Charlene Vickers (Anishinabe)

Charlene Vickers is an Anishnaabe artist living and working in Vancouver. Trained as a painter, she graduated from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in 1994 and attained a BA from Simon Fraser University in Critical Studies of the Arts in 1998. She completed her MFA at Simon Fraser University in 2013. Born in Kenora, Ontario and raised in Toronto, she explores her Ojibway ancestry through painting, sculpture, performance, and video examining memory, healing and embodied connections to ancestral lands. Her work has been exhibited across Canada and the United States, and can be found in the permanent collection at the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. In 2015, Vickers participated in the group exhibitions The Fifth World at the Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon (curated by Wanda Nanibush), and Custom Made at Kamloops Art Gallery (curated by Tania Willard). Vickers also serves on the Board of Directors of grunt gallery, Vancouver.



  • 2013
    – MFA, School for Contemporary Arts, SFU, Vancouver BC
  • 1998
    – BA, Critical Studies, SCA, SFU, Vancouver BC
  • 1994
    – Studio, Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Vancouver BC


  • 2017
    – Reclamation, Gallery 1515, Vancouver BC, June 2 – July 7
    – Untitled TBD, ACE ART INC., Winnipeg MB, October/Nov
  • 2015
    – Asemaa/Tobacco, Artspeak, August 1-31
  • 2012
    – Ominjimendaan/ to remember, Urban Shaman, Winnipeg, MB, June 29-Aug 6th
    – Ominjimendaan/ to remember, grunt gallery, Vancouver, B.C. Feb 23-March 31
  • 2008
    – Brown Skin Before Red, Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond BC March/April
    – Supernatural Indian and Sleepwalking, Visual Arts Centre of Clarington, Bowmanville, Ontario Jan 13-Feb 10
  • 2006
    – Sleepwalking, Artspace, Peterborough ON, March


  • 2017
    – Connective Tissue: New Approaches to Fiber in Contemporary Native Art, Anne and Loren Kieve Gallery and Fritz Scholder Gallery, IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA), Santa Fe NM
    – SHEILA: Women, Art, and Production, Fazakas Gallery, Vancouver BC, March/April
  • 2016
    – If We Never Met, Pataka Art Museum, curated by Daina Warren and Reuben Friend, Porirua, New Zealand, Oct 9-Feb 12
    – Ambivalent Pleasures, Vancouver Art Gallery, curated by Daina Augaitis and Jesse McKee, Vancouver, BC, Dec-Feb
  • 2015
    – Consume Her Demand, Agent C Projects, curated by Connie Sabo, Debbie Tuepah, exhibiting with Mary Cross and Monique Moutut-Firth, Oct 23-Dec 1
    – Custom Made, Kamloops Art Gallery, curated by Tania Willard, Kamloops BC, June-Sept
    – The Fifth World, Tribe Inc., curated by Wanda Nanibush, Saskatoon SK
  • 2013
    – Illuminations, with Hamidreza Jadid and Sydney Koke. MFA graduate thesis exhibition, Audain Gallery, SFU Woodwards, Vancouver BC, Sept 11-21
  • 2005-2009
    – Changing Hands 2: Art Without Reservation (Inaugural Exhibition): Museum of Art & Design, NYC; Naples Museum of Art, Naples, Fl; Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis IN; Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe NM; Weisman Art Museum, U of M, Minneapolis MN; Anchorage Museum of History & Art, Anchorage; Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa OK
  • 2006
    – Tracking Absence, A Space Gallery, Group exhibit with Femke Van Delft, Mae Long, Deborah Koenker, Toronto ON, Nov 2-Dec 3
  • 2004
    – Two/Many Tribulations, grunt gallery, Vancouver BC, Sept
    – First Nations Now, Burnaby Art Gallery, Burnaby BC, Oct


  • 2017
    – Untitled, collaboration with Maria Hupfield, Western Front, Vancouver BC, March 17
    – Occupations and Assertions, solo, as part of Sheila: Women, Art, and Production, Fazakas Gallery, Vancouver BC, March 11
    – Occupations and Assertions, solo, Grace Gallery, Brooklyn NY, Feb 17
  • 2016
    – Occupy Anishinabe Park 1974, solo, AKA gallery, as part of Saskatoon Nuit Blanche and exhibit Beyond the barrier of sound and soon, of light, curated by Natasha Chaykowski, Oct 1
    – Portals and Improvisations with Chad MacQuarrie, Griffin Art Projects, June 2016
    – Resurgent Gallery Happening, with Maria Hupfield, Cutting Copper: Indigenous Resurgent Practices, Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery, March 4, 2016
  • 2015
    – Cool Indians on Main St., LIVE Vancouver Biennale, September 23-27
  • 2014
    – Vestige Vagabond, collaboration with Maria Hupfield, Panoply Performance Lab, Brooklyn, NY, June 22
    – Vestige Vagabond, collaboration with Maria Hupfield, Hemispheric Institute Encuentro, Viger Park, Montreal QC, June 27
  • 2013
    – In This Together: performance with Guadalupe Martinez, ACCESS gallery, Vancouver BC, May 5-11
  • 2011
    – Vestige Vagabond (collaborative display/performance work with Maria Hupfield), Santa Fe Indian Art Market, Santa Fe NM, August
  • 2010
    – Vestige Vagabond (collaborative display table/performance work with Maria Hupfield), Biltmore Cabaret, Vancouver BC, July 15


  • 2017
    – Langara University, artist talk with Intro to Performance/Studio class (Elizabeth Milton)
  • 2016
    – Simon Fraser University, 611 Alexander Studios, artist talk, Nov 3
  • 2015
    – Artist Talk, Agent C Projects, Surrey BC
    – Artist Talk, Interurban Art Gallery, Vancouver BC
    – Panelist with Ruth Cuthand and James Luna for Tribe Artist Run Centre’s 20th Anniversary May 28-31st
    – Artist Talk North Island College Emily Carr University 1hr plus studio visits
  • 2013
    – Teacher’s Assistant, SFU, Visual Arts and Culture II, FPA 168
  • 2012
    – Board Member for grunt gallery, September 2012-present
    – Jury Panel member for Grunt exhibitions, Aug 2012
    – Juror for BC Arts Council grant for exhibitions and project
    – Guest Blogger for The Capilano Review Blog, Summer 2012
    – Teacher’s Assistant, SFU, Art, Theories and Contexts, FPA 210
    – Teacher’s Assistant, SFU, Intro to the Fine and Performing Arts, FPA 111
  • 2011
    – Teacher’s Assistant, SFU, Intro to the Fine and Performing Arts, FPA 111


  • 2015
    – Artist Talk, Agent C Projects, Surrey BC, Nov 27
    – Artist Talk, Interurban Gallery, Vancouver BC, Oct 27
  • 2012
    – Artist Talk, Urban Shaman, Winnipeg MN, June
    – Artist Talk, grunt gallery, Vancouver BC, March 22
    – Interview on Vancouver Co-op Radio, Storytelling Show, April 1
    – Artist Talk, Audain Gallery, SFU Woodwards, Vancouver BC, March 10
  • 2008
    – Artist Talk, Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond, BC
    – Artist Talk, Visual Arts Centre of Clarington, Bowmanville ON