Jewel Shaw, Nêhiyawak (Cree)/Métis), was born and raised in High Prairie, Alberta. She earned a Masters of Fine Art in printmaking from the University of Alberta, Edmonton in 2008. Her work has been shown in various group exhibitions, most recent include: New Impressions: Experiments in Contemporary Native American Printmaking, IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Albuquerque, New Mexico (2017); Kyoto Hanga 2016: The International Print Exhibition Canada & Japan, Kyoto Municiple Museum of Art, Kyoto, Japan (2016); Weaving the Past into the Present, Contemporary Native American Printmaking, International Print Centre New York, Chelsea Gallery, New York (2015); Six Artists Etching, Shoestring Press, Brooklyn (2015); LandMarks: Indigenous Communities Connect, Tamarind Institute, Albuquerque (2014); The News From Here: The 2013 Alberta Biennial for Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton. Recently, her solo show, Memory Bones was exhibited at the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery (2017).
Shaw has attended artist residencies in Canada, the United States and Australia. She has been the recipient of many grants and awards; and her work can be found in various publications, and collections in Canada and abroad. Her practice combines traditional printmaking, drawing and digital media. Compositions trace themes of identity, memory, loss, and reference the personal, political, and social.
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.