As a member of the Secwepemc Nation in British Columbia's southern interior, Tania Willard should feel at home at the Kamloops Art Gallery where is she is the new Aboriginal Curator. The Canada Council residency program supports Canadian Aboriginal curators at their chosen host institutions to develop their curatorial practice. The purpose of the program is to expand the national pool of Aboriginal curatorial professionals who are of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis origins.
Willard is a practicing artist as well as a curator and writer. She co-curated Beat Nation: Art Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 2012, which featured contemporary work from 27 prominent Aboriginal artists. Beat Nation is currently touring nationally until 2014 and will be presented at the Kamloops Art Gallery June 29 to September 7, 2013. Congratulations Tania!