Bob Boyer, R.C.A. (1948-2004)

Bob Boyer

  • b. 1948, Prince Albert, Saskatchewan
  • d. August 30, 2004, Nebraska

Education

  • 1971 B.Ed., [art education] University of Saskatchewan, Regina

Employment

  • 1971-73 Art and drama teacher in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan
  • 1973-75 Community Program Officer, Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina
  • 1974 Guest Curator, Prairie Ceramics, Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina
  • 1975-76 Program Supervisor, Northern Continuing Education, Saskatchewan
  • 1975 Guest Curator, 100 Years of Saskatchewan Indian Art, 1830-1930
  • 1976-78 Personnel Officer, Department of Northern Saskatchewan
  • 1978-80 Assistant Professor and Consultant in Indian Art, Saskatchewan Indian Federated College
  • 1980 Department Head, Department of Indian Fine Arts Associate Professor of Indian Art History, Saskatchewan Indian Federated College
  • 1982 Co-curator, New Works by a New Generation
  • 1993 Curator, New Native Scene in Saskatchewan, The Little Gallery, Prince Albert, Saskatchewan
  • 1994 Curator, Kiskeyatum: Allen Sapp, A Retrospective, Mackenzie Art Gallery

Publications Authored

  • 1974 Prairie Ceramics, catalogue
  • 1975 100 Years of Saskatchewan Indian Art, 1830-1930, catalogue
  • 1981 "Indian Art and Oral History," Saskatchewan Archives (Summer)
  • 1982 Review, Daphne Odjig Exhibition, Regina Leader Post (November)
  • 1983 Review, Arthur Shilling Exhibition, Regina Leader Post (May) Review, "Quillwork of the Plains," Prairie Forum
  • 1993 Essay, "Bob Boyer's Collaborative Project," Dunlop Art Gallery
  • 1994 Kiskeyatum: Allen Sapp, A Retrospective, catalogue
  • 1998 Article written: Chapter on “The Cowboy paintings of Allen Sapp” in the Exhibition book of “Indian Cowboy Culture” Canadian Museum of Civilization presently at publishers.
  • 1999 “Powow at the End of the Millennium” by Bob Boyer, De Facto Magazine, Brussels, Summer .
  • 1999 “Bob Boyer: Connections to Collections” Exhibition Article/Statement, published in connection with Exhibition
  • 1999 ChapterIII: “L'etudie de L'Art Contemporain de Deux Peintres de la Saskatchewan: Bob Boyer and Allen Sapp”
  • 1999 Allen J. Ryan: Completed Ph.D. theses, University of British Columbia, B.C.
  • 2000 Currently writing a catalogue for the “Pow wow Show” A Survey of Native Painting from Painted Buffalo Robes, 1800 to 1990's.

