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Proposal for the Hart House Centennial Commission: Travis Shilling

Travis Shilling
The Conversation
Digital rendering; oil on canvas

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
Travis Shilling is an Anishnaabe artist and filmmaker. He attended the Toronto School of Art and the Dundas Valley School of Art in Dundas, Ontario. With an eye for natural worlds and animal life, his work draws attention to existence within our surrounding environments. Shilling’s paintings have been included in exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Ontario (2009), Orillia Museum of Art and History (2007), MacLaren Art Centre (2004), and most recently a solo exhibition at the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation in Manitoulin Island (2018). His work is in public collections across Ontario, as well as in the Smithsonian Institute in the United States, the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., the Citadelle Art Foundation in Texas and numerous corporate and private collections across North America. Travis Shilling is represented by Ingram Gallery, Toronto.