Museum of Contemporary Native Arts

Sherry Farrell Racette, PhD

Sherry Farrell Racette is an interdisciplinary scholar with an active arts practice.  She has a BFA from the University of Manitoba, an MEd in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Regina and an Interdisciplinary PhD from the University of Manitoba. Farrell Racette was the 2009-2010 Anne Ray Fellow at the School for Advanced Research, Santa Fe, NM and is currently teaching at the University of Manitoba in the Departments of Native Studies and Women and Gender Studies. Her current research interests include: contemporary and traditional First Nations and Metis art criticism and history; museology, revitalizing, and decolonizing arts practices; and Native women’s history.  Farrell Racette’s arts practice includes painting and multi-media works combining textiles, beadwork and embroidery with images and text.  She has exhibited throughout Canada and has illustrated children’s books, most recently Dancing in My Bones (Wilfred Burton, 2009), which won three Saskatchewan Book Awards.   Her curatorial projects include: Clearing a Path:  New Ways of Seeing Traditional Indigenous Art (Saskatchewan Arts Board, 2005-2009), Izhizkawe:  To Leave Tracks to a Certain Place (FOFA Gallery, Concordia University, 2008) and Unmasking:  Arthur Renwick, Adrian Stimson, Jeff Thomas (Canadian Cultural Centre, Paris, France, 2009 – 2010).