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Beads in the blood: Ruth Cuthand, a Survey

Posted in Arts & Culture, Alumni, Indigenous
Jan 22, 2021 to Apr 10, 2021

Ruth Cuthand, "Typhoid", 2015-2016, Glass beads, thread, backing, 18" x 18"

Featuring artwork by College of Arts and Science alumna Ruth Cuthand (BFA'83, MFA'92)
Guest curated by College of Arts and Science alumna Felicia Gay (BA'04, MA'11)

Date: Jan. 22 - April 10, 2021
Location: College Art Gallery 1 and 2
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Ruth Cuthand is a Canadian mixed-media artist of Plains Cree and Scottish ancestry whose practice includes painting, drawing, photography, and beadwork. Born in 1954 in Prince Albert, Sask., she grew up in Alberta, where as a child she met artist Gerald Tailfeathers, who inspired her to become an artist herself. Cuthand earned a BFA from the University of Saskatchewan in 1983, and a MFA, also from the University of Saskatchewan, in 1992. Cuthand’s work is featured in many collections, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the University of Saskatchewan Art Collection. Cuthand was honoured with the Saskatchewan Artist Award at the Lieutenant Governor’s Arts Awards in 2013. In 2016, she was honoured as an Arts and Science Alumni of Influence at the University of Saskatchewan. In 2020, she was awarded a Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts.

Felicia Gay, Swampy Cree/Scottish, is the first Curatorial Mitacs Fellow at the Mackenzie Art Gallery in Regina, a partnership with the University of Regina and Faculty of MAP. She is currently completing a PhD that began in 2019 as well as working as an independent curator. Gay was the 2018 recipient of the Saskatchewan Arts Award for Leadership for her work with curation and advocacy for creating space with Indigenous art and artists since 2004. Gay holds a BA (honours) in art history (2004) and a master's degree in art history (2011). In 2006, Gay co-founded and was artistic director of the Red Shift Gallery, a contemporary Indigenous art space in Saskatoon, Sask., with Joi Arcand. In 2020, Gay was guest curator for Remai Modern, in partnership with the Art Gallery of Alberta, for the 2020 Biennial of Contemporary Art. Gay is from the northern island community of Cumberland House, Sask., on Treaty Five Territory.


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