Lee-Ann Martin, Independent Curator
Lee-Ann Martin is an independent curator of Indigenous art. She is the former Curator of Contemporary Canadian Aboriginal Art at the Canadian Museum of History, and the former Head Curator of the MacKenzie Art Gallery. She was the Paul D. Fleck Fellow at the Banff Centre, where she coordinated the first Indigenous residency and an international symposium. She also served as the Coordinator for the Task Force on Museums and First Peoples, and she was the First Peoples Equity Coordinator at the Canada Council for the Arts.
Lee-Ann has curated various projects that have been presented across Canada and toured abroad, including the 2018 national billboard exhibition Resilience, and the foundational 1992 exhibition at the Canadian Museum of Civilization, INDIGENA: Perspectives of Indigenous People on 500 Years. Her writing has been published by the National Gallery of Canada, Oxford University Press, University of Washington Press, Banff Centre Press, the National Museum of the American Indian, and Douglas & McIntyre. She now lives in Carp, Ontario.
“Lee-Ann has been a steadfast and singular leader in the development of the visual arts and curatorial practice in Canada. Her curatorial record includes landmark exhibitions, and she has nurtured the talent of subsequent generations of curators.”
— Anthony Kiendl, Director of the MacKenzie Art Gallery
Throughout her career, Lee-Ann has been a generous mentor. She was always enthusiastic, even under pressure, and unwaveringly supportive of artists. She also went out of her way to find artists in remote communities, often on reserves, to introduce them to new audiences.
— Candice Hopkins, Nominator
Her first big project was Indigena, which she co-curated with Gerald McMaster. This exhibition . . . marked a turning point in institutional recognition for Indigenous art.
— Dr. Richard Hill, Nominator
“She embodies the artist’s dream curator: always thorough and thoughtful, her unbridled enthusiasm and tireless work has helped us tell our stories, in all their weird and wonderful manifestations. Lee-Ann is a curator with a heart of gold and nerves of steel. I look forward to what she is planning next…”
— Mary Anne Barkhouse, Visual Artist
Candice Hopkins, Senior Curator, Toronto Biennial of Art; Dr. Richard Hill, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Studies, Emily Carr University of Art & Design
“Lee-Ann is a curator with a heart of gold and nerves of steel. I look forward to what she is planning next…”
Lee-Ann Martin, Morning Star, Alex Janvier, 1993, installation view, Canadian Museum of History, VI-D-276, IMG2015-305-0003-Dm
Lee-Ann Martin, Close Encounters: The Next 500 Years, Catalogue of exhibition, 1993, Published by Plug In Editions, Hard cover, 224 pp, full colour. Lee-Ann Martin, Co-curator
Lee-Ann Martin, Making a Noise! Aboriginal Perspectives on Art, Art History, Critical Writing and Community, 1992, publication, paperback: 238 pages, published by the Banff International Curatorial Institute in association with the Walter Phillips Gallery. Lee-Ann Martin: organizer of symposium and publication editor
Lee-Ann Martin, Close Encounters: The Next 500 Years installation shot, January 22, 2011 - May 8, 2011, various media. Plug In ICA collection, Winnipeg, Manitoba. Curatorial Collective: Candice Hopkins, Steve Loft, Lee-Ann Martin and Jenny Western
Lee-Ann Martin, Morning Star, Alex Janvier, 1993, work in progress, Canadian Museum of History,
Lee-Ann Martin, INDIGENA: Perspectives of Indigenous Peoples on Five Hundred Years, exhibition view, 1992, Co-Curator with Gerald McMaster, various media, Canadian Museum of History collection,
Lee-Ann Martin, 'namaxsala, Mary Anne Barkhouse, 2013, Canadian Museum of History, VII-E-1106, IMG2013-0156-0016-Dm
Lee-Ann Martin, Resilience: A National Billboard Exhibition, MAWA (Mentoring Artists for Women's Art); June 1 - August 1, 2018, printed billboards. Guest Curator: Lee-Ann Martin.
(Left) Billboard of Heather Campbell’s Nuliajuk in Mourning, 2017.
(Right) Billboard of Mary Longman’s, Warrior Woman: Stop the Silence! 2017.