In October 2020, the Art Gallery of Alberta was pleased to welcome Melissa-Jo (MJ) Belcourt Moses as a new Adjunct Curator of Indigenous Art.
AGA Adjunct Curators of Indigenous Art contribute to the advancement of the AGA’s exhibition program, with a focus on the inclusion of work by contemporary Indigenous artists. They work as an integral part of the AGA curatorial team, building connections with Indigenous communities, artists and external stakeholders. Contributing to the development, interpretation and presentation of the AGA exhibitions and collections, Adjunct Curators of Indigenous Art further public knowledge and understanding about Indigenous art and build audience awareness about the critical importance of contemporary Indigenous art and artists.
MJ is a traditional Métis artist, certified Native Cultural Art instructor and most recently served as Indigenous Art Consultant for Fort Edmonton Park and Indigenous Curator for the Edmonton Public Library. In 2019, MJ served as an Indigenous Artist in Residency with the City of Edmonton. She looks forward to sharing Indigenous stories at the AGA.
“I have a keen interest in the promotion and education of Indigenous Arts that relate to our cultural life locally, provincially and nationally,” MJ says. “Indigenous Peoples rich contribution to Canada’s history and heritage reflects perseverance, strength and resilience and ‘Art’ celebrates these achievements.”
We look forward to working with MJ to continue to grow and enhance the representation of Indigenous art at your AGA, and are grateful to the Edmonton Community Foundation and the Edmonton Arts Council for their support of this position.
The Art Gallery of Alberta respectfully acknowledges that we are located in Treaty 6 Territory and Region 4 of the Metis Nation of Alberta. We respect this as the traditional and contemporary land of diverse Indigenous Peoples including the Plains Cree, Woodland Cree, Beaver Cree, Nitsitapi/Blackfoot, Métis, Nakota Sioux, Anishinaabe/Saulteaux/Ojibwe and Dene Peoples. We also acknowledge the many Indigenous, Inuit and Métis people who make Alberta their home today.