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    THOMAS, Jeff
    Date: Iroquois (Onondaga), born 1956
    "I am an urban Iroquois, born in the city of Buffalo, New York in 1956. My parents and grandparents were born at the Six Nations reserve, near Brantford, Ontario and left the reserve to find work in the city. You won’t find a definition for the ‘urban Iroquois’ in any dictionary or anthropological publication -- it is this absence that informs my work as a photo-based artist, researcher, independent curator, cultural analyst and public speaker. My study of Indian-ness seeks to create an image bank of my urban Iroquois experience, as well as re-contextualize historical images of First Nations people for a contemporary audience. Ultimately, I want to dismantle long entrenched stereotypes and inappropriate caricatures of First Nations people." - Jeff Thomas

    Jeff Thomas is an urban-based Iroquois, photographer, writer, pubic speaker and curator, living in Ottawa, Ontario, and has works in major collections in Canada, the United States and Europe. Jeff's most recent solo shows were Mapping Iroquoia: Cold City Frieze, McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton, Ontario, Resistance Is NOT Futile, Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, and Father’s Day, Urban Shaman, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

    He has also been in many group shows, including l:ke – I Have Motion, A Space, Toronto, Ontario, Land/Slide: Possible Futures, Markham, Ontario, SAKAHÀN, National Gallery of Canada, UNMASKING: Arthur Renwick, Adrian Stimson, Jeff Thomas, Canadian Cultural Centre, Paris, France. In 1998, he was awarded the Canada Council's prestigious Duke and Duchess of York Award in Photography, inducted to the Royal Canadian Academy of Art , and in 2008 he received The Karsh Award in photography.

    SOLO EXHIBITIONS From 2002-2014*
    • Mapping Iroquoia: Cold City Frieze, McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton,
    • Ontario
    • Resistance Is NOT Futile. Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
    • Father’s Day, Urban Shaman, Winnipeg, Manitoba
    • The First Spike, The Aboriginal Centre of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, Manitoba
    • The Bear Portraits, Studio 393, Portage Place Mall, Winnipeg, Manitoba
    • Resistance Is [Not] Futile, Paved Arts, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
    • My Conversation with Edward S. Curtis, Festival America, Vincennes – Paris, France
    • Departure Points, Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Alberta
    • VERSO. Robert Langen Art Gallery, Waterloo, Ontario
    • Com-mem-o-ra-tion. MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario
    • Don’t Mess with the Pediment, Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
    • Drive By: A Road Trip with Jeff Thomas, University of Toronto Art Center,?Toronto, Ontario (offsite location, the Wellesley Subway Station)
    • Jeff Thomas: Traces of Iroquois Medicine, Ontario Museum of Archaeology, London, Ontario
    • Portraits from the Dancing Grounds, McMichael Canadian Art Collection,Ontario
    • Jeff Thomas: A Study of Indian-ness, Gallery 44, Toronto, Ontario; Dunlop Art Gallery,?Regina, Sask; Urban Shaman, Winnipeg, Manitoba; Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, Brandon, Manitoba; Grunt Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.; Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge, Alberta
    • Scouting for Indians, Oakville Galleries, Oakville, Ontario
    • inter/SECTION, Indian Art Centre, Hull, Quebec; Art Gallery of Sudbury, Ontario; Woodland Cultural Centre, Brantford, Ontario; Museum of Ethnography, Budapest, Hungary; Canadian Embassy, Vienna, Austria


    • Mapping Iroquoia: Shelley Niro & Jeff Thomas, McIntosh Gallery, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario
    • Shelley Niro and Jeff Thomas: Contemporary Voices, Canada House, London, England

