Dr. Joane Cardinal-Schubert Fellowship for Indigenous Curators

Image: Dr. Joane Cardinal-Schubert. Photo by JustinJHCSchubert (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (Open license)], via Wikimedia Commons. Image cropped for this web page.

This one-time fellowship was designed to support the growth and development of curatorial talent and enhance representation of Indigenous artists in the AFA Art Collection by providing up to $30,000 to contract an individual or an ensemble of individuals to develop a curatorial research project.

2018 recipient

Becca Taylor was awarded Dr. Joane Cardinal-Schubert Fellowship for Indigenous Curators in 2018. Image credit: Katy Whitt Photography.

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About the project

The project will included reviewing current holdings in the collection and working with Indigenous artists to identify potential works to be acquired in alignment with the AFA Collection Development Plan.

The project was intended to bring a new perspective to art acquisition at the AFA and build on previous work undertaken by Dr. Joane Cardinal-Schubert: 

In 2008 and 2009, the AFA supported a special curatorial initiative focused on building the holdings of the AFA Collection with contemporary Indigenous art. Blackfoot artist Dr. Joane Cardinal-Schubert (1942 – 2009) was contracted to conduct a curatorial assessment and make recommendations for curatorial acquisition into the AFA Collection. Through her mentoring and respected reputation in the art community, she approached both established and emerging artists, and conducted interviews and studio visits, which led to acquisitions of artwork by Indigenous artists.