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Art NOW - Tom Hill
March 4, 2016
University Recital Hall
Free Admission, Everyone Welcome
Tom Hill grew up on the Six Nations Reserve at Brantford. In 1967, he received his A.O.C.A. from the Ontario College of Art and continued his studies on a scholarship with the National Gallery of Canada and Carlton University. For the Indians of Canada Pavilion at Expo 67, Hill created an exterior ceramic mural. In 1968, he became director of the newly created Cultural Affairs section of the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs, while continuing his art practice. In 1982, after almost fifteen years with the federal government, Hill accepted a position as Museum Director at the newly founded Woodland Cultural Centre where he remained until his retirement in 2004. His work as a curator, including Beyond History for the Vancouver Art Gallery and Creations Journey for the Smithsonian in New York, has done much to raise the awareness of the contemporary art practices of First Nations artists. Hill has served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Gallery of Canada; and a board member of the Canada Council, the Ontario Film Development Corporation, Ontario Arts Council, Ontario Museums Association, the Centre for Indigenous Theatre and Kaha:wi Dance Theatre; co-chair for the National Task Force on Museums and First Nations; and has retired from the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Canadian Curatorial Committee and the Chiefswood Museum. His contributions as an artist, curator, arts administrator, and policy maker made a significant impact during decades when perceptions and practices of First Nations art in Canada were being transformed.
We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.
Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil a investi 153 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.
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