    • Land/Slide: Possible Futures, Markham, Ontario
    • Indigenous and Urban, Canadian Museum of Civilization, Gatineau, Quebec
    • inVisibility: Indigenous in the City, Aird Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
    • Sakahan, National Gallery of Canada
    • Create this Revolution, Gallery 101, Ottawa, Ontario
    • Heart of the Moment: Selections from the Permanent Collection, Ottawa Art Gallery, Ontario
    • Collection on View: Photography Collection, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba
    • Place Markers – Mapping Locations and Probing Boundaries, Dalhousie Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia
    • Sovereign Acts, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
    • Place and Circumstance: Recent Additions to the City of Ottawa’s Fine Art?Collection, Ottawa, Ontario
    • Acting Up! Performing the Indian, Platform Centre For Photographic + Digital Arts,?Winnipeg, Manitoba
    • Crossing Paths: The ‘Four Indian Kings’ and the work of Shelley Niro and Jeff Thomas,?Woodland Cultural Centre, Brantford, Ontario
    • Construction Sites: Identity and Place, Kamloops Art Gallery, B.C.
    • Many Guises: Contemporary Self-Portraits, Bytown Museum, Ottawa
    • Crossing Lines, Building Bridges, Glenyhurst, Brantford, Ontario
    • UNMASKING: Arthur Renwick, Adrian Stimson, Jeff Thomas, Canadian Cultural Centre, Paris, France
    • Photo Quai, The Musée du Quai Branly. Paris, France
    • Art + People = X, University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, Alberta
    • Steeling the Gaze: Portraits by Aboriginal Artists, National Gallery of Canada,Ottawa
    • Evidence: The Ottawa City Project, Ottawa Art Gallery
    • Zacharie Vincent and his Friends, Espace 400, Quebec City
    • Face the Nation, Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton
    • Orientalism & Ephemera, Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa
    • Oh So Iroquois, Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa
    • Intersections: Photographs of the City, Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa,?Ontario
    • Cultural Contrasts: Contemporary Iroquois Commentarys, Iroquois Indian Museum, Howes Cave, New York
    • Borrowing, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
    • Heteropia: Works from the Contemporary Collection, Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa
    • Addressing Oakville, Oakville Galleries, Oakville, Ontario
    • American West. Compton Verney, Warwickshire, England
    • About Face: Native American Self-Portraits. Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, Santa Fe, New Mexico
    • Dezhan ejan: Aboriginal Works from the Collection of the Canada Council Art Bank, Canadian Embassy, Washington, D.C.
    • Encounters. Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon
    • Possible Futures: Utopia / Dystopia. Case Studies, Harbourfront, Toronto, Ontario
    • Active Ground//Parallel Tracks, City of Ottawa Art Gallery, Ontario
    • The Master Prints of Edward S. Curtis, Mashantucket Pequot Museum, Mashantucket, Connecticut
    • The Bigger Picture: Portraits from Ottawa, The Ottawa Art Gallery, Ontario
    • Life Worlds – Artscape Contemporary Iroquois Art, Museum der Weltkulturen, Frankfurt, Germany
    • Buffalo Creek Revisited, KarpelesMuseum, Buffalo, New York
    • The Political is Personal: A First Nations Perspective, Queens Park, Ontario
    • Everyday Lights: Family Photographs Selected by Contemporary First Nations Artists,?The Thunder BayArtGallery, Thunder Bay, Ontario
    • First Peoples Hall, Canadian Museum of Civilization, Hull, Quebec
    • Artists from Ontario: The Canada Council Art Bank Collection, Queen’s Park, Toronto
    • Americas Remixed, Milan, Italy
    • Collections in Context. Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario
    • Mediating Violence, Tribe, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
    • Indian Art/Facts, George Eastman House, Rochester, New York

    • Home/land & Security, Render, University Of Waterloo, Ontario
    • We Were So Far Away: The Inuit Experience of Residential Schools (advisor)
    • Exploring the Aboriginal Past: Archives of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario
    • Where Are the Children? Healing the Legacy of the Residential Schools National Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario (touring, 2002 – )
    • The Architecture of Indian-ness, George Eastman House, Rochester, New York

    • Contrary Projects in Venice: an Aboriginal Art Intervention at the Venice Biennale?Curated by David Garneau
    • Mapping Iroquoia: Shelley Niro & Jeff Thomas, McIntosh Gallery, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario
    • Departure Points, Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Alberta
    • Indian Arti/Facts, George Eastman House, Rochester, New York
    • No Escapin’ This: Confronting Images of Aboriginal Leadership, Art Gallery of Ontario. Toronto,

