe Festival, Kejimkujik National Park, Nova Scotia

2009 Traditional Mi’kmaq Basketry, Treaty Day Aboriginal Arts Showcase, Halifax, Nova Scotia

2008 The Urban Aboriginal Guide to Halifax, Nova Scotia, Dalhousie University Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia

2006 Untitled, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia

2005 Traditional Storytelling, Nations In A Circle, Pier 21, Halifax, Nova Scotia

2003 Basket Weaving, Nations In A Circle, Dalhousie Sculpture Court, Halifax, Nova Scotia
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RESIDENCIES & INTERNSHIPS
2017 Residency Faculty, Inherent Design, Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, Alberta *upcoming*

2017 Residence, Oboro Centre, Montreal, Quebec

2017 Visiting Scholar, NSCAD University, Halifax, Nova Scotia

2016 Indigenous Digital Visual Arts Residency, Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, Alberta

2015 Looking Europe in the I, Cape Breton University, Glace Bay, Nova Scotia

2014 Residence The Pictou Island Portages, part of the Great Canadian Pilgrimages Project, Pictou Island, Nova Scotia

2014 Residence Cape Breton University Art Gallery and Unama’ki College, Glace Bay, Nova Scotia

2013 Residence University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh College of Art & Design with Scottish Sculpture Workshops and the Naked Craft Network, Scotland, United Kingdom

2013 Artist-In-Residence, Cape Breton University Art Gallery and Unama’ki College, Glace Bay, Nova Scotia

2012 Residence, Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia

2011 Residence, Klondike Institute for Arts and Culture, Dawson City, Yukon

2011 Visiting Artist, Debajehmujig Creation Centre, Manitowaning, Ontario

2010 Flying Eagle Internship Onelight Theatre Co. and Canada Council for the Arts, Halifax, Nova Scotia

2010 Thematic Residency on Indigenous Languages, Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, Alberta
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AWARDS
2017 Award for Arts Achievement and Excellence, International Council of Fine Arts Deans

2017 Sobey Art Award Shortlist

2016 Nova Scotia Masterworks Award Finalist

2016 Sobey Art Award Longlist

2015 Salt Spring National Art Prize Finalist

2015 Sobey Art Award Longlist

2015 Grants to Individuals, Arts Nova Scotia

2014 Inter Arts Touring Grant, Canada Council for the Arts

2014 Grants to Individuals, Arts Nova Scotia

2014 Sobey Art Award Longlist

2014 Aboriginal Traditional Visual Art Forms Creation Grant, Canada Council for the Arts

2013 Grants to Individuals Presentation Grant, Arts Nova Scotia

2010 Grants to Individuals Presentation Grant, Nova Scotia Tourism, Culture & Heritage

2010 Flying Eagle Program, Canada Council for the Arts

2010 Grants to Individuals Creation Grant, Nova Scotia Tourism, Culture & Heritage

2009 Aboriginal Peoples Collaborative Exchange Travel Grant, Canada Council for the Arts

2008 Aboriginal Traditional Visual Art Forms Research Grant, Canada Council for the Arts
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TEACHING
2016 Mi’kmaw Basketry, Springhill Institution, Springhill, Nova Scotia

2016 Mi’kmaw Basketry, Micmac Native Friendship Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia

2015 Mi’kmaw Basketry, NOVA Women’s Institution, Truro, Nova Scotia

2013 The Role of the Mi’kmaw Basket in Contemporary Fine Art, University College of Cape Breton, Glace Bay, Nova Scotia

2012 Intro to Mi’kmaw Language, Micmac Child Development Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia

2011 – 2012 Intro to Mi’kmaw Basketry, NSCADU School of Extended Studies, Halifax, Nova Scotia

2010 Mi’kmaw Basketry, Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay, Ontario

2004-2008 Facilitator/Instructor Various Workshops for At-Risk Youth

Subjects include:

  • Traditional Mi’kmaw Drumming/Chanting
  • Screen Printing
  • Traditional Ash Weaving
  • Block Printing
  • Acting and the Theatre
  • Mi’kmaw Language Classes

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COMMISSIONS
2018 madaabii, Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay ON

