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Ryan Rice to Chair OCADU Indigenous Program

Curator Ryan Rice has been named the new chair of OCADU’s Indigenous Visual Culture program.

Rice was recently a curator at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe. He received his MA from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College in upstate New York, a BFA from Concordia University in Montreal and an Associate of Fine Arts from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe.

Rice is a Mohawk of originally from Kahnawake, Quebec. He is a co-founder/coordinator of Nation To Nation, a First Nations artist collective, and co-founder and chair of the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective. In 2008, Rice toured his exhibitions “ANTHEM: Perspectives on Home and Native Land” and “Oh So Iroquois” to Lethbridge, Toronto and Montreal.

Rice has worked for the past 12 years within the museum and art gallery milieu at the Iroquois Indian Museum, Howes Cave; Canadian Museum of Civilization, Gatineau; Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa; and Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff.

OCADU’s Indigenous Visual Culture program, founded by Bonnie Devine in 2012, combines studio-based learning and courses in the visual, cultural, social and political history of Indigenous peoples. The curriculum is designed to develop Indigenous and non-Indigenous students’ critical and aesthetic responses and practical expertise in Indigenous culture and artistic practices.

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Sonja says:

I have an original watercolour on rice paper by Frank Tam that was completed in the late 70’s. There are a few original pieces of his work available online but the information available about him is extremely limited. Apparently the Museum of Civilization in Ottawa had or has some of his work. Can you provide any information about him and are you aware of his work that may be on display in the museum?
Thank you and warm regards,
Sonja Allan

Caoimhe Morgan-Feir says:

I’m afraid I don’t personally have any information on Frank Tam. If the Museum of Civilization had work, I would suggest getting in touch with their research department.

Also, perhaps this book, Frank Tam’s Art and Thoughts, would be of use. Hope this is of some help!

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