Janice Toulouse, Artist, Teacher, former sessional faculty at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Anishinabe Kwe born and raised in Serpent River, a member of Garden River, Ontario. 1985 Master of Fine Arts (MFA), Concordia University, Montreal. Award winning senior artist with a dedicated painting practice, exhibition and teaching work for over 36 years. Awarded a prestigious NMAI Native Artist Residency, New York in 2002 and Won a REVEAL Indigenous Art Award 2017. Exhibitions and international collections in Canada, USA, and Europe.
“My art honours the First People of North America." My painting practice is on the conservation of the environment, and historical works that commemorate Indigenous people. My research is revising history from an Indigenous perspective, to respect and connect all life.
• Selected Solo EXHIBITIONS (and two artists shows) July - Aug 2022 "ANISHINAABE KWE", La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse, Montreal PQ (solo) Oct. 2020 “GETE KAADENGANAN”Ancestral Braids, Ojibwe Cultural Foundation, M’Chigeeng Aug 2015 “Jeu d’enfant”, deconstructing stereotypes. Médiathèque, Lauzerte France (solo show) Apr. 2010 “Paintings From the Land of the Hamatsa.” Leighdon Gallery, Vancouver BC Jan. 2006 “From Manhattan to Menatay.” with Star Wallowing Bull, AICH Gallery New York (2 artists show) Apr. 2001 “Images From the Heart.” Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond BC (solo show) Mar. 2001 “Traveling AlterNative Medicine Show.” Sacred Circle Gallery, Seattle WA (Art21/AllenFn)(2 artists) Jan. 2000 “Traveling Alternative Medicine Show.” Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay ON (2 artist Show) Mar. 1999 “Traveling Alternative Medicine Show.” Aboriginal Art Centre, Ottawa Ontario (2 artists) Apr. 1999 “Traveling Alternative Medicine Show.” Grunt Gallery, Vancouver BC (with Leonard Beam 2 artists) Aug. 1999 “A Descendant of Chief Shingwauk.” Art Gallery of Algoma, Sault Ste Marie ON (solo show) Mar.1996 “Anishnabe Displaced.” Grunt Gallery, Vancouver BC (solo show) Mar. 1994 “Les Peintures du Janice Toulouse.” Galerie Parentheses, Toulouse, France Mar. 1993 “Torso Series.” challenging the Indian stereotype Galerie Fulgence, Paris France Sept.1990 “Peintures.” Biennale d’a Cote Galerie Les Arcenaulx, Marseilles, France (solo show) Aug.1986 “Peintures de Canada.” Espace Ste Cyprien, Toulouse, France (solo show)
• Selected GROUP EXHIBITIONS (group shows) August 2020 “The Colours of Creation” Artists of Saugeen Ojibwe Nation, Southampton Arts, ON March 2019 We Are Not Invisible, Indigenous Anti Human Trafficking, Gallery 101, Ottawa ON Nov 2019 The North Now, Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay ON Mar-Sept 2019 VOICES An Indigenous Collective, New York University, New York May-Juy 2019 Indigenous Art 2019, Woodland Cultural Centre, Brantford, ON Oct 2018 “Imago Mundi.” global exhibition Fondazione Benetton, OCAD Onsite Gallery, Toronto Mar. 2016 “OGEMA I Am Woman.” Curator Lea Toulouse, 6 Indigenous women, Winsor Gallery,Vancouver May 2014 “Indiginesse.” contemporary Native Women, Aurora Cultural Centre, Aurora Ontario 2014 “Imago Mundi.” global exhibition and catalogue, Fondazione Benetton, Treviso, Italy 2013 - 2020 “Walking With Our Sisters .” honours the missing and murdered Native women, tours NA Dec. 2012 “ART en CAPITAL.” Grand Palais, Salon des Artistes Indépendants, Paris France May 2012 “Lay of the Land.” works