BIOGRAPHY

Born 1979 in Sitka, Alaska

Lives and works in Sitka, Alaska

 

EDUCATION

2007

Masters of Indigenous Visual Arts, Massey University, New Zealand

2003

B.A. Silversmithing and Jewelry Design with honors, London Guildhall University, London, UK

1999

Associate of Arts, University of Alaska Southeast, Sitka, AK

1997-2006

Traditional Master Apprenticeship with Carvers Will Burkhart, Louis Minard, Jay Miller, Wayne Price, Dave Galanin

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2020

(upcoming) Carry a Song / Disrupt an Anthem, Peter Blum Gallery, New York, NY

2019

Everything We’ve Ever Been, Everything We are Right Now, Law Warschaw Gallery, Saint Paul, MN

The Value of Sharpness: When it Falls, Open Source Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2018

Dear Listener, The Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ

The Imaginary Indian, Anchorage Museum, Anchorage, AK

2017

Indian Water: The Native American Pavilion, Venice, Italy

We Dreamt Deaf, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA

I Think It Goes Like This, Peters Project, Sante Fe, NM

2016

Kill The Indian, Save The Man. Anchorage Museum, Anchorage, AK.

2015

e.g. Nicholas Galanin: We Will Again Open This Container of Wisdom That Has Been Left in Our Care, Brigham Young University Museum of Art, Provo, UT

2014

Home, Memory of Land & Space, Trench Contemporary, Vancouver, BC, Canada

2013

Ever Shoot an Indian?, The Audain Gallery, Victoria, BC, Canada

The State of Being, Displaced, Alaska State Museum, Juneau, AK

When the Land Forgets You, How Will You Carry On?, ANAF, Anchorage, AK

2012

I Looooove Your Culture, Trench Contemporary, Vancouver BC, Canada

Things Are Looking Native, Native’s Looking Whiter, Bunnell St. Gallery, Homer, AK

The Tlingit Experience, The Mckenna Museum of African American Art, New Orleans, LA

2011

Nicholas Galanin's First Law of Motion, Toronto Free Gallery, Toronto, ON, Canada

New Culture, Trench Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada

2010

Raven and the First Immigrant, UBC Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Oblique Drift, Museum of Contemporary Native Art, Sante Fe, NM

2009

Oblique Drift, Grunt Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Native Preference, ANAF Gallery, Anchorage, AK

2006

What Have We Become?, Takatake Gallery, Whakatane, New Zealand

Skabmagovat, Film Festival, Inari, Finland

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2020

(upcoming) Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, Australia

2019

The Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

The Value of Sanctuary, The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York, NY

Unraveling: Reimagining Colonization in the Americas, Sun Valley Center for Arts, Ketchum, ID

The Honolulu Biennial: To Make Wrong / Right / Now, Honolulu Museum, Honolulu, HI

Aiviq and Nanuq: Sea horse and sea bear of the arctic, Anchorage Museum, Anchorage, AK

2018

Art for a New Understanding: Native Voices, 1950s to Now, Crystal Bridges Museum, Bentonville, AR

Conflicting Heroes, Native Art Biennial, Berlin, Germany

The Condor and the Eagle: Moving Forward After Standing Rock, Elisabeth Jones Art Center, Portland, OR

I Continue to Shape, Art Museum, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada

Believe, MOCA, Toronto, ON, Canada

Your Mission, Should You Choose To Accept It, Mainsite Contemporary, Norman, OK

The Abundant North: Alaska Native Films of Influence, MOCNA, Sante Fe, NM

Between Beauty and Decay, Artspace New Haven, CT

Monarchs Brown and Native Contemporary Artists in the Path of the Butterfly, Bemis Center, Omaha, NE

2017

Transformer: Native Art in Light and Sound, National Museum of the American Indian, New York, NY

We The Hell Am I, Lightyear, Dumbo, Brooklyn, NY

Out Of Sight, Seattle, WA

Sanctuary, Fort-Site Foundation, San Francisco, CA

Monarchs, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE

Broken Boxes, Form & Concept, Sante Fe, NM

American Domain, Museum of Capitalism, Los Angeles, CA

Waterline, Center for Visual Art, Denver, CO

Single Channel Video Installation, Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, D.C.

