Beading at the Gallery

This past week the University of Lethbridge celebrated Indigenous Awareness Week. A time of cultural celebration and information. We held a Beading Workshop hosted by the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery. It was a fun time, both experienced and novice beaders created some beautiful designs side by side. The workshop was taught by Melissa Shouting, and assisted by Chataya Holy Singer and Kale Fox-Zacharias.

Instructor Melissa Shouting shows guests how to bead. Photo by Austin Knibb.
Close up of a guest’s creation.


Stories for the British Museum

Art by Serene Weasel Traveller.

Cancelled due to COVID-19

Unfortunately, this exhibition has been cancelled to due to the COVID 19 pandemic. We hope to do some iteration of it in the future when the University is open to the public. We would like to thank the Studio students for all their hard work on their art projects, your effort has not gone unnoticed.

Indigenous Studio Class and Blackfoot Digital Project
March 19 – June 13, 2020
Hess Gallery

New art exhibition featuring original work from Faculty of Fine Arts’ Jackson 2Bears’ Indigenous Studio Class. The works were created in response to seeing scanned Blackfoot objects held at British museums.

Opening reception on March 19th, 3-6pm, free refreshments, and the artists will be present. Gallery open Mon-Fri, March 19th to June 13th, 2020. Located on the 6th floor of the Fine Arts Building of the University of Lethbridge, in Lethbridge, Alberta.

Admission is free. All are welcome.


Our Beginning – Digital Imaging Workshops

How did this project get started? Back in January 2019 the British research partners, Louisa Minkin and Ian Dawson, came to Lethbridge in Blackfoot Territory, to discus to possibility of starting a project where they would create 3D digital models of Blackfoot objects held in British museums. The idea was formed between Dr. Josie Mills of the University of Lethbridge, and Louisa Minkin of Central Saint Martins Art College. After consulting with local Blackfoot confederacy elders the project was approved and encouraged.

While Minkin and Dawson were in Lethbridge they also hosted a series of digital imaging workshops. Both for University classes, as well as the general public. Students from New Media, Visual Art, and Geography were able to learn the basic techniques of photogrammetry and RTI.


Blackfoot Crossing Visit

On November 22, 2019 U of L researchers went to visit Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park. The facilities were stunning! The park is a National Heritage site on the Siksika reserve in Alberta. It overlooks the beautiful Bow River, from the view inside you can see the location where Treaty 7 was signed on September 22, 1877. Treaty 7 is the agreement made between the Crown and Siksika, Kainai, Piikani, Stoney-Nakoda, and Tsuu Tina nations. The lower level of the building houses a fantastic exhibition about the culture, history, and story of the Blackfoot Confederacy. They also have a amazing website with lots of content and information, its defiantly worth a read if you cannot make it to the site in person.


Glenbow Museum Visit

Velma Crow Shoe, Jerry Potts, and Kiana Montana look in a Blackfoot object drawer in the Glenbow Collection.

On Thursday November 14th, 2019 the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery Staff, some students, and research assistants went to the Glenbow Museum in Calgary. Elder Jerry Potts gave a tour the Niitsitapiisini exhibit. He was involved in creating this space in the Glenbow almost 20 years ago. The space was carefully laid out, taking the visitor through the long history of the Blackfoot peoples.

Find out more about this exhibit here >

After lunch the group was allowed to go into the Collections space. Curator Joanne Schmidt showed objects that are not currently on display. Guests were allowed to look through the drawer and cabinets where the non sacred Blackfoot objects are carefully stored.