Mary Longman (Aski-Piyesiwiskwew) was born in Fort Qu’Appelle and is a Saulteaux band member of Gordon First Nation. Her education includes; Fine Art Degree (Dip. FA, 4 year) at the Emily Carr College of Art and Design (1989), a Masters in Fine Art (MFA) at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (1993) and a Ph.D. in Art Education at the University of Victoria, Victoria, BC (2006). Significant Awards include Distinguished Alumni, Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design (2000), Lieutenant Governor Award finalist: Saskatchewan Artist Award category (2012) and the Provost Teaching Excellence Award in Aboriginal Education (2015).
Longman is an established artist who has been exhibiting nationally and internationally over a course of twenty seven years. Her artistic genres are sculpture/installation, drawing, digital media and book illustration. Her fine art has been exhibited in the most prestigious galleries in North America. Nationally her work has been exhibited at: National Gallery of Canada, QC, Museum of Civilization, ONT, Vancouver Art Gallery, BC, McKenzie Art Gallery, SK, Mendel Art Gallery, SK and McCord Museum, QUE. International venues include: Museum of Modern Art, NY, Smithsonian, NY, and Hood Museum, NH. She has illustrated three children’s books, Jimmy Tames Horses (2012), The Little Duck-Sikihpsis (1999), Sima7, Come Join Me (1991). She is currently working on two new children’s books that she has authored and illustrated.
Longmans fine art works are in the collections of the McKenzie Art Gallery, Mendel Art Gallery, Kamloops Art Gallery, Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Saskatchewan Arts Board, Canada Council for the Arts and University of Saskatchewan. Public works include a permanent bronze sculpture installation at the McKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, SK, titled, Ancestors Rising (2006) and billboard project, Warrior Woman: Stop the Silence!! (2014), at the AKA Gallery in Saskatoon, SK .
Mary Longman is a professor of Studio Art and Aboriginal Art History. Longman has taught at the University of Victoria, Emily Carr College of Art and Design, Nicola Valley Institute of Technology, Native Education Centre and the White Mountain Academy of Arts. Currently Dr. Longman is an Associate Professor in Art & Art History at the University of Saskatchewan.
Longman has 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. She continues to actively exhibit her art work.