    • Opening Borders/Opening Objects, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario
    • Where are the Children, Legacy of Hope Foundation, Ottawa, Phase Three
    • Art Star 2 Video Biennial, Remix 2005 North of 60. SAW Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario
    • Aboriginal Healing Foundation
    • A Documentation of the Journey of Iroquois/Onondaga Photographer Jeff Thomas, Artist in residence, Oakville Galleries, Oakville, Ontario
    • artist Jeff Thomas Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art, The Canadian Art Database

    • Ontario Arts Council: Project Grants: 1984, 1986, 1995, 1997, “A” Grants: 2001, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2013
    • Ontario Arts Council: Chalmers Fellowship 2005, 2009
    • Ontario Arts Council: Exhibition Assistance 1985, 1996, 2004
    • Ontario Arts Council: Aboriginal Arts Projects, 2008
    • Canada Council for the Arts: Project Grants: “B” Grant: 1989, 1992, 1998 “A” Grant: 2002, 2007
    • Canada Council for the Arts: Critics & Curators grant: 2004, 2007
    • Canada Council for the Arts: Long-Term Grant, 2011-2012
    • Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton Project Grants: “B” 1997, “A” Grant: 2001, 2005, 2007
    • Manitoba Arts Council Project Grants: 1990, 1991

    • Karsh Award, Ottawa, 2008
    • Royal Canadian Academy of Art, inducted in 2003
    • The Duke & Duchess of York Prize in Photography, Canada Council for the Arts 1998
    • VIDEO WORK?University of Ottawa video work “A Study of Indianness” 2010
    • Luniversité du Québec en Outaouais (UQO), video work “A Study of Indianness” 2009

    • 2006 Visiting Scholar, Queens University, Ontario
    • 2004 Site Scope Residency #2, Oakville Galleries, Oakville, Ontario
    • 2003 George Eastman House, Rochester, New York
    • 2003 Daimon. Hull, Quebec

    • 2013 Ground Zero, Carleton University history department
    • 2013 Seize the Space: Champlain’s 400th, National Gallery of Canada
    • 2006 Ontario Association of Art Gallery Awards “The Delegate” Ottawa, Ontario
    • 2004 The Mi’Kmaq People of Newfoundland: A Celebration. Corner Brook Museum And Archives, Newfoundland
    • 1991 Aboriginal Justice Inquiry, Winnipeg, Manitoba

    • 2006 Not Just Beads and Moccasins. The Sharing Circle
    • 2004 Scouting for Indians, five minute video, Jeff Thomas and Bear Thomas, Collaboration
    • 2003 CBC ARTSPOTS
    • 1997 Shooting Indians: A Journey with Jeffrey Thomas, colour, 54 minutes, directed by?Ali Kazimi

    • Father’s Day: The Missing Conversation, West Coast Liner 74, vol. 46, Summer 2012
    • Mapping Iroquoia, Lake A Journal Of Arts and Environment, Issue 7 2012
    • Seize the Space: Buffalo Boy, Black Flash, Fall 2011
    • Resistance is Futile. Orientalism & Ephemera, guest editor Jamelie Hassan, West Coast Line 64, volume 43, no 4. Spring/Summer 2010. page 18
    • What’s The Point? Public Art In Canada: Critical Perspectives, Edited by Annie Gérin and James S. McLean, 2009
    • Indian Corn to Indian Corn, Trans/mission: Ble d’Inde, Ron Benner. AXENE07, 2008
    • Making the Scene: Edward Curtis in Context. BlackFlash, SCENE25.3, 2008
    • decentre Concerning artists-run culture YYZ Books, 2008
    • My Indian Companion, Drive By: A Road Trip with Jeff Thomas. University of Toronto Art Centre Gallery, Toronto
    • “Our” Artist, Boreal Baroque Mary Anne Barkhouse, 2007 The Robert McLaughlin Gallery ABC Art Books Canada
    • Aboriginal Art in the Canada Council Art Bank Collection, Art at Work, edited by Victoria Henry, Goose Lane Editions, 2007
    • Scouting for Indians. Public Number 29 Localities (2004)
    • Jeff Thomas: A Study of Indian-ness. Gallery 44 (2004)
    • Where Are the Children: Healing the Legacy of Residential Schools. (cat.) Aboriginal?Healing Foundation, Ottawa (2003)
    • Articulating the Vanishing Indian. FUSE Magazine 25, no. 4 (2002).
    • Making the Invisible Visible. MIX 28, no. 1 (Summer 2002).
    • Luminance – Aboriginal Photographic Portraits. Archivist, no.112 (1996)

