Tania Willard, Secwepemc Nation, works within the shifting ideas of contemporary and traditional as it relates to cultural arts and production. Often dealing with bodies of knowledge and skills that are conceptually linked to her interest in intersections between Aboriginal and other cultures, Willard has worked as a curator in residence with grunt gallery and Kamloops Art Gallery (B.C.).
Willard’s curatorial work includes Beat Nation: Art, Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture, a national touring exhibition first presented at Vancouver Art Gallery in 2011. As assistant professor in Creative Studies at UBCO (Kelowna, B.C.) her current research focuses on Secwepemc aesthetics/language/land and interrelated Indigenous art practises. Willard’s projects include BUSH Gallery, a conceptual space for land-based art and action led by Indigenous artists. [Source : 2022]