Suzanne Morrissette is a Cree-Metis artist, curator, and writer from Winnipeg. She has a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art & Design (2009) and an MFA from OCAD University (2011). In 2017 Morrissette completed her PhD in Social and Political Thought at York University, which took an interdisciplinary approach to investigate artworks which illustrate how demonstrations of Indigenous political knowledge have been misinterpreted as aggressive or anti-progress within contemporary liberal society. This research has received SSHRC CGS and Provost Dissertation Scholarship support, and was nominated for the dissertation prize for 2018.
Morrissette’s artwork has been included in exhibitions including wnoondwaamin (we hear them) (2016), which will tour to four Canadian galleries between 2016 and 2018. Her work has been featured in Sidewalk Screenings at Whippersnapper Gallery (2014), North of Here at Harbourfront Centre (2014), Lake Effect at SCENE Metrospace (2012), and Best Before at the Graduate Gallery (Toronto, 2012). Her short piece of creative non-fiction was selected for publication in the award-winning anthology Manitowapow (2011).
Morrissette’s curatorial work includes such recent exhibitions as our land, together at Harbourfront Centre (2015), Surface & Symbol: works by Jean Marshall at the Ontario Crafts Council (2013) and Definitely Superior Art Gallery (2014), Blueprints for a Long Walk: works by Lisa Myers at Urban Shaman Gallery (2013), and Something About Encounter: works by Duane Linklater at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery (2013). Morrissette curated the group exhibition Setting: land which first opened in 2012 at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery and that later toured to four galleries across Ontario. She has received numerous grants from provincial and national agencies to support her artistic and curatorial practices.
Morrissette currently works as Assistant Professor, Indigenous Studies at the Alberta College of Art & Design in Calgary.