Visual Arts Department
Office: RC 245
Painting, contemporary Aboriginal art (Canada and Australia); critical art writing, curation.
David Garneau's work focuses on painting, drawing, curation and critical writing. He often engages issues of nature, history, masculinity and contemporary Aboriginal identity. His paintings are in the collections of the Canadian Museum of Civilization, The Canadian Parliament, Indian and Inuit Art Centre, the Glenbow Museum, the Mackenzie Art Gallery and many other public and private collections. He curated several large group exhibitions: The End of the World (as we know it); Picture Windows: New Abstraction; Transcendent Squares; Sophisticated Folk; Contested Histories; Making it Like a Man! and Graphic Visions and TEXTiles.
He has recently given talks in Melbourne, Adelaide, New York, San Diego, Sacramento, and key note lectures in Sydney, Toronto, Edmonton and Sault Ste Marie. Garneau is currently working on curatorial and writing projects featuring contemporary Aboriginal art exchanges between Canada and Australia. His teaching responsibilities include Painting, Drawing and Graduate Theory courses. Before joining the faculty at the U of R, he spent five years as a sessional instructor in humanities and studio art at the Alberta College of Art and Design.
- MA (English Literature - University of Calgary) 1993
- BFA (Painting & Drawing - With Distinction - University of Calgary) 1989
- Métis/sage. Urban Shaman, Winnipeg, Manitoba. Gould Library, Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota, USA and at The Works Art Festival, Edmonton, AB, 2011.
- David Garneau: Painting Métis. Grand Hall Gallery, Wanuskewin Heritage Park, Saskatoon, SK. Curator: Audrey Dreaver. 2010-2011.
- 2013 Fabuleux Dédoublements. Curator: Guy Sioui Durand. Maison de la Culture Frontenac,
- 2011 Another Roadside Abstraction (with Monica Tapp). Jeff Nye, curator. Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina, 2011.
- Resilience/Resistance: Métis Art, 1880-2011. Sherry Farrell Racette, curator. Batoche National Historic Site of Canada, Batoche, SK.
- 2009-1 Diabolique. Amanda Cachia, curator. Dunlop Art Gallery; Kenderdine Art Gallery, Saskatoon, SK; Oakville Galleries, Oakville, On.; Gallerie de l’UQAM, Montreal, QU.; The Military Museums, Calgary, AB.
- 2011 Stop(the)Gap/Mind(the)gap: International Indigenous art in motion. Samstag Museum of Art, Adelaide, Australia. Brenda Croft, head curator. With assistant curators from Canada: (David Garneau), New Zealand (Megan Tamati-Quennell), USA (Kathleen Ash-Milby).
- 2011 Diana Thorneycroft: A People’s History. Art Gallery of Regina, Regina, SK.
- Reveal/Conceal (Eric Cameron and Christopher Gardiner). Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery. Moose Jaw, SK.
- 2011 Tim Moore: Hybrid. Touring Saskatchewan through OSAC.
Keynote talks and conference papers (selected):
- “Imaginary Spaces of Conciliation and Reconciliation: Art, Curation and Healing.” Conference: Reconciliation: Work(s) in Progress – An Innovation Forum. Algoma University, Sault Ste Marie, ON, Oct. 27-9, 2012.
- Keynote paper. “Indian to Indigenous: Temporary Pavilions to Sovereign Display Territories.”Aboriginal Curatorial Conference, Ontario College of Art and Design University. Toronto, ON. 2011.
- "Contemporary Métis Art: Prophetic Obligation and the Individual Talent.” The Native American and Indigenous Studies Association conference; Sacramento, California, USA. 2011.
- “Necessary Essentialism and Contemporary Aboriginal Art.” Essentially Indigenous?: Contemporary Native Arts Symposium; National Museum of the American Indian (Smithsonian), New York. 2011.
- “Apropos Appropriate Appropriations: Métissage After the Apologies.” Koorie Heritage Trust. Melbourne, Australia. 2010.
- Numerous reviews and exhibition catalogues on: David Hoffos, Tanya Harnett, Greg Payce, Lyndal Osborne, Wyn Gelynse, Peter Von Tiesenhausen, Walter May, Michael Campbell, Frank Shebageget, and Carroll Moppett.