Lori Beavis

Lori Beavis is a curator, art educator and art historian living and working in Tiohtià:ke/ Montreal. Identifying as being of Michi Sagiig (Mississauga) Anishinaabe and Irish-Welsh descent, she is a band member of Hiawatha First Nation at Rice Lake, Ontario. Her PhD (Concordia, Art Education 2016) investigated the intersections between life long art experiences and cultural identity in the lives of four contemporary Indigenous women artists. Her curatorial work, art practice and research, articulates narrative and memory in the context of family and cultural history, and a reflects on cultural identity, art education and self-representation. Her curatorial project, co-curated with Rhonda L. Meier, The Rebel Yells; Dress and Political Re-dress in Contemporary Indigenous Art (2015) brought eleven artists from across Canada to Montreal to further the conversation on art, identity and self-representation. In 2016, she curated recent work by Shelley Niro at The Northern Front Studio, Whitehorse, YK. In 2019, Beavis will curate solo exhibitions with Shelley Niro at the Art Gallery of Peterborough and with Barry Ace at FOFA Gallery, Montreal, and a group exhibition, In/Visible: the body as Reflective Site, a co-curatorial project with Maria Ezcurra and Natasha Reid at the McClure Gallery, Westmount. At this time Beavis serves on the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective’s Tiohtià:ke Project Advisory Committee, and the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal Art Acquisitions Committee as the representative of the ACC.