Shelby Lisk

Ottawa, Ont. &
Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory


2020 Certificate in Mohawk language & culture, Queen's University and Tsi Tyónnheht Onkwawén:na
2019 Photojournalism Diploma, Loyalist College, Belleville, Ontario
2015 Bachelor of Fine Arts, minor in Gender Studies, University of Ottawa
2012 Intermediate Painting, Florence University of the Arts, Florence, Italy

Additional Training:

2021  Hot Docs Podcast Accelerator Program, Toronto, Ontario
2020 Emerging-20 Program for BIPOC Filmmakers, Reelworld Film Festival, Toronto, Ontario
2020 Indigenous 150+ podcast, interviewing and protocols training, Good Influence Films
2019  Short Film Lab, documentary filmmaking training, DOC Institute, Ottawa, Ontario
2018  Sovereign Bodies | Healthy Nations, filmmaking and media arts training, imagineNATIVE, Toronto, Ontario

Professional Experience:

2014 – Present  Freelance Photographer, Writer, Filmmaker, and Artist, Ontario
2019 - 2022         Indigenous Hub Reporter , TVO, Ottawa, Ontario
                                   Journalist In Residence, Carleton University Journalism and Communications department, Ottawa, Ontario
2019                         Video Intern, AMJVisuals, Cobourg, Ontario
                                   Visual Intern, the Globe and Mail, Toronto, Ontario
2018                         Media Manager, Kenhté:ke Seed Sanctuary, Tyendinaga, Ontario
2017 – 2018         Media Relations, Kagita Mikam, Tyendinaga, Ontario
2016                         Gallery Associate, Mountain Galleries, Banff, Alberta
2014 – 2016         Discovery University, Photography Teaching Assistant, Ottawa, Ontario
2014 – 2015         Studio Assistant to Rosalie Favell, Ottawa, Ontario
2013 – 2015         Gallery Assistant, Central Art Garage, Ottawa, Ontario
2014                         Cultural Program Assistant, Minwaashin Lodge, Ottawa, Ontario
                                    Director of Submissions, Ottawa Arts Review, Ottawa, Ontario
                                    Director, Gallery 115, Ottawa, Ontario
                                    Studio Assistant to Andrew Wright, Ottawa, Ontario
                                    Gallery Intern, La Petite Mort Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario
2013 – 2014         Co-head Coordinator of 2014 Graduation Show, University of Ottawa, Ontario
                                    Events Coordinator, Gallery 115 Board of Directors, University of Ottawa, Ontario

Solo Exhibitions:

2022 Shé:kon se’onhwentsyà:ke ratinékere tsi nihá:ti nè:ne yesanorónhkhwa (there are still people in the world that love you), Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston, Ontario

2018 Keró:roks tsi naho’ténhson sewake’nikonhrhèn:’en (I am gathering all of the things I have forgotten), Modern Fuel, Kingston, Ontario

Group Exhibitions:

2023   Beads and Pieces, City Of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario
               improvement becomes a wall, and the river meanders still, On site - Don River, Toronto, Ontario
2022   Sense of Belonging: A Place Called Home, Woodland Cultural Centre, Six Nations, Ontario
              Continuum, Karsh-Masson Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario
2019    Room of One's Own, Random Access Gallery, Syracuse University, NY
2018    Sovereign Bodies/Healthy Nations, video screening, imagineNATIVE festival, Toronto, Ontario
               Feminist Art Collective Residency Exhibition, Toronto, Ontario
              Home Grown, Private Residence, Belleville, Ontario
2017    Kanata 150?, Studio Sixty Six, Ottawa, Ontario
2015    Feminist Art Conference, Toronto, Ontario
               EXVEE, Artscape Gibraltar Point, Toronto Island, Ontario
               MIXED Art Conference, 416 Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
               You’re Not Here, Daniels Spectrum, Toronto, Ontario
2014    Narrative I.D., Core Space, Chicago, Il.
              6 Artists (#5 Will Blow Your Mind!), Nuit Blanche, Ottawa, Ontario
              Visual Generation, Voix Visuelle, Ottawa, Ontario
              Darkroom 3.0, Gallery 918, Toronto, Ontario
              Preface, University of Ottawa Graduation Exhibition, Ottawa, Ontario
              Feminist Art Conference, Beaver Hall Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
2013-2014  Composition, Centre for Academic Leadership, Ottawa, Ontario
2013 125 Years of the Arts, Paradigm[e] Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario
            Spectra, Nuit Blanche, Ottawa, Ontario

