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Education
Master of Fine Arts (2018) — OCAD University, Toronto, ON
Bachelor of Fine Arts (2016) — NSCAD University, Halifax, NS
Fine Arts Advanced Diploma (2015) — Georgian College, Barrie, ON
Art & Design Fundamentals Certificate (2012) — Georgian College, Barrie, ON

Exhibitions
2018                (Upcoming) From Food To Monument: Northern Retellings, Quest Art, Midland, ON
2018                Settling in Place, MacLaren Art Gallery, Barrie, ON 
2018                GradEx, Ada Slaight Gallery, Toronto, ON
2018                “very fine people on both sides” – MFA Thesis Exhibition, OCAD University Graduate Gallery, Toronto, ON
2018                 Ice Follies 2018, Lake Nipissing, North Bay, ON
2017                 Tonight’s Special: Bannock, Mille-Feuille and Berries, Nuit Blanche, Toronto, ON
2017                 Course Credit, OCAD University Graduate Gallery, Toronto, ON
2016                 Humanalia, OCAD University Graduate Gallery, Toronto, ON
2016                 Wake the Town and Tell The People, Mana Contemporary, Chicago, IL
2016                 The Mush Hole Project, Woodlands Cultural Centre, Brantford, ON
2016                 Wake the Town and Tell The People, Mana Contemporary, Jersey City, NJ
2015                 Off The Hook 2015, MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, ON
2015                 21st Annual ISC Outstanding Student Achievement Awards in Contemporary Sculpture Exhibition, Grounds For Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ
2015                 The Art of Living, WKP Kennedy Gallery, North Bay, ON
2015                 2015 SDVA Scholarship Show, Georgian College, Barrie, ON
2015                 Know|Sense, Double Door Studios & Gallery, Anten Mills, ON
2015                 Print Exchange, Ulster University, Belfast, Ireland
2015                 MacLaren Benefactor Exhibition, MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, ON
2014                 The Season: Baby It’s Cold Outside, SDVA Gallery, Barrie, ON
2014                 Getting To Zero, the front room Gallery, Barrie, ON
2014                 Off The Hook 2014, MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, ON
2014                 Hot Off The Press, Georgian College, Barrie, ON
2014                 From The Rafters, Double Door Studios & Gallery, Anten Mills, ON
2014                 Works by Aylan Couchie, Le Studio Gallery, Lafontaine, ON
2014                 Suddenly Strung, the front room Gallery, Barrie, ON
2014                 2014 SDVA Scholarship Show, Georgian College, Barrie, ON
2014                 Ritual Practice, the front room Gallery, Barrie, ON
2014                 By The Dozen, SDVA Gallery, Barrie, ON
2013                 Hot Off The Press, Georgian College, Barrie, ON
2013                 91st Annual Butter Sculpture Competition, Royal Winter Fair, Toronto, ON
2013                 2013 SDVA Scholarship Show, Georgian College, Barrie, ON
2013                 Works On Paper, University of Belgrade, Serbia
2012                 Hot Off The Press, Georgian College, Barrie, ON
2012                 90th Annual Butter Sculpture Competition, Royal Winter Fair, Toronto, ON
2012                 2012 SDVA Scholarship Show, Georgian College, Barrie, ON
2012                 One Night Stand, Georgian College, Barrie, ON

Public Art/Special Projects 
2018                 “#callresponse” Social Media Writer-In-Residence, Blackwood Gallery, Mississauga, ON, Dec 15, 2017 – January 27
2017                 “Global Experience Project” w/ Isaac Julien, OCAD University, January-June
2016                “Witnesses: Called to Action” Public Endurance Performance, Art Bar & Cabaret Voltaire – Atlantique, Halifax, NS

2016                “This Is What I Wish You Knew” {Re}conciliation Mural (Canada Council for the Arts), Halifax, NS
2015                 The Current Current, Halifax Stanfield International Airport, NS
2015                 H.I.O. Big Chiefs, Pratt Homes, Barrie, ON
2015                 Don’t Sweat It, Pratt Homes, Barrie, ON

Awards
2018                 Ontario Arts Council Indigenous Arts Award Nominee 
2017                 Arthur Lismer Award for Academic Excellence, NSCAD University, Halifax, NS
2016                 2016 Premier’s Award Recipient, Recent Graduate, Ontario Colleges
2015                 Barbara Laronde Award, Native Women In The Arts, Toronto, ON
2015                 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award, International Sculpture Center, Hamilton, NJ
2015                 Excellence in Studio Award, SDVA Scholarship Show, Barrie, ON
2014                 Excellence in Studio Award, SDVA Scholarship Show, Barrie, ON
2014                 Barrie Art Club Scholarship, SDVA Scholarship Show, Barrie, ON
2013                 Grand Champion “Harvey Townsend Award” Butter Sculpture Competition, Royal Winter Fair, Toronto, ON
2013                 2nd Place Juried Butter Sculpture Competition, Royal Winter Fair, Toronto, ON
2013                 Randy Anderson Memorial Scholarship, SDVA Scholarship Show, Barrie, ON
2013                 Excellence in Studio Award, SDVA Scholarship Show, Barrie, ON
2012                 Award of Excellence in Fine Art Studio: 3D, SDVA Scholarship Show, Barrie, ON
2012                 John Hart Memorial Scholarship, SDVA Scholarship Show, Barrie, ON

