Artist Bio

(Staking site for Haudenosaunee "Solar Longhouse", 2012 Version
at Woodland Cultural Centre, Brantford, Ontario)

Kelly Greene, a member of the Six Nations Reserve in Ohsweken, Ontario, is of Mohawk, Oneida and Sicilian descent. Kelly was born in Buffalo, New York and has lived in London, Ontario since 1989. She began her post-secondary education at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, where she lived for 20 years, thereafter moving to London and graduating from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Fine Art Degree.

Greene’s artwork has been exhibited primarily at the Woodland Cultural Centre in Brantford, Ontario in their annual exhibit, "First Nations Art", as well as in galleries and museums in Banff, Alberta; Vancouver, B.C.; Montreal, Quebec; Ottawa, Thunder Bay, Toronto, and London, Ontario; and Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Woodland Cultural Centre, the Dundas Valley School of Art, the University of Western Ontario’s Visual Art Department, and private collections in Ontario and the United States. In 2012 and 2015, she was commissioned to complete two permanent outdoor installations for the Woodland Cultural Centre.


Her work focuses primarily on land claims, current environmental conditions, and atrocities towards North America's Indigenous people. She continually tries to understand her Haudenosaunee identity, a culture she wasn't raised in, but began learning after moving to Ontario and immediately meeting Tom Hill, the renowned, devoted Museum Director at the Woodland Cultural Centre (1982-2005), whose support influenced her continued investigation and practice, as did numerous teachings from elders, family, and community members.

Deception, Reality & Regeneration (2016)


Full Installation view
(in Mohawk Institute Indian Residential School (Mush Hole) laundry room)

Installation detail

1918 Photo of Children & priests in front of Mohawk Chapel
(to commemorate their confirmation in the Anglican church)

Child Plaster Cast under Haldimand Treaty Canadian Flag

Tsityonnhe! (We are still alive!) Canadian Flag Fancy Shawl

Mixed Media
(Upcycled mannequin, Styrofoam, plaster strips, Canadian flags, acrylic paint, 
satin ribbon, thread, upcycled plywood, glue hardware, carved crucifix, Virgin Mary night light,
framed photo of children from Mohawk Institute at their Mohawk Chapel confirmation)

contact

kgreenesemail@gmail.com

Curriculum Vitae

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

1990-1999, 2006-2017
First Nations Art
The Woodland Cultural Centre, Brantford, Ontario
http://www.woodland-centre.on.ca/


2016
Mush Hole Project
Mohawk Institute Indian Residential School/ Woodland Cultural Centre, Brantford, Ontario
http://www.mushholeproject.ca/#mush-hole


2015
Culture Days
Chiefswood National Historic Site, Ohsweken, Ontario
http://www.sixnationstourism.ca/chiefswood-national-historic-site/

Planet IndigenUs InterNations/InterSections
Aboriginal Pavilion at Fort York, Toronto, Ontario (July 13 - Aug. 9) 
The Woodland Cultural Centre, Brantford, Ontario
http://www.fortyork.ca/news-a-events/events/311-planet-indigenus-internations-intersections-exhibition-visitor-centre.html


 
2013
Origins
The Woodland Cultural Centre, Brantford, Ontario


2012
Earthly Connections
(Part of “Planet Indigenous” Visual Art Exhibitions: Aug. 1019)
The Woodland Cultural Centre, Brantford, Ontario
http://www.ammsa.com/publications/windspeaker/powwow-country-planet-indigenus-aug-10-19-2012-toronto-and-brantford


2006
From Iroquois to Haudenosaunee
Gary Farmer Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico


2002
Between You and Me
(Opening Night Performance, June 21)
Museum London, London, Ontario


2000-2002
Dust on the Road
Galleries at the Galleria, London, Ontario
MAI, Montreal, Quebec
Roundhouse Community Centre, Vancouver, B.C.


1998
Tsi Karhakta: Aktatye tsi Yohate (“At the Edge of the Woods Along the Highway”)
The Saw Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario

staking LAND claims
The Woodland Cultural Centre, Brantford, Ontario


1997
Godi’Nigoha (“The Women’s Mind")
The Woodland Cultural Centre, Brantford, Ontario

staking LAND claims
Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff, Alberta
Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay, Ontario


1996
Oh Canada!
[“Be It So It Remains in Our Minds” by Gei ni yo gwe dage (Four People Together)]
The Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario

Members’ Show
Forest City Gallery, London, Ontario


1995
Remembrance
Forest City Gallery, London, Ontario

Spring Free Performance Festival
Forest City Gallery, London, Ontario

Billboard Project
N’Amerind Friendship Centre, Gould Outdoor Advertising,
and the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Recreation
in conjunction with Forest City Gallery, London, Ontario


1994 
Festive Banquet
Harbourfront Centre – York Quay Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

Between Cultures Arts Dialogue
Forest City Gallery, London, Ontario

“Iroquois Solar Longhouse”, 1994 Version
Museum of Ontario Archaeology, London, Ontario


1993
Festival of Lights
Harbourfront Centre – York Quay Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

A Cup for a Cup
Forest City Gallery, London, Ontario


1992
NIIPA Members’ Show
Native Indian/Inuit Photographers’ Association, Hamilton, Ontario


1991
16 x 20
London Regional Art and Historic Museum, London, Ontario


1990
Significant People, Insignificant Objects/
Significant Objects,Insignificant People
London Regional Art and Historic Museum, London, Ontario



