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Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas
Suite 200 - 100 Park Royal South
West Vancouver, BC V7T 1A2
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  • Award-winning visual contemporary artist and author with works in numerous public and private collections and exhibited broadly. Institutional collections include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the British Museum and the Seattle Art Museum. Large sculptural works are part of the public art collection of the City of Vancouver, City of Kamloops and University of British Columbia. Publications include best sellers Flight of the Hummingbird, RED: A Haida Manga, and the Seriousness of Play monograph (2016), written by Dr. Nicola Levell.
  • Co-founder, Y Public Art

Current Professional Experience

CEO: Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas Art Inc.

2004 - Present
Yahgulanaas's visual practice encompasses a variety of different art forms including large-scale public art projects, architectural design, opera, mixed media sculptures and canvases, re-purposed automobile parts, acrylics, watercolours, ink drawings, ceramics and numerous publications.

Co-founder and Art Director: Y Public Art

2010 - Present
Y Public Art is a full-service large public art installation company. Designed, fabricated, and installed under Yahgulanaas's artistic direction, each piece aims to engage the broader public, inviting the viewer to participate in contemporary social issues.

External Advisory Board Member: Museum of Anthropology (MOA)

2009 - 2015
The Museum of Anthropology (MOA) located at the UBC campus is internationally renowned for its displays of world arts and cultures. MOA is also a research and teaching museum, where UBC courses in art, anthropology, archaeology, conservation and museum studies are given.

Chair of the Board of Trustees: The Christensen Fund

2007 - 2018
The Christensen Fund is a private foundation that supports the stewards of Biocultural Diversity.

Gallery Representation

Trépanier Baer, Calgary, Canada
Udell Xhibitions, Edmonton, Canada
Madrona Gallery, Victoria, Canada

Selected Grants and Awards

2017 BC Achievement Foundation
2017 Hnatyshyn Foundation
2015 American Museum of Natural History, first ever Artist in residence, New York
2015 BC Arts Council
2012 Audain Professor of Contemporary Art Practice of the Pacific Northwest, University of Victoria
2009 Winner of Book of the Year 2009, 13th Annual Independent Publishers, USA
2006 Visual Arts Major Award, Canada Council for the Arts, Canada

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2019 Carpe Fin, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, USA, through November 2020
2018 A Tale of Two Shamans, Haida Gwaii, Canada
2017 Seriousness of Play, Two Rivers Gallery, Prince George, Canada
2015 Seriousness of Play, Bill Reid Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2015 Musing of Manga in the Museum, Haida Gwaii
2014 Solo 4, Douglas Udell Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2013 Emily Carr and Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, Masters Gallery, Calgary, Canada
2012 Craft, Audain Gallery, University of Victoria, Victoria, Canada
2011 Old Growth, grunt gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2011 RED, a Haida Manga, Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay, Canada
2010 RED Undone, Haida Gwaii Museum at Qay'llnagaay, Haida Gwaii, Canada
2009 Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas and Edward Burtynsky, Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Canada
2007 Meddling in the Museum, Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver, Canada

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019 Sding K'awXangs, McCord & Stewart Museums, Montreal, Canada
2017 Udell Xhibitions, Edmonton, Canada
2017 Two Rivers Gallery, Prince George, Canada
2015 Toronto Art Fair, Toronto, Canada
2015 Tokyo Design Week, Tokyo, Japan
2015 Seattle Simplified, Seattle, USA
2015 Seattle Art Fair, Seattle, USA
2015 Papier 14, Montreal, Canada
2015 Indigenous Beauty, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, USA
2014 Live Auction, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2012 Bundeskuntall, Art & Exhibit Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany, Bonn, Germany
2012 Treasures of the Worlds Cultures, Manarat al Saadiyat Gallery, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
2012 Extraordinary Stories from the British Museum, Western Australian Museum, Perth, Australia
2012 Beat Nation, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2011 Shore, Forest and Beyond, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2011 Haida Manga Reading Room, Gendai Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2010 Visions of British Columbia: A Landscape Manual, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2010 Ethnographic Terminalia 2010, New Orleans, USA
2009 BC Scene, National Arts Centre, Ottawa, Canada
2009 Challenging Traditions, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, Canada
2009 Challenging Traditions, Olympic Museum, Lausanne, Switzerland
2005 Exhibition of Paintings, Expo 2005, 7th World Comic Artists Conference, Bucheon, Korea
2005 Live Painting Exhibit, Expo 2005 Canadian Pavilion, Nagoya, Japan
2004 Red White 100% Design, Canada House, London, England
2003 The Last Voyage of the Black Ship, Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver, Canada
2003 No Apologies Necessary, Tokyo Design Week (top 10 ranking), Tokyo, Japan
2002 Raw Potential, Water Street, Vancouver, Canada

Selected Public Commissions

2019 Volo, W. T. Leung Architects Inc., Vancouver, Canada
2017 Carpe Fin, Seattle Art Museum
2015 Sei, Vancouver International Airport Authority
2014 Rivers, City of Kamloops, Kamloops, Canada
2011 Abundance Fenced, City of Vancouver, Vancouver, Canada
2011 Coppers from the Hood, The British Museum, London, England
2009 Take Off, for the 2010 Winter Olympics, University of British Columbia
2009 Continuum, Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art, Vancouver, Canada
2008 RE ME MB ER, Geist Magazine, Vancouver Canada
2007 Meddling in the Museum, Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver, Canada

Selected Public Collections

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
British Museum, London, England
City of Seattle, Seattle, USA
Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Canada
City of Vancouver, Vancouver, Canada
Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
Museum of Anthropology, University of BC Vancouver, Canada
Haida Gwaii Museum at Ḵay Llnagaay, Haida Gwaii, Canada
Kawasaki City Manga Museum, Kawasaki, Japan
Luke Lindoe Library at the Alberta College of Art and Design Calgary, Canada

Selected Private Collections

*Private collections in Canada, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, Korea, Qatar, UK, and USA.

