Museum of Contemporary Native Arts

Barry Ace

Barry Ace, Anishinaabe (Odawa) born 1958, is a band member of the M’Chigeeng First Nation, Manitoulin Island, Ontario.  He has a Master of Arts from Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario. He has taught Native Studies at Laurentian University and was Chief Curator and Acting Chief of the Indian and Inuit Art Centres at the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development (Ottawa). His multi-disciplinary art has been included in numerous shows in Canada and the United States, as well as prominent public collections in Canada.  He is the recipient of numerous grants from agencies, such as the Canada Council for the Arts, Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton and the Ontario Arts Council. His critical writing has been published in many exhibition catalogues and magazines, including the principle essay e-r@cing Aboriginal mythologies – the manufactured and the real for Kent Monkman’s 2008 exhibition Dance to the Berdashe at Urban Shaman Gallery in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Ace recently co-founded the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective/Collectif des conservateurs Autochtone, a non-profit national arts service organization dedicated to informing the public about the role of Aboriginal art curators in protecting, fostering and extending Aboriginal arts and culture.