Anong Migwans Beam at Campbell House


Spring Bay, Mennonite Barn, 2019, oil on canvas, 54” x 84”

Anong Migwans Beam at Campbell House

November 3 – December 19, 2020

Campbell House Museum is pleased to welcome Ojibwe artist Anong Migwans Beam in a solo exhibit of her large-format oil paintings and watercolour studies. In these paintings, she explores themes that have emerged in her work over the past two years:

Looking at my life, and with my mother entering Alzheimer’s, I have been painting memories. My practice has always centred around water and how it holds and contains us, and is a silent witness again and again to all events, constantly renewed and present in us, as it was for our ancestors.

Anong was born to artist parents, Carl Beam and Ann Beam, who encouraged her to develop as an artist. She was raised with a meaningful connection to both her artistic family roots and her rich ancestral heritage.

This exhibit presents the first series of paintings where the artist has produced work using her own handmade oil paints:

There is an incredible circuity to making paint from rocks from Bay Fine near Killarney, then painting that same scene with those rocks that are now paint! Each image that I make I feel and I fall immersed in the history of painting, learning devices from those who have already travelled this path.


Deluge, 2019, oil on canvas, 94½” x 142”

The works will be displayed throughout the heritage spaces of Campbell House. Although Anong Beam practises her art in a somewhat isolated place, on Manitoulin Island, her perception and vision reflect the contemporary art world and incorporate elements of daily life. Bringing her work into a historic house museum in downtown Toronto precipitates the contrast of rural and remote with the urban and immediate. By sparking a conversation about contemporary art through the lens of an artist from M’Chigeeng First Nation, the exhibit expands upon a much bigger story of colonialism and of the rural-urban divide of art in Ontario.

The exhibit is guest-curated by Elka Weinstein, Vice-President of ICOM Canada, Past President of the Board of Directors of the John B. Aird Gallery, and former Director/Curator of Campbell House Museum.

The artist created these works with the support of an Indigenous Artists grant from the Ontario Arts Council.

The public is invited to join three special Zoom events. To register for one or more events, please send an email to:

Thursday, November 5, 7:00 pm ET
Virtual opening and walk-through of the exhibit with Elka Weinstein, Curator of the exhibit. The artist will be in attendance.

Thursday, November 12, 10:00 am ET
Anong Beam will share her experience of making paints from materials gathered on Manitoulin Island.

Thursday, December 10, 10:00 am ET
Dr Shirley Madill, Director of the Kitchener/Waterloo Art Gallery, will discuss Anong Beam’s paintings in the context of contemporary Indigenous art.

Tuesday–Friday, 10:00 am–4:30 pm
Saturday, 12:00–4:30 pm

For Anong Beam at Campbell House, the museum is pleased to make the exhibit accessible to a wide audience:

  • Walk-up visitors may submit a donation, at any level, through our donation box in the front hall or by a contactless credit card donation.
  • For visitors who wish to pre-register, admission is $5 purchased through the Campbell House Museum website.

Ramp access to the museum’s back door is at the property’s north gate, just off University Avenue. There is an accessible parking lot, but no elevator or accessible washroom. Visitors who require use of the parking lot are requested to reserve a space, by contacting the museum office in advance, by email or phone.

Campbell House Museum
160 Queen St. W, Toronto
(NW corner of Queen & University, at Osgoode Station)

416 597-0227 ext. 2

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