Indigenous Art 2021 Artist, Tara Jo Hennigar
Welcome to Woodland Cultural Centre’s Indigenous Art 2021 Exhibition.
Established in 1975, this is one of the longest running multi-media exhibitions that provide artists an opportunity to exhibit and sell their work in a fine art gallery setting. WCC is pleased to announce the return of this annual Juried Exhibition and we can’t wait to share the selected works with the public. Indigenous Art 2021 will be running September 11 – November 20, 2021.
Meet Artist, Tara Jo Hennigar
Artist with Lakota-Sioux and Metis heritage. Previous resident of Brantford, Ontario with 10+ years experience in painting using Acrylic as a medium. Specialized in visual depiction of colonialism on native peoples in Canada, as well as depicting spiritual animals with a focus on how they have become “blurred” by society and mostly viewed on a computer monitor. Soon they will become just that – a computer image – if humans do not stop invading their habitat.
My mother was born in Wood Mountain, Saskatchewan, an area settled by Sitting Bull after the Battle of Little Bighorn. Her grandmother, Tasunke Hin Hotewin, also known as Mary Ogle, ( https://www.historymuseum.ca/cmc/exhibitions/aborig/rodeo/biography_33e.html ) married William Hall Ogle ( https://cowboycountrymagazine.com/2010/10/william-hall-ogle/ ) and she lost her native status from that marriage. My family is currently in the process of gaining that back.
I lived in Brantford, Ontario, from the early 80s until the early 90s and then moved to Toronto and pursued a career in graphic/packaging design. While working as an account director in the graphic design field, I realized that my strength was more being a hands-on creative person instead of a sales person. So, in order to be happy, I decided to move out west and get in touch with my native ancestry and be closer to my mother while pursuing an education in Fine Art painting. I got married in 2011 to a fellow from Windsor, Ontario, and we moved back here in 2015 to purchase an older home and have been renovating for the past 5 years. I am now on a path to pursue a career in painting about my heritage.
Tara’s Featured Artwork
Tara Jo Hennigar
30″ x 20″ x 1.5″ / 76.2cm x 50.8cm x 3.8cm