Keynote Speakers

Ryan RiceRyan Rice, a Mohawk of Kahnawake, Quebec, is the Delaney Chair of Indigenous Visual Culture at the Ontario College of Art and Design University (Toronto, ON). His curatorial career spans 20 years in museums and galleries, most recently; he was the Chief Curator at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe, NM.

He also held curatorial positions at the Aboriginal Art Centre (Ottawa, ON) and curatorial fellowships with the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (Victoria, BC) and the Walter Phillips Gallery (Banff, AB). He’s also Curator-In-Residence at the Carleton University Art Gallery.

Rice received a Master of Arts degree in Curatorial Studies from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, NY; graduated from Concordia University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and received an Associate of Fine Arts from the Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, NM.

Rice’s writing on contemporary Indigenous art has been published in numerous periodicals and exhibition catalogues, and he lectures widely. Some of his exhibitions include ANTHEM: Perspectives on Home and Native Land, Oh So Iroquois, Scout’s Honour, and LORE among many others. Rice was also a co-founder and former director of the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective and currently sits on the Native American Arts Studies Association board.

carla-tauntonCarla Taunton is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Art History and Critical Studies at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University in Halifax, NS and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the department of Cultural Studies at Queen’s University in Kingston, ON.

Carla is a co-investigator on The Kanata Indigenous Performance, New and Digital Media Art Project, a collaborative research partnership which traces Indigenous practices and methodologies in the areas of performance, digital and new media arts. She is also a co-organizer of the new Art and Activism Project at NSCAD University.

Drawing on collaborative research models, her current research focuses on Indigenous arts-based approaches towards the socio-political projects of decolonization, indigenization and social-justice.