Indigenous Art: Beyond History exhibition opens at BU

A drawing of red flowers with black leaves on a yellow background

On Friday, March 1 at 7 p.m., an exciting exhibition of contemporary Indigenous art will open at Brandon University’s (BU’s) Glen P. Sutherland Gallery of Art. It will include works from some of the most revered contemporary artists, such as Norval Morrisseau, Daphne Odjig, Jackson Beardy, Carl Beam and Arthur Amiotte, as well as works by students, alumni and community artists. 

Indigenous Art: Beyond History was organized by art history professor Dr. Stacey Koosel’s Contemporary Indigenous Art course. Her students worked as curators of the exhibition led by Felicity Nepinak-Hart as the Chief Curator of the project. Together they selected, researched and installed an exhibition of works by two dozen Indigenous artists, ranging in artistic mediums from paintings, prints and textile, to beading, installation and video.

“This exhibition brings together almost 60 years of Indigenous contemporary art, from 1964 to present day,” Dr. Koosel explains. “Brandon University has a very important collection of Indigenous contemporary art, which we are very proud to exhibit at the Sutherland Gallery for the first time. My students sourced the next generation of Indigenous art stars, with works by students, alumni and community artists displayed alongside the Grandmother and Grandfather of Indigenous Contemporary Art, Daphne Odjig and Norval Morrisseau.”

The exhibition opening will include a smudging ceremony and drumming by The Good Hearted Warriors, as well as tea and bannock for guests from the Brandon Friendship Center.  

“This exhibition brings together almost 60 years of Indigenous contemporary art.”

Dr. Stacey Koosel

The exhibition will run for two weeks, from March 1 to 15, from Monday to Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m., and will feature daily tours of the exhibition by the student curators. 

For more information, please contact Dr. Koosel at

What: Indigenous Art: Beyond History, Exhibition Opening 

Who: Norval Morrisseau, Daphne Odjig, Carl Bean, Linus Woods, Sandy Bunn, Felicity Nepinak-Hart, Anja Pickel, Carly Morrisseau, Jackson Beardy, Arthur Amiotte, Cassidy McDonald, Justine Hutcheson and the Beading Babes

Where: Glen P. Sutherland Gallery of Art, 2021 Victoria Ave, Brandon University 

When: Exhibition opening Friday, March 1 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Run: March 1 to 15, 2024, Monday to Saturday, 1 to 4:00 p.m.


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