David Garneau

Visual Arts Department

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;” and is working on a public art project in Edmonton.



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


Recent Group Exhibitions:

2017    In Dialogue. Curator: John G. Hampton. University of Toronto Art Centre. Sept. 6-Oct. 7, 2017.
            Our Masterpieces, Our Stories. Canadian and Indigenous Galleries, National Gallery of Canada. June 15-Sept. 4, 2017.
            Raise a Flag. Curator: Ryan Rice. Onsite Gallery, OCAD University, Toronto. Sept. 16-Dec. 10, 2017.
            Felled Trees. Curtaor: Lindsey Sharman. Canada House, Trafalgar Square, London, UK. June 6-Sept. 3, 2017.
2015    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. 2014.
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. 2011
Diana Thorneycroft: A People’s History. Art Gallery of Regina, SK. 2011
Reveal/Conceal Eric Cameron and Christopher Gardiner. Conceptual, sculpture. Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery, SK.
              Swift Current Art Gallery, SK. 2011.

Keynote talks (recent):         
Keynote. “Joseph Boyden is not an Indian, but he is Indigenous: on the Indigenization of Canada.” Contemporary Calgary.
                UAAC conference, Banff. 2017.
Keynote. “Indigenous Contemporary Art and its Discontents.” Petapan: First Light Indigenous Arts Symposium.
                Dieppe Arts & Culture Centre, Dieppe, New Brunswick. June 16-19, 2016.
Keynote. “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, 2016.
Keynote. “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. 2016; Marae, Auckland, New Zealand, May 20, 2016.
Keynote. “Migration as Territory Performing Domain with a Non-colonial Aesthetic Attitude.”
                The Land We Are book launch. Simon Frasier University, Vancouver, BC, Nov. 5.
Keynote. “Macdonald, Riel, and Me: An Artist Talk.” Symposium: Critical Indigenous Reflections on John A. Macdonald.
                Queens University, Kingston, ON, Nov. 15.
Keynote. “Irreconcilable Spaces of Public Indigeneity.” Indigenous Acts: Art in Public Spaces workshop,
                 University of British Columbia, Vancouver.
Keynote. “Not to Confuse Politeness with Agreement.” Aboriginal Artist Symposium. CARFAC. Saskatoon, SK.

Chapters in books:
“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, editors. Wilfred Laurier University Press,
             Waterloo, ON.    2016. 21-41.
“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.
             Edited by Randal Rogers and Christine Ramsay. University of Regina Press, SK. 2014. 113-148.