Artist Bio

Staking site for Haudenosaunee "Solar Longhouse", 2012 Version
at Woodland Cultural Centre, Brantford, Ontario.
(Photo credit: Naomi Johnson)

Kelly Greene is a multi-media artist whose work includes painting, sculpture, installation, and photography. She is of Mohawk-Oneida-Sicilian ancestry, a member of the Six Nations of the Grand River Reserve, and a descendant of the Turtle Clan.

Greene has lived in London, Ontario since 1989 where she obtained a BFA from the University of Western Ontario. She began her visual art studies at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, where she moved with her family when she was a child.

She has exhibited in Canada and the United States for over thirty years in solo and group exhibits, primarily at the Woodland Cultural Centre in Brantford, Ontario but also Banff, Alberta; Vancouver, B.C.; Montreal, Quebec; Ottawa, Thunder Bay, Toronto, and London, Ontario; Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Howes Cave, New York. Her work is in numerous public and private collections, and in 2012 and 2015 she was commissioned to complete two permanent outdoor installations at the Woodland Cultural Centre. She has been awarded grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council and was most recently awarded the first Indigenous Artist in Residence at Western University in 2021.

Her art focuses primarily on environmental and political topics, as well as revealing stereotypes that are still prevalent towards Indigenous cultures, using ironic humour when possible. Recognizing the impact colonization has had on our Earth and the First People who have always lived on the land now known as Canada, Greene specifically refers to the Haldimand Treaty granted to the people of Six Nations, as well as the Mohawk Institute Residential School, or “Mush Hole”, where her beautiful Grandma attended in the 1920’s. Another concern is Colony Collapse Disorder, or the current plight of bees vanishing due to pesticides and monoculture. The ever-alarming condition of our planet has inspired Greene to create works that represent our Mother Earth as human, appealing to our species' egocentricity, hoping empathy will be instilled and respect given so future generations will continue to be revived and thrive.

Curriculum Vitae

Selected Exhibitions

2022
International Women's Day 2022 Exhibition
Westland Gallery, London, Ontario

2021
Indigenous Art (1990-1999, 2006-2019, 2021)
Woodland Cultural Centre, Brantford, Ontario

Ga:hǫh ne’ hni’ ga:howe:kso/Covered and Uncovered
Woodland Cultural Centre, Brantford, Ontario

UPwithART
Unity Project for Relief of Homelessness in partnership with Museum London, Ontario

Selected Acquistions 2015-2020
McIntosh Gallery, London, Ontario


2020
UPwithART
Unity Project for Relief of Homelessness in partnership with Museum London, Ontario


Accountability (solo)
McIntosh Gallery, London, Ontario


2019
Accountability Amidst Wisdom (solo)
The White Box at Beaux Arts Brampton, Ontario



2018
Tonto, Teepees, and Totem Poles: Considering Native American Stereotypes in the 21st Century
Iroquois Indian Museum, Howes Cave, New York

Despite All Misconception and Loss... (solo)
Woodland Cultural Centre, Brantford, Ontario


2016
Mush Hole Project
Mohawk Institute Indian Residential School/ Woodland Cultural Centre, Brantford, Ontario



2015
Culture Days (solo)
Chiefswood National Historic Site, Ohsweken, Ontario


Planet IndigenUs InterNations/InterSections
Aboriginal Pavilion at Fort York, Toronto, Ontario (July 13 - Aug. 9) 
Woodland Cultural Centre, Brantford, Ontario


2013
Origins
Woodland Cultural Centre, Brantford, Ontario


2012
Earthly Connections
(In conjunction with “Planet Indigenous” Visual Art Exhibitions: Aug. 1019)
Woodland Cultural Centre, Brantford, Ontario


2006
From Iroquois to Haudenosaunee
Gary Farmer Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico


2002
Between You and Me
(Opening Night Performance, June 21)
Museum London, London, Ontario


2000-2002
Dust on the Road
Galleries at the Galleria, London, Ontario
MAI, Montreal, Quebec
Roundhouse Community Centre, Vancouver, B.C.



