Artist Bio

(Staking site for Haudenosaunee "Solar Longhouse", 2012 Version
at Woodland Cultural Centre, Brantford, Ontario)

Kelly Greene is a multi-media artist whose work includes painting, sculpture, installation, and photography. She is a Mohawk member of the Turtle Clan of the Six Nations Reserve in Ohsweken, Ontario, her father's birthplace.

Greene has lived in London, Ontario for thirty years where she obtained a BFA from the University of Western Ontario, although she was reared primarily in Albuquerque, New Mexico where she lived for twenty years. After a lifetime of art making, inspired first by her father's incredible drawing ability, she began studying visual art at the University of New Mexico in 1983.

She has exhibited in Canada and the United States for over twenty five 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 most recently in 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.

Her art focuses primarily on the devastating impact colonization has had on Canada's Indigenous population, which includes unsettled land claims such as the Haldimand Treaty granted to Six Nations people in 1784, atrocities and injustices such as residential schools that government and church enforced on Indigenous children, and current disastrous, nearly irreversible environmental conditions. She has hope for reconciliation now that we know the truth so future generations will again thrive.

Ode to Canada: Political Piñata Puzzle with Lots of Red Tape (2017)

Full Installation view

Installation detail

Mixed Media
(recycled cardboard, red tape, plaster cast, sand, glue, fantastic maple leaf sunglasses,
acrylic, birthday candles, deflated balloon, large needle, satin ribbon)

2.74 m x 1 m x 20.32 cm

Deception, Reality & Regeneration (2016 -2017)

Full Installation view
(in Mohawk Institute Indian Residential School (Mush Hole) laundry room)

Installation detail

1918 Photo of Children & priests in front of Mohawk Chapel
(to commemorate their confirmation in the Anglican church)

Child Plaster Cast under Haldimand Treaty Canadian Flag

Tsityonnhe! (We are still alive!) Kanata Flag Fancy Shawl
(revised in 2017 from the original Canadian Flag Fancy Shawl)

Mixed Media
(Upcycled mannequin, Styrofoam, plaster strips, Canadian flags, acrylic paint, 
satin ribbon, thread, upcycled plywood, glue hardware, carved crucifix, Virgin Mary night light,
framed photo of children from Mohawk Institute at their Mohawk Chapel confirmation, cut-off braids)

Strips, Divisions, Yet They Proudly Celebrated (1995, revised 2017)

Full Installation View

Bottom Sail Detail

Top Detail of Mast with Prince Rupert's Wig and Lace Collar

Mixed Media
(white sheet, broadcloth, rope, drapery rods, fantastic auburn curly wig,
lace collar, red acrylic paint on gold tassel ends, sand, ink)

3.45 m x 2.03 m


Curriculum Vitae


1990-1999, 2006-2019
Indigenous Art
The Woodland Cultural Centre, Brantford, Ontario

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

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 exhibit)
The Woodland Cultural Centre, Brantford, Ontario

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

Culture Days
Chiefswood National Historic Site, Ohsweken, Ontario

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

The Woodland Cultural Centre, Brantford, Ontario

Earthly Connections
(Part of “Planet Indigenous” Visual Art Exhibitions: Aug. 1019)
The Woodland Cultural Centre, Brantford, Ontario

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

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

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

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

staking LAND claims
The Woodland Cultural Centre, Brantford, Ontario

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

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

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

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

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

Between Cultures Arts Dialogue
Forest City Gallery, London, Ontario

“Iroquois Solar Longhouse”, 1994 Version (solo exhibit)

Museum of Ontario Archaeology, London, Ontario

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

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

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

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

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


1998, 1996
Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant

Canada Council for the Arts Visual Art Project Grant


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

“See What the Mush Hole Left Behind by Victoria Gray
Brant News, Brantford, ON, September 12

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

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

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

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

"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

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

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

"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

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

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

"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

"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


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



Garden Maintenance Attendant

The Woodland Cultural Centre, Brantford, Ontario

Visiting Artist Presentation/ Workshop
Flamborough Centre Elementary School, Flamborough, Ontario
George L. Armstrong Elementary School, Hamilton, Ontario

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

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

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

Forest City Gallery

Visual Arts Coordinator
Forest City Gallery

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

Life Link Forage Allowed to Thrive (2016)

Acrylic on (upcycled) Board

63 x 37 cm