Standing Rock: Art & Solidarity, The Autry Museum, Los Angeles, CA

Songs From The Extraction Zones, Sante Fe Art Institute, Sante Fe, NM

Converge, Reed College, Portland, OR

Resistance: Art After Nature, Haverford College, Haverford, PA

Native Fashion Now, National Museum of The American Indian, New York, NY

Decolonizing Alaska, Corcoran School of The Arts & Design, Washington, D.C.

Decolonizing Alaska, Alaska State Museum, Juneau, AK

This Is A Creation Story, California State University, Fresno, CA

Unsettled, Nevada Art Museum, Reno, Nevada

Connective Tissue: New Approaches to Fiber in Contemporary Art, MOCNA, Sante Fe, NM

My Country Tis of Thy People, You’re Dying, Radiator Arts, New York, NY

View From Up Here, Northern Norway Art Museum, Tromsø, Norway

2016

Latitude 64, Kajaani Art Museum, Kajaani, Finland

Life Size, Art Mur, Montreal, QC, Canada

It’s in the Making, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada

Without Boundaries: Visual Conversations, Anchorage Museum, Anchorage AK

Race and Revolution, Nolan Park, New York, NY

Out of Sight, King Station, Seattle, WA

What You See is What You Sweat, CoCA, Seattle, WA

Light Year 16, Dumbo, Brooklyn, NY

From Generation to Generation: Inherited Memory and Contemporary Art, Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, CA

Indian Acts: Truths in the Age of Reconciliation, Katzman Contemporary, Toronto, Canada

Kingdom, Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina, SK, Canada

Contemporary Native Art Biennial, Stuart Hall Art Gallery, Montréal, Montreal, QC, Canada

View from Up Here, Anchorage Museum, Anchorage, AK

Native Fashion Now, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR

Native Fashion Now, Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, OK

Homo Faber: A Rainbow Caravan, Aichi Triennale, Nagoya, Japan

The Fifth World, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Kitchener, SK, Canada

Dead Animals, or the curious occurrence of taxidermy in contemporary art, David Winton Bell Gallery, Providence, RI

Contemporary Native American Indian Photographers and the Legacy of Edward Curtis, Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA

Decolonizing Alaska, Bunnell St. Arts Center, Homer, AK

2015

Native Fashion Now, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA

Toioho XX, Te Manawa Museum of Art, Palmerston North, New Zealand

Our Story, Anchorage Museum, Anchorage, AK

You Are On Indian Land, Museum of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff, AZ

Living Alaska, Anchorage Museum, Anchorage, AK

Beau Dick / Nicholas Galanin / Jeneen Frei Njootli, Macaulay Fine Art, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Put A Feather On It!, Red Dot Gallery, Sante Fe, NM

60 Americans, Elga Wimmer PCC, New York, NY

You Are On Indian Land, Radiator Arts, New York, NY

The Fifth World, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, SK, Canada

Art Los Angeles Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA

Personalities: Fantasy and Identity Photography and New Media, Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA

2014

Native Art Now, NONAM, Zürich, Switzerland

Late Harvest, Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV

Wendy Red Star’s Wild West And Congress of Rough Riders of The World, Bumbershoot, Seattle, WA

Your Fest Has Ended, The Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA

Le Symposium International d’art-nature multidisciplinaire, de Val-David, QC, Canada

Storytelling: The Contemporary Native Art Biennial, 2nd edition, ArtMur, Montreal, QC, Canada

Storytelling, Ottawa School of Art, Ontario, ON, Canada

Where Did It Go?, Online, www.ultraextra.org

Mother/Land, Kurumaya Museum, Oyama City, Japan

Twisted Path III: Questions of Balance, Abbe Museum, Bar Harbor, ME

This is Not a Silent Movie, Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, OR

I.M.N.D.N. - Native Arts for the 21st Century, The Art Gym, Marylhurst University, Marylhurst, OR

