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Curriculum Vitae

Downloadable PDF - 2019 CV (dropbox link)

Solo Exhibitions
Sonny Assu: Etudes for the Settler - Jacob Lawrence Gallery, Seattle, WA, USA
A Selective History - La Guild, Montreal, QC
Territorial Acknowledgements - Campbell River Art Gallery, Campbell River, BC
The Paradise Syndrome - Tidemark Theatre, Campbell River, BC

Interventions on the Imaginary - Art Mur, Montreal, QC
We Come to Witness: Sonny Assu In Dialogue with Emily Carr - Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC
The Paradise Syndrome - Malaspina Printmakers Gallery, Vancouver, BC
Home Coming - Campbell River Art Gallery, Campbell River, BC
1UP - Surrey Art Gallery's UrbanScreen, Surrey, BC

Day School- Equinox Gallery, Vancouver, , BC
Continuum - Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay, Ontario
The Value Of What Goes Within - SIGHTINGS 13, Galerie Leonard & Bina Ellen, Montreal, QC

Interventions on the Imaginary - FOFA Gallery (York Vitrines), Montreal, QC
Echoes - Two Rivers Gallery, Prince George, BC
There Is Hope, If We Rise - Urban Shaman, Winnipeg, MN

Sonny Assu: Possession - Oakville Galleries (Centennial Square), Oakville, On
  #neveridle - Art Mur, Montreal, QC
There Is Hope, If We Rise - Gallery Vertigo, Vernon, BC

The Happiest Future - Gallery Fukai, Vancouver, BC
Offcuts - The Langham Cultural Centre, Kaslo, BC

Silenced - Equinox Gallery, Vancouver, , BC
Longing - West Vancouver Museum, West Vancouver, BC
Anthropological Intervention - Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver, BC

2010 Sonny Assu - Equinox Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2009 iDrums - Equinox Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2007 iPotlatch - Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, Brandon, MB

2006 Sonny Assu: As defined by the Indian Act - Belkin Satellite Gallery, Vancouver, BC

Selected Group Exhibitions
2019 Displacement - Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC

The Metamorphosis - Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC
Live Long & Prosper: Sci-Fi Images in Contemporary Indigenous Art - New Mexico State University Museum, NM, USA
Here Be Dragons - Carlton University Art Gallery, Ottawa, ON
morph - Central Library, Vancouver, BC
Triennale Banlieue! Là où se prépare le futur - Maison Des Arts De Laval, Laval, QC
POP - Audain Art Museum, Whistler, BC, Canada
Conflicting Heroes - Art Mûr, Berlin, Germany
Juxtaposition - Galerie BLANC, Montreal, QC
Sonny Assu, Renée Van Halm, Etienne Zack: Works on Paper - Equinox Gallery, Vancouver BC

L'Offre - DHC/ART, Montreal, QC
Future Memories (Present Tense) - Illingworth Kerry Gallery, Calgary, AB
Modern Legends - ACT Art Gallery, Maple Ridge, BC.
Raise a Flag: Works from the Indigenous Art Collection (2000-2015) - Onsite Gallery, Toronto, ON
An Absolute Movement - Or Gallery, Vancouver, BC
Coyote School - McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton, ON
Awakening Memory - Open Space, Victoria, BC

Rencontres Improbables (the secret encounters of Kusama Kalthoum), oqbo, Berlin, De
Neon NDN, SAW Gallery, Ottawa, ON
INDIAN ACTS: Truths in the Age of Reconciliation, Katzman Contemporary, Toronto, ON
Canadian Belonging(s) - The Art Gallery of Mississauga, ON
Culture Shift - Art Mur, Montreal, QC
Re-mixed: Reconfiguring the Imaginary - Union Gallery, Queen's University, Kingston ON
The Fifth World - Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon

Into the Wild - Hamilton Artists Inc., Hamilton, ON
The Rebel Yells - FOFA Gallery, Montreal, QC
The Fifth World - Kitchner-Waterloo Art Gallery
Hip Hop - Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France

Here & Now: Native Artists Inspired - Burke Museum, Seattle, WA, USA
Storytelling - Ottawa School of Art, Ottawa Ottawa, ON
Tragedy Plus Time - Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina, SK
Storytelling - Art Mur, Montreal, QC

Qui suis-je ? L'identité autochtone au 21e siècle - Maison des Jésuites de Sillery, Quebec, QC
Ghost Dance - Ryerson Image Centre, Toronto, ON
Sakahàn: International Indigenous Art - National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ON
The Violent Bear It Away - Biola University Art Gallery, La Mirada, CA, USA
Artist Poster Show - Burnaby Art Gallery, Burnaby, BC

