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Proposal for the Hart House Centennial Commission: Faye Heavyshield

Faye Heavyshield
now & then, 2013
Edmonton Public Art Project, 102 Avenue Bridge over Groat Road
Edmonton, AB

For its centennial celebrations in 2019, Hart House commissioned a major, permanent artwork by an Indigenous artist to transform its historic Great Hall. One step towards redressing settler colonial narratives, this permanent commission seeks to acknowledge the history, narratives and people who came before us, honour the land upon which we live and work today, and imagine other possible futures for current and future generations from an Indigenous perspective.

Learn more about Re-Imagining Place: Hart House Centennial Art Commission.

About the Artist
Faye Heavyshield is a member of the Kainai, Blackfoot Confederacy and lives in Standoff, Alberta, on the Blood Reserve. Her sculpture and installation-based practice explore cultural identity and transgenerational memory, incorporating cultural influences and feminist discourse through material qualities, patterns, and multiplicity. Her exhibition Calling Stones (Conversations) was on view at the Art Gallery of Alberta in 2018; and in 2017, her work body of land (2002-2010) was part of Canadian and Indigenous Art: 1968 to Present at the National Gallery of Canada. Heavyshield has exhibited her work both nationally and internationally, including at the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver (1995); the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Edmonton (2014); and within the Heard Museum’s collection in Phoenix, Arizona.