KC Adams

Winnipeg artist KC Adams’ work focuses on the relationship between nature (the living) and technology (progress) and includes sculpture, installation, drawing, painting, photography, ceramics, printmaking, and kinetic art.

Maria Thereza Alves

Brazilian-born artist Maria Thereza Alves researches social and cultural phenomena with a focus on situations that question social circumstances.

Shuvinai Ashoona

Shuvinai Ashoona was born in Cape Dorset, Nunavut, and began drawing in 1995. Ashoona’s work was first included in the Cape Dorset annual print collection in 1997 with two small drypoint etchings, Interior and Settlement.

Mary Anne Barkhouse

A member of the Nimpkish band, Kwakiutl First Nation, Mary Anne Barkhouse is a descendant of a long line of internationally recognized artists that includes Ellen Neel, Mungo Martin, and Charlie James.

Michael Belmore

Michael Belmore is a member of the Royal Academy of Art and a graduate of the Ontario College of Art & Design.

Rebecca Belmore

Recognized internationally for her performance and installation art, Vancouver artist Rebecca Belmore has addressed history, place, and identity through sculpture, installation, video, and performance since 1987.

Colleen Cutschall

Colleen Cutschall’s tribal affiliation is Oglala-Sicango Lakota, Pine Ridge, South Dakota. She holds a BFA from Barat College Illinois, and a MS Ed from Black Hills University, South Dakota.

Wally Dion

A member of Yellow Quill First Nation (Salteaux), Wally Dion holds a BFA from the University of Saskatchewan and lives in Saskatoon.

Jimmie Durham

Jimmie Durham, an American-born sculptor, essayist, and poet, now living in Europe, has been active in theatre, performance, and literature.

Rosalie Favell

Using multiple sources to present a complex self-portrait of her experiences as a contemporary Aboriginal woman, Rosalie Favell draws upon her family history and her Métis (Cree/English) heritage, which goes back many generations in Winnipeg and surrounding areas.

Jeffrey Gibson

While living abroad Jeffrey Gibson exhibited and published in England, Norway, and Spain and began showing regularly in the United States in 1999.

Brett Graham

One of New Zealand’s most accomplished sculptors, Brett Graham is highly regarded for his ability to abstract complex historical and cultural ideas into formally strong and beautiful sculptural forms.

Faye HeavyShield

Faye HeavyShield was born and raised on the Blood Reserve in the southern Alberta foothills and studied at the Alberta College of Art and Design and the University of Calgary.

Marja Helander

Marja Helander is an artist of Sámi heritage. She graduated as a painter from the Lahti Institute of Fine Arts, Finland, in 1992 and from Helsinki’s University of Art and Design, where she studied photography, in 1999.

Jonathan Jones

Whether in discrete sculptural forms or large-scale installation works, Jonathan Jones activates spaces between light and its absence, between the material and ephemeral—spaces that are also distances to be traversed between cultures, between history and memory, between past, present, and future.

Brian Jungen

Vancouver-based Brian Jungen was born in Fort St. John, British Columbia, to a Canadian father and a Dunne-za mother.

James Luna

James Luna is a Luiseno Indian who resides on the La Jolla Indian Reservation in California. He holds a BFA from the University of California and an MS in Counseling from San Diego State University.

Kavavaow Mannomee

Among the second generation of Inuit artists to attract critical acclaim from a contemporary arts audience in the south, Kavavaow Mannomee’s thematic concerns include depictions of Inuit legends and mythology, Arctic wildlife, and some of the more contemporary aspects of Inuit life.

Tracey Moffatt

Australian photographer and filmmaker Tracey Moffatt reflects her views on Aboriginality and the misconceptions about, and representation of, her people as seen in art and cinema.

Kent Monkman

Kent Monkman is an artist of Cree ancestry who works in a variety of media including painting, film and video, performance, and installation.

Reuben Paterson

Reuben Paterson is of Māori descent (Ngati Rangithi) from the Bay of Plenty region of the North Island of New Zealand.

Archer Pechawis

Performance and new media artist, filmmaker, writer, curator, and educator, Archer Pechawis was born in Alert Bay on Vancouver Island.

Edward Poitras

Born in Regina, Edward Poitras is a member of the Gordon First Nation and a resident of Treaty Four Territory.


Founded in 2007, Postcommodity is an Indian contemporary artist collective comprised of Raven Chacon (Navajo), Kade L. Twist (Cherokee), Nathan Young (Delaware/Kiowa/Pawnee), and Steven Yazzie (Laguna/Navajo).

Pudlo Pudlat

Inuit artist Pudlo Pudlat lived as a hunter and made his home in small camps along the southwest coast of Baffin Island until the early 1960s.

Lisa Reihana

Lisa Reihana, a Māori artist, has played a leading role in the development of film and multimedia art in Aotearoa/New Zealand.

Paul-Anders Simma

Sámi filmmaker Paul-Anders Simma grew up in a nomad family and his films have a close connection with Sámi culture.

Doug Smarch Jr.

Doug Smarch is from the Tlingit nation and grew up in Teslin, a small Yukon community


Skawennati has been working in New Media since 1996, beginning with the pioneering online exhibition and chat space CyberPowWow.

Christian Thompson

Christian Thompson has presented his photographs, videos, and performance works in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout Australia and abroad.

Marie Watt

Born to the son of Wyoming ranchers and a daughter of the Turtle Clan of the Seneca Nation (Iroquois/Haudenosaunee), multidisciplinary artist Marie Watt identifies herself as “half Cowboy and half Indian.”

Linus Woods

Linus Woods studied at Brandon University in Manitoba but is primarily a self-taught artist who sees his paintings as expressions and extensions of his spiritual journey.

Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun

Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun graduated from the Emily Carr University of Art + Design in 1983 with an honours degree in painting.

This website showcases the artwork of the Canadian artists represented in the exhibition Close Encounters: The Next 500 Years.