Ruth Cuthand

Mixed media artist of Plains Cree and Scottish ancestry, Ruth Cuthand’s practice includes painting, drawing, photography and beadwork. Born in 1954 in Prince Albert, SK and currently living in Saskatoon, SK, she holds an MFA from the University of Saskatchewan. Her career has been devoted to exploring the impacts of colonialism on Indigenous people in Canada and resisting the forces of oppression. Through her powerful aesthetics balancing political invective and humour, her work challenges mainstream perspectives of colonialism and relationships between settlers and Indigenous people. As a leading figure of contemporary Indigenous art and influential feminist artist, Cuthand is a powerful voice in the Canadian art scene’s ongoing discussions of colonialism, racism and reconciliation. Cuthand’s work has been acclaimed nationally and is featured in many collections, such as at the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario and the MacKenzie Art Gallery. In 2013, she was recognized with a Lieutenant Governor’s Arts Award and, in 2020, she won the Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts, two of the most prestigious art awards in Canada.