Carrying on "Irregardless"- Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art - Vancouver, BC
Material Wealth: Revealing Landscape - Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, ON
Ebb and Flow - Naniamo Art Gallery, Nanaimo, BC
Throw Down - Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, BC
A Stake in the Ground: Contemporary Native Art Manifestation - Art Mur, Montreal, QC
Don't Stop Me Now - Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre, Medicine Hat, AB

Shore, Forest and Beyond: Art From the Audain Collection - Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC
(Be)longing - Kirkland Arts Center, Kirkland, WA, USA
Don't Stop Me Now - National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ON

Exhibit E - Rennie Collection at Wing Sang, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Alternorthern - The LAB. San Francisco, CA, USA
Seattle City Light Portable Works: Part lll - Seattle Municipal Tower Gallery - Seattle, WA, USA

Continuum: Vision and Creativity on the Northwest Coast - Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art - Vancouver, BC
Blue Like an Orange - Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa, ON
How Soon Is Now? - Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC
Pop Goes the World - The Red Shift Gallery, Saskatoon, SK
Beat Nation - Grunt Gallery, Vancouver
Beat Nation - Galerie SAW Gallery, Ottawa

World Histories - Des Moines Art Center. Des Moines, IA, USA
Comic Relief - National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ON

2007 SAM at 75 - Seattle Art Museum. Seattle, WA, USA

2006 Past to Present - Equinox Gallery, Vancouver, BC

Evolution (Alumni Exhibition) - Emily Carr University, Vancouver, BC
Futuristic Regalia - Campbell River Art Gallery, Campbell River, BC
Futuristic Regalia - Alternator Gallery, Kelowna, BC

2003 Thinking Textile - Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond, BC

2004 Futuristic Regalia - Grunt Gallery, Vancouver, BC


Group Touring Exhibitions
2018 - Borrowing the Earth (Russian Touring Exhibition)
Orenburg Fine Arts Museum, Orenburg - Nesterov Bashkir State Art Museum in Ufa - The Udmurt Republican Museum of Fine Arts, Izhevsk - Museum of Fine Arts, Novy Urengoy - Museum Resource Center of Noyabrsk, Noyabrsk - South Urals History Museum in Chelyabinsk - Tyumen Fine Arts Museum, Tyumen - Yekaterinburg Fine Arts Museum, Yekaterinburg.

2017 - Ready Player Two: Sonny Assu and Brendan Tang
York University Art Gallery, Toronto, ON - Niagara Artists Centre, St. Catherines, ON
Touchstones Nelson Museum of Art and History, Nelson, BC Yukon Arts Centre, Whitehorse, YT
The Reach Gallery and Museum, Abbotsford, BC

2016 - When Raven Became Spider
Wanuskewin Galleries, The Art Gallery of Sudbury, Sudbury - Ottawa Art Gallery - Dunlop Art Gallery
2012-14 Beat Nation: Art, Hip-Hop and Aboriginal Culture
Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, Montreal - Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops - Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina - Dalhousie Art Gallery and Saint Mary's University Art Gallery - The Power Plant, Toronto - Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2013 Stocked - Contemporary Art from the Grocery Aisles (US Touring Exhibition)
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ - Ulrich Museum of Art

2011-15 Decolonize Me
Tom Thomson Art Gallery - The Reach Gallery Museum - Thunder Bay Art Gallery - Art Gallery of Windsor - Foreman Art Gallery - The Robert McLaughlin Gallery - Ottawa Art Gallery

2005-08 Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation, 2 (US Touring Exhibition)
Tucson Museum of Art - Anchorage Museum of History & Art - Weisman Art Museum - Naples Museum of Art - Eiteljorg Museum - Institute of American Indian Arts Museum - Museum of Arts & Design

Public Art Projects
2014 Reconciliation - Commissioned Public Art (Temporary) for the City of Vancouver.

2013 Tag - Commissioned Public Art Work for Onni Development and the City of Vancouver.

2012 Kingsway Trail - Commissioned Public Art Work for the City of Vancouver Public Art Program.

Selected Collections
The National Gallery of Canada, Vancouver Art Gallery, The Art Gallery of Ontario, Thunder Bay Art Gallery, The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Canada Council Art Bank, The City of Richmond (BC), Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, Museum of Anthropology, UBC, The Indigenous Art Collection - Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, The Canada Council Art Bank, Foreign Affairs Canada Visual Art Collection, Nanaimo Art Gallery, The Seattle Art Museum, The Burke Museum, The City of Vancouver (BC), Audain Art Museum, Hydro Quebec and Lotto Quebec.

