Bonnie Devine

Bonnie Devine

Associate Professor Emerita, OCAD University

Bonnie Devine is an installation artist, video maker, curator, writer, and educator. Using cross disciplinary iterations of written, visual, and performative practice, Devine explores issues of land, environment, treaty, history, and narrative. Though formally educated in fine art at the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD U) and York University, Devine’s most enduring learning came from her grandparents, who were Anishinaabe trappers on the Canadian Shield in northern Ontario.   

Devine’s installation, video, and curatorial projects have been shown in solo and group exhibitions and film festivals across Canada and in the USA, South America, Europe, Russia, and China, including the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Berlin Film Festival, the National Museum of the American Indian, and Today Art Museum in Beijing. Recent public acknowledgements of Devine’s practice include a Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts in 2021, and an Ontario Lieutenant Governor’s Heritage Award and OCAD University’s Distinguished Research and Creative Practice Award in 2019.  An Associate Professor Emerita and the Founding Chair of the Indigenous Visual Culture program at OCAD University, Devine maintains an active art practice and serves on several cultural boards and councils in the United States and Canada. She is based in Toronto.