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Artist Introduction

Mary Longman (Aski-Piyesiwiskwew), is a visual artist and a professor of Aboriginal Art History. Of Saulteaux decent, she is a band member of Gordon First Nation. Longman’s passion for art began as early as 6 years old. She eventually pursued visual art training completing a four year Fine Art diploma at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver, a year of Fine Art study at Concordia University, a Masters degree in Fine Art with a minor in art education from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, and a Ph.D at the University of Victoria, in art education.

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Artist Overview

Mary Longman’s art work is mixed-media with a specialization in sculpture and drawing. She has been exhibiting her work nationally and internationally since 1988 in galleries such as: the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, the Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, the Canadian Museum of Civilization, Ottawa, the McKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, New York, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. In addition, Longman also illustrates and writes children’s books.

Longman’s teaching career began in 1989, teaching post-secondary level courses in visual art and aboriginal art history at: the Native Education Center, Vancouver, the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology, BC., Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver, the University of Victoria, Victoria and the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon.

In addition to her teaching experience, Longman has also held senior academic positions as Dean at the White Mountain Academy of Arts in Elliot Lake, Ontario and Department Head of Fine Art at the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology in Merritt, BC. Currently, Longman’s academic research includes innovative pictograph digital restoration techniques and aboriginal art history texts.

She intends to publish her dissertation text entitled, Challenging the Ideology of Representation: Contemporary First Nations Art in Canada and to compile her course material into a text on the history of Aboriginal Art in Canada.
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