Works held in private collections in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom

Artist Talks and Lectures
Frye Art Museum, University of Washington, Campbell River Art Gallery; Surrey Art Gallery; Art Gallery of Guelph; Thunder Bay Art Gallery; Two Rivers Gallery; Urban Shaman; Art Gallery of Greater Victoria; West Vancouver Museum; Henry Art Gallery; Satellite Gallery; The McMichael Canadian Art Collection; Des Moines Art Center; Seattle Art Museum; UBC Museum of Anthropology; Vancouver Art Gallery; Université du Québec à Montréal; Emily Carr University; University of Western Ontario; Wilfred Laurier University; Concordia University; Bishops University; University of Victoria; Capilano University; Camosun College; University of Lethbridge; Vancouver Island University

Artist in Residence
West Vancouver Secondary School, West Vancouver, BC - Collingwood School, West Vancouver, BC - Bill Holm Center, Seattle, WA, USA - Baie St. Paul Artist Symposium, Baie St. Paul QC - The Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond, BC - The McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, ON - Des Moines Art Center, IA, USA.

Arts Festivals
Vancouver Mural Festival, (Mural: 13th and Main St), Vancouver, BC - Talking Stick Festival (Coming to the Fire, 2015), Vancouver, BC - Facade Fest, Vancouver, BC - Art in the Open, Charlottetown, PEI - Harmony Arts Festival, West Vancouver, BC - New Forms Festival 11 (Art, Revolution and Ownership), Vancouver, BC Swarm 12 (Labyrinth Gallery), Vancouver, BC.

Grants and Awards
Laureate of the REVEAL Indigenous Art Award, 2017
British Columbia Arts Council: Production Grant - 2004, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2017
Sobey Art Award Long List, BC and Yukon Region - 2012, 2013 and 2015
Canada Council for the Arts: Travel Grant - 2015
Canada Council for the Arts: Production Grant - 2007 and 2012
British Columbia Achievement Foundation: Award of Excellence in First Nations Art - 2011
Emily Carr University: Emily Award, Distinguished Alumni Award - 2007
First Peoples' Cultural Foundation: Emerging Individual Artists Grant - 2003
The Vancouver Foundation: Visual Arts Development Awards (VADA) - 2003

Peer Assessment Juries
2017 British Columbia Arts Council: Interdisciplinary Arts Jury
2012 Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada: National Capital Provincial Banners Project
National Gallery of Canada: So You Want To Be An Artist
2010 Canada Council for the Arts: International Residency jury
2008 British Columbia Arts Council: Visual Art Jury
2007 The Vancouver Foundation: Visual Arts Development Awards (VADA)
2005 Canada Council for the Arts: Emerging artist grant jury
2004 Vancouver: Public Art Program Jury (Art Underfoot)

Select Bibliography
Sonny Assu: A Selective History
Janet Rogers (Forward), Candice Hopkins, Marianne Nicolson, Richard Van Camp, Ellyn Walker (Authors)
Publishers: Heritage House (Canada), University of Washington Press (US)
ISBN 978-0295742113

Decolonize Me
Heather Igloliortie, Steven Loft and Brenda Croft
Publisher: Ottawa Art Gallery - ISBN 978-1894906432

Shore, Forest and Beyond: Art from the Audain Collection
Ian M. Thom and Grant Arnold.
Publisher: Douglas & Mcintyre- ISBN 978-1553659297

Challenging Traditions: Contemporary First Nations Art of the Northwest Coast
Ian M. Thom
Publisher: University of Washington Press - ISBN 978-0295989198

Beat Nation: Art Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture
Kathleen Ritter and Tania Willard.
Publishers: Vancouver Art Gallery - ISBN 978-1-895442-98-4

Community Service
Emily Carr University - (Current) Board of Governors
Grunt Gallery - 2009-2011 Vice President, Board of directors
Grunt Gallery - 2007-2008 Board of directors


Concordia University, MFA in Visual Arts. - Montreal, QC


Emily Carr University of Art + Design, BFA in Visual Arts- Vancouver, BC


Kwantlen Polytechnic University - Surrey, BC

Commercial Representation
Equinox Gallery
#110 - 525 Great Northern Way
Vancouver, BC V5T 1E1