Currently based in Brooklyn, Maria Hupfield is Anishinaabe and a member of Wasauksing First Nation, Ontario. She is an artist for SITE Santa Fe 2016, and received national recognition from the Joan Mitchell Foundation for her hand-sewn industrial felt sculptures and a long term Canada Council for The Arts Grant to develop work in New York. Her nine-foot birchbark canoe made of industrial felt was assembled and performed in Venice, Italy for the premiere of Jiimaan, coinciding with the Venice Biennale. Upcoming projects include free play Trestle Projects with Jason Lujan, a solo at the Power Plant Toronto January 2017, and #callresponse a multifaceted performance art based Canada Council for the Arts {Re} Conciliation Initiative Project that presents the work of First Nations, Inuit and Métis women as artists central to the strength and healing of their communities grunt gallery. She was a 2016 Distinguished Visiting Artist, UBC and has spoken on her work at Yale, Columbia and Parsons The New School. Like her late mother and settler accomplice father before her Hupfield is an advocate of native community arts and activism; Founder of 7th Generation Image Makers, Native Child and Family Services of Toronto, a native youth arts and mural outreach program in downtown Toronto, Co-owner Native Art Department International and Assistant Professor in Visual Art and Material Practice appointed to the Faculty of Culture and Community, Emily Carr University of Arts and Design (2007-11). Hupfield is represented by Galerie Hugues Charbonneau in Montreal.

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