Public Art by Carly Morrisseau | Jessie Jannuska


Carly Morrisseau, nitayānān kīyāpic ōta (We’re Still Here), 2019. Digital art.

Carly Morrisseau: nitayānān kīyāpic ōta (We’re Still Here)
Jessie Jannuska: Nibi – my cup is full, please take a sip

On now until January 5
Offsite installation – Highway 10 in Brandon

The Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba is pleased to unveil two new public artworks by emerging artists, Carly Morrisseau and Jessie Jannuska. The artworks will be installed on two separate billboards on Highway 10 in Brandon.

Morrisseau and Jannuska were selected to create the artworks as part of the Public Art Mentorship Program at the AGSM – a new initiative that aims to foster artistic leadership in emerging racialized and Indigenous artists living in Brandon. Reflecting on water rights, Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, and the continuous Indigenous presence in the region, the two artists created new work to share their unique perspectives.


Jessie Jannuska, Nibi – my cup is full, please take a sip, 2019. Digital art.

Organized by Alyssa Fearon, Curator at the AGSM, the 8-week program involved mentorship with three artists across Canada: Hiba Abdallah (Toronto, ON), KC Adams (Winnipeg, MB), and Quill Christie-Peters (Thunder Bay, ON). Morrisseau and Jannuska took part in in-person and online studio visits, directed readings, and critique sessions.

The first billboard, by Morrisseau, is currently on view at Richmond Ave and 18th St, and the second billboard, by Jannuska, will go up mid-November at 18th St and Park Ave. Additional programming will soon be announced.

The program was generously supported by the RBC Emerging Artist Project

About the Artists:

Jessie Jannuska is a Brandon-based interdisciplinary visual artist with mixed Dakota, Ojibway and European ancestry. She is from Canupawakpa Dakota First Nation. She has recently completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with honors from Brandon University. She primarily works in oil, acrylic, watercolor, pencil, pen, mixed media, and beading. She has had solo exhibitions at the Glen P. Sutherland Gallery, and the Arts Mosaic Gallery, and has participated in many group exhibitions.

Carly Morrisseau is pursuing a BFA (Honors) with a major in Drawing and a minor in Native Studies at Brandon University. Their mediums include pencil, ink and their tablet’s stylus. They are interested in pursuing comics, illustration and different storytelling mediums. Morrisseau is teaching art classes at the Art Gallery of South Western Manitoba for the fall and has artwork kept in private collections.

About the Mentors:

Hiba Abdallah is an artist and organizer who frequently works with others. Her practice explores locality, civic agency and collaborative structures as tools for gathering, learning and making. She received her BFA from the University of Windsor in 2012 and her MFA from the University of Guelph in 2017. She currently lives and works in Toronto, Ontario.

Quill Christie-Peters is an Anishinaabe arts programmer and self-taught visual artist currently residing in Northwestern Ontario. She currently works as the Director of Education and Training for the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective where she is coordinating the Emerging Curatorial Training Program. She is the creator of the Indigenous Youth Residency Program, an artist residency for Indigenous youth that engages land-based creative practices through Anishinaabe artistic methodologies. She holds a Masters degree in Indigenous Governance on Anishinaabe art-making as a process of falling in love and sits on the board of directors for Native Women in the Arts. Her written work can be found in GUTS Magazine and Tea N’ Bannock and her visual work can be found at @raunchykwe.

KC Adams is a Winnipeg-based artist who graduated from Concordia University with a B.F.A in studio arts. Adams has had several solo exhibitions, group exhibitions and been in three biennales including the PHOTOQUAI: Biennale des images du monde in Paris, France. Adams participated in residencies at the Banff Centre, the Confederation Art Centre in Charlottetown, the National Museum of the American Indian and the Parramatta Arts Gallery in Australia. Her work is in many permanent collections Nationally and Internationally. Adams was awarded the Winnipeg Arts Council’s Making A Mark Award and Canada’s Senate 150 medal recipient for her accomplishments with her Perception Photo Series.

About the AGSM:
The Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba has been proudly serving Brandon and its surrounding region for over 100 years. Founded in 1907 as the Brandon Art Club, the AGSM is Manitoba’s oldest centre for visual art and one of Canada’s first. The AGSM offers year round exhibitions in our Main and Community galleries featuring artwork from leading local, provincial, and national artists that often addresses the specifics of this place and encourages new understandings of our community. We also produce regular public events and offer a robust art education program offering tours, workshops and classes for children, teens, and adults at all skill levels. As a not-for-profit, registered charitable organization, all of our main public programs are offered free of charge to the public, and our education programs operate on a cost-recovery basis (with 100% funded scholarships for youth facing financial barriers).

AGSM Accessibility:
This venue is partially accessible. There is an elevator on the ground floor of the Town Centre mall to enter the AGSM building, which is located on the second floor of the mall. There is also an automated entrance into the Gallery’s building from the Town Centre parkade, which is an accessible parking lot. Once in the Gallery building, there are two large and unaccessible doorways to enter the AGSM; however, a front desk attendant will be on hand to assist anyone who requires support to enter the gallery. There are two gender neutral washrooms on-site; their entrances are not accessible.

Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba
710 Rosser Avenue, Unit 2
Brandon, MB
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