2017 (re)al-location: The Festival of Stewards, Partners In Art for LandMarks2017

2014 IRSSA Commemorative Marker, Assembly of First Nations & Aboriginal Healing Foundation & City of Ottawa

2013-14 Spirit Panel, Canadian Museum for Human Rights

2011 Basket Weaving, Debajehmujig Theatre

2010 Elmiet, Onelight Theatre
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COLLECTIONS
2014 Awi’je’jk, Grenfell Campus Art Gallery

2011 Inside Out Basket, Private Collection of Catherine Wivell

2010 Family Picnic, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

2010 Split Basket, Private Collection of Chief Leroy DC Denny

2010 Lean To, Private Collection of Nancy Lowry

2010 Loki’s Comb Basket, Loki’s Hair Design Studio
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SELECTED REVIEWS, PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS
2016
Mooney on Theatre Monomyths – Stage 1 (FADO Performance Arts Centre), Winter 2016

Guelph Tribune Indigenous artists have much to say about the past and future in new exhibition, Winter 2016

2015
Canada Art Rock, Paper, Scissors: “Custom Made” Review, Summer 2015
2014
C Magazine Wrongs Can Make It Right: The performance and sculptural installation work of Ursula Johnson Jane Affleck, Winter 2014

Visual Art News Ursula Johnson’s Mi’kwite’tmn (Do You Remember): Review Hilary Beaumont

Canadian Art Ursula Johnson: Traditions and Transformations Daniel Joyce, November 2014

Studio Ursula Johnson Remakes Robin Metcalfe, Fall/Winter 2014

Canadian Art Online Feature Ursula Johnson Q+A: Of Craft and Cultural Survival Alison Cooley, June 2014

No More Potlucks Nuji’tlateket (One Who Does It): An Interview with Ursula JohnsonME Luka, 2014

2013
Salon (3 Part Series on Indigenous Art Relations in the Atlantic Region) by Mike Landry for the Telegraph Journal 2013

Cape Breton Post CBU has its first Artist in Residence March 2013

2012
NSCAD News “I am an Aboriginal Artist” Marilyn Smulders, February 2012

The Coast New Traditions Stephanie Johns, January 2012

TedX, Dalhousie University 2012

Chronicle Herald Mi’kmaq artists warm up for endurance performance Elissa Barnard, October 2012

2011
Woodworkers Guide Basket Making with Ursula Johnson 2011

Ancestral Teachings: Contemporary Perspectives, Exhibition Catalogue curated by Vanessa Dion Fletcher, Thunderbird Aboriginal Arts, Culture and Entrepreneur Centre 2011

Kloqowej: A 30 Year Retrospective of Caroline Gould, Exhibition Catalogue by Ursula A. Johnson, Nova Scotia Tourism, Culture and Heritage and The Nova Scotia Designer Craft Council 2011

Visual Arts News Artist Profile Lizzy Hill, Summer 2011

Visual Arts News Artist Profile Lizzy Hill, Summer 2011

2010
The Coast Nocturne spotlight: Ursula Johnson: Elmiet Sean Flinn, October 2010

Expressions: Canadian Aboriginal Artists, Artist Profiles by Jennifer David of Stone Circle Consulting, Canada Council for the Arts 2010

The Walleye O’pltek (It is not right):Ursula A. Johnson A. Arnone, December 2010

Chronicle Journal Stories, political banter seen in art Joleen Davis, November 2010

ARGUS Lakehead University Twists on tradition from Canadian artists Derek Wall, November 2010

The Coast Nocturne spotlight: Ursula Johnson: Elmiet Sean Flinn, October 2010

Chronicle Herald Tonight it’s Party Time Elissa Barnard, October 2010

Blogspot Elmiet: October 16, 2010 David Murray (blog of random volunteer audience participant who scalped me in performance), October 2010

2008
The Urban Aboriginal Guide to Halifax, NS, Ursula A. Johnson, Dalhousie Art Gallery 2008

The Coast Call and response Laura Kenins, March 2008

2006
CBC Artspots Featured Artist Profile 2006

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Image: Lucas Morneau (Mi’kwite’tmn Install)