Ursula A. Johnson

Halifax, Nova Scotia ~ Canada

Mobile: 1.902.229.4037 ~ uajohnson@gmail.com

EDUCATION

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

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

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

CURATORIAL

2011 Guest Curator Kloqowej: A 30 Year Retrospective of Caroline Gould, Mary E. Black Gallery, Halifax, NS

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

2001 Curator Aboriginal Youth Art Exhibit, Micmac Friendship Center, Halifax NS

SOLO

2014 Mekwite’tmn Saint Mary’s Art Gallery, Halifax, NS *upcoming*

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

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

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

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

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

2002 Klo’ke’wej Micmac Native Friendship Centre, Halifax NS

GROUP

2012 L’nuwelti’k : We Are IndianPrismatic Festival, Halifax, NS

2012 Planet IndigenUS Harbourfront Centre, Toronto ON

2012 Snapshot Khyber Centre for the Arts, Halifax, NS

2012 Material Wealth: Revealing Landscape Harbourfront Centre, Toronto ON

2011 Ancestral Teachings: Contemporary Perspectives Thunderbird Centre, Toronto ON

2011 Basket Weaving Debajehmujig 6 Foot Festival, Manitowaning ON

2010 Elmiet Nocturne and Prismatic Arts Festival, Halifax, NS

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

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

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

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

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

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

2006 Untitled Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax NS

2005 Traditional Storytelling Nations In A Circle, Pier 21, Halifax NS

2003 Basket Weaving Nations In A Circle, Dalhousie Sculpture Court, Halifax NS

RESIDENCIES & INTERNSHIPS

2012 Artist In Residence, Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery, Halifax, NS

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

2011 Visiting Artist, Debajehmujig Creation Centre, Manitowaning ON

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

2010 Thematic Residency on Indigenous Languages, Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff AB

AWARDS

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

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

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

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

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

TEACHING

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

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

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

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

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

COMMISSIONS

2011 Basket Weaving, Debajehmujig Theatre

2010 Elmiet, Onelight Theatre

COLLECTIONS

2011 Inside Out Basket, Private Collection of Catherine Wivell

2010 Lean To, Private Collection of Nancy Lowry

2010 Family Picnic, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

2010 Loki’s Comb Basket, Loki’s Hair Design Studio

2010 Split Basket, Private Collection of Chief Leroy DC Denny

SELECTED REVIEWS

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

The Coast New Traditions Stephanie Johns, January 2012

Visual Arts News Artist Profile Lizzy Hill, Summer 2011

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

The Coast Call and response Laura Kenins, March 2008

CBC Artspots Featured Artist Profile 2006

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