    • 2012 – PRESENT Gallery 101, Ottawa, Ontario
    • 2003 Art Gallery of Ontario: Canadian Curatorial Committee
    • 2002 Gallery 101, Ottawa, Ontario
    • 2002-08 Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario
    • 1994 Visual Arts Ontario, Toronto

    • Canada Council for the Arts: 1992, 2002, 2005, 2009
    • Canada Council Art Bank: 2004
    • Ontario Arts Council: 2002, 2004, 2006; Access and Career Development, 2006,
    • Visual Artists: Established 2010
    • Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Jury, 1985, 1996
    • City of Ottawa Arts Program: 1993, 1999, 2000, 2003
    • City of Ottawa Direct Purchase Program, 2008
    • Ottawa School of Art: 2003
    • Manitoba Arts Council Visual Arts peer assessment: 2002, 2004
    • Karsh Award, 2010

    • McCord Museum, Montreal, 2013, Wearing our Identity – The First Peoples Collection
    • Legacy of Hope Foundation, (Web Site), Ottawa, 2009 –
    • Portrait Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, 2004
    • Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Ontario, 2004, text panels for the Sigmund Samuel Gallery of Canada
    • Art Gallery of Ontario, Aboriginal Consultancy Group “Meeting Ground”, 2002
    • Canada Council Aboriginal Curatorial Program Advisory Panel, 1999
    • National Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, 1998