Selected Boards, Commissions, Committees

  • Management Committee, Canadian Plains Research Centre,
  • University of Regina - past member
  • Regina Arts Commission - board member, since 1986
  • Society of Canadian Artists of Native Ancestry - board member, since 1980,
  • Juror, Canada Council 'B' Grants, Summer 1987
  • National Museum of Canada - Exhibition Advisory Committee, since 1987
  • Regina Youth Unlimited - board member, 1987-89
  • ATLATL - The Association of Native American Artists [US] - "Second
  • Circle" board member, since 1988
  • Society of Canadian Artists of Native Ancestry - Co-Chairperson, 1988-90
  • The Journal of Indigenous Studies/Le Revue Des Etudes Indigenous,
  • Gabriel Dumont Institute of Native Studies, Regina, Sask. - Associate Editor
  • Juror, Saskatchewan Arts Board, Spring, 1989
  • Mackenzie Art Gallery - SMART Move Committee member, 1989-90
  • Juror, Canada Council Art Bank [works on paper], 1990
  • Regina Arts Commission, 1986-89
  • Regina Civic Art Collection Committee - Chairperson, since 1989
  • Regina Arts Commission - Advisory Committee, since 1990
  • Mayor's Task Force on the Arts - member, since 1990
  • Canadian Artists Representation (CARFAC), Sask. - member, since 1991
  • Canada Council Visual Arts Advisory Committee - member, 1991-94
  • Ironbow: Sask. Native Arts Association - member, since 1991
  • Windscript Magazine, Sask. Writer's Guild, Regina - Art Editor, since 1992
  • Task Force on Museums and First Nations, Canadian Museums
  • Association and Assembly of First Nations, Ottawa - member, 1990-92
  • Status of the Artists Committee, Province of Saskatchewan - member 1992-93
  • Regina Economic Development Association: Native Business
  • Development - member, 1992-93
  • Cornwall Alternative School Board - member, 1994-95
  • Juno Awards - juror, 1995
  • Canada Council - juror, 1995
  • Mackenzie Art Gallery Hiring Committee for curatorial position - member, 1995
  • Arnott & Architects for the Regina Casino Renovations - Art Consultant, 1995
  • Boreal Forest Art Institute Advisory Board, Keyano College, Ft. McMurray,
  • Alberta, - member, since 1995
  • University of Regina, Fine Arts Curriculum Committee, Regina, Sask.- ongoing
  • University of Regina, Grad Studies Committee, Regina, Sask. 1998-2000
  • Exhibition Review, Rosemont Gallery, Regina, Sask.- 1999
  • Acquisitons Committee, MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, Sask.- 1999
  • Board Member, Saskatchewan Housing Association, Rouleau Seniors Centre- 1999-2002
  • Board Member, Regina Plains Museum- 2000- 2003
  • Board Member: MacKenzie Art Gallery- 2000- 2003

Selected Commissions

  • 1984 Poster design for Department of Indian and Northern Affairs
  • 1985 Hand-painted and hand-sewn quilt for the Saskatchewan Government Heritage Collection
  • 1986 Cover design and illustration, Grain Magazine
  • 1988 Odeon Cineplex, Regina - Two large paintings Via Rail
  • Cover for Anthology of Poetry by Evelyn Bolding
  • 1990 Mural (16 x 45 feet) for Saskatchewan Museum of Natural History, Regina
  • 20 banners (each 45 x 10 feet) for Sky Dome Corporation, Toronto
  • Triptych painting (8 x 13 feet), Regina Public Library Board
  • 1992-93 Stained glass window, Sacred Heart Cathedral, Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. Installed 1994.
  • 1995 Banner Designs, installed around the National Capital Grounds, Government of Canada National Capital Commission, Ottawa
  • 1998 Four individually designed banners 3w x 10h completed Summer 1999 for the Brussels, Belgium Musee Royaux DArt et DHistoire

