About the Artist
Ursula Johnson is a performance and installation artist of Mi’kmaw First Nation ancestry from Eskasoni First Nation.
She is currently based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Johnson graduated from the NSCAD University in 2006 and has since participated in more than 30 group shows and five solo exhibitions. She has presented lectures and spoken in community forums on Indigenous self-determination, renegotiating conservation in Canadian institutions, environmental responsibility and sustainability, and the impact of economics on the Indigenous object. Johnson is a finalist for the 2016 Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Award. She was also a finalist for the 2015 Salt Spring National Art Prize and was long-listed for the Sobey Art Award in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Mount Allison University
This studio-based course will draw from the local resources to enrich the curriculum on theoretical, technical, historical, spiritual and cultural levels. Focus will be placed on responding to the local natural landscape through a variety of media. Projects will have thematic parameters, challenging students to broaden their media and working process while allowing independence in choosing media, techniques, and methods of finishing work. Students enrolled in Special Topics: Studies in Site and Place will be offered a unique opportunity to work with a number of diverse, local community members, artists and professionals to expand on their knowledge, research methods and experiences.
LandMarks2017/Repères2017 is a network of collaborations and partnerships supporting contemporary art projects across Canada’s national parks on the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation in 2017. Creative projects will foster a dialogue about our collective histories and shared futures through a multiplicity of voices. Fifteen Canadian Universities are participating.
The NSCAD Advanced Sculpture Workshop Landmarks: Art + Places + Perspectives (Winter 2017) is offered as part of the National LandMarks2017/Repères2017 Project. The specially designed class curriculum has been developed through ongoing and continuing discussion between the partners and academic institutions across Canada.
University of Waterloo
This studio course takes place in the winter of 2017 in our Fine Arts Department studios. A voluntary, intense 5-day workshop will be offered to students who wish to participate (for credit as FINE 307 to those who want to take is as a credited course) in May 2017 (exact date TBD) in Bancroft Ontario. Our course will work directly with curators who are associated with the LandMarks 2017: Melinda Spooner, David Diviney, and Ariella Pahlke. The artist we will be collaborating is Ursula Johnson.