Native American Voices, Penn Museum, Philadelphia, PA

Porcelain: Breaking Tradition, Division Gallery, Toronto, ON, Canada

2013

RezErect: Native Erotica, Bill Reid Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Porcelain: Breaking Tradition, Art Mur, Montreal, ON, Canada

American Painting Now, WAAS Gallery, Dallas, TX

RED: Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship, Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis, IN

Beat Nation, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Montreal, QC, Canada

Cross Currents, Center for Visual Art, Denver, CO

Who Am I?, Maison des Jésuites de Sillery, QC, Canada

Playing with Process: Experimental Prints at the MFAH, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX

Sakahàn: 1st International Quinquennial of New Indigenous Art, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ON, Canada

SCOPE NYC, International Contemporary Art Show, New York, NY

Map(ing), Night Gallery, Phoenix, AZ

This is Not a Silent Movie, Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA

Two Worlds Indigenous Media and Performance Festival, Royal BC Museum, Victoria, BC, Canada

2012

Process Alaska, Good Question Gallery, New York, NY

Carrying on "Irregardless": Humour in Contemporary Northwest Coast Art, Bill Reid Gallery, Vancvouver, BC, Canada

Indian Modernism - Art From North America, Humboldt-Forum, Berlin, Germany

Beat Nation, The Power Plant, Toronto, ON, Canada

Beat Nation, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada

A Stake In The Ground, Art Mur, Montreal, QC, Canada

Shapeshifting: Transformations In Native American Art, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA

2011

KINDRED SPIRITS Native American Influences on 20th Century Art, Peter Blum Gallery, NYC, NY

Native American Art at Dartmouth: Highlights from the Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, NH

Skin, Raw, Gallery of Architecture and Design, Winnipeg, MB, Canada

2010

Time Based Art Festival 2010, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR

It's Complicated - Art About Home, Evergreen Gallery, Olympia, WA

Dry Ice, Museum of Contemporary Native Art, Sante Fe, NM

100 Records, Gallery 16, San Francisco, CA; Cinders Gallery, Brooklyn, New York, NY

Thaw Collection, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN

Images Forward, Berlin Gallery, Phoenix, AZ

Currents: Native American Forces In Contemporary Art, The University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, CO

Crunchtime, York, England

Baie-Saint-Paul’s International Symposium of Contemporary Art, Baie-Saint-Paul, QC, Canada

Dry Ice, Princeton Art Museum, Princeton, NJ

Currents: Native American Forces In Contemporary Art, Center for Visual Art, Denver, CO

The Muhheakantuck in Focus, Wave Hill Gallery, New York, NY

A-Y-P: Indigenous Voices Reply, Burke Museum, Seattle, WA

Continuum: Vision & Creativity on the Northwest Coast, Bill Reid Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Beat Nation-Hip Hop as an Indigenous Culture, Saw Gallery/Grunt Gallery, Ottawa, ON, Canada

Skabmagovat, Film Festival, Inari, Finland

2008

ImagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival, Toronto, ON, Canada

Identity: Shaq'asthut Gathering Place, Roundhouse Community Arts Centre, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Northern Disclosure, Bear Gallery, Fairbanks, AK (2005-2008)

Second Lives, Museum of Art & Design, New York, NY

Twisted Path, Abbe Museum, Bar Harbor, ME

Intersections: Native American Art in a New Light, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA

2007

Native Voices: Contemporary Indigenous Art, FiveMyles, Brooklyn, NY

On The Edge, Forging New Directions In Alaska Native Art, Museum of the North, Fairbanks, AK

No Reservations, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT

2006

Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 2, Museum of Art & Design, New York, NY

2005

Totems To Turquoise, Natural History Museum, New York, NY

2004

Te Tataitanga Matatau, Te Manawa, Palmerston North, New Zealand

He Rere Kee, Tinakori Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand

2003

Summer Show, Sir John Cass, London, UK

 

AWARDS

2018

Rasmuson Fellow

Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Fellow

2017

NACF Mentor Fellow

2014

Rasmuson Fellow

2013

Eiteljorg Fellow

2012

United States Artists, USA Rasmuson Fellow

Artist of the Year, Greater Sitka Arts Council

2011

Rasmuson Individual Artist Award

2008

Best Experimental Film, ImagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival, Toronto

