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David Garneau

Visual Arts Department - Acting Department Head - July 1 to December 31, 2021

Office: RC 245
E-mail: david.garneau@uregina.ca
Phone: 306-585-5615

Research interests

Painting, contemporary Aboriginal art (Canada and Australia); critical art writing, curation.

David Garneau's work focuses on painting, curation, critical writing, and creative expressions of contemporary Indigenous identities. His art appears in the collections of The Canadian History Museum; the Canadian Parliament buildings; Indian and Inuit Art Collection; the NONAM museum, Zurich; the Musée de la civilisation, Montreal; Glenbow Museum; Mackenzie Art Gallery; Mendel Art Gallery; Dunlop Art Gallery; City of Calgary; the SaskArts Board; Alberta Foundation for the Arts; Paul Martin foundation; and numerous private collections. He is part of a five-year, SSHRC funded, curatorial research project, Creative Conciliation; Sensory Entanglements, an Australia/Canada, SSHRC-funded creative research project; and is working on the Tawatina Bridge project, a large public art work for the City of Edmonton.



  • MA (English Literature - University of Calgary) 1993
  • BFA (Painting & Drawing - With Distinction - University of Calgary) 1989


Recent Group Exhibitions:


Conflicting Heroes. The Biennale d’art contemporain autochtone /Contemporary Native Art Biennial.   Curator: Mike Paten. Art Mûr, Berlin, Germany. June 8-Aug. 4.


In Dialogue. Curator: John G. Hampton. University of Toronto Art Centre. Sept. 6-Oct. 7.

Our Masterpieces, Our Stories. Canadian and Indigenous Galleries, National Gallery of Canada (until 2020).

Raise a Flag. Curator: Ryan Rice. Onsite Gallery, OCAD University, Toronto. Sept. 16-Dec. 10.

Felled Trees. Curtaor: Lindsey Sharman. Canada House, London, UK. June 6-Sept. 3.


Canadian Indigenous Contemporary Art from Saskatchewan. Curator: Adrian Stimson. Darren Baker Gallery, London, UK. June 1-30.

The Rebel Yells:  Dress and Political Re-dress in Contemporary Indigenous Art.  Curators: Lori Beavis & Rhonda L. Meier. FOFA Gallery, Concordia University, Montreal, QU.




Transformer: Native Art in Light and Sound. Co-curated with Kathleen Ash Milby. National Museum of the American Indian (Smithsonian), New York City.  Nov. 10, 2017-Jan. 6, 2019.


With Secrecy and Despatch. Co-curated with Tess Allas. Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney, Australia. April 9-June 12.


Moving Forward, Never Forgetting. Co-curated with Michelle LaVallee.  Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina, SK. Feb. 28-April 19, 2015.


Adrian Stimson: The Immortal Buffalo Boy. Indigenous, installation. Art Gallery of Regina, SK.


Stop(the)Gap/Mind(the)gap: International Indigenous art in motion. Brenda Croft, head curator, with assistant curators from Canada (David Garneau), New Zealand (Megan Tamati-Quennell), and USA (Kathleen Ash-Milby). Gordon Samstag Museum of Art, Adelaide, AU.

Diana Thorneycroft: A People’s History. Art Gallery of Regina, SK.

Reveal/Conceal Eric Cameron and Christopher Gardiner. Conceptual, sculpture. Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery, SK. Swift Current Art Gallery, SK.




Dear John, It’s Not Me, It’s You. Victoria Square Park, Regina, Sept. 18.

Nos Noose. With Jessie Short. Inter nations Gathering of Indigenous Performance Art. Wendake reservation/Quebec City. Sept. 15.


Laurent Garneau’s Song. Performed by Darla Daniels and Connor Meeker at The Métis Kitchen Party. University of Alberta, Sept. 14, 2017.

Dear John; Louis David Riel. Produced by the National Arts Centre for Canada Scene. Canadian

Parliament Buildings, Ottawa, June 19.


