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Biography

Holly Pichette is a London-based visual artist whose practice includes painting, contemporary and traditional forms of beadwork and more recently large scale mixed media sculptures. She is of both Swampy Cree and French Canadian ancestry. Her work is deeply influenced by her culture, and reflects her experiences and perspective as a First Nations person. In 2014, following her passion for visual arts Holly left her community in Northern Ontario an relocated to London, ON to pursue formal training and recently graduated from Fanshawe College with an Advanced Diploma in Fine Arts. That same year she was part of a student group exhibition, ‘Pushing Back, at the Satellite gallery where she displayed a series of life size road signs sculptures that address issues of privilege, land and water right and environmental racism. Her artwork was also part of the ‘First Nations 2017’ and Indigenous Art 2018 juried art exhibitions at the Woodlands Cultural Centre in Brantford. She recently completed her one year residency in the Emerging Artists Studio Program at The Arts Project in London Ontario where she had her first solo show in April 2018. She continues to build on her artistic practice and career working as a professional artist.

Holly Pichette

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EXHIBITS

2018    

Sign Language: Indigenous Resurgence & Redirections, Solo show, TAP Centre for Creativity, London, ON, May 8-26
First Nations Fine Art Exhibition, Woodland Cultural Centre, Brantford, ON, May 26 - July 27

2017  

We Are the Land Light Projection, Canada 150, Museum London, July 1
Resident Art Show, TAP Centre for Creativity, London, ON, Sept 19-Oct 14
First Nations Fine Art Exhibition, Woodland Cultural Centre, Brantford, ON, May 26 - July 27
Coloring Book, Fine Art Graduation Exhibition, Fanshawe College, TAP Centre for Creativity, London, ON, April 24-29
Pushing Back, Satellite Gallery, London, ON, Jan 25-28

2016     

Missing, Erased, Deleted, Fine Art Painting Exhibition, The Arts Project, London, ON, April 18-22
Cut Out, Siskind Gallery, Fanshawe College, London, ON, March 7-11

 

2014     

Walking With Our Sisters-By Christi Belcourt beaded vamps submitted, collaborative travelling art installation (Canada, US, Germany) 2014-2019

 

2013     

Northern Artists Exhibition, Cochrane Arts Space, Cochrane, ON, July 1-29

 

2008     

Peace Hills Trust Aboriginal Art Gala, Edmonton, AB, Feb 2008

 

2003     

First Nations Art, The Ehkwateh Art Gallery, Cochrane, Ontario 

COLLECTIONS
We Are The Land, Fanshawe College, London, ON
Coming Together, Fanshawe College, London, ON
Phoenix’s Braid, Fanshawe College, London, ON
Kanawayhitowin, Ininew Friendship Centre, Cochrane Ontario

Butterfly Tree, City of Toronto, Toronto, ON
Roots, University of Toronto, Faculty of Law campus, Toronto, ON 

AWARDS AND GRANTS
2017      Satellite Award, Satellite Gallery, London, ON
2014      Fine Art Bursary Award, Indspire, Ohsweken, ON
2008     Emerging Artist Grant, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto, ON
2006     First Nations Fine Art Competition 1st place, City of Toronto, Toronto, ON

 

PUBLICATIONS

2018      Canadian Art Magazine, Winter 2018

2018      Indigenous Art 2018 Catalogue, Woodland Cultural Centre, Brantford, ON

2018      Red Rising Magazine, Issue 6 Revolt, Winnipeg, MB

2017       First Nations Art 2017 Catalogue, Woodland Cultural Centre, Brantford, ON

RELATED ART ACTIVITIES

2019    Curated the 'In Her Moccasins' Exhibit, Positive Voice, London Public Library, London, ON

2018    Program Coordinator, Positive Voice, Nokee Kwe, London, ON

2018    Emerging Artist Residency (1 year), TAP Centre for Creativity, London, ON 

2017     Video Projection Mentorship, Museum London, London, ON

2017     Advanced Diploma Program in Fine Art, Fanshawe College, London, ON

2017    Hired Artist, Around The World: Family Day, Museum London, London, ON

2017    Cultural Interpreter, Witness Blanket, Museum London, London, ON

2016    Resident Artist, First Nations Centre, Fanshawe College, London, ON

2013    Community Arts Project Facilitator- youth mural painting, Native Women in the Arts, Ininew Friendship Centre, Cochrane, ON

2009   Beadwork Demonstrator and Workshop facilitator, National Aboriginal Day, Museum of History, Gatineau, QC

2008   Beadwork Instructor, The Sassy Bead Co. Ottawa, ON

2007    Internship, Aboriginal Training Program in Museum Practices, The Museum of History, Gatineau, QC