AWARDS

1998, 1996
Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant

1997
Canada Council for the Arts Visual Art Project Grant




SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

1990-1992, 2006-2017
First Nations Art
Woodland Cultural Centre - Annual Exhibition Catalogues, Brantford, ON


2016
“See What the Mush Hole Left Behind by Victoria Gray
Brant News, Brantford, ON, September 12

http://www.brantnews.com/news-story/6853563-see-what-the-mush-hole-left-behind/


2015
Planet Indigenus - InterNations/ InterSections
Harbourfront Centre (Fort York) & Woodland Cultural Centre, Toronto & Brantford, ON
http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/learntoskate/courses.cfm?id=7121&festival_id=0


2012
Planet Indigenus
Harbourfront Centre & Woodland Cultural Centre, Toronto & Brantford, ON
http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/summer/festivals.cfm?id=3832


2011
“Telling their side of the story” by Lauren Baron
Brant News, Brantford, ON, August 25


2002
"Show Kicks Up a Dust" by Robin Laurence
The Georgia Straight, Vancouver, BC, March 14-21, p. 66


2001
"Pasage to India" by Christine Redfern
Mirror, Montreal, QC, November 15-21, p. 39

"Mouvances de l'Inde" by Bernard Lamarche
Le Devoir, Montreal, QC, November 10-11, p. C11


1999
"The Magic Mountain" by Robert Everett-Green
Canadian Art Magazine, Fall issue, Volume 16, Number 3, p. 61
http://canadianart.ca/issues/fall-1999/

Staking LAND Claims
Banff Centre Press, Banff, AB, March 1999, pp. 11-15, 25-27, 35, 39-40


1998
"Staking Claims" by Patricia Deadman
Matriart Magazine, Volume 7:3, pp. 28-32

"Allegorical Imagery Dominates Art" by Garry Burns
The Expositor, Brantford, ON, February 28, p. D3

"Staking Land Claims Exhibit Sets a Provocative Tone"
Wadrihwa, Woodland Cultural Centre Quarterly Newsletter, Spring/Summer, p. 13


1997
Godi'Nigoha' (The Women's Mind) 
Woodland Cultural Centre Exhibition Catalogue, pp.19-20, 29, 30

"Walter Phillips Gallery Exhibition Questions Identity" by Johnnie Bachusky
Summit Up, Banff, AB, February 18, pp. 1, 5


1996
"The Oh! Canada Project"
Art Gallery of Ontario News Magazine, Toronto, ON, p. 9


1995
"Remembrance:  Powerful and Moving" by Avril Flanigan
Scene Magazine, London, ON, November 22, p. 11

"Get a Start on New Native Art" by Jeannie Marshall
Equinox Magazine, October, No. 83, p. 117


1994
"Festival of Lights" (Telecast Review) by Andrew Johnson
CBC Arts and Entertainment, December 11

"Longhouse Tales" by Morris Lamont
London Free Press, London, ON, March 22

"Members' Show" by Vicki Montour
Native Indian/Inuit Photographers' Association Newsletter, Hamilton, ON, Winter Issue, p. 5




COLLECTIONS

Dundas Valley School of Art, Hamilton, Ontario
Woodland Cultural Centre, Brantford, Ontario
N’Amerind Friendship Centre, London, Ontario
University of Western Ontario Visual Arts Department, London, Ontario
Private collections in Ontario, Canada; Bufffalo, New York; and Albuquerque, New Mexico




RELATED EXPERIENCE

2017
Visiting Artist Presentation/ Workshop
Flamborough Centre Elementary School, Flamborough, Ontario
George L. Armstrong Elementary School, Hamilton, Ontario


2012-2017
Garden Maintenance Attendant
The Woodland Cultural Centre, Brantford, Ontario



2000-2011
Assistant Scenic Painter, Prop Builder, Costume Decorator
The Grand Theatre, London, Ontario


1996
Still Photographer - Stoney Pointers: Untold Stories
Thunderheart Productions, London, Ontario


1995
Co-coordinator/ Curator/ Exhibiting Artist - Remembrance
Forest City Gallery, London, Ontario

Co-coordinator/ Instructor - Children's Summer Art Camp
London Regional Art and Historic Museums, London, Ontario

Coordinator/ Curator - Between Cultures Arts Dialogue
Forest City Gallery and Cross-Cultural Learning Centre, London, Ontario

Vice-Chairperson
Forest City Gallery


1994
Visual Arts Coordinator
Forest City Gallery

Instructor/ Co-coordinator/ Instructor Assistant - Children's Saturday Art
London Regional Art and Historic Museums  

Life Link Forage Allowed to Thrive (2016)


Acrylic on (upcycled) Board

63 x 37 cm

The Haldimand Coupe (2015)

Close-up Hood View
(excerpt from "The Haldimand Treaty)

Driver's Side View
(Custom-painted 1977 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme Brougham with custom-made square cement tires)

Full Hood View

Passenger's Side View

Rear View
("A Broken Classic", "Special Commemorative Treaty Edition")

Mixed Media
(1977 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme Brougham rez car, enamel paint, cement,
wire, nylon belt, red tape maple leaf air freshener hanging from rear-view mirror)

They Were Planted and They Came (2015)


Acrylic on plywood

106 x 87 cm