Olivia Whetung awarded 2020 OAC’s Emerging Artist Laureate Award

Strata, 2018. Beads, jar, bottles, metal plinth and shelf, audio recording. Courtesy of the artist.

Olivia Whetung is the recipient of the 2020 Ontario Arts Council’s Emerging Artist Laureate Award.

OAC’s Aboriginal Arts Awards recognize the achievements of rising Indigenous artists and artistic leaders who have contributed to the arts in Ontario, with the Emerging Artist Laureate honoring emerging arts leadership.

Click here for the full press release from the Ontario Arts Council. 

Whetung’s work Strata, 2018 is included in ICI’s traveling exhibition Soundings: An Exhibition in Five Parts

Soundings: An Exhibition in Five Parts is a traveling exhibition curated by Candice Hopkins and Dylan Robinson, and organized by Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen’s University, Canada and Independent Curators International (ICI). The exhibition and tour are made possible, in part, with the generous support from ICI’s International Forum and the ICI Board of Trustees. Additional support has been provided by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Canada Council for the Arts’ New Chapter Program, the Isabel and Alfred Bader Fund of Bader Philanthropies, the Ontario Arts Council, the City of Kingston Arts Fund through the Kingston Arts Council, and the George Taylor Richardson Memorial Fund at Queen’s University.

July 1, 2020


Olivia Whetung

Olivia Whetung works in beadwork, printmaking, and digital media. Her work explores acts of/active native presence, and is informed in part by her experiences as a language learner. Whetung is from the area now called the Kawarthas and presently resides on Chemong Lake.

Part of Soundings: An Exhibition in Five Parts

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