McMaster, Gerald 1953-

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McMASTER, Gerald 1953-

PERSONAL: Born March 9, 1953, in Red Pheasant, Saskatchewan, Canada. Education: Institute of American Indian Arts, A.F.A., 1975; Minneapolis College of Art and Design, B.F.A., 1977; attended Banff School of Fine Arts, 1986; Carleton University, M.A., 1994; Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis, doctoral study, 1997.

ADDRESSES: Offıce—Canadian Museum of Civilization, 100 Laurier St., P.O. Box 3100, Station B, Hull, Quebec, Canada J8X 4H2; fax: 819-776-8300.

CAREER: Artist, author, photographer, and illustrator. University of Regina, Saskatchewan Indian Federated College, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, head of Indian art program, 1977-81, coordinator of Second National Native Arts Conference, 1979; Canadian Museum of Civilization, Hull, Quebec, Canada, curator of contemporary Indian art, 1981—; Carleton University, Carleton, MN, adjunct research professor, 1981—. Designer of record album covers; creator of murals and installation pieces. With Red Earth Singers, recorded the album Songs from Bismarck, Indian Records (Taos, NM), 1976. Inuit Art Foundation, member of board of directors, 1991-93; Ontario Arts Council, member of board of directors, 1991-94; International Council of Museums, member of board of directors of Canada affiliate, 1992-95; Smithsonian Institution, member of board of directors of National Museum of the American Indian, 1995-98. Exhibitions: Work represented in solo and group shows, including exhibitions at Ottawa Art Gallery, Intermedia Arts Minnesota, Woodland Indian Cultural Educational Centre, Southern Plains Indian Museum, and Shoestring Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada; collections include work at Canadian Museum of Civilization, Guilford Native American Art Gallery, Department of Indian Affairs, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Institute of American Indian Arts, and exhibitions in Austria and China.

MEMBER: Canadian Museums Association (member of board of directors, 1991-93), Native Art Studies Association of Canada (vice president, 1987; president, 1988-89).

AWARDS, HONORS: Winner, Scottsdale Annual Indian Art Competition, 1976; first prize, La Loche, 1981, for Byron and His Balloon.


(Illustrator) David May, Byron and His Balloon (juvenile), Tree Frog Press (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada), 1984.

Challenges, de Meervaart Cultural Center (Amsterdam, Netherlands), 1985.

(Editor, with Lee-Ann Martin) Indigena: Contemporary Native Perspectives, Douglas & McIntyre (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada), 1992.

(Author of text) Edward Poitras Canada: XLVI Biennale di Venezia, Canadian Museum of Civilization (Hull, Quebec, Canada), 1995.

(Author of text) Jeffrey Thomas: Portraits from the Dancing Grounds, Ottawa Art Gallery (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada), 1996.

(Author of text) Mary Longman: Traces, Kamloops Art Gallery (Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada), 1996.

(Editor) Reservation X: The Power of Place in Aboriginal Contemporary Art, University of Washington Press (Seattle, WA), 1998.

Contributor to books and exhibition catalogs, including American Visions: Artistic and Cultural Identity in the Western Hemisphere, edited by Noreen Tomassi, Mary Jane Jacob, and Ivo Mesquita, Allworth Press (New York, NY), 1994; All Roads Are Good: Native Voices on Life and Culture, National Museum of the American Indian (Washington, DC), 1994; Thinking about Exhibitions, edited by Reesa Greenberg, Bruce W. Ferguson, and Sandy Nairne, Routledge (New York, NY), 1996; and Twentieth Century Native American Art: Essays on History and Criticism, edited by W. Jackson Rushing, Routledge (London, England), 1997. Contributor to periodicals, including Canadian Journal of Native Studies, American Indian Art, European Review of Native American Studies, Cultural Studies, International Journal of Canadian Studies, and Fuse. General editor, NASAC Newsletter, 1988-92.



St. James Guide to Native North-American Artists, St. James Press (Detroit, MI), 1998, pp. 370-373.


Akwe:kon Journal, spring, 1994, "An Interview with Gerald McMaster."

American Anthropologist, December, 1999, Lisa A. Roberts, review of Reservation X: The Power of Place in Aboriginal Contemporary Art, p. 824.

Artweek, November 2, 1985, "Beside and beyond the Mainstream."

Border Crossings, Volume 11, number 4, 1992, Charlotte Townsend-Gault, "Stereotypes under De(Construction)."

Canadian Art, winter, 1992, review by Robin Laurence.

Echo, October-November, 1984, Bill White, "Teacher-Artist's Commitment Extends beyond Work as Curator."

Edmonton Journal, April 4, 1980, Jean Richards, "Indian Art Throws off Limitations."

Fuse, July, 1988, Alfred Young Man, "Token and Taboo."

Globe and Mail (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), March 26, 1991, Michael Valpy, "Peeping across Ignorance Barriers."

Library Journal, May 1, 1999, Gay W. Neale, review of Reservation X, p. 72.

Ottawa Citizen, October 17, 1981, Nancy Baele, "Native Art Illuminated by Sun's Presence"; September 21, 1989, Nancy Baele, "Baseball as a Mystical Art Form."

Parachute, December-February, 1990, Jacqueline Fry, "Review of Ancients Singing."

Regina Leader Post, November 3, 1979, Lorna Burke, "Exhibits Shouldn't Be Missed."

Talking Stick: First Nations Arts, winter, 1994, "Crossfires of Identity: An Interview with Gerald McMaster."

Toronto Star, February 8, 1991, Christopher Hume, "Native Painter's Criticism Packs Strong Medicine."*

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