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Silas Aittauq

(1933-2013) Aittauq was an Inuit artist who grew up in the Northwest Territories. He began to carve in 1960 after settling in Baker Lake (now Nunavut), which is known for its rich Inuit artistic community. Many of his carvings and sculptures centre on abstract depictions of animals and people<sup><a href="">1</a></sup>. <br/> <br/> <big> <font color="#BED600">The piece "Musk Ox With Faces" is located in the entrance of the Science Library</font></big>

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Colleen Cutschall

Originally from Pine Ridge South Dakota and now living in Southwestern Manitoba, Cutschall's tribal affiliation is Oglala-Sicango Lakota. She has worked as a professor of visual arts in Brandon Manitoba, and has served as a member of various arts councils including the Manitoba Aboriginal Arts Council, and is an active supporter of a number of Manitoba art galleries. Her art has been exhibited across Canada and the United States, and has been widely published. She is a strong advocate of both aboriginal and women’s rights and has a long history of local, national, and international involvement in Native issues <sup><a href="">1</a></sup>. <br/> <br/> <big><font color="#BED600">The piece "The Courtship of the Sun and Moon" is located on the second floor of the Leslie and Irene Dubé Health Sciences Library</font></big>

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David Garneau

David Garneau was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta and graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and drawing and a Master of Arts in English literature. Garneau taught at the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary for five years before moving to Regina, Saskatchewan to assume a position as an Associate Professor of Visual Arts at the University of Regina in 1999. His work focuses on painting, drawing, curation and critical writing. He often engages issues of nature, history, masculinity and contemporary Aboriginal identity<sup><a href="">1</a></sup>. <br/> <br/> <big> <font color="#BED600">The pieces "Red River: 1870s (beaded map)" and "Centered (Buffalo Skull)" are located in the Stairwell and the 1st Floor of the Murray Library</font></big>

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Ray Keighley

Ray Keighley is a Cree/Métis born in Alberta with family ties to the Sucker River Reserve near Lac LaRonge, Saskatchewan. He moved to Saskatchewan in 1978, and in 1988 he received a BFA from the University of Saskatchewan. This painter, printmaker, and carver's subject matter has varied over time ranging from still life and figure studies to abstract and conceptual pieces. Keighley is active in teaching art education to children throughout the province of Saskatchewan<sup><a href="">1</a></sup><sup>and</sup><sup><a href="">2</a></sup>. <br/> <br/> <big> <font color="#BED600">The piece "Ghost Image" is located in the Murray Library Special Collections</font></big>

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Jessie Oonark

(1906-1985) Born near Back River in the Northwest Territories (now Nunavut), Oonark was a member of the Utkusiksalingmiut Inuit people. She used traditional processing methods to work with caribou and other materials to produce Indigenous clothing and textiles. It was after she moved to Baker Lake in the 1950s that her artistic talents were recognized. Her distinct bold colour designs draw heavily from Utkusiksalingmiut traditional ways of life and the roles of Inuit women. Oonark is well-known for her work in textiles, printmaking, and drawing. Her works have been displayed at galleries throughout Canada, including The National Arts Centre in Ottawa, the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, The Winnipeg Art Gallery, and Isaacs Inuit Gallery in Toronto. She was admitted into the Royal Academia of Arts in 1975, and in 1984 she received the Order of Canada for contributions as an artist<sup><a href="">1</a></sup><sup>and</sup><sup><a href="">2</a></sup>. <br/> <br/> <big> <font color="#BED600">The piece "Iquluk-ulu" is located in the Education and Music Library</font></big>

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Kevin Pee-Ace

Kevin was born in Kelvington Saskatchewan and is a member of the Yellowquill First Nation. He completed a fine arts studio diploma program from UCFV Abbotsford in British Columbia and has taken classes in art history, archaeology, anthropology and native studies at the University of Saskatchewan. His uncle, Saskatchewan artist Jerry Whitehead was an early inspiration to Kevin, and helped him begin his artistic career. His art frequently depicts maternal and floral motifs, and emphasizes the importance of family, tradition and respect for aboriginal culture and heritage. Kevin has worked on collaborative mural projects with various schools throughout Saskatchewan<sup><a href="">1</a></sup><sup>and</sup><sup><a href="">2</a></sup>. <br/> <br/> <big> <font color="#BED600">The pieces "Tipis and the Trees" and "The Tree, Mother and Child" are located on the Ground Floor Murray Library The piece "Our Ancestors are Teachers" is located in the Education and Music Library</font></big>

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Allen Sapp

Allen Sapp was born in the winter of 1928 on the Red Pheasant Reserve in north central Saskatchewan. He was a weak and sickly child born to a mother who herself had to fight for her life and who eventually died of tuberculosis. Allen was raised and cared for by Maggie Soonias, his grandmother. The memory of this tender relationship has spawned in Sapp some of his finest and most sensitive works, bringing to his canvas a sense of affection and love rarely communicated or seen in the twentieth century art world<sup><a href="">1</a></sup>. Allen Sapp passed away in December of 2015. <br/> <br/> <big><font color="#BED600">"The pieces Time to Hitch the Horses" and "Waiting for the Water to Boil" are located in the Student Learning Services office in the Murray Library</font></big>

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Greg Staats

Greg Staats is a Toronto artist who works in photography, performance, video installation, and sculpture. His current work is engaged in an ongoing process of reconnecting with a traditional Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) restorative aesthetic. This aesthetic, related to condolence ceremonies occurring after the death of a community member or titleholder, relies on the shared repetitive experience of trauma and renewal. Staats’ practice uses language, mnemonics, and the natural world to reconnect with this cultural history<sup><a href="">1</a></sup>. <br/> <br/> <big> <font color="#BED600">The piece "Acceptance" is located on the first floor of the Leslie and Irene Dubé Health Sciences Library</font></big>

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Sarain Stump

(1945-1974) Stump was a Cree-Shoshone artist born in Wyoming on the Shoshone Reservation. He moved to Canada in 1964 and worked as a rancher in Alberta. By 1972, the self-taught artist had become the art director of the Indian Art program at the Saskatchewan Indian Cultural College in Saskatoon. His drawings, paintings and other artistic works aim to educate people in indigenous history and culture. His work has been on display at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto and in cities across Canada and the United States<sup><a href="">1</a></sup>. <br/> <br/> <big> <font color="#BED600">The pieces "Horses had been Stumbling Rolling to the Ground, the Day She had been Killed" and "Old Man Coyote" are located in the Murray Library Special Collections</font></big>

Picture of  Jerry Whitehead

Jerry Whitehead

Born on February 24, 1957 in Kinistino Saskatchewan, Whitehead is from the Cree Nation and a member of the James Smith band. He took an interest in drawing very early in life, and has always been attracted to the use of very bright colours in his art. Initially doing drawings in pencil and lead, he moved on to experiment with paint in his teen years.Jerry received his BA from the University of Regina, and his BFA from the Nova Scotia School of Art and Design<sup><a href="">1</a></sup>. Over the years, Jerry Whitehead's artwork has gone through a number of stages. The one thing that has remained constant throughout this progression is his focus on powwows, powwow dancers and family<sup><a href="">2</a></sup>. <br/> <br/> <big> <font color="#BED600">The pieces "Forever in Blue Jeans" and "Our Ancestors are Teachers" are located in the Education and Music Library</font></big>