Rasmuson Individual Artist Fellowship

2003

Goldsmiths Commendation London, England

2006

1st place, Contemporary Arts, Sealaska

 

SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

NMAI, New York, NY

UBC Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR

Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Humboldt Forum, Berlin, Germany

Musée D'Art Contemporain De Baie St-Paul, QC, Canada

Musical Instrument Museum, Phoenix, AZ

Sealaska Heritage Foundation, Juneau, AK

Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, NH

Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA

Anchorage Museum, Anchorage, AK

Pratt Museum, Homer, AK

Museum of the North, UAF, Fairbanks, AK

Alaska State Museum, Juneau, AK

Sir John Cass, London, UK

Burke Museum, Seattle, WA

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX

CN Gorman Museum, Davis, CA

The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ON, Canada

Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis, IN

NONAM, Zürich, Switzerland

Sitka Historical Society, Sitka, AK

Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO

Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV

Portland State University, Portland, OR

Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ

LACMA, Los Angeles, CA

 

ABBREVIATED BOOKS

2018

NICHOLAS GALANIN: Let Them Enter Dancing and Showing Their Faces, Minor Matters Books, Seattle, WA

2017

Unsettled, Nevada Art Museum, Reno, NV

Ice Bear, The Cultural History of an Arctic Icon, University of Washington Press, Seattle, WA

2016

Without Boundaries, Visual Conversations, Anchorage Museum, Anchorage, AK

Creative Alaska, University of Alaska Press, Anchorage, AK

From Generation to Generation, Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, CA

Sanders, Terrance. 60 Americans, ArtVoices, Los Angeles, CA

Decker, Julie. True North: Contemporay Art of Circumpolar North, Anchorage Museum, Anchorage, AK

Aichi Triennale 2016, Nagoya, Japan (catalog)

2015

Urban Tribes, Annick Press, Toronto, ON, Canada

2014

Late Harvest, Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV

2013

RED: Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship, Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis, IN

2012

Shapeshifting: Transformations in Native American Art, Yale University Press, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA

Beat Nation: Art, Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada

The Landscape of Being, AGENCY - Art, Life and Society production e-book

BLIZZARD: Emerging Northern Artists, Grunt Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Mithlo, Nancy.Manifestations: New Native Art Criticism, Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Sante Fe, NM

Carrying on "Irregardless": Humour in Contemporary Northwest Coast Art, Gallery of Northwest Coast Art, Vancvouver BC, Canada, Harbour Publishing

2011

KINDRED SPIRITS: Native American Influences on 20th Century Art, New York: Peter Blum Edition

Native American Art at Dartmouth: Highlights from the Hood Museum of Art, Hood Museum of Art, Hood/UPNE

Book Art: Iconic Sculptures and Installations Made from Books, Published by Gestalten

2008

Second Lives: Remixing the Ordinary, Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY

2007

No Reservations: Native American History and Culture in Contemporary Art, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT

2006

What Have We Become?, Self-Published

McFadden, David Revere. Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 2 (Contemporary Native North American Art From West, Northwest & Pacific ), New York : Museum of Arts & Design, 2005.

2005

Totems to Turquoise, The Natural History Museum, New York, NY

 

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

2019

Kroik, Jenny. “Living with Art”, The New Yorker, November 28, 2019.

The Editors of ARTnews. “The Most Important Works of the 2010s: Favorite Artworks That Didn’t Make the List”, ARTnews, November 28, 2019.

The Editors of ARTnews. “ARTnews in Brief: Liverpool Biennial Names Artists—and More from November 6, 2019”, ARTnews, November 4, 2019.

Greenberger, Alex. “Biennale of Sydney Releases Artist List for 2020 Edition With Focus on Indigenous Artists”, ARTnews, September 12, 2019.