    • Baele,Nancy. Strong images of a far-from-vanishing people. The Ottawa Citizen, June 28, 1996.
    • Bell, Lynn. Ghost Dancing on the Urban Frontier. Black Flash, Vol. 18 (March 2001).
    • Beyer, David and Tobias-Keeshig, Lenore. Powwow Dancer. Sweetgrass (July/August 1984).
    • Cembalest, Robin. Native American Art: Pride and Prejudice. Art News (February 1992).
    • Close, Susan. Aboriginal Portraits from The National Archives of Canada. Archivaria 42 (Fall 1996).
    • Dales, Jennifer. Artists steal photography scene., February 6, 2009
    • Dault, Gary Michael. Jeff Thomas At the Stephen Bulger Gallery. The Globe and Mail, May 24, 2008
    • Durand, Guy Sioui. Point de vue: Erres. CV Photo 50 (Spring 2000). 5-6.
    • Duran, Guy Sioui. Steeling the Gaze: Portraits by Aboriginal Artists. CV 82, June-Sept 2009
    • Eason, Mandy. “inter/SECTION: A look at urban Aboriginals and stereotypical images of
    • Everett-Green, Robert. Works embody Markham’s past and future, The Globe and Mail, Friday, October 11, 2013
    • Garneau, David. Boy Boyer and Jeff Thomas. Border Crossing vol. 24 number 2, May 2005?Natives.” Tekawennake Six Nations & New Credit News, February 17, 1999.
    • Francis, Margot. Reading the Autoethnographic Perspective of Indians ‘Shooting Indians.
    • TOPIA, no. 7 (Spring 2002). 5-26.
    • Francis, Margot. Jeff Thomas: A Study of Indian-ness. FUSE Magazine, vol. 27, no. 3, 2004
    • Fraser, Graham. Portraits of a People. The Globe and Mail, November 30, 1999.
    • Gaudet, Elaine. Les deux passions de Jeffrey Thomas. Ledroit, Ottawa-Hull, August 8, 1996.
    • Gessell, Paul. The Aboriginal Eye. Ottawa Citizen, Nov. 13, 2008
    • Gessell, Paul. Kings of the road. Ottawa Citizen, February 15, 2007
    • Gessell, Paul. The art that escaped the city’s knife. Ottawa Citizen, March 18, 2004
    • Gessell, Paul. Native school photographs not pretty. Ottawa Citizen, June 15, 2002.
    • Gessell, Paul. Scouting for Indian stereotypes: lusty braves, fierce warriors.?The Ottawa Citizen May 10, 2000.
    • Gilmore, Alison. A Meditation on Missing Role Models, Winnipeg Free Press, May 30, 2012
    • Griffin, Andrew. The Artist as Social Critic: Challenging Mainstream Conceptions. Ottawa X Press, 1997
    • Hudson, Anna. The Art of Inventing Canada. The Beaver, June/July 2005
    • Johnston, Susan. The Critical Vantage Point. CITYART, Volume 1, Number 2 Winter/Spring 2005
    • King, Alan. A new native perspective. Archival photos in museum exhibit offer openness and respect between artist and subject. The Ottawa Citizen, October 25, 1999.
    • Lauzon, Claudette. Monumental Interventions: Jeff Thomas Seizes Commemorative Space. Imagining Resistance: Visual Culture And Activism in Canada, Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2011.
    • Lamarche, Bernard. Jaillir de l’ombre: perspectives photographiques des premiers peuples.
    • Le Devoir, December 5, 1999.
    • MacBride, Craig. Great storyteller is Scouting for Indians. The Oakville Beaver, February 27, 2004
    • Maple, Carla. Portraits of our native land: Aboriginal snaps show more than meets the eye.
    • The Ottawa X press, January 8, 1998.
    • Mierins, Krystina. Cold Conversations: Jeff Thomas Reframes First Nations Culture. Section: Features, Issue: Spring 2013, Volume 3, No. 4
    • Methot, Suzanne. Join the discussion. Windspeaker. vol. 22, no. 2. May 2004
    • McMaster, Gerald. What Is Contemporary Indian Art? Indian Market Magazine (1998).
    • O’Flanagan, Rob. Portraying the reality of Canada’s natives. The Sudbury Star, Dec. 26, 1998.
    • Ottawa Citizen. Like Art in the Bank. October 2, 2003
    • Ott, Gunter. “Shadowcatcher Jeff Thomas.” Portfolio Camera Canada, no. 61 (Autumn 1984).
    • Policy Options, February 2013, Vol. 34, No.2 “Through Our Eyes”
    • Pahuja, Nisha. Thomas Takes A Shot at Curtis. Aboriginal Voices 4 (1997).
    • Payne, Carol and Jeffrey Thomas. Aboriginal Interventions into the Photographic Archives: A Dialogue between Carol Payne and Jeffrey Thomas. Visual Resources, Vol. XV111 (2002) pp. 109-125
    • Payne, Carol. Counterpoint Emergence from the Shadow: First Peoples’ Photographic Perspectives. Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism, Vol. 27, no. 6 (2000).
    • Podedworny, Carol. New World Landscape: Urban First Nations Photography: Interview with Jeffrey Thomas. FUSE Magazine 19, no. 2 (Winter 1996).
    • Roalf, Peggy, ed. Strong Hearts: Native Visions and Voices. Aperture, (August 1995)
    • Roalf, Peggy. Jeff Thomas at Stephen Bulger Gallery, DesignArtsDaily, Nov. 29, 2012.
    • Sandals, Leah. Jeff Thomas NOW Highlights Exceptional Shows At The Contact Photography Festival, NOW Magazine, 38, 2008
    • Sandals, Leah. Back To The Land, National Post, January 21, 2010
    • Sinhat, Molly Amoli K. The point photographer Jeff Thomas establishes an urban Indian ritual.
    • The Ottawa X Press, August 10, 2000.
    • Shinhat, Molly Amoli K. Bridging the Continental Divide. The Ottawa X Press, October 28, 1999.
    • Tam, Pauline. Iroquois Keeps Eagle Eye on Aboriginal Exhibit. The Ottawa Citizen, June 20, 1996.
    • Thorne, Stephen. First Nations photo exhibit defies early stereotypes. National Post, December 13, 1999
    • Wawzonek, Donna. Aboriginal images put culture in context. The Ottawa Citizen, February 16, 1998

