In Focus: Marianne Nicolson

Art History Lectures

Thursday, August 15, 2019
7:00 – 8:30 pm

Frye Auditorium

British Columbia is celebratory of Indigenous visual culture but silent on the issue of Indigenous Land Rights, which, for the most part, was sidestepped by colonial authority during the establishment of the province. Nicolson's artwork seeks to bring these issues back into the discussion of Indigenous art and its deep connection to the land.


Marianne Nicolson is an artist activist of Musgamakw Dzawada’enuxw First Nations and Scottish descent. The Musgamakw Dzawada’enuxw Nations are part of the Kwakwaka’wakw (Kwak’wala speaking peoples) of the Pacific Northwest Coast. She is trained in traditional Kwakwaka’wakw forms and culture and contemporary gallery and museum based practice. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Emily Carr University of Art and Design (1996), a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Victoria (2005), and a Master of Arts and PhD in Linguistics and Anthropology from the University of Victoria (2013). Nicolson works as a Kwakwaka’wakw cultural researcher and historian, as well as an advocate for Indigenous land rights. Her practice is multi-disciplinary, encompassing photography, painting, carving, video, installation, monumental public art, writing, and speaking. All her work is political in nature and seeks to uphold Kwakwaka’wakw traditional philosophy and worldview through contemporary mediums and technology. Exhibitions include the 17th Biennale of Sydney, Australia; The Vancouver Art Gallery; The National Museum of the American Indian, New York; Nuit Blanche, Toronto, Ontario; and many others. Major monumental public artworks are situated in Vancouver International Airport, the Canadian Embassy in Amman, Jordan, and the Canadian Embassy in Paris, France.

Series Passes
Members: $55
Non-members: $115

Generous support for the program In Focus: Contemporary First Nations and Native American Women Artists and Curators is provided by the Snoqualmie Tribe.

Marianne Nicholson, 1763, vinyl banner 2019. Image courtesy of artist.


Tickets to individual lectures may be available the day of the lecture on a space-available basis. Standby is first-come, first-served, one hour prior to the lecture. Individual tickets Members: $16; Non-members: $24.


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