Congratulations to Photography alumnus Melissa General and Meryl McMaster, recipients of the prestigious Reveal Indigenous Arts Awards! Melissa and Meryl were two of the 150 artists honoured in Winnipeg last month for their artistic excellence.
Melissa General is Mohawk/Oneida from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. She is a graduate of OCAD and completed an MFA at York University. Working in photography, installation and video, her practice focuses on concepts of memory, history, land and her Indigenous identity. Her work has been exhibited at The Robert McLaughlin Gallery (Oshawa), Harbourfront Centre, Art Gallery of Peterborough and Gallery 44 (Toronto).
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Meryl McMaster is an Ottawa-based artist and holds BFA in Photography from OCAD University. McMaster’s work takes advantage of both the spontaneity of photography and the manual production of props or sculptural garments, performance and self-reflection. She is interested in exploring questions of how we construct our sense of self through lineage, history and culture. Her work has been included in exhibitions throughout Canada and the United States, including the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American Indian, the Art Gallery of Ontario, Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art, the Eiteljorg Museum, the Ottawa Art Gallery, the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, the Mendel Art Gallery and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. She currently has a solo touring exhibition across Canada titled “Confluence” traveling until 2018. McMaster is the recipient of the REVEAL Indigenous Art Award, Charles Pachter Prize for Emerging Artists, the Canon Canada Prize, the Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship, the OCAD U Medal and was long listed listed for the 2016 Sobey Art Award.