Shelby Lisk


2020 Certificate in Mohawk language & culture, Queen’s University satellite in Tyendinaga, Ontario
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:

2019 Short Film Lab, DOC Institute, Ottawa, Ontario
2018 ImagineNATIVE, Sovereign Bodies/Healthy Nations, Video and Media Arts training

Professional Experience:

2014 – Present
Freelance Photographer and Writer, Ontario
Photographer, Kenhte:ke Seed Sanctuary, Tyendinaga, Ontario
2017 – 2018
Media Relations, Kagita Mikam, Tyendinaga, Ontario
Gallery Associate, Mountain Galleries, Banff, Alberta
2014 – 2016
Discovery University, Photography Teaching Assistant, Ottawa, Ontario
Digital Storytelling Workshop, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario
2014 – 2015
Internship with Rosalie Favell, Ottawa, Ontario
2013 – 2015
Gallery Assistant, Central Art Garage, Ottawa, Ontario
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, Ottawa, Ontario
Events Coordinator, Gallery 115 Board of Directors, Ottawa, Ontario
V.P. Social Affairs, Visual Arts Student Association, Ottawa, Ontario

Solo Exhibitions:

2018 Keró:roks tsi naho’ténhson sewake’nikonhrhèn:’en, Modern Fuel, Kingston, Ontario

Group Exhibitions:

Room of One's Own, Random Access Gallery, Syracuse University, NY
Sovereign Bodies/Healthy Nations, Video screening, ImagineNATIVE festival, Toronto, Ontario
Feminist Art Collective Residency Exhibition, Toronto, Ontario
Home Grown, Private Residence, Belleville, Ontario
Kanata 150?, Studio Sixty Six, Ottawa, Ontario
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
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
Composition, Centre for Academic Leadership, Ottawa, Ontario
125 Years of the Arts, Paradigm[e] Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario
Spectra, Nuit Blanche, Ottawa, Ontario

Artist Residencies:

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


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
“To Maria Amanda Bairo: Legacy of Love” panel, International Colloquium: Women's Voices/Voix Feminines/Voces Femeninas, University of Ottawa, ON
Artist talk, Meta Figure undergraduate class, Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto, Ontario
Artist talk, Off the Record Graduate Conference, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario
Guest Lecturer, Discovery University, Ottawa, Ontario
Intersectionality – Collaboration, Cooperation, Community, Feminist Art Conference, 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:

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
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
Invisible Indian, Red Rising Magazine Issue #2, Winnipeg, Manitoba


Photojournalism student receives Governor General Award, Pioneer, Belleville, Ontario
Kanata 150? Exhibit Explores Counter-Narratives of Colonization, The Leveler, Ottawa, Ontario
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
Diversité identitaire de l’Université: d’hier à aujourd’hui, La Rotonde, Ottawa, Ontario


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

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