Selected Corporate Collections

Please contact the artist

Selected Publications and Animated Short Films

2019 Carpe Fin, Douglas and McIntyre
2018 A Tale of Two Shamans, Locarno Press
2017 The War of the Blink, Locarno Press
2014 RED: a Haida Manga, Douglas and McIntyre
  • Launched at the American Museum of Natural History
  • Nominated for BC Booksellers' Choice Award, Canada
  • Nominated for the Doug Wright Award for Best Book, Canada
  • Nominated for the Joe Shuster Award for Outstanding Cartoonist, Canada
2013 RED: a Haida Manga, a short film by MNY
2012 Old Growth, Read Leaf
2010 Little Hummingbird, Greystone Books
2010 Raven's Call, an animated short film written by Bill Reid and adapted and produced by MNY
2010 The Canoe He Called Loo Taas with Amanda Reid - Stevens, Benjamin Brown Books
2010 Declaration of Interdependence, with Tara Cullis and David Suzuki, Greystone Books
2008 Flight of the Hummingbird, A Parable for the Environment, Douglas and McIntyre
  • Winner of Book of the Year 2009, 13th Annual Independent Publishers, USA
  • Nominated for a BC Booksellers' Choice Award, BC, Canada
  • Australian, Spanish, French, and Serbian editions
2008 Flight of the Hummingbird, an animated short film written and produced by mny
2004 A Lousy Tale, (exhibited Canada House, London, UK)
2002 The Last Voyage of the Black Ship, Western Canada Wilderness Committee
2001 A Tale of Two Shamans, Theytus Books and Haida Gwaii Museum at Qay'llnagaay

Selected Speaking Engagements

2019 Gaaysiigang, Haida Gwaii, Canada
2019 Slippery Rock University, Pennsylvania, USA: Guest lecturer
2019 North Island College, Comox, Canada
2018 Quebec City Panel presentation, Theme: Haida Manga, Quebec City, Canada
2018 Wando International Symposium, Theme: Art and Ecology, Wando, South Korea: Keynote speaker
2016 Keynote Canadian Society of Education through the Arts Annual General Meeting
2015 Second Indigenous Terra Madre conference, Shillong, Meghalaya, India: Guest lecturer
2015 TEDX presentation, The Spaces Between, Vancouver, Canada, invited
2015 Indigenous Terra Madre, Shillong, India, awarded
2015 Seattle Art Fair, Seattle, USA: Panel member
2015 Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, USA: Artist Talk
2014 American Museum of Natural History, New York, USA: Guest lecturer
2014 McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, Canada: Guest lecturer
2014 University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada: Guest lecturer

Selected Bibliography of Critical Reviews

2016 Levell, Nicola, The Seriousness of Play. Black Dog Publishing, London England
2015 Seriality of Texts for Young People, The Compulsion to Repeat, Perry Nodelman (pp. 189 - 205)
2013 Coppers From the Hood: Haida Manga Interventions and Performative Acts' Museum Anthropology. (ms. page length: 31.)
2013 'Site-specificity and Dislocation: Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas and his Haida Manga Meddling.' Journal of Material Culture, 18(1)
2011 'Dislocations: Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas and his Haida Manga Interventions.' Collections: A Journal for Museum and Archives Professionals (Special issue: The Task of the Curator), 7(4): pp. 427 - 429
2009 Thom, Ian, Challenging Traditions. Vancouver, Douglas and McIntyre, pg. 2 & 170
2008 Haida Cosmic, Meet, France. Issue #12, pp. 309 - 323
2008 Yahgulanaas, Michael Nicoll. RE ME MB ER, Geist magazine, Issue 70, pp. 49 - 56
2006 Augaitis, Daina (Ed). Raven Travelling. Douglas and McIntyre, Vancouver; contributor pg.155-165, illus. pp. 166 - 167
2006 Geist magazine, Issue 55, pp. 26 - 27
2005 Bucheon, Korea, International Comics Festival, (catalogue)

Selected Residencies

2018 American Museum of Natural History, Margaret Mead Film Festival, New York, USA
2017 Shadbolt community scholar - Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada
2015 American Museum of Natural History, New York, USA
2012 University of Victoria, Victoria, Canada
2011 Mount Royal University, Calgary, Canada

Selected Press

2017 “Canadian Haida artist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas finds a home at the Met,” Globe and Mail
2015 "A standout is 'Red' by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, a mural comprised of individual watercolors done in a powerful, graphic blend of Haida style and Japanese manga." Indigenous Beauty: a blockbuster Native American Show at SAM, Seattle Times
2011 Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas: British Museum Acquires Copper from the Hood, Vancouver Sun
2008 Stephen Quinn and Michael Nicolll Yahgulanaas, The Early Edition, CBC