Cathy Mattes is a curator and writer with an MA in art history from Concordia University. She teaches at Brandon University and lives and works in Sprucewoods, Manitoba. In her curatorial practice, Mattes focuses on Aboriginal issues and art, as well as notions of community. Examples are: Rockstars & Wannabes (2007, Urban Shaman Gallery), Transcendence – KC Adams (2006, Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba), (Winnipeg Art Gallery), Rielisms (2000, Winnipeg Art Gallery), Blanket(ed), an exhibition and collaborative exchange between Urban Shaman Gallery and Boomalli Aboriginal Artists’ Co-operative, Sydney Australia (2001), and The Best Man – Riel Benn (2004, Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba). Mattes was an active board member of Urban Shaman Gallery for four years, and has contributed writings to Mentoring Artists For Women’s Art (MAWA), the Indian Art Centre, WAG, Canadian Dimension, National Museum of the American Indian, Gallery 101, Aboriginal Voices, and Border Crossings. Mattes was the Curator at the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba between 2003 and 2005, and as a freelance curator and writer, continues to focus on contemporary art.