1998
Tsi Karhakta: Aktatye tsi Yohate (“At the Edge of the Woods Along the Highway”)
The Saw Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario

staking LAND claims
Woodland Cultural Centre, Brantford, Ontario


1997
Godi’Nigoha (“The Women’s Mind")
Woodland Cultural Centre, Brantford, Ontario

staking LAND claims
Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff, Alberta
Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay, Ontario



1996
Oh Canada!
[“Be It So It Remains in Our Minds” by Gei ni yo gwe dage (Four People Together)]
The Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario

Members’ Show
Forest City Gallery, London, Ontario


1995
Remembrance
Forest City Gallery, London, Ontario

Spring Free Performance Festival
Forest City Gallery, London, Ontario

Billboard Project
N’Amerind Friendship Centre, Gould Outdoor Advertising,
and the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Recreation
in conjunction with Forest City Gallery, London, Ontario


1994 
Festive Banquet
Harbourfront Centre – York Quay Gallery, Toronto, Ontario


Between Cultures Arts Dialogue
Forest City Gallery, London, Ontario

“Iroquois Solar Longhouse”, 1994 Version (solo)

Museum of Ontario Archaeology, London, Ontario


1993
Festival of Lights
Harbourfront Centre – York Quay Gallery, Toronto, Ontario


A Cup for a Cup
Forest City Gallery, London, Ontario


1992
NIIPA Members’ Show
Native Indian/Inuit Photographers’ Association, Hamilton, Ontario


1991
16 x 20
London Regional Art and Historic Museum, London, Ontario


1990
Significant People, Insignificant Objects/
Significant Objects,Insignificant People
London Regional Art and Historic Museum, London, Ontario




Selected Publications & Interviews

2021

“Western University Indigenous Artist in Residence”, Afternoon Drive with Chris dela Torre
CBC Listen, London, ON, November 1
“Kelly Greene first Indigenous artist-in-residence” by Debora Van Brenk
Western News, London, ON, October 26
“Poetic License" by Lucius Dechausay
Video of 'Decolonizing Love' by Kahsenniyo Williams
includes "The Haldimand Coupe"
CBC Arts, London, ON, September 30

2020

“Accountability Amidst Uncertainty” by Asha Sivarajah
Radio Western, London, ON, March 18

“Two new exhibitions open at Western University's McIntosh Gallery” by Joe Belanger
The Londoner, London, ON, March 4


1990-1992, 2006-2019
First Nations Art
Woodland Cultural Centre - Annual Exhibition Catalogues, Brantford, ON


2016
“See What the Mush Hole Left Behind by Victoria Gray
Brant News, Brantford, ON, September 12
https://www.toronto.com/news-story/6853563-see-what-the-mush-hole-left-behind/


2015
Planet Indigenus - InterNations/ InterSections
Harbourfront Centre (Fort York) & Woodland Cultural Centre, Toronto & Brantford, ON

http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/learntoskate/courses.cfm?id=7121&festival_id=0


2012
Planet Indigenus
Harbourfront Centre & Woodland Cultural Centre, Toronto & Brantford, ON

http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/summer/festivals.cfm?id=3832


2011
“Telling their side of the story” by Lauren Baron
Brant News, Brantford, ON, August 25


2002
"Show Kicks Up a Dust" by Robin Laurence
The Georgia Straight, Vancouver, BC, March 14-21, p. 66


2001
"Pasage to India" by Christine Redfern
Mirror, Montreal, QC, November 15-21, p. 39

"Mouvances de l'Inde" by Bernard Lamarche
Le Devoir, Montreal, QC, November 10-11, p. C11


1999
"The Magic Mountain" by Robert Everett-Green
Canadian Art Magazine, Fall issue, Volume 16, Number 3, p. 61

http://canadianart.ca/issues/fall-1999/

Staking LAND Claims
Banff Centre Press, Banff, AB, March 1999, pp. 11-15, 25-27, 35, 39-40


1998
"Staking Claims" by Patricia Deadman
Matriart Magazine, Volume 7:3, pp. 28-32

"Allegorical Imagery Dominates Art" by Garry Burns
The Expositor, Brantford, ON, February 28, p. D3

"Staking Land Claims Exhibit Sets a Provocative Tone"
Wadrihwa, Woodland Cultural Centre Quarterly Newsletter, Spring/Summer, p. 13


1997
Godi'Nigoha' (The Women's Mind) 
Woodland Cultural Centre Exhibition Catalogue, pp.19-20, 29, 30

"Walter Phillips Gallery Exhibition Questions Identity" by Johnnie Bachusky
Summit Up, Banff, AB, February 18, pp. 1, 5