Media/Publications
2018                “The ‘Site-Specific’ art and politics of Aylan Couchie”, Anishinabek News, February 2018
2018                Talking Art with Aylan Couchie, The Roundtable Podcast hosted by Wayne K. Spear, January 2018
2017                2017 Graduation Catalogue, NSCAD University, Halifax, NS
2017                “A Day in the Life” with Anishinaabe Artist Aylan Couchie, Toronto Guardian, April 2017
2016                “Double win for Georgian alumnae at Premier’s Awards Gala”, Georgian News, November 2016
2016                “Anishinaabe artist receives nomination in Recent Graduate category of the Premier’s Awards”, Anishinabek News, October 2016
2016                “Wake the Town and Tell the People”, Suzanne Seesman, Mana Contemporary, 2016
2016                “New Art: Aylan Couchie” Annual Artist Feature, The Coast, February 2016, Halifax, NS
2015                “Birch bark plane one of eight art pieces by NSCAD students installed at Halifax airport”, Metro News, Halifax, December 2015
2015                “2015 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Awards”, Sculpture Magazine, October 2015
2015                 “Aylan Couchie’s piece chosen to adorn Pratt Homes building”, Barrie Examiner, September 2015, Barrie, ON
2015                 “Georgian Fine Arts alumna chosen to create Barrie art installation”, Georgian College News, September 2015, Barrie, ON
2015                 “Aboriginal-inspired artwork wins Pratt Homes contest in Barrie”, Barrie Advance, September 2015, Barrie, ON
2015                 “Artist close with her grandfather”, Anishinabek News, August 2015, Ontario
2015                 “Vote for one of two Georgian artists in Barrie art competition”, Georgian College News, July 2015
2015                 “Former Barrie artist wins sculptor’s award”, Barrie Advance, July 2015, Barrie, ON
2015                 “Sculptor Award” (television), CTV Barrie, June 2015, North Bay, ON
2015                 “North Bay Sculptor” (television), CTV Northern Ontario, June 2015, North Bay, ON
2015                 “Local artist wins worldwide award”, Baytoday, June 2015, North Bay, ON
2015                 “Aylan Couchie – Artist Feature” Sunday Crush, Barrie, ON
2014                 “Extraordinary Experience: Carving A Grand Prize Winner”, GeorgianView 2014 Issue, Barrie, ON
2013                 “Fine Arts Student Hops to Grand Champion Win with Her Royal Winter Fair Butter Sculpture”, Georgian College News, Barrie, ON

Publications as Author/Contributor
2018                 “very fine people on both sides”, MFA Thesis, OCAD University
2018                 “When Textbooks are Held Within Forest Floors“, Arts Everywhere
2018                 “Appropriationby Aylan Couchie, Raven Davis and Chief Lady Bird, moderated by Lindsay Nixon, Canadian Art, Spring 2018
2017                 “Anti-Seal hunt rhetoric ignores facts and suppresses Indigenous Culture” Co-authored w/ Ian Mosby, The Globe & Mail, October 12
2017                 “Let’s Start with What Cultural Appropriation is Not”, Global News, May 19
2017                 “Returning Our Voices to Us: The recent debate about cultural appropriation shows that true reconciliation is not about saying sorry, it’s about listening to Indigenous Voices”, IRPP Policy Options, May 16

Presentations, Artist Talks, Symposia
2018                 The Dynamics of Urban and Rural Arts in Ontario, panelist, CPAMO Gathering, Toronto, ON, May 29-31 
2018                 Post-Reality NDN Art: Disrupting Indigenous Art and its Cannon, presenter, Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA) Tenth Annual Meeting, University of California, Los Angeles, CA, May 17 
2018                 The Labour of Being Studied/The Labour of Refusing to be Studied, speaker, University of Toronto, May 11
2018                 “Aylan Couchie Guest Artist Talk” Nipissing University, North Bay, ON, February 9
2017                 “Indigenous Tattoo Resurgence Panel,” Ka’nikonhrí:yo Gatherings, moderator, Native Women in the Arts, Onsite Gallery, Toronto, ON, November 16
2017                  “social media disruptor,” Art & Activism, panelist, Native American Art Studies Association Biennial Symposium, Tulsa, OK, October 25-28
2017                  “glu-it: forcing Inuit art into settler creations,” Questioning the Artist: Indigenous and non-indigenous strategies and practices, panelist, Native American Art Studies Association Biennial Symposium, Tulsa, OK, October 25-28
2017                  “Resilient Women Must Sing,” Pop Up Speaker, AGO: First Thursdays, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON

Related Experience
2018                ACC Delegation of Indigenous artists/curators, Canadian Embassy, Washington, DC
2018                Curatorial Intern, Indigenous Art, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON 
2018                Public Art Jury for Creative City Campus, Toronto, ON
2018                Graduate Student Representative, OCAD University Senate Graduate Studies Committee
2018                Creation/Development of Cultural Appropriation Learning Module for 1st year DRPT program, OCAD University, Toronto
2017                Board Member, White Water Gallery, North Bay, ON
2017                Secretary, Native Women in the Arts, Toronto, ON
2017-18           Fine Arts Advisory Committee, Georgian College, Barrie, ON
2015-17          Art & Design Fundamentals Advisory Committee, Georgian College, Barrie, ON
2015                Event Curator, “Keesic Douglas: Films Short Like Loin Cloths”, Barrie Film Festival Aboriginal Days Feature, June 2015, Barrie, ON
2015                Jury Panel – The First Floor Gallery (Department of Culture/City Hall) Barrie, ON
2014                Event Coordinator in cooperation with ACSC“Getting to Zero” (World AIDS Day 2014), Barrie, ON
2014                Key Organizer – “Who New?!” Community Art Crawl (September 16), Barrie, ON
2014                Key Organizer – “Who New?!” Community Art Crawl (April 5), Barrie, ON
2014                Director of Marketing – the front room gallery, Barrie, ON

Curriculum Vitae – Aylan Couchie

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