Tania Willard, MFA

Assistant Professor

Creative Studies, Visual Arts
Office: CCS 366
Phone: 250.807.8584
Email: tania.willard@ubc.ca

Graduate student supervisor

Research Summary

Visual Arts, Indigenous contemporary art, Indigenous languages, contemporary art, relational aesthetics, socially engaged practice, curatorial.

Courses & Teaching

Visual Strategies and Research, Indigenous Land Art, Contemporary Indigenous Art


Tania Willard, of Secwépemc and settler heritage, works within the shifting ideas around contemporary and traditional, often working with bodies of knowledge and skills that are conceptually linked to her interest in intersections between Aboriginal and other cultures. Public Art projects include, Rule of the Trees, a public art project at Commercial Broadway sky train station, in Vancouver BC and If the Drumming Stops, with artist Peter Morin, on the lands of the Papaschase First Nation in Edmonton, AB. Willard’s ongoing collaborative project BUSH gallery, is a conceptual land-based gallery grounded in Indigenous knowledges and relational art practices. Willard is an assistant professor at UBCO, her current research constructs a land rights aesthetic through intuitive archival acts.




MFA, UBC Okanagan, 2018

Selected Publications & Presentations

Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun: Unceded Territories (2016)

Claiming Space (2009) Kamloops Art Gallery exhibition catalogue

Dissimulation (2017) Burnaby Art gallery exhibition catalogue


Gut Instincts (2018) Kelowna Art Gallery, Tania Willard: Dissimulation, Burnaby Art Gallery  (2017) Tania Willard: Claiming Space (2009) Kamloops Art Gallery.

Soundings (2019) Agnes Etherington Art Gallery, #callresponse (national tour), group exhibition, 2017-2019, The Work of Wind, Air, Land and Sea (2018) Missasuaga ON.

Curatorial (selected): Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun: Unceded Territories​ (2016, MOA UBC), Beat Nation: Art, Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture (2012, Vancouver Art Gallery and National Tour), BUSH Gallery residency (ongoing)


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