Tanya Harnett, MFA

Associate Professor, Faculty of Arts - Art & Design Dept


Associate Professor, Faculty of Arts - Art & Design Dept
3-98 Fine Arts Building
8807 - 112 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2C9



Areas of Teaching and Research

Studio art with an emphasis on Drawing & Intermedia


MFA, Drawing, University of Alberta, 2002

Tanya Harnett is a member of the Carry-The-Kettle First Nations in Saskatchewan. She is an artist and a professor at the University of Alberta in a joint appointment in the Department of Art and Design and the Faculty of Native Studies. She has previously taught at both University of Lethbridge and Grant MacEwan University. Working in various media including, photography, drawing, printmaking and fiber, Harnett’s studio practice engages in the notions and politics of identity, history, spirituality and place. She has exhibited regionally, nationally and internationally. Some of her exhibitions include; persona grata at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery (2007), Tracing Histories: Presenting the Unpresentable at the Glenbow Museum (2008),Wilderness is our wisdom… AFA TREX traveling exhibition (2011), Satoya Mani Win, RMIT Project Space, Melbourne (2011), The New World and The End of Language, MODEM Centre for Modern and Contemporary Arts, Hungary (2013) and the solo exhibition Scarred/Sacred Waters (2014) exhibited at both the University of Aberdeen, Scotland and at Oxford University’s Pitt Rivers Museum, UK. Harnett is the recipient of various grants such as; the National Aboriginal Achievement Awards, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and Canada Council for the Arts. She is included in collections such as; the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Glenbow Museum, the Puskin Museum of Fine Arts in Moskow, RMIT in Melbourne and the Aboriginal Art Centre at the Department of Aboriginal and Northern Development Canada in Ottawa. Harnett is an avid community supporter for Contemporary Aboriginal Artists. She participated in the creation of the University of Lethbridge BFA Native American Art (Studio) and the BFA Native American Art (Art History/Museum Studies) and she contributes writings on Aboriginal Contemporary Art to Canadian Art Magazine. 


ART 240 - Drawing I

Introduction to the principles and techniques of drawing. Prerequisites: ART 134 and DES 135 or ART 136 and DES 138 and consent of Department. Not open to students with credit in ART 140.

NS 260 - Contemporary Indigenous Art

This course is an introduction to the visual forms of contemporary Indigenous art and examines a broad selection of contemporary Indigenous art with an emphasis on the philosophical and cultural statements made through artistic expression. Emphasis will be placed on North American Indigenous artists and their visceral expressions as they explore and challenge issues of racism, cultural appropriation, gender, sexuality, representation and the colonial encounter.

NS 380 - Selected Topics in Indigenous Studies

Prerequisites: NS 110, 111 and 240 or 290 or consent of the Faculty.

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