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Sep 14 - Dec 2

Contemporary artists in conversation with the ceramics of our forebearers.


KC Adams, Jaime Black, Lita Fontaine, Niki Little

Curated by Jenny Western


September 14 – December 2, 2017

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 14, 4 – 7pm

Opening Remarks: 5pm, followed by a performance by Jaime Black

Gallery 1C03
1st floor, Centennial Hall
The University of Winnipeg
515 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Gallery Hours:  Monday to Friday: 12:00 – 4:00 p.m., Saturday: 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving Day and Remembrance Day.

Admission is free and everyone is welcome. Wheelchair accessible.



Curated by Jenny Western, SHARDS is a group exhibition featuring the work of four Indigenous female artists – KC Adams, Jaime Black, Lita Fontaine and Niki Little – in conversation with the 2000+ years old archaeological ceramic shards collections of the Manitoba Museum and the University of Winnipeg. SHARDS incorporates both new and old ceramics as well as artworks created in response to the shards and reflective of our past, present, and future as shared stewards of this territory.

Indigenous pottery shards uncovered by archeologists suggest that ceramic craft and artistry have been practiced in the region currently known as Manitoba for well over 2,000 years. These ceramic pots are believed to have been made as cooking vessels, formed from the clay left here by the prehistoric Lake Agassiz and fired with wood from the area’s boreal forest. Scholars believe that the creators of these pots were woman, most likely mothers feeding and caring for their families through their act of ceramic creation. Although their names are unknown, there is a kinship among the pots’ original makers and the four artists who make up the SHARDS exhibition; they are connected as creators, as women, and as inhabitants of this land.


(above) KC Adams at Shards Workshop with Grant Goltz. Image still by Scott Knudson of Lakeland Television

Shards workshop with archaeologist Grant Goltz.

Shards artists, KC Adams and Niki Little travelled to Hackensack, Minnesota to work with archaeologist, Grant Goltz. Goltz shares his theory of how pre-contact Indigenous people of our area made durable, multi-functional Blackduck pottery. Thank you to Lakeland Public Television for documenting the experience!

Visit for footage from this workshop.

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