from the collection at Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay ON Mar. 2012 “Inspired” works from the collection, Woodland Cultural Centre, Brantford ON Feb. 2012 “Nay'-chem Was - The Talking Stick Exhibition.” Roundhouse Art Centre, Vancouver BC Curated by Janice Toulouse, 9 Indigenous artists, designed in circle in a 3,000 sq. ft space Oct. 2011 “Aanikoobijigani..: Ancestral Teachings.” Thunderbird Centre, Gladstone Gallery, Toronto ON June 2011 “In the Spirit” Washington State Historical Museum, Tacoma Washington June 2011 “Pushing Boundaries.” Cityscape Community Artspace, North Vancouver BC June 2008 “Izhizkawe.” To Leave Tracks Concordia University Aboriginal Alumni, FOFA Gallery, Montreal Mar. 2004 “First Nations Now.” Burnaby Art Gallery, BC
• Bibliography of critical reviews 2016 Ogema ou la femme à l’honneur, Lien pour cet article: http://thelasource.com/fr/ 2015 “Janice Toulouse expose à la médiathèque.” Journal La Depeche, Tarn et Garrone, France 2010 “Tradition into Abstraction:The Painted Work of Janice Toulouse.” Bernadette Regal-Cellard, “Tradition in Native American Arts & Literature.” editor Simone Pellerin, France University Press, France 2008 “Izhizkawe.”To Leave Tracks, Sherry Farrel Racette, Exhibition of Concordia’s Indigenous Alumni, PQ 2008 “New Fine Art Instructor.” North Island News / North Island College Newsletter, BC 2006 “Toulouse Shingwaak Heals through her art.” Brenda Norrell, front page, Indian Country Today, NM 2005 “First Nations Art.” Woodland Cultural Centre, Brantford News, Tekawennake, Six Nations, ON 2005 “Eloquent statement of cultural pain.” Elaine Hujer, Hamilton Spectator, highlighted my painting, ON 2001 “NMAI Native Artist Residency Award.” Native Peoples Magazine, New York 2005 - 2010 my art on book covers for seven editions, France University Press, France 2000 “A road trip for the soul.” Joline Davis, Wawatay News, Thunder Bay, Ontario 2001 Sheila Farr, The long road home, Traveling Alternative Medicine Show, Seattle Times, WA
• AWARDS 2019 Ontario Arts Council, Indigenous Projects Arts Award 2019 Indigenous Arts Materials Grant 2017 REVEAL Indigenous Art Award, The Hnatyshyn Foundation (Canada 150 Indigenous artists) 2009 Canada Council of the Arts, International Travel Grant 2008 Canada Council Aboriginal Arts, National Travel Grant 2006 Canada Council Career Development Award 2005 Aboriginal Arts Secretariat Award 2002 Native Arts Fellowship Award NMAI-Smithsonian 2000 Canada Council, Mid-Career Grant 1998 Vancouver Foundation Award 1990 Canada Council, Short Term Grant Jury Work: Canada Council 2002, BC Arts Council 2012, City of Owen Sound Arts Awards 2019, OAC 2021
• COLLECTIONS Public; and private collections internationally Public Library, Catalogue“Traveling Alter Native Medicine Show”,TBAG 2000 /Video “Dream Awakening” 80 First Nations House of Learning, University of British Columbia, Burnaby Art Gallery, Burnaby, British Columbia, American Indian Community House, New York, New York, Woodland Museum, Brantford, Ontario Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay Ontario, Aboriginal Art Centre, Ottawa Ontario, Serpent River First Nations, Northern Ontario, Vancouver Native Housing, Vancouver, British Columbia, Cultural Affairs Office, Government of British Columbia, Sacred Circle Gallery, Daybreak Star Centre, Seattle Washington Art Gallery of Algoma, Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, Shingwauk Health, Garden River, Ontario, Mediatheque Pierre Sourbie, Lauzerte, France, Canadian Native Centre of Toronto, Ontario
