Adrian Stimson awarded 2018 Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts

Date: Feb 21, 2018

Indigenous artist Adrian Stimson has been awarded a 2018 Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts

A disruptive artist in multiple disciplines, Adrian A. Stimson wields paintings, theatre, installations, collodion wet plate photography, sculpture, curation, education, and activism to resurrect First Nations histories.

Adrian Stimson is a member of the Siksika (Blackfoot) Nation. Born in 1964 in Sault Ste. Marie, Stimson attended a residential school as a day student until grade four, until his family finally settled in Alberta’s Siksika Nation. He earned his BFA with Distinction from the Alberta College of Art + Design when he was 39 and his MFA at the University of Saskatchewan (2005), where he later taught.

After eight years as Tribal Councillor for the Siksika Nation and a term as President of the First Nations Confederacy of Cultural Education Centers in Ottawa, Stimson sought refuge in art creation. His career soared with acclaimed exhibitions such as Buffalo Boy’s Heart On and Buffalo Particles, and Burning Man performances of his Buffalo Boy alter-ego mixture of priest, powwow dancer, shaman, and gay cowboy. 

The Alberta Foundation for the Arts is pleased to be able to share two artworks by Adrian in our collection. Click through the slide show above to view, or explore Adrian's artwork through our Virtual Museum. 

Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts were created in 1999 by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Governor General of Canada. Since then, the awards have celebrated Canada’s vibrant arts community and recognized remarkable careers in the visual and media arts.

Each year the awards (including the Saidye Bronfman Award) honour up to 7 artists for their artistic achievements and 1 person for his or her outstanding contribution to contemporary visual and/or media arts. The award winners receive a medallion and a cash prize of $25,000 each. 

Learn more about Adrian Stimson through his website. 

AFA Virtual Museum