Exhibitions

  • 1970 Campion College, University of Regina [group]
  • Gallery on the Roof, Regina [group]
  • 1971 Burnaby Art Gallery, Burnaby, B.C. [group]
  • 1972 Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston, Ont. [group]
  • 1973 University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon [solo]
  • Saskatoon Public Library [group]
  • 1979 Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina [group]
  • Kesik Gallery, Regina [group]
  • 1980 Splash Gallery, Ottawa [solo]
  • Contemporary Indian Art of Saskatchewan, Rosemont Art Gallery, Regina [group]
  • First National Native Art Show, Native Canadian Centre, Toronto [group]
  • 1981 Art Amerindian '81, National Arts Centre, Ottawa [group]
  • 1982 Native Canadian Centre of Toronto [group]
  • New Work by a New Generation, Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina [group]
  • Seven Canadian Artists, The Foundry, Washington, D.C. and Mercer Street Gallery, New York [group]
  • Church Gallery, Ottawa [group]
  • 1983-85 Contemporary Inuit and Indian Art of Canada, New York City, Washington, D.C., Dallas, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Lima, Buenos Aires [group]
  • 1984 Horses Fly, Too, Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina [group]
  • 3rd Annual Wild West Show, Alberta College of Art, Calgary [group]
  • Assiniboia Gallery, Regina [group]
  • 1985 Woltjen/Udell Gallery, Edmonton [solo]
  • The Metis Show, Glenbow Museum, Calgary [group]
  • Second Generation, Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina [group]
  • Rosemont Art Gallery, Regina [group]
  • 14 Saskatchewan Artists, Government of Saskatchewan Legislative Building [group]
  • 1986 Brignall Gallery, Toronto [solo]
  • The Club Gallery, Regina [solo]
  • Sapp, Lonechild, Boyer and Beaudry, Saskatchewan Arts Council - touring exhibition [group]
  • Indian Art '86, Woodland Cultural Centre, Brantford, Ont. [group]
  • New Beginnings: Native Business Summit, Metro Convention Centre, Toronto [group]
  • Out of Saskatchewan, Vancouver Art Gallery, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, and Rosemont Art Gallery, Regina [group]
  • Ascending Culture, Terrasses de la Chaudiere, Hull, P.Q. [group]
  • A Celebration of Contemporary Native Art, Canadian Consulate, Los Angeles [group]
  • Cross Cultural Views, National Gallery, Ottawa [group]
  • 1987 Two Worlds, Mackenzie Art Gallery Outreach Program, Regina [group]
  • Eight from the Prairies, Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay [group]
  • A Celebration of Contemporary Canadian Native Art, Southwest Museum, Los Angeles [group]
  • 1988 Bob Boyer: A Blanket Statement, University of British Columbia and Thunder Bay National Exhibition Centre [solo]
  • Galerie Dresdnere, Toronto [solo]
  • Quiet Protest, AKA Gallery, Saskatoon [group]
  • Ode'min, Laurentian University Arts Centre, Sudbury [travelling-group]
  • In the Shadow of the Sun, National Gallery, Ottawa [group]
  • 1989 Bob Boyer: Summer Dreams - Mountain Prayers, Ufundi Gallery, Ottawa [solo]
  • Assiniboia Gallery, Regina [solo]
  • Re-Look, Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina [group]
  • Beyond History, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver [group]
  • Curators Choose, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto [group]
  • First Nations Art Show, Meewasin Centre, Saskatoon [group]
  • Regina Public Library [group]
  • 1990 Canadian Art Galleries, Calgary [solo]
  • Galerie Dresdnere, Toronto [solo]
  • Found Objects, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon [group]
  • In the Shadow of the Sun, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, The Hague Museum, Rijkmuseum, Leiden, Germany [group]
  • Seeing Red, Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston, Ont. [group]
  • Contemporary Rituals, Whitewater Gallery, North Bay, Ont.,
  • Memorial University, St. John's, Nfld., Confederation Art Centre,
  • Charlottetown, P.E.I., Forest City Gallery, London, Ont., Art Gallery, of Southern Okanagan, B.C.,
  • Definitely Superior, Thunder Bay, Ont. [group]
  • Mackenzie Gallery, Regina - inaugural exhibition [group]
  • 1991 Shades of Difference: The Art of Bob Boyer, Edmonton Art Gallery [solo]
  • Myth and Magic in America: The Eighties, Monterrey Contemporary Art Museum, Monterrey, Mexico - inaugural exhibition [group]
  • OKA-NADA, Workscene Gallery, Toronto [group]
  • Strengthening the Spirit, National Gallery, Ottawa [group]
  • Assiniboia Gallery, Regina [group]
  • Cultural Explorations, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg [group]
  • 1992 New Works in 1992, University of Regina Faculty Club, Regina [solo]
  • Works from Summer '92, Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina [solo]
  • Galerie Dresdnere, Toronto, Ont. [solo]