Galanin, Nicholas. “Standing Together: Whitney Biennial Artist Nicholas Galanin on His Decision in July to Pull Work from the Show”, ARTnews, September 11, 2019

Mitter, Siddhartha. “The Whitney Biennial Called. How Will They Answer?”, The New York Times, May 9, 2019

Green, Christopher. “Nicholas Galanin: The Value of Sharpness: When It Falls”, The Brooklyn Rail, March, 2019

Galanin, Nicholas. “Out of Line: Nicholas Galanin Rejects the Traditional/Contemporary Binary”, Walker Reader (Primer), March 26, 2019

2018

Steinhauer Jillian. “Nicholas Galanin remixes Native American identity at Phoenix’s Heard Museum”, The Art Newspaper, August 6, 2018

Green, Christopher. “Break Open This Container”, Art In America, January 1, 2018

2015

Smith, Matthew Ryan. “Tlingit-Unangax Interdisciplinary Artist Nicholas Galanin”, First American Art Magazine, Issue No. 7, (Summer 2015)

2014

Temenos Academy Review 2014

Smith, Matthew Ryan. “Tsu Heidei Shugaxtutaan, by Nicholas Galanin”, First American Art Magazine, Issue No. 4, Fall

2012

Walker, Ellyn. “Nicholas Galanin: First Law of Motion”, C Magazine, Issue 113

2008

Jonaitis, Aldona. “A generation of innovators in southeast Alaska: Nicholas Galanin, Stephen Jackson, Da-ka-xeen Mehner and Donald Varnell”, American Indian Art Magazine, Vol. 33, No. 4 (autumn 2008).

2007

Nadelman, Cynthia. “Tribal Hybrids,” ARTnews, Vol 106, No. 6, June 2007

Wallin, Rose. “Painted Bravery: Contemporary Native Artwork Redefines Tradition”, The Anchorage Press, Vol. 16, Ed. 28, July 12, 2007

2006

Genocchio, Ben. “Visions of Native Americans in Today’s World”, The New York Times, September 17, 2006

 

AFFILIATIONS

2016- Present

CERF+ Artist Advisory Committee

2013- Present

USArtists Fellows Alumni Council

First Light Alaska Board Member

2010-19

Sealaska Heritage Artist Advisory Committee

 

PROFESSORSHIPS

2017

University of Alaska Southeast, Juneau

2012

Audain guest professor, 2012 -2013, University of Victoria, BC, Canada

2016

Adjunct professor, Arts department, University of Alaska Southeast, Sitka, AK

 

SELECTED LECTURES

2018

Oklahoma University, Norman, OK

Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

2017

UBC MOA, Vancouver, BC, Canada

WWU, Bellingham, WA

2016

Brown University, Providence, RI

American Craft Council, Omaha, NB

2015

University of Washington, Seattle, WA

USA Artists Gathering, Chicago, IL

2014

University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR

Marylhurst University, Marylhurst, OR

Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA

2013

National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ON, Canada

Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA

Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis, IN

Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, QC, Canada

2012

Anchorage Art Museum, Anchorage, AK

Ethnology Museum, Berlin, Germany

Capilano University, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA

2011

Peter Blum Gallery, New York, NY

Humboldt-Forum, Berlin, Germany

Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA

National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution, New York, NY

2010

Emily Carr, Vancouver, BC, Canada

University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Institute of American Indian Arts, Sante Fe, NM

MOCA, Sante Fe, NM

2009

Center for Visual Art, Denver, CO

Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR

Bill Reid Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada

 

SERVICE/COMMUNITY PROJECTS

2018

42 foot Healing Pole carved for Tlingit T’aaku Kwaan Family, funded by Goldbelt Heritage, to be installed in Juneau, AK

Eternal Flame Fire Dish burial ground monument, Sayeik Gastineau Community School, Juneau, AK

2016

28 foot Northern Style Dugout Cedar Canoe, funded through National Park Service, Alaska State Council for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts

2015

Glass Clan House Screen, Walter Sobeleff Center, Sealaska Heritage Juneau AK, created with Preston Singletary, 2015

1999

Sheet’ka Kwaan Naa Kahadi Tribal Community House Screen, Sitka, AK, created with Will Burkhart


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