Wednesday, March 21 at 11:30-1:30 in Dunning 12


This Cultural Studies Speaks event will be an artist talk in which artists Terrance Houle and Adrian Stimson speak to their work, including performance and other medias. Each artist will provide a review of their work, showing video and stills, discussing influences, and speaking to what each attempts to say through his art and what inspires him. Both are interested in issues of Indigenous identity and how it is played out and influenced in a contemporary setting.


Terrance Houle is an internationally recognized interdisciplinary media artist and a member of the Blood Tribe. Involved with Aboriginal communities all his life, he has traveled to reservations throughout North America participating in Powwow dancing along with his native ceremonies. Houle utilizes at his discretion performance, photography, video/film, music and painting. Likewise Houle’s practice includes tools of mass dissemination such as billboards and vinyl bus signage.

A graduate of the Alberta College of Art and Design, Terrance Houle received his B.F.A in 2003. His groundbreaking art quickly garnered him significant accolades and opportunities, including the 2003 invitation to participate in the Thematic Residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts. This Residency focused on 34 international indigenous people exploring issues of colonization and communion. 

Houle received the 2006 Enbridge Emerging Artist Award presented at the Mayors Luncheon for the Arts, City Of Calgary. After receiving many screenings of his short video/film work at the Toronto 2004 ImagineNATIVE Film Festival, Houle was awarded winner of Best Experimental Film. His work has been exhibited across Canada, Parts of the United States, Australia, Europe and England.

Adrian Stimson is a member of the Siksika (Blackfoot) Nation in southern Alberta. He is an interdisciplinary artist with a BFA with distinction from the Alberta College of Art & Design and MFA from the University of Saskatchewan.

As an interdisciplinary artist, Adrian’s work includes paintings called Tarred & Feathered Bison utilizing tar and feathers as a contemporary material, which speaks to ideas of punishment and identity and Bison Heart a black graphite and white oil paint series of Bison in the winter time. His installation work utilizes residential school fragments as a post-colonial investigation. He has created “Buffalo Boy,” a character parody of Buffalo Bill. “Buffalo Boy’s Wild West Peep Show”, “Buffalo Boy’s Getting it from 4 directions” and “Buffalo Boy’s Battle of Little Big Horny” are performances that re-signify colonial history.

Adrian was awarded the Blackfoot Visual Arts Award in 2009. The Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal in 2003 and the Alberta Centennial Medal in 2005 for his human rights and diversity activism in various communities. He currently lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

All events are open to the Queen’s and Kingston Public.

For more information, please contact Jessica Jacobson-Konefall.