About the Artist
Born and raised in Northern Ontario, Michael Belmore has practiced professionally as an artist since graduating from OCAD University in 1994.
Belmore’s work and processes speak about the environment — about land, water, and what it is to be Anishinaabe. He has exhibited extensively throughout Canada and abroad, including in Braga, Portugal; Zurich, Switzerland; and New York’s Smithsonian in the USA. In 2015, Belmore was the Nigig Visiting Artist at OCAD University; he has also completed residencies at 4elements Living Arts on Manitoulin Island, Australia’s RMIT University, and the Banff Centre for the Arts. He has been a regular recipient of federal and provincial arts council funding, and his work is represented in private and public collections such as the Thunder Bay Art Gallery, the Aboriginal Art Collection, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection and the Agnes Etherington Art Centre.
University of Manitoba
In conjunction with Canada’s sesquicentennial anniversary and LandMarks-Repères 2017, the School of Art is offering a unique course in May/June 2017 that will focus on site-specific art in landscape, ideas of nationhood and nature/wilderness, colonialism and its legacies, and indigeneity. LandMarks is a national project overseen by five curator teams spearheading a host of art events. Professional artists are making new works sited in the national parks and historic sites, and university courses are running alongside, in relation to those professional projects. http://landmarks2017.ca/
University of Lethbridge
The Indigenous worldview maintains that history is something ‘written on the land’—that the landscape is itself an animate, living, and embodied archive. From this perspective this course endeavours to explore what Vine Deloria jr. called the ‘spatiality’ of storytelling—how stories can be dimensional as well as durational; how narratives are intricately interconnected with ‘place’, the landscape and the environment. For Landmarks 2017 we have chosen Indian Battle Park—located in the Oldman River Valley, in Lethbridge AB, and on the traditional territories of the Blackfoot—as a site of inspiration for our collective, creative and cultural practices, which will take the form of site-contingent installations, and performances. We propose to create a site-specific installation and performance for our chosen site, the central aspect of which will be a multi-channel sound piece.
Grant MacEwan University
Course description – ARTE 240 is the last of four drawing courses within the MacEwan Fine Art Diploma curriculum that allows students to understand the principles and concepts of drawing as applied to a wide range of media approaches and topics. Topics in this class usually include: Drawing as a performative act, drawing as ideation for other outcomes, drawing and confluence with other media forms, Drawing, gesture and materiality in real space/time, time and space in drawing.
University of Regina
In this unique course site-specific and responsive studio projects will inform a national Landmarks project organized by Fine Arts Deans at universities across Canada to consider Canada’s sesquicentennial celebration in June 2017. In this hybrid course, students will be introduced to concepts and methods focused on understanding, contextualizing, and responding to the human and animal act of creating and imagining landmarks.