Missy LeBlanc is a curator and writer of Métis, Nēhiyaw, and Polish decent. LeBlanc is the inaugural Emerging Curatorial Resident at TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary, AB where she is working on two exhibitions and a gathering centered on Indigenous language revitalization and epistemologies for fall 2019. Recent curatorial projects include "Tina Guyani | Deer Road" (2019), "Reverberate" (2018), and "What is Known of Old and Long Familiar" (2016). LeBlanc was born and raised in Amiskwacîwâskahikan (Edmonton) and is currently based in Moh’kins’stis (Calgary).
Her curatorial philosophy and values are built around the root of the word curate: to care. Rather than centering the care of art objects however, she is more concerned with holding my relationships with artists with care, creating and strengthening the bonds of kinship. Her aim with each exhibition is to use the position of responsibility that is allotted as curator to center the voices and works of BIPOC and womxn artists while maintaining a strong relationship with them.
Areas of Expertise (5)
MacEwan University: Diploma, Arts and Cultural Management 2018
University of Alberta: B.A., History of Art, Design, and Visual Culture 2015
Ryan Rice, Independent Curator and Associate Dean, Academic Affairs, Faculty of Liberal Arts | OCAD University
« The Middlebrook Prize for Young Canadian Curators winner’s intuitive approach to curatorial practice draws upon building tangible relationships with artists and community, as a means to assert a generative methodology of responsibility that will guide and impact their exhibition development, engagement and curatorial experience. »
Media Appearances (1)
Meet this year's winner of the Middlebrook Prize
CBC Radio One radio
Matt Galloway of CBC Radio One, Metro Morning interviews Missy LeBlanc on the morning after her Middlebrook Prize 2019 announcement in Toronto.
Big'Uns Panel Disussion Latitude 53 Visual Art, Edmonton, AB.
Edmonton Parent-Artist Network Event Creative Practices Institute, Edmonton, AB.
The Matriarch, grandmother, outlined in a halo of rose gold. Naahsa, Nitsiipowahsin for grandparent, is an archival photo of Alyssa Duck Chief’s great grandmother, Emily Duck Chief, the family matriarch, on a horse riding in the Stampede parade. As a means to reclaim familial and cultural stories from colonial narratives, Alyssa scours the Glenbow Museum’s archives for familial photos as well as photos of people from the Siksiká Nation. This image, depicting one of the main matriarchs in the Duck Chief family taking part in the Stampede parade in the mid-1900s, is one such photograph.
In June 2018 the National Indigenous Media Arts Coalition (NIMAC) in partnership with the Independent Media Arts Alliance (IMAA) held a national gathering at Wanuskewin Heritage Park in Saskatoon. The gathering—Listen, Witness, Transmit— brought Indigenous scholars, artists and cultural workers, along with non-Indigenous allies and media arts organizations together for three days of panel discussions, workshops, exhibitions, performances and screenings. The gathering was centered around Indigenous resurgence with each day dedicated to a specific resurgence practice— listening, transmitting, and witnessing...
Exhibition catalogue for Amy Malbeuf’s solo exhibition, Tensions, at Artspace in Peterborough, ON
Wahkohtowin means everything is related. We are all related and we are home. This is what was running through my mind as I listened to the Métis artists and curators behind “Li Salay” introduce themselves and their work at the symposium marking its opening. It was a homecoming that I, and many other Métis, didn’t know was coming—or needed...