  • Bob Boyer: A Survey, Keyano College Gallery, Fort McMurray [solo]
  • Reconstructed Symbols, Deconstructed Meaning, Cleveland Centre for Contemporary Art and Howard Yezerski Gallery, Boston [group]
  • Indigena, National Museum of Civilization, Hull [group]
  • 1492, Monterrey Museum of Contemporary Art, Mexico [group]
  • Decolonizing the Mind, Centre for Contemporary Art, Seattle, Washington [group]
  • 1993 The Bob Boyer's Children's Collaborative Project, Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina [group]
  • You Are on Indian Land, Neutral Ground Gallery, Regina [group]
  • Canada Summer Games, Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops [group]
  • Traditional Images/Contemporary Reflections, Saskatchewan Craft Council Travelling Exhibition [group]
  • 1994 Hidden Values: Ontario Collects, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg [group]
  • Galerie Dresdnere, Toronto [solo]
  • Hidden Values: Revealing the Art of Business, Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, [group]
  • Canada Council Collects, Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton [group]
  • Living Art: A First Nations Travelling Art Show, Regina Board of Education [group]
  • Mackenzie Art Gallery Collects, Regina [group]
  • 20 Years Plus: Celebrating the University of Regina 20th Anniversary, Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina [group]
  • 80 Favourite Works, Mendel Gallery, Saskatoon [group]
  • Miniatures, Assiniboia Gallery, Regina [group]
  • Textiles That is to Say, The Museum for Textiles, Toronto and On Gallery, Vancouver [group]
  • 1995 Indigena, travelled to Europe and the U.S. [group]
  • An Odd Couple: Bob Boyer & Susan D'Amato, The Cultural Exchange Society, Regina
  • Exploring the Connections, The Mackenzie Gallery, Regina [group]
  • Contemporary Native Art, Thunder Bay Art Gallery [group]
  • Bob Boyer: New Work, Assiniboia Gallery, Regina [solo]
  • Native Canadian Voices, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa [group]
  • Who Speaks for the River? Derek Simpkins Gallery, Vancouver [group]
  • 1995 Saskatchewan Stories: A Celebration of Saskatchewan's 90th Anniversary, Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina [group]
  • First Nations Perspectives, The Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon [group]
  • Indian Humour Show, Neutral Ground Artist-Run Centre, Regina [group]
  • Windows: Store Front on Art (Six artists invited to do storefront installations), Scarth Street Mall, Regina
  • 1997 From the Universal Songbook, Gallery Gevik [solo]
  • 1999 Life Is For The Living And Summer Is For The Dancers, Gallery Gevik [solo]
  • Spiritual Landscapes, Thunder Bay Art Gallery (travelling to Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge & MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina [solo]
  • Bob Boyer: Spiritual Landscape, Thunder Bay Art Gallery Thunder Bay, Ontario April-June 1999 [solo]
  • Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge, Alberta, June-August 1999
  • Art Gallery, Regina, Sask., September-November 1999 [solo]
  • Bob Boyer: Connections to Collectors, Glenbow Art Gallery, Calgary, Alberta, June-September 1999 [solo]
  • Bob Boyer: Trains-nBoats-nPlains; The Nina, The Santa Maria and Pinto, one person installation, MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, Sask., June 1999 [solo]
  • Bob Boyer: Timelessness- Rosemont Art Gallery, Regina, Sask. [solo]
  • "Drawing the Line" Dunlop Art Gallery, Sherwood Village, Regina, Sask. October to December 1999 [group]
  • Mark Makers First Nations Graphics MacKenzie Art Gallery Regina, Sask., November 1998, February 1999 [group]
  • “50th Anniversary Show Saskatchewan Arts Board” MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, Sask, April 1999 [group]
  • Art In Bloom Group Show, MacKenzie Art Gallery Regina, Sask. April 1999 [group]
  • Guerrilla Tactics Group Show, Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge, Alberta, June- September 1999
  • 2000 “Indian Summer” Musee Royaux D'Art et D'Histoire BrusselsSeptember 1999- April 2000 [group]
  • Faculty Show, University of Regina, MacKenzie Art Gallery
  • January 2000- March 2000, [group]
  • “New Paintings on the Praries”, Doug Udell Gallery, Vancouver B.C., February, 2000 [group]
  • 2000 “Bob Boyer & Rick Rivet, Keyano College Art Gallery., Ft. McMurray, Alberta, March, 2000
  • Travelling Identities- The Space Between, MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, July- November, 2000
  • 2001 "Dial a Line" eye-[kju:] projectroom for contextual contemporary art, Greifswald, Germany [group]
  • 2002 "Qu'Appelle: Takes of Two Valleys", Mendel Art Gallery, Saskachewan, travelling exhibition [group]
  • "Unwritten History", Gallery Gevik, Toronto

