artists | exhibitions | contact | news | video

(1931-2007) Morrisseau, founder of the “Woodland School” more recently known as the “Anishnaabe School” of painting, has received numerous awards in his Native Canada and abroad. He was appointed to the Royal Academy of Art in the 1973 and was also appointed Member of the Order of Canada in 1978. In 1980 he received an honorary doctrine from McMaster University. In 1989 Morrisseau was the only painter from Canada invited to participate in the exhibition titled Magiciens de la Terre / Magicians of the Earth at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Morrisseau has also been honored by the Native people when he was acknowledged as Grand Shaman of the Ojibwe and in 1995 the Assemble of First Nations gave him their highest award. He was the first 1st Nation artist to have a solo exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada in its 126 year history (2005-06). This major retrospective organized by the National Gallery of Canada traveled to the Institute of American Indian Arts Museum in Santa Fe, NM and to the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, NYC.In 2007 he was awarded an honorary degree in sacred letters from the University of Sudbury, Ontario