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Art + Law Indigenous Artist-in-Residence Barry Ace
November 12, 2018 - November 23, 2018

Art + Law
Indigenous Artist – in – Residence

Art + Law Indigenous Artist in Residence Program announces its first Artist-in-Residence, Barry Ace from Ottawa. This program supports contemporary Indigenous art and its practices as an integral educational opportunity for both students and community. This initiative was developed in partnership with Arts Council Windsor & Region, the University of Windsor Faculty of Law and School of Creative Arts.

Barry Ace will have access to the newly built, centrally located School of Creative Arts and its wide range of facilities. His project will engage 94 participants in the collaborative making of a Truth and Reconciliation – Calls to Action contemporary wampum belt. The public is invited to the artist talk, exhibition and to participate in this project.  The exhibition will be presented to an international audience during the World Indigenous Law Conference organized by Windsor Law in partnership with Sunchild Law.

Ace is a band member of M’Chigeeng First Nation (Manitoulin Island). Ace draws inspiration from multiple facets of traditional Anishinaabeg (Odawa) culture gathered from historical sources, traditional knowledge, found objects and cultural research.

Barry states, “I am very honoured to be the first Indigenous artist in the Art + Law Indigenous Artist in Residence Program, a collaborative initiative between the  Arts Council Windsor & Region and the School of Creative Arts, University of Windsor. In the true spirit of collaboration, and in tandem with the World Indigenous Law Conference 2018, I am looking forward to working with the students to create a new work of art that will address the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action #83, calling for Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists undertake collaborative projects and produce works that contribute to the reconciliation process.”


The public is invited to attend the following events:

Artist Talk with Barry Ace
November 12 @ 12pm
Location: Performance Hall Room 132
School of Creative Arts – University of Windsor
37 University Ave. E, Windsor, Ontario


Exhibition – For as long as the sun shines; the grass grows and the river flows
November 19-23

School of Creative Arts – University of Windsor
Armouries Gallery
37 University Ave. E, Windsor, Ontario


Truth and Reconciliation Wampum Belt project
November 13-16 | Daily session 10am and 2:30pm *Public Friday November 16@ 10am

School of Creative Arts – University of Windsor

Armouries Gallery
37 University Ave. E, Windsor, Ontario


Photo credit: Rosalie Favell

About Barry Ace:

Barry Ace is a practicing visual artist and currently lives in Ottawa, Canada. He is a band member of M’Chigeeng First Nation, Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada. His mixed media paintings and assemblage textile works explore various aspects of cultural continuity and the confluence of the historical and contemporary.

As a practicing visual artist, his work has been included in numerous group and solo exhibitions, including: Emergence from the Shadows – First Peoples Photographic Perspectives, Canadian Museum of Civilization (1999: Ottawa); Urban Myths: Aboriginal Artists in the City. Karsh-Masson Gallery (2000: Ottawa); The Dress Show, Leonard and Ellen Bina Art Gallery (2003: Montréal); Super Phat Nish, Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba (2006: Brandon); 50 Years of Pow wow, Castle Gallery (2006: New York); Playing Tricks, American Indian Community House Gallery (2006: New York); Home/land and Security, Render Art Gallery (2009: Waterloo); Meditations on Memory – A Metaphysical Dance. Alcove Gallery (2010: Ottawa International Airport);“m∂ntu’c – little spirits, little powers” Nordamerika Native Museum(2010: Zurich); Changing Hands 3 – Art Without Reservations (2012 -2014: Museum of Art and Design: New York); and Native Fashion Now: North American Native Style (2016 – 2017: Peabody Essex Museum, Massachusetts); Anishinaabeg Art and Power, Royal Ontario Museum (2017: Toronto); Every. Now. Then. Reframing Nationhood, Art Gallery of Ontario (2017: Toronto); 2017 Canadian Biennial, National Gallery of Canada (2017: Ottawa); We’ll All Become Stories, Ottawa Art Gallery (2018: Ottawa);URL : IRL, Dunlop Art Gallery (2018: Regina); Public Disturbance: Politics and Protest in Contemporary Indigenous Art from Canada, Supermarket 2018 (2018: Stockholm, Sweden).

His work can be found in numerous public and private collections in Canada and abroad, including the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa, Ontario); Canadian Museum of History (Gatineau, Québec); Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto, Ontario); Royal Ontario Museum (Toronto, Ontario); Government of Ontario Art Collection (Toronto, Ontario); City of Ottawa; Ottawa Art Gallery; Woodland Cultural Centre (Brantford, Ontario); Canada Council Art Bank (Ottawa); North American Native Museum (Zurich, Switzerland); Ojibwe Cultural Foundation (M’Chigeeng, Ontario); Global Affairs Canada (Ottawa, Ontario) and Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada(Gatineau, Québec).

Barry is the recipient of the KM Hunter Visual Artist Award for 2015. http://www.barryacearts.com/

Contact:  Rod.Strickland@uwindsor.ca to book students/groups

In cooperation with:


Organized by

Arts Council Windsor & Region ⋅ 519-252-2787 ⋅ info@acwr.net

November 12, 2018 - November 23, 2018

School of Creative Arts University of Windsor

37 University Ave E
Windsor, ON Canada