    • Bush, Alfred L. and Mitchell, Clark Lee. The Photograph and the American Indian. Princeton: PrincetonUniversity Press, 1994.
    • Dessureault, Pierre (Editor). Nordicite, Éditions J’ai VU 2010
    • Dion, Francois. Bearings: Four Photographic Essays. Ottawa: Gallery 101, 2001.
    • Francis, Margot Creative Subversions Whiteness, Indigeneity, and the National Imaginary, UBC Press 2011
    • Gérin, Annie and Mclean, James S., editors, McLean, Public Art in Canada: Critical Perspectives, University of Toronto Press © 2008
    • Hamilton, A.C. and Murry Sinclair. Report of the Aboriginal Justice Inquiry of Manitoba, The Justice System and Aboriginal People. Vol. 1, Winnipeg, Manitoba (1991).
    • Hill, Richard. Working Histories. Jeff Thomas: A Study of Indian-ness. Toronto: Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography, 2004.
    • Hill, Tom and Hill, Rick. Powwow Images. Brantford: Woodland Cultural Centre, 1985.
    • Jessup, Lynda and Bagg, Shannon (Ed.). On Aboriginal Representation in the Gallery. Image contribution. 2002.
    • King, Laurie, ed. Hear My Voice: A Multicultural Anthology of Literature from the United States. 1993.
    • McMaster Museum of Art, 2012, Jeff Thomas: Mapping Iroquoia: Cold City Frieze
    • Payne, Carol and Kunard, Andrea. The Cultural Work of Photography in Canada?McGill-Queen’s/Beaverbrook Canadian Foundation Studies in Art History #4, 2011
    • Phillips, Ruth, B. Settler Monuments, Indigenous memory: Dis-membering and Re-membering Canadian Art History. Monuments And Memory, made And Unmade. Edited by Robert S. Nelson and Olin, Margaret. The University of Chicago Press. 2003
    • Martin, Lee-Anne and Boyer, Bob. The Powwow: An Art History. Regina: MackenzieArtGallery, 2000.
    • McMaster, Gerald. Portraits from the Dancing Grounds. Ottawa: The OttawaArtGallery, 1997.
    • Mitra, Srimoyee. Learning Through Crossing Lines: An Intercultural Dialogue, Cultivating Canada: Reconciliation thought the Lens of Cultural Diversity. 2011
    • Tompkins, Edward. Ktaqmkukewaq Mi’kmaq: Wlqatmuti The Mi’Kmaw People of Newfoundland: A Celebration. Federation of Newfoundland Indians, 2004.
    • University of Toronto Art Centre, Drive By: A Road Trip with Jeff Thomas, 2008
    • Wheelwright Museum Of The American Indian, About Face: Self-Portraits by Native American, First Nations, and Inuit Artists, 1997

    • Champlain on the Anishinabe Aki: Histories and Memories on an Encounter, Carleton University Colloquium, Ottawa, Ontario
    • inVisibility: Indigenous in the City, Aird Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
    • Pictures Of By Indians: Decolonization and the Lens, Ryerson University, Toronto
    • Immortal Body symposium, Ryerson, Toronto, Ontario
    • Native American Art Studies Association Eighteenth Biennial Conference, Ottawa, Ontario
    • The Association for Canadian Studies and the Canadian Ethnic Studies Association 2nd Annual Joint Conference Revisiting 40 Years of Multiculturalism Policy in Canada
    • National Victims of Crime Awareness Week, Symposium, Department of Justice, Ottawa
    • Healing Through Exhibitions, Aboriginal Curatorial Collective Conference, Ottawa
    • Home/land & Security, exhibition circle gathering, University of Waterloo, RENDER.
    • Whose History? Re-visioning the Colonial Monument Four Hundred Years After Samuel de Champlain’s Habitation at Québec, University of Toronto Art Centre Gallery, Toronto
    • Transporters, University of Victoria, B.C.
    • Ontario Museum Association Conference, Owen Sound, Ontario
    • ReVisions: Canadian Voices, University of Toronto, Ontario
    • The Indigenous City, UBC, Vancouver
    • Define Indian. University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon
    • Curators In Context: Thinking Through Curating, Banff Centre, Alberta
    • Aboriginal Curatorial Collective. Ottawa, Ontario
    • Post…A Gathering and Community Discussion. (Moderator) Gallery 101
    • Canadian Embassy, Washington D.C
    • Shooting Indians: Perspectives on Urban Indian-ness. (Moderator) Gallery 44, Toronto, Ontario
    • Powwow Performance and Nationhood in Native North America, Ethnography Conference. The British Museum, London, England
    • Power to the People, Contemporary Art Forum, Kitchener, Ontario
    • Convergence Strategies & Influences. ARRCO Conference, Ottawa
    • Empowerment in the Museum: The Artist as Curator. Contemporary Art Forum, Kitchener, Ontario
    • Healing Through the Arts in the Aboriginal Community. First Annual New Sun?Symposium, Carleton University, Ottawa

    SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS: Artistic Practice*
    • Carleton University History Department
    • Carleton University Art History Department
    • Carleton University Art Gallery, Jamelie Hassan in Conversation with Jeff Thomas
    • McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton, Ontario
    • McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinberg, Ontario
    • McCord Museum, Montreal, Quebec
    • The Dalhousie Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia
    • York University, Rebel’s With A Cause Film Festival, Ontario
    • York University, Art History Department, Ontario
    • Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec
    • Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
    • Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, Brandon, Manitoba
    • Wilfred Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario
    • The Musée du Quai Branly, Paris, France
    • Com•mem•o•ra•tion, MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario
    • National Gallery of Canada
    • Karsh-Masson Gallery, Ottawa
    • University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario
    • University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba
    • Dept. of Creative Studies Univ. of B.C. Okanagan, Kelowna, BC
    • McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinberg, Ontario
    • Camera Frontera, North Bay, Ontario
    • Visiting Scholar, Department of Art, Queens University, Kingston, Ontario
    • Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston, Ontario
    • York University, Jeff Thomas & Reesa Greenberg
    • Modern Fuel Gallery, Kingston, Ontario
    • University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon
    • York University, Toronto, Ontario
    • Urban Shaman & Platform Galleries, Winnipeg, Manitoba
    • Carleton University, Art History Department, Ottawa, Ontario
    • Oakville Galleries, Oakville Ontario
    • Gallery 44, Toronto, Ontario (panel)
    • University of New Brunswick, St. John, New Brunswick
    • Ottawa Art Gallery, Ontario
    • Canadian Museum of Civilization, Hull, Quebec
    • George Eastman House, Rochester, New York
    • Pequot Museum, Mashantucket, Connecticut
    • The British Museum, London, England (conference)
    • Museum of the American Indian, New York City
    • American Indian Community House Gallery, New York City
    • Artspace Gallery, Peterbourgh, Ontario
    • Carleton University, Art History Department, Ottawa, Ontario
    • Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario
    • Mackenzie Art Gallery of Regina, Saskatchewan
    • University of Lethbridge, Alberta
    • University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon
    • University of Toronto at Scarborough Division of Social Sciences, Ontario
    • Scott Collegiate High School, Regina, Saskatchewan

    SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS: Curatorial Practice*
    • Dalhousie Law School, Halifax, Nova Scotia
    • McIntosh Gallery, London, Ontario
    • Home/land & Security, REDNER, University of Waterloo, Ontario (round table)
    • Lethbridge Public Library, Lethbridge, Alberta
    • Woodland Cultural Centre, Brantford, Ontario
    • RedLake Cultural Heritage Centre, Red Lake, Ontario
    • ManitobaMuseum, Winnipeg, Manitoba
    • National Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario
    • St. John Museum, Saint John, New Brunswick
    • U.B.C. Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver, British Columbia
    • Canadian Museum of Civilization, Hull, Quebec
    • George Eastman House, Rochester, New York
    • Lecture, Louis-Philippe Herbert, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario
    • Lecture, Carl Beam, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, Ontario
    • Lecture, Louis-Philippe Herbert, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario
    • Lecture, Carl Beam, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, Ontario

    WORKSHOPS (Instructor)
    • 2011 Paved Arts, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
    • 2006 Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge, Alberta
    • 2004 Oakville Galleries, Oakville, Ontario
    • 1985 Ojibwa and Cree Cultural Centre, Northern Ontario

    *This selection only represents work performed from 2002 to 2014. A full history is available online at

    Source: Jeff Thomas