Curriculum Vitae

Eskasoni, 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

2014 Memory Keepers Urban Shaman Art Gallery *upcoming*

2014 Making Otherwise: Craft and Material Fluency in Contemporary Art Carleton University Art ​Gallery, Ottawa ON (touring show to MSVU Art Gallery, Cambridge Galleries and other ​TBA Western sites) *upcoming*

2013 Hot Looking Nocturne Festival: Art at Night, Halifax NS

2013 L’nuwelti’k Festival jè st, Moncton NB

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

2013 Maqimikew Ketapiaq (The Land Sings) AntigoNIGHT Festival, Anyigonish NS

2013 L’nuwesimk:El-noo-wee-simk (In Collaboration with Angella Parsons) Art In The Open ​Festival, Charlettown PEI

2013 Ke Pite’m Cape Breton University Art Gallery, Cape Breton NS

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

2012 L’nuwelti’k Prismatic Festival, Halifax, NS

2012 Basket Weaving Planet IndigenUS Festival 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

2014 Artist In Residence The Pictou Island Portages , part of the Great Canadian Pilgrimages ​Project, Pictou Island, NS *upcoming*

2014 Artist In Residence Cape Breton University Art Gallery and Unama’ki College, Glace ​Bay, NS

2013 Artist In Residence University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh College of Art & Design with ​Scottish Sculpture Workshops and the Naked Craft Network, Scotland UK

2013Artist In ResidenceCape Breton University Art Gallery and Unama’ki College, Glace Bay, NS

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

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

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

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

TedX, Dalhousie University 2012

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

2013The Role of the Mi’kmaw Basket in Contemporary Fine ArtUniversity College of Cape Breton, Glace Bay, NS

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

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

2013-14 Spirit Panel, Canadian Museum for Human Rights *upcoming*

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

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

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

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

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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