Tania Willard - Artist

Artist Statement

Artist Statement

Interconnectedness is the root system of my work as an artist. Land based art, community engaged practice, printmaking, painting are the mediums I most often work in, these ways of working are tied to me, I am tied to my ancestors, we are tied to the land. 


Solo Exhibitions


2014 Rule of the Trees, public art for Translink


2012 Disparity, curator Daina Warren,

Marvin Frances Gallery, Urban Shaman Winnipeg, MB

2009 Claiming Space,Curator Annette Hurtig

Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops, BC

2008Stanley Park Environmental Art Project, Vancouver, BC


Group Exhibitions


2014 BUSH gallery, artist-led residency with art collective, NBCIAWSC


2014 Underlying States, Vancouver Public Art with art collective NBCIAWSC


2014 Swewll Project, Aboriginal community and language based community art


2012 Humour in NorthwestCoast Art, Bill Reid Gallery, Vancouver


Re-Story, Kamloops Art Gallery, curator Charo Neville


The Art of the Apology, Arnica artist run centre, Kamloops, BC


Not So Fast, Harbour Front Centre, Toronto, ON

2011 Re-imagining Kateri Tekakwitha, MOCNA, Santa Fe, NM USA

2009rockpaperscissors, MKG gallery, Toronto, On

Lore, Foreman Art Gallery, Sherbrooke, QC

2008 Lore, Gallery 101, Ottawa, ON

Othered Women, Red Shift Gallery, Saskatoon, SK

Mother’s, Mother’s, Mother’s, Urban Shaman, Winnipeg, MB

Aboriginal Working Stories, Worker’s Arts and Heritage Centre, Hamilton, ON

2007Resistance and Realities, Open Studio Toronto, ON

Do Not Park Bicycles, Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, Brandon, MB

Insubordination II, San Fransisco, CA

International Women’s Day, Hamilton, ON

Crazymaking, Gallery Gachet, Vancouver, BC

2006 Earth Festival, World Urban Forum, Vancouver, BC

Mayworks,A-Space Windows Gallery, Toronto, ON

FUSE, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC




Tania Willard, Claiming Space, catalogue with essays by Annette Hurtig and Chris Bose, 2009, published by Kamloops Art Gallery ISBN 978-1-895497-78-6

Carrying on Irregardless: Humour in Contemporary Northwest Coast Art, Peter Morin and Martine Reid, 2012


Stanley Park Environmental Art Project


Grants and Awards

2011 Aboriginal Peoples Collaborative Exchange: National and Intnl Project Grants

2010BC Arts Council, Project Assistance to artists and curators

2009 Aboriginal Curatorial residency, Canada Council for the Arts

2008 Visual and Expressive Arts, Smithsonian INational Museum of the American Indian

2006 Canada Council for the Arts, Artists and Community Collaboration Fund

2004Native American Journalists Association, Design and Layout: Redwire Magazine

2003 First Peoples’ Heritage, Language & Culture Council, Aboriginal Arts Development



1999 Bachelors of Fine Arts-Honours, UVIC


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