Selected Collections

  • National Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario
  • Museum of Civilization, Ottawa, Ontario
  • National Native Exhibition Centre, Thunder Bay, Ontario
  • City of Regina, Saskatchewan
  • Regina Public Library Art Collection, Regina, Saskatchewan
  • McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, Ontario
  • Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, Ottawa, Ontario
  • Imperial Oil, Calgary, Alberta
  • Canada Council Art Bank
  • Department of Indian and Northern Affairs, Ottawa, Ontario
  • Saskatchewan Arts Board, Regina, Saskatchewan
  • Regina Separate School Board, Regina, Saskatchewan
  • Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations
  • Texaco Canada
  • Interprovincial Pipe and Steel Corp.
  • Sheraton Hotels, Toronto, Ontario
  • Native Canadian Centre, Toronto, Ontario
  • MacPherson, Leslie and Tyerman, Regina, Saskatchewan
  • C.B.C., Regina, Saskatchewan
  • Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • Winnipeg Art Gallery, Manitoba
  • Cineplex-Odeon, Regina,Saskatchewan
  • Glenbow Art Gallery, Calgary, Alberta
  • Canadian Auto Workers, Oshawa, Ontario
  • Northern Telecom, Toronto, Ontario
  • Tory, Tory and Binnington, Toronto, Ontario
  • Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan
  • Native Heritage Foundation, Regina, Saskatchewan
  • Merrill-Lynch, Toronto, Ontario
  • Ben-Gurion University, Israel
  • Bronfman Foundation, Montreal, P.Q.
  • Via Rail
  • Wascana Rehabilitation Centre, Regina, Saskatchewan
  • Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Sky Dome, Toronto, Ontario
  • Saskatchewan Museum of Natural History, Regina, Saskatchewan
  • Toronto-Dominion Bank
  • Saskatchewan Telecommunications, Regina, Saskatchewan
  • Regina Public Library Board, Saskatchewan
  • Crown LIfe, Regina, Saskatchewan
  • Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops, B.C.
  • The Osler Law Firm, Toronto & Calgary
  • National Museum of Art & History

Daphne OdjigDaphne Odjig, Canadian Indigenous Artist and Icon Dies at 97. Click here for more details.

Odjig is frequently referred to as the "Grandmother of Indigenous Art." She has been the recipient of many awards, honours and recognitions for her works, to name a few: The Order of Canada, the Governor General's Award, and eight Honorary Doctorates. Her works have been shown in the National Gallery of Canada, The McMichael Canadian Art Collection, the Canadian Museum of Civilization and the Art Gallery of Ontario.


She established the first native-run fine art print house in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1971. Known as 'Odjig Indian Prints,' this print house was so successful that it evolved into an Indigenous gallery space in 1974, called the New Warehouse Gallery, run by Odjig and her husband, Chester Beavon. She was also a founding member of the Indian Group of Seven. This artistic group's purpose was to promote Contemporary Indigenous art and artists.

Alex JanvierAlex Janvier's major retrospective, "Alex Janvier: Modern Indigenous Master" was recently on display at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa. Alex Janvier is one of Canada's most acclaimed contemporary Indigenous artists. His career of sixty-five years has yielded thousands of paintings, and more than twenty-five murals and public commissions.

This exhibition has now travelled to the MacKenzie Art Gallery in Regina, Saskatchewan until September 10th. The retrospective will end off at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Toronto. No official dates have been announced as of yet. (Photo credit: Kim Griffiths)

Rita LetendreGallery Gevik congratulates renowned Canadian and International abstract painter, Rita Letendre, on her first major museum retrospective exhibition outside of Québec. Rita Letendre: Fire and Light is now open until September 17, 2017 at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

This exhibition, which covers Letendre's career from the 1960's to 2000's, is co-curated by Wanda Nanibush and Georgiana Uhlyarik. The retrospective features nearly forty large-scale paintings drawn from major national public and private collections.

Letendre was widely exhibited with the artistic groups, Les Automatistes and Les Plasticiens. She has received the Governor General's Award in Visual Arts, the Prix Paul-Émile Borduas, and the Orders of Canada, Ontario and Québec. Click here for more details.