Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas
Suite 200 - 100 Park Royal South
West Vancouver, BC V7T 1A2
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Profile

  • 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.

    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