My Dinner with David Garneau. With Joey Tremblay. Crave, Curtin Razors theatre Company, Regina, June 9, 2016.


Dear Prince Albert, Dear kistahpinanihk. Two Story Café, Indigenous Peoples Artist Collective, at the Mann Art Gallery, Prince Albert, Sept. 16. 

Dear John; Louis David Riel. Curator: Erin Sutherland. Queens University, Kingston, City Park, Jan. 10.


Dear John; Louis David Riel. Curator: Blair Fornwald. Dunlop Art Gallery/Victoria Square Park, Regina, Nov. 16.


Keynote talks (recent):         


“Indigenous Contemporary Memorials: Art as Social Medicine.” The Aboriginal Memorial 30 years On, The National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Oct. 10-12.

“Kanada after (re)Conciliation.” Resistance: Indigenous and Postcolonial Perspectives. The Royal Military College of Canada, Kingston. On. March, 22-23.


“Joseph Boyden is not an Indian, but he is Indigenous: on the Indigenization of Canada.”

Contemporary Calgary. UAAC conference, Banff.


“Indigenous Contemporary Art and its Discontents.” Petapan: First Light Indigenous Arts Symposium. Dieppe Arts & Culture Centre, Dieppe, New Brunswick. June 16-19.

“From Colonial Trophy Case to Non-Colonial Keeping House.” Facing the Future: Local, Global and Pacific Possibilities, Museums Australasia (Australia and Museums New Zealand joint conference), Auckland, New Zealand, May 16-18.

“From Artifact Necropolis to Living Rooms: Indigenous and at Home in Non-Colonial Museums.” New Encounters: communities, collections and museums.The National Museum of Australia, Canberra, Aus. March 16-18; Marae, Auckland, New Zealand, May 20.

“Migration as Territory Performing Domain with a Non-colonial Aesthetic Attitude.” The Land We Are book launch. Simon Frasier University, Vancouver, BC, Nov. 5.

“Macdonald, Riel, and Me: An Artist Talk.” Symposium: Critical Indigenous Reflections on John A. Macdonald. Queens University, Kingston, ON, Nov. 15.

“Irreconcilable Spaces of Public Indigeneity.” Indigenous Acts: Art in Public Spaces workshop,
University of British Columbia, Vancouver.

“Not to Confuse Politeness with Agreement.” Aboriginal Artist Symposium. CARFAC. Saskatoon, SK.


Chapters in books:
“‘Terribly Beautiful’: Joanne Cardinal-Schubert’s ‘Intervention of Passion’.” The Writing on the Wall: The Work of Joanne Cardinal-Schubert. Lindsay V. Sharman, eds. University of Calgary Press, 2017. 63-78.

 “Imaginary Spaces of Conciliation and Reconciliation: Art, Curation, and Healing.” Arts of Engagement: Taking Aesthetic Action in and Beyond the Truth and Reconciliation

Commission of Canada. Dylan Robinson and Keavy Martin, eds. Wilfred Laurier University Press, Waterloo, ON, 2016. 21-41.

With Clement Yeh. “Apology Dice: Collaboration in Progress.” The Land We Are: Artists and Writers Unsettle the Politics of Reconciliation. Gabrielle L’Hirondelle Hill and Sophie McCall, eds. ARP Books, Winnipeg, 2015. 72-80.

“Lyndal Osborne: Unnatural Science.” Lyndal Osborne: Bowerbird: Life as Art. Art Gallery of Alberta. Edmonton, 2014. 36-57.

“Indigenous Art: From Appreciation to Art Criticism,” Double Desire: Transculuration and Indigenous Contemporary Art. Ian McLean, ed. Cambridge Scholars Publishing:

Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, 2014. 311-326.

“Roadkill and the Space of the Ditch: An Artist’s Meditation.” Overlooking Saskatchewan: Minding the Gap. Randal Rogers and Christine Ramsay, eds. University of Regina Press, 2014. 113-148.