Dr. Suzanne Morrissette

Permanent Faculty

Critical + Creative Studies

Assistant Professor, Indigenous Studies

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Suzanne Morrissette is a Cree-Metis artist, curator, and scholar from Winnipeg. She successfully defended her Ph.D. at York University in 2017, where her SSHRC CGS supported dissertation problematized negative perceptions of Indigenous political thought in mainstream Western society through an analysis of select artworks by Indigenous artists.

Her own artwork has appeared in exhibitions across Canada and internationally. Morrissette’s independent curatorial work has been featured in galleries across the country, in partnership with such organizations as imagineNATIVE. She has received numerous grants from Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, and Toronto Arts Council, in support of her curatorial artistic practices. Morrissette’s current research focuses on performative innovations in Indigenous digital media practice.

Education:

Ph.D. Social and Political Thought, York University

MFA Criticism and Curatorial Practice, OCAD University

BFA Visual Arts, Emily Carr University of Art and Design

Selected Professional Activity:

Exhibitions

2018

wnoondwaamin | we hear them, a group exhibition curated by Lisa Myers, Stride Gallery, Calgary

2017

wnoondwaamin | we hear them, a group exhibition curated by Lisa Myers, Paved Arts, Saskatoon

2016

wnoondwaamin | we hear them, a group exhibition curated by Lisa Myers, Whitewater Gallery,
North Bay

wnoondwaamin | we hear them, a group exhibition curated by Lisa Myers, Trinity Square Video,
Toronto

Noodaagun Beacons, a group exhibition curated by Jason Ryle, Cross Waves + Trinity Square Video,
Toronto

2015

Owning the Gaze, a group exhibition curated by Cheryl L’Hirondelle, Gallery 101, Ottawa

2014

2014 Rabbit Island Residency Exhibition, a group exhibition curated by Melissa Matuscak, DeVos Art Museum, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI, U.S.A. 

2013

Sidewalk Screenings, a group exhibition curated by Vanessa Dion Fletcher, Golboo Amani and Mohammad Rezaei, Whippersnapper Gallery, Toronto

North of Here, a group exhibition curated by Patrick MacCauley, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto

2012

Lake Effect: Rurality and Ecology in the Great Lakes, a group exhibition curated by Dylan Miner, (SCENE) Metrospace Gallery, East Lansing, Michigan

Toronto - Berlin: 1982 - 2012, a group exhibition curated by Rae Johnson and Henrjeta Mece, Zweigstelle Berlin, Berlin

Curated Projects

2018

On Being Illiberal (working title, artists to be confirmed), Prefix: Institute of Contemporary Art, Toronto

2015

our land, together - works by Scott Benesiinaabandan, Christian Chapman, and Cheryl L’Hirondelle, Harbourfront Centre with Planet Indigenous, Toronto

2014

Surface and Symbol - works by Jean Marshall, Definitely Superior Art Gallery, Thunder Bay

2013

Surface and Symbol - works by Jean Marshall, Ontario Crafts Council, Toronto

Blueprints for a long walk - works by Lisa Myers, Urban Shaman Gallery, Winnipeg

Something About Encounter - works by Duane Linklater, Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay

Concealed Geographies - works by KC Adams, Jason Baerg, Merritt Johnson, Cheryl L’Hirondelle, Justine McGrath and Nigit’stil Norbert, ASpace Gallery (with imagiNATIVE Film Festival), Toronto (co-curated with Julie Nagam)

past now - works by Meryl McMaster and Luke Parnell, MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie

Selected Publications:

Artist/Curatorial Publications

2014

“In Residence on Rabbit Island: Reflections on the Politics of Remote Wilderness.” Rabbit Island Residency Exhibition. (Devos Museum: Marquette, 2014). 47-51.

2013

“Gathering: to come together, to collect,” Surface & Symbol: works by Jean Marshall. Ed. Janna Hiemstra     (Ontario Crafts Council: Toronto, 2013). 6-13.

“To Take Notice,” Something About Encounter. Ed. Cheryl L’Hirondelle (Thunder Bay Art Gallery: Thunder Bay, 2013). 13-14. 

“Conversation Between Duane Linklater and Suzanne Morrissette.” Something About Encounter.      Ed. Cheryl L’Hirondelle (Thunder Bay Art Gallery: Thunder Bay, 2013). 29-41.

2012

“Concealed Geographies,” (ASpace Gallery: Toronto, 2012). np.

“Setting and Source,” Setting: land. Ed. Richard William Hill (Thunder Bay Art Gallery: Thunder Bay, 2012). 6-13.

2010

“Luke Parnell.” past now (MacLaren Art Centre: Barrie, 2010). np.

Creative Non-Fiction

2012

“incomplete thoughts on knowing through place,” in Manitowapow Eds. Niigaanwewidam Sinclair and Warren Cariou (Winnipeg: Highwater Press, 2012). 398-399.

Reviews

2016

Provost Dissertation Scholarship, York University

“Routing Towards Reconciliation,” a review of The Land We Are: Artists & Writers Unsettle the Politics of Reconciliation. in TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies No. 36., 2016. 191-95.

2010

“Ours, and the Hands that Hold Us,” in Fuse Magazine Vol. 3. No. 4., 2010. 41-42.

“What Are We Doing Here?: rhyme and reason at 16 Days of Non Organised Art” Paperwait, Vol. 15, 2010. 51-54.

Selected Awards:

2017

Nominated for Dissertation Prize, York University

2016

Provost Dissertation Scholarship, York University

2015

Aboriginal Arts Projects, Ontario Arts Council

2014

Aboriginal Arts Projects, Ontario Arts Council

Aboriginal Peoples Collaborative Exchange, Canada Council for the Arts

Aboriginal Artists Materials and Supplies, Ontario Arts Council

2013

Joseph Armand Bombardier Doctoral Award: Category A. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

Emerging Artists, Ontario Arts Council

Travel Grants to Aboriginal Collaborative Projects, Canada Council for the Arts

2012

Aboriginal Artists Materials and Supplies, Ontario Arts Council

Exhibition Assistance, Ontario Arts Council

Exhibition Assistance, Ontario Arts Council

Travel Grants to Professionals in Visual Arts, Canada Council for the Arts

2011

Assistance to Aboriginal Curators for Residencies in Visual Arts, Canada Council for the Arts

2010

Joseph Armand Bombardier Masters Award. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

Metis Nation of Ontario Bursary

National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation, Canadian Heritage Award

2009

Norman and Margaret Jewison Bursary

OTSS Graduate Studies Bursary

National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation, Canadian Heritage Award

Ontario College of Art & Design, President's Scholarship

Ontario College of Art & Design, Graduate Scholarship

Alberta Centennial Scholarship

2008

McLean Foundation Scholarship

Northwest Coast Ceramics Award

2007

National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation, Canadian Heritage Award

The Minerva Foundation Award for BC Women