• ARTIST PRESENTATIONS Oct 2018 Artist Talk, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay / OCAD University, Toronto ON April 2009 & 1997 “Rencontre avec Janice Toulouse.”, Universite Michel de Montaigne, Bordeaux 3, FR 2009 “Art and Healing.” for health practioners working with Native people, Wuikinuxv Nation, BC 2008 “Ihizkawe.” Aboriginal Alumni Show, Faculty of Fine Arts Gallery, Concordia University, Montreal, PQ 2006 “From Manhattan to Menatay.” exhibition AICH Gallery, talk at NMAI Smithsonian Museum, New York April 2006 “Anishinabe Kwe Drum Group.”, closing of White mountain Academy of Art, Elliot Lake, ON 2001 “Images From the Heart.” artist talk solo exhibition Richmond Art Gallery, British Columbia 2000 “Traveling Alternative Medicine.” Show artist talk, two artist installation Thunder Bay Art Gallery, ON 2001 “Traveling Alternative Medicine Show.” artist talk, Sacred Circle Gallery - Daybreak Star, Seattle, WA 1997 “Artiste Resident.” Ecole Superior de Beaux Arts Toulouse, Toulouse France
• TEACHING POSITIONS, ART INSTRUCTION 1997 - 2017 Sessional Faculty - Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver BC Courses: Visual Arts Senior Studio, Contemporary Indigenous Art, Painting, Drawing Spring 2017: VAST 410/310 - Visual Arts Senior Studio, Granville Island and NIC Campus Fall 2016: Advanced Painting PNTG 310, and Contemporary Aboriginal Art AHIS 330 Fall 2015: Contemporary Aboriginal Art AHIS 330 ECUAD - NIC Campus, Comox Spring 2015: Visual Arts Senior Studio: VAST 310, - ECUAD - NIC Campus, Comox Spring 2007 Drawing ECUAD - NIC Campus, Comox 2007- 2009 Drawing & Painting Instructor - North Island College, Comox & Port Hardy, BC 2005 - 2006 Anishinabek Art History Professor - White Mountain Academy of Art, Elliot Lake, ON 1996 -1997 North West Coast Art - Native Education College, Vancouver, British Columbia 1990 - 1991 Professeur du Peinture - Ecole Superior Beaux Arts Aix en Provence, FR
Exhibitions News 2022
Artist Talk, JuneJune 16 2021. Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa & Chippewa Indians Speaker Series. creating solo show at Ojibwe Cultural Foundation.
""Gete Kaadenganan"Ancestral Braids", Solo Show, Ojibwe Cultural Foundation, Oct 16, 2020-April 30, 2021. Zoom art class was held during theexhibition.
“Reading Art” exhibition Burnaby Art Gallery, BC. Text-based conceptual works of political protest Jan 17/21
“The North Now”“Ogema Kwe Shingwauk”, Thunder Bay Art Gallery has been extended to March 1, 2020.
"We Are Not Invisible"Pocahontas portrait. works by First Nations, Anti-Human trafficking of Indigenous, Gallery 101 on March 7 until April 4 2020. Gallery 101, Ottawa ON
My art is for sale at the Art Gallery of Hamilton, Art Sales + Services | Art Gallery of Hamilton www.aghartsales.com
Artist Talk, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Oct 19
Artist Talks, OCADU’s - Ontario College of Art University, Toronto. October 24, Toronto,
"Great and North"759 artists,Imago Mundi-Benetton, Venice Italy 2015, and in Oct, 2018 Onsite Gallery, Toronto
Artist Talk, Universite de Toulouse Jean Jaurez, Dec 2018. Toulouse, France
Indigenous Art Exhibition of 40 artists at Woodland Cultural Centre May 25 to Aug 13 2019.
Artist Talk, Canada Women's Conference, University de Bordeaux, June 12, 13, 2019 (cancelled due to injury)