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Alumnus Peter Morin Receives the 2016 Hnatyshyn Foundation Visual Arts Award

Peter Morin Image Courtesy Of Mervin Harper

By Roxanne Toronto

Posted on September 20, 2016 | Updated August 06, 2019, 9:06AM

Peter takes home the $25K prize for outstanding achievement by a Canadian mid-career artist.

Emily Carr University is pleased to share news that The Hnatyshyn Foundation has named alumnus Peter Morin ('01) as the recipient of the 2016 Visual Arts Award for outstanding achievement by a Canadian mid-career artist. The award is accompanied by a $25,000 cash prize.

Peter Morin is a Tahltan Nation artist, curator and writer. He recently relocated from British Columbia to Brandon Manitoba where he joined the Visual and Aboriginal Arts Faculty at Brandon University. In both his artistic practice and as his curatorial work Morin investigates the impact between indigenous cultural -based practices and western settler colonialism. This work,defined by Tahltan Nation epistemological production, often takes on the form of performance interventions. Morin has participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions including Team Diversity Bannock and the World’s Largest Bannock attempt (2005), A return to the place where God outstretched hi s hand (2007); 12 Making Objects AKA First Nations DADA (12 Indigenous Interventions) (2009); Peter Morin's Museum (2011); Peter Morin’s Ceremony Experiments 1 through 8 Circle (2013). In addition to his art making and performance -based practice, Morin has curated exhibitions at the Museum of Anthropology, Western Front, Bill Reid Gallery, and Yukon Art Centre.

Peter Morin's interventions and projects take us outside our own experience and into a new space of humour and wisdom. His work as an artist, a teacher, and curator have defined him as a leader within a new generation of artists.”

Glenn Alteen, Juror

The award winners were selected by a panel of five experts:

  • Glenn Alteen - Curator and Writer, Co-founder and Program Director at grunt Gallery
  • David Balzer - Author, Editor-in-Chief of Canadian Art Magazine
  • Marie-Ève Beaupré – Curator at Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal
  • David Garneau– Artist, Associate Professor of Visual Arts at the University of Regina
  • Linda Graif –Art consultant


View some of Peter's work below:

Peter Morin's Museum

The Artist Sings: Peter Morin in Conversation

Tahltan Nation performer and visual artist Peter Morin discusses his creation of the 2013 work, 'Cultural Graffiti in London'. This work was sponsored by the Indigeneity in the Contemporary World Project, led by Helen Gilbert and funded by the European Research Council. Video Directors: Sergio Huarcaya and Dani Phillipson. For analysis of this performance see an article by Helen Gilbert and Dani Phillipson at https://www.academia.edu/22317420/Cultural_Graffiti_in_London_Singing_Life_into_Exhibitions_and_Embodying_the_Digital_Document

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