1996
"The Oh! Canada Project"
Art Gallery of Ontario News Magazine, Toronto, ON, p. 9


1995
"Remembrance:  Powerful and Moving" by Avril Flanigan
Scene Magazine, London, ON, November 22, p. 11

"Get a Start on New Native Art" by Jeannie Marshall
Equinox Magazine, October, No. 83, p. 117


1994
"Festival of Lights" (Telecast Review) by Andrew Johnson
CBC Arts and Entertainment, December 11

"Longhouse Tales" by Morris Lamont
London Free Press, London, ON, March 22

"Members' Show" by Vicki Montour
Native Indian/Inuit Photographers' Association Newsletter, Hamilton, ON, Winter Issue, p.5



Education

BFA, Western University, London, Ontario, 1994
The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1983-1988



Collections

Woodland Cultural Centre, Brantford, Ontario
Western University, London, Ontario
Dundas Valley School of Art, Hamilton, Ontario
N’Amerind Friendship Centre, London, Ontario
Private collections in Ontario, Canada; Buffalo, New York; and Albuquerque, New Mexico



Grants and Residency

Indigenous Artist in Residence, Western University, 2021-2023
Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant, 1998, 1996
Canada Council for the Arts Visual Art Project Grant, 
1997



Related Experience

2022
Artist Presentation - Sculpture Undergrad Class
Visual Arts Department, Western University, London, Ontario

Artist Presentation - Breaking the Bias at Western: Celebrating Indigenous Women & Culture
International Women's Day Speaker Series
Centre for Research & Education on Violence against Women & Children (CREVAWC)
in partnership with Gender-Based Violence Prevention Education Coordinators,
Western University, London, Ontario

Artist Presentation - Graduate Studio Elective Course
Visual Arts Department, Western University, London, Ontario

Artist Presentation - Studio Seminar II Undergrad Class
Visual Arts Department, Western University, London, Ontario



2021
Artist Presentation - School for Advanced Studies in Arts and Humanities
Visual Arts Department, Western University, London, Ontario

Coordinator - Artist/Curator Presentation: Pat Deadman
Visual Arts Department, Western University, London, Ontario


2012-2021
Garden Maintenance Attendant for "Haudenosaunee Solar Longhouse, 2012 Version"
Woodland Cultural Centre, Brantford, Ontario


2020
A Driving Force, Women of the London, Ontario Visual Arts Community, 1867 to the Present
McIntosh Gallery, Western University, London, Ontario


2019
Visiting Artist Presentation - Art at Large, Society for Learning in Retirement
Museum of Ontario Archaeology, London, Ontario


2017
Visiting Artist Presentation/ Workshop - Dundas Valley School of Art
Flamborough Centre Elementary School, Flamborough, Ontario
George L. Armstrong Elementary School, Hamilton, Ontario


2000-2011
Assistant Scenic Painter, Prop Builder, Costume Decorator
The Grand Theatre, London, Ontario


1996
Still Photographer - "Stoney Pointers: Untold Stories"
Thunderheart Productions, London, Ontario


1995
Co-coordinator/ Curator/ Exhibiting Artist - "Remembrance"
Forest City Gallery, London, Ontario

Co-coordinator/ Instructor - Children's Summer Art Camp
London Regional Art and Historic Museums, London, Ontario

Coordinator/ Curator - Between Cultures Arts Dialogue
Forest City Gallery and Cross-Cultural Learning Centre, London, Ontario

Vice-Chairperson
Forest City Gallery


1994
Visual Arts Coordinator
Forest City Gallery

Instructor/ Co-coordinator/ Instructor Assistant - Children's Saturday Art Classes
London Regional Art and Historic Museums, Ontario   

Changing Currency: Prototype Kanata 151 $10 Bill (2018)

Mixed Media
(digital prints, glue, ink, graphite on recycled luan)

100 cm x 50 cm

Great North American Tomahawk Chop Dog Poop Shoe Scraper (2018)

Full View

Detail - crevice pick

Detail - accompanying placard


Mixed Media
(upcycled wood tomahawk with burnt-on lettering/decoration, leather, feathers, beads, poster board)

20 x 46 cm