Artist Residencies:

2022 Along the Way and Decolonial Ecologies Playgroup, Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston, Ontario
2021 Studies in Solitude micro-residency, Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston, Ontario
2019 Independent Writing Residency, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Banff, Alberta
2018 Feminist Art Collective, Artscape Gibraltar Point, Toronto, Ontario
2016 BAiR Text, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Banff, Alberta
2015 Feminist Art Conference, Artscape Gibraltar Point, Toronto, Ontario
2014 Luminous Bodies, Artscape Gibraltar Point, Toronto, Ontario


2022 In conversation with Jennifer Podemski and Shelby Lisk, Prince Edward County Arts Council
2022 Artist tour, Continuum, Karsh-Masson Gallery
2019  Reading Images of Indigenous People in Media, Foundations of Journalism class, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario
             Salam from Niagara Falls: Artist talk with Shelby Lisk, CONTACT Photography Festival, Toronto, Ontario
2018 “To Maria Amanda Bairo: Legacy of Love” panel, International Colloquium: Women's Voices/Voix Feminines/Voces Femeninas, University of Ottawa, ON
2018 Artist talk, Meta Figure undergraduate class, Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto, Ontario
2017 Artist talk, Off the Record Graduate Conference, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario
2015 Guest Lecturer, Digital Photography, Discovery University, Ottawa, Ontario
2014 Intersectionality – Collaboration, Cooperation, Community, Feminist Art Conference panel, Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto, Ontario
            Photo Journaling: Art as a Coping Mechanism, Minwaashin Lodge, Ottawa, Ontario
           Art as Resistance, Activism and Community Engagement: Indigenous Art Against Violence, Minwaashin Lodge, Ottawa, Ontario

Selected Publications:

2022   Aktsi'a, "Origins" Zine, Ottawa Design Club, Ottawa, Ontario
2020  two people who really want to feel whole braiding sweet grass, Room Magazine Issue 43.1 - Hair, Vancouver, BC
2018  As Defined By photo series, In/Words Magazine, Dis(s)ent, Ottawa,Ontario
            Talking to the Man in my Phone, Red Rising Magazine Issue #8, Winnipeg, Manitoba
2017 You’re Not Here photo series, Hart House Review Issue #26, University of Toronto, Ontario
           Invisible Indian, #NotYourPrincess Anthology, Annick Press, Edited by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary-Beth Leatherdale, Toronto, Ontario
            Love Letter to Lake Ontario, Red Rising Magazine Issue #5, Winnipeg, Manitoba
2016 Invisible Indian, Red Rising Magazine Issue #2, Winnipeg, Manitoba


2022 "With beaded earrings, photographer Shelby Lisk renews ties with the women in her life", Globe and Mail
2019 Photojournalism student receives Governor General Award, Pioneer, Belleville, Ontario
2017 Kanata 150? Exhibit Explores Counter-Narratives of Colonization, The Leveler, Ottawa, Ontario
2015 Meet the FAC Residency Artist: Shelby Lisk, Feminist Art Conference blog, Toronto, Ontario
Feminism Through Art, A Conference with A Message, Guelph-Humber Radix, Toronto, Ontario
Feminist Art: Neither Here nor There, but Everywhere, Torontoist, Toronto, Ontario
2013 Diversité identitaire de l’Université: d’hier à aujourd’hui, La Rotonde, Ottawa, Ontario


2021  Long-listed, Scotiabank New Generation Photography Award, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario
2019  Shortlisted, Room Magazine's Poetry Contest
2019 Best Short Short, TVO ShortDoc Contest
2018 Governor General History Award, Indigenous Arts & Stories, Historica Canada
2017 Emerging Indigenous Reporters Scholarship, Journalists for Human Rights, Loyalist College and JHR
2015 Helen Nininger Scholarship in Fine Arts, University of Ottawa
2014 Daïmôn Prize for Photography, University of Ottawa

Using Format